Lake Minnetonka Low Water Levels
Lake Minnetonka water levels are very low and continue to go down. It's interesting to check out the different water levels in the chart the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District posts at http://minnehahacreek.org/data-center/water-levels.
Bowers Sails for Gold
Erik Bowers, the 2012 U.S. Laser National Champion, has announced his intentions to "SAIL FOR GOLD" in the men's Laser Class at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to Bowers, "I have worked my whole life in preparation to win the Olympic Gold Medal. I'm looking forward to the challenges of Olympic level racing on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit in the lead up to the Rio games. I'm also extremely grateful for the experience I've gained practicing and racing on Lake Minnetonka, and for the enthusiastic support of the entire MYC community." Over the course of the next year, Bowers will compete in 11 regattas in North America, Europe, Australia and China in the lead up to the 2013 Laser World Championship in Muscat, Oman, November 22-28, 2013. The Bowers Sailing Olympic Campaign is soliciting corporate, personal and supplier sponsors to help defray expenses. The MYC Foundation is accepting tax-deductible charitable contributions for the dedicated purpose of supporting Erik Bowers and the Bowers Sailing Olympic Campaign. Follow Erik's progress at www.BowersSailing.com for campaign updates.
Garden Club Pavers and Donations
Have you enjoyed the beautification of Light House Island? You can help continue with this improvement effort. The LHI Garden Club LMSS Paver Fund welcomes donations of any amount to help. You can also purchase a paver for all on the island to see and celebrate your family, boat, winnings, yourself, pet, etc. Check out the PDF brochure and act today!
US Sailing Champ of Champs
US Sailing held its annual Champion of Champions race this past weekend in 22 C Scows. Two boats represented MYC on this national stage! Congratulations to Tim and Bre Krech for taking 4th and to Chris Jewett and Rick Kotovic for taking sixth place!
Order your 2012 MYC Photo
Stacie Carlson has taken many wonderful pictures! Now is your chance to order one. To order, go to
MYCF Silent Auction
The Minnetonka Yacht Club Foundation will be hosting a silent auction on LHI on Saturday, September 29th, during the Commodore's Fall Banquet. All of the money from this auction and the rest of the donations made during 2012 will go to MYC repair and maintenance. Please conjure up some wonderful auction items. Donation and auction contributions would be appreciated!
It's time to get those MYC trophies engraved and polished up for the Awards Banquet on September 29th! We're making a special effort to photograph all of the Club's beautiful and historic trophies this year, so we're asking you to bring them in and show them off at the Banquet, even if you're a repeat winner. You can bring the trophies with you on the day of the banquet, or drop them off in the next few weeks.
Yngling North Americans
Congratulations to all that sailed in the Yngling North Americans! Here are the race results:
The Burton Cup/MS Cup Corn Roast has grown into one of our biggest social events of the year. We are in need of volunteers for this night, which is Saturday, August 25th.
Volunteers are also needed on Wednesday, August 22nd for the Champ of Champs Grill & Chill.
If you can help either night, please let us know. Thank you!
Champ of Champs Race
We will be hosting the Champion of Champions race on Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:00. We invite the championship winning skipper from each MYC and WYC fleet to race in the Champion of Champions race, which takes place in LMSS's 420's. It's a truly fun night, so come on out and watch the excitement and then join us on LHI for a wonderful Grill & Chill hosted by Connie and friends!
MYC Youth Goes Out East
MYC youth did MYC proud at the CJ Buckley c420 regatta held in Rhode Island. Congratulations to Ben Garber who captained the winning team! And to Sara Hogg who was Ben's crew! Competing in the Silver Division finals were Addy Ferguson, Isabella and Madde Loosbrock and 3 sailors from Chicago YC. Competing in the Bronze Division finals were Anders Ekholm and Caitlin McGoldrick, sailing with teammates from White Bear and Pewaukee. And, Jack Bitney teamed up with sailors from across the U.S. Congratulations to all the MYC sailors!!
From there, six of them went to Buzzard's Bay Regatta in Massachusetts. Congrats to Ben Garber, Sarah Hogg, Jack Bitney, Madde Loosbrock, Anders Ekholm and Caitlin McGoldrick! It's great to see so many MYC kids participating on a national stage.
CBF Parking Lot Closure Dates
MYC will proudly be hosting the Yngling North Americans. The parking lot will be closed:
All day Thursday, August 9th, and Sunday, August 12th.
Yngling North Americans
MYC is proud to host the Yngling North Americans August 9 - 12. We hope that you plan to sail and enjoy the competition and fellowship here on Lake Minnetonka.
Housing for Yngling North Americans
MYC is proud to be hosting the Yngling North Americans. Several of our guest boats are looking for housing during the regatta; three nights - Thursday August 9th, Friday August 10th, Saturday August 11th. If you are able to host people in your home, please let either Christine Kronich (email@example.com) or Pam
Werley (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
2012 Interlake Regatta
The Minnetonka Yacht Club is hosting the 2012 Interlake Regatta from August 3rd to the 5th. The Regatta Chair is Amanda Swaggert who will no doubt be requesting your help in the days to come. The Interlake is the major regatta that the club will host this year and your help will be appreciated.
USJWD Notice For MYC Members
All MYC Members- The US Sailing Junior Women's Double-Handed Championship starts this morning, June 27, at 10:30 AM. Four races are scheduled throughout the day. Racing continues on Thursday and Friday with Warning Signals at 10:30 AM on Thursday and 10:00 AM on Friday.
As a courtesy to the sailors, and to provide the best sailing conditions possible, please stay well outside the laylines of the course and travel at very slow speeds to minimize your wake. We highly recommend that you pick a location (i.e. windward mark) and stay in that area to spectate, rather than follow the sailors around the course. With the light winds expected, it is very important that we do not create waves on the race course. Enjoy the races!!
2012 U. S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship
Lake Minnetonka Sailing School is hosting and Minnetonka Yacht Club is the major sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy, a US Sailing National Championship event. The event runs from June 24-30 on Lake Minnetonka.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Double-handed Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy was started in 1995 and became a US Sailing National Championship in 1996. This premier event and the coaching clinics are made possible by funds provided by host clubs, local host families, generous sponsors and by the late C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Mr. Clagett’s unwavering dedication to junior women’s sailing is in memory of his late wife, Nancy Leiter Clagett, a world class sailor, and of Ida Lewis, the heroic daughter of a lighthouse keeper.
The event is sailed in Club 420 class sailboats and is intended to encourage young American women to enhance their sailing ability. It has a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and provides the opportunity to compete in elite-level competition with guidance from high-level coaching. The national championship will be sailed by 40 teams of young women (80 total athletes) from around the country, including a number of local young women sailors.
The weeklong agenda consists of two days of clinics for the competing sailors led by US Sailing with a team of distinguished junior and college sailing coaches, followed by the three day National Championship regatta. While visiting Minnesota, all competitors will be housed by local host families. All meals as well as activities and social events are being planned and coordinated by Lake Minnetonka Sailing School volunteers.
For more details on the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, including past events and results and photos please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensDoublehanded.htm. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
Championship Notes: The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship is an open event…Competitors are between the ages 13 and 18… A total of 10 races are scheduled. Three races must be completed to constitute a complete championship. When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score… Racing begins each day at 10:30 a.m. CT (subject to change)… Trophies will be awarded to the skippers and crew finishing in the top three places. US Sailing medals will be presented to the top five finishing teams. The C. Thomas Clagett Sportsmanship Award will be awarded to a team based on the results of the competitors’ secret ballot.
About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org .
December 1908 issue of Yachting magazine
A Wonderful article describing each race of the 1908 Inland on Lake Minnetonka.
Women on the Water
Have you ever been sailing? Do you want to try it for a day? Join us for Women on the Water (WOW)! It is Saturday, June 23rd. Start time 11:00 for Lunch and Learn at the Wayzata Yacht Club. Then from 1:00 to 4:00 PM enjoy sailing on Lake Minnetonka with an experienced skipper from the Minnesota Women's Sailing Team. Limited to 12 people. Cost $100 for the day including lunch. Email us at email@example.com today to reserve a space.
