A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 2, Issue 49 November 29, 2007
In This Issue
Melges Added to Hall of Fame
Barkow/Ruf Need Your Donations
Barkow Wins Rolex
ILYA Office Moves
Christmas ideas
Melges 32 event
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues or Regattas
Melges Named to Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame
Melges Named to WI Sports Hall of Fame
A renowned group of six men with rbuddy at hall of fameemarkable stories and accomplishments entered the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night, November 10th. One is a world-class sailor. That sailor is the Midwest's own Buddy Melges. Gary Jobson presented the award at the Midwest Express Center. For coverage in the local Milwaukee paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Click here. Pictured above are Buddy, Cecil Cooper and Dick Bennett. A another local paper, the Janesville Gazette, included these comments, "Zenda's Harry "Buddy" Melges Jr., a two-time Olympic medal winner in sailing, is one of six sports figures who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame tonight.

"Since 1951, nearly 125 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Henry Aaron, Bart Starr and Reggie White; leaders such as legendary coaches Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi and Al McGuire; and renowned announcers from Earl Gillespie to Bob Uecker.

"The other inductees include basketball coach Dick Bennett, NFL star lineman Mike Webster, Milwaukee Brewer Cecil Cooper, Milwaukee Bucks owner Sen. Herb Kohl and sportsman Fred Miller.

"Melges, dubbed the "Wizard of Zenda" for his sailing exploits, is recognized as one of the most successful competitive sailors in history, with dozens of national and international championships in many different classes.

"Melges won an Olympic gold medal in 1972 and bronze in 1964. He was a two-time Star world champion (1978, 1979), a three-time 5.5 Meter World Champion (1967, 1973, 1983), a five-time E-Scow National Champion (1965, 1969, 1978, 1979, 1983), a seven-time Skeeter Ice Boat World Champion (1955, 1957, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981) and a three-time Yachtsman of the Year.

"To cap off his competitive career, he helped steer America3 to a successful defense of the America's Cup in 1992."
Ted Turner and Gary Jobson presented videotape intros of Melges' achievements and contribution to the sport.


Donate to ILYA Foundation 
Olympics logoSally Barkow and John Ruf are gearing up for Beijing.
John has won the opportunity to represent the US in the Paralympics; Sally will know after midwinter regattas in Florida if she will be the US entry in the Olympics. Both are in need of financial support and welcome your donation.
The ILYA Foundation serves our many sailors who wish to participate in higher level events and need financial support. The Foundation was established under the ILYA's 501(c)(3) status and welcomes charitable donations. Please send donations, (small as well as large) to ILYA Foundation, PO Box 311, Fontana, WI, 53125-0311.
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For the third straight time, Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) has won US SAILING's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship. Racing took place November 14-17 in Shoreacres, Texas. At the gala Rolex Awards ceremony held this evening at the Houston Yacht Club, Barkow and her crew of Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), Amanda Callahan (Canton, Mass.) and Annie Lush (Poole, England) were awarded with US SAILING's Bengt Julin Trophy and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel & Gold Datejust, presented by Colette Bennett, National Sports Marketing Manager of Rolex Watch U.S.A.

"Yesterday was really the day that made the difference," said Barkow, an Olympic hopeful and 2005 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. "We feel really good."

Going into today's final two races, Barkow led the 39-boat fleet with 14 total points. "Today we went out and knew what we had to do. It was tricky and light and mind boggling, instead of having to race the boat hard like yesterday. We had to make sure we were in the top eight. Then if we were beating Derby Anderson, we wouldn't have to sail the last race."

Barkow finished fifth in the first race and elected not to sail the final race. "That was sort of the goal, but no real pressure," she said. "If we could do it, we would do it. Truthfully it's about getting the boat pulled out early. It was so close for second, so we thought we'd let them duke it out."

In both the 2005 and 2003 Rolex IWKC, Capozzi and Lush were with Barkow, along with her third Yngling teammate Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), who could not attend this regatta. "The first time Annie sailed with us was the Rolex in 2003," said Barkow. "Debbie is a good friend; I've known her for a long time. She's always been there, working hard, there's no question with her that she wants to win the race and give all she has. To have those kinds of people working for you, to sail as a team, I think that's what makes us strong as a team.

