Volume 8, Issue 75

 September 23, 2013

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28-29 Lotawana C-Missouri YC, MO
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5-6 C Worlds--Delavan, WI

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E Blue Chip No Wind

   Augie Barkow Wins

1st V-37 August Barkow 1.0 1.0 2.0 6.0 5.0 15.0 15.0
2nd I-2 Vincent Porter 2.0 6.0 14.0 3.0 1.0 26.0 26.0
3rd V-15 Chris Banholzer 6.0 2.0 3.0 12.0 4.0 27.0 27.0
4th MA-10 Richard Wight 5.0 5.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 31.0 31.0
5th SL-4 Brett Hatton 12.0 15.0 5.0 1.0 3.0 36.0 36.0
6th V-777 Bob Biwer 11.0 7.0 1.0 4.0 14.0 37.0 37.0
7th M-87 Derek Packard 8.0 11.0 10.0 8.0 2.0 39.0 39.0
8th X-751 Jim Gluek 7.0 4.0 6.0 14.0 13.0 44.0 44.0
9th M-9 Tom Burton 4.0 9.0 12.0 13.0 9.0 47.0 47.0
10th ? Cam Lewis 16.0 13.0 4.0 2.0 15.0 50.0 50.0
11th W-25 Lee Alnes 10.0 3.0 11.0 11.0 17.0 52.0 52.0
12th T-17 Chad Hillyer 3.0 12.0 15.0 9.0 16.0 55.0 55.0
13th V-220 Paul Biwer 13.0 17.0 13.0 5.0 7.0 55.0 55.0
14th TO-33 Steve Johanson 15.0 16.0 7.0 10.0 8.0 56.0 56.0
15th WA-22 Dick Tillman 14.0 8.0 16.0 16.0 10.0 64.0 64.0
16th CR-66 Rob Terry 9.0 10.0 17.0 18.0 DNF 12.0 66.0 66.0
17th GL-7 Toby Sutherland 17.0 14.0 9.0 15.0 11.0 66.0 66.0
          MC Blue Chip

   Spring Lake. MI


Roble Finishes Fourth

 Dave Dellenbaugh beats Dave Perry

Roble/Haeger/Canfield and Janney lost in the Petit Finals and finished fourth in the prestigious US Sailing Matchracing Championship.

And Delavan for the Last C Event of the Season
October 6-7         

The traditional last regatta of the C Scows is Delavan's C Worlds Regatta. Started by Commodore Fred Stritt in the late 1990's we always have a good turnout for boats, so if you are in Delavan for the first weekend in October, come on out and watch some of the best C Scow Sailors in the nation. There's good attendance by C Scow sailors because members of the National C Scow Sailing Association are ranked across lakes and this is the last regatta to increase their positions. It's always a good time, so come out to sail or watch.

C Worlds is your last stop in SE WI for C boat racing. Homecooked meals. Chilly weather most likely but great sailing. Come to conquer the Worlds.
Beulah Challenge - No Wind on Sunday
   Great Mix of Experienced and Youth         
1st B-317 John Porter Pat Welscher 4 1 1 6
2nd B-12 Kent Haeger Mike Greeson 2 3 4 9
3rd B-8 Rob Clayton Vicki Clayton 9 8 5 22
4th B-99 Jeff Lippert Don Franzene 3 5.5 15 24
5th B-10 Jeff Hudson Rob Hudson 5 13 7 25
6th B-26 Jeff Komas Scott Kent 6 7 12 25
7th B-101 Ben Porter Brad Roble 14 4 8 26
8th B-117 Joe Byrnes Karla Keck 1 22 6 29
9th E-1 Matt Prange Matt Parker/Amy Nuding 7 10 13 30
10th B-303 Frank Davenport, Jr. Ron Jarecki 11 20 2 33
Memorial Service Set for Don Williquette

Donald  Williquette 91, passed away peacefully September 1, 2013 in Anderson, SC.    "Uncle Donald" sailed E Scows on Nagawicka Lake  and was a past NLYC Commodore. He also served as Commodore of the Wisconsin Yachting Association, was an Inland Lake Yachting Association's Member of The Year, and a Past Admiral of Bilge Pullers. He brought inland lake judging to a new level with his "crew" and was always willing to work with young and old sailors and judges alike to help them excel in the sport he loved.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery next spring. A Memorial Service will be held at the Oconomowoc Community Center (220 Wisconsin Ave) on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm. 