Erik Bowers Wins 2012 US Laser Nationals
Erik Bowers captured the men’s 2012 US Laser National Championship regatta held May 31st through June 3rd, hosted by the Houston Yacht Club (Houston, TX). The 4-day, 11 race series brought a full range of conditions with winds in the 5-20 mph range. His finishes over the course of the event were 1, 4, 2, 2, (6), 1, 1, 1, 1, (5), 1. With 11 races scored, two throw outs were allowed (i.e. 6th in race 5, and 5th in race 10) giving Bowers just 14 points total to win the regatta by 9 points over the second place finisher. According to Bowers “it was great to win the Nationals, but it was really great to qualify for the 2013 Laser World Championship.” Congratulations Erik!
LMSS Adult Sailing Class
Great for family, friends and crew! LMSS Adult Sailing Class in 420's w/ Gordy Bowers and Nick Price starts this Wednesday evening, June 6th, 2012. There is still time to enroll in the first of two four-week sessions that includes dinner at the MYC Grill n' Chill! www.lmss.us or 952-404-1645.
How a Lifelong Passion for Sailing was Rekindled Thursday Afternoon
Bob Slocum has sailed Lake Minnetonka for more than 70 years. Now 80, he was back on the lake Thursday afternoon. Bob Slocum first sailed Lake Minnetonka as a young boy back in the 1940s. On what he says was a “whim,” Slocum’s mother enrolled him and his brother in sailing lessons one summer—sparking a passion that would last a lifetime and eventually span multiple generations.
“I didn’t know one end of a sailboat from the other,” Slocum said. “My mother hired someone named Doug West, from Excelsior. He came out with this big 60-foot boat, and my brother got on with a smile. I was scared to death.”
Another instructor during Slocum’s early sailing days was Ward Burton, a Lake Minnetonka sailing legend and one of the sport’s elite competitors during the middle part of the 20th century.
Now 80, Slocum doesn’t get out on the water much anymore, but on Thursday he was back at the Wayzata Yacht Club boarding a sailboat—this time with his son and grandson.
The Wayzata Yacht Club is familiar turf for Slocomb, who is a past commodore, serving two stints—1983 and 1988-1989. He remains an official member.
“I don’t get back very often anymore, so this is good for me,” Slocomb said. “I was interested to see how it’s coming along, and it looks like it’s doing just fine.”
Slocomb is also a long-time member of the Minnetonka Yacht Club and said he has many fond memories and friends from each.
“There was a boat I had called the J22, and it raced out of both and was featured in both clubs,” he said.
Thursday’s sail was made possible by LifeSprk, a geriatric care provider headquartered in Edina, who were connected to the couple by the family’s physician.
Bob's wife, Meg, has battled a variety of health issues in recent years, requiring several hospital stays. In a common scenario, Bob became her primary care provider at home.
While Bob wanted to help his wife, he wasn’t in a position to care for her intense medical needs, nor was he able to fulfill roles of housekeeper and cook. Consumed by just “getting by” every day, any thoughts of enjoying life and igniting their passions disappeared.
A life care manager and registered nurse helped Bob and Meg to identify what their needs were, develop a list of priorities and craft a care plan.
The first priority was treating Meg’s acute needs—a routine task for an RN. The second priority was getting help to prepare meals and take care of the needs of the house, so an experienced caregiver was brought on board.
Once the two primary priorities were being managed by Lifesprk staff, sparks began to fly—in a good way. Meg’s hospitalizations went from three hospitalizations in six months to zero, saving money and preserving quality of life.
Bob’s stress as the primary caregiver and homemaker dissipated, a preventative measure that directly translated into an improved quality of life.
Meg, too, was finally off the healthcare roller coaster and once again enjoying life.
That’s when Bob began opening up and sharing stories about their life and things the couple once enjoyed. With the daily stress lifted, he was able to share his passion that had been stifled while he was taxed with the role of caregiver.
His unbridled passion: sailing.
Bob spoke about loving the wind in his face, the speed of the boat and the feeling of peace. As he talked about sailing, his face lit up with excitement.
“I’m not able to do it anymore because it’s too hard for me to get in and out of the boat, but I sure did love it,” he said.
Bob’s life care manager, Denise, knew exactly what she needed to do: figure out a way to get Bob on a sailboat again.
After a multi-pronged effort to organize a sail, Bob, his son, Peter, and grandson, Cavan, set sail Thursday with Steve Bren in a sonar sailing boat courtesy of the Wayzata Yacht Club.
Bob once again felt the wind in his face, the speed of the boat and experienced the tranquility that comes from being on the water.
“This is why I live, this is why we started the company,” Lifesprk CEO Joel Theisen said. “We’re here to spark live, not just provide healthcare. We work to bring back not only health, but spirit.”
As he disembarked after a sail from Wayzata to Excelsior, Bob said he felt invigorated and rejuvinated.
“I feel 20 years younger,” he said.
By Jay Corn
This article from the Lake Minnetonka Patch
The 2012 MYC Racing & Social schedule has been posted.
Yngling Sailing & Racing Opportunity
The Yngling fleet is looking for volunteers that would like to sail and race. To learn more, check out the flyer
The official ice-out as determined by the Freshwater Society, was Wednesday, March 21 @ 9:12 a.m.
A look back in time: 1937 - 1946
http://www.familyarchives.info/Archived_Resources/HC&GBCFisherAR/FisherSailingPubs.pdf Randy Morse scanned in a bunch of articles and newspaper clippings from 1937 - 1946 and he has graciously shared them with us. The first link is a collection of newspaper clippings of E boat race results from his Grandfather Fisher's sailing days (1937-1946) on Lake Minnetonka. The second is a collection of his sailing photos from that period.
Three Seminars at WYC
WYC is hosting 3 different seminars:
Intuitive Racing Rules on March 29 - http://www.wyc.org/Seminars/WinterSeminars.aspx
US Sailing Race Management Training Seminar and RO Certification Test on April 7 - http://bit.ly/zpt6ba
Club Judges Workshop on April 14 - http://www.wyc.org/Seminars/USSailingOneDayClubJudgesWorkshop.aspx
Advertise in the 2012 MYC Program and Website
Are you looking for a new advertising opportunity? Then advertise with MYC! We are currently taking ads for the colorful 2012 annual program and for this wonderful website.
Congratulations to Harrison Burton on Qualifying for single-handed Nationals!
University of Minnesota Sophomore and MYC member, Harrison Burton Qualified for Single-handed Nationals this past weekend at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, on Lake Michigan. Sailing a solid regatta, Burton finished third securing the final birth for the MCSA. Harrison will join 17 other sailors at the Nationals hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station November 4-6. Harrison joins a long list of Gophers who have qualified for single-handed nationals in the past 12 years:
Tim Krech - 2000, 2001, 2002
Ben Burgum - 2003, 2004
Mark Dunsworth - 2005, 2006
Matt Thompson - 2009, 2010
Allison Prange - 2010
Natalie Sinn - 2010
Harrison Burton - 2011
Jewett, Hughes and Kotovic win E Nationals!
Congratulations to Chris Jewett, Pat Hughes and Rick Kotovic on winning the E Nationals!! MYC had six boats attend the regatta held at Torch Lake in September, taking 1, 6, 7, 10, 16 and 19th place out of 79. Minnetonka Yacht Club also won the team trophy there! Way to go!
YNGLING NORTH AMERICANS 2011
Twenty-two Ynglings hit the line at Okoboji Yacht Club August 11th -14th. Of the
seven Ynglings representing the Minnetonka Yacht Club, we were most proud of the group of juniors from the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School. They left the junior competition from the other clubs in their wake. Maddy Kennedy, Ian Solum, and Adam Siegel mastered twenty MPH winds and pushed two of the Yngling World Champions that were racing.
Not to be outdone, Pete Ankeny won the senior division and won one of the eight races against two of the worlds best Yngling sailors. Kingston Fletcher pushed Pete right to the end, and might have gotten him, but was OCS on the last race. The King knows how to sail in high winds.
Fritz Zimmerman with Roger Smith, one of our new sailors, finished in the top ten with Tom Hessian and Bolt Moore pushing Fritz. David Sime and I also were happy because, believe it or not, there were a few boats behind us.
John Ingalls, with his two sons, won the North Americans. Bruce Chaffe finished second. Both have won World Championships in Europe. In 2010 they sailed together to win it all, much to the disappointment of the rest of the world.
