Monday, December 31, 2007

LISOT's Antoine Screve Wins 2007 Orange Bowl

2007 ended on a high note for team LISOT with Antoine Screve winning a very competitive 2007 Orange Bowl Regatta. Congratulations Antoine for an outstanding regatta – and winning the hard way... without a single bullet. LISOT also celebrated with the Screve family as younger brother Romain took 3rd in Green Fleet!

This year’s Orange Bowl was one of the most competitive regattas in US waters in 2007, as well as an event that actually had some decent breeze.

US sailors were the minority in the top 20, taking just 8 of the first 20 finishes (3 of the top 10). Ecuador, Peru, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Argentina and The Netherlands were consistently out in front. In fact, it was not uncommon to see the first dozen boats rounding the reach mark void of a US sailor. Most starts in the 10 race regatta were run under black flag. Even so, the fleet was so experienced that in all 10 races there were only 2 BFDs and 2 OCS’s amongst the top 30 finishers!

Coral Reef Yacht Club ran a magnificent event both on the water and off, as they always do. This year they had lots of cooperation from the wind gods. Although very light conditions were prevalent in the days preceding the event, including Day 1 which saw the abandonment of Race 1 as the light breeze shut off around 3pm, the next three days were blessed with 7-12 knots of northeast to east wind.

The 4th and final day of racing saw the strongest winds – pushing 13-14 knots at times, and generally between 8-12 out of the east with a stiff chop, which made for some great photos. The winds on day 3 and 4 oscillated far more than on day 2, upwards of 20-30 degrees on semi-regular cycles. This resulted in some big boat length leads for those that hit the shifts correctly, and a lot of position changes on the final leg of each race. Our Red Fleeters took full advantage of the shifts, while most of the blue and white fleeter were focused on boat speed and starting tactics on the tight, aggressive line and bumpy, puffy conditions.

LISOT team finishes:

1. Antoine Screve

29. Declan Whitmyer

45. Ian Storck

49. Gary Prieto

50. Elliott Morrill

55. Sarah Williams

71. Olivia Crane

73. Bryce Kopp

74. Lily Katz

81. Andrew Mollerus

83. Tracy Doherty

88. Connor Marion

96. Charlie Peck

98. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

103. Andrew Poupolo

115. Mathew Mollerus

118. Harry Koeppel

139. Adele Whitmyer

147. Hannah Morrill

156. Laura Lubben

161. Casey Klingler

165. Sean Cornell

176. Ian Crane

177. Ben Cohen

181. Stefan Kuehn

194. KB Knapp

196. Derek Arnheiter

201. Chrissie Klingler

The final results don’t tell the whole story (do they ever?). Displaying the true sportsmanship spirit that is LISOT, Andrew Mollerus withdrew from Race 7, after finishing 4th, when he realized that he had inadvertanly been holding on to a coach boat when the 5 minute prep gun was sounded for his flight.

In addition to all the hard work on the water, our sailors had a lot of fun in and around The Grove. Sunday night the Cocowalk was teeming with LISOT parents and sailors. A large group of LISOT families joined up at The Knife and Tu Tu Tango, along with some non-LISOT families. Friendships were made, Mojito’s were enjoyed, and there were even a few ‘henna’ tattoo’s displayed on arms, backs and ankles!

Thanks to Trevor Moore in his debut regatta as LISOT's head coach, and Erik Storck, Kaity Storck and Alejandro Primavera for their terrific coaching.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Orange Bowl Day 3

Saturday, Day 3, saw winds slightly less than yesterday with considerably more oscillations in both direction and wind speed. Wind was mainly out of the northeast, oscillating 20+ degrees on 15-25 minute cycles. Velocity was 6-10, with a few higher puffs during race 2.

The committee ran 3 races, most under black flag. There are many changes in the standing due to the throw-out, sailors being black flagged (some for a second time), and varied finishes by many competitors.

More US sailors moved into the top 20 - now 8, but South American and US Virgin Island sailors are still showing strong.

Antoine Screve has been very consistent with a 4, 2, 15 today, dropping a 17 from yesterday and moving up from 5th to 3rd. Andrew Mollarus moved up into 35th, and Dec held steady at the 39th spot.

The top 10 LISOT sailors are now:

3rd - Antoine Screve
35 - Andrew Mollarus
39 - Declan Whitmyer
42 - Gary Prieto
54 - Elliot Morrill
56 - Ian Storck
72 - Lily Katz
79 - Sarah Williams
86- Bryce Kopp
87 - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

Click here for full results

Saturday night was the annual competitor dinner and raffle - along with impromptu football on the lawn and kids swinging from the hoist (some things never change). Top prize was a Laser, which was not won by anyone from LISOT, despite considerable betting on the side as to whom would be the lucky 'winner'.

Rumor has it the Race Committee plans on running two races tomorrow, the final day of the regatta. Wind is forecast at 5-10 northeast building to 10-15 mid-day.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Orange Bowl Day 2

Sailors awoke to a nice northeast breeze around 10 knots, a short chop and plenty of warm sunshine.

Race 1 went off on time at 10am as the wind built to 12 or so with some whitecaps.

Race 2 saw the best wind of the day at 12+ knots.

After a 1/2 hour lunch break, the committee ran 2 more races, the last finishing up at 3pm as the breeze backed off down to 5.

Competition was stiff with the South American and USVI sailors showing very strong. Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Ecuador had top 10 finishes in many races.

Most races were started under black flag, as evident by the many BFD's on the score sheet.

The top 10 LISOT sailors after 4 races are:
5 - Antoine Screve
31 - Ian Storck
39 - Declan Whitmyer
42 - Gary Prieto
44 - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
52 - Olivia Crane
62 - Elliot Morrill
68 - Charlie Peck
70 - Bryce Kopp
83 - Tracy Doherty

Full results

After racing, over 100 LISOT Opti and 420 sailors and parents had an enjoyable team dinner at Monty's.

Saturday's forecast is for lighter breeze, continued warmth and sun.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Orange Bowl - Day 1 Report

29 LISOT Opti sailors and 10 420's have made the trip to Biscayne Bay for this years' annual Orange Bowl Regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club.

Sunny skies, warm 80 degree temps and, unfortunately, calm winds have greeted everyone.

In his new role as LISOT Opti head coach, Trevor Moore and a strong coaching team of Erik Storck, Kaity Storck and Alejandro Primavera have been great at keeping everyone prepared, hydrated and focused in the hot Florida sun.

After an on-shore postponement until 12:30, racing was abandoned midway through the first race on the Opti course. The wind was 4-5 knots at the start, but never filled in and began to fade as the first flight reached the gate around 3pm.

Neither the 420s or any of the Lasers got a race off. Needless to say, the usual pileup at haulout was in full form. And in classic CRYC tradition, everyone got their boats out quickly and orderly despite what always looks like total chaos, but never actually is.

Tomorrow's forecast is for East 10-15. Based on the lack of wind this past week, anything approaching 10 knows will be welcome.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

20th European Opti Team Cup - Final Results

Day 2 (Sunday) of the European Opti Team Cup in Berlin, Germany played very similar to Day 1 (Saturday) for the 16 teams participating. The wind was light and the fog high.
LISOT (USA) entered the day tied for the lead in group B with Sinapore (SIN) - both had records of 5-1. Meanwhile in group A, where the round robin was complete, 5 teams were tied at 5-2 - NED, SWE, DEN, GER, & POL.
Sunday's competition was tough and never over until all the umpire calls were made. Unfortunately for LISOT, a few untimely penalties cost the race against POL and another loss to SWE left them at 11-3 when the regatta was terminated. POL was the winner, NOR second while LISOT tied with SIN for third but lost the tie-breaker to finish 4th - an improvement over last year's 6th place finish.
Once again LISOT proved they could sail with some of the best in the world. Congratulations to Marlena Fauer, Deirdre Lambert, Evan Read, Antoine Screve, Declan Whitmyer and coach Staffan Johannson for another great team racing result. Get home safely.

European Opti Team Cup - Sunday AM Update

The morning report from Berlin is good.
The wind is light again. Berlin 'sun' is bright high fog instead of low dark fog.
LISOT stands 9-1 - the only team with a single loss. SWE beat SIN.. Other top teams are NOR (LISOT (beat them yesterday) and POL. Still to come is SWE - next for LISOT. Stay tuned..

Saturday, October 27, 2007

LISOT in Berlin at European Opti Team Cup

This weekend the LISOT team of Marlena Fauer, Deirdre Lambert, Evan Read, Antoine Screve, and Declan Whitmyer is attending the 20th Annual European Opti Team Cup in Berlin, Germany. They are participating as a result of their win at the USODA Team Race Nationals in Lake Minnetonka this past summer.

Results from Berlin today are extremely encouraging. The 16 teams attending were divided into two eight team groups. The 16 teams are from 15 countries. This is a record in the 20 history of the event.

