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More MC listings next edition - they are plentiful but many unconfirmed
3-5 Train Wreck MC - Lake Eustis, FL
18-19 Pacific Coast MC Champs - Mission Bay YC
5 - ILYA Board meeting, White Bear, MN
7 - Zenda U MC Clinic - Eustis Sailing Club, FL
9-11 MC Midwinters - Lake Eustis YC, FL
17-19 Sarasota E Midwinter - Sarasota Sailing Squadron
18-19 Mardi Gras MC - New Orleans YC
21-23 Black Tie C/E - It's Back - Rush Creek, Tx
28-30 Charleston E - Carolina YC
29-30 Springfield C - Island Bay, IL
6-7 Icebreaker C - Cedar, IN
13-14 Mother's Day C - Spring Lake, MI
13-14 Cedar MC/C Spring - Cedar, WI
20-21 LaBelle Tuneup C/X - LaBelle YC
20-21 Geneva Spring E - Lake Geneva YC
20-21 - Heritage Spring E - Lake Hopatcing YC
3-4 Eastern C - TBD
10-11 MIR C - Long Lake, IL
10-11 Wauwasee E -
Wauwasee YC, IN
16 - AHJ X - Cedar Lake, WI
16 - TCYS - Minnetonka
16-18 C Nationals - Okoboji
17-18 Payton E - Mendota YC
23 - TCYS - White Bear
23-25 A Nationals - Minnetonka
24-25 WI MC Champs - Nagawicka
26 - LBSS Opti - Lake Beulah
27-28 TRAP X - Pine Lake YC
30 - TCYS - St. Croix
6-7 Quad Lakes X - Nagawicka
10-11 GLSS X - Lake Geneva YC
12 - GLSS Opti - Lake Geneva YC
14 - TCYS - Calhoun
14-16 ILYA MC Invitational - Lake Beulah YC
14-16 ILYA E Invitational - Pewaukee YC
17-18 Xtreme X - Oshkosh YC
18-21 US Sailing Chubb Junior Champs - Area K Qual - Minnetonka
20-23 MC Masters Nationals - Cedar, WI
21 TCYS - Calhoun Opti only
21-23 Michigan E Invitional -Crystal Lake YC, MI
22-23 ILYA C Invitational - LaBelle YC
22-23 WYA X - Pine Lake YC
24 ILYA No Tears Opti -Nagawicka
26-29 ILYA X Champs - Delavan YC
28 TCYS- Wayzata 420 only
30- ILYA Opti Champs - Delavan YC
1-2 ILYA Opti Champs - Delavan YC
3 Pram Power - North Lake
3-5 ECESA - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
2-5 Western MI Champs E/C/MC - Crystal Lake
4 TCYS - Wayzata
4-6 WYA C - Nagawicka YC
11-12 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
16-20 ILYA Championships - C/MC/A/E - Lake Geneva YC
8-10 Max C/MC Fall - Maxinkuckee YC
8-10 E Nationals - Carolina YC
9-10 Big Waters C - South Shore YC
16-17 C Blue Chip - Pistakee YC
16-17 Fenton Fall C - Lake Fenton YC
22-24 E Blue Chip - Pewaukee
23-24 NNN Beulah C Challenge - Lake Beulah YC
23-24 Lotawana C - Missouri YC
30 - Oct 1 - Polar Bear C/MC - Lake Davenport Sailing Club
7-8 C Worlds - Delavan YC
|Pewaukee Nominated for Best Yacht Club Bar
Rochester YC Proves to be Tough Place your vote!
It's a horse race! Do not get complacent. We look to have a huge lead this morning but Rochester proves to be a real competitor and displays the ability to rebound and RESPOND!! Yesterday morning Pewaukee was ahead by 6 percentage points. We appeared to be pulling away but at 3:00 PM CST, Rochester mounted a comeback.
Place your vote for the , with the top ten submissions now put forward for online voting until January 30. The winning bar will be announced on February 1.
So vote today and vote often! Yes, you can vote more than once a day but if you try it back to back, it will respond that you have voted today. Wait ten minutes and VOTE AGAIN. On the bottom of the page, there is a link entitled "View Results". Check it out to see how we are going. You might consider voting in different browsers if you have multiple on your computer. Or try different devices.
This is in fun but why let anyone else win? Get your friends to vote. Bring the trophy home. --- Seriously, there are nearly 2500 of you who read this rag. Have some levity in your life and spread the news.
Turns out you can vote several times everyday!! Vote often!!
|ILYA Dues and Donations
|Save Us Time - Time to Renew
It will soon be club and sailor dues renewal time. Renewals for individuals will be sent digitally first so consider getting ahead of the crowd. Click here
to renew or join the ILYA. Scowlines is a free publication but if you enjoy it, please consider purchasing an associate membership for $35. If you support us as race committee or regatta management, your renewal is invited.
