Racing News and Results

3rd Annual American Diabetes Association Regatta


Easy Going skippered by Tom Horner. Photo by J.H. Peterson.


1) Zippy 2) Voodoo 3) Sleeper 4) Hellfire 5) T.D.B. 6) Kryptonite 7) Phatty BOOM Batty


1) Shadowfax 2) Rocket Dog 3) USA 4) Bandit 5) #1209 6) SheMIGHT 7) The Angry Beaver 8) Defiance 9) Hot Flash 10) Pegasus

S2 7.9

1) Religious Experience 2) Shadow 3) Wavelength 4) Whirlwind 5) Skyhawk


1) Dream Fisher 2) Skydancer


1) Anticipation


1) Quick Draw 2) Tsunami 3) Code Blue 4) Fore Sail 5) Looscrew 6) Magic 7) Catapult III 8) Honeymoon Pajamas 9) Jalapeno 10) Rockit 11) Ham-It-Up! 12) Off Line 13) White Nights 14) Rock Lobster 15) Artful Dodger 16) Persistence


1) Amity III 2) Ship Weck 3) Sesame Street 4) Gusto 5) Banue 6) Encore 7) Azor 8) House Calls 9) Molly


1) Synergy 2) Stinger 3) Magic 4) Summer Wind 5) Beneteau 6) Shiraz 7) Skedaddle


1) Cyber Fried 2) Kismet 3) Speschel Edition 4) Zipper 5) Quebec 6) Forever 7) Vegadeo 8) Cyclone 9) Savannah 10) Serenity 11) Alacrity


1) Easy Going 2) Seanchai 3) Sea Wolfe 4) Gopher Baroque 5) Knot 2 Shabby 6) Moondance



1) #274 2) Prodigal Son 3) #268 4) Joint Venture 5) Fastidiots

Windrider 17

1) Guy Grafius 2) Thom Burns 3) Al Frisch 4) Pat Kittler 5) Bill Carter

MC Scow

1) #2082 2) Puck 3) Veloce 4) Magic

Shell Lake Race Results
July 3rd Sailing Regatta

This years sailboats were separated into 3 divisions. There wasn't much wind in the morning but at race time it got up to 12 miles per hour and switched directions many times to keep the sailors guessing.

1st place in the Catamaran Division went to Steve Parsons of Spooner. 2nd place went to Steven Byrd of Chippewa Falls and 3rd place went to Dewey Durand.

Lyle Holm of Spooner won the Cruiser Division, 2nd place went to Randall Sippel of Minneapolis and 3rd place went to Karen Flolid of Shell Lake.
The 3rd Division was won by Ralph McGraw of Woodbury MN in WindRider 17 and 2nd place went to Mitch Miller of Hutchinson MN. The youngest entrant in the race was Austin Byrd, 9-year-old crew for his dad, from Chippewa Falls.

We want to thank Pete Segar and Layne Ihrke for following the race in the chase boat and moving markers around, The Northland Amateur Radio Club of Shell Lake had members at each mark, on the chase boat and also on the committee boat. They kept us posted on the positions of all the entrants in the race. On the Committee boat, thanks to Buzz Flolid and Addison Janz for keeping the race running on time. Addison is also 9 years old and came all the way from Memphis to help us out. A special thanks goes to Diane Ericksen of Thunder Gifts Gallery, for sponsoring the race. The awards this year were made at the Play Dirty Clay Studio in Shell Lake run by Patty Fox. Everyone thought the awards were great and looks forward to winning many more in the future.


Just under three hundred sailors ages 7-15 sailed Optimist ("Opti") class dinghies in the five-day event Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8. The regatta has drawn some of sailing's promising young future stars. Many of the international sailing circuit's most successful sailors, including several Olympic medalists, began their careers in the Opti class. Among them are 1988 Olympic gold medallist Allison Jolly and 1992 Olympic silver medallist Morgan Reeser. More than half of the dinghy sailors who competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, raced in Opti Dinghies as youths.

Heavy air blowing 10 to 15 knots coupled with three-foot swells made for an exciting finish to the 2003 Optimist
("Opti") Dinghy National Championship Regatta hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club. Steven Barbano, 14, of Cranbury, NJ, moved up from eighth place to first, winning the title of National Champion.