The day started with fog and very light wind and continued with light wind throughout the day.

At the end of day today, in group A (seven races sailed) there are 5 teams with 5-2 records - NED, SWE, DEN, GER, & POL

In group B, LISOT's group (only 6 races sailed) there are 2 teams at 5-1 - LISOT (USA) and SIN (Singapore). Unfortunately, there is some difference of opinion about how the USA vs SIN race should have been scored and USA came out on the losing end.

Tomorrow LISOT has a  race against a team with a losing record and barring a disaster they should end up at 6-1 and tied for first with SIN after 1st round. In their group, there will be one team at 5-2, likely NOR, which they have already beaten.

LISOT will likely need to go 3-2 against top 5 teams in group A tomorrow to make the finals. Forecast is for more wind and some sun tomorrow. Stay tuned and go LISOT!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

ACC's - Sunday

Sailing in Norfolk continues to be as challenging as ever for the fleet and the 43 LISOT sailors..
Today started with fog and light NW wind (under 5) and ended with flat calm and an abandoned race. The RC worked hard and got two races finished and a third one started before the wind died. The third race needed to be abandoned due to the lack of wind.. It was like a summer day and the Nationals in 2005 (hosted at the same venue) . The current was a major factor and the wind oscillated. The day was a challenge for all the sailors.
LISOT sailors had their ups and downs but many appear destined to make US teams heading aboard in the Spring of 2008.
Tomorrow is the third and last day of racing. The forecast is for more heat. Cross your fingers for some wind.
Full results are available at

Saturday, October 6, 2007

ACC's - Sat

Hello everyone - It's now 9:50PM and it feel's like a summer regatta when the sailing day last's until sunset. It did today too!
The 285+ fleet left the dock on time (1000) and the RC got started on time (1100). The breeze was light but sailable - 3-6 mph. The wind oscillated through about 30 degrees but the velocity was the difference. Sailing to the puffs was the key to success.
The RC got three races on and then the breeze increasea and shifted. Little did we know it was about to go back down! The last sailors got back to the dock after sunset.
Unfortunately I do not have online access to the results but they should be posted at A number of LISOT sailors are doing very well and everyone is working hard.
Clearly the standout performance today was Andrew Molllerus with a 9-1-1-1. Mo leads the regatta by a healthy margin.
Tomorrow will likely be warmer and more sunny. That may not bode well for the wind.
Stay tuned. There is a lot more racing to go. - Doug

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Pictures of Sept 30 Practice at AYC

This was the final weekend practice before the ACC's next weekend in Norfolk. We had a good turnout each day, about 50 sailors on Saturday and just over 40 on Sunday.

Our full Fall coaching staff took advantage of good breeze and sunny skies - Jens, Karl, John, Alejandro, Orestes and Paul-John had the kids doing a lot of starts and plenty of races - there are plenty of pictures including many starts, from Sunday's practice.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

IODA World Championship - Days 4 & 5

The NW winds that blessed the Team Racing Day continued into the 4th and 5th days of fleet racing. The trend continued that the wind abated a little during the night only to build again along with the day's temperatures.

On Monday (Day 4) the fleet left shore at 1000 with the wind at 18-25. During the first race the wind built into the 20's and by the second race the wind was more like 22-28. After the second race the RC hoisted AP over H and sent the sailors ashore. The wind continued to increase and topped in the upper 20's with solid gusts into the 30's.

Today the wind started the same as yesterday but never really built much. The RC completely exhausted the sailors with four long races in 18-25. They have now cumpleted 11 races in total. Benjamin Grez from Chile (CHI) leads by one point over Tsibookulis of Greece (GRE) who put in the amazing performance of a 1-1-2-3 today.

Team USA is now led be Pearson Potts in 55th followed by Morgan Kiss in 68th, LISOT's Marlena Fauer in 85th, Matt Wefer (LISOT) in 85th and Axel Sly in 186th.

Tomorrow is the last day of racing and the RC hopes to complete 3 races. The wind is predicted to be much lighter.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Optimist Nationals Summary

LISOT sailors took home a lot of silver at this year's USODA Nationals, across all fleets. LISOT had 4 finishes in the top 10, and 9 of the top 20 girls.

The event saw 281 compete in the championship fleet and 39 in green fleet. It was a light air 4 race series which ended up being sailed all on one day due to lack of wind.

Our sailors showed tremendous patience on the 3 no-wind days, as well as during the single, long day of light to moderate breeze in very shifty lake conditions.

Thanks to all the parents who helped with a tremendous amount of supplies for the largest LISOT attended Nationals ever - 44 sailors in the Championship fleet and 1 green fleeter. With temps in the low 90s, no wind and high humidity, the team went through water, ice and fruit faster than you can say Walleye.

Head coach Eric Storck and our coaching team of Manny Resano, Dennis Paaske and Kaity Storck did an great job keeping the kids focused and motivated on the race course, as well as during the many windless hours of waiting. The Frisbee and card games, and swimming in warm, fresh-water Lake Minnetonka helped pass the time and keep everyone

We also received a kudos from USODA for the many LISOT parents who volunteered to man race committee positions throughout the week, serving on the signal, pin and finish boats, as well as handling scoring.

Congratulations to Team X's Ian Stokes who won the regatta with finishes of 1,4,3,8 for 16 total points.  Results are at:

Top 20 LISOT finishers in each division are:

5. Declan Whitmyer
7. Andrew Mollerus
9. Antoine Screve
10. Evan Read
13. Holly Tullo

Red Fleet
4. Declan
5. Andrew
7. Antoine
8. Evan
14. Olivia Crane
17. Laura Wefer

Blue Fleet
4. Holly
14. Gary Prieto
15. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
17. Katie Kelly
18. Lily Katz

White Fleet
2. Drew Gallagher
4. Adele Whitmyer

Top 20 Girls
1. Holly
2. Olivia
4. Laura
6. Deirdre Lambert
11. Sarah Williams
13. Megan
15. Lily
16. Katie
19. Tracy Doherty

Congratulations to all who traveled to Lake Minnetonka. We'll see many
of you soon in Newport for the New England's (which has over 350
registered, including over 50 from LISOT, as of 7/27/07).

IODA World Championship - Day 3 and Team Racing Day

Day 3 (July 27) of the IODA World Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy brought the traditional SE winds. Although it look a little while to build adequately the wind finally built to 8-10 mph. The fleet had one good race (to make a total of 5 completed) before the wind started to die. Race 6 was started but the time limit to round the windward mark expired (30 minutes) and the race was called back. Unfortunately the RC was unable to run another race on this day. The five completed races did allow the RC to calculate the team standings and plan on running the IODA Challenge Cup on Saturday, July 28.
Team USA made a nice showing in race 5 with 3 sailors finishing in the top 10 and another in the top 20.
After 5 races Chris Steele from NZL continues to lead with only 30 points. Team USA is led by Marlena Fauer in 25th followed by Matthew Wefer in 90th, Morgan Kiss in 97th, Axel Sly in 116th, and Pearson Potts in 138th. With the next race, scheduled for Monday, July 30, one race will be discarded.
Unfortunately, Team USA scored 18th in the team scoring after the first five races. The top 16 teams qualify for the IODA Challenge Cup (team racing). Today, the day scheduled for this event, the wind started from the NW at 10-15 and built to 20-25 by the end. A complete series was run and Greece (GRE) took the team racing championship with a 2-1 victory over Sinapore (SIN) in the finals. Ecuador was third.
Tomorrow is a lay day and the RC has moved the start time for Monday up to 11 AM (local time) to hopefully permit running four races.
Complete results can be found at and the new event website at

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

IODA World Championship - 7/25/07

The IODA World Championship got started today in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy for the 256 competitors from 56 countries. The Race Committee got the first race off promptly at 1400 hours in the famed "Mistral" wind out of the NW at 16-25 mph. The race course took about 50 minutes to complete. After a short break the six divisions were started again as the wind built to be 20-28 mph. The fleet handled the tough conditions beautifully and again completed the race in about 50 minutes.
The standout performance of the two races came from Germany's (GER) Julian Autenrieth who had two firsts. Pierre Quiroga from France (FRA) had a first and a second and Ruggero Tita from Italy (ITA) had a third and a first. The USA sailors found the competition to be expectedly keen. LISOT's Marlena Fauer is the top US sailor in 47th. Morgan Kiss from MI is 67th, Matthew Wefer (LISOT) is 105th, Pearson Potts (NY) is 149th and Axel Sly (FL) is 192nd. All are looking forward to tomorrow's scheduled three races.
Complete results can be found at

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

IODA World Championship - 7/24/07

Today was the Practice Race. The day started as our other days have with the wind light from the S/SE. The Race Committee knew better though. They heard that the Mistral was in the north of Sardinia so it was just a matter of time. At about 2:30 PM the Mistral arrived in a big way! Instantly the wind shifted to the NW at 20-25. The RC clocked gusts to 30. The marks got moved and the practice race started. As usual some sailors took it as such a joke as to start in the wrong start or start early by 30 seconds. The US team took the opportunity to enjoy the big wind and waves and get a hour plus of good practice.
Coach Scott Norman has the US team focused and everyone is excited to have racing start tomorrow. The Mistral is likely to last into tomorrow although without quite as much strength.
At the Team Leaders meeting today the Race Organizers did explain that the event website was currently dead and that news of the regatta will be covered on the IODA website at .