Melges 32 World Championships
Petey Crawford On Board - and we thought he was all about videos - Congrats!

Porto Rotondo, Italy - Congratulations are in full order for American Jason Carroll aboard Argo, with tactician Cameron Appleton and crew comprised of Anthony Kotoun, Chuck Norris, Peter Crawford, Westy Barlow, Eric Aakhus and Lindsey Bartel as they are 2013 Melges 32 World Champions. Carroll's father was close by on a support boat and instantly recapped that this accomplishment is the product of over
forty regattas raced by the Argo Team.


Almost immediately after crossing the finish line, press and media boats as well as fellow teams crowded around Carroll to congratulate him. When asked how it felt to now be World Champion, a very calm and relaxed Carroll responded with smile a mile wide, "It feels pretty good."


"I'm so proud of my team, they have worked so hard to win this," said Carroll post-awards. "The level of competition in this fleet has grown so much over the past couple of years, making this all the more rewarding."

 Wanted: X and E sails
   Request from member         

I am a member and donor to ILYA and a former board member and Sailing Director of YMCA Camp Olson ( In the past 10 years we have built the camp's sailing program into one of the strongest recreational programs for summer camps in the Midwest. 

Over 2,000 campers attend our camp each year and virtually everyone gets to sail during their stay. Over half the campers choose sailing as their primary activity. Our fleet includes 3 E scows, 5 C scows, 5 MC scows, 5 X boats, 2 Lightenings and 10 Sunfish. 

The camp needs some used racing sails for our boats and you know the X boat and E scow racers in the Midwest who might be able to help us. Specifically we need:

An E scow jib

Two (2) sets of X Boat sails

If you know anyone who would like to donate their old racing sails, get a substantial tax write off and more importantly help us introduce young boys and girls to the pleasures of inland sailing please have them contact me or the camp director, Russ Link

Pierce Johnson

708 261-9541

Editor's note:-- Many ILYA members will be driving to Hudson, WI for the ILYA Fall Board Meeting.  Pierce will gladly accept sails at that location.
Clear Lake MC Team Race Regatta

We had another wonderful MCSA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM REGATTA at Clear Lake, IA September 7-8, 2013.


WHY I LOVE TEAM SAILING IN MC's...from the competitors.


Noel Neuman, Upper Minnetonka..."it makes you think ALL the time.  You have to sail fast, AND think two or three steps ahead.  "what kind of move can I make, and what is their counter-move, how do I foil that" The intensity multiplies the fun factor.


Joe Fricton, Lake Harriet..."because of the team camaraderie"


Gary Riter, Lake Harriet "it's tribal sailboat racing with the opportunities of half court basketball, arena soccer, pond hockey, and your own motorcycle gang."


Keith Morical, Upper Minnetonka... "it is electrifying. It amplifies all of the skills needed to sail well (watching the wind, heal, sail trim, and more then fleet racing, boat handling, tactics and strategy). And the team aspect allows everyone to contribute to the win.


John Grzybek, Upper Minnetonka...  "it is or is becoming a tradition, where friend becomes foe for a few minutes and friend again immediately after crossing the finish line. It tests the self and the other. It creates instantaneous situations for brilliance or pure luck. More importantly, it is an excuse to be on the water, to sail fast, to learn from others, to laugh, and to enjoy the peace of the whisper of the winds across your brow. (or bow).


Darin Newman, Lake Harriet..."because it levels the playing field."


Dave Abramson, Upper Minnetonka..." the close boat on boat engagements are exciting, encouraged, and unpredictable."


David Kelloway, Upper Minnetonka..."its FAST and VERY exciting."


