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On the Line

Week at a Glance 
As we and the 2014 season sail off into the sunset, get ready for more great club races on beautiful Lake Mendota in 2014!
Watch here next year for the details on MYC races.  In the meantime, checkout and all other calendar events for the coming week and get those iceboat runners sharpened and skis waxed.  See you on the ice!
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Commodore's Welcome

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.


Brian Anderson

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. 


Amidships News


What's New?

Fall Banquet Enjoyed by All (October 17)
74 sailors and their families enjoyed the friendship, ambience, and celebration with trophy winners at the 2014 MYC Commodore's Banquet last Friday.  The family-friendly venue at the Fluno Center attracted 11 kids who helped celebrate the accomplishments of their peers as well as their parents.
Commodore Dane Vermillion passed out trophy awards to season champions for our E Scow, MC Scow and Keelboat I and II sailors as well as to our young Opti champs.  Specialty trophies were also awarded to achievers and victims of circumstance to the applause and entertainment of the crowd.  A complete listing of trophy awards is available at Trophy Winners.  Watch for updates to include individual photos of the trophy winners from the slide show now showing at the top of the website.
The food and beverage were great!  The joviality and friendship were great!  The program wrapped up with the ceremonial passing of the officers flags from our departing officers to our new Commodore Brian Anderson, Vice Commodore Tim Sugar, and Rear Commodore Bob Fanning.  Brian wrapped up the program bidding the crowd farewell until the 2015 Season.
Thanks Dane & everyone for a great year!  See you at the winter events to be announced and once again next spring!

2015 Season News

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:
Continuing Directors (term)
Peggy Elath (2015)
Paul McMillan (2016)
Keith Rosenbaum (2015)

2014 Season News 

Plan on Partying and Celebrating the End of the 2014 Season with Us
Commodore Dane Vermillion cordially invites you to the MYC Commodore's Banquet on October 17th, 6:00 p.m. at the Fluno Center 601 University Avenue, Parking Map This is the crowning celebration of the past season, with trophy presentations to our outstanding sailors.  Black tie optional.
This will be lots of fun, so bring your friends and the whole family! 

6:00  Cocktails (cash bar)
7:00  Dinner
8:00  Awards
Choose from the delicious menu below.
You are encouraged to pay online when you register.
Member registration is streamlined if logged in before registering.

1. Identify all people you are registering.
2. If each person wants a different type of meal, select one meal for each person at the prompt.
3. If more than one person in your party wants the same type of meal, select the total quantity desired in the first registrant and no item for other registrants wanting the same selection. 
Registrations must be received by October 13th.
The following selections include a vegetarian item as well as a gluten-free item.  If you have additional dietary restrictions, please send specific details and include your email address in the message. We will see if the Fluno Center can accommodate your request.  As an example, the Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potato item can be requested to be vegan and gluten free if we are notified by you in advance.
Menu Selection Price
Selection Description
All include a Seasonal Side Salad, Coffee, Iced Tea and Dinner Rolls.
Fish Fry (Baked or Fried)
Beer Battered Cod, Baked Potato, Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce.
Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potato (vegetarian)
Black Beans, Sweet Corn, Roasted Poblano Pepper, Sharp White Cheddar Cheese and Chipotle Sour Cream.
Seared Skirt Steak (gluten free) $38
Chimichurri Drizzle, Fried Plantains, Stewed White Beans, Tomatoes, Kale, and Onions.
Opti Kids Meal (14 and under) $12 3 Chicken Fingers, French Fries, Fruit Cup

Fall Series Final Scores (October 5)
Checkout the final Fall Series Scores.
Burrows Pier is Out (October 4) 
Thanks to all who helped with pier out on Saturday. Everything is nicely tucked away until next spring. Just a few autumn leaves remained on a beautiful sunny day.

E Blue Chip (9/19-21) and Bart's Bash (9/21 Optis)
Checkout this full set of videos! 
Day 1 of 2014 E Blue Chip (September 20)
The wind blew yesterday with huge puffs on Pewaukee Lake. Thirteen year-old Harry Melges IV took three bullets while MYC's Lon Schoor broke two traveller cars in two of the three races.  Better luck today Lon!
Check out these cool videos Close Up and Personal and Aerial Dance. Two more days to go with plenty of wind in the forecast.
2014 Annual Business Meeting (September 17)

The 2014 Annual Business Meeting Minutes and all handouts (8) are now available on the Web for access by MYC members who are logged in. To view the minutes, log into and follow the menu path Club Info/Annual Business Meetings and select Annual Business Meeting Minutes.