"The only reason my name is up there (on the scores) is because of those guys," said Barkow. "This team has been together for so long that they really carry me and that needs to be recognized.
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The ILYA office has moved. The mailing address remains the same; only the physical location and phone numbers have changed. Note the following:
PO Box 311
Fontana, WI 53125-0311
Phone: 262-203-7721
Fax: 262-203-7722
For that sailor in your life, look to our sailing suppliers for a Christmas special item. Our suppliers support us with regatta donations, ad revenue or on-site support.
  • A new sail is always a surprise for old and young alike. Quantum-Inland Sails and North One-Design Zenda have fall discounts in effect until December 1st (North) or 15th (Quantum). Order now for a generous discount.
  • A new boat brings an added bonus of free registration for ILYA Championships. Contact Melges Performance Sailboats or Windward Boat Works for your new scow or performance sailboat. Need financing? Melges Marine Finance can help you afford that new scow.
  • Opti sailors always welcome new gear or gifts. USODA, our local Opti vendors and Miami Opti Moms always have great ideas.
  • Don't forget our Laser and 420 suppliers who also sell great looking Gill and Magic Marine gear and other sailing related gear - Hedlund Marine in the Chicago area, Sailing Specialists (iceboating specialists) in Lake Geneva area and Aquarius Sails in Pewaukee. Your powerboating needs can be well met by The Boathouse in Madison. How about an inflatable? Visit Harborside Yacht Center in Milwaukee for a new Zodiac or other fine craft.
  • Harken has that special boat cover, great purse for mom, belts, shoes and always-coveted Harken pulley, ratchet block or cam cleat in great colors. A trip to the Harken website is worth the visit with the best sailing music and video known to mankind. Check it out! The Sailors' Tailor has been specializing in covers for any of your sailboats. Check out their great offers. Layline, Inc. can supply your new lines and rigging and many hardware items.
  • Towing your boat is great with a new Regatta Vehicle! Visit our supporters at Lynch Dealerships, Lexus of Brookfield, and the Darrow Group for your transportation needs.
Melges 32


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Lauderdale Yacht Club - With eighteen Melges 32s pre- registered and ready to race in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this weekend at the 2007 Winter Tune-Up Regatta, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for America's elite in youth sailing. Hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), this event also offers a lot of exclusives for Melges 32 class owners as they practice and prepare for the heated competition at ACURA Key West 2008. While in the same instant, it also provides a distinct chance for Laser Radial Champion Colin Smith to sail with Michael Illbruck and the likes of John Kostecki; Melges X Boat Champion Addy Ferguson to sail with Melges 24 World Champions Jeff Ecklund and Harry Melges; and Melges 24 World Champion crew member and Opti sailor extraordinaire Mac Agnese to sail with international entrant Joe Woods from the UK.

Other top youth sailors scheduled to make appearances are Alex and Haley Fox, Dominique Wright, Karl and Elizabeth Ryder, Kai Frieseke, Chanel Miller, Caroline Wright, Christina Lewis, Zack Kelchner, Marissa Lihan, Duncan and Christopher Williford, Sam Peirson, Nikki Medley, Andrew Fox, Holly Toppa, Julian Harris and Megan Place. Some of these gifted and talented youngsters participated last year in the 'Take A Junior Sailing Day' program and are back for more in 2007, this time enjoying two days of very cool, fast and competitive sailing. The combination of LYC's successful breeding ground for sailing excellence and a Melges 32 one-of-a-kind event

- this is where speed and the best-of-the-best meet.

As if the event could not be more unique, adding another aspect of exclusivity

- Olympic Medallist Morgan Reeser presented by Henri Lloyd will be on the water each day serving as the appointed fleet coach. Following later in the evening Morgan will debrief the competitors, provide post-racing videos presentations concerning boat handling, spinnaker sets, gybes and take downs along with a question and answer session during dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

Adding to the record level of turn-out is a simply astounding line-up of official competitors. Among them, Pieter Taselaar and his youthful crew, most notably known for The Morning Light Project will participate, as will Kimo Worthington calling tactics for relatively new Melges 32 owner Jim Swartz. Jud Smith will be on board with Bob Hesse; and one of a couple of West Coast entries Seadon Wijsen will team up with Stephen Pugh just to name a few.

The fun begins on Thursday, November 29 with registration and a skippers meeting. Weigh-in takes place on Friday morning, prior to the first signal at 11:00 a.m. with four races scheduled for the day. Another four races are slated for Saturday and two on Sunday. These are the official 'Take A Junior Sailing Days.'

For additional information about the Melges 32 Winter Tune-Up Regatta 2007 contact Regatta Chair, Lang Ryder ( at (954) 630-3430; or class contacts Jeff Ecklund ( at (954) 522-6411 or Andy Burdick ( at (262) 275-1110. Full reports, articles, additional announcements, press or competitor related information will be posted as available at the official web site of the International Melges 32 Class Association web site,

To submit articles, send to Candace Porter
Inland Lake Yachting Association website, click here.
To contact Executive Secretary Jim Smith, click here.