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Welcome to the Mendota Yacht Club!  If you’re looking to become part of a club with a long history of terrific sailing, reasonable dues and a friendly social atmosphere, you’ve come to the right spot!

 

Founded in 1903, the Mendota Yacht Club is the oldest sailing club on Lake Mendota and Dane County.  Lake Mendota is recognized as one of the best, if not the best, inland lake in the county for sailboat racing. As a member club of Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) we routinely host regattas for all scow classes. We’ve had our share of members who have achieved regional, national, and Olympic recognition whose sailing roots are anchored here.  

 

Our fleets consist of one design scows and keelboats.  We race on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.  If you’re an experienced skipper or crew, someone who just discovered the fun of sailboat racing, or someone who just wants to talk shop with sailors, you’ll find opportunities for developing your skills at MYC!

 

Our club is more than just racing; we host fun events and regular after race parties during the season at a variety of venues.  Because our club is a volunteer run organization, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet other members.  In fact, many of our members are also members of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht club and would be happy to introduce you to the fun of soft and hard water sailing!

 

Again, welcome to the MYC.  Please explore the website and feel free to contact the membership chair if you have any questions.

 

Tim Sugar
Commodore

  
Membership in Mendota Yacht Club is open to everyone interested in yachting, seamanship, and other kindred matters and related activities. We welcome both racing and non-racing sailors. Membership is open to all persons - regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.
 

Our Mission Statement 

 
The purpose of this association shall be to encourage and foster the sport of yachting among young and old ... to sometime, somewhere win an Inland Lakes Regatta, and to do all other things agreeable and necessary to carry out the purposes of this corporation. 
 

Meet Your Board 

 
Tim Sugar, MYC Commodore (2016) & Director (thru 2016) 
 
I started sailing on X boat’s with my brothers, Hugh and Ben Sugar, in the Mendota Yacht Club Youth Program in 1989. At that point we were one of five X boats left in the club’s youth program with Greg Simon as the esteemed instructor. Unfortunately the club’s X boat program dwindled to only two boats and eventually folded due to lack of boats and participation. After X boats, I was luckily asked to start crewing for Lon Schoor and Bill Mattison on their E and A programs. I give credit to the people mentioned above for my love of sailing.
 
I was also part of the Hoofer Youth program and become a youth instructor at fifteen. Hoofers introduced me to dinghy racing and college sailing. Throughout my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison I raced dinghies on the UW sailing team. As a team member we would drive to the east coast several times a year for a weekend of sailing!
 
After college and law school Hugh, Darby and I started campaigning an E-Scow. We added Hugh’s spouse Annie Sugar to the program several years ago and have had a blast racing it both locally in MYC races and around the country.
 
Aside from sailing, I enjoy DN iceboating, kiteboarding, snowboarding, fishing and spending time with my family and beautiful wife Darby. Darby and I have two kiddo’s Sydney (23 months) and Arles (10 weeks) that we hope will help fuel the MYC youth program in the future.
 
My interest in the MYC is to encourage new membership and to promote internal growth and friendships among all the fleets. I am looking forward to the next two years as a board member and would encourage other club members to step up and take on a volunteer role in the club. It is a lot of fun!
 
Bob Fanning, MYC Vice Commodore (2016) & Director (thru 2017) 
 
I learned to sail in the Finger Lakes in upstate NY. I started sailing on my father’s home-built Sea Flea when I was about four. He later replaced it with a Sunfish. When I was in high school I started teaching sailing merit badge at a Boy Scout camp. Then I became a sailing racing instructor on Keuka Lake at a YMCA overnight camp. We sailed a local boat similar to a Badger Sloop called a K-boat. I raced in the K-boat nationals several times.
 
I went to undergraduate school in Boston and joined the community boating center located on the Charles River. I also learned to windsurf while in college.
 
After graduating from Northeastern University with a BSME, I moved to Wilmington, NC and started racing windsurfers. I was also a founding member and later president of the Cape Fear Windsurfing Association.
 
I was fortunate enough to meet my wonderful wife Suzanne in Wilmington and we had all three of our children (Brendon, Walker and Laurel Kate) while living there. Sailing then became something I only did with my kids on summer vacations in the Finger Lakes.
 
I started sailing competitively again after meeting Dave Gorwitz when we moved next door to each other in the fall of 2007. I started out match racing with Madison Match Racing League and became a hoofer member. I also joined Mendota Yacht Club and have crewed on several keelboats including Eidolon and Brisingamen.
 
I love racing with the MYC and became a board member because I want to do my part to keep the club functioning and growing. It’s also a lot of fun to get together when we cannot sail.
 

Dave Gorwitz, MYC Rear Commodore (2016) & Director (thru 2018)

 

 

 

I started sailing in college when I joined Hoofers in 1979.  I later became a Hoofers instructor and started racing in MYC on Hoofers’ Santa Cruz 33, Maria.  A couple of years later I purchased my first boat, a Santa Cruz 27, Cadenza.  Our all-Hoofers-alumni crew on Cadenza won a bunch of MYC trophies, including a couple of season championships.  I also did a fair amount of cruising as part of Hoofers’ flotillas, skippering many trips to the Florida Keys and San Diego.  Several of us also chartered in the BVI, Greek Islands, Australia and New Zealand.

 

In the mid-1980’s, I purchased Tyrol Marine Sailboat House (now The Boathouse of Madison) and got into the sailboat business.  I continued my racing and in 1993 we purchased one of the very first Melges 24’s.  In addition to racing in MYC, I had the privilege of sailing with some really fine professionals in the M24 fleet over the next 10-15 years, including Keith Musto, Dave Ullman and Scott Allen.  I also was regular crew on Jeff Russel and Donny Anderson’s A-scow, the Magic Bus.

 

I sold the Boathouse in around 2003 and set off on my current career as a business attorney.  My off-Mendota racing these days is focused on match racing.  Getting into match racing has really improved my game and has re-invigorated my love of the sport; if you want to get better, try match racing!  Sailing with MYC member Dave Niemann, we have been steadily improving and last year were ranked by ISAF as high as No. 44 in in the world and No. 5 in the USA.  For the second consecutive year, we have qualified for the US Match Race Championships (to be sailed this October in Swedish Match 40’s at Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY).

 

My MYC racing for the past five years or so has been as a crew member on Chuck Duroni and Dave Niemann’s J80, Eidolon.  I couldn’t be luckier than to be part of their wonderful, talented and deep team!  I am a past Commodore of MYC and this will be my second stint as a member of the MYC Board.  For several years I’ve been MYC’s US Sailing PHRF liaison and am the currently the chair of the MYC protest committee.

 
Donna Schoor, MYC Treasurer (2015) & Director (thru 2017) 
 
I have been retired for a number of years. Most of my free time is spent volunteering in a variety of venues some of which include MYC, NCESA, tutor at school, gardening - Master Gardener (my own gardens and public gardens within Maple Bluff), skiing, traveling, enjoying family and friends.
 
Joined MYC in 1972 - racing E's. Have volunteered for a variety of events/positions in MYC over the years - Bilge Board editor with Lon back in the 70's, coordinated and worked on many ILYA Events hosted by MYC, E-Invite in 1999 (133 boats), membership chair, implemented the current website, help coordinate efforts at Burrows Park and volunteer in the club whenever/wherever needed. I’ve been the club treasurer since 2012 and this is my second term on the board. We travel to many E regattas throughout each summer season and have made many friends across the country. I currently help Lon in his role as Sec/Treasurer for the National Class E Scow Assoc.
 

Ben Miller, MYC Secretary (2016)

 

My first experience sailing was on a Rhodes Bantam, a beautiful 14-foot wooden sailboat, on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York, when I was about 12. I was hooked immediately. However, my real sailing education began a couple years later on Lasers at at a Boy Scout camp. Sailing all week at camp was the highlight of my summer for the next few years. In addition, my friend's father, who owned the Rhodes, began teaching the two of us to sail it. Unfortunately, my sailing career came to a halt when a squall snapped the wooden mast, and then college consumed my life.

 

I moved to Madison in August of 2012 to begin a graduate program at UW, and I joined Hoofers immediately. I started sailing dinghies, and then got sucked into the keelboat fleet, eventually earning a skipper rating on Spray. In 2013, another member introduced me to Peggy Elath as substitute crew on her J/80. In 2014, I began teaching on C scows at Hoofers, and began racing with Peggy more regularly. In the Fall of 2014, I joined the Hoofers board as the Scow Fleet captain, and simultaneously became the MYC/Hoofers liason. In 2015, I sailed occasionally with Peggy, and began trimming jib regularly on Eric Kerlow's E-scow.

 

When I'm not sailing, I'm most likely studying. However, I have sometimes found the time to bicycle around the lakes, climb rocks, or even make the jaunt to Chicago for a concert.