Members who attended the meeting are encouraged to review the minutes and suggest any adjustments to the MYC Secretary. Adjustments will be posted as appropriate.  The finalized minutes will be reviewed and approved at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting in September 2015.

Members who were unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to review the minutes and attachments for important news about club business, with special attention to encouragement from our outgoing and incoming Commodores to look for volunteer opportunities and the benefits of your volunteer experiences.

Respectfully submitted by
Barbie Stimpson, MYC Secretary
Announcement - Day 2 of E Blue Chip
(scheduled for September 21)

Bring your Opti to Pewaukee and sail with Jimmy Spithill, be part of Bart’s Bash fundraiser and world record attempt, then get his autograph and take your photo with this legendary sailor! All ages are welcome.   Even if you don’t have an Opti or can’t sail, please join us for this once in a lifetime event and meet Jimmy afterwards. Checkout the E Fleet Regatta Reports for details.

MYC Annual Business Meeting (scheduled for 
September 17)
Members are encouraged to join us for the Annual Business Meeting at the Essen Haus on Wednesday, September 17th at 6 p.m.  Many of us will get together early for dinner and the meeting to follow at 6. Watch for meeting agenda and last year's minutes in an upcoming newsletter to members, which will be sent prior to the meeting.  Hope to see you there!
Regatta Updates (September 16) 
Congratulations to MYC MC skippers Greg Simon (1st place) and Stefan Schmidt (5th) in a field of 21 skippers last weekend at North Lake.  For full results see  MC Fall Classic Results.  Both Greg and Stefan had outstanding participation in MC regattas this summer and have been invited to participate in the MCSA Blue Chip next weekend at Spring Lake, MI.  See more MC season news in the Scuttlebutt column to the right.
Congratulations to MYC E Fleet skippers and their teams Lon Schoor/Mirage (16th), Patrick Heaney/Wild Turkey (29th), Tim & Hugh Sugar/Gr8Expect8ions (40th), Lance Puccio/Full Tilt (45th), Phil Zalog/CrazE Eights (52nd), and Phil Morley/Shiva (60th) in a field of 79 last weekend at Crystal Lake, NY.  For full results see 2014 E Nationals Results.  Lon and Team Mirage have been invited to the E Blue Chip next weekend at Pewaukee, WI.  See more E Fleet season news in the Scuttlebutt column to the right.
Call for Specialty Trophy Nominations
(due September 13)
Check out the new Trophy Archives for definitions of the four specialty trophies that are awarded each year and how you can submit nominations for these awards.  Please submit your nominations before the Annual Business Meeting on September 17th.
Jump Around! (September 10)
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 this Amidships News column. 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!

Board of Directors Meeting (September 9)
The MYC Board of Directors met on Tuesday.  Minutes are available to logged in members at the top right link on the Home Page or by navigation through the Club Info menu pick.
Thanks to Don Sanford for ILYA Updates!
(August 16)
Please see the MYC News that Don sent out for updates regarding the infamous ILYA Regatta, this year held in Oshkosh, WI.  Also see for all of the stories and details on the regatta winners.
No Racing on Victory Day - but the subs were delicious! (August 10)
Unfortunately there was not very much wind on Sunday morning or afternoon, leading to no racing for the Annual Victory Day Race.  PRO postponed the race initially and then was forced to cancel after the lake went from dead calm to filling in a little and then back to dead calm.  As the sailors piled in the backyard of the Harper Residence's, 30' of sub sandwiches were devoured along with chips, drink and cookies.  Sailors came by boat, bike and car to enjoy the sunny lunch. A huge THANK YOU to our friend John Harper for hosting such a fun, relaxing event.  Now if only the wind would have cooperated!
Sunday Bliss for MYC Sailors (August 3)
With a dismal forecast, the wind on the water was nothing short of perfect.  Average 10mph of wind out of the west with sunny skies made for a perfect day of Sunday racing.  On the first upwind beat, the left paid out but on
all other upwind legs, the right was the money maker.  Lon Schoor on H7 in 
the E fleet showed perseverance as he was over the line at the start, but somehow
dug is way back and finished first!  The three top keelboats were all rounding very close to each other at most upwind marks - check out the season standings to find out who won! 
Kattack App is the bomb! (July 30)
The E fleet continues to use Kattack, an excellent app that tracks registered boats during the race. The E fleet is finding information like VMG, average speed, point and distance sailed. Excellent post racing analysis only improving the sailors.  All fleets should start using the app to find out how you are really sailing! It has been amazingly informative. If you have questions about the app, contact Mike Barnett.
Wednesday Night was exciting sailing followed by delicious pizza! (July 23)
With multiple legs, no modified mark, and a medium 5-10 breeze, all sailors enjoyed the night with close mark roundings between multiple fleets!  H3 from the Escow fleet grabbed their first gun of the season by taking advantage of the left side of the course on most upwind legs.  Eidolon and Veloce were battling at the last downwind mark with the Eidolon taking the bullet and the MC Fleets Wednesday night champ retained his title!  See all of the results under Current Season Standings.
After the racing, 15 plus pizzas were devoured as the sun set on a beautiful Lake Mendota evening at Bob and Christy Holz's home.  Thanks to everyone for enjoying the night and especially to our host who always know how to throw a fun party.  Word has it that Donny Anderson provided a few sailors a ride home on  a 22' center counsel and might become the regular water taxi on Wednesday nights!
Toast to the Capital Brewery Social! (July 17)
25-30 sailors from all fleets joined in on the drinking of fine local brew last Thursday. It was a beautiful night at the Brewery with conversation and beer flowing freely! Talk ranged from A-Scows in the Chicago- Mac race to match racing to sailing carnage to regattas to RC sailing.  What more could one sailor ask for!  If you have any pictures, post them on to your member account on the website so we can all enjoy them!
RC Sailing, Youth Laser Sailing and Capital Brewery Social ALL TONIGHT - Thursday (July 17)
Check out the calendar for details on these fun events. Links to specific events are on the left hand side.

