Volume 10, Issue 7
March 17, 2015  
In Memoriam
Lake Geneva Yacht Club
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Melges Performance Sailboats
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Regattas / Calendar



18-19 No Frills C- Missouri YC

25-26 Springfield C - Island Bay



2-3 Icebreaker C - Cedar, IN

8-10 Cedar WI C/MC

9-10 Spring E - Lake Geneva 

Mother's Day C- Spring Lake, MI

16-17 Labelle tuneup C - LacLaBelle YC



6-7 Eastern C - Chautauqua, NY

6-7 MIR C - Browns

12-14 C Nationals - Minnetonka



15-16 ILYA Women's/Girls Clinic - Beulah 

17-19 ILYA C Invite - Beulah



1-2  Interlake C - TBD

5-8 WMYA Champs - 

7-8 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI

7-9 WYA C - Okauchee

19-23 ILYA Championships A, E, C, MC, Melges 17 - Geneva 




5-6   USODA Midwest Championships, Minnetonka, MN

12-13 Maxinkuckee C/MC

19-20 Fenton Fall C

19-20 C Blue Chip - Okauchee

24-27 50th E Blue Chip - Pewaukee

26-27 Nan Norris Beulah C Challenge

26-27 Lotawana C Fall



3-4 Polar Bear C/MC - Davenport, IA

10-11 C Worlds - Delavan 


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Schedule is set
Lake Geneva 2015 ILYA Championships

Wednesday, August 19th

Mid-Afternoon  - Melges 17 Races 1-3

Opening Ceremony

Thursday, August 20th

Morning - C and E Races 1 and 2

Afternoon - A and MC races 1 and 2

Bilge Pullers Night

Restaurant Night for non-Bilge Pullers


Friday, August 21st

Morning - A and MC race 3

Afternoon - C and E races 3 and 4

Late afternoon - Melges 17 Race 4-5

UBS Perrigo Family Legends and Heroes Party


Saturday, August 22nd

Morning - C and E race 5

Afternoon - A and MC race 4 and 5

Late afternoon - Melges 17 Race 6

Lake Geneva Regatta Party


Sunday, August 23rd

Morning - C and E race 6

Afternoon - A and MC race 6

Trophy Presentation 

Frank Davenport SENIOR Takes Melges 24 Title  
Father Knows Best
For those of you who have known the Davenport Family, you can list the championships of the sons. Race wins, party wins - they are staunch supporters of scow sailing. Their children all competed at the top level. Grandpa Frank has supported and sailed right along with Frank, Jr, Cindy, Jeff and Dave Davenport. At a reported (unverified) age 77, Frank Sr. won his first regatta in Miami. Congrats, Frank.
                                                     (Official Press Releavse from Melges 24 website)

Miami, FL - 2015 Melges Rocks Regatta hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club was held on March 12-14 in Miami, Florida. The sailors met a

 beautiful breeze of 13-18 knots during three racing days. Warm temperatures and lots of Florida sunshine made it perfect to race on Biscayne Bay.

A tight battle was going between Steve Boho's The 300  and Frank Davenport's Rippin. Steve Boho's The 300 with tactician Brian Hutchinson and crew Ted Keller, Cathy Boho and Bill Goldsberry took a lead starting the first day and remained as the leader by the end of the second day, Frank Davenport's Rippin' following closely behind.

The final day was a real nail biter - down to the last race, and the last run of the regatta before the overall winner in the Melges 24 Class could be determined at the 2015 Melges Rocks Regatta hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club.

Going into the final day of competition, Steve Boho's The 300 carried the overall division lead. And only several points behind, were Frank Davenport's appropriately named Melges 24 Rippin' and Hunter Ratliff's Decorum.

With the conclusion of Race 7 in an eight-part series, Davenport did well enough to even up the points going into Race 8. It was on the last run, Davenport and Boho match raced their Melges 24s to the finish, battling fiercely for the second finishing position. Ratliff's Decorum had already come across the line in first and now it was down to a drag race to the finish. Davenport crossed the line only moments before Boho securing a major Melges 24 win!

A full on congratulations to Frank Davenport and his Rippin team of Frank T. Davenport (son), Jordan Gray and Martin Barr - 2015 Melges 24 Melges Rocks Champions!

College Sailing  
Spring Season has begun
Some schools are six weeks into the Spring regatta season. If it's team racing, it's YALE!! They have won two regattas in a row and look to be the frontrunners this season. Malcolm Lamphere, as a freshman, has sailed both weekends sailing with a most talented set of upperclass All-Americans. Augie Dale has been in the results column sailing for Old Dominion, Eddie Cox for William and Hobart Smith, Nicholas Clemence for St. Mary's.  Wisconsin sailors Connor Trepton, Katrina Debbink, Kelsea Kierstead and George Kutschenreuter traveled one weekend out east for team racing. Check college sailing results for all the weekend's activity. 