 
Paul McMillan, Director (thru 2016)  
 
I must have started sailing as a kid back in the mid to late fifties. Our neighbors had boats so I got to sail on a Seagull. One of my neighbors and childhood friends was Bill Hanson and we sailed on his Wood Pussy, which was more of a bailing experience than a sailing experience as it tended to sink a lot. Later I got a Sailfish and eventually went into Cub boats and organized sailing.
 
Hanson had a couple of old C Scows but in 1965 he got a new one and then we started sailing scows more than Cubs. - - - I must have been an MYC member since around 1962. I also taught sailing at the Mendota Sailing School from about 1965 to 1970. - - - We sailed C boats until the early 70s and then got into crewing on E Scows. In the mid to late 70s I started getting into the cruising fleets, which is when I partnered up with Donnie Anderson and Bill Von Rutenberg to buy a Ranger 26. Then we partnered on several other boats, mostly Melges 24s into the late 90s or early 2000s. I continued to crew on E boats off & on during these years and then I pulled jib on Donnie & Jeff Russell’s A Scow, Magic Bus as long as they had it. Then I crewed a little bit with Donnie on his Laser SB3. In 2012 I bought an MC, which I’ve been sailing locally and at some regattas since that time. I’ve also joined the Labor Day old geezer crew on Donnie’s Crocker design cat boat. I think this classic boat was the youngest thing out there (not sure about Donnie’s age). I also enjoy ice boating in the wintertime.
 
Myles Sommerfeldt asked me to be on the board a couple years ago when he was retiring from it and I guess I paused a little too long, so he said thank you. As a board member I’m currently involved with the marketing committee. It’s a good experience to learn and participate in how decisions are made and I’d recommend it to any and all members to give it a try.
 
Keith Rosenbaum, MYC Director (thru 2016) 
 
Aside from a week of “cruising” on Flathead Lake in summer camp in Montana while in high school, I moved to Wisconsin in 1999, having very little practical sailing experience. My wife, Heidi and I quickly joined Hoofers, where we started simultaneously in techs and Soma, aka the cow boat. I eventually became rated on all then existing Hoofer boats, including skipper rated on Soma. I instructed on Soma and scows on a volunteer basis until the birth of our first child, Lena, in 2008.
 
Meanwhile, I joined MYC in 2001, pulling jib on Commodore Brian Anderson’s A-scow until he sold his boat. I started sailing E-scows with Bill and Jamie Hanson in 2002. When their crew, Justin Segersten, bought his first E-scow, I began sailing with Justin, until he sold his boat (hopefully this isn’t a pattern I started…) After a couple of years of jumping around the fleet as needed, I began sailing with Patrick Heaney on the Wild Turkey in 2013.
 
Off-lake, I have been sailing with Oshkosh’s Aaron Lynn on his I-20 at most regattas since 2002.
 
I joined the board after Darby cornered me at Lake Geneva a few years ago. My primary focus is helping to build all fleets, especially the I-20 and youth fleets. My oldest is getting excited about Optis, and my 3 year old, Kalli, also loves being on the water. I am excited about MYC’s continuing partnership with Madison Youth Sailing. I currently serve as the club’s co-social chair with Tim Stanton and am slated to serve as regatta chair for this year’s I-20 Inlands on Mendota in August.
 
Pete Mooney, Director (thru 2017)  
 
Pete prefers helping Hoofers and MYC over talking about himself, so the editor put together a little info on him here. Pete has been a member of MYC for several years, but he is an institution over at the Hoofer Sailing Club, where he has been a member for over forty years, maybe even close to fifty. He always wears a smile and always can be found out to sea on Lake Mendota, where he is the definitive instructor on the big keelboats. If you see Soma or Decoy racing or with a whole slew of trainees in a lesson, most likely you’ll see Pete’s smiling face and easy-going style giving pointers to the enthusiastic crew.
 
Pete is always willing to lend a hand and I guess that’s why he was easy to press into service at the MYC Annual Membership Meeting last fall. As a nominee from the floor, Pete graciously agreed to serve on our board and he has been a helpful participant throughout his first year of service.
 
Do you want a good friend, a good helper, a good sailor? Say “hi” to Pete Mooney!
 

John Rather, Director (thru 2018)

 

 

I’ve been on sailboats since I was in diapers. My father is a life-long sailor and has always encouraged me to make sailing a part of my life. I grew up racing optis, MCs, M-16s and J-24s out of Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club.  I was an active member of the UW Sailing Team all 4 years of college. While in college I also worked summers as a youth instructor and coach, first at my home yacht club and later in Lake Geneva, receiving my U.S. Sailing Levels 1 and 2 instructor certifications along the way. Many of my closest friends are former teammates and fellow coaches I met in college.

 

While in Milwaukee for law school I crewed on a T-10 that won North Americans and on a Mumm-36. I also was a youth and adult instructor at Milwaukee Yacht Club. After law school I returned to Madison and began crewing on E scows. I met my lovely wife Katie one Sunday crewing on the Sugars’ E scow. She and I now partner with Mike and Susie Barnett on an E, my favorite boat I’ve ever raced. Aside from sailing, Katie and I are avid skiers (cross country and downhill), cyclists, campers and travelers.

 

I’ve been a part of several yacht and sailing clubs, but none quite like MYC. The collegiality, encouragement and down to earth nature of the club and its members make it one of a kind. I’m looking forward to being further involved in MYC and helping bring new people into sailboat racing, especially youth. We have a wealth of knowledge in the club and I want to see us leverage that to encourage the next generation of sailors.

 

Clarke Sugar, Director (thru 2018)

 

My involvement in sailing was in many ways preordained.  Following my cousins' (Ben, Hugh, and Tim) decision to purchase an X-Boat, I was often asked to fill in as crew on windy days.  I also followed their lead by participating in the youth sailing and windsurfing courses every summer through Hoofers.  Eventually, I graduated from the X-Boat and begin crewing on a regular basis on an earlier version of the Mirage with Lon Schoor.  A formative sailing experience occurred during my first regatta on Lake Winnebago when during a cold and windy day the boom vang broke on the A-scow, and I found myself on the skipper's request sitting on back edge of the boom as ballast, feet dangling over the water, as we raced downwind with the remainder of the fleet to our stern. 

 

In high school, I was able to parlay my interest in sailing into a great summer job by returning to Hoofers as an instructor primarily for their youth sailing and windsurfing classes and conference sailing program.  I continued to teach sailing and windsurfing, along with spending some time doing boat maintenance and repair while attending the UW-Madison.  We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to boat and sail in some incredible places such as the Apostle Islands, British and U.S Virgin Islands, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  

 

Aside from sailing, I enjoy hiking, road biking, skiing, camping, traveling and cooking with my wife (Leah) and two children (Bode 3 and Soren 9 mos.). I work as a corporate, bankruptcy, and real estate attorney with Axley Brynelson, LLP in downtown Madison.  My interest in MYC is primarily to give back to and help sustain a club which has offered me so many learning and recreational opportunities as a youth and now as an adult.  I am presently a part of the elite H-19 program that sails out of its own port, so by getting involved with the leadership of MYC I look forward to having more interaction with its members. 

 
     

 

 

Amidships News

What's New

  

MYC Raft Up Party Rescheduled to September 28th

 

Sun., Sept. 28th 2pm. at 3-Foot Bay (North of Governor’s Island)

 

How it works:

1) Bring your power or sailboat with anchor, fenders, dock lines

2) Bring your water toys, slip&slides, SUPs, rafts, water cannons

3) Bring drinks to share

4) Bring food to share

5) You can also get to the party by parking nearby and wading out into the north bay or calling for a pick up.

 

Questions:

Eric Kerlow

E Skipper H-73

773-529-5400

 

 

YOUTH: THE FUTURE OF SAILING

by Susan Stites

 

According to Dennis Conneally, former Management Advisor for the San Francisco Yacht Club, five things make a successful youth sailing program.

 

  1. Quality instruction at all levels, from learning-to-sail programs to competitive racing.
  2. Organized parental involvement.
  3. Funding through a variety of sources including local 501(c)3 sailing foundations.
  4. Opportunities for young sailors beyond the immediate youth sailing program.
  5. Meaningful contribution to the overall member satisfaction of the club.

 

If MYC members Brian Anderson and Jamie Hansen have anything to say about it, the Madison area will indeed have thriving and successful youth sailing. Both are on the board of and busily active in the Madison Youth Sailing Foundation (MYSF), a 501(c)3 founded in 1992 that coordinates the efforts of Lake Mendota and Monona sailors and their parents. The goals of the MYSF are to teach sailing and windsurfing, to ensure students have fun as they learn to sail, and to promote a love for the sail sports.

