MC Invite - Beulah - July 7-10
Free housing, Friday night casual cruise on the lake, awards for Heroes, Legends and Contenders - who will win? Home lake sailor Zack Clayton returns and will offer a clinic on Thursday for those who might like early practice or tips. Beulah is known for its hospitality and challenging sailing. The home fleet is large and committed to participating or loaning the boats to youth. The current registration sits at 30 at the early deadline. Use the ILYA registration form online and the LBYC website to pre-order a meal plan. Thursday, Friday and Saturday dinner, Fri - Sun lunches for $45 online.
E Invite - Delavan - July 7-10
Does anyone do it like Delavan? They know how to give value and fun. Friday Night Fish Fry, dry sailing, great bar and clubhouse. Plenty of tourist attractions in Lake Geneva, Delavan or Milwaukee. There's no lake who loves the E's more than Delavan. They were advocates of the asymmetrical design. It's always great for the fleet to return to this active lake. Want to bring the children? There are waterparks, miniature golf and loads of Geneva ice cream, candy stores nearby.
Melges 17 - Oshkosh - July 15-17
The Oshkosh Yacht Club is proud to host the 2011 ILYA Melges17 Championships. The Melges17 is new to their yacht club. Fleet captain David Harrison is attempting to use this regatta as a spring board for growth of the Melges17 fleet in Oshkosh.
This year's event will place a large emphasis on completing the six scheduled races. The timing for Saturday night's social event is flexible to allow for racing late into the evening if necessary. The Oshkosh Yacht Club encourages all ILYA Melges17 members to make it to Oshkosh for this year's championship event.
C invitational - Fond du Lac - July 15-17
The C fleet travels to a new site this year. Fond du Lac is unfamiliar to all but our I-20 fleet who loves the venue. A more picturesque site cannot be found. Sitting on the southern end of Winnebago, Fond du Lac yacht club features a lighthouse at the entrance to the bay. The launch site is spacious - both crane and ramp. Parking is plentiful in the park area surrounding the clubhouse. Want to bring the kids? Member Dave Whealon (Beth Wyman's brother so you can bet it's great) bought a small park near the club and it features a train (under $1 per ride), water boats - kayak and bumper boat rentals) and a small zoo. Food vendors are present for outside eating. For the mom's, discount shopping is a few miles north in Oshkosh - the American Girl store is a must for families with young girls; a Carters and Oshkosh b'Gosh store also. A North Face/Columbia store is also located at the same intersection along with a couple golf outlets. Back to sailing - the southern aspect of Winnebago has an entirely different feel from Oshkosh Winnebago. It's bound to be a challenge as all the fleet encounters a new body of water.