The ILYA Board meeting always begins with a report from our strong fleets. The year in general was a success with sustained, strong scow participation. Our hosts for our championship events were recognized for great work - Okoboji for the Big Inland, Oshkosh for the X Champs, Beulah for the Opti Champs.
A fleet - Growth has been stagnant but the fleet is strong. Used boats are available which would stimulate new purchases. The A invite on White Bear would allow non-traveling boats from this strong local fleet to participate.
E fleet - great participation at events this year. There is discussion about experimental use of a less expensive flotation panel.
C fleet Great attendance this year. New boat sales are encouraging as well as brisk mast sales with a new mast die. The Velocitek is now legal in all its modes of use.
I20 --- Built one new boat last season. There has been a change in the administration of the class. Fleet attendance is holding steady. Hope for 20 boats on Winnebago at the Big Inland.
MC - Fleet is healthy, concern that Invitational may be growing into a regional event with little travel. The MCs have chosen to not participate at Oshkosh but will host a separate event alone at Pewaukee.
Melges 17 - over 50% of fleet is youth. Michigan is growing faster than WI. Indiana fleet attended ILYA this year. Growth is an incentive for this fleet. Melges 17 fleet was featured in the latest edition of Sailing World.
X fleet - Oshkosh was recognized for a strong event this season. Coast Guard approved PFD's will be the measurer's attention rule this season. Please check to determine if your sailor has the proper lifejacket.
Opti Fleet Well-attended annual meeting which has resulted in the formation of a Women's clinic/regatta.
Scoring and trophies have been re-instated for the No Tears event. In addition, a no throwout statement will be added to the NOR.
Club 420 Fleet
The discounted entry was successful in getting newer sailors into the ILYA event.
In a most significant move, the Bylaws of the organization will be changed to rename the ILYA Rules Committee to the ILYA Fleet Council. In addition, the new fleet committees will be charged to meet regularly, to include promotion of the fleet, regatta participation, race committee collaboration and assistance, as well as the prior charge as it relates to rules.
The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the future of the Big Inland [Regatta]. A one-year committee presented its final report. It has been apparent that all Board members desire a return to the heyday of the Inlands where our event was a "no-miss" event. Schedule, site, scope, sponsorship were all on the table. The discussion continues with a new committee to visit our clubs to frame a new but "this is the Inlands" event.
Building on the enthusiasm for a focus to establish ourselves as the premiere regatta, the 2014 and 2015 Big Inland events will be styled to build attendance. In 2014 Oshkosh will host a four-day "everyone come" event. The A's, E's, C's and I-20's will be hosted to a grand event with sponsors and entertainment already lined up. The schedule will allow sailors to sail two fleets in a day or spend quality time with family in a city that is casual enough to enjoy with the entire family. Transportation to and from the hotel, waterfront boat parking, The Waters accessibility all day, brunch to dinner scheduling to allow for the varied schedules - it's all arranged. Dr. Tom Hodgson will be sailing manager - he WILL control the elements to make this all work. Chip Mann has his cadre of RC lined up. The band is booked ---- come on up. The Best Western Waterfront hotel is accepting reservations. It's a Wyman extravaganza so WHY NOT COME?
2015 Big Inlands was awarded to Geneva. With the new Buddy Melges Sailing Center open, the Bilge Pullers Hall of Fame new home, Melges Boatworks nearby, Geneva will bring something new to the event. The sponsorship potential in this region will provide opportunity to showcase our fine sailing and our strong association. Format and fleets are undetermined at this time but come to the Winter Inland to give your input.
The 2016 and beyond Big Inlands should take on a new look based on the changes in '14 and '15, discussions with our large hosting lakes, sponsorship relationships and fleet building initiatives. To be sure, the ILYA will be taking back its ownership of Fun for the Family.