A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 5, Issue 9

March 1, 2010

Melges Performance  Sailboats

North One Design
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Schedule of Events
11 Melges Tuneup Clinic at Lake Eustis
13 US Sailing RC Course - Chicago
12-14 E/C/Melges 17  Midwinters - Lake Eustis, FL
16-17 Zenda U at Lake Eustis
18-20 MC Midwinters - Lake Eustis, FL
17-18 Lake Lotawana C
24 RC Course - Okoboji
24-25 Springfield C - Island Bay
1-2 48th Icebreaker C - Cedar Lake, IN
8 Mother's Day Laser - Lake Geneva
8 C Spring on Cedar, WI
8-9 Mothers Day Melges 17 - Lake Geneva
8-9 Mother's Day C on Spring Lake, MI
15-16 Upper Tuner Upper C - Upper Minnetonka
22-23 LaBelle C tuneup
29 Memorial Day Laser -  Milwaukee
5-6 Lighthouse I-20 - Fond du Lac
18-20 C Nationals - Chautauqua
19-20 George Dorn MC - Beulah
23-26 MC Masters - Okoboji
25-27 I-20 ILYA Invitational - Cedar, IN
25 ILYA No Tears West - White Bear
29-30 TRAP X Senior -Pine
30- July 1 TRAP X Junior - Pine
8-11 ILYA E Invitational - Minnetonka
8-11 ILYA MC Invitational - Cedar Lake, WI
9-11 Melges 17/M-16 Champs -  Pewaukee
15-18 ILYA C Invitational - Lake Beulah
24 No Tears Alumni Race - Pine Lake - all welcome
28-31 ILYA X Champs - Pewaukee
31-1 D20 Laser Champs -
South Shore
5-8 Interlake - Clear Lake, IA
6-8 ILYA I-20 Champs - Neenah Nodaway
11-21 ILYA Championships - Lake Geneva
A Scows - Aug 15-17
E Scows - Aug 11-14
C Scows - Aug 18-21
MC Scows - Aug 11-14
12 Pram Power -North Lake
12-15 US Laser Champs - Milwaukee
13-14 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
20-22 ILYA Youth Champs (Laser and 420) - Calhoun
17-19 I-20 Nationals - Lake DuBay NOR
Todd Haines Honored by US Sailing
US Sailing Service Award  - the Gardiner Trophy -  was presented this month to ILYA Sailor, Todd Haines.
The trophy is presented to recognize individual distinguished service and exceptional dedication in the promotion of one-design sailing and class organization

Jeff Butzer nominated Todd and here are his words of praise that won the honor for the Pewaukee and A scow leader. "I nominate Todd Haines for distinguished service and leadership in the promotion of the A-scow one-design and the National Class A Scow Association (NCASA) class organization.


Mr. Haines began at a young age as an advocate for A Scows during a resurgence of the fleet, when it went from cedar planking over oak frames to FRP and carbon fiber.  This transition, which began on Haines home lake, Pewaukee spread to other large upper-Midwestern lakes that have A Scow history.


Growing the class has been Haines passion and success.  He is one of those relatively younger guys that successfully works the front and back of the crowd.  He compels other people to become involved, and sacrifices a great deal in order to make sure that regattas are well attended and fun.  During his involvement in regatta promotion, numbers went from single digits in the eighties to an unprecedented 29 A Scows at the NCASA Nationals in 2007.


Haines has personally guided the fleet during assaults on the scantling rules, and the design changes that keep the fleet on the leading technological edge, such as the addition of asymmetrical spinnakers.


Another item that Haines was heavily involved in was the creation of a video that promotes the fleet.  "The Ultimate Ride" was narrated by Gary Jobson.  The trailer can be found at:


Haines is also an active sailor in the fleet.  He skippers one A boat and is part owner in 2nd boat.  More importantly, his finishes would be much better if his head were more in the boat instead of tending to the class.


Scows, specifically the A Scow, which is over 100 years old, 38' long, 1,850 lbs., and planes up-wind, is historically, and presently significant.  Todd Haines has worked tirelessly during the past 20+ years to help make that fleet what it is today.


Silver, Gold and Platinum Donors - Which are you?


