Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LISOT's Reinier Eenkema van Dijk Takes 9th at Orange Bowl!

Continuing a tradition spanning more than 50 years, the annual Orange Bowl Regatta was held at Coral Reef YC in Coconut Grove, Florida from December 27th through December 30th. This year's event was the largest on record with over 700 sailors in the Opti, 420 and Laser classes.


Most LISOT sailors arrived on Christmas Day and were greeted with 80+ degree temperatures, sunny skies and a 10-15 knot sea breeze.


After finding their charter boats and unpacking gear, head coach Trevor Moore and Jeff Bonanni ran an afternoon practice on December 26 in nice breezy conditions.


The first day of the regatta again saw temps near 80 and a solid 12-15 knot breeze with moderate chop. The race committee ran three races by 4pm, as the regatta was scheduled for four days.


With a 219 boat fleet representing 23 countries, racing was very competitive. Sailors were very aggressive on the starting line necessitating the RC to make liberal use of the black flag in most races. LISOT sailors had a mixed day - some had good races and some earned one or more black flags - making overall scores quite diverse after Day 1.


With black flag scores and the forecast for lighter breezes, sailors eagarly looked forward to a drop after the sixth race, which they fortunately got after day 2. Day 3 held to the forecast, and was very light with only one race being completed as the afternoon breeze died. The race committee worked hard on the final day and was a ble to get off two races before the 1pm deadline, making it a a nine race series with one drop.


Conditions on the last day were the most challenging, with some big position changes. The race committee did a great job getting the starts off, and then shortening the course at the leeward gate.


As had become a LISOT tradition, we had a large team dinner in The Grove which was attended by well over 100 LISOT opti, 420 and laser sailors (and our friends from the Bermuda team) - all who had a fun watching the Miami vs. Jets game and enjoying the mexican food at Senor Frogs.


Reinier was the top LISOT sailor finishing 9th - noteworthy as only four US sailors finished in the top 10!


LISOT finishers:

9 - Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk

20 - Gary Prieto

40 - Roger Dorr

42 - Sam Stan

43 - Andrew Puopolo

50 - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

58 - Lily Katz

66 - Adele Whitmyer

80 - Hannah Morrill

85 - Casey Klingler

118 - Jack Budill

130 - Jared Gaynes

139 - Ian Crane

152 - Zachary Blumenthal

161 - Matthew Mollerus

186 - Chrissie Klingler

Sean Walsh finished 26th in the green fleet.


Thanks to LISOT correspondents Roger Dorr and Merrill Ulmer who helped with this story.

Monday, December 15, 2008

7 LISOT sailors make the USODA Holland Team!

Congratulations to all who will be representing the United States at the 24th International Easter Regatta at the Braassemermeer YC in Holland over Easter weekend.

The US Team will be chock full of LISOT sailors this year - 7 of the 20-person team are LISOTers, including:
  • Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
  • Lily Katz
  • Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
  • Roger Dorr
  • Katie Kelley
  • Adele Whitmyer
  • Andrew Poupolo
And LISOT's Amanda Clark will be one of the two USODA coaches!


Monday, December 1, 2008

USODA Midwinters – Day 2 & Final Report

At least 5 LISOT sailors qualify for international spring 2009 teams!

Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk dropped a 68th in Race 1 and moved up from 33rd after Day 1 to finish 13th overall and was LISOT’s top sailor.

Reiener was followed by a tight grouping of: Lily Katz (46 overall / 8th girl), Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (47 / 9), Roger Dorr (48), Katie Kelley (50 / 11) and Adele Whitmyer (51/ 12), Andrew Puopolo (54) and Sammi Purton (55 / 13).

Congratulations to Reinier, Lily, Megan, Katie and Adele who qualified for spring travel teams. Depending on acceptances, Roger, Andrew and Sammi could also make a team.

Congrats are also in order to former LISOTer Brendan Shanahan (who moved to Atlanta this summer), with a 22nd place finish and Holly Tullo who was 20th overall and the 2nd girl (and will likely be going to the South Americans in Ecuador).

On the second and final day of racing everyone was greeted with warm temperatures, partly sunny skies and fresh, hot beignets and coffee from the ledgendary Café DuMond. Unfortunately, the Rce Committee was also greeted with a rapidly moving storm front bearing down from the west with lots of yellow and red on the radar.

