2017 Regattas

  • October 28-29 ILYA Fall Inland and Board Meeting
  • October 28-29 Halloween Opti/420 Regatta - Lake Geneva YC

2018 Regattas - send your confirmed dates

  • May 5-6 Cedar, IN Icebreaker
  • May 18 - Bilge Puller South Meeting
  • June 25 - LBSS Opti - Beulah (tentative)
  • July 5-6 Quad Lakes - Beulah (Tentative)
  • July 16-17 XTreme X Regatta - Oshkosh
  • July 21-22 WYA X - Cedar
  • July 23 - No Tears - Beulah
  • July 25-28 ILYA X Champs - Pewaukee
  • July 29-31 ILYA Opti Champs - Pewaukee
  • August 3-5 WYA C - Okauchee
  • August 12-19 ILYA Championships
  • August 12-15 A/MC Scows - MCs TBD
  • August 15 Bilge Pullers Dinner
  • August 16-19 E/C Scows

Sportsmanship - ILYA Report

Ten member clubs represented

Commodore Porter welcomed thirty-one interested parties to a discussion regarding the perception the ILYA sailors (home and regattabound) are easing expectations of fair sailing. The problem came to light in the 2017 season particularly at the Optimist Dinghy regatta, to a lesser degree at the X Championships and then again at the ILYA Champs at Geneva. At Geneva a small core of leadership met to review first-time concerns related to the execution of rules. It was determined some discussion was warranted.

Three gentlemen led the discussion which was centered in three areas: identifying the presence of a problem, determining the root cause of the problem and implementing change which restores us to our values. Commodore Porter, Chuck Lamphere and Dr. Tom Hodgson moderated; but the engaged audience generated honest, concerned discussion. To a person, the following exemplifies the spirit of the four-hour session:

"This is at our core - Corinthian values. We are clubs grounded in families, friendships that are intergenerational.There should be a noticeable difference at each 2018 regatta; sportsmanship permeates all the ILYA does."

One of the vocal parents was Kara Krause of Pewaukee who will serve on the Sportsmanship committee:

"There has been a shift in the culture of sports in general. We talk about the Inland as a unique organization, which we are. We sail against each other; we come and enjoy each other. To change our culture may take as long as the decline began.We are going to need a commitment throughout the whole organization - in both the youth and adult fleets.Do we want to preserve our culture? We need to tackle in on all fronts. We need leadership from the organization to remind us of who we are. Remind us of our values. There are many now who did not grow up in the sport or the Inland - we need to teach them who we are."

And her mother Marilyn Krause:
"We have and understand our expectations at all levels - how do we not know the rules?The ILYA sets the standard,clubs need to buy in and carry out the expectations. Competitors, parents, race committee, instructors - we all need to meet our standard or expectations.This is who we are and this is what we do. "

A full report will be published, a small committee will implement the action items for the 2018 season but the salient (and not comprehensive) points are listed in part below:

1 - Sportsmanship is of PRIME concern to the leadership of the ILYA. It is part of our innate value system. Nothing other than full compliance is the expectation. No tolerance for bad behavior will be accepted. We feel we have a centuries-long set of values and performance. There is no compromise.

2 - Behavior is changing in both the youth and adult fleets. Both need to be addressed. Behavior is changing at regattas and on home lakes. Any effort to education and re-align must include every sailor, every club, every regatta. No exceptions.

3 - Behaviors are multifactorial. There is not an intent in the vast majority of cases to deliberately broach the rules.

a -Knowledge:

  • Youth have not learned all the innuendo of rules. Consider first year sailors' ability to learn rules and execute
  • In homelake sailing, skill level is more disparate. Lakes want to encourage new sailors entering the sport but they don't have the knowledge base to properly execute on the water

b -Attitude

  • Adults have a system of tolerance that works among friends. Longterm friendships perhaps evolve into a sense of forgiveness or oversight
  • We have a culture of no protest
  • Social is important - I'd rather be socializing than in protest room
  • The attitude in many, many sports today is winning at all costs. Has that pervaded the sport of sailing?
  • Modeling - If the adults don't take penalties, why should the youth?Fortunately,more of our youth are on adult boats. What attitudes are they mimicking?

c -Skill

  • Older adults do not have the mobility of a younger sailor and thus get into precarious situations unintentionally.
  • Inland water vagaries - wind shifted at mark, not my fault
  • RC inconsistencies - at home "they" don't set the course properly; how was I to come into that mark?


Note Dr. Hodgson's RRS in hand. What are the basic rules of sailing?

d -Rules- have rules changed affecting compliance?

