2011mastheadILYA SCOWLINES
  A Publication of the
Inland Lake Yachting Association

Volume 7, Issue 50

 July 29, 2012

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Classes E, C, and I-20
 August 9 - 12, 2012
 Classes A, MC, and Club 420
August 16-19, 2012

Mendota Yacht Club 

Madison, Wisconsin


Regattas / Calendar




25-28    ILYA X Champs - Delavan

30-31    ILYA Opti Champs - Pewaukee



3-5       WYA C Champs - Okauchee

             Interlake E, C, X, MC regatta -              Minnetonka

8-11     Western Michigan E, C, MC, Melges 17, Laser - Muskegon

9           Pram Power - North Lake

10-11    X Blue Chip - Cedar

11-12    D20 Great Lakes Laser Champs - Racine

9-12     ILYA Champs - E, C and I-20

13-14   ILYA Youth Singlehand  Laser  - Beulah 

            Opti RWB Chip - Labelle

16-19   ILYA Champs - A, MC and 420

22-25   MC Nationals - White Lake

25-26  Great Plains USODA Opti Regatta - Clear Lake



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X Champs - Pair of Jacks wins Inlands

 Jack Bitney and Jack Behrend Take Titles---                         FULL RESULTS  

Both fleets sailed one light air race yesterday to conclude the 2012 Championships. Sailing was close throughout the entire regatta. What was most evident was the close friendships amongst sailors and parents. Delavan Yacht Club wore its colors proudly with more volunteers than seemed imaginable. Regatta chair Richard Beers was able to draw from the rich history, tradition and experience of the club to provide a stellar event.

Bilge Pullers   

1 M 101 STUDFISH / Jack Bitney / Molly Voltz 1 5 14 3 9 4 10 32
2 I 49 FULL THROTTLE / R.J. Porter / Kyle Navin 6 25 1 8 1 16 8 40
3 I 92 REDWING II / Mitchell Lee / Hunter Sharpe 10 12 4 5 33 5 7 43
4 B 16 CHUCKWAGON / Charlie Kutschenrueter / Annie Cate Schmidt 8 3 10 1 13 28 12 47
5 V 11 PEACE OF CAKE / Lizzy Friend / Mallorie Clemence 7 43 13 4 17 3 13 57
6 B 21 BLACKJACK / George Kierman / Ryan Komas 30 13 5 6 4 6 26 60
7 OO 5 PANCAKE / Trevor Trepton / Karolyn Kunz 13 52 7 18 5 13 6 62
8 N 45 PRIMA CORNICE / Sean Nigel / Kendall Birbaum 29 41 2 7 25 7 1 71
9 E 36 GO4IT / Scott Sazama / Joe Sazama 41 17 8 2 27 2 16 72
10 I 7 LUCKY 7 / Nathan Freytag / Aran Freytag 2 11 37 30 7 19 4 73

 Photo below by Todd Jerrod.
 Bilge Pullers

1 N 525 FEARLESS / Jack Behrend / Emma Birbaum 12 17 10 3 5 1 1 4 36
2 V 411 PEEPS / JP Friend / Christian Spencer 1 1 12 14 1 13 3 9 40
3 V 221 LANDSHARK / Joey Biwer / Matthew Biwer 13 5 2 10 2 6 24 3 41
4 V 89 IDK / Alec Bischoff / Alex Matson 7 7 40 15 4 3 6 8 50
5 B 6 BARRIDCADE / John Barr / John Berg 6 12 4 7 14 27 8 1 52
6 A 13 KRUSHER / Nick Rusher / Charlie Eckert 5 13 3 5 24 5 14 7 52
7 N 181 KM / Alex Keck / Malloy Murphy 10 16 13 9 3 8 16 6 65
8 V 60 WINDQUEST / David Winquist / Mike Wolack 20 10 1 18 16 7 9 17 78
9 N 8 FARTLEK Nathan Anderson / Carson Heinze 16 11 8 39 8 14 2 23 82
10 W 66 TWIZZLER / Kate Cox / Conner Lee 4 21 14 11 15 17 12 10 83
Race winners
Junior photos by Todd Jerrod

JP Friend and Christian Spencer took three race wins.
Jack Behrend and Emma Birbaum won the day on Friday.
John Barr and John Berg (JB squared) got the last gun.

Senior fleet race #7 was won by Max Bernstein with crew Edmund Chute.
The Winners  - Seniors
The Winners - Juniors

More Awards

 The Kate Goes Sportsmanship Awards were presented to coach Harris Buddig from Gull Lake (via Delavan)  who displayed exceptional concern and rescuing ability on the junior fleet. Alie Rusher from Cedar received recogntion during a tipover for compassionate care of her crew. Both recipients' acceptance speeches demonstratedd the fine individuals we are so fortunate to enjoy.



It IS REALLY about volleyball. Team Geneva took it on!