The RC hoisted the AP ashore at 0830, waiting for the front passed. Luckily that happened as forecast around 1045. Although the front arrived with a good blast of wind, it also was the start of what would be a full day of rain. And, as storms usually do, as it blew off to the east it– you guessed it – took all the wind with it. Sailors were left with very light and shifty conditions.

Trevor and Brian did a great job getting our sailors focused on what was shaping up to be a very challenging day, both physically and mentally.

With almost all of the 141 sailors desperately wanting a fifth race for a throw out, the first race of the day (Race 5) began with a general recall and then a black flag start in extremely light westerly zephyrs. It took nearly 5 minutes for the entire fleet to cross the starting line of the Olympic course, against a slight current running down the course (shades of this 2008 JSA Champs). Wisely the RC abandoned the race with lead boats only about half-way up the first weather leg.

Race 5 restarted after an hour-plus waiting for the wind to fill back in from the west at about 4 knots. With a very short weather leg of maybe .2 mile, the fleet cleared the line and moved well up the leg. As the lead boats rounded the weather mark and bore off to the reach mark, the wind backed to the left causing the reach leg to become a slight upwind beat to the ‘reach’ mark.

The top 8-10 boats immediately tacked onto port to get up to the new layline. The next 10 boats held their starboard beat. The wind went right about 10 degrees, the leaders tacked back onto starbord and rounded the reach mark. The next 10 made it with only a very short hitch ‘up’ to the mark, thereby closing in on the front pack. Boats from about 20-on back never tacked, and the fleet was well on its way to the leeward mark when the RC blew off 3 guns with about 2-3 knots of wind. Unfortunately, LISOT has a large group of sailors in the top 25.

The sailors all drifted back down to the starting area in hopes of getting in the much needed 5th race. But daylight was starting to slip by as it was now approaching 2pm with plenty of rain, but not much wind in sight. Every time the rain would let up, the breeze would go to the south. Then the rain would roll back in and the breeze shift to the west.

The RC was determined to get this all-important 5th race completed, so they set up a very short Olympic course. The race finally started in 3-4 knots of lite westerly breeze and rain. As the wind shifted, the RC flew the C flag, blew lots of whistles and got marks moving. The course was so short that the lead boats reached the first leeward mark before the full fleet had even rounded the first weather mark.

As is the case in conditions like this where clear air is so important, the lead boats often pull away, and they did. Adele got a good start, played a good shift on the first beat, and rounded the first mark in the top 10. Reinier nailed the start at the boat end and was right behind in about 10th. As the lead boats stretched it out, Adele finished 7th and Reinier 10th!

Unfortunately, most of our LISOT sailoers were not nearly as fortunate, with many finishing well in the middle of the fleet. Race 5 finished around 4pm. As the sailors headed in, as always seems to be the case, the wind finally settled in from the south at a nice 7-8 knots. And similar to this year’s nationals, boats were de-rigged, and coach boats hauled in the rain. At least it was light rain and not the downpour seen at Patchogue.

After a few protests were heard, the awards ceremony was held around 1900 hours.

LISOT finishers (full results):

13 Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk (81 points)

46 Lily Katz (150)

47 Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (159)

48 Roger Dorr (165)

50 Katie Kelley (171)

51 Adele Whitmyer (174)

54 Andrew Puopolo (182)

55 Sammi Purton (185)

64 Julia Lambert (218)

67 Drew Gallagher (225)

77 Casey Klingler (267)

91 KB Knapp (311)

107 Gabriel Verrier-Paquette (371)

124 Chrissy Klingler (468)

128 Ian Crane (487)


As day broke on Sunday morning and many rushed off to catch early morning flights back to the snowy north – the skies were clear over New Orleans, the wind was howling out of the west at 20+ with the big steep chop that Lake Pontchartrain is known for.

Next stop for LISOT – the warm windy waters of Biscayne Bay for Orange Bowl.

Friday, November 28, 2008

USODA 2008 Midwinters - Day 1 Update

They don't call it lake Always-rains for nothing. This years' Midwinter's kicked off today on Lake Pontchartrain with bright sunshine and warm 70+ temps as team LISOT rigged and had a coaches meeting with Trevor and Brian.

