LISOT team race team 1 finished 2rd and team 2 finished 3rd in the first annual USODA Team Race Mid Winters held this weekend at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center in Clearwater, Florida.
14 teams (10 gold, 4 silver) competed. TeamFor A won the event with a strong performance, losing only 1 race.
LISOT 1 and TeamFor A both qualified for the XXII Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Team Race Regatta in Venice, Italy in May 2008.
LISOT team 1 sailors were: Olivia Crane, Andrew Mollerus, Evan Read, Declan Whitmyer
LISOT team 2 sailors were: Lily Katz, Elliott Morrill, Ian Storck, Laura Wefer.
LISOT team 3, with Roger Dorr, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick, Ty Ingram, Matthew Mollerus, Hannah Morrill sailed a good consolation round and finished with a winning record in that round.
Head coach Trevor Moore and coach Alejandro Primavera did a terrific job working with 3 teams who hadn't sailed much together.
The weather was great - sunny and warm with very good wind on Sunday and Monday. Saturday was a long day with 4-7 knots of shifty breeze. The sea breeze finally filled in around 2:30pm and the RC kept the races going until near 6pm. The sailors came off the water as the sun was setting.
Sunday the breeze built throughout the day from 15 to a solid 20+ in the afternoon from the south with a very steep chop.
On Monday, with storm clouds brewing and a strong cold front approaching, the wind built quickly to 15 knots. The RC decided not to run a final 4 single eliminiation, and the Championship fleet finished their double round robin with 3 flights.
As the skies darkened around 10am, the consolation fleet sailed 2 flights before the RC decided the front was getting too close and ended racing around noon.
As the temperatures dropped sharply and the skies turned ink black, USODA President Robin Kuebel and RC PRO John Vandemoer awarded the trophies (complete with a birthday cake for Elliott). Luckily, the rain held off (just a few sprinkles) and the sun popped back out as everyone finished packing up.
Congratulations to all our LISOT Team Racers.
Thanks to all the Team Race Umpires, lead by head umpire Peter Wilson, for their hard work and counsel to the sailors throughout the regatta.
Full results will be posted on the USODA website.