The Inland Lake Yachting Association Board of Directors announces a newrolexcollage program to recognize member support. ILYA members regularly support our many services through the payment of annual dues. Additional support from members with donations above and beyond the dues will now be acknowledged with a three-tiered recognition system.

·     Silver Level Support Recognition will be awarded to members who donate $100 or more in addition to their dues.

·     Gold Level Support Recognition will be awarded to members who donate $500 or more in addition to their dues.

·     Platinum Level Support Recognition will be awarded to members who donate $1,000 or more in addition to their dues.

The recognition applies each calendar year. Members who participate in this program will receive an ILYA sticker with the designated recognition category suitable for display on their boat or car. Supporters will also be recognized annually via Scow Slants.


Members may participate by specifying their donation to go to any one or combination of three available funds-General Fund, Promotion Fund, and Foundation Fund.


General Funds contributions may be used for general ILYA operating expenditures, including:

·         Winter Inland expenses and speakers as needed.

·         Scow Slants costs in excess of the advertising revenue.

·         Online registration and membership renewal update costs.

·         Equipment purchases, general repairs, and meeting expenses.

·         Race Committee and clinic expenses.


Promotion Account funds are used to finance:

·         Our first-time ILYA adult participant program. This program allows sailors who have never sailed in an adult ILYA event to have their entry fee waived.

·         Our youth discount program. This program allows sailors under the age of 25 to enter our adult Championship regattas at a 50% discount. This year we are expanding this program to include the ILYA adult invitationals.

·         Sailgroove's activities at our Annual Championship regatta including video clips and live interviews. Sailgroove will also be available for your club's use to highlight the best from our member clubs.

·         Costs of sending representatives to the US Sailing Junior Sailing Symposium.

·         Other Promotional costs approved by the Board of Directors.

Foundation General Fund contributions:

The ILYA foundation has been rechartered to accept general funds in support of Inland sailors who are accepting the challenge to venture out to non-scow National and International events.  For example, a high school sailor who qualifies at the regional level to attend the nationals may petition for some level of matching funds to assist with the expense.  Foundation trustees will evaluate all requests for financial assistance and provide support as feasible to qualified competitors, with youthful sailors given special preference.

How can I participate?

Just mark your membership application or renewal form (either on-line or paper form) with your donation amounts and fund choices. Then display the sticker proudly and show your support for the ILYA.

Already a member for 2010?

Become a Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level Supporter at any time during the year with your tax deductible donation to the ILYA

Sailing I-apps 
from Scuttlebutt

Yachting World editor Elaine Bunting recently posted a list of what iPhone

apps were useful for sailing and whether they were worth paying for. Here's a rundown of what she had used and tested:

Navionics charts

Met Office Weather

Marine Tides Planner Plus

Aye Tides


Wind Meter

Marine Rules & Signals

NOAA Buoy Data Reader

Her app reviews are listed here:


Since some of the apps on Elaine's list were UK centric, Scuttlebutt founder

Tom Leweck added the apps currently in use on his iPhone:

MotionX GPS

Tide Graph

RaceTools (timer)

Caribbean Racing game

Pewaukee Announces CPR Courses for Instructors

The PLSS will be holding 2 CPR/First aid classes this late spring.

Sunday May 23rd, 4-7pm and Monday June 7th, 6-9pm. These classes will be taught by Amy Mihelich, Heidi Johnson and Tim O'Malley. Classes limited to 9 participants each and are designed for SS instructors, program directors and parents. $25 fee to cover costs. Please email me to sign up. August Barkow

Ready for some warm weather?

Lake Eustis Sailing Club to Host the 38th MC Scow Midwinter Regatta


The venue is beautiful Lake Eustis.  The lake is approximately five miles in diameter and somewhere between ten to twelve feet deep, making Lake Eustis the best inland racing venue south of the Mason Dixon Line. Tucked away on the NE corner of the Lake, the sailing club is shaded under beautiful old oaks and cypress trees.  It is the perfect location to enjoy the beauty Lake Eustis has to offer.  From the native birds to the perfect sunsets LESC provides the perfect winter getaway for racing and enjoying Florida in the winter time.


