A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 4, Issue 53

November 15, 2009 

In This Issue
Bentsen Honored
Ruf - Sailor of the Week
Weekend regattas
Christmas ideas
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Melges Performance Sailboats

North One Design
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ISAF Honors Bill Bentson     from Sail World
On Thursday in Busan, Korea, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) President Göran Petersson presented Bill Bentsen of the USA with the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy in recognition of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.

The presentation of the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy was made at the end of the first day of meetings for the Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the culmination of this year's ISAF Annual Conference taking place in Busan, Korea.

Presenting the Trophy, ISAF President Göran Petersson, said: 'Being awarded the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy is an honour reserved to a few great names who, with their voluntary commitment and devotion, have contributed in an outstanding way to the sport of sailing. Bill Bentsen is known to many of us as the rules expert and has contributed enormously to The Racing Rules of Sailing as we use it today. It is only fitting now that the International Sailing Federation presents Bill with our highest honour for his contribution to the sport of sailing.'

Bill Bentsen exemplifies the idea of sailing as a lifetime's sport. As a competitor, he won two Olympic medals: bronze at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the Flying Dutchman followed by gold six years later in Kiel as crew for Buddy Melges in the Soling. He was a member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee for 25 years, was also a highly respected International Race Official and a key figure in US SAILING's governance.

On receiving the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, Bill Bentsen said, 'To say that I feel honoured today would be a serious understatement. I value this Beppe Croce Award because it confirms the importance of The Racing Rules of Sailing and ISAF's recognition of that fact.'

Bentsen went on to explain how and why the rules have become so important to him, pointing to the framework they provide for competition and its conduct, and the opportunity for resolving conflict. He concluded, 'Finally - and I believe this is unique to sailing - the rules encourage competitors to apply the rules to their own actions, and to take appropriate penalties when they have broken a rule. I think this helps them to become better competitors, but also better people.'

The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. In memory of Beppe Croce, the ISAF President from 1969-1986, the Federazione Italiana Vela presented the Trophy to the ISAF and it was awarded for the first time in 1988.

The roll of honour is an impressive one, including multiple Olympic medallists, rules gurus and designers, and all have dedicated an outstanding amount of time to the sport of sailing.

by ISAF   12:04 PM Fri 13 Nov 2009 GMT

Ruf Chosen US Sailing Sailor of the Week
Sailor of the Week   from US Sailing e-newsletter 11/11/09
John Ruf
John Ruf
Last week was a special time for 2008 Paralympic Bronze Medalist John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.). A member of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG), Ruf won the 2.4 mR World Championship held at the Edison Sailing Center on Caloosahatchee River on Nov. 2-6 in Ft. Myers, Fla. The win was Ruf's first world championship.

Ruf pulled out the win in the 44-boat, open fleet event by beating a number of talented able-bodied and disabled 2.4 mR sailors including 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Paul Tingley (CAN) and 2009 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Champion and 2009 2.4 mR National Champion Thierry Schmitter (NED). Ruf clinched the 2.4 mR World Championship a day early last Thursday with one race to spare.

"I'm in shock. I've never won a world championship," said Ruf. "It's pretty humbling, knowing all those people on the trophy. It's pretty impressive company to be in."

Ruf won three out of 10 races last week, and after dropping his two lowest scores -- an eighth and 11th -- Ruf's worst finish was only fourth. He said he never once looked at the results board throughout the week, so he didn't realize he mathematically had a chance of winning gold today. "I focused on taking one race at a time," he said.

The last American to win a 2.4 mR World Championship was the late Nick Scandone in 2005. "It's nice to be on the same trophy with Nick," said John. "Nick was a dear friend of mine. I wish he was there to sail."

John's grandfather and mother taught him how to sail as a youngster. "Four generations of my my family sailed on Pewaukee Lake before I hit the water as part of the fifth generation," he added. His sister, Sarah, is an Inland Champion and his parents sailed together in a M-scow for many years.

John looks ahead to the tough job of qualifying for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, which starts in December. He also looks forward to competing at US SAILING's Miami OCR in January.
Editor's Note - this is the third ILYA sailor this fall to be named US Sailing Sailor of the Week. Ruf joins the elite company of Sam Rogers and Meg Six.
Weekend Regattas
 High school and college 
Fall sailing continues on both the high school and college levels. The Women's ACC finds the Boston Eagles with Anne Haeger on top but Florida's Eckerd College with White Bear's Lara Dallman-Weiss crewing in A's was first on Saturday night.
Scowlines received email news that Robbie Allen of Minnetonka won a portion of the high school Great Oaks Regatta in New Orleans' Southern Yacht Club regatta. No results posted at the time of this edition.
Check college and high school websites later today.
Christmas ideas
 Support our sailing suppliers
Improve your knowledge and application of the rules with David Dellenbaugh's 'Learn The Racing Rules' for 2009-2012! This completely new two-part DVD set uses live sailing and animation to explain the right-of-way rules and their limitations (Part 1) plus all the rules at marks and obstructions (Part 2). To order or get more info:
Melges/North Sails
Thanks to our Zenda friends for a year's support of Scowlines. Wives, remember to order your husband some new sailing gear. Contact the crew at Melges for ideas.  Phone 262-275-1110.
Consider one of our many ILYA photographers this Christmas.
The editor went out to the Gull Lake site to view the X photos. They are magnificent! Go find your favorite sailor for a grandparent pic for Christmas or a graduate from the fleet photo.
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