2011mastheadILYA SCOWLINES
  A Publication of the
Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 6, Issue 69

 September 26, 2011 




1-2  Jimmy Talbot Laser Radial District 20 championship - Belmont Harbor, Chicago
50th Polar Bear  C and MC-Lake Davenport SC

8 Youth Development committee meeting 4:00 AM Okauchee YC

8-9 C Worlds -Lake Delavan

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16 - ILYA Board Meeting - Hudson, WI

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Justin Hood Wins MC Blue chip


The Event

The annual Blue Chip Championship had 24 different qualifying champions attending  from all of the 2011 class regattas this year around the United States.   It is a rare regatta in that you have to earn your way into the event by sailing well at previously held events during the course of the year.  A traditional regatta with a long history of great racing on a crazy tight , fun and fast lake called Spring Lake located near Grand Haven, Michigan.   



Oh boy  here we go!  Does that sound like the beginning of the National Championship highlights from two weeks ago.  Well it was pretty close to same thing weather wise.   It was predicted to be raining and in the high 50s for the whole weekend.  However we got lucky and had three great races with some sun on Saturday.  PRO Steve Schiller along with Nancy and Pete Price made a great call ending Saturday before race 4 started and before the ice cold rain started late in the day.   Winds for these for three races were varied.   Race 1 light/medium, Race 2 Crazy Ivan light, Race 3 strong medium.  For Sunday three races with a gray overcast sky and occasional drizzle.  Winds were good though out of the east and we had two light mediums and one medium air race to finish up races 4-6.   So we got them all in and I think everyone would agree that 5 of the 6 were great races.

Saturday night highlights were our traditional dinner at the Arboreal .  Rick Trester the current commodore of the Inland Yachting Association gave a great update on all the current happenings within the I.L.Y.A.    Eric Hood brought everyone up to speed on current news from Melges Performance Sailboats and also some new things happening with the MC  Scow both boat and sails.   Also, updates and early promotion of the 2012 MC Scow National Championship at White Lake , Michigan was discussed.


The Racing and Learnings From The Event

There is a lot to talk about here.   PRO Steve Schiller gave us great lines but you have to realize when you are on lake where locals say welcome to Spring Lake where "Nature Smiles For Seven Miles" and the lake is only a couple of hundred yards wide at the most - guess what .   The breeze can be a little shifty.   However, even though this is a tricky lake it is a lake where on this particular weekend the breeze was down on the water and showing.  So you just had to pay attention big time in the last 60-90 seconds pre start and be ready to move quickly to another spot if possible.  The line was set up for 24 boats to start and some small change left over.    Starting was fun, was challenging but it also was very serious because all of there quickly discovered that the first 90-120 seconds of these races much was put in place for the rest of that race.  Not the end of the world but it was a big piece of doing well at this regatta.  So key learning - flexibility with not much time left before the start.  Sort of like approaching a gate.    I loved sailing on Melges 32s because not so much on starts but for sure at gates the trigger many times was pulled in the last 10-15 seconds on which way were going.  Very fast, very exciting , great boat handling is key to being successful.  Same with starting be nimble and ready to change.   Other key learnings for Spring Lake sort fell back on three things we talk about a lot.  Staying in the dark water, great boat handling through your tacks and clean air.  I can tell you twice during this event I got camped on a couple of times which all of us did during the tight racing but it really sets you back quickly in the tight skinny races courses we had.   So paying attention to best available pressure, anticipating what the nearest boats next to you are doing and really working hard on great quick tacking.   The new board system is really fantastic as it is two steps instead of three when tacking.  No way to convert old boats sorry .   So back to dark water .  Please know and learn this when sailing.  All lakes are different.  If you do not go out and pre-sail the course before racing you are setting yourself up for some "misses".   You need to know if the air is showing early , on-time, late and/or if it is up and off the water or down on the water.


