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.

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