A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 2, Issue 36 September  25, 2007
In This Issue
Beulah C Challenge
Olympic Hopefuls
C Blue Chip
Board meeting
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues or Regattas
Regatta Notices
13   ILYA Open Forum
14   ILYA Board Meeting
Long Lake Wins Flip Cup; Davenport Wins Sailing at First Annual Beulah C Challenge
C Boaters know how to have fun. From Friday night's registration to Sunday's trophy presentation, the crowd handled the weekend with loads of humor and joviality. The Friday night dinner lasted until 10:00 as Indiana, Michigan and Illinois sailors descended on SE WI. With 15 Beulah sailors and 18 off lake crews, this was a chance to meet new friends. The Springfield, IL crowd attended en masse. Clear, IN traveled through Chicago to the sleepy town of East Troy. But sleep was not part of the regatta plan with late nights at the YC followed by visits to the local establishments, all within walking distance. Flip Cup on Saturday followed Beer Pong on Friday. The Long Lake Madden/Schroeder team defeated Beulah but a rematch is scheduled for next year. On the water, Beulah's David Davenport/Joe Bitter beat Joe Skotarzak/Anne Porter Muller by one point. First year skipper Dr. Randy Schmidt was named top first year with David Porter as crew. There were loads of familiar numbers with new faces in new positions on the boat. Turns out some of the regular crew are fine, fine sailors. Kent Haeger's crew Mike Greeson stepped right in to place top five. Some say Haeger (20-year Blue Chipper) wouldn't have done as well. For full results, click here.
2007 MC Blue Chip
by Zack Clayton - Destination One Design

Spring Lake, Michigan
September 22-23, 2007

The 2007 MC-Scow Blue Chip is one of the highlights for many of the MC-Scow sailors from the Midwest. The qualification process allows you to earn points for regatta results and from that process, you can earn an invitation to this prestigious event. The Blue Chip is held annually at Spring Lake. The Fox and Walborn families help run the regatta along with the help from the rest of the Spring Lake membership.
The 2007 event had 31 skippers test their sailing skill at shifty Spring Lake. The event is scheduled for six races and the RC crew did a great job to get all six races sailed in a timely and efficient manner. The field includes several divisions including, Juniors, Women, Masters (over 50) and Grand Masters (over 60) and occasionally some skippers that have more experience than that. The MC-Scow is a great boat for sailors of all ages because it can be sailed well by many body shapes and skill levels. The field is scored as an open class as well as by division, so even if you are racing in 18th, you may be racing for first in your division. This keeps the sailors on their toes and you are never out of a race.

Day 1 greeted the sailors with light to medium breeze, a sit on high and pick your shift kind of racing that the lighter guys really enjoy. This was the case for Cam McNeil, Andy Molesta, Joe Rotunda and several of the other lighter guys. The bigger skippers have to work hard to keep the boat moving in this puffy condition, but both Dan Fink and Rick Trester had their moments of brilliance. A fleet heavy with Michigan sailors, but skippers from Wisconsin traveled over to grow the strength of the field. After Day 1, there were several skippers still in the hunt for the regatta, but Cam seemed to have a feel for the lake and the conditions.

Sunday dawned with two more races to be sailed in a tough light (0-6mph) and shifty ESE condition that even the Spring Lake fleet would rather not see. Cam continued his hot streak to claim the 2007 MC-Scow Blue Chip Championship. Spring Lake dominated the event with 6 of the top seven finishes. Top Junior, Eric Rivard from Glen Lake, Michigan enjoyed his first trip to the Blue Chip and will certainly be back. Lynn Walborn claimed the top female position with Peter Toumanoff and Curt Miller in the Master and Grand Master divisions.
E Blue Chip
photo by Dunsworth
From Destination One Design by Zack Clayton
Pewaukee Yacht Club has been the host of the Blue Chip from the beginning and once again the club and their volunteers shined by providing a great three days of championship racing for the best of the E-Scow fleet. Mystery Guest, Peter Holmberg, helmsman for Team Alinghi and internationally renown sailor showed the fleet that you can go from an AC boat to a 28 foot scow and hang in with the best of them. Sailors from around the country were in attendance with teams from the East Coast, Midwest and as far west as Colorado.

The racing began on Friday with a puffy and building breeze of 8-15. Carl Horrocks came out of the blocks fast to lead at the top of the first race, only to see annual Blue Chip attendee, Tom Burton and his team take the lead on the first run and never let go. Peter Holmberg jumped out to a second place finish, his best race of the series, but showed everyone that he would be a threat for the entire event. Carl held on for third in this race. The fleet headed in for lunch and a break while the breeze continued to build.

Race 2 had a building 15-20 plus with tremendous puffs that kept everyone on their toes and gave some great downwind rides. Dick Wight, used to the big breeze, took race 2 while several of the other top teams were not as lucky and felt the wrath of the big breeze and went for a swim. These teams recover quick and several teams righted the ship and got back in the race. Dick Wight won with Pewaukee fleet champion, Augie Barkow second and Kevin Jewett third overall. Day 2 would certainly be a different day with some weather scheduled to move through and lighter breeze in the forecast for Saturday.

