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2004-2005 Season

Final Results
A, B, C Skeeters, and Nites


Fleet Winners

A Skeeter: Tom Nichols, New Jersey
B Skeeter: Steve Schalk, Skeeter Ice Boat Club, Lake Geneva, WI
C Skeeter: Skip Stauber
Renegade: Don Anderson, 4LIYC, Madison, Wisconsin
Nite: Lou Lonneke, SIBC, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The 2005 ISA and Renegade Championships were completed on Sunday, March 5 under somewhat difficult conditions. The regatta opened on Friday with over 75 boats registered in five fleets; A Skeeters, B Skeeters, C Skeeters, Renegades, and Nites. The winds held long enough for four fleets to sail one race each. (See results) Lack of wind prevented the C Skeeters from sailing on Friday.

Sailors were more optimistic for Saturday with winds of 10-15 mph forecasted. Hopes were dashed when we woke up to fog Saturday morning. Eventually the fog did lift later in the morning and the C Skeeter race was started but had to be abandoned because the boats couldn't make the time limit due to lack of wind.

Many sailors were forced to adjourn to "Chucks", one of the best spots to watch ice boats in North America, for smart talk, free popcorn, and cold beverages. We finished the evening with the banquet at Big Foot Supper Club in Harvard, IL. Regatta Chair Tom Hyslop announced that the C Skeeters needed to be ready to sail at 8:30 AM sharp in a last ditch attempt to complete the regatta. Forecasted heavy winds of 15-20 mph along with softening ice were a concern.

The day dawned sunny and windy and the C Skeeters were ready to race before their 8:30 deadline. The flag was dropped at 8:30 and the Cs were able to get their first race of the regatta in. Each fleet was able to sail two more rotations and complete the regatta which was a huge relief to the competitors. Sunburned and thirsty, we were back in the pits at about 1:30, ready for the trophy presentations.

Thanks to the Skeeter Ice Boat Club for helping to make this a smooth regatta, despite the fluky winds and slushy ice.

Photo Credits: David Travis
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Dan Clapp, Ellen, and Ron Rosten

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Dan Clapp & Pete Rochelle

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Tom Hyslop's Skeeter

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Jordan Glaser's Skeeter

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B Skeeters

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2nd Place Skeeter Class, Bill Stavola's boat

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Jerry Ebert's C Rig

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David Travis Skeeter

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Bill Dale's Skeeter

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Dan Clapp's Insanity

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Dan Clapp makes a point at the ISA meeting.

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Don Anderson, winner of the Renegade Championship

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Fleet from afar

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Here's future ice boater Thor Rosten and his mom, Barb.

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Jay Yaeso's Sassy and Buddy Melges' Skeeter

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Jordan Glaser

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Foggy Saturday morning

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Greg Simon

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Peter Harken's Front Seater

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John Hudak's 
Skeeter Ho Hum

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Jerry Simon...

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.....and Jim Nordhaus

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David Travis' Lady Les

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Buddy Melges & Peter Harken's Skeeters

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Bill Mattison

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Old Skeeter

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Peanuts, Pretzels, & Beer

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Peter Harken rolling sail

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Race Committee

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Jeff Smith's Yankee

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Chauncy Grigg's Shazam

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Skeeter Brain Trust

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Tom Nichol's Skeeter

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Pete Rochelle's Skeeter

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Gary Buyeske's Skeeter


Burly & Donna Brellenthin's Famous Night Before the Regatta Party
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Photo Credits: Jeff Smith

Deb & Mary Jane get ready for the regatta.

Our hosts, Burly and Donna Brellenthin

Tom Nichols, Mike Derusha, and Bill Dale

Tom Hyslop

Mark Hancik & John Hudak share a laugh

Glen Betzoldt and John Lamont

Archie Call

Chauncy Griggs & 
Dave Lallier

Gin & Tonic anyone?

Tom Nichols, Bill Dale, and Bill Mattison.

Pete Rochelle, Paul Krueger, and Steve Schalk


Thumbnail Gallery
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Photo Credits: Jeff Smith

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2005 ISA A Skeeter Winner
Tom Nichols

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2005 ISA 2nd Place
Bill Stavola

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Jeff Smith's Yankee

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Chauncy Grigg's Wing Spar Skeeter

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John Hudak

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Steve Schalk lines them up

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Buddy Melges

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Gary Buyeske

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Mark Hancik & his Yankee "Rebel"

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Pete Rochelle

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Tom Hyslop

Waiting for the Trophy Presentation at Chuck's on Sunday, March 6
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ISA Trophies

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Tom Nichols, right


David Koch, 4th Place in the A Skeeters; Bill Dale, and Bill Mattison 

Tom Hyslop and Photographer Bruce Thompson

The helpful staff of Chucks

Bill Dale

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Buddy Melges and Dan Clapp

Mary Jane & Steve Schalk

Kevin & Carrie Pok


Pete Rochelle, MJ, Steve, and Deb wait for the trophy presentation.


 Trophy Award Presentation

ISA Commodore Dan Clapp starts the trophy ceremony

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Nite Champions:
1st Lou Lonneke-SIBC
2nd-Brett Larson-SIBC
5th-Dick Grota

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B Skeeter
1st-Steve Schalk-SIBC
2nd-George Beukemna-SIBC

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C Skeeters
From left: Jerry Ebert 2nd, Skip Stauber 1st, 
Kevin Pok 3rd

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A Skeeters
1st-Tom Nichols, 2nd-Bill Stavola, 3rd-Dan Clapp, Buddy Melges

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Winner of the Triple Crown
Dan Clapp. Best finishes in both the NIYA and ISA regattas

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Tom Nichols

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Award for coming the farthest distance

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Renegade Class
From left: Daniel Hearn 2nd,
Glen Betzoldt 3rd, Jim Nordhaus 4th

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Dan Clapp and Tom Nichols

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Ellen & Dan

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Brett Larson, Brett's father Dick, & Steve Schalk


David Koch, PIYC, 4th Place A Skeeter Class

Photo Credits: Greg McCormick

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Daniel Hearn refuels before the Renegade race

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Ron Rosten & Tim McCormick

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Ken Whitehorse

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Bill Mattison

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Don Anderson & Bill 

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Buddy Melges soaks up the rays before the Skeeter race


Photo Credits: Bruce Hillyer

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The recently restored Boe Skeeters, Bada Bing and Bada Boom sailed by Rick Hennig and Todd Knop

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2nd Place B Skeeter George Beukema's Blitzen

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Boe Skeeter B Sting

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Dan Clapp's Insanity
A Skeeter

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Rick Stavola's Skeeter

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Carl Bergerson's Boe Skeeter

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Nite Class

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Skip Stauber, 1st Place 
C Skeeter