Here come the girls!
Navy Women's Regatta is one of the toughest in the season, in terms of the level of competition. The weather proved to be just as tough. With no racing on Sunday, Wisconsin returned home in second place resting on a great day of Saturday racing.
 The regatta brought together five fast friends: Kelly Monahan B skipper Hobart and William Smith (14th place), Madeline Loosbrock Boston College (waiting for that Sunday wind), Mary Claire Kiernan A skipper Tufts (4th place) , Kate Klement B skipper Wisconsin (4th place) and Addy Ferguson A skipper Fordham (12th place). 
E Blue Chip Needs Your Help  
E logo 50 years of celebrating the E

The NCESA Board of Directors and Russ Lucas have had numerous conversations with the Pewaukee Yacht Club's 50th E Blue Chip Committee and Gary Jobson, president of the . Russ is also a director on the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) board. The NSHOF wants to partner with the NCESA and produce a documentary movie about E Scow sailing at the 50th Blue Chip regatta.

A dedicated group of members from the Pewaukee Yacht Club are organizing a very unique sailing event that will bring so many renowned sailors of all ages together to compete in this year's E Blue Chip. Gary Jobson has a strong connection to E Scows - his first E Blue Chip regatta was at a young age crewing for Sam Merrick in 1968. Gary wants to help us promote the E Scow by creating an hour-long movie using the 50th E Blue Chip regatta as the backdrop. Gary has successfully arranged with ESPN for the film will be aired on ESPN Classic television on October 28th at 7:00 PM Eastern time, and then be available to view on YouTube thereafter.

The 50th E Blue Chip gives the E Scow Class the perfect opportunity to invest some time and money in recognizing how lucky we are to sail such a great boat and be part of such a successful Class Association. It takes more than luck to continue to make a sailboat so relevant to current and future sailors.  Generations of Class leaders, working hard on and off the water, have brought us to this point.

By preserving our past, using the Blue Chip as our vessel, we can interview and record the stories from our legendary sailors in the Class and the rock star Mystery Guests; we can delight in the current strength of our fleets and also use this Documentary to spread the story of our speed and fun, promoting the future of E Scows to the world.

To make the Jobson movie a reality we need your help to generate excitement and raise money for this unique and special project. The NCESA Board has approved investing $12,000 of our nest egg to get the ball rolling. 100% of the Board is donating money of their own to show their support and leadership. We have a number of leadership gifts that should equal about $15,000 so with the NCESA, we are more than half way up this leg. We think this is an excellent opportunity and cannot think of a better way for marketing our boat.   The total cost of producing the documentary is $48,000.

By donating to the NCESA Gary Jobson Movie, your donations will be tax deductible. I am asking all of you to kindly consider helping us get to the finish line right now! We have a long list of great sailors who can give $250 to $500 and up and up...

If you would email Russ Lucas at and Lon Schoor at an amount that you are comfortable donating to the E Scow Documentary, we will make a final list and if we can exceed the $50,000, we will cut everyone back a bit. Let's get this "done in a day"!!

Please be generous and take pride in being part of the luckiest Great Generation who has seen E Scows rule the Lakes and Bays for nearly 100 years.

With Kindest regards,

Bill Wyman, NCESA Commodore

Lake Geneva E Spring Regatta  
Site change

Please mark the date on your calendars - May 9-10, 2015 - for the 2015 Geneva E Spring Regatta. We are looking to host a wonderful event filled with action-packed fun and excitement on and off the water. This year the regatta headquarters will be out of Gage Marine in Williams Bay, where dry and wet sailing will be available at your election. Come join the competition and fellowship! For questions please contact regatta chairman Pete Strothman at or 917-647-8103. See you on the water in May! Look for us next year at the new Buddy Melges Sailing Center at Lake Geneva Yacht Club. Thanks to Gage for hosting the fleet this year. 

Want to feel like summer, click here to see Gage Marine in action
Want to Serve on Race Committee?   
Training Opportunity
The ILYA Race Management Team is always looking for interested parties to add to our cadre. While many of our teams have been together for many years (who can not recognize the rebellious women who serve on the X Boat 1 in pink?) or the PRO team of Chip Mann and Bill Best who are friends for life, there is room to learn from these teams - learn the ropes with the GPS, learn to utilize the ILYA Fleet recommendations grid, consider the next move on a race course as wind predictions do or do not come to fruition as the day progresses. While the ILYA is recognized for its consistency in operational procedures and its experienced, practiced teams, there is room for growth and room for you to join us in learning. US Sailing hosts on land courses in many venues each year. On the water practice or observation is not easy to find.  

This year the Quad Lakes X event will serve again as a training ground under PRO Larry Krause, signal boat Candace Porter, leeward gate boat Rick Trester and another unnamed as yet windward mark set boat extends an invitation to join us. This weekday X event will be small (40 boats or under) and is a Monday-Tuesday, June 29-30 at the new Cedar Lake Yacht Club - Wisconsin. Participating fleets are Beulah, Cedar, Nagawicka, Pine, (original four lakes of Quad Lakes) Oshkosh and Mendota (tentative new fleet this year). GPS and other RC instrumentation will be provided for your use.  
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