 

Sailing Instruction

 

Anderson is proud of the quality and extent of the sailing instruction offered by MYSF. The student-to-instructor ratio is 4 to 1, so students get excellent personal attention. Young people can learn to sail on a variety of craft including Optimist Dinghies, X-Boats, Lasers, or Windsurfers.

 

According to the MYSF’s website, the Optimist Dinghy “is appropriate for children aged 6 to 16 and is the official youth training boat of sailing schools worldwide.” Madison’s youngsters can learn to sail an “Opti” throughout the summer. Classes are available every week at the Maple Bluff Marina. Classes combine on-the-ground “chalk talk” with on-the-water coaching. During the chalk talk, students learn how to rig and fine-tune their boats. On the water, instructors follow the students and offer suggestions as they sail. Classes are grouped according to skill, so beginners aren’t outmaneuvered by seasoned sailors, and expert sailors have opportunities to race and play boat games.

 

 

Martha Anderson Opti Sailing on Lake Mendota—Photo Courtesy of MYSF

 

While the Opti provides fun and learning for an individual sailor, the X-Boat teaches teamwork for skipper and crew. It is the top training boat for inland lakes. Lake Monona’s Schluter Beach is the host site for X-Boat classes which are held throughout the summer for all levels of sailors. Students are taught teamwork, camaraderie, and leadership, all in a fun environment. A tune-up class at the beginning of summer also prepares students for the many X-Boat regattas held on inland lakes throughout the summer.

 

The Laser program offers instruction for advanced sailors. According to MYSF’s website, “Lasers are the preferred youth training boat of the International Sailing Federation.” If young sailors have a desire to compete beyond our inland lakes, Laser classes teach them advanced racing skills and strategies.

 

Kids ages 7-17 can also learn to windsurf. Classes are held throughout the summer at the Maple Bluff Marina. Because classes use short and wide boards, kids are usually up and enjoying the thrill of windsurfing in their first class.

 

Regardless of the type of boat a child chooses, Anderson hopes that the lessons will provide an opportunity to learn the sport and get hooked on sailing to the point where students choose to crew for other boats or even get their own boats.

 

Competitive Racing

 

For kids who want to sail competitively, racing opportunities abound. Optimist Dinghies race every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer at the Maple Bluff Marina. The races are managed by skilled instructors who provide assistance, coaching, and fun. Over on Lake Monona, X-Boats race on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the Lake Monona Sailing Club.

 

Besides local weekly racing, young sailors can test their skill by participating in regattas. This summer offers six Optimist Dinghy regattas. For regatta beginners, the ILYA sponsors the No Tears Regatta in Cedar Lake, featuring sailing games and other fun events. The Lake Beulah Sailing School sponsors a one-day regatta that is friendly to beginners because the lake is small with minimal boat traffic. The Pram Power regatta in North Lake offers racing for beginning Opti sailors and time to do crafts between races. Advanced Opti racers can participate in Geneva Lake Sailing School’s Dinghy fest, which includes a one-day regatta. This year, about 50 Optis will compete. Racers can also participate in the Opti Championships in Clear Lake, Iowa or, if they qualify, in Opti RWB (Red, White, Blue) Chip.

 

There are also plenty of regatta opportunities for X-Boaters. Pine Lake was the sponsor for the QUAD Lakes regatta in June. More than 40 X-Boats competed in this regatta with two boats (Oscar Anderson’s Stinger and Billy Hanson’s Demon Cobra) representing Mendota Yacht Club. Lake Geneva Sailing School’s Dinghy fest features a two-day regatta. Oshkosh Yacht Club sponsors the Xtreme regatta, a two-day event that complements racing with off-the-lake activities including a raffle, casino night, and photo booth. The ILYA Championships will be held on Lake Okoboji. Over 100 X-Boats are expected to compete.

 

 

An exciting start at the QUAD X-Boat regatta on Pine Lake—Photo Courtesy of Susan Stites

 

Anderson says he is proud the Mendota Yacht Club has been putting X-Boats into regattas, and there is a positive response from regatta officials. Last year at the opening ceremony for the X-Boat Inlands, MYC was acknowledged for its return to the Inlands after a 30 year absence.

 

Community Support

 

Many individuals and organizations have contributed to the success and operation of MYSF. Mendota Yacht Club generously makes its Whaler and lift available for weekly lessons as well as the Sunday racing series. The Monona sailing club and the city of Monona make slips available at Schluter Beach for X-Boats. The ILYA has helped with the cost of three X-Boats for charter to families that commit to participating in MYSF’s lessons and racing programs. They also commit to attending three regattas throughout the summer. Melges Boatworks and Lake Geneva Sailing School helped make three good but affordable X boats available, several ILYA members from Lake Beulah and Lake Geneva donated numerous excellent quality sails to kick start the X program, and Madison’s Boathouse has helped out with special deals on a wide variety of needed equipment and repairs. Individual members from both clubs have offered generous financial donations to help with equipment costs and expenses.

 

Anderson is optimistic the MYSF is a solid base for the future of sailing in Madison. The kids are excited about the sailing. As they grow out of the youth boats, they are committing to other boats on both Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Anderson’s own son, Oscar, is an example. This year is his last year of eligibility on an X-Boat and he is looking forward to joining the MC fleet as well as crewing for sailors in both Mendota and Monona clubs.

 

Sailors from all around the Midwest who have traveled to Madison for both the E Invite regatta and the C Nationals regatta have commented on the excitement the youth programs are bringing to the Madison sailing scene in both clubs.

 

To learn more about the Madison Youth Sailing Foundation, visit their website at https://www.madisonyouthsailing.com/

 

To read Dennis Conneally’s paper titled Building Successful Junior Sailing Programs, visit http://www.mcyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/successfull_jrsail.pdf.

 

 
 
Notice of Protest Hearing for July 27th
 
Protest: Jeff Wong, Owner / Skipper "Quick Willy 294" - Ian Coxhead, Skipper / Bruce Wampold Owner "Village Idiot II 1427"
 
Protest Hearing: July 27th at MYC Pizza Party, Clarke Sugar's house 120 Kensington Drive, after Wednesday night racing.
 

2016 ILYA E-Scow Invite is in the History Book

by Susan Stites

 

With the help of a gorgeous venue (Governor Nelson State Park), great wind (mostly), and many MYC volunteers, Brendan Boylan and Phil Morley hosted a great regatta. From Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, forty-four E-Scows competed in the 2016 ILYA E Invitational on Lake Mendota. With two races each day, sailors encountered everything from intense starts to boat-capsizing winds to thrilling mark roundings to Pokémon-finding doldrums.

 

Friday began with a dismal forecast of light and variable winds. As is often the case, the forecast was all wrong and skippers were scrambling to find extra crew to keep their boats fast and upright through two windy and exciting races. Mark roundings were congested and fierce and awesome to observe. Unfortunately the winds didn’t hold up enough for a third race and many boats required a tow off the lake.

 

  

Starting Line (left) and Spinnaker Run (right)—Photos Courtesy and Copyright of m2 Photography

 

In the evening, sailors and their crew gathered at the Elks Club to enjoy drinks and food and to retell the day’s sailing adventures. The view of Lake Monona was spectacular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Peter Friend and Daughter Lizzy (Pewaukee Yacht Club) Relaxing at the Elks Club—Photo Courtesy of Susan Stites

 

Saturday’s winds throughout the day lived up to Friday’s forecast of doldrums. Winds were disappointingly light and variable. Sailors and crew didn’t even launch their boats, instead opting to hang out on shore drinking beer, socializing, and perusing their smart phones and I-Pads. They stayed close to the water in the event of a sudden increase in wind which they got late in the day. It’s a good thing there wasn’t a social event planned that night because they raced into the evening, completing two races and not getting off the lake until near dusk.

 

Sunday was a bit of a repeat of Friday with a dismal, but false, wind forecast. Sailors raced in unexpectedly high winds and, because many didn’t deem a fourth person necessary, they were under-crewed. Six boats capsized throughout the racing. It’s a good thing there was the UW Lifesaving and many spectator boats on hand to help when needed.

 

Capsize—Photo Courtesy and Copyright of m2 Photography

 

In all, there were six very fun and competitive races. Lake Geneva and Lake Minnetonka swept the regatta with four of the top five spots going to these two clubs. Kudos to Brian Porter of Lake Geneva Yacht Club for winning the regatta.

 

Regatta Winner Brian Porter (of Lake Geneva Yacht Club) and his crew RJ Porter and Colin and Annie Rowe—Photo Courtesy of Susan Stites

 

Lon Schoor also deserves recognition for being the top Mendota Yacht Club boat, finishing in 8th place. How fitting that he took this honor on his birthday.