The Results

Great racing throughout the fleet.  Everyone was focused on not winning the famous "Gutter Ball" which goes to the last competitor who sails in every race.  All skippers finished all races this year by the way.  We have had some wimps over the years try to back out of this qualifier for the "Gutter Ball"  but everyone "was in it to not win it " this year.   Seriously though the racing was tight , tough and at the end of the day only three sailors stayed in the top ten every race .  Justin Hood won with  a 1,1,4,5,1,7 and a 9 point lead over second place Cam McNeil with who had 28pts.   Other race winners were Chris Hawk of Keuka , N.Y. Who won a close battle with Ehood during race 3.   Then Andy Molesta came charging out of the box with a solid victory on Sunday morning for race 4 narrowing the gap with Justin Hood down to 1 point going into race 5.  Last race was won by Dan "Squad Car" Fink our class commodore who put in a solid strong performance this regatta and finished third overall.

So here are the top 10 and Division Winners 

Justin Hood 19, Cam McNeil 28, Dan Fink 32, Andy Molesta 33, Jamie Kimball 34, Brett Hatton 50, Ehood 51, Ted Keller 55, Richard Blake 57 and Chris Hawk 74

Top Youth and Top Woman was Allison Price, Top Grand Master was Rick Trester , Top Master was Eric Hood and Gutter Ball with big smiles and actually the first Blue Chip invite for 2012 was Mark Hardenbergh.


Too see all the race scores go to www.mcscow.org and they should be there shortly.   Chris Eggert has 60 great photos at his Facebook Page.


Some great racing still available but like the Geese we need to start going south.    MC Masters at Beaufort, SC and Halloween at Augusta during October and then the S.E. Champs at Lake Eustis, Florida in November.


See you there,


MC 2549

Chicago Match Race Invites you to view - Wed - Sat

The Chicago Match Race Center is hosting the Chicago Grade 1 Match Cup Regatta September 28th - October 1st. This regatta is bringing the best match racers in the world to spectators at Chicago's Navy Pier. It is one of only two Grade 1 events in North America and is as close to America's Cup style racing as you can get. World Champions, Olympic hopefuls, and local favorites will battle just feet away from the Pier. The event is free and open to the public and will feature live, expert commentary throughout the day. Racing starts at 9AM Wednesday - Saturday and stadium seating will be available on the east end of Navy Pier by the Grand Ballroom. Check out www.chicagomatchrace.com for more information.

Chicago, IL - After a triumphant trial event last month at Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 2 Invitational, which drew crowds of 30,000 over three days of racing, Stadium sailing returns to Navy Pier for the ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup. For this event, held over September 28th - October 1st, 12 teams from 7 nations will be fighting for their share of the $65,000 prize money purse, the largest offered in any sailing event in the US since 2002.

But besides the prize money, skippers are also keen to earn valuable Grade 1 points to advance their places on the world ranking list, which has five teams from the top 20 entered in this event: Pierre-Antoine Morvan from France (5th), Phil Robertson from New Zealand (10th), Reuben Corbett from New Zealand (15th), Alvaro Marinho from Portugal (18th), Keith Swinton from Australia (20th). Rounding out the field is Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands (32nd), Dave Perry from the US (39th), Don Wilson from the US (44th), CMRC Grade 2 Invitational winner Bill Hardesty from the US (67th). Two aspiring Women's match race Olympians from the US are also in this field, Sally Barkow and Genny Tulloch

Please contact Stephanie Roble with any questions: StephCMRC@gmail.com


Join us Thursday, September 29th
at the Chicago Match Cup

Grade 1 Invitational

Please be our guest at the Chicago Match Cup Grade 1 Invitational.

Enjoy the chance to watch Americas Cup style yacht racing at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago, one of the best stadium sailing venues internationally.

As a VIP guest you will have access to exclusive viewing from the upper balcony of Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom. After racing, America's Cup 34 commentator Gordie Shaver will lead a press conference with the internationally renowned competitors.

Join us for food, drinks and a unique Chicago experience!

CMRC Grade 1 Match Cup 

Schedule of Events Thursday, September 29th:

2:00 -- Doors Open

 -- Hors d'oeuvres & Drinks 

5:30 -- Racing ends; competitors and officials join reception

 -- Dinner Buffet 

6:00 -- Sailor Intros, Press Conference, Sailor Meet & Greet

Tickets are $100 each  

Purchase Required By September 28th  

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I-20 Nationals -- Sept 16-18 in Fond du lac
by John Hayashi 

Regatta Report

9-16-11 No wind all day. The fleet never hit the water.

