A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 2, Issue 47 October  30, 2007
In This Issue
Attend ILYA Champs free
50% youth discount
MC Midwinters
USODA Discount
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues or Regattas
Melges Offers Free ILYA Regatta Registration
Melges Performance Sailboats Supports ILYA Championships with an Innovative Promotion
Melges Performance Sailboats has been a long-time friend of the ILYA, supporting many events with sponsorship, on-site training, tuning, and repairs. Melges plans to expand its relationship in 2008 and promote attendance in ILYA events as well. Witness the forthcoming promotional draft from the Scow builder:

"Your new Melges Scow means top-notch quality and blazing speed, and what better way to experience the new performance than by attending the championship regatta in the longest standing Scow event in the world--the Inland Lake Yachting Association Championship. Your purchase of a 2008 Melges Scow entitles you to a free entry in the ILYA Champonship Regatta for your class. What better way to test your equipment and support the ILYA. Melges is on board to provide you the free entry. Hop on board and enjoy a great new boat at a terrific event. -- Andy Burdick"
ILYA Announces Second Year of Youth Discount
Monday spinnakersYouth who attend the ILYA Champs at Okoboji will compete at a half-price registration fee. Youth C boaters will be sailing FREE.  M-16s, I-20s, Cs, Es, A Open and MC's can plan now for the youth program. The A One Designs will convene one week later in Mendota and also offer the discount. The Melges 17 fleet will repeat last year's venue with a return to Pewaukee July 17-20 with a repeat of high youth attendance.
Youth registration applies to the ILYA adult fleets. Youth is defined as 25 and under. Online registration for invites and champs is a prerequisite. This will assist regatta hosts plan for the event.
MC Midwest Champs in Warm Florida - March 13-15 - Lake Eustis

Imagine preparing for a major event race in sunny Florida in the middle of March!  That is exactly what the "Melges Guys" have in store for those wanting to sail to the lead in this year's  "NASCAR" Scow sailing event of the year, The 36th Annual Midwinter Regatta! The event begins with the successful Zenda U. and then moves to very competitive racing.

This year the Midwinter Regatta is slated to make NASCAR look like a pony trot!  Top Scow sailors from all over the US will be contending for the title.  We have great weather and a great lake to sail. Be there for the post-race press conference where you will learn how the leaders take control.  Be there for the pirate party, complete with food, games and prizes!  Be there to enjoy the banquet dinner at The Lakeside Inn on beautiful Lake Dora-- submitted by June Howells
USODA Discount in Effect This Year
 usodaAdd this to your club dues - from Chuck Mascahal, USODA Executive Director
USODA can use your help in signing up all of your Club's Opti sailors, but if not all, then at the very minimum all NEW opti sailors. This is the time when Optinews, our Owner's manual and Parent manual mean the most. Getting to sailors and parents during their first 2 years will help us get and retain members and also give us the best chance to train them properly and, hopefully, create those sailors for life. 
Many Clubs are signing up all Opti skippers and many sign up first year sailors. We have a discount Club Membership that offers the substantial savings you can provide to your Club's parents (so long as the club is a sustaining member).
When you sign up a group you will also get an equal number of Owner and Parent manuals. Sign up each member at $33 each and send one check to USODA, PO Box 1301. Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Contact Chuck Maschal for more details.

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