I-LYA Purpose & Accomplishments
I-LYA’s basic purpose is the protection and promotion of the interests of boat owners and watersports fans in the enjoyment of their sport.
I-LYA is the US SAILING Regional Sailing Authority and Appeals Body for race protests in its area.
I-LYA officers and committeemen are available to help its member clubs with boating related problems.
I-LYA has a permanent historical display at the Put-in-Bay Winery on South Bass Island.
I-LYA is a watchdog for proposed legislation that may affect yachting and yachtsmen.
I-LYA serves as a clearinghouse for yachting information.
I-LYA is a leader in junior sailing in the midwest. The annual Junior Championships Regatta is one of the largest junior sailing events in the U.S. and serves as a model for others.
I-LYA is a leader in developing future powerboaters with its Powerboat Junior Leadership Training and navigational contests. The winners of this event are also awarded scholarships from the Inter-Lake Yachtsmen’s Fund.
I-LYA has enjoyed a long relationship with Inter-Lake Yachtsmen’s Fund. The fund was established to support training, education , and junior activities. The Yachtsmen’s Fund is a qualified 501(c)3 corporation and all donations are tax-deductible.
Membership in I-LYA insures recognition among other clubs.
Every member of an I-LYA club is automatically a member of I-LYA.
Member clubs are represented by delegates to I-LYA and meet twice annually. Spring and fall meetings are held in the vicinity of the current Commodore. Delegates elect the Flag Officers and Trustees at the Fall Meeting.
I-LYA appoints delegates to US SAILING, to the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes, to the Boating Association of Ohio, and to the National Boating Federation.
I-LYA’s Annual Regatta is held at Put-in-Bay, on South Bass Island, in western Lake Erie – the site of the historic Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. It draws as many as 200 sailboats and 150 powerboats annually. The Junior Regatta draws over 150 youth sailors each year.
I-LYA’s membership includes clubs from both the United States and Canada, making for strong international competition.
I-LYA business is conducted through the office of the Executive Secretary.
I-LYA seeks corporate sponsorship to improve the services provided to its members and to control costs.