Inland Lake Yachting Association governs the design of the boat to be used in competitions by beginners who are sailing for the first time or racing. The boat is 16 feet in length and comes with a center board design, is hard-chinned and has a pointed bow. This X boat design is deemed to be uncomplicated and safe.
This basic boat design has been existing over many years and has helped several sailors to start off with their sailing sport experience. It also remains as the predominant club racing boat design that is used by youngsters for sailing, up to 16 years of age in the Midwest. This boat design, limited to ILYA clubs is used by inland kids only while it is not the case when it comes to juniors who compete with other parts of the USA. This could well be the secret ingredient that strengthens the sailors and participants of this organization.