But before all the kids could even get off the dock, clouds zipped in, the temps dropped and it was pouring. But wait 10 minutes, and it warmed back up with sunny skies.

Winds were blowing off the beach from the south and varying up and down from 5 to 15, as well as shifting left and right as the squalls rolled in and the sun popped out. The water was quite flat, especially for a lake with a reputation for killer steep/short chop.

And so was the story of Day 1 here at Southern YC. Lot's of changing weather, changing positions on the race course, and changing of foul weather gear on the support boats.

The Race Committee did a terrific job of getting in four 75-minute races on very well laid out Olympic triangle courses (triangle, windward, leeward, windward). All 140 boats were on a single, lengthy starting line - which made choosing the right end so very important. And the first weather mark rounding was often a very tight affair in each race.

A few races started under black flag, with Megan G-R and Ian Crane being the first LISOTer, in Race 2, to "earn" 141 points that came with a BFD.

For the most part, our sailors had a challenging day, along with most of the fleet. Only the top few sailors were fairly consistent. After that the finishes were all over the place. Duncan Williford, Axel Sly and Chris Williford are the top 3. Ian Stokes is in 5th place but has a 47th, and Max Simmons in 6th has a 49th. The top girl is Riley Legault in 13th despite a 75th place in race 2)

With such varied finishes, a lot can change after the throwout that comes with the 5th race. And a good many LISOT sailors have a big drop sitting on their point totals.

After 4 races, without a drop, LISOT sailors are:

33rd Reinier EVD
36 Lily Katz
40 Roger Dorr
44 Andrew Poupolo
45 Sammi Purton
55 Megan G-R
59 Katie Kelley
68 Julie Lambert
69 Casey Klingler
70 Adele Whitmyer
79 Drew Gallagher
96 KB Knapp
102 Gabriel Verrier-Paquette
127 Chrissy Klingler
129 Ian Crane

Full results

This two day event concludes tomorrow with what's hoped to be at least 4 more races. The forecast is for good wind a tad more right than today, temps in the low 70s, and spotty showers.

Full wrap up on tomorrow evening's report (unless this cub reporter ends up on Bourbon Street, after which all bets are off).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Berlin Opti Team Cup - Final


October 26, 2008 - Berlin, Germany - The forecast was for rain but instead the 16 teams awoke to an early sunrise due to the end of daylight savings time and clear skies. There was still one flight to complete for Round 1 on Course B but the entire fleet left shore just before 0900. The wind was what team racers would hope for - 8 to 12, and the temperatures were rising with the sun.

LISOT's first opponent was UKR. On Saturday the LISOT vs UKR match had been abandoned when the wind died.

The day started off as Saturday had ended with a win. This put LISOT at 4-3.

Now LISOT had to switch courses for the four races of Round 2. Although they beat their first opponent FIN, LISOT was not as fortunate against the host team from the Potsdamer YC, GBR, and eventual runner-up, ITA. At the end of Round 2 LISOT's record stood at 5-6 but a number of tough teams still were ahead.

Round 3 opponents were POL, TUR, NEL & DEN. Unfortunately these teams represented four of the top seven in the regatta. The going was going to be tough. The wind was still gorgeous although it was now mostly cloudy.

For the POL, NEL, and DEN races LISOT struggled with their opponents' consistent speed, sharp team racing tactics and better experience in lake conditions. Against TUR LISOT had maybe their best race of the series only to lose just a few lengths from the finish. The last 5 boats in the race finished about 6 lengths apart. That was it. A 5-10 record. Some races that were within reach that didn't work out and some races where the other team was clearly better. Overall, a great experience that up and coming sailors should hope to have.

After Round 3 all the teams went shore and then the top four teams were announced to sail a finals and petit finals (1 vs 2 and 3 vs 4 ). All four teams had identical records of 12-3. It was RUS vs ITA in the final and NOR vs DEN in the petit final. The overall winner was RUS followed by ITA and then DEN and NOR.