Regular dues are $70, youth $40 and associate $35. Crews do NOT need to join but are always welcome to support our association. Do yourself a favor, streamline your regatta registration and register for membership now.
Donations are accepted here.
|2017 Scow Calendar - Now Google Calendars available for many of our fleets
|Get Your Regatta Listed
Our first listing of the 2017 events is included here in Scowlines. Added this week is Google calendars on the ILYA website. So pick your fleet and look at the bottom right of the calendar. There is a + Google calendarwhich allows you to add it to your devices. From there you can overlay your choice of calendar to see what your summer weekend will look like. --- a bit daunting if you are a C sailor and an X father.
As more regatta details are developed by host clubs, local directions, social packages, mooring requirements can be added to the Google calendar entries so contact Scowlines to have your info added. You will be given rights to edit your event. ---- The ultimate goal is ONE STOP SHOPPING!
There is no intent to omit anyone. Submit your event for inclusion. As you develop your NOR, the ILYA is happy to link to it so there is a consolidated site for all our events.
|Sailing World Miami -- Starts Today
|Sailors to Watch
The new quadrennium begins as we move toward the 2020 Olympics. Today begins this adventure for many of our US sailors. The ILYA is not without representation:
Laser - Erik Bowers - Minnetonka (see article below) sits as one of the top Laser contenders in the last trials. He has continued to practice this Fall to continue his quest. He has a tall order in front of him as the top two Americans return for the next four-year test.
Newcomer Malcolm Lamphere - Geneva, still in college at Yale, is testing the waters. Malcolm has national titles to his name at his young age in varying classes but still has college on his slate. He will enjoy dipping his toe in the waters while still concentrating on school.
Malcolm and Erik are two of seven US sailors competing.
49er FX - Stephanie Roble - Beulah and Maggie Shea - White Lake are taking on a new boat but they are a sailing team who has worked well together in Women's Matchracing for over four years now. They will see how that translates into a new arena. It's their first big show in the new boat.
|Erik Bowers Pre-regatta report
by Erik Bowers
Sailing World Cup Miami starts tomorrow!
This event is the first big international event of the 2020 Olympic Cycle. All of the Olympic Classes are here. The Laser fleet has 60 boats total. The format for the regatta is different this year. There is only 1 fleet with no qualifying series and subsequent split into gold and silver fleet. So there will be racing against all the Laser competitors all week.
Since the last update in December, I've done some coaching, trained in the first US training camp of 2017, and tuned up for this regatta. All in South Florida.
On the coaching front at the end of December, I did some training coaching with a young guy from Chicago prior to the Orange Bowl. We had 5 days of varied conditions in Biscayne Bay. The work was centered around skills specific for the given conditions, including speed, tuning, tacking, and starting. The main focus was how the wind strength and waves cause the racing to play out with other boats around. The Laser is a boat incredibly rich in small variations in tuning, technique, speed, and boathandling. It was also rewarding to see this improved understanding in the way my guy was sailing.
Following this coaching, I went home for a brief stint between Christmas and New Year's. It was awesome to see my family and some friends!
Then New Year's Day, it was back down to Miami for the first US Sailing Team camp of 2017 from Jan 2-7.
All the Olympic classes were there with a large contingent, creating an excellent collaborative environment.
The first 2 days were especially good training as we had medium air with sizeable waves on the ocean.
I spent MLK weekend on a coachboat, coaching the Lauderdale Yacht Club Laser Radial team at the Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta. This team includes some very promising young sailors with already well developed skills. All three days had some of Lauderdale's best ocean conditions with 4-5 foot high & steep waves. Wind was from the east in the mid to high teens strength wise. The group of young sailors that I was working with gave their best effort for 3 races each day in the grueling conditions. I worked on having my coaching game turned up, providing them with the best info I could about the wind and course before the start. Often times for regatta coaching, the most valuable information relies very little on prediction. It is simply an accurate picture of what is happening at the current moment. But this helps to provide clarity to the sailor by showing the best available option for where to start at that moment. But then it comes down to executing for that spot on the start line and making the best of the early part of the race. I wished that I was racing in the Standard Rig fleet, but also kinda glad that I wasn't getting beat up physically by the racing haha.
Following the Lauderdale regatta, I came back down to Miami to begin preparing for SWC Miami. For the regatta, Maru Urban is coaching me. After coaching me at the selection trials last year, he coached for the US at the Olympic Games in Rio. We had good chemistry last year, so it's only natural to pick up where we left off. We spent 5 days on the water here in the lead up to the regatta, seeing a variety of conditions from 5 to 20 knots.