IODA World Championship - 7/23/07

The US Team arrived in Sardinia, Italy in bits (Mand pieces between July 20 & 21 and now finally we have all our luggage. The sailors have been practicing in the heat and light (to moderate) winds each day. Last night (Monday) was the Opening Ceremonies. This 2007 World Championship features 56 countries and 256 competitors. The number of sailors is a record as apparently more and more countries are sending their maximum number allowed - five (5). The record number of countries was set in 2000 when entry for many countries was sponsored by IODA.

The US Team (Morgan Kiss, Pearson Potts, Matthew Wefer, Marlena Fauer, & Axel Sly) seems extremely well focused and should be well positioned to excel here. The fleet will be extremely competitive but the US has a nice combination of experience and speed.

Today is the practice race and tomorrow starts the real deal. Fleet racing runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Team Racing planned for Saturday.

Unfortunately there appears to be no actual event website. Further information can be found at the IODA website at The yacht club here, Yacht Club Cagliari, has a website at

Friday, July 20, 2007

Larchmont Race Week Opti Day - July 19

A late report, but LISOT sailors won every division in a windy version of this venerable event yesterday.

Drew Gallagher won white/white, Patrick Shanahan was 2.

Adele won white/yellow, Alex Delbello was 3.

Reiner EvD won blue/green, Spencer McDonough was 3, and Ian Crane 4.

Katie Kelley won blue/purple (in a tiebreaker) with Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick who was 2 , and Dan Delbello 6.

Matt Mollerus won blue/blue.

Declan won red and overall, Andrew Mollerus was 2, Marcus Edegran 3, Olivia Crane 4, and Elliott Morrill 6.

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Monday, July 16, 2007


All Opti North American OptiNAm 2007 Puerto Vallarta Mexico pictures
now posted at:

please forward this to rest of NA team and sponsors.

Best wishes,

Jon Fauer

Sunday, July 15, 2007

IODA North Americans - Final Results

The final day of racing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico provided two races to make a total of 12 races for the series and a second throwout. Antoine Screve once again came on strong at the end to finish 3rd overall. This is a huge improvement for the USA over last year when USA had one sailor in the first 15 and only 3 in the first 25. The highlights are:

1. Raul Rios (PUR) - 38
2. James Anfossi (BER) - 50
3. Antoine Screve (USA) - 59
Other USA notables in the first fifteen:
8. Axel Sly
9. Alex Jacob
14. Mac Agnese
19. Marlena Fauer
20. Declan Whitmyer
21. Evan Read
64. Matt Wefer
83. Laura Wefer
119. Olivia Crane

Regatta website:

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Jon Fauer Report from Mex

Sorry for pathetic optiNAms reporting...struggling to keep cameras running...

Team racing USA 2 team: dec twon mac george kutch and alec who put in a great performance but were pushed out by Argentina.

Team rac USA 1 (world team) matt marli morgan axel pearson went to final head to head against PUR (who won at SA in Rio ). in very close races just missed in final best of 3: 2-1.

Team race followed fleet race and went to 8:20 last nite


IODA European Championship

LISOT sailor Deirdre Lambert is one of four sailors representing the USA at the IODA European Championship in Greece, July 10-18. The event website ( reports there was big breeze (20-25 mph) on day 2 and mark by mark reporting for day 3 says there is still big breeze (25 mph).

After 7 races (posted) Deirdre currently stands 9th. Also representing the USA are Michael Popp (57th), Scott D'Allessandro (68th), and Chris Williford (99th).

The European Championship is unique in that it is the only major IODA event where boys and girls race separately. This has been the case for 20 years.

IODA North Americans - Making Progress

Although the information from Mexico is less than overwhelming the North Americans website reports that the second to last day of sailing was a blessing to the entire fleet. The RC managed three fleet races and also had time to finish the team racing.

The standout for the day was James Anfossi from Bermuda (BER) with a 4-1-1 but LISOT's Evan Read wasn't far behind with a 3-4-2. This moved James up to second overalll and Evan to 15th. Meanwhile other LISOT sailors are have some good performances - Antione Screve is 5th, Declan Whitmyer 17th and Marlena Fauer is 24th (4th girl).

A further highlight of the day was the team racing. Although the exact composition of the teams is unknown by this author (DPW) it is known that LISOT sailors Antoine, Declan, Marlena and Matt Wefer were all part of the two USA team racing teams. USA 1 lost only one race to PUR 1 (Puerto Rico) on their way to the finals while USA 2 won three races to finish in the 6/7/8 slot. In the finals USA 1 lost to PUR 1 2-1. Super job!

Saturday is the last day of racing. Two races are scheduled. If the second race is sailed there will be a second drop. The regatta leader Raul Rios (PUR) is sailing quite flawlessly but will have to hold off James Anfossi if there is a second drop.

The sailors head home tomorrow.

Regatta website:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

LISOT Enjoys Niantic Hospitality

Lisot's Niantic host's the Peck family, hosted a terrific dinner party for the Lisot gang on Wednesday night.

26 Sailors stayed on for practice after the Jr. Olympics Tuesday (won by Charlie Peck!). The day started with serious fog, so on with the running shoes, sergeant Mannie continued with a hart to hart discussion on motivation, focus and attitude! The fog lifted and in light conditions they
were able to train till 1600.

The dinner at the Peck's was great, the kids played soccer, volleyball, listened to Charlie playing the electric guitar, including "Freebird". - Roger van Loveren

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

North Americans in Mexico - Day 3

Early this morning results from Day 2 were finally posted. On Day 1 there was no racing due to a lack of wind. On Day 2 there were 4 races it appears in a range of conditions - wind and waves. Today, Wednesday, Day 3, there were 3 races but results have not been posted yet.
Tomorrow is Team Racing Day.
Check out Jon Fauer's great pictures of Day 2 at:

Monday, July 9, 2007

IODA North Americans-Day 1

There was no racing in Mexico today. The RC tried to get races started but the wind didn't cooperate. Stay tuned.

IODA North Americans Opening Ceremony

Latest Openening ceremony optiNAm pictures on website; - Jon Fauer

Saturday, July 7, 2007

OptiNAms pictures

First set of pictures from Opti North Americans in Puerto Vallarta
Mexico now uploaded at:

Please forward to team families

You can download full resolution copies of the pictures from the

Jon Fauer

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Finale set of Marstrand Pictures posted

All the Marstrand Sweden pictures are now up at
including latest upload of last days.

Jon Fauer

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More Sweden Pix

About 1000 pictures of LISOT and GLISOT in spectacular Sweden and more uploading tonite at

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Semi finals

With a 2-1 record, Lisot 2 was in a three-way tie for the final spot in semifinals, but missed the spot on a third level tie breaker.

In dying breeze, format has been changed again to a single race for semis and finals. I am at airport but reports from staffan and jon fauer indicate Lisot 1 was 2,3,4,6 at wm and 1,2,4,5 after traps and danish penalties at leeward mark.

No report on how it ocurred this time, but lisot 1 managed to lose on the last beat (for the second time in two consecutive races to Denmark). Will now face Stenungsund in one race petit final for 3d place.

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Group B round

Lisot 2 defeated Ireland 1,2,3 in first race. They are leading Hjuvik 1 in Race 2 at WM with unstable combination of 1, 2, 4, 7. In a close finish, Lisot 2 won its second race and now is one win away from the semi-finals, where they would face Kullavik.

Sun is out now, temp rising and breeze a bit light and fluky. Second round robin has been cancelled. Semis are next up.

On points, Lisot 1 is 3d in group A and will have a chance to avenge their earlier loss to Denmark in the other semi-final.

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Hjuvik Team Race Day 2

Last evening's soccer match was fun for everyone. In two 20 minute periods, the US and Ireland defeated Sweden 3-0 (Hannah Morril scored a nice goal against Declan who defected). Afterwards, the club organized a lovely barbecue--we blamed the Irish for the rain.

The format has been slightly altered for today. Groups A and B with both sail double round robins, follwed by multi-race semis and finals.

In first race of group A, Dec killed Hjuvik 2. Trapped them at wm to spring other 3 ahead, then trapped them at jibe mark for another 30 second and drew several penalties while lead grew, race over. Lots of no calls in messy roundings between den and kul. Don't know who won that.