Final records were:
1. RUS 12-3
2. ITA 12-3
3. DEN 12-3
4. NOR 12-3
5. POL 11-4
6. NEL 9-6
7. TUR 9-6
8. POL 2 8-7
9. GER 8-7
10. USA 5-10
11. SWE 5-10
12. GBR 5-10
13. PYC 5-10
14. UKR 4-11
15. GER (SCG) 2-13
16. FIN 1-14

LISOT's team of Tracy Doherty, Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick, Elliott Morrill and Laura Wefer won and lost together as a team. All of them showed moments of brilliance but more significant was the experience of international team competition. They all showed good sportsmanship. As always, the regatta was very well run and the friendships long lasting (See pictures from Janet, Annette and Karen). It is the finest in international Optimist team racing competition.

Thanks to Coach Soren Laugesen and Team Leader Annette Morrill for all their hard work and passion.

The US team is chosen from the results of the prior National Optimist Team Race Championship. This year that was held at the Westhampton Yacht Squadron on Westhampton Beach, NY. In 2009 the Optimist Team Race Nationals will be held in July at the Cabrillo Beach YC in Cabrillo Beach, CA.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Berlin Opti Team Cup - Sat Summary

The weather was kind of dreary and there was very little wind but that didn't dampen the spirits of LISOT sailors Tracy Doherty, Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick, Elliott Morrill, and Laura Wefer representing the USA in the 21st Euro Opti Team Cup at the Potsdamer YC in Berlin, Germany.

Although LISOT did not fair well against their first three opponents GER, RUS, and NOR they did prevail against SWE, a local GER team, UKR and POL 2 to end the first round at 4-3.

On LISOT's course (B) RUS was 7-0, NOR 6-1, GER 4-3, USA 4-3, POL 2 4-3, GER Club 1-6, and SWE 0-7.
On the other course (A) NEL was 6-1, DEN 5-2, POL 5-2, ITA 5-2, TUR 3-4, Potsdamer YC 2-5, GBR 1-6, and FIN 1-6.

At the end of the first 7 races LISOT switched courses in order to sail against FIN, Potsdamer YC, GBR and ITA. After these four races LISOT will again switch courses to finish against POL, TUR, NEL, and DEN.

After the teams sail one race against each the top four teams will sail off in a semi-finals and finals.

Sunday has brought perfect fall sailing with modest temps and nice wind. It should be a good day.

The Club website is www.pyc.de

Friday, October 24, 2008

European Opti Team Cup in Berlin - Pre-regatta Update 2

It was another gorgeous day in Berlin today.

Coach Soren Laugesen arrived by van late last night and met the sailors for the usual extensive Hotel-Petit breakfast. Immediately following breakfast it was a short walk to the club, get rigged up and out on Lake Wannsee.

The breeze was light to medium and the sailors had a nice practice including some races against the team from the Netherlands.

After practice the team talk a ride on the train into Berlin to visit the huge mall Ka De We. We rode the train home just in time for the coaches meeting - the real coaches meeting at 8 PM.

There are 16 teams. Everyone will race against everyone else once to determine the top 4 teams.

LISOT's first race is against GER. Second is NOR and third is POL 2. After these, the order is RUS, SWE, SCG (a regional GER team) and then UKR (Ukraine).

The Opening Ceremony is at 0830 on Saturday and my reports should start about 1015.

The weather forecast is pretty good for tomorrow but Sunday doesn't sound too good.

- Doug

European Opti Team Cup in Berlin - Pre-regatta Update

Team LISOT arrived in Berlin without incident today. All the luggage arrived and the sun even greeted us!

It was a gorgeous day in Berlin. Team Leader Annette Morrill coordinated a great tour of Berlin that the adults enjoyed. The sailors learned some - when they were a awake.

We have just completed a nice dinner at Hotel-Petit and are now solving the problems of the world with a coaches meeting.

Soren arrives late tonight. Tomorrow the sailors will practice and Saturday and Sunday is the regatta.

The weather forecast isn't quite as nice for the weekend but we'll report the details on the weekend.

Take care. - Doug

Note: Team LISOT representing the United States is Team Captain Laura Wefer along with Tracy Doherty, Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick and Elliot Morrill coached by Soren Laugesen and Team Leader Annette Morrill.

Monday, October 13, 2008

ACC's: 10 races! Great Wind, Great Racing!

Brant Beach YC on Long Beach Island, NJ hosted the 2008 USODA ACC's over Columbus Day weekend. 45 sailors on team LISOT were apart of the 260 that were greeted with fantastic weather, very strong competition (stronger, some said, then at Nationals), utterly fantastic race management, and a simply wonderful host club.

