Inter-Lake Yachting Association and GMC Join
Forces to Present 2007 Bay Weeks
In late July, hundreds of boating enthusiasts will head to Lake Erie to
participate in the Inter-Lake Yachting Association's (I-LYA) annual GMC I-LYA
Bay Week Regattas at Put-in-Bay (Ohio). Newly sponsored by GMC Trucks and
supported by West Marine, the GMC I-LYA Bay Week Regattas consist of three
events run back-to-back: the Junior Regatta (July 16-21), the Powerboat Regatta
(July 26-30) and the Sailing Regatta (July 30-Aug. 1).
Put-in-Bay, the quaint Victorian resort village that lures participants back
with its charm and ambience year after year, is located on South Bass Island,
Lake Erie's version of Mackinac Island. Another two dozen of the Bass islands --
where Commodore Perry won his famous battle in the War of 1812 and spoke the
indelible words "We have met the enemy and they are ours” -- surround it,
enhancing the area's beauty and adding to its tactical racing challenges. The
Bay Week Regattas, however, are not all about hard-core competition; they also
cater to those who prefer extreme recreational fun.
"The Bay Week Regattas are an annual rendezvous opportunity for many of the
sailors throughout the Lake Erie region," said I-LYA Commodore Jim Dupre of
Riverview Yacht Club. "They offer something for everyone—young, old, male,
female, competitive racer, recreational boater. Some of the adults have been
participating since they were young kids and run into the same friends they made
some 20 years ago."
Contributing to the rich maritime tradition of the area, the I-LYA —formed in
1885 to promote the interest of boat owners and other members — is the oldest
yacht racing association in the country. It is also one of the largest, with 146
member yacht clubs located in states that surround Lake Erie: Michigan, Indiana,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and the Canadian province of Ontario.
GMC I-LYA Bay Week Junior Regatta
The GMC I-LYA Bay Week Junior Regatta (Mon., July 16-Sat., 21) at Put-in-Bay
features upwards of 160 juniors racing in one-design classes for Thistles, CFJs
and Lasers. With the boats being of the same design within each class, the
emphasis is on skill rather than on equipment. The Junior Regatta, which has
been held anually for over 50 years, also is a stepping stone to US SAILING's
national junior sailing championships for the Sears Cup, Bemis and Smythe
Trophies, serving as Area E Quarter Finals for these ladder events.
GMC I-LYA Bay Week Power Boat Regatta
Since 1908 when the Class C speed boat Rainmaker won the main event at an
average speed of 22.04 knots, the I-LYA Bay Week Power Boat Regatta (Thurs.,
July 26-Mon., July 30) has been one of the most festive and fun family events on
Lake Erie. Contests include predicted log races and other tests of seamanship
such as docking, maneuvering (including the "chicane" sequence of tight
serpentine curves), compass navigation, weather forecasting, and the "flying
mile." There is also a Commodore's Trophy, Junior Navigation Contest, Canoe and
Inflatable Races, Miniature Golf Outing, Kids Fishing Derby, Softball Game and
Golf Scrambles. A party for the adults, sponsored by Captain Morgan Rum, is also
a welcome favorite on the events list.
GMC I-LYA Deepwater Races
Feeder races on Friday, July 27 (starting in Cleveland); Saturday, July 28
(Sandusky, Port Clinton and Toledo); and Sunday, July 29 (Detroit) will send
their fleets through the challenging waters around the Bass Islands to the
bustling waterfront of Put-in-Bay, where the GMC I-LYA Bay Week Sailing Regatta
will begin on Monday, July 30.
GMC I-LYA 114th Bay Week Sailing Regatta
With a tradition of 114 years behind it, the GMC I-LYA Bay Week Sailing Regatta
has long been a proving ground for some of the best sailors and fastest boats on
the Lakes. Racing enthusiasts, from pre-teens to veterans of 30 or more years,
compete in classes for Handicap (LE-PHRF, JAM, MORC, Offshore Multihull);
One-Design (Interlake, Thistle, JY15); Offshore One-Design (Tartan 10, J/22,
J/24, J/105); and One-Design Centerboard & Catamaran. There's even a Cruising
Class with optional casual racing.
Sailing Regatta festivities begin Sunday afternoon, July 29, as regatta entrants
arrive at Put-in-Bay. Some sailors casually cruise to the Bay over the weekend,
while others choose to compete in feeder races called Deepwater Races. Whether
cruising or racing to the Bay, the boats dock at the Put-in-Bay City Docks in
the area reserved for Bay Week competitors (docking is included in entry fees).
Monday, July 30, through Wednesday, Aug. 1, is dedicated to racing. The many
moods of Lake Erie typically require sailors to negotiate challenging shifts in
winds, current and notorious chop while navigating around islands and reefs. The
event traditionally has served as national championships for various
championships, and sailors look forward to Boat of the Day awards presented by
GMC. After racing, they can revel in the many shoreside activities on tap,
including the Deepwater Awards, daily awards, Captain Morgan Rum party, Sailors'
Steak Fry and Ladies Tea.
Second Annual Tri-Area Challenge
Open to all racing classes participating in the GMC I-LYA Bay Week Sailing
Regatta, the Second Annual Tri-Area Challenge will be decided among teams from
Detroit, Western Lake Erie Basin and Cleveland. Boats registered for the regatta
will be automatically eligible and included in the scoring for no additional
The winning area will receive a cash prize of $1000 to be distributed to that
area's Junior programs, along with a case of Captain Morgan Rum for the sailors
GMC, the brand name used on trucks, vans, and SUVs marketed in North America and
the Middle East by General Motors, is General Motors' second largest selling
light vehicle division.
For more information visit http://www.i-lya.com, or for information on the
Junior Regatta, contact Ron Spies at email@example.com; on the Sailing Regatta,
contact Ed Skoch at firstname.lastname@example.org; on the Power Boat Regatta, contact John
Stewart at email@example.com.
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