Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regatta Placement Flags

The Inter-Lake Yachting Association was formed through the efforts of George Gardner, founder of the Cleveland Yacht Club. In 1884, while he and several other avid boaters traveled to Put-In-Bay, he had the epiphany that Put-In-Bay would be the ideal place for a major regatta. On January 17, 1885, he called for a meeting in Cleveland to form an association of clubs on and surrounding Lake Erie, and in turn, created the Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA). 

Every year, the I-LYA holds a week-long regatta in Put-In-Bay, Ohio in August, also known as Bay Week. Club’s who are members of the I-LYA attend this event to participate in social gatherings, games, live entertainment and music, and of course yacht racing for every type of boat class. 

The flags displayed here were awards for the Star Class yacht. The Star Boat is one of the more common racing yachts for the highly skilled and devoted racer. Be sure to check in the future to learn more about other racing classes! Traditionally the colors of the flags are in direct relation to the placement finish of the race; yellow signifies first, red for second, and blue for third. In some instances, the colors were swapped between first and third. It is unknown as to why this is. 

The Star Class vessel was developed in 1911 by Francis Sweisguth, a draftsman in the offices of Naval Architect William Gardner. Gardner was contacted by George A. Corry, a leader of a group of yachtsmen in Long Island, New York, to design a “small, inexpensive chine-built arc-bottomed sailboat with a keel.” Gardner then had Francis Sweisguth create the design and the Star boat was born. The overall length of the original vessel design was 22 ft 7 in, the beam was 5 ft 8 in, crafted entirely of wood. Since 1911, the Star Boat is what is called a “one design”, meaning all boats of this type are identical in design and dimensions. The only difference seen today is that the boat is now made of fiberglass as opposed to wood. 

The Star boats were an instant success with thousands having been sold and were adopted as the standard class in the Olympics beginning in 1932.

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