Ian Stokes from Norfolk YC won the regatta in a tie breaker with Tito Aponte Taboas from Palmas, Puerto Rico. Both had a mere 15 points, and 4 bullets apiece. Norwalk's Max Simmons, who was leading after Day 1, dropped back to 3rd with 19 points (and also 4 bullets)!

Lily Katz (center) was the top finisher from LISOT at 13th (and 2nd girl overall).

The regatta used the same flight set up as nationals which enabled the race committee to run 6 races on Saturday under sunny skies, air temps in the low 70s and terrific wind in the 12-18 knot range.

PRO Bub Covacs was heard to say "we chose to run the regatta on this date over a year in advance because we knew the near full-moon tide would push a strong current down the course, eliminating the need for general recalls." But Bub, 'how did you know which way the wind was going to blow?' OK, maybe the quote was taken out of context or was heard after a few of the kegs were tapped for the parents. Nevertheless, there were no general recalls!

Sunday saw considerably lighter conditions of 4-8 and a shorter course. The RC ran 4 races and had the kids back to the beach by 3:30pm in time for a BBQ, raffle and awards ceremony.

Final results include the top 10 from LISOT:
Lily Katz (13th)
Roger Dorr(25)
Gary Prieto (26)
Ty Ingram (31)
Megan G-R(33)
Connor Marion (34)
Jack Cusick (38)
Reinier EVD(42)
Matthew Mollerus (47)
Katie Kelley (70)

Megan and Connor each had a bullet, and Lily, Roger, Ty and Reinier each had at least one 2nd place finish.

The team was coached by the usual terrific team of head coach Trevor Moore and his team of Jeff, Karl and Pete who covered the broad scope of skills and ages on the team with their laser-like focus on the kids.

BBYC ran a wonderful regatta - not only serving up great wind and weather, but a club facility that made everything smooth and easy - from parking, to opti and coach boat launching, to nearby hotels and restaurants. There was morning breakfast for kids and parents alike, as well as a great post regatta BBQ that topped off a perfect event.

By 6pm everyone was on the road home - which could also be a record for speed of protest hearings, getting scores posted (they were often up on the web even before being posted at the club!), and handing out the trophies. BBYC was in the groove the whole weekend, never missing a shift!

Congrats to Event Co-Chairs John Barbano and Scot Ellis, PRO Bub Covacs and the huge BBYC volunteer team who made it all look seamlessly easy.

And thanks to BBYC for inviting LISOT down the prior weekend to join the Sunday Opti sailing.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

LISOT Sailors Are Connecticut State Blue Fleet and White Fleet Opti Champions

6 LISOT sailors finish in top 10

This year’s Connecticut State Opti Champs were hosted by beautiful Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT. LISOT sailors showed good speed and played the very shifty conditions well, with solid results.

Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Noroton YC, Darien) is the CT Blue Fleet champion (and 4th overall), and Will Logue (Riverside YC) is the CT White Fleet champion. Lily Katz (Bellport YC) was top girl – finishing 3rd place overall. Head Coach Trevor Moore led a team of 5 who coached a LISOT team of almost 40 sailors.

Norwalk YC’s Max Simmons won the Connecticut State Opti title (and Red Fleet) in a tight battle with Scotty Barbano from Brant Beach YC in NJ, who finished 2nd overall.

LISOT sailors in the top 10 were:

  • Lily (3rd)
  • Megan (4th)
  • Casey (6th)
  • Ty (7th)
  • Reinier (9th)
  • Katie (10th)

Racing was challenging with very shifty conditions. Wind was generally 8-12 knots from the east with puffs shifting right and lulls to the left. The skies were overcast with intermittent drizzle. Warm, humid temperatures kept the kids from getting cold. By the last race, the wind eased down to 5 knots.

In addition to the shifty breeze, the current was ebbing all day on the new moon, pushing the fleet over the starting line and resulting in most races starting under black flag. Without a throw out, black flags penalties had a significant effect on many sailors’ results.

IHYC did a great job of getting off five races despite the shifty conditions, black flag starts and a starting line that was always packed at the boat end.

After racing everyone enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream before the awards ceremony.