In race 2 v Kullavik, they were 2,3,4 at wm, got balled up at jibe mark, then made many dozens of tacks on last beat. Finish was too close to call from shore.

Lisot 1 lost to DEN. A bad no-call at leeward mark and dying breeze killed them. If the judge does not recognize a mark trap and gives a no call when boats force in, it is trouble for our guys.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

End of day 1

After complete round: Hjuvik 2 is first, Lisot 1 second, Denmark world third, Kullavik fourth.

Lisot 1 lost to Hjuvik 2 in their last race today. Lisot 1 had put them in 7, 8 with a good mark trap at leeward mark, but failed to cover on last beat and sailed headed tack. Hjuvik ended 1,2,4,7.

Lisot 2 ended day 7th, and know that winner of B group makes semi-finals.

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Rounds 2 and 3

Lisot 2 now in action. Looked nervous in their first race and lost a close match to Hjuvik 2. More aggressive in their second match and almost knocked off the Danish world team--very close. All over the Irish world team to win match 3. Lost to Hjuvik 1 after leading into last beat.

After 3 rounds, Denmark leads with four wins. Hjuvik 2, Lisot 1 and Kullavik each have three wins.

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Hjuvik team race

Overcast, low 60s, flat water, 10-12 knots breeze. Parents can see all from benches atop rocks on shore. Entry fee of about $100 includes boats, sails and all meals all weekend for sailors--starting with Friday night dinner.

Format is interesting. After a full round robin, teams split into 2 groups. Top 3 in group A and top 1 in group B(!) move on to best 3/5 seeded semifinals, and finals.

Lisot 2 has a bye in first round this morning. Lisot 1 has just finished first two races. They beat Stengsunds 1,2,3,4. After tense moments, and some no calls on good mark traps by Lisot 1, they used speed to beat Kullavik 1,2,3. Kullavik has two world and two euro sailors. Hjuvik 1 and Danish world team are the other favorites.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hjuvik Wednesday Night Race

Ockero clinic sailors joined the regular Wednesday evening races last night at Hjuvik Boat Club (HjBK). Hjuvik is about a 1 hour sail around two islands adjacent Ockero. After an early dinner, all sailors set out at about 5 PM for Hjuvik.

Two races were run on a modified Olympic course in about 12 knots of breeze. Temps are back into the normal range, with highs in the 60s which gave the breeze some punch. The first start was for Lasers and Europes, the second start for Optis. About 40 Optis joined the racing--all the clinic sailors and a few other locals.

Lisot finished 1,2,3 in the first race with Declan 1st and Dierdre/Marlena essentially tied for 2d.

In the second race, Declan was again first to finish but the rumor is that Sarah forced him over early. No results have been posted, but all had fun and having seen them up close most want to try a Europe dinghy.

Racing did not finish until after 8 PM and with rain threatening and the temp dropping, the sailors skipped awards on shore, and set out for home. They arrived after 9 PM as the trip home was a bit of a beat.

Shortly after they arrived, the sun broke out below the cloud cover and gave us a nice light show for the last hour of its appearance this day. It rises again about 4 AM tomorrow.

All complained about being cold and ran for a warm shower, but of course none of them had worn dry suits. After showers, it was off to the daily 10 PM 'snack' of warm open-face ham and cheese on Hono bread, speciality of a nearby island.

After the front passes, clearing and big wind are expected tomorrow, maybe 30 knots, so all sailors lashed there sails down--well okay some did it themselves but others had to be prodded by Staffan. The plan is to take the morning off, sail in the afternoon, and perhaps go-kart in the evening.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Photos From Newport Opti Challenge

Photos by Bill Crane and Michael Rudnick have been posted at
The Yahoo ID is - newportchallenge07

The password is - jenskarl

Enjoy. - Bill & Michael

Saturday, June 9, 2007

LISOT Sailors Enjoy Three Guns In Newport

LISOT sailors Megan, Julia & Lily enjoyed Thames Street in Newport after the Race Committee signaled the day was canceled with three guns!

Newport Opti Challenge - Saturday

The annual Opti Newport Challenge is usually cool and brisk. Today the temps were cool but there wasn't much wind. For the 31 LISOT sailors and 93 total participants there was just a little rain, nearby thunderstorms and no sailing.
The rain held off mostly but looming thunderstorms to the west of Newport caused the Race Committee (RC) to postpone launching only to have the thunderstorms never arrive. Neither did the wind or clearing skies.
At 3 PM the RC sent the sailors home for the night and signalled an early start on Sunday - a 9 AM harbor start.

Lisot Invades Swedish West Coast

Declan and Antoine have arrived early enough to participate in today's Groto--Kalvsund--Runt, a figure eight race around the islands of Groto and Kalvsund. The race starts off the island of Bjorko, and the course twice crosses the path of the very large 5 lane car ferry from the mainland to Hono.

SSF a small sailing club on Bjorko are the organisers. SSF is well as it lies on the southern rock tip of Bjorko and claims as its harbor an 8-20 or so foot wide channel which extends a few hundred feet and is home to a fleet of varnished Folksboats--no Aluminum spars on these. The Optis delight in cutting through this channel on their way to the starting line, and then again on their way home.

Following one general recall, the fleet of 34 optis was off with 4 boats ocs. The race lasted 2 solid hours. Eight knots breeze and about 80 deg air, water 66 or so--very big temperature and low wind numbers for Sweden.

A group of 5 slowly drew away from the pack with Dec 1 and Ant 2 at the first several turning points. Declan's lead quickly diminished and he was eventually overtaken by Ant, when the four trailing boats got into a favorable downwind current right along the shore on the back side of Groto. Dec made his way in closer to shore and managed to keep 2 charging members of the SWE wlorld team and 1 cvharging member of the NOR world team behind him.

On the beat up the front side of Groto, the Swedes (Oskar Lundquist, and Gustav Larsson) finally got by Simon Kjellstrand into 3, 4. Then beating on the back side of Kalvsund, Dec went into shore to get out of current but it turned out that the extra distance cost him and Oskar who went out away from the island got by him into 2. They finished in that order, the group of 5 within talking distance after 2 hours, but stretching well out the on the pack.

Off to the amusement park, Liseberg, tomorrow.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Venice Team Racing Summary - By Staffan

The regatta took place in Venice over the weekend of May 11, 12, & 13th. 20 teams participated. LISOT was represented by Marlena, Declan, Antoine, Deirdra and Matt. The competition was fierce and 8 great teams participated and the regatta was leveled as Berlin with exception from last year that had a world championship standard due to the late worlds. Every meeting was short and always started with - This might be your last chance to win a big team racing regatta. By winning LISOT made US optimist history by being the first team to win or place better then 3rd in an international event. A clear sign that the US optimist sailing is on rise.

The first day was sailed in great breeze, 9 races were completed. We ended with 8-1 after beating Italy's world team and a loss against a regional Italian team. Best sailor of the day was Marlena - she had great boat speed for the day. The loss felt a bit unnecessary due to the unlucky start where we as usual had a boat over. The win against Italy showed world class, we had 2 boats over and where still able to turn race around!!

The second day we sailed great....after the starts...we lost every start. We made 4 unbelievable comebacks and Matt saved the day in the last two races after a great pass-back on the downwind. In the last race Matt caught the third placed sailor against Serbia and forced him to 7th. The loss against team 4 is not much to talk about.We were behind in the start, passed them on the downwind. At the downwind mark two of our sailors spun and since the last leg was one tack due to shifted wind it was nothing to do. Coming out with 7-2 record LISOT won the round robin and we would sailed against team 4 in the semi-final since they placed 4 after winning a tie against Lazio.

Last day started with a meeting, we agreed upon to skip the tailing and just do individual starts due to the lack of success in the pre-start against the better teams. The wind had changed and it was a very light breeze. We raced against Team FOR. We won with a 1,2,3 and made it look easy after we rounded the downwind mark in a winning comb. The final against Italy was tough and strange. We lost the first race heavily after missing the start -again or in this case the Italians did it better then we did. Most of our sailors started at the pin and the Italians just pulled away after the start. Around the upwind mark they were 1,2,3 and 4. There 4 slowed our sailors down and efficiently killed the race. In the second race the opposite happened. Deirdra held them off at the upwind mark and our sailors finished 1,2 and 3. The only thing to add is that they were very close to pass our 3 around the downwind mark, due to better downwind speed. The sailors have also learned how to cover on
the last leg in a very efficient way and if we are slightly a head or behind, we never lost a final leg. Last race went back and forth the whole race around in a great way, after loosing around the downwind mark it looked dark, or say impossible. The italians were 1,2,4,6 just 1/3 from the finish when we finally got hold on 2 of their sailors. Antoine and Matt sat on one poor Italian on the right side and Declan held the second one on the left allowing our 4th to close in. At the finish they all came in at the same time. We were still loosing but the margin was down to nothing. At the finish line one Italian got nailed on port and it was a total mess. One whistle was heard and a red flag flew. Who could it be? No one goes back!! After around 3 minutes an Italian boat went back to the jury boat!! The Italian was penalized for rule 42 but in my opinion they broke several rules at the finish line.