Light Wind Didn't Stop Racing Last Night!  (July 17)
Despite the dismal forecast and glassy look of the lake, PRO Tim Stanton and crew got a beautiful race completed with what appeared to be patchy at best wind!  The race started on time with no postponements except for a general recall with the keelboat fleet.  A few shifts throughout the race allowed sailors who got to the left side of the course to be ahead at the windward mark, but the downwind legs were evenly matched and lots of place changes occurred in every single leg.  Boat speed while staying in the wind was the name of the game!

Congrats to Lon Schoor and Team (July 14)
H-7 had an excellent showing at the ILYA E Invite at Lake Geneva this past weekend.  Lots of wind, lots of races (7 total - 3 Friday, 3 Saturday and 1 Sunday) and Lon Schoor, Heidi Rosenbaum and Miles Clark placed 5th overall. The competition was extremely tough on Lake Geneva but Lon didn't let the other sailors or the choppy, rough water get to him.  A total of 6 Mendota boats sailed in the regatta with some excitement coming into play when H-3 lost their mast due to a forestay breaking in the heavy wind.  Congrats to all Mendota sailors for participating.
Last Week's Racing Review (July 14)
The Moonlight race was simply stunning with the moon on one side of the race course and the sun setting on the other. Light winds discouraged some from coming out to play, but Anma and team got a course set and a nice breeze pushed all boats around the course peacefully. 
The racing on Sunday morning must have been exciting with all the wind as Dave Seabald on his MC and Team Veloce and Team Quick Willy hold onto their first place finishes.
Belated Payton Regatta Photos (July 5)
Thanks to Grant for these great pictures at the social events!  Sorry about the delayed publishing but Andy & I were up in the North Channel putting our finishing touches on NorthStar in preparation for our upcoming cruise through the end of August.  Darby will be updating the website while I'm gone.  We'll send pictures.  Have a great rest of the summer!
- - Barbie
Payton Potluck - 2014 (from Grant)
Payton Potluck
Payton Awards - 2014 (from Grant)
Payton Awards 

No Fireworks for MYC . . . in terms of wind that is (July 4)
The wind gods must have been concentrating on something else as the 4th of July race was cancelled due to extremely calm wind (buoy readings of 3 knots or less). The same story became true for the Sunday race(s) although the forecast was looking excellent and many people recruited additional people for "extra" weight.  With 10-15 mph predicted, we were all ready for some hiking.  However many either paddled or motored to the race course and at 10am Tim Stanton and his RC crew fired off the postponement.  Hopes were lifted however as wind started to fill in from the WSW around 10:20 and we got a start off right around 10:30am.  Unfortunately the wind shut off again during the first winward mark rounding and RC fired three bullets telling all of us what we sadly already knew - the race was cancelled.  As the keelboats motored back to Hoofers and the scows were being towed back into burrows, the wind filled in again and this time stayed around for the rest of the day!  Sometimes you just can't win!