Thanks to event Chair and LISOT Dad Roger Van Loveren for taking on the event this year along with support from many IHYC members and long-time LISOT coach and IHYC sailing director John Bainton. Thanks to PRO Jonathan Nye and the entire IHYC Race Committee for an nice job in challenging conditions.

Next year the regatta rotates back to the eastern end of Connecticut. Hope to see you there.

Friday, August 22, 2008

2008 Pacific Coast Champs - 10 Races in 2 Days!

They don't call it Hurricane Gulch for nothin'.

The summer wind machine was operating predicably perfect for the nine LISOT sailors that made the trek west to Cabrillo Beach YC in San Pedro, California - site of the 2009 USODA Nationals.

If you thought 11 races in 4 days at this years Nationals was nice, the Cabrillo Beach YC Race Committee ran an amazing ten races over just two days!

Six race were sailed on Saturday (and the kids were ashore by 1800!). Sunday's four races, which finished by the 1500 deadline, seemed like a mere half-day at the beach. Although sailors were feeling plenty of burn in their well used hiking muscles!

50+ boats, including about 30 members of the USNT/USNDT, provided stiff competition, tight starts and crowded mark roundings in the 30-35 minute races run on a standard Opti trapezoid.

LISOT had solid results with four of the top ten:

4 Lily (and 1st girl)
5 Reinier
9 Matthew
10 Megan
21 Katie
27 Harry
34 Adele
35 Roger
37 Drew

The regatta was won by former LISOT sailor Antoione Screve, now living in San Francisco.

Starting right on schedule each morning, both the wind and Race Committee delivered flawlessly. Just like the seabreeze on Lake Garda, Italy, the Pacific Ocean sea breeze turns on at 1130 like clockwork from 215 degrees at 6-8 knots, shifts to 225 and builds to 10-12 knots by 1230, and then goes right again to 240 to 15-18 knots by 1330 where it then stays put for the afternoon.

Arguable as nice as the wind velocity, for both parents and kids, was the late morning starting time. Everyone slept in each day, had a leisurely breakfast (there's a great cafe a 1 block walk from the hotel and YC) and were down at the club in plenty of time for the 1030 launching.

After spending the week sailing outside the breakwater in a surfing ocean swells for the USNT/USNDT practice, the regatta was run inside the harbor breakwater where sailors had beautifully flat water with a slight chop and very little powerboat traffic to contend with.

The only "motor boat" traffic were 1000-foot container ships entering the harbor, which is the main Port of Los Angeles. CBYC Race Committee knew exactly where to position the course to stay out of traffic, and provide for great photos of opti's against backdrop of some giant vessels.

Cabrillo Beach YC hosted an absolutely terrific event, including a buffet dinner Saturday night and a hot dogs BBQ for parents and kids in the dry sail area after racing on Sunday.

With the recently renovated Doubletree hotel a very short walk from the yacht club, logistics were a breeze, including the quick 1/2 hour drive back to LAX or Long Beach airport.

If you're thinking about next years' nationals, this is a regatta you don't want to miss! Real wind that's very predictable, excellent race management, a cloudless sky of warm sun, wonderful logistics and accommodations and terrific hospitality.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

USODA Team Racing Nationals - Final

The third and final day of the USODA Team Racing Nationals at Westhampton Yacht Squadron picked up right where day 2 left off. Great wind and great racing. All that was left to be run was the semi-finals and finals for the Gold and Silver Fleets. For the Gold Fleet pairings were Team Be (1) vs Lauderdale YC (4) and Team 4 (2) vs LISOT “The Graduates” (3).  Each had to sail a best of 3 series. Team Be defeated Lauderdale 2-0 and LISOT defeated Team 4 by a similar margin.

 

In the Gold Fleet finals Team Be (Carson Crain, Alex Curtiss, Morgan Kiss, & Chris Williford) defeated LISOT (Olivia Crane, Tracy Doherty, Evan Read, Elliott Morrill, and Laura Wefer) 2-0 to take the title and earn a berth at the European Opti Team Cup in Berlin, Germany this October.

 

The Silver fleet results were not yet known at the time of this writing.

 

Westhampton Yacht Squadron was a wonderful host and the race committees did a great job keeping the races flowing.

