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

May 7, 2009 

In This Issue
Bilge Pullers
ILYA Action
Annual Report
Club Insurance
X Champs at Gull Lake
I-20 and M-16 Regatta
ILYA Office

Melges Performance Sailboats

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

 Money at AIn 2008 the Bilge Pullers graciously allocated $1800 to be used to upgrade ILYA office equipment, specifically the purchase of a new office computer. Early in 2009 Executive Secretary Smith found like-new equipment that would satisfy current needs and which cost only $600. According to Smith, the new(er) I-Mac Computer is a 'gazillion times faster' than the replaced 2002 model he had been using. He says his fists are no longer pounding the desk waiting for programs to open. In addition, the 20 inch screen is a great improvement.

The Bilge Pullers has been most generous to the ILYA over the years, providing support to the office and race committee.
Admiral Ruf reminds you to attend one of the two Spring banquets. The Southern will be at the Pewaukee Yacht Club on 8 May 2009 at 6:00 PM and the Northern Banquet will be at Lord Fletchers on 15 May 2009. Contact John Ruf at
Bilge Pullers Honor Race Committee work of Russ Ackley
The annual presentation of the Bilge Puller Cannon went to Pewaukee's Russ Ackley. Ackley served twelve (count them!) times in our short sailing season in '08. He saw many of our fleets: X, C, E, MC, A. Lasers and 420s. He seems to do it all! Watch for Russ on his home lake of Pewaukee or at one of our ILYA regattas.

 From Executive Secretary Smith: 

MORCThe ILYA Office has some extra copies of the Dick Rose handouts on new Rule 18. Happy to send to anyone interested. Contact the office at

The ILYA website is the place to list your  2009 event. Look at the ILYA regatta event list for upcoming events.  Posting is free to member clubs, and can be done using this form.

Did you know you can update your membership information online? You can also renew your membership and look up other association members by various categories. All you need to have is your email address and your password which you can also change. You can get your paswword if you forgot it.

The 2009 ILYA Rule Book (this is not the Racing Rules of Sailing) is now on line  along with other ILYA publications. Rule Books in hard copy ($15) and CD format ($10) are being mailed out this week. The new Racing Rules of Sailing ($20) is also available from the ILYA office. 
Lawsuit Settled
Bradley Robinson filed suit against the ILYA on March 25, 2008.  The ILYA Executive and Legal committees have been working on this matter and taken many steps leading up to a potential trial.  On March 26, one year and one day after the filing, both sides met in a pre-trial mediation session and agreed to an out-of-court settlement. The ILYA insurance carrier approached this settlement as a business risk evaluation, without the emotion that was brought by the two interested parties. The ILYA admitted no fault, and the insurance carrier alone made a cash payment to Mr. Robinson.  The terms of the settlement were approved by the ILYA's Executive Committee.
The ILYA looks forward now to using all our resources for the purposes of the ILYA:  promoting, fostering, encouraging and developing amateur yacht racing.
Click below to view the ILYA Annual Report. This pictorial review of the year was compiled by Past Commodore Suzanne Reese. The report is available online, not in print. The cover shot is graciously provided by Pat Dunsworth. Other photos are by Stacie Carlson, Larry Kmiecik and Candace Porter. Thanks to Suzi Reese who prepared the report as her "swan song" for the ILYA.

Annual Report 2008
Does your club have insurance?
A junior sailor from your club's team is hurt in a regatta at another club. 
 What does that mean for you?
If you're part of the Burgee Program by Gowrie Group, it means you have the protection you need.
At Gowrie, we realize that children are a club's most treasured assets. Our team of marine insurance experts looks at Junior Sailing programs from every possible angle. We make sure complete protection is customized for your specific junior program and extended to include the things that other insurance coverage often excludes, like non-member children, borrowed boat coverage, sexual molestation and the Federal Jones Act.
The Burgee Program - endorsed by US SAILING - is the only comprehensive insurance program developed to meet the unique needs of yacht clubs and sailing organizations.
Join the more than 50% of yacht clubs in the US that have chosen The Burgee Program so they can confidently run regattas, borrow boats, teach sailing, hold social events, weather storms - and keep their club, board members, flag officers, volunteers and employees well-protected.
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Gull XMake sure to add the X Inland at Gull Lake to your iSail list by registering now to attend the ILYA X Championship, July 22-25, 2009 on beautiful Gull Lake.  Click here to register.
The Family Vacation  Regatta:  Make Gull Lake your family vacation and stay the week! The Brainerd Lakes Area is an ideal family vacation destination, full of activities for all ages that can be enjoyed "on" or "off" the water, including championship golf, wakeboarding, fishing, jet ski, bicycling, hiking, antiquing, dining, spa's, and just plain relaxing on the lake. Click here for local area information.
Accommodations:  Rooms have been blocked for the regatta at a variety of resorts on Gull Lake and hotels in Baxter.  Click here for accommodations.
Visit the regatta website for more information.
Questions? Contact us at

Follow in the footsteps of these young sailors:
rolanders at oshkosh
Joe and Griffin Rolander
ILYA Jr. X Champs 2008
Lake Geneva Yacht Club

rolanders at oshkosh
                           Davis and RJ Porter
                           ILYA Sr. X champs 2008
                           Lake Geneva Yacht Club
 I-20 ILYA Invitational - M-16 ILYA Championship
June 20th-21st
The late entry deadline is approaching for your regatta at Cedar Wisconsin. The ILYA has offered a couple of wayS to sail at a reduced or no entry fee. If you have never sailed in an ILYA event your entry fee is free. For your Championship regatta if you are under 25 you only have to pay 50% of the regular entry fee. So, the M-16's can take advantage of both of these programs and the I-20's can participate in the under 25 program. To take advantage of either of these programs you need to register before the late entry fee deadline of June 4th.
Cedar is also offering limited housing to sailors who register early. It is available on a first come first served basis. We also allow camping on our grounds. All boats will be dry sailed at this event. No buoy's or taxi's.
For the M-16's this is a great chance to come back to one of the original M-16 lakes and for the I-20's it is a great opportunity to sail on a new venue and introduce your fleet to a new lake.

Come for a great time on a great lake.
Register at:

Contact Rick Trester at or 262-644-8398 with any questions.

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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