Bloody Mary's Were Spicy! (June 29)
We had a good turnout for the Blood Mary party at Donny's Tin Condo. It was a perfect day to be out next to the water. Donny had a couple of paddle boards that the kids had a great time with. The Bloody's were excellent with spicy or not so spicy choices. There were screwdrivers as well. Donny provided a ton of brats and some of the thickest burgers I have ever seen.
Wild Sunday Morning Racing (June 29)
Sunday morning proved to be a perfect summer day with a temperature of 80 degrees and 15-20 knots of breeze out of the south.  Velociteck readings of 19 knots proves it was no rest for the weary especially on the downwind legs!
A couple of E scows tipped over providing some "excitement" on the course, but thanks to Tim Stanton and his RC team as well as the UW rescue boat Harvey, all members returned to shore safely.  Jeff Russel, Rhonda Arries and Donny Anderson were out on their E scow and were able to pull away from the fleet, securing the bullet by a land slide.  Congrats you three!
The Keelboat Division I was the other fleet on the race course and it tight racing with full spinakers on the downwind legs. Eidolon took 1st place followed closely by Veloce.  And Jerry and Joye Ebert appear to be getting the hang of their new J-70, Mercurious, with a third place finish.
And a special thanks to the motor boats, think it was Bob and Chirsty Holz, who provided the horn and record keeping as the boats crossed the finish line while RC1 was keeping the sailors safe with the turtled E Scow. 
After the racing was done, a few sailors spent additional time on the water and in the wind kiteboarding and windsurfering throughout the afternoon.  Hard to beat an 80 degree summer's day full of whitecaps!
Louther Wins Payton Regatta Mallory Cup (June 22)
Congratulations to Brian Louther and Team Veloce for winning the 2014 Payton Regatta's Mallory Cup award in a fiercely contested 2-day regatta.  Erik Simonson and Team Javelin took the first bullet on a cool and cloudy Saturday morning in a nice, slightly shifty breeze. Regatta PRO Anma Ingeana had RC2's Larry O'Brien and Steve Lewis help reset the line for the second back-to-back while 17 boats in three fleets cooled their heels for a very brief delay.  Then Louther came back to beat out Simonson and the other keelboats to take the second bullet of the day, tying up the score for the Mallory Cup competitors.
A great turnout at the Maple Bluff Beach was greeted with ample sunshine and warmer evening temperatures after a quick afternoon thunderstorm, fortunately scheduled in between the races and the potluck and steak picnic dinner.  Scottie Louther served up steaks grilled to perfection and the potluck fare brought a nice assortment of side dishes and way too many sweets for those of us watching our waistlines.
On Sunday the breeze lightened.  The MC's opted to skip the second day, as did one keelboat and one E.  In the first race, Team Eidolon took first with Veloce in second and Javelin in third.  The light wind resulted in a DNC for Eidolon in the final race of the regatta, and Veloce/Javelin took first/second respectively.  Net result:  Veloce 7, Javelin 8 for first and second place in the regatta.
Schoor's Team Mirage took first for the E's while Sebald took first for the MC's.  In a disappointing absence of Division 2 keelboats, the Annie Allen Trophy will unfortunately not be awarded this year.  But folks gathered for the Mallory Cup presentation to Team Veloce and once again celebrated this wonderful trophy we have thanks to the generous gift from Jim Payton, who won the trophy in 1962.

Mid-Summer Night's Dream (June 21)
Be sure to plan on the Payton Regatta Potluck on Saturday evening, June 21, 6 PM.  See the MYC Calendar for details.  And for a great weekend of racing, come to the Payton Regatta!  The Keelboats are competing for the Mallory Cup this year and the Keelboat II class winner will be awarded the Annie Allen Trophy.
2014 Calendar Correction (June 20)
There will be no club races on June 20, 2014.
Madison Youth Sailing Foundation Classes Begin
(June 16)
Got Kids? - - Madison Youth Sailing needs them!
Beginning June 16 Madison Youth Sailing Foundation begins summer sailing classes. Classes range from beginners to advanced and are taught on Optimist Prams or Lasers. Kids can also learn to windsurf and on no-wind days stand up paddle boarding is an option.
What’s new this year?
  • Laser Radial and 4.7 rigs make this fast, high performance boat much more manageable for kids and young sailors. MYSF now has 4! All the boats and gear have been gone through to make sure they are all working perfectly.
  • New instructors! Director Leslie Poole has put together an incredible team of instructors and sailing coaches, all with lots of experience and all who have done youth sailing programs as kids themselves so they know what’s fun.
Go to  for more information or to register.
Madison Youth Sailing is asking for your help!
We're raising funds to help purchase a trailer capable of getting 9 Opti sailboats to and from regattas.  Madison will be sending record numbers of young Opti sailors to numerous regattas this summer and the trailer is a key ingredient in making this work.
As a 501c3 non-profit, donations to Madison Youth Sailing Foundation can be tax deductible (check with your tax person). Those donations will also go a long way to making this summer an awesome experience for many kids.
See our website at or contact Brian Anderson at 608-209-1195 for more information.