LESC volunteers are ready to assist you from the moment you arrive.  From parking to launching and hauling out, our dockmaster has your logistics from land to water covered.  LESC Youth Foundation high school sailors will be offering a boat wash/wax as a fundraiser this year.  This means you can rig your boat and sit by the lake and enjoy your friends with a beer as your boat is readied for the Midwinter races.


Melges Performance Sailboats will kick off the Regatta with Zenda U.  Two days of intense training gives the novice sailor the confidence to sail in the big race and gives the experienced sailor the tune up to keep their competitors at bay.  Perhaps the best part of the clinic is the PARTY.  Yes, once again Melges welcomes ALL MC SAILORS to a party where the best wings and beer are served by the Hooter Girls.


Melges Performance Sailboats is a great sponsor of the Midwinter Regatta as they not only sponsor the Welcome Party but also the Post-Race Press Conference.  A great addition to the regatta, this gathering of sailors at the end of the race day, enables everyone to learn what made the leaders fast.


If you are on a budget this year this regatta provides you the opportunity to save on accommodations.  First, we offer a large area near the clubhouse for tenting.  One mile from the club is a RV park for those who have campers.  There is also an Easter Seals camp with bunkhouse accommodations within a thirty minute drive from the club.  The Day's Inn is our host hotel offering great regatta rates.  All of these accommodations are ways to save money and still enjoy the competition of the Midwinter Regatta.  Check out the NOR for more information.


Racing is what LESC does best. With over 80 club races each season and 10 major regattas per year, our expereince gives each sailor the racing venue they come back for year after year. With 80 boats on the starting line in 2009 we had our best regatta yet. Come to Lake Eustis in March, 2010 and experience the 38th Annual MC Midwinter Championship Regatta! You will understand why it is the "Must Do Event" of the year.


Melges boats sail all year long - full of excitement
Melges Mania in Miami

Some of the best Melges Racing is taking place in Miami. The Audi Melges 20

Class just finished up Series Event 2. Check out for video,

photos and race talk. This class is on fire as is the Melges 32 and Melges

24. Miami Race Week is up to bat next for the Melges 32 - over 25 entries

for this championship. The Melges 24 has the Bacardi Miami Race Week next

where they will have a racing circle with the Audi Melges 20. Then the 24

has a full plate of Nationals, North Americans and World Championship in

Texas USA slated for 2011. --
Jay Ecklund holds the lead after event #2 but look at this list of our sailors who continue to sail in the winter months on an exciting new circuit:
Jeff Ecklund
Harry Melges
Andy Burdick
Sam Rogers
Jamie Kimball
Stephen Kiss
Michael Kiss
Sean Fidler
David Moring
Jim Hilgard
Justin Hood
Joel Ronning
Dave Willett
Jim Gluek
And looking for a way to get rid of the winter blahs? Melges is offering a big savings on Scow Boat Handling CD.  They were priced at $120. The price is reduced to $45 each.  They can be purchased on  A great "winter trainer"
I-20 Notes from Winter Inland

Class is in favor of the 50% registration discount for under 25 year old sailors.  The ILYA confirmed that this discount will be extended to both the Invite and the Championship regattas in 2010

Cedar Lake Indiana is gearing up to host the ILYA Invite from June 26-27 (registration starts June 25).  The club is planning a great meal package for our group, and the town is having a fireworks display on Saturday night for all to enjoy!

Neenah/Nodway is making their plans for the ILYA Championship August 6, 7 & 8.  Geoff Catlin is very happy to accommodate our class suggestions for the event.

Our class has accepted a bid from the Green Lake Yacht Club to host the 2011 ILYA I-20 Championship Regatta.  The Big Inland event will take place at Lake Minnetonka in 2011, and our class will not be included in that event.  The ILYA leadership recognized that holding the event on Lake Minnetonka required some departures from the traditional format including a creative racing schedule and less fleets.  However, they do understand our desire to sail with the large group at future Championships and will continue to work to generate bids that include the I-20's for future Big Inlands

The attendees at the meeting would like NISSA to take ownership of the list of current boat owners and locations.  The purpose of this effort is to help get more existing boats in circulation either for loan, charter or resale (more to come at upcoming NISSA class meeting). Contact Anita Bersie for more info and be sure and visit the I-20 website for Nationals info.

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Phone: 262-203-7721
Fax: 262-203-7722
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Candace Porter
Inland Lake Yachting Association