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.