A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Regatta Edition 
Volume 3, Issue 53

September 19, 2008

In This Issue
Welcome John
ILYA Office
Summerset Marine
Melges Performance
North One Design
MVP Skills
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues
Calendar of Events
   19-21 E Blue Chip - Pewaukee
   19-21 I-20 Nationals - Green Lake
   19-21 MC Blue Chip. Spring Lake, MI
   19-21 Lotawana C Fall
   27-28 Polar Bear Regatta , C and MC, Davenport, IA
   27-28 Melges 17 Nationals, Lake Geneva
   4-5 C Worlds, Delavan
   11-12 Nagawicka Sailing School Laser 
     18th ILYA Board Meeting at Hudson

An estimated 250 people lined the entrance to Pewaukee Yacht Club along a US flag-lined road. Nearly fifty children waited for local hero John Ruf waving flags at every van who arrived to join the celebration. The adults were located from the road to the bar. When Ruf finally arrived, the Spencer nephews led the charge of youngsters rushing the van to welcome Ruf. As father Fritz reassembled the wheelchair and John transfered into his vehicle, Todd Haines started singing the national anthem with the crowd, every voice, joining in. Fireworks boomed over the lake. Ruf rolled through the crowd with hands extended to shake Ruf's hand. This was goosebump poignancy that is rarely duplicated. Only at Pewaukee! Hugs, well wishes, and a real lovefest for Ruf. Congrats, John, on your return home.
In my brief visit with John, he noted he followed none of the publicity from the ILYA, Milwaukee Journal or US Sailing. He has a treasure in store with no superstitions to impede his joy. He said his pride watching the US flag arise during the medal ceremony was indescribable. His smile was without words. 
 Lake Lotawana wants you this weekend
Bob Cooley invites you to visit his home lake with the best C regatta in Missouri this weekend. Check the link in the calendar of events. It's never too late to jump in the car for this beautiful fall weekend of sailing.

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