The efforts of each participating lake resulted in this magnificent quilt won this year by Lake Beulah who will return the quilt to Oshkosh next July -the host of the 2013 X champs. Julie Haeger, Commodore of Beulah, accepted the quilt.


It happens every year
The editor chose to repeat this article from then-graduating parent Richard Beers. It is a bittersweet regatta for both parent and sailor. From the ILYA, we wish to thank you for all your support over your time of youth involvement. Most importantly, we wish to say welcome to the strong, vibrant classes of scows that wait around the corner. Without doubt, the editor can proclaim there is no family stronger than the ILYA. You are part of something that defines your life.


It Happens Every Year

July 2009




It happens every year. And each year we feel the spectrum of emotions: joy, heartache, frustration, humility, confidence, fear, regret, sorrow, pride and acceptance. 


And for many it's a time to resolve for next year. For some it is a closing chapter.


You don't notice it until the end of the last regatta or race series. You know it's coming, but it doesn't always register until it's in your face. You've been focusing on the next race, the next meal, the next regatta registration, the hotel reservation, the camera, the mooring buoy, the sunscreen, the fruit, the energy bars, text messaging, life jackets, whisker poles, dropped shackles, tie downs, the safety of the boats at night, THE CREDIT CARD and CHECKBOOK, location of the pool, the housewarming gift, mileage of the car, the location of the other cars in the caravan. Then there's the sailing school, the fund raisers, the instructors' housing, team T-shirts. For a select few it's the challenge of hosting a 70-120 boat regatta.


It's most common among those who've done it for years, even across generations. Then it's clear. There will be no more. Whatever was learned was learned.  Whatever was not achieved remains to be learned. 


There is more than one kind of participant in this sport.


Some learned the start, some learned the tactics; some learned the windward roundings and some the leeward gates. Some learned to cover, and some will never forget when they didn't. Some learned the roll tack, some learned the death roll. Some learned courtesy, and some learned to negotiate. Some did circles, some did not. Some did circles, even when they were right, just to be sure. Some got the favored end in their gut, and some felt the gut wrench at the starting gun. Some learned to protest, and some were faced with the results of learned judgment. All learned life jackets shore to shore. Some had noisy sails, and some were grateful for the duck tape to repair the window. Some had big watches and some without (they learned to do a lot in the last 60 seconds between the signals). Some remember the gleam of the boat, and some remember the dirt and leaves clogging the bailers from earlier years. Some had uniforms and some had only friendships. Some were scared and some were at home. Some learned to move like a cat and some learned to sail flat. 


Some learned to put the boats away, and some banged away. Some lost masts and some just clevis pins. Most learned to polish the rudders and centerboards to a shine and Teflon the bottom (tie that boat down, it's really slick). Some learned a new meaning of T-Bone, and some learned the location of the closest fiberglass repair shop.  Some did better than their sister or brother, some did better than their neighbor or father.  Some took it with pride and some took it in stride. Some were required to participate and some fervently requested to do so. Some stared at the girls, instead of the sails. Some stared at the boys instead of the water. Some stared at the leaking bailer in despair. Some stared at the upcoming pressure. Some learned to boast, and some to console.


A few couldn't wait to do ANYTHING else. Some put it all together, for leg, a race or a regatta. A few just got it all most of the time no matter what lake or wind condition. 


A third group participated, but in the background. 


Some spent sums to ensure it wasn't the technology or the boat that stood in the way of learning. Some were thankful just to be able to afford a regatta or sailing school. Some learned to back trailers, and some learned to ask for help. Some learned to lecture, some to support. This group also had some doing better than their sister or brother, some doing better than their neighbor. Some learned about trailer lights, and some about safety chains. Some had coolers, and some had lake water. Some camped and some stayed at the resort. Some stayed with new found friends. Some made it a celebration, and some made it a time of intense focus. Some will no longer listen to Tom Hodgson wishing their children would pay attention to the history being made and recounted. 


Everyone learned to deal with their expectations. If we could only master them!


Not all will go forward in this sport after this. Some will remember this time as stories of youth gone by. Some will keep going, looking to future races with the relationships just underway. Yet the basics remain in the alteration of our DNA, our muscles, our countenance, regardless of our choice. 


This year I have a lump in my throat. I am one of the parents, who after 12 years, is saying goodbye to the X boat fleet, and the ILYA youth sailing.....until our next generation, I pray. Thank goodness for this wonderful association of inland lake yacht clubs. What it has done for our children. Oh the places they've been, and the friends they've made!





See you at Delavan AGAIN
It's been a number of years but grandmother of Greta Banholzer brought this T-shirt and look at the date! "Little Ricky" Kotovic donned this apparel in 1981.
USODA Nationals - Sandusky, Ohio

The following ILYA Sailors competed in the Girls Nationals:

Oliviarose Chapman - 69th

Suzanne Ackley - 74th

Sophie Michels - 80th

Marleigh Belsley - 82nd


Nationals as of Satuday night:

Henry Chapman - 80th

Chapman Petersen - 153rd

Marleigh Belsley - 253th


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