Check out this big batch of photos from Don Sanford of the A Scows on Lake Mendota during the Inlands:
November 2, 2012
Check out Don Sanford's photos from the last day of racing:
October 31, 2012
Commodore Banquet Was Great!
Friday October, 26th
This year's banquet was held on October 26 at the Brink Lounge. Over 70 people enjoyed a great awards presentation, Commodore Klauser was a fantastic master of ceremonies as he expertly worked his way though a multimedia awards show put together by Don Sanford, Brian Louther, Brian Anderson, and Martha Foley. Jerry Simon said "This is one of the best banquets that I can remember in a long time". Music by The New You Trio kept the party going late into the night. Pictures from the event coming soon.
MYC'ers Mabel, Scott, Cynthia, and Brian enjoy the view across Lake Mendota from Bob Yost's pier as they await the sunset and the boat parade.
"Wow, did you see that? I think those kids in that Master Craft just mooned us," said Scotty. "Yeah, it happens to me all the time," replied Mabel. "Those wake boarders think they're so hot. It's not like the old days when the H-714 sailed by every Sunday afternoon. A Boaters... now those guys were hot. Oh, the stories this pier could tell," she said wistfully.
Read the October 15, 2012 MYC News
August 21, 2012
Message From the Commodore
I want to thank the membership of the Mendota Yacht Club for supporting the2012 ILYA Championship Regatta on Lake Mendota. We just capped off two successful extended weekends of racing. The regatta feedback has
been overwhelmingly positive. Sailors love coming to Madison, not just for the sailing, but also for the vibrant array of social activities that Madison offers.
I want to give a special thank-you to all the volunteers, not just from MYC but also from the Lake Monona Sailing Club, Lake Kegonsa Sailing Club, Madison Lakes Yacht Club and countless friends and neighbors who helped make this event a success. I also want to thank our partner organizations in this endeavor: the ILYA and the UW Hoofers. Together we fielded a crew of slightly more than 200 (212 to be exact) volunteers who helped out as Taxi Boat Drivers, Cantina Servers, Launch Ramp wranglers, RC Boat Drivers and many, many more positions that I can't begin to list.
Although we won't know the final number for a few weeks, MYC was guaranteed a profit for hosting the regatta. The ILYA has expressed a desire to come to Madison every 5-7 years. I hope that the membership will support bringing the ILYA Championship regatta back to Lake Mendota in a few years. In order to make this happen the MYC board merely needs to submit an official "bid' to the ILYA.
I want to provide special recognition to Trey Sprinkman for his vigorous leadership for this event. As the MYC Chair for this event, it has been a three year journey for Trey, and he has represented the MYC well.
There are so many other MYC members that contributed to the success of this event that I will not attempt to single each one of you out, but please know that the MYC appreciates your effort!
I asked Don Sanford to include a few photos from the regatta to my message. More from other photographers will be posted soon at mendotayc.org
Again, thank you for your time, talent and support.
D.J. David J.W. Klauser
August 12, 2012
It was breeze-on during Friday, the opening day of the ILYA Championships.
Tim Stanton was taking photos out on the I20 course. See them all at
July 9, 2012
Thanks to Keith and Wendy for a Great Party!!
A bloody good time was had by all at Keith Kreps and Wendy Peterson’s Bloody Mary party. The spicy vodka applied just the right amount of zip and the Mimosas were refreshing for those that could not handle the heat. The food was over the top. Thank you Keith and Wendy for hosting the best party of the year.
June 30, 2012
ILYA Volunteers Needed
The 2012 ILYA Championship Regatta is about one month away. Now It's time for you to find a spot or spots to help out during the ILYA Regatta. Read more will point to ILYA 2012 page when built. dbrod
June 19, 2012
Payton Regatta Sailing Photos
Lots of them from Steve Lewis on the Racing Photos page:
16 Years of Great Fun
Don and Scotty enjoy Scotty's special recipe ice tea
Sixteen years ago our then PRO James Payton started a new MYC tradition of a weekend club regatta and a party. The first year he roasted a pig while we all sailed and we gathered to enjoy the party at the Maple Bluff Marina after the first day of sailing. This was the beginning of the MYC Payton Regatta. Over the years the pig roasting has faded after a number of events.
