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2010 Fleet News
MC ILYA Championship - September 2010
By Stefan Schmidt
The MC scows shared Lake Geneva at the "Big Inland" this year. The parking lot looked pretty interesting with over a hundred scows waiting to hit the water. This regatta was dominated by very light shifty winds and significant mororboat chop even without an abundance of power boat traffic. One theory for this phenomenon is that the banks of Lake Geneva are quite steep and waves tend to bounce back into the lake on their arrival to shore.
The MCs were sailing the more northern end of the lake and it was anybody's guess (except those in the know) which side of the course would pay off. Sailing 'great,' Andy Burdick chose the wrong side a couple of times. What I learned was that the favored end of the line was not necessarily the correct end to start on. Many very fast sailors would get great starts, win their side of the first leg to some degree and find themselves rounding in the 30s or worse. Being relatively new to the MC fleet and gettin' up there in years myself I was very excited to see some old timers fair extermely well at this event.
Craig Thompson of Okacuchee Lake in an older boat (1720) took the beatiful MC model trophy for winning race one and sailed very smart the entire event, nearly winning race 3 and finished 3rd overall, 1st in the Masters division (50 years and older.) Grand Master (60 years and older) Todd Faulkner from Pewaukee finished third overall. Bill Coburn sailing out of Lake Harriet, MN had a best finish of 4th but a worst finish of 8th to win the event with all single digit finishes which is remarkable in a fleet of 50 boats and tricky, shifty, wavey conditions. He is a repeat ILYA champion.
Stefan Schmidt (MC 2144) from Lake Mendota spent some time among the leaders, found the wrong side of the all important first leg a couple times and foolishly didn't have his board lines set up correctly which hurt him badly in a race he was sailing second near the second windward mark costing him a spot in the top finishers overall.
Check out Sailgroove.org and click on the ILYA (E MC) logo to see an interview with Stefan about the ordeal or check out full coverage MC race 3 or many other videos with E and MC races and racers. If you haven't seen Sailgroove.org it's pretty much fun.
Schmidt finished 1 point out of 10th which would have given crew/pit crew Kristi Betts a cool ILYA glass cube trophy. Stefan is still hearing it from Kristi for not covering Andy Burdick just yards from the finish and getting squeeked out. The excuse was he was starstruck and didn't have the killer instinct to pull the trigger with Andy's 6 year old daughter hiking out for Daddy. It was a good learning regatta for everyone. Schmidt in MC 2144 finished 11th overall and won the 3rd place Masters trophy.
2009 Fleet News
Simons Win Two at MC Fall Classic - September 2009
Jerry Simon's MC 2461 was sailed by son Greg and grandchildren Meta and Fritz in the MC Fall Classic on North Lake this weekend (thirty nine boat fleet). A new sail made by local sailmaker, Ryan Malmgren of Mad Sails, was used for the first time on Sunday which resulted in two bullets.
2006 Fleet News
ILYA MC Invite Recap - July 2006
The 2006 ILYA MC class Invitational regatta is in the books and once again the Mendota Yacht Club showed that we really know how to put on a great regatta! I received so many positive comments from the sailors that attended that it would take a book to list them all! Needless to say, I think all enjoyed the entire event despite the heat and the fact that we had to stare at flat water most of the day Saturday.
In the end, 6 races were completed with the newest Melges hotshot, I mean employee, Jamie Kimball winning the event. He was one of those who told me what a great event we put on and said that he really enjoyed sailing on Mendota! Former MYC C boater Jay Rendall took 3rd overall. Even though he has not been a MYC member for over 20 years, we will claim him as our own! I would like to give a huge thanks to Tom Stitgen for all the work he did as regatta chair. He put together a fantastic team of MYC volunteers that made the event as good as any I have ever attended. It is extremely difficult to organize an event such as this and my hat is off to Tom for doing such a great job!! I also want to thank all of the folks who volunteered their time to help us make this happen.
There are really too many to mention by name and I would hate to leave someone off the list. You know who you are and I appreciate all the help!! Regardless, I estimate that almost 50% of our membership was involved in this regatta. That alone makes me proud to be a part of this group of wonderful people! Thank you all for your time, your boats, your labor, your donations and your smiles! I also need to thank all the folks and Bishop's Bay for allowing us to invade their beautiful facility.
I heard a number of comments about what a great Yacht Club we had...I just grinned and smiled. The staff at Bishop's Bay did a great job and I hope they will allow us to hold another regatta sometime in the future.
Finally, I hope we can tap that volunteer keg one more time this year as the club is hosting the I-20 Nationals in September. Regatta Chair Grant Frautschi is already hard at work putting together a regatta that could see over 40 boats! I'm sure he will be putting out a call for volunteers soon and I am confident the our membership will once again step up to help and show that we can host 2 major events in one summer! Thanks again to all!
Steve Yost Commodore Mendota Yacht Club