The Mendota Yacht Club invited all M-20 and I-20 skippers, crews and families to Madison for the ILYA M-20/I-20 Invitational Regatta on July 15 & 16, 2000.

“This is the first time that this regatta has been held in several years,” said MYC Commodore Steve Suhr. “We are thrilled that the Inland has awarded this regatta to our club. Madison and Lake Mendota have a national reputation for great sailing conditions, and we're always happy to give sailors from out of town an up-close-and- personal look at our lake.”

The M-20 and I-20 associations agreed at last summer's Inlands to have the ILYA develop scantlings for a 20-foot-long scow. That paved the way for this regatta, where M-20s and I-20s will compete head-to-head. At last summer's E-invitational on Mendota, sailors were treated to three days of completely different wind conditions-- from 20-knot-plus blows to drifters. We can't always guarantee what the wind will do, but we can guarantee that you'll have a big race course with terrific upwind and downwind legs. 

Race officials hoped to get every sailable M-20 and I-20 to come to Madison for this regatta. A special “Interstate Sailor's Trophy” was awarded for the boat claiming the greatest distance traveled! As an additional incentive for those out of town, a special registration fee for boats coming to the regatta from outside of ILYA area was arranged. Check the ILYA website for details at

There was plenty to do for those not racing that weekend too. State Street merchants held their annual Maxwell Street Days—eight blocks of bargains outside on Madison's greatest street in the heart of downtown. The Dane County Farmers Market—featuring more than 100 vendors of fresh produce, baked goods, plants and good things to eat.

Thanks again to all those who participated in this event.