I also learned an important lesson about renting from Airbnb an "Affordable Studio Apartment for 2." Always ask the host about the dimensions of the space first. Do not trust the pictures. Approximate dimensions 8x20' + bathroom. Lesson learned. But we are making the best of what we have in true Brazilian fashion (Maru is from Brazil). In addition to the fridge, it has an electric stove, electric pot for boiling water, coffeepot, and microwave. Also critical wifi. So really all the essentials. I suppose in realty speak that the space is "cozy, charming, economical, and includes a spacious yard." So far so good though lol. We've been here 5 days now so it feels normal. We can still do eggs and cottage cheese for breakfast.
I'm very excited to start the regatta tomorrow. I've put in a good amount of work and my skills are sharp.
So let's race!
Thank you all for reading and following my endeavors. Check out my if you feel so inclined.
I need to post more often, but I try to include some things away from the racing.
All the Best,
|Race Management - One Day at Lake Beulah
|Milwaukee's John Strassman to Teach
April 1 is the date.
Who should attend? Anyone from our local clubs who works homelake races. Learn all aspects - equipment, signal boat, rules that apply to RC, course management.
Become a US Sailing Certified Race Officer!
Race Officers are in charge of racing on the water. Their duties include ensuring the safety of competitors and members of the race committee, choosing courses to give competitors the best possible races, starting the fleet, adjusting the course in response to changing conditions, and finishing and scoring the race.
Learn more: http://www.ussailing.org/race-officials/race-officers/
$60 course fee paid to US Sailing
Course materials included
Lunch at Lake Beulah
Housing available on first come, first serve basis.
|Sailing School Directorships/Instructor Positions Available
It may be a small, quiet area in the winter but this beautiful region grows to 350,000 in the summer months. It is a marvelous facility which is so welcoming. The potential is great for massive growth in their community and racing program! This is a gem of a position with large, active adult scow fleets with a few extras - Ynglings - thrown in. Okoboji hosts one of the larger MC fleets in the Inland. Midwestern hospitality abounds.
Okoboji is looking for a Director of its program with the potential of a fulltime position as the most-talented and hard-working Club Manager Brad Farrar contemplates retirement. The editor's opinion is he cannot be replaced but time marches on for many fine people. He deserves a fine retirement after 33 years of service. BUT . . . here is an opportunity to enjoy a well-established and well-endowed program/club. Okoboji is a treasure. Their children are excited young sailors who are ready to explode on the scene. For more details, contact Tom Rierson
via email or 712-336-2277.
Here is a name from the past for most of us. We all remember the C Blue Chips from year's gone by. Now the C Blue Chip will return this year to its founding waters. The Community Sailing School @ Pistakee is a newly-formed 501(c)(3) with loads of excitement in the Fox River Lakes area. Located in Johnsburg, IL, it is close to the western suburbs of Chicago AND boasts a high school sailing program. They have a unique program where parents can use paddle/windsurf boards while children attend sailing school. The program has O'pen Bics, 420s, Optis and Butterflies.
The program is ready to move into hardcore racing now and is in need of a racing instructor. Pay is most competitive, the locale near many of our current schools and sailors in the western Chicagoland area. This is an opportunity to build a program which could be six months immediately with a strong effort to develop high school sailing. Contact Dale Multerer
via email or 847-525-6518. Check out this link
And think of Pistakee if you are Long Lake, Wonder Lake, Powers, Twin Lakes and Crystal Lake --- many of our strong sailing schools now have formed a "consortium" to get high school sailing going. Or sent your young Opti sailors to Pistakee to help re-build the X fleet in future years on these lakes.
|Racing Rules of Sailing Online in Apple version
|US Sailing membership required
We are pleased to tell you that the digital Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 and the US Sailing Bookstore app (Apple version) are now available in the Apple App Store. We expect the Android version of the app to be ready in about a week.
To get your copy, please go to the App Store and download the . Then click the red "Member Login" button and log in with your US Sailing Member ID and password, and you will be able to download the Racing Rules of Sailing digital publication within the bookstore app.
For complete directions on downloading the app and the rulebook and navigating within the rulebook, please visit .
If you need help retrieving your Member ID and password, please email or call 1-800-877-2451 to speak with a member experience representative.
You can also today.
Your friends at US Sailing
|SAIL TO PREVAIL (WITH KINDNESS)
Many of you know Paul Callahan as the dad of two great Opti sailors but Paul's creation of a national disabled sailing organization is just one more instance of our opportunity to give back.
Have you lost track of your New Year's resolution? If it involved either sailing or kindness - 2017 will be your year!
Our sailing community is a very giving and caring group of people. Please consider bringing a person with a disability to one of our programs this summer: Newport, RI, Nantucket, MA, or Cambridge, MA.
Any child or adult /Veteran with cancer, autism, or any disability is welcome to sail to PREVAIL. Your act of generosity in the spirit of sharing our sport will be rewarded with the knowledge that this will be one of your "kindest sailing stories" ever.
