ILYA Championship Regatta at Pewaukee Lake near Milwaukee

posted Jul 31, 2010, 5:06 AM by Melges 17 Fleet 9
(by Chris Katzfey, ISC Senior Boat Owner, Melges 17 #137)
The Melges 17 fleet ventured into scow country for their second out of town regatta of the year.  Three Indianapolis boats (Bryan Sarber & Keith Hasey, Chris Katzfey & Tim Conder, and Ben Laur & Tom Lauer) competed in the 2010 ILYA Championship Regatta at Pewaukee Lake in Pewaukee, Wisconsin on July 10 & 11.  Nineteen Melges 17s competed in six races at a great venue with challenging conditions. Saturday brought light winds for the first two races until a passing thunderstorm increased winds in the upper teens with gusts in the twenties for the third race.  It was perfect sailing conditions.  Saturday evening, the Pewaukee Yacht Club hosted a wonderful dinner with conversations going late into the evening.
An early 9 am start ensured the completion of 3 more races with winds from 10 to 20 knots.  Our fleet’s top finisher was Chris Katzfey in 15th place.  Ben Lauer finished in 17th with Bryan Sarber in 18th.  The Melges fleet will be back in town helping with the adult training and Groupon sailing lessons and racing on Wednesdays and Sundays.  For more information about the Melges fleet or to sign up to crew please visit our website or email