Saturday dawned with a light 5-10 and was much more to the liking of the Pewaukee fleet. Light and shifty is what the Midwest has been sailing all summer and P.J. Friend took advantage. P.J. gave the Pewaukee fleet their first race win of the event, followed by class secretary, Lon Schoor and Augie Barkow rounding out the top three. The fourth race, second of the day had a even lighter and much more shifty 0-5. Bob Biwer used his home lake knowledge, experience and guile to have a great first beat and split with the leaders on the run and took advantage. Bob built a big lead followed by Dick Wight and Will Graves, setting up a final day showdown between five boats for the overall championship.

Sunday had a bit more breeze, but still on the light side. Will Graves capitalized on his opportunity and took the final race with Augie Barkow and Lon Schoor rounding out the top three. Dick Wight did enough to capture the title, but the excitement came down to the 2nd thru 5th places. When the points were added up, the tiebreakers had to come out in full force with four teams tied with 29 points. Will Graves came out on top of the tiebreak with the race win in the last race, with Tom Burton getting hurt with a double digit race in this last one. Tom was third, Augie Barkow fourth and losing out on the tiebreaker derby was Kevin Jewett claiming fifth overall
Click here for the report on Digital Reaches which features mystery guest Peter Holmberg
. Results are also on this site
Save the Date
 Monday spinnakersAll of you are invited
The ILYA Board meeting will be held in the Minneapolis area Sunday, October 14th. New this year will be a Saturday night social, informative gathering. Please reserve Saturday night 7:00 to bar closing to give your opinion and enjoy all your sailing friends. Watch Scowlines for a location. Jim Smith is getting us a site. You provide the agenda.
Kohler Spearheads Olympic Change for '12
 From Scuttlebutt


When the world's attention focuses on the Olympic Games, it's usually figure skating or track and field that captures most people's interest. More obscure events such as like sailing hardly get a notice, but a group of professionals and enthusiasts in Sheboygan are trying to help change that.

Led by the Women's International Match Racing Association, local sailor and businessman Terry Kohler and Sheboygan-based Zimmerman Design Office are trying to get women's match racing included in the 2012 Olympics.

Kohler, 73, owns Windway Capital Corp. and its subsidiary, North Sails, which makes sails. An accomplished longtime sailor, he got involved in the effort to include women's match racing in the Olympics accidentally last spring. In Valencia, Spain, for the America's Cup because of his connection to North Sails, Kohler found himself talking to sailors and other people he knew in the industry about a long-defunct attempt to get the event included in past Olympic games.

Suddenly, the concept came back to life. "The idea came back up again and we . . . had a dozen gals who came on (our boat) over a period of a week or two, who are all in the international match racing circuit, so this idea of trying to get match racing in the Olympics for 2012 became a hot idea again," Kohler said. "It was during dinner conversation." To get the ball rolling, Kohler enlisted the help of the staff of Zimmerman Design Office, which handles the marketing for Windway and North Sails, and Jerry Baumann, who is marketing and projects director for Windway Capital Corp. 

 The Sheboygan Press, complete story:
M-16 Nationals Provides Re-match in Egg Harbor
Reinecke/Rehberger Top NJ's Applegate
Paul Reinecke of Pewaukee fought to a tie and won the tiebreak to defeat this year's ILYA champ John Applegate. It came down to who beat whom in the final race. Great job, Paul. Also traveling to the 24-boat event were Rick Wilfert with Katie Hertel as crew who finished 3rd and Jan and Debbie Gill in 10th. The M-16 class voted to host the Nationals on a biennial basis and look for a bid from Pewaukee for 2009.
For results, click here
Don't forget I-20 Nationals
aye-20 Lake Carlyle, IL 
Twenty sailors are pre-registered for this weekend's I-20 Nationals. Go to the website for more details.
Let's Toot Our Own Horn
ussailinglogo Send in a nomination for our best 
The following notice was rec'd from US Sailing. We know we host the grandest of regattas and boast the most active spark plugs who promote our fleets. Please nominate an ILYA Club, fleet or member and consider attending the One Design Symposium

One-Design Award Nomination Deadline

Moved Up to October 15

Nominate your favorite club, fleet, regatta or one-design spark plug for a US SAILING One-Design Award. Did your club run an outstanding multi-class regatta this year? Is there an exceptional person at your club who was responsible for making your fleet grow? US SAILING wants to hear about it.
At the One-Design Symposium in November, up to five awards will be presented to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations in one-design sailing. The categories are: Service, Leadership, Club, Regatta, and Creativity. These awards highlight role models of creative leadership in one-design sailing.

If you know of a deserving club, class or regatta, please take the time to make a nomination. Nominations may be made online at Nominations are due October 15. For more information go to the web site or contact Lee Parks at

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