Earlier in the week, light winds ranging from zero to eight knots threatened to throw the event off schedule by producing delayed starts and choppy waters. However, race officials were able to run four races Thursday and three races Friday, meeting their goal for the event.

"The weather was challenging this week, especially today," said Jim Armstrong, chairman of the Chicago Yacht Club's Optimist Nationals Committee. "But I think many of the sailors in the Championship fleet enjoyed the chance to get out and race in heavier air. And overall, I think things went really well for everyone involved, and it was a tremendous experience for the Chicago Yacht Club."

Winners of the Optimist Dinghy National Championship Regatta hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club will race in the 2004 Optimist Team Trials. The top five winners of the trials will represent the United States at the 2004 Optimist World Sailing Championship.

The winners of the 2003 Optimist Dinghy National Championship Regatta are:

Championship Fleet:

1) Steven Barbano, Cranbury, NJ (Toms River Yacht Club) 2) Kiel Killeen, New Orleans, La. (Southern Yacht Club) 3) Ian Donahue, Brigantine, NJ (Brigantine Yacht Club)

Green Fleet:

1) Andrew Pate, Naples, Fla. (Naples Community Sailing Center) - 2) Kelly Seago, Grosse Point Shores, Mich. (Grosse Pointe Yacht Club) 3) Will Dennis, Saratoga, Calif. (San Francisco Yacht Club) 6) William Holz, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 7) Peter Rugo, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 8) Blair Listwan, Grosse Pointe, MI 9) 0 Drew Shea, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 12) Gar Lauerman, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 15) Ryan Seago, Grosse Pointe, MI 16) David Johnston, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 19) Daniel Bracciano, Grosse Pointe, MI 23) George Gebhard, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 25) Peter Holz, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 28) Katherine Bill, Grosse Pointe, MI 33) Michael Seago, Grosse Pointe, MI 34) R. Madison Radway, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 36) Christie Listwan, Grosse Pointe, MI 39) Alex Curtiss, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 41) Ian Beihl, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 48) Andrew Boyd, Chicago Yacht Club, IL 49) Camile Coklow, Chicago Yacht Club, IL.

Complete coverage, including photos and scoring, is available at


Historic I-LYA Sailing Regatta at Put-In-Bay sees stronger turnout, with tight competition due partly to light winds.

Mild skies and light winds contributed to exceptionally tight finishes in the 110th Inter-Lake Yachting Association's (I-LYA) prestigious Sailing Regatta at historic Put-In-Bay August 2-6. The high point of three weeks of intense sail and powerboat racing off South Bass Island, the I-LYA regatta is the nation's oldest sailing event and the centerpiece of the summer season on Lake Erie.

"This year's races were all very exciting and especially competitive," says Don Bartels, Sail Chairman. "Sailors were vying for first place in virtually every race, with nobody really dominating any class, and finishes were extremely close. We had ties in some of the boat races, so settlement of overall winners in those classes was determined according to appendix A-2 of the U.S. Sailing Association rules."

Approximately140 boats from domestic and Canadian yacht clubs joined in the Sailing Regatta, which followed the I-LYA Deepwater Races from Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, Sandusky, Port Clinton and Detroit to the Put-In-Bay harbor. These regatta "feeder" races took place between August 1 and 3, and made up a major portion of the regatta fleet. Several thousand others were on hand for the weekend at Put-In-Bay and South Bass Island, including spectator-sailors, power boaters and those who traveled to the island via ferry services.

Regatta classes included Handicap (PHRF, JAM, MORC, Offshore Multihull); One Design (Interlake Regatta and Deep Water race classes); Offshore One Design (Tartan 10, Crescent, Laser and J 105 boats) One Design Centerboard, Hobie Wave Class, Catamaran; and Cruising Class with optional Casual Racing.

With sparse morning winds and waters turned glassy by early afternoons, the weather was not optimum for racing. Fortunately, thunderstorms predicted throughout the regatta schedule never amounted to more than intermittent showers.