Many time no calls are made but in this regatta the overall standard of the judges were extremely high, in every race 4-5 sailors got penalized and I did not see many mistakes (our sailors will have a different opinion).

That we won the regatta was a great achievement that we all have worked extremely hard for in many years. Beating the Italians in Italy is always tough. Next LISOT must look toward team racing nationals and get a second shot for Berlin. See you soon.

Extra thanks to Peter Wilson for great input. - Staffan

Sunday, May 13, 2007

LISOT Continues To Roll At XXI Trofeo Marco Rizzotti

Day 2 (Saturday) of the XXI Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Team Race Regatta brought great breezes and a completion of the Gold Fleet round robin.

LISOT won it's last race in the prelimary round robin and then began the Gold Fleet round-robin. The Gold Fleet is made up of the top five teams from each of the two preliminary groups. Although LISOT lost to other USA team (Team FOR) they otherwise went undefeated to finish the Gold Fleet round robin at 7-2. At 7-2 LISOT was tied for first with Spain headed to the semi-finals against Team FOR.

The initial plan was for the semi-finals and the finals to be a best of five series however Sunday morning conditions caused the Race Committee to shorten these series to best of three.

Early Sunday morning (in the USA) reports from Venice state LISOT defeated Team FOR and the Italian National Team defeated Spain to both advance to the Finals. LISOT and Italy split the first two races in the finals. Meanwhile, Team FOR was doing the same in their Petit Finals with Spain. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 11, 2007

LISOT Has Successful Day At Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Team Race Regatta

The 21st Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Optimist Team Race Regatta started today in Venice, Italy. LISOT is one of two American teams participating by virtue of their co-win at the SE Team Racing Championship in St. Petersburg, FL in January. Team FOR (Florida) is the other US team. There are teams from Italy, Slovenia, Japan, Greece, Algeria, Spain, Croatia, Switerland, Hungary, New Zealand, & Serbia.
Today the 20 team field was divided into two groups of 10 teams each. Although the wind was light the Race Committee stayed to the task and got in 8 out of 9 races. Presumably tomorrow they will finish the round robin after which the first five teams in each group will advance to a championship bracket.
LISOT's team of Marlena Fauer, Deirdre Lambert, Antoine Screve, Matthew Wefer, and Declan Whitmyer had strong day ending with a record of 7-1. This puts them in a three way tie with the Italian National Team (that they beat) and a regional team from Naples. Team FOR is 6-2. They are in a three way tie for the lead in their group.
Saturday's second round will determine the four teams that will sail in the semi-finals for the championship on Sunday. 

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Reflecting On Team Trials

Life got back to normal this week for the 28 sailors that attended USODA Team Trials in Miami, FL last weekend. After 3 and a half long days of heat and intense competition the sailors will find school quite relaxing.

Team Trials was everything we expected it to be - big (202 sailors), warm (temps in the mid 80's) and ultra competitive. A sailor qualifies for Team Trials by finishing in the top 25% of a regional event like the Atlantic Coasts or the New Englands. The one exception is the Nationals where 50% of the fleet (including the Green fleet) qualifies. Obviously this raises the level of sailing immensely. In fact, it raises it so much that first to last in each race finish within a little over 4 minutes. That's a boat finishing every 2.4 seconds for four minutes. We had a number of parents generously donate their time to help on the finish boat.

Fortunately, LISOT sailors were up to the task. Although the conditions were extremely difficult (shifty and light to medium winds) everyone settled in and put together strong races (about 35 minutes in length). Twenty of our 28 sailors finished in the first half of the fleet and twenty-three of the twenty eight will likely be invited to the US National Team (50 sailors) or US National Development Team (25 sailors). It would appear that at least 13 sailors will receive invitations to this summer's international teams. This is nearly 25% of the available spots.

Clearly we are very fortunate to have available to us great clubs that support our activities early year round and a critical mass that permits practices that simulate as best you can this type of competitive environment. Our coaches continue to be instrumental in the success of our sailors. Jens Kulstad (the doctor of psychology), Manny Resano (the doctor of speed) and Soren Laugeson (the doctor of experience) all gave our sailors whatever they needed (mental support, boat speed help or tactical advice). Many thanks go to these guys for a super effort. Parental support shouldn't be forgotten either as without this no sailor would be there!

It's now time to look ahead toward spring and summer training and the national and regional events in Minnesota (Nationals), Newport (New Englands), and Norfolk (Atlantic Coasts). We hope to see you at a practice soon. - Doug, Wes, & Phil

Sunday, May 6, 2007

TT - It's Over

LISOT had a great showing this weekend.
Today the RC got in two 2 races to make 14 for the series.
At the awards 19 LISOT sailors were announced for the US National Team and US Nationall Development Team. All LISOT sailors can be proud to have again landed 2 sailors on the 5 sailor World Team., 1 on the European Team, 5 on the North American Team and 7 more on the. Flanders (Belgium) and British Nationals teams. This is 13 sailors out of 56 spots.
Many of us are sitting in MIA airport waiting for thunderstorms to clear. Our plane has been diverted from LGA to JFK because we are sippard to arrive too late. I'll write a more detailed report tomorrow.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Team Trials - Saturday Summary

It was a new day and with it brought new inconsistency at Team Trials in
Miami today. The fleet left the dock on schedule (9:30) with a strange
northeasterly wind seemingly a result of the early morning storm cells to
the west of Biscayne Bay. While the wind was light (5 knots) it did slowly
build but the course was tough to figure out. A little bit of current made
for far fewer OCS's today. In fact, significant line sag allowed observant
sailors a huge starting advantage.

Throughout the day the wind continued to build topping off at about 12-14 in
the fourth race. The Race Committee efficiently ran 5 more races (now 12
races have been sailed) and nearly killed the finish line committee. Each
start of 100 boats was finishing in just over 4 minutes! Finish line helpers
Annette Morrill, Karen Doherty and grill-meister Bob Read we totaling
exhausted after their day on the water.

Coaches Jens Kulstad, Manny Resano and Soren Laugeson all kept the LISOT
sailors focused and motivated. Although there were some lows to the day
(yellow flags and OCS's), many LISOT sailors scored top ten finishes.
Marlena Fauer, Melany Johnson, and Deirdre Lambert all scored bullets. How
about that girl power! Chris Schade, Matt Wefer and Declan Whitmyer each had
seconds while Andrew Mollerus, Evan Read and Markus Edegran all scored
thirds. Laura Wefer, Lily Katz and Tracy Doherty also scored in the top ten
with a fifth, sixth and ninth, respectively.

LISOT currently has at least 11 sailors in the range to qualify for the
summer International Teams but as many as three races will be sailed
tomorrow so the results are far from certain. Dock start is again at 9:30 so
we'll all hope for some more top ten finishes.

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Team Trials - Friday Summary

Day 2 of Team Trials greeted the sailors with almost no wind in the morning. The RC postponed the dock start time to noon and then when the wind started up earlier than expected moved the dock start time to 11:30. The RC did a great job getting the races started on time and Race 4 began shortly after 12:30 PM. The breeze was light but building slowly from the East. As each race passed the wind continued to build until it reached about 12 mph and then for the fourth race of the day the breeze actually backed off to about 8-10. It took until 6 PM to get the four races finished.
The conditions were not quite as challenging as yesterday. They did  require you to pick a side of the course and sail there because the middle often seemed to have less wind. The challenge of the day was to start well without being over early (and therefore OCS). Most starts were started under the Black Flag but even when race 7 was started under the "I" flag there were many scored as OCS. In the four races today there were about 100 OCS's. While LISOT didn't have too many we had our share.
Tomorrow the dock start has again been moved back to 9:30 AM. The hope is for 4 or 5 races but it will take fresh wind to accomplish this. The prediction is for much of the same.
So far (after seven races) Morgan Kiss from Michigan leads with local Mac Agnese second and Pearson Potts third. LISOT's first five are Matt Wefer (7), Antoine Screve (11), Deirdre Lambert (16), Marlena Fauer (18), and Evan Read (19). The next throwout, at 12 races, will play a huge role in the scores so stay tuned!
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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Team Trials - Thursday Summary

What a tough day! The fleet left the dock as planned at 11:45 and sailed almost 30+ minutes out to the racing area in  ESE breeze at about 6-8 knots. Temps were in the mid 80's when the sun was out but when some local cells approached so did the clouds. Fortunately the sailors didn't get too crispy.
The race committee (RC) got 1A off pretty much on time (under a Black Flag)  but the wind was patchy and shifty. As the day went on the breeze dropped and got more shifty. Surely the sailors must have thought they were on Long Island Sound. The RC perservered and got three races in although the last one had some sailors not make the time limit because the breeze had dropped to 5 or less at times.
The scores ( show how difficult it was to be consistently at the top. The schedule tomorrow calls for a Dock Start at 9:30 AM with a 11:00 AM first start. Presumably the RC will try for 4 or 5 races to stay with their hope of getting in 15 races for the series. The forecast is for more of the same (or slightly more).