The Carol and Jim Leslie traveling trophy has been returned to the Minnetonka Yacht Club with the team of Tom Hessian, Pete Wahtera, Kingston Fletcher,LMSS and somebody by the name of Bruce C having the best set of scores.
One sour note. A big storm with very high winds came through on Friday night pulling seven boats off the moorings. Bolt had the most damage. A few of us suffered damage to our keels and rudders.
Okoboji Yacht Club did a great job as hosts. It is our turn next year and we will be looking for your help to run the North Americans in 2012 at MYC. We want to put 30 plus Ynglings on the line.
Martinson takes 2nd at Laser Worlds!
Congratulations to Bruce Martinson for taking second place in Radial Grand Masters at the 2011 Laser Worlds held in San Fransico! Overall results can be viewed at http://sailingresults.net/site/event/17/overall_6_1.html
Bitney takes 2nd at Opti Inlands!
The Opti Inlands were held Monday (no sailing!) and Tuesday at White Bear Yacht Club. Congratulations to Jack Bitney who was second overall and Johnny Harfiel 7th. Annika Ekholm 21st, Nathan Olmsted 28th, Riley Brackin 29th, Morgan Brackin 36th and Lily Loosbrock 39th. Congratulations to all!!
Ferguson and Chute win 2011 X Junior Inlands!
CONGRATULATIONS to M-67 Johnny Ferguson and Edmund Chute for winning the 2011 ILYA X Junior Inland Championship!! By winning the X Junior Inland, Johnny becomes the 3rd generation in his family to win an X Inland Championship.
Also, a huge congratulations to:
3rd Place: M-101 Jack Bitney and Molly Voltz
7th Place: M-42 Max Bernstein and Joe Anderson
23rd Place: M-20 Corbin Burdick and Sam Sigel
28th Place: M-00 Annika Ekholm and Rosie Hust
And congratulations to White Bear Lake’s Will Crary & Suzie Voltz for winning the ILYA X Senior Inland Championship.
Also, congratulations to Minnetonka’s own M-99 Anders Ekholm and Morgan Brackin for finishing 5th in the senior fleet, and locking up another invitation to the X Blue Chip.
For complete results and some cool photos go to www.ilya.org .
Get your Inland 2011 Gear
With the MYC hosting the 2001 ILYA Championship this summer, be sure to order your gear early to make sure you get your hands on these nice items that represent this unique event. Order online today!
Inland Regatta Volunteer Opportunities
The I.L.Y.A. regatta committee is seeking volunteers for the upcoming sailing competition, August 11-21. Opportunities to participate can be found by clicking the membership button above and then going to the volunteer lists on the drop-down menu. Or by clicking on /Volunteers.aspx. Thanks so much for your help.
Congratulations to Ben Garber and Johnathan Ricks for taking third place at the 420 Nationals!
420 Nationals Results
Place Skipper / Crew
3 Ben Garber / Johnathan Ricks
34 Robbie Allen / Johnny Ferguson
38 Addy Ferguson / Haley Jewett
39 Jack Bitney/ Harry Tomsche
42 Anders Ekholm / Caitlin McGoldrick
43 Isabella loosbrock / Laurel Brown
44 Eddie Cox / Madde Loosbrock
46 Adam Siegel / Hannah Noll
Good showing for our new fleet at the club! Congratulations to all!!
Congratulations to Isabelle Loosbrook with sister Maddie as crew who came in ninth place and Addie Ferguson with Haley Jewett as crew who came in eleventh place in the 420, Ida Lewis regatta. Results
2011 Membership Forms
The 2011 annual dues for membership and boat registration are available. Please contact club manager for boat storage information and forms.
New Mobile Area
There is a new mobile menu option on the MYC website to access information, such as weather, on mobile devices that don't support flash. This can also be accessed directly via www.minnetonkayachtclub.org/mobile.
Check out LMCD's website for information such as a Summary of State of MN AIS Laws; A list of MN Infested Waters; A list of WI & IA zebra mussel infested waters and; USGS map of zebra mussel sightings within the US.
Taking your boat out and Zebra Mussels
Several of our members attended the September 15th DNR zebra mussel awareness training class. Representatives from many of the commercial lake service providers and area yacht clubs were present. DNR representative, Jay Rendall, gave an informative and detailed account of the rapidly growing invasion of zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka. He also outlined the various methods we need to begin using to help ensure that we do not spread this mussel to other lakes. Detailed information can be found on the LMCD and DNR websites.
The following are the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Laws that we should all be aware of. Failure to comply can result in monetary or license suspension penalties.
• It is illegal to transport any aquatic plants or prohibited AIS on public roads utilizing boats, trailers, barges, harvesters and other equipment (including boat lifts, docks, swim rafts and weed rollers).
• It is illegal to transport water from all designated infested waters, including Lake Minnetonka, without a permit from the MN DNR.
• Effective July 1, 2010, all holding water must be drained from motors, boat bilges, livewells and other boating equipment.
• It is illegal to launch boats, trailers, barges, harvesters and other equipment with zebra mussels or aquatic plants attached.
Please make sure, when removing your boats from the water this fall, that you inspect the bottoms for zebra mussels and that you open all bailers and remove any plugs for proper water drainage. Any boat trailed on a public road in the state of Minnesota must have bailers open and drain plugs and drainage valves open or removed. Be particularly careful with boats that have been moored in the water. Boats at anchor are more susceptible to zebra mussel attachment.
We can not stop the infestation of Lake Minnetonka, but we can be proactive in stopping the spread to other lakes. If you have questions regarding the above, please check the websites listed below or call one of the DNR contacts.
Further information can be found at the following websites:
Brittany Hummel, DNR - Natural Resources Specialist - 651-259-5828 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Rendall, DNR - Invasive Species Prevent Coordinator - 651-259-5131 - email@example.com
Jackie Glaser, DNR - Conservation Officer - 952-442-6423 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Nybeck, LMCD - Executive Director - 952-745-0789 - email@example.com
College Singlehanded Nationals
Erik Bowers, a Junior at the College of Charleston finished 6th overall in the men’s Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Laser Performance Singlehanded National Championship held November 5-7 on Tampa Bay with 4 top-five finishes. 18 Laser sailors competed in unseasonably chilly and breezy conditions with northerly winds averaging between the mid to upper-teens for the entire 18–race regatta. Erik struggled the first 2 days but finally kicked it into gear on the last day with finishes of 3, 1, 2 to win the day. The event was hosted by the University of South Florida/ St Pete Yacht Club. Congratulations Erik! For full results go to http://www.collegesailing.org/regattaLatest.asp?RegattaID=542
College Singlehanded Nationals
Erik Bowers, our 2010 E Fleet Champion and College of Charleston junior sailor qualified for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Laser Performance Singlehanded National Championship with a second-place finish at the SAISA Men's Singlehanded Championship Regatta held October 23-24 on the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina. Bowers claimed one of three regional berths with 11 top-5 finishes in 16 Laser races for a total of 77 points, just 8 points behind David Hernandez of Miami (Fla.) with 69 first-place points. Zachary Marks of South Florida earned the third bid to Nationals with 78 third-place points. The ICSA National Championship will be hosted by the University of South Florida on November 5-7 in Tampa, Florida. Good luck Erik!
MYC Lasers have Outstanding Performances Locally and Worldwide
Our very own Bruce Martinson has just finished 3rd in the Laser Masters World Championship. This took place at Hayling Island, Great Britain from Sept 11-19th. AUS finished 1st, with USA in 2, 3, 4. CONGRATULATIONS TO BRUCE!!!
Robbie Allen won the Minnetonka High School Laser Full Rig Championships regatta which was raced at WYC September 18th!! In the Radial Rig Bella Loosbrook was 2nd, Ben Garber 3rd, and Addy Ferguson 5th. CONGRATULATIONS to all!!! Our high school sailors are off to Traverse City, Michigan. See all our sailors who attended.
The ILYA's 15th Annual Youth (26 years old or under) Championship was held on Lake Calhoun this past weekend. There were 28 competitors in the Club 420 fleet (trapeze and spinnaker). This was the largest Club 420 fleet that has ever sailed in the ILYA Championships. The Race Committee was headed by the amazing Tom Hodgson with Peter Wattson lending his expertise. Seven trapezoid courses were completed in fairly consistent 8-11 mph breeze over the two days. The field was littered with past ILYA Opti and X boat champions. Since 7 races were completed, each boat was eligible to discard their worst finish. MYC placed 4 teams in the top 10. Harrison Burton, and crew Sarah Ellis, had a spectacular Day Two (now that is how to close out a series!) to finish 2nd overall. Addy Ferguson and crew Madde Loosbrock had an incredibly consistent series, not having to keep a finish worse than 6th, for a close 3rd place finish overall. Calhoun YC put on a top-notch regatta!!