Due to light wind, races were shortened for the Abbot and PHRF classes E, F and G. As Chairman Bartels explains, "When the wind died it was decided to halt the race and score all entries in those classes from the M-Marker (off Middle Bass Island), where they were still making headway."
"This year's Regatta continues the I-LYA tradition of high standards racing and social events with new and better race courses, a new 'recreational' Cruising Class event, and more on-shore activities at the finest resort sailing destination on Lake Erie," says Regatta Commodore Daniel van Heeckeren, MD (Mentor Harbor Yachting Club).

The regatta's new Casual Cruising class had fifteen entries who were offered a separate class with a different race course each day. I-LYA officials did not require the fledgling or even experienced skippers in this class to line up for the traditional windward start, which normally includes a crowd of boats jockeying for position. Winners were determined by clocking the boats as they left the start and when they returned to the finish line.
"The class may be labeled casual, but the sailors were very competitive," said van Heeckeren. "They were out to have fun, but once they're under way, they got very intense about winning."

One of the most distinguished sailing competitions on the Great Lakes; the I-LYA Sailing Regatta is the culmination of the annual Bay Week activities at Put-In-Bay. "The Regatta has long been a proving ground for the most able and skilled sailors and the fastest of boats from the cradle of American sailing history," says Bartels. "This is always a very exciting regatta, and includes a lot of classes and events. It offers something for everyone from serious Handicap and One Design racers to casual sailors who don't have racing experience."

The I-LYA Regatta and Bay Week offers exciting racing for sailors of all classes, plus on-shore action galore, including award events, parties and the many entertainment and recreational attractions of Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island.

"Put-in Bay is the most popular boating destination on the Great Lakes," says Mayor Mack McCann, who has been a lifelong resident of South Bass Island. "People can't believe that such a charming and fun-filled place like this could exist right off the coast of Ohio."

Following Put-in-Bay's Junior Bay Week Regatta (July 20-25) and Put-in-Bay Powerboat Regatta (July 29-Aug. 2), the Sailing Regatta is the oldest and longest-running freshwater sailing regatta in the U.S., though the event is actually an international one with Canadian boats also joining the fray.

On Sunday, August 3, the Commodore's Brunch (by invitation) was followed by the traditional public Memorial Parade featuring antique cars and a bagpipe-kiltie band, which paraded to the town square for the annual regatta memorial service. Afterwards, the public was invited to the Put-in-Bay historical museum for a wine and cheese reception. Sunday afternoon, on Middle Bass Island, awards were presented by the Commodore for winners of the Sandusky Steeplechase race. The ceremony was followed by a party for race participants and their guests.

The biggest regatta-related bash - The Sailors' Beer-Rum Party - was held Monday afternoon at the Crew's Nest Pavilion, where awards are presented for the I-LYA Deepwater Race. This was a casual, "island-style" party, complete with steel drum music and copious free beer and rum as well as finger food. Approximately 300 people attended.

Tuesday afternoon, August 5, the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club threw its Sailors' Steak Fry, a family-oriented event that's always a great favorite.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there were daily awards for the first place boat in each class for the first races of the day, with trophies and gifts going to all winners.

A Final Awards Party was held on Wednesday, August 6, at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, where awards were presented for the series of all the classes of the four racecourses, plus several Perpetual Awards.

The I-LYA Powerboat Regatta, which took place in Put-In-Bay the week before the Sailing Regatta, also featured plenty of events, including Predicted Log Races and docking and canoe races and inflatable races. "An important fringe benefit of having the Powerboat Regatta at Put-in-Bay is that many of the powerboat sailors provide personnel and important help to the Sailing Regatta. If it weren't for the participation of the powerboat members it would be difficult to find personnel to man all 3 events. We're always thankful for our power boat participants," says Bartels.

The week before the Powerboat races was Junior Bay Week, highlighted by the I-LYA Junior Sailing Regatta. A frothy group of 160 young sailors from 13 to 18 years of age participated in this year's Junior races. "It's always gratifying to see so many young people participate in this event, which is one of the bigger 'ladder' events in the Junior nationals," says Don Bartels. "And it never fails to impress me to see how good these girls and boys really are."

