2014 Season - 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!
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 Dinner8:00 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.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:
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.
PLEASE HELP YOUR CLUB
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.
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)
|Chimichurri Drizzle, Fried Plantains, Stewed White Beans, Tomatoes, Kale, and Onions.
|Opti Kids Meal (14 and under)
||3 Chicken Fingers, French Fries, Fruit Cup
Fall Series Final Scores (October 5)
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!
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 mendotayc.org 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
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!
Please see the MYC News that Don sent out for updates regarding the infamous ILYA Regatta, this year held in Oshkosh, WI. Also see www.ilya.org 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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
||Quick Willy (1st)
||Village Idiots II (DNF-but way to go!)
Check out these great shots taken by ROA Joe Stanton.