In recent years, Social Chair Grant and his team of Steve and Scotty have help evolve this social event in to a steak feed and pot luck.
This year about 60 sailors and friends enjoyed a great evening at the Maple Bluff Beach with good food and company. Thanks to all of you for bringing a dish to pass, and to Scotty for his Ice tea, Steve for cooking the stakes and Grant for the potatoes and pulling it all together.
MC Winner Stefan Schmidt
May 17, 2012
MYC's Stefan Schmidt
Wins MC Regatta
Five quick races, shifting winds but what fun! The Cedar Lake, WI event began with a successful Bilge Pullers event followed by two days of continued hospitality. Cedar worked the event for weeks ahead to generate enthusiasm. Above are Stefan Schmidt, Mendota Yacht Club, who also won the champion of champion for the best series in his MC; PRO Chip Mann; Jim Petersen, of the Geneva C fleet appears a bit wet. Both sailors won their first regattas in their respective classes to kick off the 2012 season.
Way to go Stefan!
The Regatta is Coming!
The Regatta is Coming!
"The ILYA Regatta is going to be awesome. Trey Sprinkman and his team are going full speed ahead to make this a really great event.
We need help with HOUSING. We need to find housing for six teams of judges and many competators as well. Our traveling racers have always been treated wonderfully racing off the lake. Now it's time for us to open our doors and show our hospitality.
I would like to personally appeal to every member to consider helping in the housing effort. Please download this document
, fill it out, and return it to me. if it is easier just give me a call. Thanks, in advance.".
Stefan Schmidt 608-271-6331
or 608 220-0407 (cell)
April 5, 2012
April 1, 2012
2012 ILYA Regatta News
The Mendota Yacht Club will celebrate its 109 th anniversary by hosting one of sailings largest events, the Inland Lakes Yachting Association Annual Championship Regatta. The event will happen August 9–12 and August 16-19, 2012 on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI, known among sailors as one of the nation’s finest sailing venues, and Madison, known by everyone as one of the most enjoyable cities to visit. This annual event plays host to many of the country’s finest sailors including numerous Olympic medalists, national and regional champions and crew all competing in one of six classes of sailboats. Click 2012 ILYA Championships News
to read more.
March 19, 2012
Ernie and Rozell sailing a cub boat in the "parents series" that MYC ran back in the old days. One evening a week parents would compete using their children's cub boat.
Rozell Henkel, longtime MYC judge, mentor and cheerleader to sailors young and old, passed away on Sunday, March 11. She was 96. “When I joined our club in 1977, Rozell and her husband Ernie had been judging our races for, well… forever. Everyone knew them. Continue reading at our Celestial Members page
MYC Board Meeting Highlights from March 5, 2012
2012 Club Calendar is in the works
The Race Committee has been working on the 2012 calendar. Here (obsolete)
is the working version that is unofficial and not yet ben approved by the board. However, I have it on good authority that this version is very close and you could use it to start figuring out your summer plans and even what days you might volunteer for the ILYA regatta on Mendota in August. We will need volunteers, it's an awesome event and fun to be involved. If you have questions or corrections about the calendar contact your fleet captain.
February 21, 2012
STICK TO SAILING
It seems that I'm always looking for that perfect sport that complements sailing. To this day I have never really met someone that is a great sailor and golfer. Maybe it is sailing and bowling?
Well, if the MYC Bowling Social Fundraiser is any indication of capability with the sports then my answer is no . We certainly had the desire with a turn out of 37 bowlers. We had spectators, beer and soda drinkers, pizza eaters, and even karaoke singers!
Bob Mclaren from team Veloce seemed to be the top dog with 4 strikes in a row! The kids were the amazing, many of them out bowled the adults. The event was lots of fun and a great success raising some money to support socials this year. Click 2012 Bowling Photos - by Grant Frautschi
to see photos.