Place Skipper Sail # Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Connor Corgard 333 19.0 2 1 1 1 4 13 10
2 Harrison Burton 6142 24.0 5 15 7 9 1 1 1
3 Addy Ferguson 6767 26.0 6 11 5 6 3 3 3
4 Eddie Cox 10 32.0 4 5 9 2 10 12 2
5 Wheeler Morris 5971 33.0 1 3 3 5 7 14 14
6 Robbi Allen 6143 36.0 7 2 11 3 2 11 21
7 Connor Trepton 61 37.0 9 10 6 4 5 5 8
8 Gavin Potts W3 46.0 10 7 4 10 6 17 9
9 Adam Siegel 6144 51.0 11 12 8 11 9 6 6
10 Nick Clemence 51 53.0 15 4 2 16 12 8 12
11 Willy Crary 7 60.0 16 14 10 8 8 15 5
12 Matteo Alampi 6 61.0 12 8 15 15 19 4 7
13 Alex Davis 1347 64.0 13 6 16 14 13 7 11
14 Parker Trepton 19 70.0 14 17 13 7 15 19 4
15 Kate Klement 3 76.0 3 21 26 dsq 11 2 13
16 Bill Weiland 40 88.0 19 13 14 17 17 9 18
17 Trevor Trepton 10 92.0 18 9 24 18 16 16 15
18 Mimi El-Khazindar 9 99.0 8 23 12 22 24 10 25
19 Isabella Loosbrock 88 101.0 17 16 25 19 14 18 17
20 Dan Grosskopf 31 115.0 22 19 19 13 20 23 22
21 Sam Maxwell 21 116.0 21 28 17 12 21 26 19
22 Alex Driessen 5670 126.0 24 22 22 26 22 20 16
23 Olivia Wright W1 128.0 20 18 20 24 23 25 23
24 Sam Rock 34 130.0 23 24 21 23 18 21 27
25 Patty Weicht 4 135.0 26 27 18 20 27 24 20
26 Nathan Lockhart 5 142.0 25 25 27 21 25 22 24
27 Emilia Shankwitz 8 149.0 27 20 23 25 26 28 28
28 Jackson Dunitz W4 162.0 dns 26 28 27 28 27 26
Congratulations to Minnetonka sailors qualifying for the Opti RWB Chip!
Those qualifying for the 2010 Opti RWB Chip are to be congratulated for a strong performance throughout the season. Qualifiers and their respective events include:
Jack Bitney, TCYS/Calhoun Regatta
Johnny Ferguson, TCYS/Deephaven Regatta
Johnny Hartfiel, GLSS
Mimi El-Khazindar, TCYS/Deephaven Regatta
Max Bernstein, TCYS/Calhoun Regatta
Annika Ekholm, TCYS Overall
Valerie McGoldrick, MYC Representative
This was the 10th annual event, hosted by the LaBelle Yacht Club, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Top ten Minnetonka performers at the two day, windy (finally!) regatta were Mimi El-Khazindar 3rd, Jack Bitney 7th, Johnny Harfiel 8th and Max Bernstein 9th. The event was won by Trevor Trepton from LaBelle. Congratulations to all!!
Twin Cities Youth Sailing (TCYS) successful season for LMSS/MYC
MYC/LMSS Opti Sailor Jack Bitney takes First in the TCYS Season Overall, with 47 points for 28 races. Quite a performance! Johnny Hartfiel placed second, Max Bernstein third, Annika Ekholm fourth and Kate Cox I(White Bear Lake) was a strong finishing fifth.
The six regattas included light air at St. Croix and Wayzata, very heavy air, 18+ at Deephaven and some reasonable breeze at the other venues of White Bear Lake, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. 28 of 30 scheduled races were sailed by the RWB Fleet, for a very successful season.
Green Fleet race days were scored as individual events – and did not include an overall season winner. Individual race regattas found Minnetonka sailors Riley Brackin and Ellie Leonard in 2nd and 3rd at White Bear Lake; and Cade O’Neill (1st), Riley Brackin (4th), Nathan Olmsted (5th) and Marta Torelli (9th) at the Deephaven Centennial. In the top ten at Lake Harriet were Nathan Olmsted (2nd), Cade O’Neill (3rd), Riley Brackin (4th) and Ellie Leonard (5th). Lake Calhoun regatta champions were Nathan Olmsted (3rd) and Riley Brackin (7th). As of this writing, author in search of Green Fleet results at the Wayzata/Mike Plant Memorial Regatta.
MYC X Fleet 2010
It has been quite a year for the Minnetonka X fleet. The group traveled often, attending 7 regattas and piling up the miles on the family tow vehicle. The fleet, although not big in numbers compared to some of our SE Wisconsin clubs, captured the top positions all year. In Addy Ferguson's final year in the X, sailing with crew Jack Bitney, they won 4 of 6 regattas entered! The regattas they did not win they earned 2nd and 4th place finishes. Keep in mind, the prestigious regattas drew 50+ competitors. An incredible performance in her final tour with the X boat! Highlights for other top MYC X boaters included Griffin Robillard's 4th at Oshkosh and 8th at the ILYA Championships. Anders Ekholm's top finishes were 8th at Geneva, 8th at the Blue Chip, 11th at Oshkosh and 15th at the ILYA Championships. Johnny Ferguson's top performances were a 2nd at the ILYA Jr Fleet Championships, 8th at Oshkosh, 6th at Pewaukee White Cap and 2nd at the Interlakes. First year sailors Max Bernstein (21st at Geneva!), Annika Ekholm (18th at ILYA!) and Corbin Burdick (17th at ILYA!) made the commitment to improve and traveled to many regattas. Their sailing skills improved significantly throughout the season as witnessed by their collective performance at the ILYA Jr. Fleet Championships. Congratulations to the entire Minnetonka X fleet. This fine group of youth sailors represented themselves, and the Minnetonka Yacht Club, with class and distinction throughout the regatta circuit. We can all be very proud of their efforts. A big thank you to the coaching staff (Gordy Bowers, Mike Hanson, Robbie Allen, Erik Bowers and Lisa Crear) at LMSS that taught, encouraged and motivated the X team all season. 2010 regatta records for all MYC X boats follows:
LH Spring (9) : 1st-M67, 4th-M22, 5th-M99, 8th-M00, 9th-M20
Pewaukee White Cap (22) : 1st-M67, 6th-M68, 8th-M99, 17th-M20, 18th-M00
MYC X Invite (17): 3rd-M99, 4th-M68, 7th-M42, 8th-M67 (Ian Solum), 9th-M20, 15th-M00
Geneva Lake SS (54) : 4th-M67, 8th-M99, 13-M22, 18-M68, 21st-M42, 43-M00, 45-M20
Oshkosh Xtreme (48) : 1st-M67, 4th-M22, 8th-M68, 11th-M99
Sr Fleet (62) : 1st-M67, 8th-M22, 15th-M99
Jr Fleet (56) : 2nd-M68, 17th-M20, 18th-M00, 27th-M42
Interlakes (14) : 2nd- M68
Blue Chip (30) : 2nd-M67, 8th-M99, 10th-M22, 15th-M68
M-20: Corbin Burdick/Joe Anderson
M-22: Griffin Robillard/Valerie McGoldrick + Johnny Hartfiel
M-42: Max Bernstein/Sam Sigel
M-67: Addy Ferguson/Jack Bitney
M-68: Johnny Ferguson/Sam Maxwell + Mimi El Khazindar
M-99: Anders Ekholm/Caitlin McGoldrick
M-00: Annika Ekholm/Woody Hust
Yngling North American's 2010 - Alpena Yacht Club, Alpena, MI
Four ynglings traveled over the Mackinac Bridge to the weedless, 70 deg temps of paradise known as Lake Huron to sail the 2010 Yngling NA's held August 6-9 at the Alpena Yacht Club. Winning the regatta was Noelle Ingalls with her father and 2010 Yngling World Champion John Ingalls crewing for her. Christine Kronich with crew Zach and Michael Werley placed 8th out of 21boats with 41 points, including a win in Race 2 of 7.Pete Wahtera, with Bill Tomlinson on the helm, pulled Dave Jackson out of retirement for 10th place with 64 points. Fritz Zimmerman with fellow yngling owner Mark Werley picked up a third crew with Collin, a young Alpena Sailor and placed 11th with 66 points. Tom Hessian with his crew John Snyder and secret weapon Gibby Rachleff placed a lucky 13th with 70 points. Conditions were great including an exciting afternoon on Saturday when an offshore wind kicked up to over 20kts and brought with four foot waves and a lot of surf near the shore. Too bad the only waves on Minnetonka are power boat wakes. Also traveling to Alpena was David and Carol Gross who served as PRO and race committee. The 2011 Yngling NA's will be held on Lake Okoboji and on Minnetonka in 2012. Photos of the event taken by Gretchen Dorian can be found at http://gretchdorian.smugmug.com
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ILYA Opti Champs
Fourteen Lake Minnetonka, one White Bear and two Lake Calhoun sailors attended the 2010 ILYA Championships at Lake Okauchee on August 1-3, 2010.