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wednesday Summary

It was typically hot and humid in Miami today for practice. The wind filled in and the coaches Jens, Manny & Soren gave the sailors a good couple of hours workout until the skies threatened about 3:30.
The sailors went about getting their equipment measured and everyone seems ready for the regatta to start. The team had a nice BBQ at the Residence Inn thanks to Annette Morrill, Karen Doherty, Nancy Koltes, and Susan Katz. Bob Read presided over the grill.
Racing starts tomorrow afternoon. The weather prediction for the next 4 days is much the same - hot, humid and moderate seabreeze.

Team Trials 2007

The 2007 USODA Team Trials starts tomorrow at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL ( and indications are it will be the largest ever at almost 200 boats. All of the sailors qualified by finishing in the top 25% of a regional regatta in the last 12 months (or top 50% of the Nationals). This event makes the team of sailors that will represent the USA at this summer's World, European and North American Championship as well as the Danish Nationals and the Flanders (Belgium) Youth Regatta. There are only 57 spots for these 5 events.
LISOT has 29 sailors participating. Expectations are high after 14 lisot sailors qualified for Spring international teams but Team Trials is always the most competitive event of the year. Not only is the competition fierce but the four days of sailing are both physically and mentally gruelling.
Racing starts on Thursday afternoon and goes through Sunday afternoon. Conditions are expected to be typical Biscayne
Bay-temps in the low 80's with moderate seabreezes daily.
Expect a daily post here but if you lwould like more frequent reports subscribe to the LISOT list from the LISOT website at - DPW

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Team Trials Meeting For Parents - Saturday at AYC

There will be a parents meeting to talk about Team Trials logistics this
Saturday morning, April 28, at about 10 AM or as soon as possible after the
sailors launch.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Practice - April 21 & 22 - American YC

Practice this weekend for both Advanced and Development groups is at American YC.
Jens Kulstad, Manny Resano & Karl Mittermayr are coaching.
Rigged and ready time is 9:30 AM SHARP!
A reminder that boats should be offloaded in the main parking lot - NOT near the drysail area. Also, the water is still really cold. Dry suits are required!
Annette Morrill will be collecting money and Bill Crane is the Parent-of-the-Days.
Have a great weekend. - Doug

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Holland Final Report

The start of the last day of racing was delayed for a little while protests were sorted out. This was necessary because after the first 8 races the fleet was divided into thirds (Gold, Silver and Bronze). This concept allows each 1/3 of the fleet to race against each other for the final day rather than the hit or miss of what group you are paired with.

Conditions were much like the prior days with moderate breezes and warming temperatures. The RC kept the races in the 30-40 range but had to use the black flag at the start. Team USA had a great day with many top twenty finishes in the Gold fleet and Morgan Kiss even moved up to 2nd overall.

In all, it was a great trip for Team USA and the LISOT sailors. The conditions were spectacular, the hospitality wonderful, the friendships rewarding and the experience (lake sailing) worthwhile. Everyone should be so lucky as to get to attend this event in their sailing career.

Final Results:
1 Phil Sparks (GBR) 11
2 Morgan Kiss (USA) 33
3 Mikka Nikkilla (FIN) 51

LISOT Sailors:
31 Evan Read
40 Olivia Crane
43 Markus Edegran
81 Laura Wefer
23 Tracy Doherty
29 Lily Katz
38 Chris Price
46 Ian Storck

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Garda Final

The last day dawned much like the days earlier in the week. Cool and clear with some haze over the lake. One race to go and by noon the breeze had picked up to 18knots or so with chop and some shifts.

Nick Clemence and Erika Reineke both started way left near the pin and were able to stay above the fleet. They had a great last race with Erika finishing 5th and Nick 9th.

The overall results for the Americans
Mike Popp 40
Erika Reinke 44
Nick Clemence 47
Melaney Johnson 65 (LISOT)
Chris Schade 74 (LISOT)
Kav Stokes 145
Brady Stagg 148
Pat Jacobitti 177 (LISOT)
Ian Stokes 234
Maddie Bricker 237
Kayla Gibson 268
Will Romeo 279
Tiller Tillinghast 293 (LISOT)

Monday, April 9, 2007

Holland Day 3 Summary

Phil Sparks from GBR continues to put on a clinic for the fleet. He has 10 points in 7 races. Morgan Kiss (USA) had a great day with a 3-6-4-3. Graham Landy had some bad luck to be fouled at the leeward and in the process he capsized. His request for redress was denied but he still stands 9th overall. Evan Read (LISOT) also had some bad fortune as he received two yellow flags. This second yellow earned him a DSQ in the race ofthe flag. After 8 races (and Day 3) 15 Americans are in the top 90 and therefore are sailing in the Gold fleet today. LISOT sailors are fairing well - Markus Edegran is 28th, Olivia Crane 66th and Laura Wefer 85th.
In silver fleet are Lily Katz (113), Tracy Doherty (119), Ian Storck (137), and Chris Price (138).
After a short delay on shore this morning while the results were sorted out the fleet has returned to the water with temps around 60 and breeze from the WSW at 12-15. It's really nice!
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Holland - Start Last Day

Again we arrived at 8 AM but today there was no fog and the temps are already 10 degrees celcius. Yesterday they got to 16. The breeze is from the WSW - already 10-12. It's really nice!
We're presently in a holding pattern on shore (9:25)while official results are posted.. Max Lopez will move up into the Gold fleet (top 90) as he was granted redress. Graham Landy won his protest but was denied redress. He is still 8th overall. Morgan Kiss is top American in 3rd. 14 American sailors are in the Gold fleet. Six are in silver fleet (91-180). More soon. -Doug
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Saturday, April 7, 2007

LISOT at Stamford YC - Braving The Cold

Holland - Day 2 Posted Results

A great day for USA and for LISOT. While USA's Graham Landy ripped off a 1-1-8 today LISOT's Evan Read and Markus Edegran were hanging close in 13th and 16th overall. Olivia Crane and Lily Katz are also presently in the top 90 - the goal for sailing in the gold fleet on Monday. There will be 3 or 4 races tomorrow (Easter Sunday) weather permitting.

Four races completed - With the next race there will be a throwout
1 Phil Sparks (GBR) 6
2 Graham Landy (USA) 20
3 Pieter Goedhard (NED) 21

Team USA
13 Evan Read 49
16 Markus Edegran 52
26 Carson Crain 69
38 Michael Booker 77
40 Alex Curtiss 81
43 Jack Ortel 82
52 Morgan Kiss 96 (has BFD to throw out)
60 Olivia Crane 104
62 Alex Ramos 107
64 Mitchell Kiss 109
65 Lily Katz 109
73 Max Lopez 115 (has BFD to throw out)
74 John Andril 116
93 Alec Ruiz-Ramon 140
99 Laura Wefer 146
131 Tracy Doherty 175
133 Cam Purton 178
135 Chris Price 178
188 Ian Crane 226

LISOT Alive and Well At Home!

The LISOT home team is sending their congratulations to the LISOT sailors at
the South Americans and wishing good luck to our teams in Holland and Italy.

15 sailors were greeted by ice on their boats this morning in Stamford.
Temperatures are making it barely into the 40's and we have a stiff WNW
breeze approaching 15 knots currently. Everybody is hard at work and having
a good time.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Garda Day 2 Update

Day Two brought different conditions from the first as the breeze took its time building to around 15kts from the SSE. Once the wind came in, around 1:30PM, the race committee sent the sailors off one the first of three races. Throughout the day the breeze shifted consistantly to the left and a thick haze dropped down from the mountains on both sides making conditions a bit difficult, but TEAM USA took it in stride and had some awesome finishes. Erika Reinke for FLYC drove her way in with a 17, 6 and 45 which puts her in 45th overall and close to the top ten girls. Kav Stokes had a 3rd in the 4th race, his best to date. Chris Schade also had his best day of the regatta so far with a 24, 10 and 21, which moved him up to 65th overall. Nick Clemence continued his string of top finishes with a 15, 9 and 39 in his races. Patrick had a bit of a hiccup in race number 4 as he swamped his boat right at the start 60 seconds before the gun. After bailing like crazy he managed to run through 85 boats and cross the finish line in 100th. Hopefully that will be his drop. Brady Staggs had some sprit issues early but manages to climb his way back through the fleet and come up with some good finishes consistently getting better as the day went on. Currently the standings for TEAM USA are:

Erika Reinke 45
Nick Clemmence 50
Melanie Johnson 53
Chris Schade 65
Pat Jacobitti 123
Brady Staggs 147
Kav Stokes 155
Maddie Bricker 161
Ian Stokes 193
Will Romeo 249
Kayla Gibson 285

Race 7 is just finishing, light breeze 8-10 with chop.