  • Retiring after finishing was much more common in "the old days".
  • Penalties were steeper - 20-50% so we sailed more conservatively
  • Sailing is more aggressive now - team racing, high school and college sailing
  • Two-turns penalties are lesser penalty - it is a conscious loosening. Attitudes have changed. Is it easier to hit the mark and do turns than wait in line on the starboard approach? And now many of our fleets use a single turn penalty.

Implementation - a small committee will develop a plan for immediate execution. Many, many suggestions were made for all levels of sailing. Watch for rules seminars at your local club, an increased level of involvement by judges at our regattas, more instruction at regattas, a concerted effort to engage a commitment by our many invested sailing components - clubs, RC, sailors - all will be actively joining together to commit openly to sailing clean.

Much more detail will follow in terms of the individual comments and the full implementation plan.In 2018, the Inland WILL restore the value of Corinthian sailing, sail with a sense of fair play, educate about the rules and kindly return to the self-policing, respectful nature of the sport of sailing.

Thank you to Harken for hosting the Fall Inlands

Peter Harkens the ILYA and Notes Olaf's Commitment and Service to the ILYA

The ILYA thanks Harken for the use of its spacious facility for our two-day stay for meetings and party on Saturday night. Bill Goggins was there in the morning to begin the coffee and share his ever-present enthusiasm and graciousness. Olaf and Peter arrived for Saturday night's festivities. The Harken brothers are integral to our organization and our sport. Now the little Goggins and Harken children enter our Opti fleet.

ILYA Awards

Pillsbury Award - Vincent Porter

For the second time in the 120 years of ILYA history, one individual has won the ILYA E and A championships in the same year. That individual, Vincent Porter, was the only prior skipper with that distinction. The 61-boat ILYA E Championship has Harry Melges, Brian Porter, Kevin Jewett/Jim Campbell and other names of distinction in the fleet. The A championship boasts the same depth of strength. National champions abound in the fleet. Vincent Porter with a young crew topped both fleets this year, a true historic feat. With this accomplishment, Vincent Porter of Lake Geneva was awarded the ILYA Pillsbury Award for Sailor of the Year. Shown above (courtesy of Larry Kmiecik with Vincent's image superimposed)are Jim Smith, who accepted the award for Vincent (who was at the altar during the presentation) and David Porter, no relation, ILYA Commodore.

Jim Smith, retired executive secretary of the ILYA, could not resist poking fun at Vincent's written acceptance speech, noting the absence of a page one recognizing Jim's daughter who at 15 must have had a significant influence on Vincent as his wiser, older crew. Vincent, upon hearing of his obvious omission from his youth, promptly sent this photo which was shown at his rehearsal dinner:

Vincent's prepared acceptance follows:

Thank you, Jim, for reading this for me. As you speak, I'm probably at the altar getting married, which is one of the few things that would keep me from accepting this myself.

I'd first like to say that I'l honored to receive this prestigious award by the ILYA. It means a lot to me, my crew and ahe rest of my family. The Pillsbury Trophy is such a cool part of the ILYA's history, and I have had extraordinary luck to be one of the names engraved on it.

This year's Inland was an incredible experience, made possible only because of the crews I had on both the A Scow and E Scow: Christian Spencer, Chris "Junior" Impens, Kyle Navin, Greg Gifford, Ryan Fitzgerald, Coye Harrett and my brother Clifford Porter. They are the embodiment of what it means to be great teammates, and I cannot thank each of them enough. It was a rewarding feeling to know how much hard work we've put in over the past few years, and see it come to fruition with such amazing results. So many little things have to go right to win in those fleets. So, it's nice to celebrate when things go your way and recognize how fortunate we were to have that level of success.

Lastly, I just want to thank the ILYA and its members for their continued support of youth sailing. One of my greatest joys is seeing younger kids who love sailing - Kyle Navin and Christian Spencer being two of them. I remember how much I enjoyed racing as a kid, and realize how much fun the sport has provided me since. I hope the ILYA's commitment to Optis, X-boats, and other youth racing can keep inspiring the next generation of sailors as it did with me.

Have a great night and congratulations to all the other recipients.

Member of the Year - Craig Parker, Cedar Lake, IN

The ILYA proudly recognized Craig Parker for his longstanding support of the organization. He is a humble, behind the scenes force who shuns praise. His speech for the award was entirely about those who assisted him for three years to run the ILYA Cantina where sailors received fast, value-packed, scrumptious food. Geneva's double racing sessions necessitated efficient use of time for those sailors who sailed both morning and afternoon sessions. Craig's presentation of this idea was formulated several years ago on Mendota. He adapted it on a much larger scale to Geneva where he fed 3-400 folks a day. He added many, many volunteers. The ILYA saw past commodore Schmidt flipping hamburgers, Pewaukee's famous crew joined in and the Cedar boys were there in full force. To add profit to the three-year venture, Craig and Lake Geneva Country Meats donated all the supplies.

