Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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
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: www.2007optinationals.com
Top 20 LISOT finishers in each division are:
5. Declan Whitmyer
7. Andrew Mollerus
9. Antoine Screve
10. Evan Read
13. Holly Tullo
14. Olivia Crane
17. Laura Wefer
14. Gary Prieto
15. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
17. Katie Kelly
18. Lily Katz
2. Drew Gallagher
4. Adele Whitmyer
Top 20 Girls
6. Deirdre Lambert
11. Sarah Williams
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).
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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 www.optiworld.org. The yacht club here, Yacht Club Cagliari, has a website at http://www.yachtclub-cagliari.com/default_e.html.
Friday, July 20, 2007
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
Sunday, July 15, 2007
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: http://www.optinam2007-mexico.org/Optinam2007/
Saturday, July 14, 2007
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
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.
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: http://www.optinam2007-mexico.org/Optinam2007/
Thursday, July 12, 2007
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
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