Clear Lake Yacht Club hosted the Fourth annual MCSA Team Racing Championship on September 7 and 8, and this regatta is getting better and better. This year, the regatta hosted 6 teams, 2 each from Clear Lake, Lake Harriet and National Champion, Upper Minnetonka.


On to the racing! On Saturday the wind was light with temps in the mid-90s, but PRO Mark Tesar was able to get 5 or 6 races in by lunch. That morning both Harriet teams won races, with Harriet(Team#2) beating Harriet(Team#5) with fast sailing by Darrin Newman.  Harriet(Team#5)  knocking off Upper Minnetonka(Team#6)  with an excellent start and maintaining a winning combination throughout the race. After lunch, the wind was virtually non-existent and we spent the early afternoon watching the first Americas Cup races. Then at 4:00, Mark got us out racing in 8 to 10 mph wind, and we were able to sail another 4 races. By the end of the day, Upper Minnetonka was in first followed by Clear Lake.


That night, we were treated to our traditional steak dinner at the Outing Club with many discussions of rules, boat handling, and team racing tactics. 


On Sunday, the sky was overcast with 12-15 mph winds, and the PRO had us racing by 8:30. Harriet(Team#5) had more success on Sunday. With excellent starts, Harriet(Team#5) was able to beat Clear Lake Team(Team#1). At the end Upper Minnetonka Team(Team#5)  took the championship by knocking off defending champ Clear Lake(Team#1).


A big thanks to the Clear Lake Yacht Club for loaning boats to both the Upper Minnetonka and Lake Harriet, which made attending the regatta very easy. 


Joe "I Love Team Sailing" Fricton, Lake Harriet



A record 6 teams competed in the event. 

1st      Team#4            Upper Minnetonka                    9 points

2nd     Team#1            Clear Lake                                7 points 

3rd      Team#3            Clear Lake                                6 points

4th      Team#5             Lake Harriet                              4 points

5th      Team#2             Lake Harriet                              2 points (TIE)

6th               Team#6     Upper Minnetonka                    2 points (TIE)

 The Melges 17 - Your Transition Boat
   Griffin Rolander - ILYA Champ


Two summers ago I finished my last X-boat regatta, and was officially thrown into the intangible bubble where youth sailors morph into adult sailors. I had decisions that needed to be made, and plans that had to be executed. Of course I wanted to continue sailing, but how? What was my next step?


With plans to sail in college, but without direction on exactly how to accomplish that goal, I decided to train in the Club 420, the typical college sailing dinghy. I started a sailing team at my high school, sailed part of the East Coast 420 summer circuit, and managed to successfully navigate the college planning process. I committed to Tufts University and was excited to test my skills against some of the best sailors in the nation. I knew I needed to come into Boston in the best sailing condition of my life, but I was not interested in continuing in the Club 420 regattas.


This spring, with high school graduation looming, a grant application to charter a Melges 17 became available through my sailing school. I had been crewing on E-scows and A-scows off and on for a few years now and had already grasped the concept of the overwhelming speed and power scows had in heavy air. The Melges 17 provided an easy entrance into the scow world and performance sailing. Similarly sized to the Club 420 and X-boat, the Melges 17 has a much more buoyant and lightweight hull build, combined with more sail area, including an asymmetrical spinnaker. Not only does this provide a much faster boat, but also participating in the class itself requires responsibility. The sailors, who range from pre-teens to adults, largely run the class and the lack of coaching present in the youth boats forces transitioning sailors to become responsible for themselves. I had to ask questions to the elder sailors about the boat, research the best rigging techniques, and take notes of what worked well. Additionally, the boat itself is incredibly easy to travel, which helps build confidence in travelling on your own. On the water, the competition is stiff and the class is only increasing in popularity, as it requires just two sailors, is more affordable, and is every bit as fast as the other scows.


I was granted the sailing school charter and was ecstatic for the season to start. This experience offered no downsides. It would help me prepare for college with the required responsibilities of training and traveling on my own, and help me prepare for college sailing through the experience of skipping a performance sailboat.