 

Full results are available at www.yachtsquadron.com

USODA Team Racing Nationals - Day 2 Summary

The wind gods again smiled on the USODA National Team Race Championship (4 on 4) yesterday at the Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenberg, NY. The wind was a little lighter than on Sunday but still a gorgeous 8-12.

A second round-robin was completed (9 races per team) allowing the top four teams to be selected in both the Gold (Championship) fleet and the Silver fleet.

LISOT’s “The Graduates” team of Olivia Crane (Noroton), Tracy Doherty (Sea Cliff), Elliott Morrill (Stamford), Evan Read (Manhasset Bay), and Laura Wefer (Sea Cliff) finished third in the Gold fleet round robin and now face Team Four (FL) in the semi-finals. Team Be was the round robin winner and Lauderdale Yacht Club was fourth. The semi-finals and finals will be sailed today. They are both a best of 3 races.

LISOT’s other four gold teams – Eggnoggan, Intensity, Purple Monkeys, and Purple People Eaters sailed well but did not make the semi-finals. Dynamite, LISOT’s silver fleet team of Travis Bobley (Sea Cliff), Matt Lyon (Port Washington), Casey Klingler (Larchmont), Nick Klingler (Sayville) and Katie Koeppel (Beach Point) were close to winning their first race but lost in the protest room. The semi-finals against only silver fleet teams should be a new opportunity for these enthusiastic sailors.

Event website – http://www.yachtsquadron.com/

Sunday, July 20, 2008

USODA Team Racing Nationals - Day 1 Summary

Hello everyone - Day 1 of the 2008 USODA Team Racing Nationals was all anyone could have asked for - less the fog. The 20 teams left the beach of the Westhampton Yacht Squadron about an hour late but the wind cooperated and PRO's Wes Whitmyer (Green course) and Bill Crane (White Course) quickly got the races rolling. 45 races were sailed on each course completing the first round robin by 3:30 PM in 8 to 15 mph SW winds.

Full results are available at http://www.yachtsquadron.com/. On Day 2, the top five teams from each course will advance to one course where there will be a round-robin to determine the top four teams. The second course will have a round-robin for the remaining 6 gold fleet teams and the 4 silver fleet teams. It is planned that on Tuesday the top four gold fleet teams and the four silver fleet teams will sail off in semi-finals and finals.

Just as a reminder the LISOT teams are:

Intensity
Colin Kennedy
Casey Klingler
Ty Ingram
Heidi Halvorsen

Eggnoggan
Harry Koeppel
Julia Monro
Julia Lambert
Sam Stan
Ian Crane

Purple Monkeys
Lilly Katz
Rienier Eenkema van Dijk
Megan Rudnick
Matthew Mollarus
Katie Kelley


Dynamite (silver fleet)
Travis Bobley
Crissy Klingler
Katie Koeppel
Matthew Lyons
Nick Klingler


Purple People Eaters
Adele Whitmyer
Roger Dorr
Drew Gallagher
Hanah Morrill
JJ Monro

The Graduates
Elliott Morrill
Evan Read
Laura Wefer
Olivia Crane
Tracy Doherty

Friday, July 18, 2008

Summer Training

LISOT (Long Island Sound Optimist Training) has just finished two 3-day training periods and is now ready to head to the USODA National Championships.

Niantic Bay Yacht Club, Niantic, CT and the Peck Family graciously hosted LISOT July 9 through 11. This was a great opportunity to train with head coach Trevor Moore and summer assistant coach John Moulthrop. Conditions were variable but typically gorgeous for eastern Long Island Sound.

For July 14 through July 16 LISOT visited the Dinghy Shop in Amityville, NY and the Great South Bay. Sailors got exactly what they traveled to the Long Island south shore for - wind! Wednesday was a Team Racing practice and the 20+ sailors slept well that night. On Thursday, many sailors tried to take in JSA Open Regattas at Larchmont and Head of the Bay but a small group ventured to Wet Pant Sailing Association in Sayville for an extra day of practice in conditions similar to expected for the Nationals. The weather didn't let them down.

