Melges Wins Convincingly - 1-2-2-1-2

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18 August 2010

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Photos by Pat Dunsworth

 Buddy Melges (with boat owner John Anderson) sailed the ILYA A Champs at 80 years of age and took the fleet to school. Eight points over 5 races says it all. And the fleet could not have been more appreciative of his efforts. Every award recipient praised Melges for his efforts this regatta but more importantly praised his dedication to the sport, his discipllined approach to racing, his gracious demeanor and generous advice to all who have followed. This was a love fest for the I-1 with a round of applause at each mention of the Melges name and a standing ovation Melges had to speak over to cease the adulation.

Melges family

Here is the entire support  crew for the winning boat. Proud parents, children and grandchildren. The entire front row was filled with little tykes watching the trophy presentation - sailors in their own right competing in the Opti class, champions in the making.

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And the second place Madcap was just as impressive in this most difficult set of races. Tom Freytag sailed an impressive 2-1-11-3-3 to challenge Melges right to the end. "T" won the coveted Perrigo trophy which is presented to the boat with the combined best finishes in the National and Inland championship.

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The Silverhawk owned by Terry Blanchard and sailed by Andy Burdick won the last race of the regatta and took the third place trophy.

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Fourth place belonged to Rob Evans and teammates.

Portera

The fifth place boat was skippered by Brian Porter with a mix of Minnetonka and Geneva sailors.

For a pictorial treat, go to www.sailgroove.com to see the revolving banner featuring our sailors. The ILYA has a one-year contract with Sailgroove which gives us national exposure. Watch ilyamedia.org and Facebook. More photos and news continue throughout the week. Remember to check out Pat Dunsworth photos to see the fast action of the regatta.

1st I-1 BUDDY MELGES 1 2 2 1 2 8
2nd I-7 TOM FREYTAG 2 1 11 3 3 20
3rd I-28 BLANCHARD/BURDICK 3 6 8 4 1 22
4th M-1 ROB EVANS 6 5 3 2 8 24
5th M-4 JOEL RONNING 5 3 6 6 7 27
6th I-96 CHUCK LAMPHERE 4 4 4 10 15 37
7th M-8 TOM BURTON 16 8 5 5 4 38
8th M-21 PATRICK HUGHES 11 22 DNF 1 7 6 47
9th I-12 TOM WHOWELL 22 DNF 7 13 9 9 60
10th M-2 DENNIS/VERBERGT/RICKMAN 8 22 DNF 9 11 10 60
11th V-8 MATT WEBER 12 10 12 17 11 62
12th V-911 TOM SWEITZER 7 22 DNF 15 8 12 64
13th J-311 JAY YAESO 13 11 16 13 16 69
14th M-55 HARRY ALLEN 22 DNF 22 DNS 7 18 5 74
15th I-44 WENDELL SHERRY 9 22 DNF 10 14 19 74
16th M-35 CAR ZINN 10 9 22 DNF 22 DNS 13 76
17th M-10 JACK STROTHMAN 15 12 18 16 17 78
18th I-26 LARSON/KEEFE 14 13 19 20 18 84
19th V-57 BRIAN HENKE 22 DNF 22 DNS 17 12 14 87
20th J-5 BILL WYMAN 22 DNF 22 DNS 14 19 21 98
21st U-1 GEOFF CATLIN 22 DNF 22 DNS 20 15 20 99