The 2016 ILYA E Invitational Regatta just wrapped up at Lake Mendota in Madison Wisconsin. There were six races sailed in a wide variety of winds, culminating with two incredible races in 18-22 mph breeze on Sunday morning. 44 boats from Geneva, Delevan, Mendota, Oshkosh, Clear, Minnetonka, Pewaukee, Pine, and White Bear participated in the event sailed out of Governor Nelson State Park on Lake Mendota. White Bear Yacht Club was represented by four boats this year – Charlie Igo’s “Nightmare” (W-9), Lee Alnes’ “Euphoria” (W-25), Wheeler Morris’ “Savanah Rose” (W-41), and Eddie Cox’s “Marvin” (W-66).
During one of the breaks while waiting for wind on Saturday, Ed Cox couldn’t help but notice how many sailors from White Bear were graduates of the White Bear Sailing School (WBSS). Former WBSS sailors at the event included Eddie Cox and Will Crary on board the W-66 who finished 7th overall, Lee Alnes, Andy Kruse, Mark Dunsworth and Kate Cox (W-25) were 15th, Wheeler Morris and Ryan Drake (W-41) were 18th, and Charlie Igo and Chad Carson on W-9 were 20th. It was great to see a White Bear boat finishing in the top 10 in every race – our WBYC E scow program just keeps getting better and better.
Brian Porter’s “Full Throttle” team took first place in a tie-breaker with Tom Burton’s “Cygnet”. Vincent Porter, Augie Barkow and Sam Rogers rounded out the top five. Complete results are online.