Father's Day - Day of the Big Blow (June 15)
With an average wind speed of 20+ knots and a dozen gusts of about 30 and one clocked at 39 on top of the Space Science Building (I know, it's way less on the lake) several brave souls showed up for the Sunday morning racing.  Phil Morley sent a little email to the E Scow fleet saying "fun ride out today" and this clocking of their boat speed.  (These wind conditions are too hard on the E rig to actually engage in a race, and it's pretty hard to keep the pointy end up.)
A hearty bunch of keel boaters raced in these challenging conditions with the following results:

Division I Division II
Veloce(1st) Quick Willy (1st)
Eidolon (2nd) Village Idiots II (DNF-but way to go!)
Soma (3rd)
Check out these great shots taken by ROA Joe Stanton.
Father's Day
Lake Wawasee E-Open Regatta (June 7-8)
Several MYC E Scows headed for the great venue of the Lake Wawasee E-Open Regatta last weekend. H3/Shiva, H7/Mirage, H11/Full Tilt, and H88/Crazy Eights are the MYC boats that participated.
The results are posted at the Wawasee Yacht Club link above, which reports the following. Twenty eight boats competed. Sixteen came from off Lake Wawausee with boats from as far away as Colorado. Three races were completed on Saturday in light to moderate winds. Two more races were completed in heavier winds on Sunday to round out the planned 5 race regatta.
Our MYC boats placed as follows: Lon Schoor and team H7 took 6th, Phil Morley and team H3 took 7th, Phil Zalog and team H88 took 12th, and Lance Puccio and team H11 took 17th.  Congratulations to all!

A Week of Firsts (June 1)
Spring Series Wrapup
  • Keelboat I first place goes to Brian Louther and his crew on USA706/Veloce.
  • Keelboat II first place goes to Bruce Wampold and his crew on 1427/Village Idiot II.
  • Congratulations to all!  See Current Season Standings for all results.
Summer Sailing Season
  • We kicked off on Memorial Day, our first race of the summer season.  The weather was iffy, but undaunted, Vice Commodore Brian Anderson fired the first shot of the season to signal the memorial firststart for those sailors who are no longer with us and the race followed immediately after the fleet honored all those we fondly remember.  I don't have any scoring info on this one, but several boats went out.  Check the season standings later for details on this and all races.
  • Our first Wednesday night race was a beautiful night with a nice breeze, as our new PRO Tim Stanton managed his first official race of the 2014 season.  The race was well attended by 20 boats in four classes:  6 E's, 4 Keelboat I's, 7 Keelboat II's, 3 MC's.  First place winners for the four fleets, respectively, were H7/Mirage - Lon Schoor, USA148/Red Line - Robert Krebs  for snow-bird boat-owner Tom Larson (hey! we think it's nice up here!) sailing with long-time crew Charlie Goehring and first time ever racing & second time ever sailing athlete Denise Nechvatal beating Veloce by one second according to the official handicap report, 1469/Flying Monkey - Hoofer Sailing Club, and 2036/Hokaze - Fleet Captain David Sebald.  I don't know if this is a first, but three Hoofer boats took the first three positions in the Keelboat II fleet. Way to go Hoofer Sailors!
  • Our first ever Friday night open-to-all-race was another glorious evening with a nice, fluctuating breeze.  Commodore Dane Vermillion gave boats the little extra time we needed to find our way to the starting line and then he blew the first horn to signal the start of the race.  Two E's competed in the nice 6W course set by our commodore and a collection of keelboats I didn't get clearly on my radar (hint, hint, send me some info to publish here ) because Andy and I were busy giving seasoned keelboat sailors and Mac racers Mark and Chris Gillespie their first E boat ride and race on Phil's graciously-loaned H88.  Lon with grandson Bryn (a seasoned, 10-ish-year-old Opti racer) and his 10-ish-year-old buddy Josh and his dad quickly got off the line first and to the second leeward douse first before both boats decided that was enough for a first race.  Because this is a casual, all-boats race, finishes are simply recorded in the memories of the participants.
  • The first Sunday of the summer season greeted us with a single, distant rumble of thunder, so while the keelboats motored or sailed out, the scows stayed at Burrows a little while until it was clear to go.  8 E's, 3 Keelboat I's, 2 Keelboat II's, and 4 MC's got to the line in plenty of time to hear PRO Tim fire the dreaded two guns to signal the first postponement of the season.  Well, we got out there with a nice wind but then it disappeared and, as Tim told me later, it shifted 30 degrees so he aptly reset the line, fired the 6-minute postponement flag down, and we were off to a great race with a very nice breeze keeping the skippers, boat balancers and sheet handlers on their toes.  The E fleet's new ringer, Skip Rather logged his first first on H23/Avanti, besting Lon by eight seconds in a closely dueled race with Lance only 12 seconds behind that - fleet beware of Skip and his crew!  (BTW, clearly a good boat, H23 is open for new, would-be E sailors to charter next year.  Contact Fleet Captain Mike Barnett for details.)   Brian Louther took the KR-I first on USA706/Veloce, while Bruce Wampold took the KR-II first on 1427/Village Idiot II.  2036/Hokaze was again led to a victorious first by Fleet Captain David Sebald.  As a final first of the day, seasoned I-20 and all-around racer/sailor Leigh Leonard took her first swim from an E after the race on the trip back to Burrows.  The boat popped up quickly, sailed dry, and no one seemed too chilled by the experience.  Hey,  - what was that you were consuming at the time, Leigh?
Wednesday After-Race Socials
  • It was this season's first gathering of the Keelboaters at their annual, favorite after-race good-eatswatering holeOakcrest Tavern.  We filled up a few tables, told a few stories, negotiated a few crew opportunities, and decided it would be good to keep this up for another season.
  • It was also the first ever announced gathering of the Burrows scow crowd at Banzo's at Sherman Ave.  Eric Kerlow, self-appointed E-Fleet Camaraderie Director is encouraging the Burrows crowd to check out this venue after the races for good times and good Middle-Eastern-fair food.
How About Lake Mendota Shoes?
  • An old crew, Ed Olson, from the 70’s sent me this - he had to buy a pair just because of the name!  Checkout the “Lake Mendota Boat Shoe” —Lon
  • Ed. note:  Now that's a first!  Sorry, girls (er . . . women), men's sizes only, back to West Marine for a good pair of women's deck shoes. —Barbie
Racing Last Week (May 26)
The second and final weekend of the spring series was followed by the Memorial Day Race, which had the following schedule:

Memorial Day

10:00 AM       “Memorial Gun”, in memory of those deceased
                     (no fleets start)

10:05 AM       Class E

10:10 AM       Class MC, Class I-20 and Lasers

10:15 AM       Keelboat Racing, all Classes

See the racing rules for all starting sequences throughout the season.  The racing rules prevail in the event of any errors in the schedule given above or elsewhere.  The rules are available in the MYC Directory and they are replicated on this website following this menu path:
  • Racing/About Racing
A few words from Commodore Dane Vermillion
(May 23)
Sailing season got under way last weekend. Wind was a little light but fairly consistent. We had 4 boats out Saturday and 6 on Sunday. Hopefully there will be more out this weekend. It does look like light winds again but we are planning for 2 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

Tim Stanton to be our PRO:  In related news we have hired Tim Stanton to be our PRO for the Sunday and Wednesday series. Tim was out with me running last Sunday's race and everything went pretty smoothly. I do apologize to the Division II Keelboats for not providing a "gun" for their finishes. Tim will be running this Sunday's race as well.

I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Brian Anderson for stepping up to run this Saturday's race and the Memorial Day race.
    Niemann advances to Grand Slam Event (May 18)
    by Dave Gorwitz

    May 18 2014 – Oyster Bay NY – The 4th and final day of Oakcliff’s Spring Invitational Clinegatta dished up some champagne sailing. The final moment of the regatta for Chris Poole and his Riptide Racing team when they came from way behind to pass David Niemann’s Team Honey Badgers to secure the win.
    Niemann does not go home to Wisconsin too disappointed though, as he gained an invite to the Oakcliff International, the final event in the top ranked Grand Slam series. Poole had previously qualified. 

    Even though Poole sailing with Chris Kennedy, John Colburn, Ladi Oguntoyinbo and Morgan Keating came out on the top of the scoreboard, no one dominated the week as all teams pushed their limits and sailed exceptionally well. This could be attributed to the fact that all of the teams trained for two very full days of clinic before racing even began.
    The Clinegatta concept was pioneered at Oakcliff by Dave Perry and this year he stepped it up a notch by observing from onboard on race day 1 and giving immediate feedback after the finish flag. The cliché of a rising tide lifts all ships was actually true as the two days of clinic, individual and then group debriefs had every team throwing around Oakcliff’s Match 40s like they owned them during the 49 races sailed.