Kav Stokes 18
Chris Schade 23
Melanie Johnson 23
Nick Clemmence 29
Kayla Gibson 70
Brady Staggs 82
Ian Stokes 86
Pat Jacobitti 102
Maddie Bricker 104
Erike Reinke 104

Looks like the committee got in three races again today, as the fleet has just started to make a bee-line for the gelato shops here in Garda! - Scott

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SA Final

Raul Rios finished 1, only 2 points ahead of Antoine who finished strong with 2 bullets on the last day.

Marlena ended up 14 (2d girl) and Matt 15 which put three US sailors on the award podium--all of them from LISOT.

Axel ended up 28, and Declan 33--four of the top five Americans from LISOT.

Jack was next at 48 (I think), then Mac at 53. That is 7 US sailors in the top 50, last year there were 2, and the best was only 44th!!

The award presentation was a 3 screen video presentation of the sailing, with great shots of all the kids with the rugged Rio coastline in the background. A good end to a great event. Today we have organized a brief shopping and beach trip before heading off to the airport. Good Luck in Holland and Garda. - Wes

Holland Day 2

We arrived on time (8:00) to slightly cooler temps (low 50's), mostly cloudy skies and light breeze from the NE.
First start (2A) went off on time in about 6 knots. All three starts are now on the course.
2A is on the last leg - now 75 minutes on the course.
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Friday, April 6, 2007

Holland - Simon, Olivia & Juan

Holland - Day 1 - Only 1 Race

NNE winds - 8-12 mph

Edegran - 5
Landy - 10
Booker - 11
Read - 17
Crane (Olivia) - 17
Crain (Carson) - 23
Alex Curtiss - 26
Ruiz-Ramon - 28
Katz - 32
Doherty - 38
Price - 38
Ortel - 38
Andril - 49
Kiss (Mitchell) - 50
Storck - 51
Purton - 52
Wefer - 58
Lopez - OCS
Kiss (Morgan) - OCS

Race winners were GBR (Phil Sparks), BEL & FIN.

250 boats

Three races planned for tomorrow. - DPW

Holland - Day 1

The sun is shining and the temps are climbing through the 50's. The breeze is building slowly from the NW. It is now 8-10 as the sailors wait to launch. It is noon now and the first race is to start at 2 PM. Two races are scheduled today.-Doug
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Garda Day 2

Another beautiful day in Garda today. Sun shining and light breeze out of the north. If all goes as usual the "Ora" breeze should come in from the South around noon and pick up to 15 or more. All boats launched by 11:15am for 12:00 gun. US sailors out early before the crowd. Tough to do on the water reports from here (strict rules about power boats on this end of the lake). Will update as results come in..-Angel

Garda Results - Day 1

Event website -

Michael Popp - 28
Melany Johnson - 41
Erika Reineke - 44
Nick Clemence - 63
Patrick Jacobitti (LISOT) - 78
Chris Schade (LISOT) - 134
Brady Stagg - 136
Kayla Gibson - 184
Teddy Stokes - 194
Ian Hollerbach - 196
Ian Stokes - 229
William Romeo - 236
Bev Elmer - 257
Pravan Chugani - 286
Tiller Tillinghast (LISOT) - 330
RA Norris - 350
Nicholas Harrington - 437
Jamie Craven - 472
Granger Anderson - 487

Thursday, April 5, 2007

SA day 4

A weak cold front came through today. It looked like rain several times but they go for 6 months without rain so no one seem worried it would actually happen dn the band moved ahead to set up at he pool for the luau.

Two races today. The first in a cool, punchy southwesterly. Marlena (2), matt (2) and declan (5) all had good races and moved up in the overall classification. A long delay ensued rior to race 10 as the wind repeatedly dropped to zero then puffed up from a radically different direction. They ultimately got the races off but things were very dicey fom a direction and velocity standpoint.

After 10 races, provisional results put Marli 5, Twon 6, Matt 21, Axel 29, Declan 41, Mac 48.

The boys are now unapologetically calling John Lambert 'Lambo'. I think he is secretly revelling in his time with da boys. Fortunately he is clever enough to help the otherwie hapless boys thwart the girls' pranks. Two races and awards/closing tomorrow evening.

Last year the best American finisher was 44 (Chanel Miller) and there wer only two Americans in the top 50. This year there are 6 Americans in the top 50, and 4 of the top 5 Americans are LISOT sailors!

SA Lay Day

The US squad started their off day early with a catered party on the night before hosted by the Sonnier, Rees, Zonnenberg and Hall families, who are ensconced in the proverbial house on the hill, complete with cook, maid etc. They organized a Brazilian barbecue for all 40 or so in our entourage. There was some betting among the adults over who would 'fall' into the pool first, but no real payout when the nearly even odds Dodge did a cannonball from atop a poolside bench to spray many of us. Earlier in the week, the girls have been equally mischevious but more devious. First they stole all the toilet paper from the boys room, then they took and hid their life jackets just before race time. John was scrambling for the former, the boys were scrambling for the latter. Convinced, based on the events of previous evening that the Brazilian boys must have climbed into the US container to steal their lifejackets, the girls got nervous and the LJ appeared in the boys' boats, averting international incident.

For our tour, we chose to go to the Pao de Azucar cable car first, then to the Corcovado cog train. The views from atop these landmark are nothing short of spectacular. The Pao rises 400 meters more or less vertically out of the sea and boasts a small forest on the top complete with squirel monkeys. The somewhat periless cable car ride makes it a thrill for everyone. Jon Fauer reports that the cars are originally put into service in CH. When they are considered too old, they are sent to FR. When too old for FR, they are shipped of to ES, when too old for ES, to BR. I might have missed an IT step in there, but yikes either way.

Corcavado is much higher, occasionally obscured by clouds, and absolutely breathtaking. Lots of photos ops on top due to the Cristo. Minimal detail casts him as a powerful figure who seems to be moving as they sky swirls around him. Watch this space, and Jon's web upload site for photos.

Our driver took us by Lablon and Copacabana beaches on our way home. Plenty of sand scultures and beach volleyball--including a soccer style in which players may not use their arms. As it was late in the day, the boys were disappointed that there were not more girls on the beach. Gerard entertained them however by actually putting on Mary Kate's just-purchased bikini top. The day ended for most as they often do with skewered meat and caipirinha.

LISOT Practice, Friday, April 6th - Canceled

The LISOT practice scheduled for Friday, April 6th at Stamford Yacht Club is canceled. Practice on Saturday, April 7th is scheduled with a "Rigged and Ready" time of 9:30 AM.

Garda Report

Lay Day yesterday. Angel and Chris went to the top of Mount Baldo via the cable car and spent some time at the castle discovering all sorts of nooks and crannies. Patrick and I went to Gardaland to take in the rollercoasters! We had the opening ceremonies last night and marched throuh the town complete with a Dixieland band. The mayor welcomed all the sailors and declared the 25th Optimist Meeting Open! The weather today is typical Garda breeze. Coming in from the south packing quite a punch. Judgeing by the looks of the flags, its looks to be around 18 if not more. We'll let you know how everyone did once the racing is done for the day.


Pictures From Garda

Link To South Americans Photos

Thanks to Jon Fauer for sharing photos from Brazil.

Holland Report

Yesterday was a day off. Almost everyone went to Amsterdam for museums and general touring.
Today we're at the venue. The sun is out, the breeze is 6-10 from the west and it's probably 55 degrees. The sailors are out practicing until about 2.PM today. After that they are going go-karting for relaxation. Racing starts tomorrow afternoon.

SA Team Racing

Nations Cup. The three US teams finished 4 (LISOT), 5, 6 (Team 4). The course was set near to shore for the benefit of spectators, which meant that the breeze was somewaht shifty and unpredictable. The races were also longer than we are used to sailing, a solid 20 minutes on a regular opti course when the breeze was up. This meant that the boats could separate for leverage on the beats. That is essentially how our guys lost. After sailing very smart and winning the first three matches, including a 1, 2, 3, 4 which put PUR (the ultimate champ) into the loser's bracket, they lost to SIN and ISV in succession on mental errors, permitting them leverage on the last beat.