 

Lon Schoor, Top MYC Finisher with Crew Susie Barnett and Miles Clark (Heidi Rosenbaum not pictured)-Photo Courtesy and Copyright of m2 Photography

 

If you see Brendan Boylan or Phil Morley, give them a big thanks for hosting a great regatta.

 

Brendan Boylan at the Awards Banquet—Photo Courtesy of Susan Stites

 

 
 

Let the Racing Begin
by Susan Stites
 
Thursday, July 14, 2016
 
On this hot and sunny Thursday, roughly 40 E-Scows and over 100 sailors from 9 different lakes found their way to Governor Nelson State Park to get their boats ready for the E-Scow ILYA Invitational Regatta, starting tomorrow. Mendota Yacht Club is the proud host of this regatta. Candace Porter, Jeff Wong, and Pam Olson were on hand to complete registrations and dispense regatta information.
 
 
Today’s arriving sailors may have been impressed with the 15+ mph winds and 25+ gusts, but tomorrow’s winds will be much more tame at 7-10 mph. Temperatures will be comfortable in the mid-70s.
 
There is still time to help out with the regatta. You can sign up by contacting Brendan Boylan at boylanbrendan@gmail.com. Or, if you prefer, just show up at Governor Nelson State Park and you will be put to work.
 
E-INVITE THIS WEEKEND
 
Early registration is up to 37 boats and the weather is looking very good for sailing. Additional volunteers for this event are always welcome. There are open slots for helping out with managing traffic at the boat ramp, beverages, dinner check-in, lunch check-in and lunch pick-up. Please contact Brendan Boylan for more information at:
 
                              Brendan Boylan
 
 
 
RON CURIO WINS THE MALLORY CUP
by Susan Stites

On June 18 and 19, Mendota Yacht Club held its 20th annual Payton Regatta. There were 24 boats and over 60 sailors competing in the event. While Saturday brought light winds and no racing, there were two fun and competitive races on Sunday.

This year, the MC Scow fleet competed for the esteemed Mallory Cup, a trophy donated to MYC by former Principal Race Officer Jim Payton. Ron Curio took first place in the MC division, finishing in 1st and 3rd places in the two Sunday races, and winning the Mallory Cup. Paul McMillan and David Sebald took 2nd and 3rd places. David enjoyed the races so much he even sailed some extra legs with fellow MC'er Afan Ottenheimer.

The E Scow fleet saw competitive racing with only 2 points separating the 1st and 6th place boats. Hugh and Tim Sugar took first place with consistent sailing in the two races. Three boats, Phil Zalog, Lon Schoor, and Emily Green/Bob Holz, all tied for 2nd place in the E fleet.

Ben Brewer and his crew took first place in the Keelboat division while Brian Louther and Pam Olson/Jeff Wong took 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Ron Curio, Mallory Cup Winner 2016
Tim and Hugh Sugar, Winner of E Scow Division
Ben Brewer, Winner of the Keelboat Division

The Payton Picnic

 

After an extremely hard day of no sailing on Saturday, MYC members relaxed at the Maple Bluff Swim Beach with a pot luck cookout. As always, members showed off their picnic prowess with delicious appetizers, salads, and desserts including everything from cheese and crackers, bacon, and key lime cheesecake. Brian Louther, the grill master, made steak and baked potatoes to complete the hearty meal.

Grill Masters Grant Frautschi and Brian Luther

The Mallory Cup

 

The Mendota Yacht Club is privileged to have Jim Payton’s Mallory Cup as part of its trophy trove. Jim Payton, a former MYC commodore and PRO, was awarded the Mallory Cup in 1962 after winning the North American Men’s Sailing Championship in Newport Beach, California. This competition pitted the top sailors from 32 yacht clubs against each other in a series of local, regional, and national races. Jim and his crew, Peter Barrett and Charlie Miller, won the competition. The event created considerable excitement for the Mendota Yacht Club and the Madison area. In addition to local television and newspaper coverage, Jim and his crew were featured in Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. It was rare for a Midwesterner to win this competition. In fact, the only other Midwesterner to win the Mallory Cup was Buddy Melges, owner of Melges sails and an America’s Cup sailor. He won it three times.

The Mallory Cup

History of the Payton Regatta

 

The seed for the Payton Regatta was a simple after-race party and pig roast at the Maple Bluff Boat House in Warner Park sponsored by Jim Payton. There was no regatta and no trophy, only hungry sailors convening to discuss the excitement of the day’s race, and to satisfy their thirst and appetites. Jim continued to host this event until his health began to fail, but by then the pig roast had become an annual after-race event.

 

Through a provision in his will, Jim bequeathed his Mallory Cup to the MYC. It was his wish that the cup be awarded to the winner of the race that preceded the pig roast. After Jim’s death and upon receiving the Mallory Cup, the MYC board created the Payton Regatta, a two-day event in memory of Jim. The Mallory Cup would be awarded to the winning skipper of the regatta. Every year, the MYC board chooses the fleet that competes for the cup.

 

You can learn more about Jim Payton and the Mallory Cup in the Historical Records section of this website.

ILYA Invitational E Scow Regatta, July 15 - 19.

MYC will be hosting the Invitational E Scow Regatta. Details on the regatta and registration can be found on the National E Class Association website:
                            E Scow Invite
For additional information please contact Brendan Boylan at 651-468-9338 or bboylan@wisc.edu. 
If you have interest in volunteering to help at the regatta, please contact Brendan. 

Payton Regatta and Potluck picnic June 18 & 19.

Don't forget that this weekend we we celebrate the memory of one of Mendota’s legendary sailors, Jim Payton, with our annual Payton Regatta and potluck. 

Two races each day, Back-to-back.  First race at 1000.

In addition to two days of great sailing, we have an equally great steak feed at the Maple Bluff beach on Lakewood Blvd. This is a free event for members. Non-member guests are welcome for a small fee. Please contact our treasurer, Donna Schoor, to make a guest reservation.

What about the food?  The event begins at 1800 (6 p.m.)

The club supplies the steaks, baked potatoes, beverages, plates, napkins and utensils. We ask that members bring something. We’re suggesting the following:  if your last name begins:  

  • A-H salads,  
  • I-O desserts,  
  • P-Z appetizers.

However, if you have something super special that is outside of these parameters, don’t feel shy about stretching “the rules.”

Volunteers:  If you’d like to help out in some capacity--cooking, setting up, cleaning up, etc, please contact our picnic chair Pete Mooney.

                                                           
2015 MYC Commodore's Banquet
by Susan Stites
If you think the Fluno Center is just for management boot camp and tedious project management lectures, you might have missed the 2015 Mendota Yacht Club Commodore’s Banquet. On October 24, almost 70 sailors and their families and crew convened in Fluno’s elegant dining room to enjoy spirits, delicious dining, and numerous sailing stories. Partiers feasted on filet mignon, walnut-crusted walleye, or grilled eggplant. While they were enjoying an assortment of petit desserts, Brian Anderson hosted the awards ceremony. He awarded over 120 racing and specialty trophies, and honored both new and veteran sailors.
It was a touching tribute to have trophies in honor of Bill Shelton and Bill Ward, two of MYC’s most esteemed members who in the past year became celestial members. The Bill Shelton Wildthing Trophy is awarded to the first place E-Scow in a Sunday series. This year Lon Schoor took home the trophy. The Bill Ward OCS (On Course Side) Trophy is reflective of Bill’s impish humor and is awarded to the boat (any fleet) that was over the line at the start, and failed to restart correctly. This year that “honor” went to Phil Zalog.
     
A highlight of the night was recognition of our youth sailors.  Brian Anderson reported success in two fleets. Six kids attended the Opti No-Tears regatta, which was the highest turnout outside of the host fleet. Lev Kerlow took 3rd in that regatta. Meta and Fritz Simon also performed well in the Lake Beulah Sailing School Regatta, with Meta placing 4th our of 55 boats in the RWB fleet and Fritz taking top prize in the green fleet.
For the first time in years, MYC sent boats to the X-inlands. The highlight of that regatta was the Willy and Micah Hanson boat. On the final mark rounding, they were in 4th place and would have finished in great shape, but had a jib halyard malfunction. This took them from 4th to DNF. Wait until next year!
After Brian finished honoring our sailors, the crowd continued to mingle and reminisce on summer stories.  All told, it was a fun and rewarding evening. Sailors went home with full tummies and trophy-loaded cars.
Dave Perry Becomes Five-Times U.S. Match Racing Champion

MYC’s Dave Elsmo sets the spinnaker pole on Badger Racing’s Swedish Match 40 during the 2015 US Match Race Championship at Oyster Bay, NY.

MYC’s Badger Racing Match Racing Team, Skippered by Dave Niemann, leads former Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Russ Silvestri around the windward mark at the 2015 US Match Race Championships in Oyster Bay, NY.