    Of note was youngster Colin Kennedy who in one prestart with his team of mostly dinghy sailors managed to keep their Match 40, the largest boats used for match racing in the US, in a dial-up, head to wind, within spitting distance of David Niemann as both boats sailed backwards for nearly 2 minutes of exceptional boat handling.
    All of the racing can be viewed on courtesy of Heron Financial Group. A wrap-up show will be broadcast Wednesday May 21, 2014. Heron Financial is also raffling off a full case of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Entries are being accepted at

    MYC Spring Series - and they're off! (May 18)
    Veloce and Eidolon took first and second respectively on Saturday and Sunday for Fleet I and were joined by Soma in third place on Sunday.  In Fleet II Quick Willie beat Village Idiots II on Saturday and then Village Idiots II got their revenge over Quick Willie on Sunday with Blur taking third place.

    Check out Joe Stanton's great shots of the Sunday racing:


    Joe Stanton's photos


    You can check out all the scores regularly by navigating the menu as follows:
    • Racing/Current Season Standings
    • <select the racing series of interest> 
    Lake Geneva's Spring E Regatta - Great MYC Showing (May 18)
    Lon Schoor's Team H7 placed a prestigious 4th place among 35 outstanding teams from around the country on the May 17-18th weekend!  Also sailing well from the Mendota Yacht Club were Phil Zalog's Team H88, Patrick Heaney's Team H13, Eric Kerlow's Team H73, and the new H-3 partnership of Phil Morley, Brendan Boylan, and Andrew Fox.  For full regatta results, see Lake Geneva Yacht Club/2014 E Spring Regatta Final Results.  For more details see E Fleet Regatta Reports.  And check out this great aerial video link just sent by Lon YouTube - 2014 E Spring Regatta.

    Also, checkout these great shots taken by Ann Callison, mother of former E Scow crew James and David Oldeschulte, who sailed on H23 with Andy Jackson a few years back and with Eric Kerlow last summer.  Ann took these marvelous shots while buzzing around with Andy and Barbie on Bluebird (also pictured below) and friends and MYC members Stefan and Kristi.


    2014 Lake Geneva Spring E Regatta


    It's Time to Pay Your Dues and Fees (May 12)

    If you've paid your dues and other fees, thank you.  If not, do it right now.  You can take care of all that business at:


    Renew Membership  (members only)

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    Register to Race  and then “Pay Fee” to select additional options

    Keel Boats Lifted in & Ready to Sail (May 10)
    by Linda Bauman
    On a perfect weather spring day with little wind, 13 keel boats cued up to be gently placed into Lake Mendota at Marshall Park. The Reynolds crane operator, Dan, arrived early so that the first boat (Veloce) was in the water by 8:20 am the last boat was in by 12:15.

    It was an efficient operation with many yacht club members at hand to assist. Despite our nonstop operation of trailer positioned, boat lifted off trailer, bottom paint applied to areas inaccessible on the trailer, boat lifted in, then crane assisted raising of the mast, we managed to keep dock space available for the many fishermen and motor boaters eager to enjoy a day on the lake.

    Jerry Ebert contributed to huge boxes of doughnuts to help fortify the crowd. The secret to the smooth operation was that many people had done this before, including Dan our crane operator. I also think the clip board I carried around with the list of the paid up boats seemed to impress a number of people that the yacht club was ‘organizing’ the event.
    Looking forward to lift out in the fall!  Check out Tim Stanton's great aerial shots:

    Tim's photos

    Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Posted (May 5)
    The Board of Directors met on Monday, May 5th.  We got lots done and are happy to share the minutes with our members.  Logged-in members can link directly to the latest minutes at the upper right of this page just under the menu or, to see the attachments or any past meeting minutes, simply use our new menu navigation by mousing over Club Info and clicking on Board of Directors Mtgs. 

    Burrows Pier In a Huge Success (May 3)

    2014 Burrows Pier In

    A chilly onshore breeze gave only a moment's pause to early morning risers.  Fueled by bright sunshine, bagels and coffee, eighteen sailors on a mission soon generated the body heat and teamwork to set the pier and rail in record time.  A hearty thank-you to all who helped!
    Soon the park will look like this:
    MYC Membership Survey Complete (April 30)
    Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent survey. The board is reviewing your responses and we hope to have final results available before the summer series starts.

