A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 4, Issue 6

May 27, 2009 

In This Issue
Executive Secretary receives thanks
MELGES/North Add Gluek
Time for TRAP
ILYA Office

Melges Performance Sailboats

North One Design
Money at A
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues

The backstory is familiar to many of you:  Eight years ago, a new A scow appeared on the scene, and set off a firestorm of controversy within the A fleet.  Beginning with Commodore David Ferguson in 2002, and continuing through the tenures of four more Commodores, the ILYA has sought compromise, received threats of lawsuits from both sides in the disagreement, engaged in mediation, and spent hundreds and hundreds of hours seeking resolution, finally receiving a lawsuit brought by Bradley Robinson that resulted in a settlement and subsequent dismissal of Robinson's case in its entirety.
There is little question that this has been the greatest challenge that the Inland Lake Yachting Association has faced in its 112 years of existence.  But throughout this controversy, there has been one constant, one guiding star that has kept all ILYA officers on course:  Executive Secretary, Jim Smith. 
To Jim fell the task of finding and preparing all manner of documentation, at least three different times.  We Commodores called upon him repeatedly for advice, facts, documents, and help with our memories.  But throughout this, Jim remained the servant of the association, reminding us not to ask him to help make decisions, but to let the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee take care of the best interests of the ILYA.  His respect for the ILYA is immeasurable, and his help could not have been more valuable.  It is not an understatement to say that the very future of the ILYA was assured by the presence and hard work of Jim Smith.
Every one of us has stated, at some point, that no one in our association appreciates the value of Jim until they have served as Commodore.  This recent controversy has brought that fact to light more often than the wind changes direction on Lake Harriet.  So while this brief note of thanks cannot begin to express the depth of our appreciation to Jim, we would be remiss if we didn't share our feelings with all the members that he also serves so well.
So, here's to you, Jim Smith, for all you do, for all the ILYA.
With affection and appreciation,
David Ferguson, Past Commodore 2001-2002
Olaf Harken, Past Commdodore 2003-2004
Tom Hodgson, Past Commodore 2005-2006
Candace Porter, Past Commodore 2007-2008
Mark Prange, Commodore 2009-

 Top sailor Jim Gluek added to the strong North Sails One Design and Melges Teams.

Zenda, Wisc. (May 26, 2009) - North Sails One Design is proud to announce the addition of Jim Gluek to the North Sails Zenda and Melges Teams. Gluek, a National Champion in many sailing classes, brings his expertise and customer service skills to North Sails One Design. Jim will be headquartered at the North Sails loft in Zenda, Wisc.

"Jim brings a very broad customer base ranging from scow sailors to iceboaters, and land sailors. He is very active in all of these classes and well respected. We really look forward to having him as part of our team," says Melges Performance Sailboats CEO, Harry Melges.

With the scow and sportboat season coming on strong right now, Gluek is eager to spread his tremendous customer service and racing experience to the North and Melges communities. Sail customers for the I-20 scow, iceboats and other one-designs can be serviced through the North Sails Zenda hotline at (262) 275-1110. Just ask for Jim Gluek or any of Melges' helpful representatives.

"His passion for the sport of sailing and dedication to customers makes him a fantastic addition to our team. Not only will Jim be highly visible and supportive at scow events around the country, but he will also assist with the growth of the new Audi Melges 20, Melges 24 and Melges 32 classes," says Melges Performance Sailboats President, Andy Burdick.

The North Sails Zenda Team of Harry Melges, Charlie Harrett, Andy Burdick and Jim Gluek are standing by and ready to help customers excel and win.

For further information, visit the Melges Team online at and/or North Sails Zenda at

 Donation brings in Scott Norman 
by Augie Barkow 
Thanks to a generous MN youth supporter, Geneva, Pewaukee and Minnetonka will be the sites of instructional evenings to instructor coaches, parents and sailors on the intricacies of kinetics and the rules governing movement on the water.
The ILYA is hosting a set of pre season clinics for Optimist coaches parents to prepare for the summer ahead.  Scott Norman is flying in from the East Coast in order to run the clinics with Instructors as they prepare for summer.  The first Clinic will be held at Pewaukee YC on June 8th, starting at 10AM and running through 4 in the afternoon.  The clinic will  involve classroom, and on the water training and Scott will utilize the USODA's large catalogue of video footage to work with our instructors.   That evening Scott will host another clinic for parents and program directors unable to attend the day's session.  This program will stay on shore utilizing video footage to educate and  enlighten involved parents, program directors, judges and coaches of the limits and specificity of Rule 42 and how it  applies to Optimist sailing.  This session will run from 7-9PM.
Scott will then host an identical set of clinics for the northern ILYA crowd out of the Minnetonka YC.  He will host the evening clinic Tuesday June 9th from 7-9 and continue on with the instructor clinic on Wednesday the 10th from 9-3 PM. Scott will be returning to the GLSS Dinghyfest regatta to work directly with sailors and instructors during the summer as well.l 
Our  goal with these clinics is not only improving the level of instruction across the ILYA Optimist fleet but to also encourage Corinthian competition and the ability for sailors to police themselves while racing in our events.

 Please make these clinics a priority for yourselves and your instructors as you prepare for the summer sailing season.  They will be very beneficial. RSVP to Augie Barkow at or Gordy Bowers at to help them prepare lunches for those attending during the day programs.

 See you there...
 ILYA Youth Committee
It is hard to believe that the TRAP registration CLOSES in just 3 DAYS, but that is the case!  I know everyone is busy with end of the year projects, exams, field trips, ice breakers and the like, but it would really be a shame if some of your sailors didn't make the deadline.  PLEASE make sure you get the word out to your fleet.  If you are not the one responsible for this, will you let me know the e-mail address of the representative on your lake?  Thanks!

There is still room in each the Junior and Senior fleets and we have a GREAT regatta planned.  For those of you who have not heard, Olympian Sally Barkow will be our Head Coach and Mike Foster from "Kattack" will be here showing off his totally AWESOME sailing instructional and training program! 

All necessary forms are available at  Please call me or send me an e-mail with any questions or concerns you may have!  I know this is going to be a great week!!

Thank you for getting the word out!  I look forward to A LOT of mail in the coming days!!

Margaret Hollister
PO Box 311
Fontana, WI 53125-0311
Phone: 262-203-7721
Fax: 262-203-7722
To submit articles, send to Candace Porter
Inland Lake Yachting Association website, click here.
To contact Executive Secretary Jim Smith, click here.

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