Monday, 12 October 2015

The action was intense in Oyster Bay on the third and final day of the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing. Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) continues to make history at this premiere match racing event by adding his name to the Prince of Wales Bowl for the fifth time. He proved that he is still at the top of his game in the competitive match racing circuit here in the U.S. Perry announced that this would be his final U.S. Match Racing Championship at the awards ceremony.

 

In a Finals match-up between two skippers representing the Pequot Yacht Club (Conn.), Perry defeated David Storrs (Southport, Conn.) in this afternoon’s Finals showdown, 2-0. Perry was joined by a very talented crew that included Chris Museler (Portsmouth, R.I.), Doug McLean (Glendale, Calif.), Steve Natvig (Redondo, Calif.), and Jon Singsen (Cos Cob, Conn.).

 

“This year I put together a team that could commit to three regattas this year, including the Prince of Wales Qualifier, Oakcliff International, and this regatta,” explained Perry. “I think we were really strong as a team. There were so many races where we had better spinnakers set or better communication and better decision making, because we worked together for three regattas.

 

“In my tenth year at Prince of Wales Bowl, since coming back into the sport (14th overall), this is the most competitive field I’ve seen at this event. What I love is that there are so many young teams and young skippers out here. Our youth program is starting to generate some really strong sailors.

 

“I love how there is no margin for error in match racing. There is no margin for error in tactics, boat speed, boat handling, or decision making. One mistake can cost you the race.

 

“This is one of my most favorite places to sail out of. It’s a great atmosphere. We try and do it at the highest possible level. You get great racing, great support, and great organization in a casual atmosphere.”

 

Perry has won the U.S. Match Racing Championship more than any other sailor. He also won in 2011, 2008, 2006, and 1982.

 

“This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” said Perry. “It’s really the passing of the torch. We’ve been working so hard to bring youth match racing to the U.S. Having said that, it’s so cool we can play a sport into our 60s and 70s. There are very few sports where you can compete at a National Championship against these young and very talented people.

 

“I look forward to this spectacular event every year. This was a great way to end it. I want to thank you all.”

 

This US Sailing National Championship launched on Friday, as the 10 teams embarked on a fast and furious round robin stage. Perry came out of the round robin nearly unscathed with eight points in nine races (8-1) to finish the stage as the #1 ranked team. His only loss came at the hands of David Niemann (Mendota Yacht Club, Madison, Wis.), who finished the round-robin stage ranked #2.  Niemann’s crew included Dave Gorwitz (Madison, Wis.), Dave Elsmo (Madison, Wis.), Ian Walter (Madison, Wis.), and Mark Johnson (Neenah, Wis.).

 

The top eight teams advanced to the Quarterfinal knock-out series. Perry made a bold decision and selected Niemann as their Quarterfinal opponent. Perry and company responded with three straight points (3-0) for the win, as they advanced to the Semifinals.  Niemann finished the event in fifth place overall.

 

Perry selected Charles Lalumiere (Falmouth, Maine), who entered the Quarterfinals with four points from the round robin and ranked #6. Lalumiere advanced to the Semifinals with a win over Peter Holz (Glenview, Ill.) in the Quarterfinals. Despite notching the series at 1-1 in race two, Perry won the final two races, including the clincher on Monday to advance to the Finals.

 

Storrs completed the round robin stage with six points and ranked #2. They broke a 1-1 tie in the Quarterfinals with 2015 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion, Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.), by winning races three and four.

 

After dropping the first match to Christophe Killian (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the Semifinals, Storrs came from behind with three straight wins to advance to the Finals. Storrs’ skilled crew consisted of Rod Dawson (Auckland, NZL), Andrew Estcourt (Hood River, Ore.), Brian Janney (San Diego, Calif.), and Ricky McGarvie (Beaumaris, NSW).

 

Teams representing their home sailing organizations went one-on-one for the Prince of Wales Bowl. Helms qualified for this national championship through a series of events run throughout the country. Invitations were also issued to the winning skippers at each of the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifiers, the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Champion, and the 2015 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion.

 

This championship was contested in the Match 40 with up to five or six crewmates per team including the skipper.

 

Oakcliff Sailing runs an extensive match racing program throughout the season that includes competitive regattas and instructional clinics. In 2014 they hosted the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship.

 

For a rundown of the play-by-play racing this weekend on Twitter, final standings, photos, and more information from the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website.

Photographs from the Commodore's Banquet
The Commodore's Banquet signaled the end of the 2015 season. Please click the link 2015 Fall Banquet for photographs from the banquet, compliments of Grant Frautschi.
Commodore's Banquet, October 24, 2015

MYC Commodore Brian Anderson invites you and your guests 
to the 
2015 Mendota Yacht Club Commodore’s Banquet
at the Fluno Center 
on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Cash bar opens at 1800 (6:00 p.m.)
Diner served at 1900 (7:00 p.m.)
Awards presentation begins during dessert

Commodore Anderson has arranged a spectacular menu.  Choose from:

Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella Stack served with a savory combination of portabella mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, grilled asparagus and a light pomodoro sauce.  Vegetarian. Gluten free.   $30

Walnut herb-crusted Walleye garnished with dilled Wisconsin goat cheese crumbles and served with a tasty wild rice blend and a duet of lemon oil-roasted broccolini and baby carrots. Tartar sauce served on the side.    $34

Petite Filet Mignon with an apple, bacon and gorgonzola topping, served with the Fluno Center’s special demi glace accompanied by a parmesan potato bake, grilled asparagus and roasted grape tomatoes.  Gluten Free.    $46

Kids Meal:  Chicken Fingers:  includes 3 Chicken Fingers, Fries and a Fruit Cup.    $12

All dinners (except the Kids meals) include a seasonal side salad, bread, coffee and iced tea.  A dessert bar will be presented during the awards ceremony.

Reservations:  Make your reservation here by noon on October 20, 2014.

Questions?  Please call Donna Schoor at 608-347-0408 or email at dmschoor@sbcglobal.net.

Celebration Honoring Jim Smith
November 13, 2015
Please join your fellow sailors for an evening of celebration honoring Jim Smith.

Friday, November 13, 2015
6:30 Cocktails
Dinner and "This is Your ILYA Life" to follow

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolan Drive

R.S.V.P. by October 31 here.
See full announcement details at Flyer page 1 and Flyer page 2.

Welcome New 2016 Officers and Directors!

See Meet Your Board for stories about all officers and directors.  Here are the new comers.

Dave Gorwitz, MYC Rear Commodore (2016) & Director (thru 2018)

 

I started sailing in college when I joined Hoofers in 1979.  I later became a Hoofers instructor and started racing in MYC on Hoofers’ Santa Cruz 33, Maria.  A couple of years later I purchased my first boat, a Santa Cruz 27, Cadenza.  Our all-Hoofers-alumni crew on Cadenza won a bunch of MYC trophies, including a couple of season championships.  I also did a fair amount of cruising as part of Hoofers’ flotillas, skippering many trips to the Florida Keys and San Diego.  Several of us also chartered in the BVI, Greek Islands, Australia and New Zealand.

In the mid-1980’s, I purchased Tyrol Marine Sailboat House (now The Boathouse of Madison) and got into the sailboat business.  I continued my racing and in 1993 we purchased one of the very first Melges 24’s.  In addition to racing in MYC, I had the privilege of sailing with some really fine professionals in the M24 fleet over the next 10-15 years, including Keith Musto, Dave Ullman and Scott Allen.  I also was regular crew on Jeff Russel and Donny Anderson’s A-scow, the Magic Bus.

I sold the Boathouse in around 2003 and set off on my current career as a business attorney.  My off-Mendota racing these days is focused on match racing.  Getting into match racing has really improved my game and has re-invigorated my love of the sport; if you want to get better, try match racing!  Sailing with MYC member Dave Niemann, we have been steadily improving and last year were ranked by ISAF as high as No. 44 in in the world and No. 5 in the USA.  For the second consecutive year, we have qualified for the US Match Race Championships (to be sailed this October in Swedish Match 40’s at Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY).

My MYC racing for the past five years or so has been as a crew member on Chuck Duroni and Dave Niemann’s J80, Eidolon.  I couldn’t be luckier than to be part of their wonderful, talented and deep team!  I am a past Commodore of MYC and this will be my second stint as a member of the MYC Board.  For several years I’ve been MYC’s US Sailing PHRF liaison and am the currently the chair of the MYC protest committee.

Ben Miller, MYC Secretary (2016)

My first experience sailing was on a Rhodes Bantam, a beautiful 14-foot wooden sailboat, on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York, when I was about 12. I was hooked immediately. However, my real sailing education began a couple years later on Lasers at at a Boy Scout camp. Sailing all week at camp was the highlight of my summer for the next few years. In addition, my friend's father, who owned the Rhodes, began teaching the two of us to sail it. Unfortunately, my sailing career came to a halt when a squall snapped the wooden mast, and then college consumed my life.