A similar scenario played out on the SA TR Champs course. ECU eliminated ARG in the final feet of the semifinal race, even though ARG had led all around the course. Watching gave you the sense of the sailor's frustration on day 2. One spectator boat was jammed with all the parents from ARG and ECU, both flags flying proudly from the yardarm. Within minutes of being elimianted, the ARG flag was lowered funereal style and everyone proceeded to cheer for ECU. When PER (a big kid team) learned ECU (a little kid team) had knocked of favorite ARG, they celebrated as though they had already won the championship, and indeed beat ECU 2-0 in the best of 3 final in the strong late afternoon breeze.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Fwd: SA Day 3--Steadier Breeze Boosts Teams US and LISOT

The forecast was for less wind than day 2, but fortunately the forecast was
wrong and the sailors enjoyed a higher mean velocity with smaller (angle and
magnitude) shifts. The improved conditions allowed the RC to reel off 4
long races today. Eight of the twelve scheduled races have now been
completed. With four days to go, many are wondering if they will end the
event early or amend the SIs and run more than 12 races?

Provisional overall results posted late last night still show Raul Rios of
PUR (who won the US midwinters) leading with only 15 points after one
discard. Antoine is 7, Marlena 11, Matt and Axel tied for 21, Declan and
Mac tied for 43. The results are extremely close with a single point
separating places in the overall classification.

Today is team racing. The non-South American teams will compete for the
Nations Cup, while the south american countries will compete among
themselves for the South American Championship. Last year the US more or
less ran the Nations Cup and we have offered to do so again this year. It
is not clear exactly how the event will be organized yet this year, but we
have been asked to help umpire the SA Champs.

Thursday is a lay day, and we will take a bus to the Pao Azucar and

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Monday, April 2, 2007

South Americans After Day 3

Cumulative results after 8 races are posted on the event website.

They're Practicing In Holland

Rio Day 2--back to reality

Shrugging off the caipirinha, samba and rotisserie meat to bring you this report.

Race 2 started in a modest southwest breeze. Expecting the breeze to keep backing to the southeast, the US and Bermuda all charged left off the line. The South Americans dug right. A Brazilian won each flight in what was shaping up as essentially lake sailing. Writing the words southwest and southeast, I am reminded how disorienting it is to have the sun in the northern sky. The kids marvel at the counterclockwise flow of water down the sink.

In race 3 Bermuda dug right with the South Americans and most of our sailors went left looking for the sea breeze to continue to back as it had the previous day.

After race 3 I became convinced the best strategy was to sail the tack taking you into the middle of the bay. Every puff passed through the middle and with more velocity than along the shore. Going left or right did not seem to matter so much as staying in or sailing toward the middle of the bay.

Race 4 was more of the same.

It being nearly impossible to pry the kids away from the venue (even though the boys room is beginning to resemble a mold farm), we dragged our fearless team leader out last night against his will to an adult dinner at Porcao, a Brazilian style restaurant. It is aptly named since many parts of the the 'poor cow' get skewered and rotisseried. Endless skewered meat was on the menu. To our amusement we learned after an outstanding meal that the restaurant has an outlet on Park Avenue and the 20s in New York.

Current US overall results are

Marlena 14 (60 pts, 40 to drop)

Antoine 36 (80 pts, OCS to drop)

Axel Sly 40 (85 pts, 38 to drop)

Christian Locke 53 (94 pts, 40 to drop)

Matt 55 (94 pts, 32 to drop)

Dierdre 62 (98 pts, 32 to drop)

Mary Kate 63 (99 pts, 32 to drop)

Michael Z 67 (104 pts, 51 to drop)

Dodge 82 (118 pts, 46 to dro)

Jack 83 (119 pts, 51 to drop)

Declan 107 (136 pts, ocs to drop)

Gerard 136 (164 pts, ocs to drop)

Chris Williford 170 (197 pts, ocs to drop)

Ian 179 (210 pts, ocs to drop)

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Holland - Another Day of Touring - 4/1/07

Notice the breeze in the background?
Parents enjoyed "Binky Beer"
Tomorrow the sailors have their first day of practice in Braassemermeer.

South Americans - Day 2

Although there is no confirmation yet (posted results), initial reports all indicate that conditions were extremely light and shifty for the three races that were run. Not nearly the great results as on Day 1. Look for a better report later tonight (tomorrow). - DPW

LISOT Experiences Holland

With attitude!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Harken pens save the day and--at last--Race 1

Day one of the regatta and of course no wind after days of 10+ knot sea breezes.

During the shore delay Jorge Agnese happened to be in the boys room which was getting its daily cleaning and linen replacement. Upon reaching the door to leave, the maid called out to him in Portugese. He turned to address her as she emerged from the bathroom. Between the fingertips of her outstretched hand was one of the pens Harken was kind enough to send to the team. The pen had brown goo smeared all over it, and the maid had a look of horror in her eyes and the fingers of her other hand clamped firmly over her nose.

Apparently she has never seen peanut butter. Thanks Harken for an essential regatta tool! Luckily we have enough pens to make sandwiches the next 7 regatta days!

Late in the afternoon enough sea breeze came up for a single light air race. Team USA had a great showing, and so did Team LISOT. At the weather mark in Race 1A, Dierdre was 12, and Marlena 14. They finished 13 and 5 respectively. Sam Stan was 12 and all 3 should move up one place as a GRE boat ahead of Marlena picked up a measurement penalty.

At the weather mark in Race 1B, Antoine was 1, Michael Z was 9. Antoine won, Dodge Rees was 2, and Z moved up to 5 at the finish. Chris Williford was 3(ocs), but it was looking like 4 US boats in the top5!

Race 1C, Declan led all around the course until the last few feet when he was 'pipped' by SIN. Christian Locke was 6 at the weather mark and finished 4. Matt was 7 at the weather mark and finished 11.

Even though there is lots of racing yet to go, this is a big improvement over last year when the US team was happy to have any boat in the top 30. LISOT should be particularly proud to have all 5 of its sailors in the top 12. Leandro deserves lots of credit for keeping everyone loose and helping them analyze the venue.

Four races are planned for tomorrow.

SA's - Day 1 Results Posted

Only 1 race today - Good LISOT results - 4 1/2 hours waiting for wind.
Flight 1 - Marlena 5th, Deirdre 13th
Flight 2 - Antoine 1st
Flight 3 - Declan 2nd, Matt 11th

Full results -

SA's - First Day Over

At the event website ( the yellow vertical band in the middle has a short summary of events through the day.

LISOT Sailors in Rio de Janeiro

LISOT sailors pose after the Opening Ceremonies of the 2007 IODA South American Championship

SA's - Unbelievable Rio...

This picture was taken from the hill behind the club! Unbelievable!


Friday, March 30, 2007

What's up in Rio

This from Wes Whitmyer in Brazil.

It's hot. Sun is up early and down early. Shortly after 6 AM, the blazing sun rises and the temp quickly rises from high 70s to high 80s with lots of humidity and zero wind. Sailing is on a small secondary bay. Not much current and flat water (except when regular water taxi to rio passes, or one of the very large fish jumps--So many I'd be surprised if one does not end up in a boat) but sailing is very tricky. Sea breeze comes up after 12 and seems to die out when sun goes down just after 5 PM. Relatively short window for sailing. Sea breeze enters bay over and between a series of mountains (jungle covered rocks with a few favelas) which extend down to the shore. Localized puffs seem to come down the face with 2+ times the mean wind velocity. The puffs do not come from a reliable direction and varied through about 90 deg yesterday. Lots of auto tacks. First boat to first puff will likely be gone. Opening today at 11.30 followed by practice race.

Monday, March 26, 2007

JF - South Americans - 3/26/07

From Jon Fauer In Brazil -

Please forward to all

Windless morning hot around 95 like Leandro said.

12 noon 100 degrees F 1-,5 15 kts w turquoise blue bay flecked with sparkles

This is one of best equipped clubs I've seen. Like a 4 star resort w
sailing. Most impressive is the air compressor station to fill air bags.
5 of best tennis courts in rio. Pool as big as biltmore. Internet room for
kids w 30+ computers.

Nice Rooms for kids at club. Far cryfrom el Tuque.

There is an on-site store-chandlery with everything: line bungee bailers
gloves parts duct tape airbags and high end clothing.

Update: in addition to bow line bring short line to run it thru at bow.
Also some boats do have hiking strap bungees, but bungee and line is
plentiful and cheap at store in club

Thet received email w IDs and are printing them today.
when you arrive at club, you will IDs. Ask for Bruno - he has them. We had
to show our passports and you might too.

The I'd has barcode on it. That's how you charge food drinks etc. You pay
total end of day at cashier by pool

Arrivals: look for someone in International arrivals hall just as you leave
customs with an OPTI S America and maybe USA sign

Any major problems email or text me: 1-917-664-4226. I'll be waiting at

Health: it's cleaner here than most places in US and food is great.
Exotic fruits are fresh and plentiful. There's a nurse's first aid station
but you have more chance of needing Pepto Bismol in New York than here. Only
thing to remember is suntan lotion lots of hydration and think hot Miami
type weather except its a much prettier view

From the club will be the 2nd most beautiful sunsets in world

More to follow

Jon Fauer
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