SCOWLINES
A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
 
Volume 4, Issue 7

June 17, 2009 


In This Issue
M16 Champs/I20 Invite
All American Honors
Champion of Champions
Haber Sunglasses
MC Invite
Porter Wins Nationals
One Design Saga
Melges News
Help at Green?
Opti Manuals
ILYA Office

Melges Performance Sailboats

North One Design
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues
NUMBERS ARE UPPPPP! JOIN US FOR '09 FUN

 Executive Secretary Jim Smith reports good news for the ILYA. Memberships are up as are the collected fees for regattas. cedarwilogoCompetition will be tough in the 12-boat M-16 ILYA Championship at Cedar. They will join 10 I-20s. Fond du Lac and Oshkosh are in high attendance. Cedar will host the combined event in great fashion.
Look on the ILYA website to see who is coming to our events. The X boat registrations are coming in for an exciting first time trip to Gull.

INLAND SAILOR NAMED ALL-AMERICAN
 Annie HaegerAnne Haeger has been named to the ICYRU All American team. Haeger won the B division women's nationals held at St. Francis YC in San Francisco. Steph Roble was named to the Honorable Mention team. Both girls are from Lake Beulah. This year's nationals was attended by UW-Madison's Leif Evenson (LaBelle), Meg Six (Geneva), Joe Kutschenreuter (Beulah), Mary Cummins (Oshkosh) and Christine Porter (Beulah); Eckert College's Andrew Keane and Laura Dallman-Weiss (both White Bear) and Minnetonka's Derek Packard (University of Washington).
US SAILING CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
  
ussailinglogoApplications are now being accepted for the US SAILING 2009 Championship of Champions, which will be sailed in Lightnings October 14-17 at Carlyle Sailing Association in St. Louis, Mo. US SAILING selects twenty competitors from nominees by their class associations. Eligible applicants must be current (August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2009) National, North American or World One-Design title holders, members of US SAILING, and members of a club, class or association that is an organizational member of US SAILING. Applications will close August 14, 2009. -- Event website: Http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/CofC.htm 
ILYA INTRODUCES HABER SUNGLASSES  
ILYA members now have the benefit of ordering premium sunglasses and goggles from Haber brought to you by Katie Freytag Carlson.  Katie's family has been active in sailing in the ILYA for over 60 years.  She is now a Sales Rep and the Events Manager for Haber eyewear based in Colorado and is offering this outstanding product to the ILYA membership.  Haber is a fresh new brand of high end polarized sunglasses and goggles with quality unsurpassed for the price, featuring European frame designs and the finest optics.  The products are only offered online passing the savings directly to you.  The company is so confident in their product that they offer a guaranteed fit and return policy. 
Please check out the banner now available on the ILYA website (click here) and start by dropping into the Water Sports category.  If you love the optics of glass I suggest the Bellagio or Nice for men or Amalfi for women. If you need impact resistance check out the Mallorca and Magnum (the Magnum also offers small imbedded floats in the temples).  All of the polarized product is ideal for the sport of sailing; you won't be disappointed!  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to e-mail me at katie@habervision.com
 
CLEAR INVITES YOU TO MC INVITATIONAL
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Want to beat the ILYA champ?  Come to Clear Lake.
Great winds, good food, fab shopping.  Come to Clear Lake.
Free housing, fresh cookies, stellar race committee.  Come to Clear Lake.  We are ready to fill every house or need a crew? Call Margaret Osmundson 612-418-8856 or
Inremoz@aol.com.  You have no excuses!!  Register at ILYA.org NOW.  See you on the race course!
 
There are 17 pre-registered already. Join us!
BRIAN PORTER WINS MELGES 24 NATIONALS
 HOW THEY PULLED IT OFF 
Reprinted from Scuttlebutt
(San Francisco, CA) - When the Melges 24 U.S. Nationals ended in a three-way tie for first place last weekend, it was Brian Porter on USA-749 Full Throttle that would ultimately win a record-setting fourth U.S. National Championship title, beating out Vince Brun on USA-553 Bailout in second and Dave Ullman on
USA-505 Pegasus 505 in third. But what is more remarkable is how the final race concluded the regatta with all three teams stuck on 20 points a piece.
 