I moved to Madison in August of 2012 to begin a graduate program at UW, and I joined Hoofers immediately. I started sailing dinghies, and then got sucked into the keelboat fleet, eventually earning a skipper rating on Spray. In 2013, another member introduced me to Peggy Elath as substitute crew on her J/80. In 2014, I began teaching on C scows at Hoofers, and began racing with Peggy more regularly. In the Fall of 2014, I joined the Hoofers board as the Scow Fleet captain, and simultaneously became the MYC/Hoofers liason. In 2015, I sailed occasionally with Peggy, and began trimming jib regularly on Eric Kerlow's E-scow.

When I'm not sailing, I'm most likely studying. However, I have sometimes found the time to bicycle around the lakes, climb rocks, or even make the jaunt to Chicago for a concert.

John Rather, Director (thru 2018)

 

I’ve been on sailboats since I was in diapers. My father is a life-long sailor and has always encouraged me to make sailing a part of my life. I grew up racing optis, MCs, M-16s and J-24s out of Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club.  I was an active member of the UW Sailing Team all 4 years of college. While in college I also worked summers as a youth instructor and coach, first at my home yacht club and later in Lake Geneva, receiving my U.S. Sailing Levels 1 and 2 instructor certifications along the way. Many of my closest friends are former teammates and fellow coaches I met in college.

While in Milwaukee for law school I crewed on a T-10 that won North Americans and on a Mumm-36. I also was a youth and adult instructor at Milwaukee Yacht Club. After law school I returned to Madison and began crewing on E scows. I met my lovely wife Katie one Sunday crewing on the Sugars’ E scow. She and I now partner with Mike and Susie Barnett on an E, my favorite boat I’ve ever raced. Aside from sailing, Katie and I are avid skiers (cross country and downhill), cyclists, campers and travelers.

I’ve been a part of several yacht and sailing clubs, but none quite like MYC. The collegiality, encouragement and down to earth nature of the club and its members make it one of a kind. I’m looking forward to being further involved in MYC and helping bring new people into sailboat racing, especially youth. We have a wealth of knowledge in the club and I want to see us leverage that to encourage the next generation of sailors.

Clarke Sugar, Director (thru 2018)

My involvement in sailing was in many ways preordained.  Following my cousins' (Ben, Hugh, and Tim) decision to purchase an X-Boat, I was often asked to fill in as crew on windy days.  I also followed their lead by participating in the youth sailing and windsurfing courses every summer through Hoofers.  Eventually, I graduated from the X-Boat and begin crewing on a regular basis on an earlier version of the Mirage with Lon Schoor.  A formative sailing experience occurred during my first regatta on Lake Winnebago when during a cold and windy day the boom vang broke on the A-scow, and I found myself on the skipper's request sitting on back edge of the boom as ballast, feet dangling over the water, as we raced downwind with the remainder of the fleet to our stern. 

 

In high school, I was able to parlay my interest in sailing into a great summer job by returning to Hoofers as an instructor primarily for their youth sailing and windsurfing classes and conference sailing program.  I continued to teach sailing and windsurfing, along with spending some time doing boat maintenance and repair while attending the UW-Madison.  We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to boat and sail in some incredible places such as the Apostle Islands, British and U.S Virgin Islands, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Aside from sailing, I enjoy hiking, road biking, skiing, camping, traveling and cooking with my wife (Leah) and two children (Bode 3 and Soren 9 mos.). I work as a corporate, bankruptcy, and real estate attorney with Axley Brynelson, LLP in downtown Madison.  My interest in MYC is primarily to give back to and help sustain a club which has offered me so many learning and recreational opportunities as a youth and now as an adult.  I am presently a part of the elite H-19 program that sails out of its own port, so by getting involved with the leadership of MYC I look forward to having more interaction with its members. 

Sunday Racing Photos - September 6, 2015
 

Photo credits:  Andy Jackson

The wind blew nicely on this steamy morning and it helped cool off racers and observers on a day that went above 90 F by mid-afternoon at Bob Yost's Hot Dog Fest after the races.
Check out some of Andy's great photos of highly-contested races. Then follow the links to see more photos of your choosing.  To scan through them quickly you can click the photos within the albums - or you can let the album displayer show you the slide shows at a more leisurely pace.
Race Highlights
  
  
  
  
  
   
  

Observer Highlights
  
  
  
Links to Full Photo Sequences and Race Results
At the party after the races, all were thankful for the cooling onshore breeze, the shade trees, Scottie Louther's tolerance of the grill heat as he cooked up some great hot dogs, Mary Ann Farley's delicious and graciously-served chocolate chip cookies, Liz Tiefenthaler's contribution of a nice fruit salad, and Bob's hosting of yet another successful end-of-season party. 
Wednesday Races - August 26, 2015 
photo credits:  Andy Jackson
There wasn't much wind but 6 E's & 6 MC's and 10 Keelboats came out to enjoy the beautiful evening.  Bill & Jane Hanson did the honors on RC1 and Andy Jackson caught lots of boat reflections on the water in these shots.  On the last leg the wind picked up for a fun finish, making it easier for the E's and MC's to make their way back to Burrows while the Keelboaters headed back to their moorings.  Check out the race results at Current Season Standings.
For some great tactical sequences (albeit often pretty droopy spinnakers), see 2015 Races 08-26.  Here are a few really nice ones:
                       
  
ILYA Regatta Photos & MYC Results
August 19-23
by Barbie Stimpson
photo credits: Andy Jackson
In a field of 51 MC's with the wind blowing close to the limit of class rules, Stefan Schmidt won the 2015 ILYA  Grand Master Trophy and placed an impressive 6th overall in 2229-ZigZag. Congratulations Stefan!
  
  
 Stefan with young crew looking for a puff
  
                   Found it!                                     Portside mark attack  
  
In a field of 53 E's with the same wind and huge Geneva Lake waves, five MYC boats competed with the following results:
25th: H-13 Wild Turkey, Patrick Heaney
31st: H-7, Mirage, Lon Schoor
34th: H-8, Gr8Expect8ions, Huge & Tim Sugar
40th: H-88, CrazE Eights, Phil Zalog
44th: H-11, Full Tilt, Lance Puccio
 Go Wild Turkey!
  
Congratulations to all MYC skippers and crew for this highly competitive racing in extreme conditions!  Talk to the skippers and crew to find out who got their sails washed.
See E Fleet Regatta Reports for a brief writeup and final scores.
Remember the A's?
ILYA Championships - No Club Racing
August 19-23
by Don Sanford
The ILYA championships begin next week at Lake Geneva.  No MYC racing next Wednesday, August 19.  If you're looking for something to do, swing down to Geneva and visit the brand new Buddy Melges Sailing Center at the Geneva lake Yacht Club.  I'm told it's a heck of a facility. 
  
I-20 ILYA Championship Regatta - August 7-9
by Keith Rosenbaum, Regatta Chair

The 2015 I-20 championship brought 11 boats to lake Mendota August 7-9.  Friday brought heavy wind conditions that approached class limits with multiple capsizes and recoveries. Three races were sailed, each won by Aaron Lynn from Oshkosh with longtime crew and Mendota local Keith Rosenbaum. Strong finishes were also by Steve Catlin from Oshkosh/Neenah (2nd, 3rd and 3rd) and Ben Herdrich, a former Wawasee, Indiana sailor (now hailing from Fond du Lac) who followed up a capsize in the first race with two 2nds in the second and third races.  

Friday night entertainment was at the home of Lon and Donna Schoor, who provided excellent hospitality with food and drink enjoyed by all. 

Saturday brought two races in the morning in medium wind, with lightening conditions in the second race. Each of these was won by the talented Ben Herdrich, chased by Aaron Lynn in second in both races. A lack of wind Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning meant only five races were completed of the scheduled 8 races.   On Saturday night we had a great regatta dinner at Nick's on State Street. 

Keeper trophies went to Steven Catlin with his father Geoff as crew on Friday and fiancé Christie George in 3rd with 20 points. Ben Herdrich with his cousin Dave Herdrich in 2nd with 18 points, and Aaron Lynn and Keith Rosenbaum winning the regatta with 7 points.

Complete results here.

Thanks 
to all volunteers that helped to make the regatta a success. A big shout out to Lon and Donna Schoor for both hosting out of town sailors as well as the class party Friday night. Lon also lending his time and talent as the mark-set boat driver on Friday and Sunday.  Stefan Schmidt and Kristi Betts provided hosting for PRO Mark Tesar and his wife Deb. Also hosting were Hugh Schmidt and his wife Sonja as well as Keith and Heidi Rosenbaum. Thanks also to Larry O'Brian for delivering lunches on both Friday and Saturday. Special thanks to Jerry Simon who helped with launching at Burrows each day, with additional assistance by Paul and Dianne McMillian and David Sebald.
  