9-17-11     First race. Wind SE 3-5 MPH. Course shortened to W4. The key to the first race occurred shortly before the start when a major left shift came though. The boats that were at the pin had a big advantage. Willie Crear did a port tack start right at the pin but didn't quite get across the bow of Aaron Lynn and as a result had to do a 720. Aaron tacked just after the start and sailed the port lift to a nice lead and led to entire race to take the win. Pat Fleming, Jack Boatman, Steve Catlin, and Wiile Crear Followed.

Second race. Wind started at 3-5 mph and built to around 15 mph by the end of the race. This race started in very light air. There was not much opportunity for positioning prior to the start due to the very light wind. The first leg was tough as the wind died before filling in with much more velocity. Again, Aaron managed to work upwind in the light stuff and led at the first mark. The wind then filled from the top of the course and the lead boat got the velocity first and away they went downwind. Steve Catlin took second followed by George Winter, Joe Ewing and Brook Patten.

After a break for lunch, the third race was started with wind from the SE 12-20 mph. The course was a W5. This time Steve Catlin was leading going into the last leeward gate but Aaron managed to pass him by rounding the right mark while Steve chose the left mark. When they crossed again upwind Aaron was ahead and held on for the win, followed by Catlin, Crear, Boatman, then Sam Whealon.

The fourth race was again a W5 and immediately followed with similar wind strength and direction. The fleet was bunched up at the first mark and started to separate downwind wind. The defining moment of this race came at the second windward mark when Crear capsized (something with a tangled mainsheet and missed hiking strap) just after rounding with Lynn just a couple lengths behind. Lynn held on the rest of the way with Jeff Patton making up ground on the final upwind to take a close second. Third was regatta organizer Dave Whealon followed by Crear who recovered to fourth then Andy Gratton.

Saturday night was a fantastic party at the Fond du Lac yacht club with great food, hundreds of photos of the action on the big screens, and lots of stories. Dave Whealon and Randy Cunzenheim were studying the photos with particular vigor at the bar on Saturday night looking for top secret speed techniques.

9-18-11 The fleet awoke to nice breeze Sunday morning and two more races were conducted in 13-20 mph of wind. The first race was again won by Aaron who lead wire to wire and managed to hit 17 knots (19.5 mph) boatspeed in a nice puff on the first downwind leg according to the now class legal Velocitek. But the big story of the day was Dave and Randy with a second in the first race and bullet in the last race. The studious effort at the bar paid off nicely. Following in the last race were Keith Rosenbaum with Aaron crewing, Bill Wyman in his first ever regatta in an I20 followed by Ben Herdrich and Steve Catlin.

At the end of the day it was Aaron Lynn and Keith Rosenbaum winning their third I20 National Championship, Steve Catlin and Calvin Anderson were second, Dave Whealon and Randy Cunzenheim were third, Willie Crear and Susie Sternkopf were fourth and George Winter was fifth.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen and hope to see everyone again next year.

Louie's Regatta - FUN draiser for Children's Hospital

by Chip Mann and John Strassman

Louie's Lucky 13th Regatta was a washout in terms of the sailing but it probably will be one of the longest remembered.

For those of you who did not hear, there were a series of waterspouts off of Milwaukee.  They were only a mile or so off shore and were right in the starting area of the race.  The waterspouts were quite spectacular - real crowd pleasers...

The spouts caused an on-shore postponement - duh. 

Link to pics: 


Louie's always has been been considered two parties interrupted by a sailboat race so there was a considerable amount of pre-race merriment going on.

The cell that formed the waterspouts came ashore right over South Shore YC and caused a severe downpour.  This resulted in several hundred thirsty sailors being deposited in the SSYC bar which just happened to have build-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar set up.   About this time we saw a string of new cells exploding over the lake and they appeared to be taking the same track of the earlier cell that caused the water spouts.  We announced an indefinite delay to monitor these new cells.  Pouring gasoline on a fire.  September will be a very, very good month for the SSYC House Committee.