I-LYA is the oldest yacht club association in the country. It is also one of largest today, with 146 member yacht clubs. These clubs are located in states that surround Lake Erie: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario.


Class A:

1) Surfrider, Rob Ruhlman, Lakeside Yacht Club 2) Say Uncle, Kevin Lemonds, Grosse Ile Yacht Club 3) Big Yellow Dog, Brian Eckley and Terry Freeman, Vermilion Boat Club.

Class B:

1) Jazzy, Jerry Frabutt, Grosse Ile Yacht Club 2) Jump II, Ron Schebel, North Cape Yacht Club 3) Moisture Missile, Chris Merkle, Lorain Sail and Yacht Club.

Class C:

1) Wizard, Jeff and Marilyn Mackay, North Cape Yacht Club 2) Menace, Robert Foeller and Mike Deye, Toledo Ice Yacht Club 3) Thriller, James Hogan, Grand River Yacht Club

Class D:

1) Racer X, Rodger Pollard and Matt Dubois, Grosse Ile Yacht Club 2) Collaboration, John Schaffner, Gil Bucho, Port Clinton Yacht Club 3) X-Force, William DeFrank, Grosse Ile Yacht Club

Class E:

1) Gus, Jim Bourgault, Grosse Ile Yacht Club 2) Seismic; Robert Bairas, Cleveland Yacht Club 3) Orange Crate, Jim Davis, North Cape Yacht Club

Class F:

1) Pigs at Sea, Dick Robertson, Erie Yacht Club 2) Magic, Charles Burke, North Cape Yacht Club 3) Devil Dog, Don Gray, Outrigger Yacht Club.

Class G:

1) Commotion, Pete Dewar, Cedar Island Yacht Club 2) Kicks, Scott Boettner, Ford Yacht Club 3) Cal Girl, Ted and Denise Wagner, Ford Yacht Club

Abbott 33:

1) Rakai, Juergen Hendel, LaSalle Mariners Yacht Club 2) Zepher Hawk, Richard Bohl, Grosse Ile Yacht Club 3) I Love You Baby, Todd and Patti Duffett, Grosse Ile Yacht Club


Class A:

1) Foghorn, Kent and Sandy Gardam, North Cape Yacht Club 2) Smile, Tom Zacher, Sandusky Sailing Club 3) Baci, Jeff and Beth Eischen, North Cape Yacht Club

Class B:

1) Dragon Lady, Brenda Woodriff, Grosse Ile Yacht Club 2) Itsfunagain, Michael McGuire, Lake Shore Sail Club 3) Byte Size, Susan Howard and Mark Weihs, Monroe Boat Club.

Class C:

1) Money Pit, James Bryan, Ford Yacht Club 2) Lunasea, Mike Austin, Sandusky Sailing Club 3) Thunder, Wayne Hallatt, Cedar Island Yacht Club

Tartan Ten Class:

1) Perfect, Ted Pinkerton, Whiskey Island Yacht Club 2) Wildcat, Len Chamberlain, Vermilion Boat Club 3) Troll, Tim Britton, Mentor Harbor Yacht Club

Crescent Class:

1) Moxie, Susan McDonald, Detroit Sail Club 2) Blue Moon, Bill Mackey, Detroit Sail Club 3) Lickadesplit, Kirk Roth, Detroit Sail Club

J-105 Class:

1) Wish, Skip Malm, GRSC 2) Dirty Harry, Harry Bloom, Bayview Yacht Club 3) Unbridled, Clay and Robert Mock, Mentor Harbor Yacht Club

Casual Cruising Class


1) Sora, Joe/Jim Fremont/Kemp, Grayhaven Sailing Club OF 2) Pelee Express, Nick Smith, Jolly Roger Sailing Club 3) Epic, Ed Manworren, Jolly Roger Sailing Club


1) Scheherazade, Stanley Komajda, Lake Shore Sailing Club 2) Shortwave, William Ducet, Point Place Boat Club 3) Yawltese Falcon, Richard Hendricks, North Cape Yacht Club

For More information about the I-LYA regattas, contact the I-LYA website ( or call Don Bartels at (330) 562-8902 or e-mail