Wisconsin MC Championship Regatta -
August 8 & 9
Twenty five MC's, including our own Stefan Schmidt, were on the line at Delevan for the Wisconsin MC Championships last weekend.  Day 1, overcast and light winds. Two races in the morning in 5-8 mph. A break for lunch and 1 race in the afternoon which started in winds 5-8, but ended with 4-5. First boat finished in 74:23 minutes with a 90 minute cut off time.
Day 2 dawned overcast and little to no wind. Average reading about 3 with the highest gusts at 6.7 mph which at times maybe lasted 5 minutes. Races abandoned at 11:30.
The results: (top 5)
1   2081 Craig Heinze          8.00   [4 3 1]
2   2229 Stefan Schmidt - Grand Master 14.00   [1 4 9]
3   2149 Peter Dobbeck - Master 16.00     [9 1 6]   
4   2231 David Koch 16.00          [8 2 6]        
5   2536 Todd Faulkner 22.00      [14 5 3]
See complete results here.
Paying Tribute to Bill Shelton and Bill Ward -
July 28, 2015
article by Susan Stites Simon
A gracious celebration in memory of our beloved members Bill Shelton and Bill Ward was attended by approximately 130 members on July 28th.  See this wonderful article, filled with memories, photos, and an account of the day's celebration at 2015-07-28 Paying Tribute to Bill Shelton and Bill Ward.
  
A great week for our MYC kids - July 20
by Brian Anderson

Last Monday July 20th, Lake Delavan hosted the ILYA No Tears Opti Regatta.  This is typically a kids first regatta and they concentrate on a positive and fun experience.  Six Madison sailors made the trip and dominated the field. 

Lev Kerlow pulled off an impressive 3rd place finish, Raia Offenheimer lost a 5th place tie breaker to finish 6th, Will Simonson finished 12th followed closely by his brother Jonah (both tied at 22 points) at 13th and Liam Gunn with 14th.  Amira Offenheimer finished a very impressive 21st.  

Not to be out done, 4(5) Madison sailors, fresh off their 2 week X boat camp, packed up and hauled their boats down to Pewaukee for X Inlands on July 23-25. Will Hanson with crew Micah Hanson sailed H838 in the junior fleet and Oscar Anderson and Crew Will Simonson sailed H713 in the senior fleet with help from Jonah Simonson jumping on as a 3rd crew on the 4th heavy air race of the day.
  

   H713 learns about the Pewaukee North Shore Shift!
H713 discovers the famous Pewaukee North Shore Shift
Seven races were completed which included conditions ranging from light and variable on day 1, heavy on day two and a perfect 8 to 10 on the final day 3.  With 49 boats racing in the senior fleet and 58 boats in the junior fleet competitors had their hands full with giant starting lines and mark roundings that made many parents cringe. 

Highlights included over 50 spectator boats on the water.  The cheers as boats finished or rounded the marks could be heard across the lake.  Oscar and Will (H713 senior fleet) figured out the benefits of that famous Pewaukee north shore shift and took a not so great start and turned it into a mid fleet finish.  Will and Micah Hanson held a very impressive 4th place lead until the final leg when their jib halyard broke preventing the finish (that’s heart breaking!).  The junior fleet was won by I1 sailed by Harry Melges IV and Finn Burdick with a score of 7!  (like we ever had a chance), and the Senior fleet was won by V11 sailed by JP Friend and Charlie Allen with a score of 22. 

No one can remember the last X boat from Mendota to compete at an Inland championship and the welcome was truly remarkable.  The kids all had a great time and will definitely be back next year to do it all again! 

Madison Youth Sailing will hold a few more weeks of Opti and X boat classes, check the website at www.madisonyouthsailing.com for details.
Meanwhile at the ILYA Opti Championship
MYC kids were looking (and sailing) smart at the ILYA Opti Championships at Lake Beulah July 26-28.  In a fleet with 71 (seventy-one) boats on the line see Opti Fleet for the top ten finishers.
Well done!
Parker Waller's Social - June 13, 2015
photo credits: Franne Lee 
  
Parker Waller's Party last Sat. 06/13/15 was fun for all, as a few of the sailing and racing clubs were invited to it. such as MYC, LMSC and MYSF. They had a couple of X boats out sailing. The food was yummy, lots of people brought different dishes and I got to meet many of new people. Here are a few pictures I took at the party.
  
 Don and the guys!
  
Thank you Parker Waller for the fun party, the weather wasn’t the best day, but it didn’t rain… and that’s all we can hope for these days! 
A Beautiful First Wednesday! - May 27, 2015 
photo credits:  Jeff Russell
On an absolutely beautiful evening, albeit light wind challenging course-side selection at each mark, 7 E scows, 5 MCs, and 16 Keelboats challenged each other for the first Wednesday evening race.  Jeff caught these Keelboats duking it out at the first spin-set
. . .

 

. . . and a great framing of our capitol building by these MCs. 
See his other shots at 2015 Races 05-27 and be sure to checkout the Current Season Standings, efficiently posted by our scorer Brian Louther, using source data managed from RC1 by PRO Tim Stanton. You'll see how the Wednesday evening shaped up as well as the results from the souls who braved the Memorial Day blow and all the Spring Series results for our keel boaters.
Hey Robert, what was Redline doing out after sunset?
  
And they're off! - May 16-17, 2015
first stories & pics of the season by PRO Tim Stanton
 
MYC kicked of the season this past weekend with the first keelboat racing. Saturday had relatively light winds and we had 5 boats compete for the first gun. Eidolon vanquished it’s foes in both races of the Keelboat I class with Village Idiot dominating the Keelboat II fleet. The second race of the day finished with identical results.
  
The Sunday race was more sporting, with winds having increased and a chance of rain added to the mix. Five boats came to the assembly area. Four boats crossed the starting line. Three boats crossed the finish line.
Veloce was out early testing the winds and waves and had an early equipment malfunction. At the start, Eidolon shut the door on Mercurius at the line then broke it’s lower rudder pintle right as the gun went off. Mercurius circled around to take another run at the start but as she came back towards the line, she had troubles turning down to pass below RC-1. A high pitched voice was heard screaming BEAR OFF!! BEAR OFF!! while the PRO was having visions of the Stockholm ramming the Andrea Doria flashing through his head until Mercurius’ skipper masterfully piloted her down and in a flash of inspiration, burnished her waterline on the chrome swim ladder of RC-1 as she passed by. The Keelboat II fleet with Village Idiot and #Life is Hard taking a more calm approach to the start.
  
 
With the winds approaching 25 kts and a storm suddenly popping up on the radar, the course was shortened to 3 legs. Amazingly, Eidolon sailed the entire race using sail trim to steer the boat as the tiller was ineffective and she finished the race several minutes ahead of all other competitors. Mercurius apparently retired while Village Idiot took another bullet in the Keelboat II fleet.
  
Kudos to all sailors that came out for an eventful first weekend of sailing for 2015.
 
2015 Crane In - May 9, 2015
 
last year's photo by Tim Stanton 
2015 Burrows Painting Party  - May 9, 2015

  
 
last year's photo by Andy Jackson
 
Thanks to Pier In Helpers! - May 9, 2015
by Craig Jefferds, Burrows Park Administrator
The recent "Pier In" was very successful! The weather cooperated, and a total of 26 people showed up and worked hard cleaning the landscape, putting in the pier, and setting up the rail system. Many hands make light work! Thanks to all who contributed their time and efforts to get the 2015 season off to a great start!
Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast - May 5, 2015

Join us for the fourth annual Save Our Lakes community breakfast:
 
May 5, 2015
7:30 - 9:00 am
Monona Terrace
One John Nolan Drive

See 2015-05-05 Save Our Lakes for information on reserving seats.

Volunteer Opportunity: Lift In - May 9, 2015
by Jeff Wong, Keelboat Fleet Captain
 
Hello keelboat racers and friends. I'm looking for someone to administer lift-in Saturday May 9th. Linda Baumann, last year's manager will not be able to help us this spring. Got extra crew that would like to help out that day? This group needs them!
The lift-in job is easier now - queue up the boats as they arrive at Marshall Park for splash-in and mast raising. Manage any problems as they arise. Help out where needed. Try to get the veterans to stick around and help out the newbies. The responsibilities start at 8:15 when the crane arrives and finishes around noon. MYC has already made arrangements with Reynolds, collected the fees and paid the bill.
Please email Jeff Wong or phone him at 831-8860 if you can help. Thanks.
Madison Sail Expo - May 3, 2015 
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Madison Sail Expo on May 3rd, 10 AM - 2 PM at the Brittingham Park Shelter.  MYC is joining with all the other sailing organizations in Madison for a fantastic kickoff to the 2015 sailing season.