Good winds on Monday allowed four solid races, with Minnesota RWB sailors finishing strong in every race. Minnetonka’s Mimi El-Khazindar and Jack Bitney proved the most consistent with finishes of Mimi 3, 4, 5, 10 and Jack 8, 3, 3, 12 for overall 2nd and 3rd place for the event. Both sailing in the Blue Fleet, they were also 2nd and 3rd in Blue, with fellow Minnetonka sailor Johnny Ferguson finishing 4th in Blue and 8th overall. Mimi also claimed the Top Female Skipper award, taking home the Allen Trophy. Johnny came away a race winner, with a solid victory in Race 3.
White Bear’s Kate Cox was the #2 Female Skipper, finishing 16th overall.
Minnetonka’s Luis Narvaez took home the Red Fleet 5th place trophy, finishing 34th overall.
In the Green Fleet, Minnetonka competitors Nate Olmsted and Riley Brackin placed 2nd and 6th respectively, sailing under some weed prone conditions in the morning, then sailing the longest beat of their lives, to get to the alternate course in the afternoon. Both sailed well and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future!
Other worthy Minnesota finishers included John Hartfiel, Max Bernstein, Corbin Burdick, Annika Ekholm, Luis Narvaez, Aidan Boylan, Sam Sigel, Lilly Loosbrock, Morgan Brackin, Sydney Maxwell and Bennett Holmgren.
The RWB Regatta Champion was Trevor Trepton, Oconomowoc.
The Green Fleet Regatta Champion was Will Davies, Lake Beulah.
No wind on Tuesday made for playing Texas Hold ‘Em, Spoons and other assorted land games. .. .. .
See http://www.ilya.org/ for complete results and photos.
MYC Top Youth Finishes at GLSS and Oshkos
GLSS- Finishers in top 10
X- 54 boats:
4th - M-67 Addy Ferguson/Jack Bitney
8th- Anders Ekholm/Caitlin McGoldrick
1st- Johnny Ferguson; 2nd - Mimi El Khazinder; 4th- John Hartfiel; 10th- Max Bernstein
Opti Green Fleet-24 boats
5th- Riley Brackin
420- 11 boats:
1st- AddyFerguson/Hayley Jewett
Laser- 7 boats
4th- Isabella Loosbrock
6th- Tommy Garber
Oshkosh Xtreme -51 X boats:
1st- M-67 Addy Ferguson/Jack Bitney
4th- Griffin Robillard/Max Bernstein8th- Johnny Ferguson/Sam Maxwell
MYC sailors participate in the Newport Bermuda offshore sailing race
This year 3 local sailors competed in the Newport Bermuda race, a classic offshore ocean race that started on June 18th in Newport Rhode Island and finished in Bermuda.
Sam Rogers competed on the 66 foot Bella Mente, Skip Dickel competed on the 43 foot Akela III, and Charlie Hurd competed on the 44 foot Resolute.
The Newport Bermuda Race is a 635-mile ocean race, most of it out of sight of land, usually lasting three to six days. It crosses a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for challenging weather, especially in the Gulf Stream, where there are strong currents.
The race this year was quite tame with average winds in the 10 knot range. In the Gulf Stream the breeze did pick up to 25 knots with seas as high as 10 feet from time to time.
Belle Mente finished 2nd in Class 10 of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division
Akela III finished 5th in Class 2 of St. David’s Lighthouse Division
Resolute finished 4th in Class 5 of St. David’s Lighthouse Division.
More information, photos and complete results at http://www.bermudarace.com
Shrimp Fund Raiser Update
The Lake Minnetonka Sailing School would like to thank all of you who participated in the LMSS/MYC Shrimp Party on June 19th. If you made it to the Island that night you know it was a special evening. The clouds cleared, the wind died, the steel drums were making everyone move, the Shrimp dinner was delicious and the bar was flowing. 280 people from the community, the Sailing School and the Yacht Club attended the event, and it was a fabulous party and a huge success!
Thank you to all of you! We appreciate your support; in the gift of time, commitment and money. We raised $35,000. and could not have done it without you.
Happy the 4th of July!
Sailing Together into the Future,
Shrimp Party Auction Committee
Cappy Cappy will be inducted into the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Hall of Fame at the awards banquet following the ICSA National Championships in Madison, Wisc., May 25 - June 3. Cappy will receive the 2009-2010 ICSA Graham Hall Award for Outstanding Service as a Sailing Professional.
X Boats at the Whitecap Regatta at Pewaukee YC
Just a quick update from Pewaukee... The northern contingent of X's was 10 strong. It was a tremendous turnout and a wonderful trial run for the Inland Championships on Pewaukee in July. MYC boats attending included: M-00 (Annika/Woody), M-20 (Corbin/Joe), M-67 (Addy/Jack), M-68 (Johnny/Nash), and M-99 (Anders/Caitlin). We also had two Gull Lake boats GL-6 (Alex/Hunter) and GL-17 (Nick/Seymour) and 3 from White Bear. Over the two days we were able to complete 5 solid races and were leaving PYC's sunny, music infested parking lot by 2 PM on Sunday.
Saturday AM the breeze was too light to race, but by 2:30 a 7-10 mph breeze built from the ESE and two excellent races were sailed. The first was a W2 and the second a 5 leg W2+. On Sunday the racing started at 9:30 AM under bright sunny skies, warm temperatures and a 15-18 mph Easterly breeze. Two lengthy W2's were sailed, followed by a W2+. The group as a whole fared very well. Some had moments of brilliance and others demonstrated consistency throughout. Corbin/Joe had a 6th in Race 1. Annika/Woody had a race to remember w/ a 6th in Race 4 in the stiff breeze. Anders/Caitlin, sailing 'Shiny Object', made a nice comeback in Race Two to get a solid 2nd. Johnny and Nash riding 'Frogger' held off the hard-charging Alex, Eddie, and Kate Klement (B-111) to get a well desrved 2nd in Race 5. Addy/Jack sailed consistently, wining 3 races, and never finishing worse than 2nd. For the official results with race finishes go to: http://www.pyc.org/content/view/33/28/
Saturday after the racing was done for the day an impromptu party was hosted by Tom/Susie Sweitzer of Pewaukee (the Ferguson/Bitney hosts) for the entire northern group (30+). When they asked how soon everyone could be at their house my answer of "ten minutes" was greeted by Tom with "GREAT, I guess we have a party!". The gang enjoyed appetizers, fantastic pizza from Doc's Dry Dock and beverages. Anders played piano, 60's electronic bowling was dusted off and drew a crowd and pinball entertained. Sweitzer's could not have been more gracious hosts. I feel comfortable in speaking on behalf of everyone, we can't wait to get back to Pewaukee in July!
Gary Jobson at WBYC on June 3rd
Legendary sailor and America’s Cup winner Gary Jobson will be speaking at the White Bear Yacht Club on June 3, 2010. The event is free to sailors registered for the 2010 Leukemia Cup Regatta, otherwise it is $10 per person. It should be a great evening!
2010 Schedule Posted
The 2010 MYC Schedule has been posted online. Check out the Schedule page.
