| Hudson, Wisconsin - November 2
Fleets Report Good Health
All Fleets are reporting active sales, new and used. That's great news in a year when regattas are sure to promote maximal attendance.
A's - the A fleet reports a steady 20+ boats at all regattas with a move to encourage 5-10 additional boats for 2015. Lee Alnes notes increased participation by women in the fleet. New (to the fleet) boats on the line might be as high as four boosting used boat sales.
E's -a reported 15 new E's are ordered. What a year this will be!
The National E Association met the day prior to the ILYA Board with no new scantling or rules changes that will impact ILYA events.
C's - Robust new boat sales in the past two years have provided a good used boat market which has seen a strong influx of youth members. The C's will request continuation of the C Invitational.
I-20 - There is a new influx of members outside the ILYA. One new boat was built this year. Testing on new sail material and shape continue. The fleet did not host an Invite this year but will request one in 2015. Chute launching system is being investigated.
MC's - nationally the class is strong with new fleets added. The ILYA Championships was the largest regatta of the year. Pewaukee was an exceptional host for Championships. A survey was conducted by Fleet rep Al Haeger with 67 responses. Results:
1 - Identified need to focus on youth - loaner boats, coaching, affordability, regatta for youth.
2 - Provide opportunities to learn - regional clinics, articles in Scowlines, video race commentary
3 - Obtained a ranking on issues of what attracts sailors to regattas. Those ideas of "what makes me come" will be forwarded to anyone from Haeger.
Melges reports a strong market for new boats. Used market is slim with all the increased growth.
Melges 17 - Two strong ILYA fleets exist on Pewaukee and Geneva with strong fleets nearby in Macatawa Bay and Indianapolis. The fleet is struggling with regatta attendance perhaps due to conflicting dates with other adult fleets and the many 17 sailors who are integral to other fleet participation. The fleet requested and will have Melges 17 Championships along with the other adult fleets at Geneva for the ILYA Championships.
X boat - Numbers were down at bit a Gull but excellent regatta. The used boat market is thin due to large influx of youth entering the boat. Website development is on the fleet committee's agenda.
Optimist Dinghy - Cedar hosted an exceptionally high-attendance event with 120 boats at Championships. Early registration continues to be low which can be problematic for inexperienced regatta hosts. Trapezoid course will be added to course selection. A practice race will be considered for 2015 event.
420's - 27 boats hosted by White Bear. Cedar, Pistakee and Nagawicka have new fleets next year. Fleet will ask for three-day event with first day as an open teamrace event. Nationally there is a concern about encouraging female sailors.
Fleet Council Reports - The council which consists of all the fleet reps met prior to Board meeting for a collaborative approach to fleetwide issues. The Council addressed a multitude of topics with recap below:
Race committee issues
- Fleet guideline changes were approved in classes MC, X, C420, and Melges 17. The complete set of recommendations is on line HERE
. Fleet reps are encouraged to contact RC well before event to speak to RC about fleet's desires in an effort to continue to maintain excellent communication between the fleet and RC.
- ILYA seems to set the norm for midwest scow sailing for our member clubs. Recommendation for a sailing instructions template to be posted on ILYA website as a resource for our member clubs will be completed by Jim Smith. "Redress during starting sequence" will be re-written to coincide with recent national language. The language is softened to give the sailor the most advantageous opportunity for fair sailing. C's will make one-turn penalty standard.
Heartfelt thanks to our volunteer RC cadre who work season-long for us, many with multiple events.
RC education - There was robust enthusiasm for providing RC educational opportunities both on land and on the water. The Race Committee, with assistance from the Fleet Council, will establish opportunities for water training and will establish a path to improve education and communication with newly trained and enthusiastic race committee personnel.
Other Board items:
--- Dues collection will be handled by Regatta Network in 2015, which will decrease office time and provide ease at regatta on-site registration. The ILYA currently uses Regatta Network for our regatta registrations and regatta scoring.
--- The ILYA will change our bylaws to coincide with the current US Sailing procedural guidelines in the area of appeals.
New Business - A concern about encouraging women in sailing and the direction for youth development led to new charges to committee for presentation in spring. A report of the ILYA Women's/Girls' Clinic included a post-event survey and a review of the financials including the most generous donation and support to the event. The steering committee for the event has recommended repeating the event with the survey results guiding the mission of inter-generational involvement, scow sailing, national instructors. Youth Development was issued a new challenge to establish methods to encourage clubs' involvement in youth participation.
2014 ILYA Championships - Beth Wyman was congratulated wholeheartedly for the effort of Oshkosh Yacht Club. Her report noted the growth in the Oshkosh club's inner strength due to its involvement in the event. She notes the positive effect hosting an event can produce in local participation. In addition the social aspect was outstanding. Comments from the local hotel denote the FUN we really had.
2015 ILYA Championships - Date is August 19-23. Fleets will be A, E, C, MC, Melges 17. I-20s are most satisfied hosting a Championship at a single site as the MC's did in 2014. The I-20s would like to reserve the right for consideration on Geneva for 2016 and 2017. Annual Championship format - fleets will enjoy the same socially-successful Oshkosh format in the 2015 event. All fleets want 6 races and no racing will start on Wednesday with the possible exception of the Melges 17 fleet. The Melges 17 fleet w ould like to start the Wednesday of ILYA Championships with three races on Wed and additional races as an exhibition for the remainder of the days. The later date of the Championships may bring Western Michigan fleets. Classes C and MC will review their throwout preferences for a six-race event.
MC Invite - Nagawicka July 9-12 Based on the MC survey results, the Fleet will investigate a developmental aspect to the Invite on Nagawicka. The event would include instruction for youth and less experienced sailor, speakers, radio-coaching, end of day review; 1:1 instruction. The clinic would be instructional throughout. Fleet will investigate concept and report back at Winter Board meeting.
E Invite - Minnetonka July 9-12
I-20 Invite TBD I20 Champs --- TBD
No A Invite
C Invite - Beulah tentative pending LBYC Board approval but keep date July 16-18.
Melges 17 - Geneva for Champs
X Champs - Pewaukee July 22-25
IOD No Tears West - TBD IOD No Tears East - Delavan
IOD ILYA Championships - Beulah July 26-28
Club 420 Champs - Nagawicka June 26-28
2016 Bids -
Fleet reps will be choosing 2016 sites at 2015 Winter Board meeting. Clubs are encouraged to submit bids to Jim Smith
. A list of current bids is HERE
1 - The Promotion Committee will investigate updating of the ILYA website to best serve our fleets.
2 - Women's Clinic - survey results were issued, steering committee has been formed to assure continuity. The clinic will be repeated in 2015 with Beulah committed to repeating but with an open invitation for another club to bid for the event.
3 - 71 discounts were given to ILYA junior sailors
4 - Rolex Yachtspersons of the Year nominees were submitted to US Sailing.
Winter Inland will not be held this year. Awards will be presented at the Annual ILYA Championships. A winter two-day session will be held with the first day consisting of subcommittee meetings and the ILYA Board meeting will be Sunday. The Annual Meeting of Delegates will be held by alternate method. Dates, format and site will be announced in Scowlines.