Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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/

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