Upper Tune Upper
The Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club is hosting the 2010 Upper Tune Upper on May 15-16 for both the C fleet and MC fleet. Make sure to mark this on your calendar and plan on attending to support this great start to the season.
MYC Lasers do well at the Midwinters Regatta
The Clearwater Yacht Club hosted the Laser Midwinters East Regatta on February 18-21, 2010 at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, Clearwater, Florida. Our very own Erik Bowers came in 3rd
and Robbie Allen came in 22nd in the Silver Fleet Full Rig out of 90 boats. Congratulations.
Team Racing, Blake Middleton, January 21, 6:30 (social) 7:00 – 9:00 (Presentation) $20.00 includes pizza dinner
Winds of Lake Minnetonka, Gordy Bowers, Thursday, February 25, 6:30 (social) 7:00 – 9:00 (Presentation) $20.00 includes pizza dinner
Race Trim, North U, Saturday February 13 time tba (North U will contact you directly)
Rules, Steve Truax, Thursday March 25, 6:30 (social) 7:00 – 9:00 (Presentation) $20.00 includes pizza dinner
Contact Beth Frampton at WYC to register
Robbie Allen Wins The Great Oaks
Minnetonka High School sailor and MYC member, helmsman Robbie Allen and his crew Laurel Brown sailed very consistently to take the Great Oaks by six places. There were twenty seven 420 high school teams from all across the United States. The regatta was hosted by the Southern Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain just north of New Orleans November 14 and 15.
After a morning in the French Quarter, we arrived at Southern Yacht Club at 2:00pm to get out on the water for a practice sail. The next two days forecast was for light wind so Robbie and Laurel wanted to practice tacks, jibes and get a feel for the waves upwind and down. We had worked out a better jibing technique over the last two weeks. That night we had a great Jambalaya dinner with Zak Fanberg, my wife Diane's son, Sarah and their two year old son Connor at their home in the Mid-City district.
Saturday morning the fleet was split into Green and Red divisions to get in a rotation before dividing into championship gold and consolation silver fleets. The light wind forecast was even lighter. Only three races were sailed. Robbie and Laurel had finishes of 3-7-3 which qualified them for gold fleet racing. We discussed specific areas for improvement that evening as the wind was predicted to be light the next day.
Sunday the wind was a light northeaster at 2-6 mph due to a high pressure system. All rotations and coaching were from a floating platform located just off the port end of the starting line. Robbie and Laurel had a 3-5-3 which was very much in line with our goal of averaging around third or fourth. The next two races were finishes of 2-1. In race six Robbie hit the pin mark and had to do a 360 degree turn penalty. Consequently, they rounded the weather mark in last. They rallied to finish 10. They were fast gaining ten seconds on first place. Consistency in the last three races, 5-2-5 allowed them to finish with 36 points and a six point lead over Connor Trepton representing Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin with 42 points. Third was Gram Slattery from St. John Prep-50 points. Fourth was Alec Agnese from Ft. Lauderdale High-51 points.
Robbie and Laurel had excellent starts with clear air, good speed and conservative course strategy which put them no lower than sixth at the weather mark. Downwind they made good decisions on fleet position and course position. Jibing technique, reaching and running speed were excellent resulting in consistent gains by the leeward mark.
All the competitors sailed well. The race committee did a great job getting nine gold and nine silver windward/leeward races completed on Sunday. Southern Yacht Club and the SEISA District are to be congratulated on running an excellent championship.
Sam Rogers Wins US Sailor of the Week
It was reported by the National Class E Scow Association that there were two winners of the 2009 Blue Chip Regatta, hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club (Wis.) on Sept. 25-27. Technically there was only one winner, Vincent Porter, and deservedly so. Vincent and his crew sailed extremely well to win the regatta. However, there was another admirable team worthy of recognition from this event.
Sam Rogers and his team of Chrisy Hughes, and Tony and Lynn Jewett were in first place by a point over Vincent’s team going into the final race. “Our team has sailed well all year, but we really found our mode at this year’s Blue Chip Regatta,” said Sam. “We were sailing well enough to compete for the title going into the last race.”
After the fifth and final race on Saturday, the principal race officer brought it to Sam’s attention that a competitor noticed his team used two different spinnakers throughout the regatta. Sam was under the impression the rule applied to each race of the event, not the whole series. After learning what the actual rule was, Sam asked the race committee to withdraw his team from races 2 and 3. It turns out Sam used a newer white spinnaker in the first race and then an older black spinnaker in races 2 and 3. Then he used his white spinnaker for race 4. The black spinnaker is a little older and is of a different material than the white one, but both spinnakers were the same size and shape. His preference was to use the black spinnaker when there was more wind and the white newer spinnaker in the lighter winds.
Realizing he broke a class rule, Sam and his team withdrew from races 2 and 3, when he used the black spinnaker. The competitors were hoping there was another option for Sam. They wanted a solution that did not penalize Sam and his team to such an extent. However, it was Sam's choice to stand by his decision to withdraw from the races. “We broke a class rule and there was no disputing that,” Sam explained. “Withdrawing from the races was the proper course of action.”
Sam’s team came up short of winning this year’s Blue Chip Regatta. However, the display of sportsmanship they showed won over the respect of all their competitors.
Sam started sailing with his father at the age of 9. He raced X boats on Lake Minnetonka (Minn.) whenever the opportunity presented itself. Sam raced for four years on the varsity sailing team at Hobart College. Sam sails professionally now, after spending three years working at Melges Performance Sailboats and North Sails Zenda.
Sam’s schedule is full of Melges 32 sailing this winter with the Samba Pa Ti program. He is also part of a Melges 24 team that will compete at the Melges 24 World Championship in Annapolis, Md. on Oct. 23-31.
“Our E Scow team is already looking forward to next summer,” added Sam. “And we’ll be using only one spinnaker.”
The Richardson Trophy Match Racing Championship is this week (Thursday, October 8th through Sunday, October 11th) on Lake Minnetonka, launching from Wayzata Yacht Club. There are many ways to get involved and Match Racing is the most spectator friendly form of sailing available.
For more information look at: www.yrugl.org and www.richardson-trophy.com
- Thursday night Rules Seminar presented by David Pelling (America's Cup Umpire) and his team of Umpires and Judges. 6:30 pm at the club. $30 For details, check out the website www.yrugl.org/seminar.html
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday come out and spectate. Bring your boat and raft up or come to WYC and join our water taxi. For details, check out the website www.yrugl.org/f/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=55
- If you would like to stay for the debrief (when the Umpires discuss the reasons for their calls and take questions from the Competitors) and other festivities please make a donation.
Order Your Photo Today!
Dallas Johnson has a new website that is filled with amazing MYC pictures. Order your picture, complete with race results, TODAY. If you do not have any more wall space, then check out the new photo album option. The pictures will be available to pick up at the MYC fall banquet. Simply click on the following link and order: http://dallasjohnson.net/Photography/MYC/tabid/569/Default.aspx
Weather Station and Webcam
Both the LHI weather station and webcam are down temporarily due to LMSS construction work being done at LHI. We will work to get the system back online as soon as possible.
Burton wins the E Nationals and Blake received kudo's for an excellent job
MYC was well represented at the E Nationals. The National E Scow Assn. Report read: Only 5 E’s represented Minnetonka but praise for all those who went. With Tom Burton, Sam Rogers, Jeff Solum and their crews placing 1st, 2nd, and 8th, we should all be proud of our sailors, our Principal Race Officer, and our Race Committee members who supported him.
It also said: The Principal Race Officer, Blake Middleton, received congratulations from every competitor present. To be able to get three quality races in, given the weather conditions for the three days, was a tremendous effort and accomplishment. He is clearly a sailor's Race Officer. His priority was to get as many quality races in as possible - and three were all that was possible! He kept the competitors informed regularly while on shore waiting for the wind or when on the water trying to organize the next start. Excellent job!
Champ of Champs 2009
Dallas Johnson has over 100 photos available on his website for review. They are really fun to look at... You can sense the boats in combat!