Craig is known for his annual Icebreaker C Spring event where the Cedar hospitality is widely known. It is the best home-cooked food and the most generous bar. Craig is shown here with his son, Matt and Commodore Porter.(Kmiecik photo)

Lake Geneva Named Club of the Year

Geneva Commodore Bill Barrett was honored for his club to be named Club of the Year. Pictured above is past commodore Rod Rieger who accepted the award for Lake Geneva. Rod accepted the award for a club that was not built when the ILYA approached them to host a three-year multi-fleet event. Then commodore Terry Blanchard became the chair along with a new addition in year three, Kristin Gannon, to showcase T Freytag's fundraising efforts to welcome us to the new Buddy Melges Sailing Center. It was a leap of faith and it was the sailors who benefited from a good-better-best set of regattas. It was a spectacular show each year with more than 400 volunteer slots filled by the most enthusiastic loyal Geneva members. Congratulations to Lake Geneva and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

ILYA Board of Directors Action

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ILYA Champs Schedule

The Annual Regatta at Minnetonka will see the A's and MC's registering/sailing From Sunday, August 12th through Wednesday, August 15th. The MC's travel to Upper Minnetonka. The fleets will celebrate separately on Monday night and jointly on Tuesday night. Sailing will appear to be a traditional one-fleet regatta with sailing in both the AM and PM, weather permitting.

The C's and E's will sail Thursday, August 16 with registration on the 15th. The trophy presentation for the E's will be on Sunday after their last race. The C's may end on Saturday night where trophies will be presented or sail a makeup on Sunday morning. Parties will be Thursday and Saturday.

Wednesday night is reserved for Bilge Pullers.

Regatta bids
The 2019 regatta sites were determined other than Optimist Dinghy and Melges 17:
E Invite - Clear Lake, IA
C Invite - Okauchee
MC Invite - Gull Lake
X Champs - Minnetonka (tentative pending Minnetonka's approval of date)
X Championships - Oshkosh

Fleets - The I-20 fleet asked to be removed from the list of sanctioned classes of the ILYA. The Melges 17s will forego a regatta this season. The 420s will continue to investigate a site and format for a 2018 event.

Fleet Council - C fleet will be implementing a scored experiment with rotation limitation on the mast. The scantlings have been updated in the rudder design section.

Trophy Committee - Investigating potential new designs

Sponsorship - Approval was given to David Perrigo to allow signage on many aspects of a regatta- buoys, RC boats, sailboats. Guidelines will be drafted to establish consistent designations for sponsorship levels; policies for host club v. ILYA sponsorship engagement; use of Invitational, youth and ILYA Championship events for sponsorship. Of most importance is the establishment of joint participation in the sponsorship/promotion tasks. David Perrigo and Martin Barr will now co-chair the activities of a regatta with a conceptual view sponsorship will raise funds and promotion will determine and provide manpower for the execution of activities to promote the classes. A guideline was set to achieve a social package price point of $75 which would include two parties and lunches.

Give me an X, Give me an X, Give me an X

Yes, it's that time again

Folks are looking for used X boats to meet the local needs of fleet growth. Minnetonka, in particular, is looking to buy. ContactTim Reganif you have boats to sell.