About an hour later the new cells were indeed lining up to dump on the race course.  This analysis coupled with the fact that a majority of the sailors were roaring drunk caused us to abandon the race.  The PRO then had his first Bloody of the day...

With the crews released from the burden of racing for the day, several dozen boats made their way up the Milwaukee River to raft up off the Ale House's dock on the  Milwaukee River Walk.  The 66' J/V Defiance from Chicago ran the gauntlet of the several opening bridges to get the Ale House only to discover that the docks were too shallow for them.  They made a ceremonial passing and a salute and went back to a deeper dock.  Too bad they could not tie up but they did score style points.

By this time, the weather had cleared and it was a beautiful day and the Ale House's river-side patio was overflowing with sailors.  I'm sure Mount Gay recouped their investment of their red hats.  To top it off, many of the crews did participate in the crew costume contest.  Civilians who just showed up could not have had clue what the hell was going on.  I estimate there were at least 500 sailors were there.  It was an incredible scene.

Louie's Last Regatta's organizing authority is mindful that Lac Mich can be a bit snarly in September and put the following section in the Notice of Race.

7.2 RIDICULOUSLY INCLEMENT WEATHER In the event of a typhoon, hurricane, tornado or other weather that makes it plainly foolish to leave the dock, the Louie's Cup and all other racing prizes will be determined by a footrace between the skippers down Water Street. Louie's has been contested in a snowstorm. In Wisconsin, we race in blizzards.

So, at 3:30 PM we gathered in front of the Milwaukee Ale House and had the foot race.  One sailor remarked that while we decided that it was unwise to go sailing in a little rain  we thought it was better idea to have 50+ drunken sailors run through traffic??  There were several minor controversies about handicaps and ringers running in place of the skippers but we sorted it out and declared winners.   One boat filed for redress. (see attachment - properly filed on a bar napkin per the SIs)   One of the jury misunderstood and thought that he was asking for a Red Dress.  So it was decided that we would award the boat an additional two red Mount Gay hats.  Everybody walked away satisfied. 

You can't make this stuff up.

In the end it was an epic party and LLR raised a ton of money for Children's Hospital.

 Louie's protest

ILYA at Melges 32 in Spain


And here's the list of participating sailors in this exciting class.

Harry Melges III (Samba)

Sam Rogers (Shakedown)

Peter Crawford (Argo)

John Porter (FT)

Vincent Porter (FT)

Corbett Porter (FT)

Andy Burdick (FT)

Matt Woodsworth (FT)


Full results. Samba Pi Ti was second, Argo seventh, Full Throttle tenth and Shakedown fifteenth.   

ILYA Meetings

 ILYA logoYouth Development - October 8 - 4:00 Okauchee

Note venue and time change to accommodate youth parents.  

All are welcome to attend but please plan to send one designee from your club. From the summer meeting, the committee will address:
1) inclusion of the 420 in the next Big Inland
2) restoration of the ILYA Singlehanded championship
3) transition into scows with a financial package for sailors
4) coaching guidelines for X and Opti regattas

All new agenda items are welcome but Rick Trester or Mike Woldum would like advance notice to "do the homework" if appropriate

ILYA Board Meeting

All are welcome to the Fall ILYA Board meeting. Fleet reps, directors, and officers plan to meet Sunday, October 16th in Hudson, WI. Please contact Jim Smith if you plan to attend so he can make lunch arrangements.  

Fall Regattas

C Worlds - Delavan

Need some practice before the 2012 C Nationals? October 8-9 for another great event. Hospitality abounds down here in SE WI. Join us! For more info. click here.

 Oktoberfest - Nagawicka

Lasers - all kinds, Vanguard 15s. Youth rates so low, it's a giveaway. Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club is hosting the Annual Octoberfest Vanguard 15 and Laser Regatta on October 15 and 16. This has been a great event at Nagawicka.  We often get visitors from Chicago and all over Wisconsin.   This would be a prefect opportunity for anyone in the Inland to do some frost biting.  Also, there is a discount for full time students so for juniors this is an extremely affordable event.

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