On that subject, I'm looking for people that would like to donate to social functions, host a social function, or most importantly help. If you can help or have ideas for social or even what you would like to see let me know. mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org
MYC Board Meeting
Discussed Club Express, a software product that will support our current web site while making things easier for our volunteers by supporting a membership database members can update with a user name and logon, allowing members to subscribe to email groups, and supporting management of email groups. Click
2012-02-06 BOD Meeting Highlights
to continue reading.
February 20, 2012
Trey Sprinkman's ILYA Championship Regatta News
2012 ILYA Championship Regatta
August 9-12 & 16-19, Lake Mendota
"I’m here with the latest update on our plans and requests for your help as we welcome 225 racing yachts and over 1,000 sailors and guests to Lake Mendota this August.
It is hard to believe that we are only 6 months away from hosting the first two-weekend format Inlands. The MYC regatta committee, Hoofers and the ILYA met recently at Hi-Way Harry’s in Johnson Creek to discuss where we are and where we need to get to prior to August 9th.
We need sponsors. The ILYA has sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals for the upcoming regatta. The ILYA is a 501.c.3, so donations can be specified for the regatta. If you or your business would like to become a sponsor, please contact me. I’ll send you a marketing packet with all the info.
If you’d like to call on one of our potential sponsors or suggest a sponsor, please let me know. These calls are always more successful if we have a personal connection.
I want to remind everyone on the schedule and regatta format. We are trying two back to back regattas for the first time, this will likely improve turnout and help our volunteer staff.
• August 9-12: E, C and I-20 fleets
• August 16-19: A, MC and 420 Fleets
• MYC races will take two-weekend breaks this August
• Three courses will be set each weekend.
• Launching and regatta headquarters will be at Governor Nelson State Park for all fleets.
• 420’s new to the regatta format will launch from Burrows Park.
It will take a big crew of us to bring this regatta together. Some volunteers will come from the ILYA and Hoofers. This will significantly help our club out during the two back to back weekends.
The ILYA will take care of:
• PRO’s & Judges. (We need a few more volunteer boats to complete their needs)
Next, my thanks to these big-hearted MYC’ers who have come aboard thus far:
• Darby Sugar is handling special events and the nightly dining and entertainment
• Stephan Schmidt is in charge of temporary housing for the PRO’s and Judges
• Greg Simon 420 Regatta Chair
• Don Sanford will be in charge of PR
• Bill Shelton will be our regatta scorer
• Trey Sprinkman hospitality and lodging
• Paul Dehn Water Operation: boats and drivers
We need you:
• Chair and Asst. Chair Park Activities at Governor Nelson
• Chair and Asst. Chair Concessions in the park
• Asst. Chair Entertainment
• Asst. Chair & Volunteer Water Operations: boats and drivers
• Asst. Chair PR Coordinate with Don Sanford
• All other volunteers
Ok, you’re thinking this sounds like fun, but what can I do?
If you are interested in one of these jobs and helping the committee chairs let me know. My contact info is below.
If you are new to the club and want to get involved, we’ll find a place for you.
If you’re not sure what you could do, but would like to help, come to our regatta meeting.
MYC Regatta Chair
Mendota Yacht Club
January 12, 2012
2012 Burrows Park Storage Contracts Are Available for Download
Burrow Park Facility Administrator Barbie Stimpson and the MYC Board have completed and approved the 2012 rail storage contracts. This year the contract are available for download. Click on the link (obsolete) to download the Scow Contract, Opti Pram Contract, or Laser, Kayak Rack Contract.
MYC Board Has Been Hard at Work in the Off Season
Members only may contact Secretary Barbie Stimpson at email@example.com for a copy of complete meeting minutes.
The new board has jumped right in and started planning for next season. In an effort to keep members in the loop on there activities they have post some update from their meetings. If you would like to read more about the 2011 Annual Business Meeting Summary
or the 2012-01-10 BOD Meeting Highlights
follow the link. As always if you have questions, an idea, or want to volunteer with the club just contact any board member.