For race eight, the final race of the regatta, Porter was still leading, two points ahead of Ullman, and three ahead of Brun. But at the gun Porter was called OCS, with Brun and Ullman blazing away with a 1-2 finish. As for Porter, here is the story from Kristen Lane, who was top women at 7th overall:
 
"In the start of the last race I started at the boat just above Porter and his Full Throttle team. At 15 seconds to the gun, my tactician Brian Ledbetter said, 'Stall high, Full Throttle is early'. He was right. Full throttle had pulled the trigger too early. And, they were the last boat to be called over early. They returned to the line so late, their fate seemed determined. But, leave it the Full throttle team and tactician Harry Melges to never give up.
 
"They rolled the dice and banged each corner and before you knew it, they were on the 5th leg of the race and the last beat sitting in 5th place behind Lounge Act. From that point they focused on beating Lounge Act at the finish line, which they did in the very last tack of the race. To say these guys pulled off a miracle win is to adequately describe how they could possibly come from so far behind on what should have been a one-way race course to finish just well enough to win the regatta on a tie breaker." --
 
* Final results:
http://tinyurl.com/lwvcxz
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE DUMBO SAILS?
 Reprinted from Scuttlebutt
(Editor's comment - As the ILYA maintains a one-design philosophy, accounts of experiences in other classes is always of interest. Many of our ILYA Opti sailors HAD Dumbo sails. They are no longer legal at any of our events per USODA policy)
 
Whatever happened to the Dumbo sails?
(June 16, 2009) There are rules that regulate sail measurement throughout the sport. Under handicap systems, the rating of the boat is based in part on the size of the sails. For one design racing, each class dictates sail sizes and how they are measured. However, as sail material improved, and as sailmakers became more innovative, there have been instances of how the class rules allowed for unintended innovations.

Not too long ago, the Optimist class weathered a loophole in their sail measurement rules that allowed for an extended roach sail, aptly referred to as "Dumbo" (for big ears). This report comes from the "If We Don't Learn From History, We're Bound to Repeat It" Department, as reprinted from the Optimist class newsletter (#57 Sep 2004):

While the Optimist hull is very strictly one-design, the Class has always allowed a certain flexibility in sail design because of the huge variation in weight of even the top sailors (last year the top ten at the 2003 Worlds varied from 37 to 55kg). Strict one-design sails, we believe, lead to strict one-design sailors as can be seen in, for example, the uniform stature of top Laser sailors.  
 
Read on. . .

MELGES.COM FOR "17" RESULTS AND BOAT OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Melges2009COYE HARRETT REPORTS 
Look for reports from collegian Coye Harrett who travels around this summer in a multitude of boats. The  latest report is from the Crystal Lake Blue Water regatta. 
THE ILYA NEEDS YOU AT GREEN
 ilyaburgeePLEASE CONSIDER SERVING AS RESCUE BOAT 
One of the ways you can help the ILYA Championship host is to bring a boat to Green Lake and enjoy the event. Each fleet likes safety boats which can mean assisting in tipovers or simply picking a sailor up and waiting for others to rescue the boat. Qualifications - boat, radio and a willing smile. Benefits - a rescue flag to display and a most appreciate fleet.  Contact Jim Smith at scowslants@aol.com to offer your services for any or all of our fleets. 
OPTIMIST INSTRUCTORS/DIRECTORS - INFO FOR YOU
 ALL YOU EVER NEEDED TO KNOW
Pewaukee and Minnetonka hosted Scott Norman as part of an effort to educate our sailors and race committee on kinetics. Scott left us with two EXCEPTIONAL documents to assist with Optimist instruction. Check them out on the ILYA website.
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