Q: How many Driessens does it take to run a successful regatta?
Vince Driessen recruited his wife, his brother and sisters and probably all of his children as well as his nieces and nephews, and maybe even his parents (I met them too) to help organize and run an amazing youth championship event at the brand new Gull Lake Yacht Club. The regatta also served as the housewarming party to this beautiful new facility (which Vince and perhaps the entire crew) helped fund and build. Gull Lake is a beautiful regatta destination with water void of milfoil and zebra mussel infestations, which makes it kinda like the lake version of a unicorn, a rarity in these here 10,000 lakes! With the new facility, Gull Lake Yacht Club is ready to host top caliber events in and out of the ILYA. A big “atta boy” goes out to all who helped fund the project and to all those who volunteered to help with the 2009 ILYA X Championship Regatta.
Although I personally missed the opening ceremonies, the pics can tell the story pretty well. 200 or more youth sailors and their families, coaches and friends showed up at the GLYC to kick off the event and to pop the clubs proverbial cherry. I arrived at the club at 10:00 fully expecting to find a few usual suspects lingering round the club, but was met with nothing but darkness. Oh yeah…… it’s a youth event, got it. I found my lodging, grabbed a beer and walked out on the dock to decompress a bit after the long day. I opened the beer inhaled probably 2 .5 moths and was like…yep, I’m good, hittin the hay. It’s buggy up in them there northwoods.