Yngling North American's
2009 Yngling North American's - Sakonnet Yacht Club, Rhode Island Pea soup thick fog on Thursday led to the abandonment of the practice race. Threats of hurricane Bill led to completing the seven race regatta in two days instead of three. Conditions were 6-15 knot winds with 2-6 foot ocean swells. In a fleet of 18 ynglings, Christine Kronich with crew Ron Rocca and Zach Werley placed 9th . Bill Tomlinson, Pete Wahtera and David Sime placed 12th. Fritz Zimmerman, Mark and Sarah Christensen placed 14th and Gibby Rachleff, Jeanne Ekholm and Ralph placed 15th. Other highlights included a dead whale that washed up to the north of the harbor and a Saturday night lobster and clam bake.
MYC takes 1st place at ILYA Championship
Tom Burton won 1st place in the E's and Tim and Bre Krech won 1st place in the C's. Congratulations!
Minnetonka Opti Sailors Finish Strong at RedWhiteBlue Chip Regatta
Johnny Ferguson finishes 4th and Declan Armour 5th at the 9th Annual Opti RedWhite Blue Chip regatta.
The 9th Annual Red White and Blue Chip Opti regatta was held on Lac LaBelle Monday and Tuesday, August 17-18. Thirty six (36) Midwest sailors qualified for the event through their sailing achievements at designated qualifying events throughout the summer. The event is intended to match the best Opti sailors from the area against each other and celebrate a successful season.
Minnetonka won the prize for having qualified the most sailors from one yacht club (6). The qualifiers from MYC were: Valerie McGoldrick, Corbin Burdick, Jack Bitney, Max Bernstein, Declan Armour and Johnny Ferguson.
Four races were completed in light air on Monday and two more races were completed in 12-17 mph breeze on Tuesday. Highlights included: Johnny Ferguson winning race 6 by one boat length over teammate Declan Armour, Jack Bitney placing 8th and 10th in races 5 and 6, and Max Bernstein scoring two top 12 finishes. All the sailors had a great time and felt as if they improved their skills by sailing against excellent competition.
Top MYC Finishers:
J. Ferguson-4th, D. Armour-5th, M. Bernstein-18th, J. Bitney-20th.
Final Regatta Results- Top 5
1- Trevor Trepton-LaBelle YC
2- Parker Trepton- LaBelle YC
3- Augie Dale- Pewaukee YC
4- Johnny Ferguson- Minnetonka YC
5- Declan Armour- Minnetonka YC
For full results go to: http://www.labelleyachtclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=361853&module_id=58530. Or, www.labelleyachtclub.org and navigate to Race Results for Red, White and Blue Chip.
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Minnetonka Sailor, Ben Garber, does well in New England Opti USODA Event:
USODA held its largest regatta of the year in Newport, Rhode Island, in early August. Over 360 Optis competed in 10-18 knots breeze over the three day regatta. ILYA sailors did well! Malcolm Lamphere of Geneva placed 4th overall, Ben Garber of Minnetonka 8th overall and Augie Dale of Pewaukee was 29th overall. For complete results go to: http://sailnewport.org/npt/m/_general/2009optineresults.asp
Minnesota Opti Sailors Challenged by shifty conditions at Lake Beulah
Twelve Minnetonka, 4 White Bear Lake and 2 Lake Calhoun sailors attended the Opti Inlands August 3-5. Beulah provided fickle winds all day on Day One - a morning of hope, then evaporation of wind followed by a shiftiness only the best sailors survived. One hundred and four sailors tackled the wind and on-land fun. Day Two resulted in less wind, and no sailing opportunities. Sand volleyball, egg toss and fun with friends were the order of the day – seeing old friends and making new ones – a great raffle – ended with outstanding support of all the sailors at the Trophy presentations and invitations to the RWB Chip for the top 9.
The Minnesota stars were Johnny Ferguson, with a 4th, 1st and 7th – taking 1st in the Blue Fleet(11 and 12 year olds)and 2nd Overall – just two points behind the winner, Griffin Rolander, Lake Geneva. Johnny’s tenacity, talent and skill paid off, as he both defended from the lead and attacked (in one race) from behind. A young Calhoun sailor, John Hartfiel, was 1st in the White Fleet (10 years and under), and 8th overall! Minnetonka sailor Declan Armour finished 4th in the Red Fleet (13 years and older). Other worthy competitors included Sam Sigel, Max Peterson, Max Bernstein, Corbin Burdick, Jack Bitney, Luis Narvaez, Annika Ekholm, Valerie McGoldrick, David Dotterweich and Sydney Maxwell. See www.ilya.org for complete results.
Minnesota Sailors perform well at X Inland
101 X Boats had three great days of racing on beautiful Gull Lake hosted by the Gull Lake Yacht Club in their brand new state of the art Clubhouse. Minnesota X Boaters performed well, with White Bear Lake’s Eddie Cox/Cole Lee winning three races in the Senior Fleet and missed becoming the Inland Champs by just one point to Beulah’s Kate Klement. Minnetonka sailors Addy Ferguson/Haley Jewett lost a tough three way tie breaker to finish sixth; Alex Driessen/Hunter Johnson, hometown favorites from Gull Lake finished 8th overall. Minnetonka’s Charlie Burton/Max Bernstein finished 13th overall in the 66 boat Senior Fleet and teammates Sam/Hannah/Nash Chute finished well despite missing two races due to injuries on day two. White Bear’s Kristina Brust/Molly Voltz also finished strong.
In the Junior Fleet all Minnesota teams finished in the top 15: Anders Ekholm/Caitlin McGoldrick won the second race and placed 2nd in the fourth race, good enough for a 5th place finish overall. Griffin Robillard/Corbin Burdick, only a few points back, finished ninth in the close top ten race. White Bear’s Willy Crary/Susie Voltz sailed a beautiful last race to finish second, good for an 11th place overall. First time Inland skipper Johnny Fergson with crew Woody Hust had a 4th place finish in race three and finished 13th overall. See http://www.glyc.com/ilya/results.shtml for results, photos and videos.
2009 Melges 17 Inland
Check out the Melges 17 Inland Regatta Information.
What a picturesque view! Aren't our youth fortunate? Ben Garber of Minnetonka was caught sailing during the Opti Nationals and made his way onto the event website. The Optimist Nationals is a three-event regatta: Team Racing Nationals, Girls Nationals and the actual event for the title of National champ. Midwest sailors Ben and Tommy Garber of Minnetonka, Malcolm Lamphere of Geneva and Clay Danly and Connor Swikart will be competing at Cabrillo Beach, California this week. There may be others. Watch the USODA website for more info. (Ben is #15608.)
2009 C Invitational
Here are the current unofficial running results for the 2009 C Invitational hosted by the MYC.
X Boat Xtreme Regatta
Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, WI
A fleet of 50 competitors arrived in Oshkosh early Monday morning to compete for the title of the Xtreme Regatta champion. Four races were completed in 7-12 mph breeze over the two days. Minnetonka X boats did very well. Addy Ferguson/Hayley Jewett were crowned champions of the event with a 1-2-3-12. Griffin Robillard/Max Bernstein came in 8th, Anders/Anika Ekholm sailed to an 11th and Johnny Ferguson/Woody Hust placed 15th. Complete details at www.oshkoshyachtclub.org. Next stop on the tour is the X Inland Championships on Gull Lake July 22-25.
GLSS Opti, X and 420 regatta
Lake Geneva Sailing School (GLSS) Opti Regatta, held July 7, 2009: Great news! LMSS/MYC sailor, Johnny Ferguson sailed to a fourth place finish at the GLSS Opti Regatta – finishing in the top 10 in each of four races, and in first place in the last race! Congratulations Johnny!!
Also sailing from MYC was Tommy Garber, finishing 13th – way to go Tommy! And, Kate Cox, White Bear and MYC, finishing 26th! See www.glss.org for complete results. Great racing – perhaps we’ll see a few more MYC sailors there next year – as this event always gets rave reviews.
MYC X Boat sailors also finish strong at GLSS: Local young sailors (formerly Opti) also performed well, with Addy Ferguson/Hayley Jewett finishing 3rd, Anders Ekholm/Caitlin McGoldrick in 11th place, Griffin Robillard/Ian Solum in 15th and Johnny Ferguson/Woody Hust in 23rd. The regatta was won by Eddie Cox of White Bear Lake. Go Minnesota!
And then there were the 420’s!!! MYC/LMSS 420 teams took 2nd through 6th place in the GLSS 420 Regatta. That early practice really paid off.
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Buoy's Available at CBF
Do you have a 22' or smaller sailboat? Do you want to store it on a buoy in Carson's Bay? If so, contact Carol for more information.