Please contact or .
|Housing and Party Invite
For anyone that is coming to the Westerns this summer at Crystal Lake and would like to stay longer, here are some rental listings.
CLYC has their Around-The-Lake race on Saturday, July 30, 2017 beginning at 12:30 p.m. (or there abouts) and is open to all E boats that want to show up.. This is followed by a party that everyone is invited to, no charge (added incentive to come to the Westerns!). Great way to have some fun and get to sail on Crystal prior to the regatta on Wednesday. Contact Mike Terry
for more info.
The following properties are available for July 29-August 5:
Crystal Liebe @ $2200.00 per week. Sleeps 4-6 MAX.
Crystal Pines @ $3500.00 per week. Sleeps 12 MAX.
Grandma's Sandbox @ $1000.00 per week. Sleeps 4 MAX.
Green Arrow @ $1500.00 per week. Sleeps 8 MAX.
Manhattan Beach @ $3200.00 per week. Sleeps 11 MAX.
Smooth Sailing I & II @ $10,000.00 per week. Sleeps 16 MAX. Dog-friendly with fee. Also requires $500.00 departure fee and $2000.00 security deposit. Rents Friday to Friday only - Available August 4-11.
Summer Retreat @ $3800.00 per week. Sleeps 12 MAX.
Sunset View Retreat @ $1800.00 per week. Sleeps 6 MAX. Dog-friendly with fee.
Close-A-Nuff @ $1200.00 per week. Sleeps 6 MAX.
Harbor View Unit J @ $1775.00 per week. Sleeps 8 MAX.
La Casa Grande @ $4200.00 per week. Sleeps 15 MAX.
Big Platte Lake:
Blue Thunder @ $2000.00 per week. Sleeps 8 MAX. Dog-friendly with fee.
Lower Herring Lake:
Berry Cottage @ $1000.00 per week. Sleeps 6 MAX.
Available for August 2-5:
La Bastille @ $225.00 per night. Sleeps 8 MAX. For Sale.
Park-Vogel Cottage @ $145.00 per night. Sleeps 4 MAX.
We also charge 6% sales tax, a 2% room assessment fee, and a one-time $125.00-$200.00 departure fee with each rental.
To make a reservation, they would need to contact us at 1-888-326-2352. At the time of booking, we would need their mailing address, phone number(s), and a 25% down payment. The remaining balance would be due 30 days prior to their arrival date. We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover, or check or money order.
All of these properties are on our website at and we'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful day!
Northern Rental Management
|Join the Team
|US Sailing Junior Championships
|Area K Qualifiers - July 18-21
US Sailing 2017 Area K Sears-Bemis-Smythe Junior Championships
Submitted By: Cappy Capper
I am pleased to announce that the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School in Deephaven, Minnesota has been selected to host the US Sailing 2017 Area K Sears-Bemis-Smythe Junior Championships. The event will kick off from Lighthouse Island on Lake Minnetonka, Tuesday, July 18 with an optional clinic. The regatta will be held Wednesday, July 19 through Friday, July 21. The Triple-handed Championship for the Sears will be sailed in provided Yngling's, the Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis is in BYO Club 420s, and the Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe will be sailed in BYO Laser Radials. Sailors who are turning 13 but not 19 during the calendar year are encouraged to attend. The Notice of Race will be published soon, Registration will be through Regatta Network.
The Area K SBS Junior Championships are part of a national qualification system conducted is 11 Areas across the United States. At the Area K Championship, teams who finish 1st in the Sears, 1st and 2nd in the Bemis and 1st and 2nd in the Smythe qualify for the U.S. Junior National Championships. The 2017 U.S. Junior Nationals will be hosted by the Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ on August 8-11. The Sears will be sailed in Flying Scot, the Bemis in Club 420 and the Smythe in Laser Radials.
Coaching Certification Requirement Change for 2017 For the 2017 Championship season, a minimum of US Sailing Level 2 Certification will be required to be a club or private coach at all Area SBS Junior Championships. Current Level 2 coaches will be allowed access to their sailors from the "coaches box" and will also be allowed to proceed up a designated side of the course inside of spectator boats. Coaches must provide their own coach boat and agree to act as safety boats if necessary. Spectators are welcome to bring their own boat to watch and cheer, but coaching can be done only from the coaches' box!
For further information, contact:
Regatta Contact: Jessica Haverstock -
Area K Junior Rep: Cappy Capper -
Sailing School Directors - watch for news soon on the US Sailing Instructor Certification Courses. Final dates are being established now. This is a tight window for your youth - school ending and sailing programs beginning. There are courses listed on the US Sailing website under Education. Courses are available nearly every weekend. Consider traveling over spring break to get certified. The late May/early June days get booked quickly. Registration is only through US Sailing and class sizes are limited. Make plans to certify your instructors.