This year we will co-host this event in lieu of a spring banquet, so this is the best time to come see old friends, meet folks from other sailing organizations, checkout sailing vessels on display, and enjoy some good eats and drinks.

Free beverages are being donated by General Beverage and handled by MYC with the volunteer help of Grant Frautschi.  Be sure to bring a little cash for a lunch of grilled foods and salads made available by volunteer Scott Goetz.
If you'd like to represent MYC by volunteering to help with setup, cleanup, or consultation about our racing boats, contact expo organizer Eric Kerlow.  For more information check this out:



 
The food is being handled 
The food is being handled 
 
Time to Mark Your Calendars (April 1, 2015)
The 2015 season is just around the corner so be sure to mark your calendar for important (and fun!) events coming up including fleet meetings, pier-in, lift-in, Madison Sail Expo, spring series, and more.  See the MYC Calendar and highlights of upcoming events above and within On the Line and Plot Your Course sections.
  
Where did last summer's pictures go?
(January 12, 2015)
Time to look ahead to the new year.  The 2014 Year in Review pictures are now located in the 2014 Season Web Archive.  It sure was a great year!

Website Hosting Message (December 31, 2014)
MYC website administrators received a year-end message from our hosting service, which details the enhancements ClubExpress made in 2014.  We will explore use of some of these enhancements in the coming year.  You can read the message here.
  

Website Status (November 24, 8:49 PM)

The following communication was received from Club Express:

At approximately 5:15 PM Central time, the DDOS attack appeared to have stopped. Working with our hosting company, we brought our servers back online at 5:20. All club and association websites are operating normally. Again, there is no evidence that any club websites or data were compromised in any way by this attack. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish everyone a peaceful and warm Thanksgiving with family and friends.


MYC Website Availability (November 24, 7:00 PM)
I received the message below and I'm passing it on to you in case you have noticed an interruption in MYC Website service. Currently it appears that the website is available. I'll publish final communications on the website when they become available. If you have concerns or questions you can contact me at Barbie's email. However, this is the only information I have at the current time.
Today (Monday, November 24, 2014) at approximately 4:00 PM Central time, MYC's Website Provider and Hosting Service noticed a huge increase in traffic hitting our servers. After a very short time, they both determined that this was a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. Thousands of hijacked computers around the world were being used to attack our servers to try and break in and steal data. Working together, they decided to take the ClubExpress servers completely offline for a short period of time. Once the hackers see that nothing is getting through, they should stop their DDOS attack. The servers are working fine and remain secure. There is no evidence whatsoever that any club data was compromised or accessed by these hackers. They will continue to monitor the situation closely and send out another email to MYC Administrators once they have an update. I apologize for the inconvenience but I hope you’ll understand that we’re taking this approach out of an excess of caution to protect our customers’ websites and data.
MYC Board of Directors Meeting (November 3)
Wonder what your board of directors is up to this year?  You are invited to attend any of the monthly meetings, which are held the first Monday of the month, beginning informally at 6 p.m. and convening for the official meeting at 6:30.  The location changes each month, so be sure to check the MYC Calendar for details. November's meeting will be held at the Rigby Pub and Grill, 119 East Main Street. The agenda for the meeting is viewable by logged in members at the top of this page. All are invited for dinner and drinks following the meeting.
2015 Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show
Be sure to plan on attending the expanded Strictly Sail Show for 2015 (January 14-18, 2015), which now includes other boats and RVs. See http://www.strictlysailchicago.com for details.  Also see this announcement for details of the one-day Hoofer Sailing Club excursion on Saturday, January 17th.  This is a great opportunity to skip the driving and join a big group from the Madison area to descend on the Saturday event.
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MYC trophies now on display at the Edgewater Hotel (October 27)

The next time you’re visiting the Edgewater, be sure to inspect the display cases on level 7, just outside the Statehouse Bar. Our club has provided two retired trophies for a more or less permanent display. They are: The Gene Wheeler Memorial, originally a C boat trophy, repurposed for Keelboat Division 1 but retired a few years ago. The other is an X Boat trophy awarded for 1st place in the July 4th Handicap race. Thanks to Andrew Lewis for doing the legwork on this.

Welcome 2015 Officers and Directors
(September 18)

Please welcome our 2015 Season MYC Directors elected to the Board of Directors on September 17, 2014 at the Annual Business Meeting and new MYC Officers elected at the Directors' Meeting immediately following.

Officers (term)
Brian Anderson (2015), Commodore
Tim Sugar (2016), Vice Commodore
Bob Fanning (2017), Rear Commodore
Donna Schoor (2017), Treasurer
Barbie Stimpson (2015), Secretary
New Directors (term)
Bob Fanning (2017)
Pete Mooney (2017)
Donna Schoor (2017) - elected to a second term
The officers and new directors join our continuing Directors to complete the nine members of the Board:%3
 

Starboard!

 
 

Plot Your Course

 
Plan on Partying with Us
Looking for a party?  Checkout the upcoming MYC Social Calendar.  If you'd like to volunteer to help organize an event, contact one of our Social Committee Chairs Keith or Tim!
 
Upcoming Events
MYC Social Events
 
  
Make Summer Regatta Plans
For the complete schedule of regattas commonly attended by MYC members see MYC Calendar. For links to the full details on regattas, see MYC Regatta Page.
 
Upcoming Events
Regatta Watch
 

The Scuttlebutt 

 

E Fleet Loaner Boat
The loaner boat, H-23, is a terrific boat available for charter for the 2016 season. The E-Scow is available for persons who want to try E-Scow racing for a season without the large investment of buying their own boat. We will help tutor and mentor you during the season so that you become comfortable with racing an E-Scow. If you have any interest please contact Lon or Hugh
  
  photo by Joe Stanton
 
MCs for Kids Too!
The MC is a great boat for youth sailors to either sail or crew. Please keep the MC fleet in mind if you know of a younger person interested in sailing. The MC can also be a nice option for graduating Opti sailors looking to continue sailing. Don’t hesitate to ask an MC sailor about the boat or sailing options as the fleet would be happy to have youths sail with us, especially when the wind picks up.
 
If you have any questions about the MC fleet or would have interest in meeting fleet members at a social outing, please don’t hesitate to contact fleet captain David Sebald.
 

Charlotte's Web Notes 

"SAY CHEESE" -
If you are a frequent contributor of photos from club or regatta racing events or social functions, checkout these easy steps to share your great photos!
 
Note: MYC’s website software supports creation of member-owned photo albums as well as club-owned photo albums, which can be created by any  member who   has the appropriate authorization. It is also possible to link to a photo gallery website of your own choosing. See why sharing using club albums is the best
 
"BOAT REGISTRATION TIP" - Navigate as follows: 
  • Racing ->
  • Boat Storage ->
  • Contract for Boat Storage: takes you directly to all the information you need including the boat contracts & how to contact boat storage administrator (at the bottom)
 
"COMMITTEE MEMBER CONTACTS" - Navigate as follows: 
  • Login ->
  • Committees: shows the names and emails of committee members
"ANY MEMBER CONTACT" - Navigate as follows: 
  • Login ->
  • Directory ->
  • Search name shows contact information 
"JUMP AROUND" - Join the Badgers in Jump Around.  Now you can jump from the top of the Home Page to the Bottom of the Home Page by simply linking within the Amidships News.  Why would you want to do this?  Perhaps to just see how low you can go, but perhaps to get to the quick links at the bottom of the page.  Try it!  It'll get you moving! 
 
"FIND" - Navigate reorganized MYC Home Page either by scrolling or by using the links directly below the headings within any of the 3 columns. As a result of member feedback, all news has been reorganized into the center column and we've added shading to the outer columns for a little contrast. We hope you like the new organization and appearance! As always, please send us your feedback if you have comments on the website. 

 

"UP" - Did you know you can go "up" to top of page simply by clicking the up-arrow at the right of any page display?


"BIG" - And you can increase the font size of your web display by clicking on the "A" at the right of the page display!

 
 
     


  • Racing -> Boat Storage -> Contract for Boat Storage: takes you directly to all the information you need including the contract for small boat & how to contact Craig (at the bottom)
  • Login ->

    • Committees: shows the names and emails of committee members
    • Directory -> search name shows contact information for club members 
  • Racing -> Boat Storage -> Contract for Boat Storage: takes you directly to all the information you need including the contract for small boat & how to contact Craig (at the bottom)
  • Login ->

    • Committees: shows the names and emails of committee members
    • Directory -> search name shows contact information for club members