2009 Opti Team Trials
MYC OPTI Sailor Ben Garber was the best sailor from the Midwest placing 12th over all at the Team Trial in Darien, Connecticut. All results are posted at www.USODA.org. Ben has qualified for the IODA North Americans to be held at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, June 28 - July 8th. He is also a second year member of the Opti National Team. Congratulations to Ben on the best Opti performance in MYC history!
Racing Rules Seminar May 7th
The racing rules of sailing (RRS) have changed for 2009. Minnetonka Yacht Club will provide a seminar to review the changes and will be conducted by US Sailing certified Judges on Thursday 7th May 7:00pm-10:00pm at the Deephaven City Hall. There is no charge for this seminar but please make reservations with Carol by May 1st. The Seminar is intended for those who have a working knowledge of the rules and will concentrate on the changes introduced in 2009. A limited number of 2009 Rule Books (RRS 2009-20012) will be available for sale at the seminar at a cost $18.00 each cash only.
Cappy Capper Injured
Cappy Capper had a serious downhill skiing accident a week ago and he was badly hurt. He fractured three vertebra, shattered his elbow, damaged his wrist, has internal injuries, and will need to wear a halo for some time. A website has been setup with Caring Bridge to allow those interested to follow his progress. After you log in (you can create a free account), click on My Story to get the first entry posted by his wife, Martha. There is a guestbook available to pass along your your thoughts.
2009 Schedule Posted
The 2009 sailing schedule has been posted online.
New Racing Rules
Starting January 1, 2009, the new Rules of Racing (RRS) 2009-2012 are in effect. The following resources may be helpful as part of your preparation for the 2009 racing season:
2008 Opti News
Ben Garber finished 9th out of 139 sailors at the USODA Mid Winters regatta. He has been elevated to the USODA National Team from the National Development Team. He qualified to represent the USA at the 2009 IODA (International Optimist Dinghy Association) South American Championships in Salinas, Equador April 1-12.
LMSS/MYC Opti sailors Sam Maxwell and Anders Ekholm take first and second place in the RWB Twin Cities Youth Sailing 2008! Rounding out the top ten were Cole Lee, White Bear, in third, LMSS/MYC sailor Declan Armour in fourth, LMSS/MYC sailor Addy Ferguson in fifth, LMSS/MYC sailor Ian Solum in sixth, LMSS/MYC sailor Caitlin McGoldrick in seventh, LMSS/MYC sailor Max Bernstein in eighth, LMSS/MYC sailor Isabella Loosbrock in ninth and Wayzata’s Sophia Noreen finishing tenth. This series consists of 6 Friday regattas at Minnetonka, Wayzata, White Bear, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. See www.twincitiesyouthsailing.com for complete overall results. The Green Fleet was scored by individual regatta only and not on an overall basis. Green Fleet regatta winners were – Lake Calhoun: LMSS/MYC sailor Corbin Burdick; Lake Harriet: LMSS/MYC sailor Jack Bitney; White Bear Lake: Wayzata sailor Griffin Joseph; Wayzata/Mike Plant: LMSS sailor Jack Bitney; Wayzata: LMSS sailor Jack Bitney.
RWB Opti Red Chip Qualifier:
Lac LaBelle Yacht Club: Eleven Minnetonka Yacht Club sailors qualified this year (the most from any one yacht club) to participate in the Opti RWB Chip Regatta held at beautiful Lac LaBelle Yacht Club on August 17-19. MYC Qualifiers were: Ian Solum, Anders Ekholm, Sam Maxwell, Declan Armour, Caitlin McGoldrick, Ben Garber, Tommy Garber, Addy Ferguson, Griffin Robillard, Isabella Loosbrock and Johnny Ferguson. After two reasonably windy, but shifty days, the top ten MYC finishers included Declan Armour – 5th, Ian Solum – 7th, Addy Ferguson – 9th and Sam Maxwell 10th. Johnny Ferguson takes home the White Fleet First Place Trophy, Declan Armour the Red Fleet Third Place Trophy and Addy Ferguson the Top Female Sailor Award. (Ben Garber was unable to participate as he was in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia representing the MYC Opti fleet at the Canadian Nationals.)
Corbin Burdick wins Green Fleet at Opti Inlands:
LMSS/MYC sailor, Corbin Burdick, wins Opti Inlands 2008 Green Fleet! Also competing from LMSS were Luis Narvaez, 7th ; Ben Sigel, 9th; Maxwell Peterson 10th; Sydney Maxwell, 11th and Ellen Vroege, 14th. Great job, Green Fleeters! And special CONGRATULATIONS to Corbin! See total results at www.ilya.org – under Racing/ILYA Regatta Results/2008 Youth Sailing/2008 IOD Green Fleet.
MYC sailor Ben Garber takes 2nd overall in the ILYA Opti Inlands held August 3-5 at Cedar Lake Yacht Club. Geneva's Malcolm Lamphere compiled a 1-1-1-2 to take home the Richard Barkow Trophy for the 2008 Opti Inland Champs. The last race of the day went to overall second place finisher Ben Garber. Third place went to Chicago sailor Clay Danly, fourth to Pewaukee's Augie Dale and fifth to Parker Trepton (LaBelle). These five sailors train year round to compete in top level USODA and international events.
Beulah's Charlie Kutschenreuter took sixth overall, Geneva's Griffin Rolander seventh; Pewaukee's PJ Feichtmeier eighth; Geneva's Leslie Poole in ninth and Pewaukee's Joey Feichtmeier rounded out the top ten. The ILYA presents trophies to 15 in its youth fleets. Sam Maxwell (Minnetonka) - 11; Eddie Cox (White Bear) -12; Trevor Trepton (LaBelle) - 13; RJ Porter (Geneva) - 14 and Andrea Sullivan (Beulah) – 15.
The Inter-Lakes Regatta is now complete for 2008. With lots of racing over 3 days (7 races for the C and E fleets, 6 races for the MC and X fleets), the event ended with grilled burgers and relaxation at Deephaven Elementary School.
Team Tonka took the team trophies in the E, C, and X fleets. Clear Lake captured the MC team trophy. The top three E fleet positions were Rob Evens (M-1), Tom Burton (M-9), and Erik Bowers (M-11). In the C fleet, Tim Krech (M-20), Jason Ostbye (M-17), and Chris Andert (M-25) were the top finishers. The leaders for the MC fleet were Bill Coburn (LH, 2344), Jeff Nicholas (Z, 1910), and Andrew Moen (P, 2320). And the X fleet, in the end, had Addy Ferguson (M-67), Emily Oltrogge (Z-23), and Eddie Cox (W-66) at the top. Congratulations to all of the racers!
A special thanks for all of the volunteer efforts and out of town sailors that attended to make the event a success.
MYC Sailors Shine at 2008 Optimist Team Trials
On May 5, 2008, the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) hosted 197 sailors from throughout the country at the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) 2008 Team Trials. Among the competitors were 6 sailors out of MYC: Ben Garber, Declan Armour, Eddie Cox, Anders Ekholm, Griffin Robillard, and Addy Ferguson.
New MYC Website
The MYC has a new website! This represents the fifth and most significant overhaul since the MYC launched its first website. So what are the new features? A new modern look. An updated infrastructure that is easier to maintain. The existing site was based on 8 year old dead-end technologies. There is centralized management of content via a web browser. Old posted content will automatically archive off the primary pages (an Archive link will appear in the upper right when there is history available for a given section). The MYC contact's email addresses are hidden from visitors to prevent harvesting and subsequent spam. And finally, the site takes advantage of common higher resolution displays.
Some of the existing content has been migrated (such as race results). Other older information has not been transferred as part of cleanup up systems. If there is enough feedback and interest in specific previous content, we will add it to the new site.
The MYC is hosting the MS Cup during the Burton Cup race this year. More information on this great endeavor is available on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.
Watch Ice Out
The LMSS is posting daily pictures of Lake Minnetonka as the ice thaws, until the ice is completely out.
Start thinking about advertising in the MYC Annual Program. You can promote:
- Your business (let everyone now what you do!)
- Your family (sailing is so family friendly!)
- Your fleet (don't let that other fleet out promote yours!)
- Your boat (a wonderful "thank you" to your crew or skipper!)
- And more!
More information will be posted shortly online.