LISOT would like to thank our friends at Niantic Bay Yacht Club, the Peck Family, The Dinghy Shop and it's entire crew including Jim & Susan Koehler, and the Wet Pants Sailing Association for two great weeks of sailing. We hope to see you all soon.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

NJ State Optimist Champs - NOR Location

The Notice of Race for the NJ State Optimist Championships (June 25 & 26) can be seen at http://www.mayra.org/other_area_regattas.htm. If you need more information contact Skip Swikart. His email address is contained in the Notice of Race.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Newport Opti Challenge Report

The rain ended and the wind filled permitting three more races on Sunday at the 2008 Newport Opti Challenge. Pearson Potts maintained a lead to finish first and LISOT made a strong showing with 3 in the first five. Lily Katz finished 2nd, Gary Prieto 3rd, and Connor Marion was 5th. Although the conditions were challenging the weekend proved a great experience. Top 5 and LISOT results are below. Full results are available online at http://www.sailnewport.org/.

Pl Name Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Pearson Potts Red 1 -24 1 1 5 5 11 24
2 Lily Katz Blue 2 -28 5 7 1 6 5 26
3 Gary Prieto Blue 5 11 3 4 2 8 -25 33
4 Tristan Sess Blue 6 2 -42 3 14 3 12 40
5 Connor Marion Red 13 5 4 2 7 15 -31 46
7 Jack McGuire Red 4 -26 2 17 3 23 3 52
8 Ben Wilkinson Blue 7 9 8 11.5 11 -13 7 53.5
10 Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick Blue 18 -36 7 9 13 4 9 60
18 Laura Wefer Red -58 18 58 6 12 1 8 103
22 Ty Ingram Blue 11 -40 19 23 30 17 28 128
24 Isaac Cohen Red 15 20 -33 32 20 16 26 129
25 Julia Monro Blue 24 10 23 30 25 -36 18 130
26 Spencer McDonough Red 37 -38 18 11.5 19 25 21 131.5
31 Julia Lambert Blue 19 -58 30 18 21 27 41 156
32 KB Knapp Blue -46 32 11 25 40 21 37 166
36 Stefan Kuehn Red 35 29 24 38 -58 29 45 200
39 Florian Eenkema van Dijk Blue -53 42 39 53 26 35 13 208
42 Ian Crane Red 38 34 40 -48 33 30 46.5 221.5
46 Sydney Beres Blue 39 45 34 44 37 -52 49 248
50 Travis Bobley Blue 41 33 47 49 48 -51 51 269

Sunday, June 15, 2008

2008 Newport Opti Challenge

Hello everyone – This is the weekend of the annual LISOT pilgrimage to Newport, RI for the Newport Opti Challenge. LISOT is supporting 17 sailors at this event this year.

Saturday started in very light conditions that continued to get lighter. PRO Mike Levesque managed to complete two races before the wind finally steadied and strengthened to a 7-8 knot Southerly. Two more solid races rounded out the day for racers with four total completed for the 57-boat fleet. LISOT’s Gary Prieto (1st), Ben Wilkinson (3rd) and Lily Katz (5th) are at the top of the leader board. Always present and 2006, 2007 & 2008 US World Team member Pearson Potts is 2nd having won 3 of the 4 races. Full results are below and available at SCORES.

The forecast is for light breeze again today.

Happy Father’s Day everyone. – Doug

Pl

Name

Fleet

1

2

3

4

Total

1

Gary Prieto

Blue

5

10

3

4

22

2

Pearson Potts

Red

1

23

1

1

26

3

Ben Wilkinson

Blue

7

8

8

11.5

34.5

4

India Johnstone

Blue

9

3

16

10

38

5

Lily Katz

Blue

2

27

5

7

41

8

Jack McGuire

Red

4

25

2

17

48

14

Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

Blue

18

35

7

9

69

18

Connor Marion

Red

13

58

4

2

77

20

Julia Monro

Blue

24

9

23

30

86

22

Ty Ingram

Blue

11

39

19

23

92

25

Isaac Cohen

Red

15

19

33

32

99

26

Spencer McDonough

Red

37

37

18

11.5

103.5

27

KB Knapp

Blue

46

31

11

25

113

31

Julia Lambert

Blue

19

58

30

18

125

32

Stefan Kuehn

Red

35

28

24

38

125

35

Laura Wefer

Red

58

17

58

6

139

42

Ian Crane

Red

38

33

40

48

159

43

Sydney Beres

Blue

39

44

34

44

161

46

Travis Bobley

Blue

41

32

47

49

169

50

Florian Eenkema van Dijk

Blue

53

41

39

53

186