Halloween Spectacular

1 16710 Peter Barnard [Red] Chicago Yacht Club 1 1 2 2 2 6 1 15
2 22210 Jacob Zils [Blue] Lake Geneva Yacht Club 3 2 1 1 5 8 4 24
3 20905 Christian Prendergast [Blue] Chicago Yacht Club 7 7 3 3 6 1 3 30
4 17150 Deana Fedulova [Blue] Chicago Yacht Club 5 5 8 9 14 11 5 57
5 22503 Ashley Mueller [Red] Lake Beulah 11 10 9 8 15 2 7 62
6 12218 Annie Samis [White] Chicago Yacht Club 8 9 12 10 11 13 2 65T
7 20841 Henry Scholz [Red] Lake Forest Sailing 10 3 6 6 17 10 13 65T
8 12687 Evan Langelund [Blue] Lake Geneva Yacht Clup 9 12 5 11 10 12 11 70
9 22406 Charlie Allen [Blue] Pewaukee Yacht Club 2 4 31/OCS 4 1 31/OCS 6 79
10 20528 Charlie Gish [Blue] Lake Forest Sailing 4 8 31/DNS 7 19 3 8 80T
11 21850 Madeline Torrey [Blue] Chicago Yacht Club 12 15 7 12 9 9 16 80T
12 20730 Caroline Holland [Blue] Lake Geneva/BMRT 14 17 13 17 8 5 14 88
13 2215 Stella Marban [Blue] YC 13 14 11 18 3 15 19 93
14 9048 Leo Kumar [Blue] Lake Forest Sailing 16 11 15 16 24 18 15 115
15 17853 avery baldwin [Blue] chicago yacht club 6 6 31/OCS 14 7 31/OCS 24 119
16 21368 Spencer Glickson [Red] Lake Forest Sailing 25 18 4 13 12 31/OCS 18 121
17 16938 Isabelle Rietz [Blue] Lake Beulah Yacht Club 17 16 31/DNS 31/DNS 13 7 12 127
18 12612 Joseph Qualtier [Blue] Columbia Yacht Club 15 19 17 21 28 17 27 144
19 19228 Henry Ackley [Blue] Pine Lake 19 31/OCS 31/OCS 5 21 31/OCS 9 147
20 9969 Tristan McDonald [Blue] Lake Forest Sailing 18 13 16 31/OCS 26 24 20 148
21 14885 Ava Novak [Blue] Lake Geneva 23 31/DNF 19 31/DNS 4 14 29 151T
22 10885 Kate Lyon [Blue] Lake Geneva 22 31/DNF 10 15 22 23 28 151T
23 15607 Calistoga Frerker [Blue] Chicago Yacht Club 20 20 14 31/DNS 23 21 22 151T
24 21421 Luke Linebaugh [Blue] Columbia Yacht Club 31/DNF 21 31/DNS 19 27 4 25 158T
25 17657 Matthew Sexton [Blue] Lake Geneva Yacht Club 21 22 20 31/DNS 16 31/OCS 17 158T
26 21797 Reid Hirn LGYC 31/DNC 31/DNC 31/DNC 31/DNC 20 16 10 170T
27 20932 john renz [White] COLYC 31/DNF 24 18 20 29 22 26 170T
28 21805 Alex Mueller [White] lake beulah 24 23 31/DNS 31/DNS 25 20 23 177
29 21229 Ellie Hirn LGYC 31/DNC 31/DNC 31/DNC 31/DNC 18 19 21 182
30 9455 Mary Carter [Blue] Lake Forest Sailing 31/DNF 31/DNF 31/DNS 31/DNS 31/DNS 31/DNC 31/DNC 217

Green Fleet

1 21967 Evan Wern Chicago Yacht Club 2 1 2 1 1 7
2 20712 Grace Renz Chicago yacht club 4 3 1 3 2 13
3 19238 Spencer von Peterffy Chicago Yacht Club 1 2 5 6 3 17
4 20 Elliott Yoder yc 5 4 4 5 4 22
5 17358 Alec Ranker Lake Forest Sailing 3 23/DNS 7 11 10 54
6 21529 Matthew Ranker Lake Forest Sailing 23/DNS 23/DNS 3 8 8 65
7 5 Keegan Chatburn Chicago Yacht Club 23/DNF 23/DNS 10 4 11 71
8 18872 George Holland Lake Geneva/BMRT 23/DNS 23/DNS 12 2 12 72T
9 1 cate baldwin chicago yacht club 23/DNS 23/DNS 8 13 5 72T
10 11 Tad Charlot Lake Forest Park District 23/DNS 23/DNS 9 12 6 73
11 21960 Kai Suh-Pomierski LGYC-BMRC 23/DNS 23/DNS 11 10 7 74
12 15 Niklas Swanson Chicago Yacht Club 23/DNS 23/DNS 14 9 9 78
13 3609 Adam Lyon Lake Geneva 23/DNS 23/DNS 6 7 23/DNS 82
14 2523 Jack Stenander Lake Geneva Yacht Club 23/DNS 23/DNS 13 23/DNS 13 95
15 na Ellen Carter Lake Forest Sailing 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T
15 44 Lukas Valasek Lake Geneva Yacht Club 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T
15 17772 Alexandra Fedulova Chicago Yacht Club 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T
15 CYC 6 Charles Dischner Chicago Yacht Club 23/DNF 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T
15 6798 Adler Johnston lgyc 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T
15 8018 JP Crabb chicago yacht club 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T
15 9 Fritz Bielski Lake Forest Sailing 23/DNF 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/OCS 23/DNS 115T
15 16727 Tyler Crabb chicago yacht club 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 115T

High School scores here

College and High School Singlehanded Nationals

Christian Spencer/Sam Bartel competed last weekend

Malcolm Lamphere/ Korbin Kierstad/Charlie Kutschenreuter to compete this weekend

St Petersburg is the host this fall for the singlehanded championships in Lasers and Laser Radials. The high school event allows either women or men to compete in the Radial. The college event is full-rig only for men. Malcolm Lamphere has won the men's title in the past. Good luck to our three men.

Click here for high school results

Click here for college results