    The Buzz about the Spring Banquet (April 26)
    The Brickhouse BBQ was hopping last Saturday night as we packed the room with sailors excited about the upcoming season.  We had 59 adults and 4 kids in attendance.  New members hooked up with possible rides and old friends enjoyed reconnecting, spinning old sailing yarns, and generally enjoying the camaraderie.
    Here are just a few of the comments floating about on the email circuit thanking Peggy Elath for organizing another great MYC social event:
    • Great party last night and great speaker!!
    • Kudos for the great Spring Banquet event last evening!!!
    • Great party & we enjoyed Perry's talk.

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    The Scuttlebutt 


    E Fleet Scuttlebutt
    Another E fleet is in the books. By the numbers, this was another great season for the E fleet. 15 boats registered. Averaged 8.8 boats Wednesdays and 7 boats Sundays.
    Lon, Myles and Heidi on H-7 had a great year both locally and in the big regattas. The fleet as a whole is improving and having a ton of fun doing it. Lots of boats winning races which is a great indication of the fleet’s health.
    The loaner boat, H-23, with John Rather, Anne Porter, Dave Puglielli and Katie Rather had a great season with a race win and a second place Sunday overall finish. The boat is still available for charter next season. Contact Lon or Mike if you are interested in learning more.
    Sunday series was won by H-0, with a streak of 3 bullets through the middle of the season.
    Looking forward to next year, we look to maintain the momentum that has built over the last few seasons. H-20 will be back on the water next summer and there may be a local boat for sale in the coming months; so if you are looking to be the latest E owner, let us know! I am also looking to pass on my E fleet torch to some new blood. Let me know if you are interested.
    Nationals was well attended by Mendota boats, with 5 or 6 competing. Blue chip is next weekend in Pewaukee with Jimmy Spithill competing as the mystery guest.
    - Mike Barnett
    MC Fleet Scuttlebutt
    The MC Fleet had another good year with 15 races completed. The MC fleet was very active with registered boats making 44 out of a possible 45 race starts, or nearly 100% fleet participation over the course of the season.
    David Sebald (2036) finished first in the season championship followed by Paul McMillan (2527) and Jerry Simon (2461). The MC fleet was active off the water as well.
    Somehow a requirement for the winner of a Wednesday night race to buy beverages for fellow race participants at Bonzo’s took root. The winner buys policy will need to be reviewed this winter after occasional accusations of sandbagging following a few races on hot, humid nights. MC’ers were also active in maintenance work at Burrows Park and hosted an MYC social event at Capital Brewery.
    The fleet participated in the 51 boat MC Wisconsin Championship held at Big Cedar Yacht Club in late June. MYC’er Stefan Schmidt represented the contingent from Mendota very well, especially on the windy second day, by finishing 9th overall. Big Cedar Lake is located in West Bend, which also happens to be Stefan’s home town. Many thanks for Stefan and Kristi who were able to secure a family cottage for a little relaxing during the regatta.
    Our fleet also had visitors join us in several races, including past MYC’er Bill Stebbins who also sailed in the Payton Regatta as well as sailors from Hoofers. We were also glad to have special guests and noted Opti sailors Fritz and Meta Simon sail on July 20th. The MC is a great boat for youth sailors to either sail or crew and on this day both Fritz and Meta skippered their own MC. Fritz and Meta are very capable skippers as evidenced by their competitiveness during the race and ability to keep sometimes demanding crew (father Greg and grandfather Jerry) in line. 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.
    Next year is shaping up to be a great year for the fleet with Brian Anderson, Jamie Hanson and Justin Segersten joining the MC fleet for racing on Wednesdays and Sundays. Other sailors have expressed interest in the fleet as well and it appears the fleet should easily double in size making it one of the larger one design fleets in the area. 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.
    - David Sebald
    Keelboat Scuttlebutt
    From Bruce Wampold (Village Idiot) on his trip to Fiji this summer to visit his son.
    I thought I would catch you up a bit about my son Phillip's solo sailing trip around the world in Bonne Femme, a Metalu 27. Some of you will remember Phillip at the helm of the Village Idiot I, when we first began with the MYC.
    He left Victoria BC in June of 2013, with stops in San Francisco, Hawaii, Marquesas, Somoa, Tonga, and Fiji-- I have joined him in Hawaii last summer and Fiji this summer. Surely, he is traveling economy style, and when he finds himself in a marina, he is the dwarfed by the other cruisers, but nevertheless, he is having an amazing adventure.
    Check out his blog.
    Best, Bruce
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