The first race of the summer started in the only way I could have imagined: the breeze was on.  We arrived at the lake the night before, and foolishly, I rigged the boat for the very first time just an hour before the first club race started. Regardless, I had a beautiful start followed by a great first leg and found myself in second place at the top mark. We had a rough set, took more time than I would have liked getting on a plane, but we still sat in second. I looked over my shoulder and decided I needed to gybe. I was a little unsteady, as I only had the opportunity to practice one gybe and the wind had picked up since that point. I started slowly and things were looking decent. My crew was in the process of switching the spinnaker sheets as I moved to the other side of the boat. I ducked as the boom came over, but slowly found myself loosing my footing. I fell and turned the tiller sharply causing us to head up. The spinnaker filled and not long after, both my crew and I were in the water.


Regardless of tipping on my first downwind, the race was awesome. The speed of the boat really captured my attention, and I knew if I wanted to perform better in the class I needed to be able to react quicker and smarter on the water. With each week of racing, I finished in a better position, becoming satisfied with the improvements I was making. Additionally, I could that feel my reactions about boat on boat tactics were becoming sharper and were profitable on the water. As the summer was wrapping up, the Melges 17 Inlands were about to take place and I felt well prepared to race against some of the best Melges 17 sailors in the country.


The regatta was forecasted to be a windy event, and the competition was stiff. I scanned through the registration list and grinned when I realized not all of the competition was made up of parents. I was racing against many of the same kids I sailed X boats against, as well as sailors who I currently coach alongside with at the youth events. I decided I wanted to place in the top five. I knew that if I sailed smart and focused, my goal was attainable. The first day flew by and I was sixth in the standings, only two points out of fifth. During the last race of the regatta, however, I had an experience that will not be forgotten.


Around the last windward mark of the race, my crew and I finally had the perfect set, immediately filling the spinnaker and getting the boat up on a plane. I hiked out hard with my body angled significantly far back in the boat, and we started skipping down the water on starboard gybe in twenty knots. I glanced behind me and noticed that my best friend, who I had been sailing against since X boats and Optimists, was on my tail. It always felt good to be ahead of a buddy. While I sat in 5th place, I took a moment to reminisce about how much faster this 17-foot scow was than the similarly sized club 420 I had been training in, and how I've spent the last ten years of my life sailing a boat with a single dagger board. As it sped across the water, I thought about how a slight turn of the rudder caused such a significant change in the boat's direction. A moment later I lost myself in the ferocious spray of water formulated from an uneven powerboat wave. I shook my head, water dispersing to the edge of my sunglass lenses, and was already back up to full speed. I glanced under the boom and, eyes widening, I realized I had sailed right past the port lay line. I threw a painstakingly jerky gybe in to save some distance, but had a flashback of my first Melges 17 race. I slowed down the gybe and prevented a capsize, but in turn lost more distance to windward. Once on the new board, all I could say as I heated the boat up to point at the leeward gate was, "We might go over." The boat sped up, traveling faster than the wind, and I felt a sudden rush of euphoria. The foot of the spinnaker was on the water and my main was eased, but we kept accelerating, heeling up past my point of comfort. Miraculously, are hard work paid off, and we made it to the marks unscathed -- minus a few new calluses formed on my crew's hands hidden beneath his gloves. The amount of joy and relief I felt after we doused the spinnaker and turned upwind around the marks matches no other sailing experience I've had. Not only was a memory engraved, but also my goal was achieved, as I finished the regatta in fifth.


          After only one summer of sailing the Melges 17, I know that I want to continue my quest. The boat is humbling at first, being a class that takes practice to be successful in, but the practice prepared me for college sailing. The Melges 17 brings a whole new aspect of sailing to the table: one containing high speeds, quick movements, and more responsibility. 

I came out of the summer feeling much more prepared for college sailing and that extra bit of confidence gained will bode well for my sailing future. I highly recommend considering sailing in the Melges 17 class.

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Editor: Candace Porter
Inland Lake Yachting Association