Sunday, December 27, 2009

Orange Bowl Regatta Gets Started With Light Wind

The Christmas holiday is always a highlight on the LISOT calendar because it brings an opportunity for some warm weather mini training camps and the annual Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club.

The Orange Bowl Regatta is one of the few national events that host all youth classes at the same time. Optimists, Club 420's, International 420's Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Laser Full rig are all sailing in the same event, This year is the 33rd running of the regatta. The regatta started today, December 27th, and runs through December 30th. There are more than 700 youth sailors participating and once again LISOT has one of the largest teams in attendance.

LISOT has 18 Optimist sailors, 36 420 sailors (between 9 C420's and 9 I420's) and 9 Laser Radials making a total of 63 sailors.

Winds were light today (Sunday) with the Optimists and Laser Radials only completing 1 race while the 420's completed 2.

Follow the racing on the event website at

Friday, December 25, 2009

Opti's Train at Shake-a-Leg Miami for Orange Bowl

Team LISOT optis had a terrific six day clinic prior to Orange Bowl.

Coaches Pepe and Fernando worked with about 10 sailors each day for the six days leading up to the regatta, including an afternoon practice on Christmas Day.

Conditions were perfect every day - with wind 12-15 each day - and a solid 20 knots on two of the days. Daytime temps were cool early in the week - in the mid-60s, but rose nicely as Christmas approached, topping out above 80 on Christmas day.

Teams from Switzerland and San Francisco joined for racing on a few afternoons, as well as two sailors from the UK on Christmas day.

LISOT extends a big thank you to Shake-a-Leg for hosting the team for the week - which gave the kids a place to launch and store their boats, and pre and post practice debriefs.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Congratulations To Americans At Sail Melbourne, ISAF World Cup Regatta

Congratulations to all the Americans at the recent Sail Melbourne regatta, the first event of the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) 2009-2010 Sailing World Cup series in Melbourne, Australia. In particular, "great going" to past and present LISOT coaches Clay Johnson (2nd in the Laser), Graham Biehl (2nd in Men's 470) and Adam Roberts (5th in Men's 470).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thank You To All The Yacht Clubs That Host LISOT

In the December issue of WindCheck Magazine (p.44) LISOT thanks the many clubs and organizations that have hosted training and practices throughout the year. These clubs and organizations have helped make LISOT the strongest youth sailing team in the US.

Thank you:
  • American YC
  • Babylon YC
  • Beach Point YC
  • Belle Haven YC
  • Bellport Bay YC
  • Indian Harbor YC
  • Larchmont YC
  • Mantoloking YC
  • Milford YC
  • Niantic Bay YC
  • Noroton YC
  • Old Cove YC
  • Port Washington YC
  • Riverside YC
  • Sayville YC
  • Sea Cliff YC
  • Stamford YC
  • The Dinghy Shop
  • The Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation

The generous support and use of your facilities provide Team LISOT with the ability to train our Optimist, 420 and Radial sailors from March thru December.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

5th Annual LISOT Holiday Party a Big Success!

At what has become a LISOT tradition, about 150 parents, Opti, 420 and Radial sailors joined in the fun at this years' holiday party to celebrate a great 2009, and step-up 20 Opti sailors who have aged or sized out, and are moving into Radials and 420s.

Unlike last years' party, at which everyone had to contend with a heafty snow storm, this year the snow managed to stay a few miles North the day before - so only a few cars were covered in white when they arrived. And with such a mild fall so far, this year the Opti's had practice during the day, and came off the water as the sun set, just in time for the party.

The festivities were attended by Opti Head Coach Pepe Bettini, who joined live via iChat from Buenos Aires, and 420 Head Coach Steve Keen and Opti/Laser coach Jeff Bonanni who attended in-person.

LISOT President Doug Wefer kicked off the evening with introductions of the LISOT Board. Everyone was treated to a showing of Pepe's video of the 2009 summer season, follow by the annual step-up slide show - this year a fantastic DVD production by Jill and Daniel DelBello.

Graduates each received an engraved rigging knife.

Congratulations to all who stepped up in 2009:
  • Sydney Beres
  • Patrick Clark
  • Isaac Cohen
  • Ian Crane
  • Daniel DelBello
  • Lily Katz
  • Katie Keley
  • Colin Kennedy
  • Matthew Mollerus
  • JJ Monro
  • Hannah Morrill
  • Brendan O'Leary
  • Gary Prieto
  • Andrew Puopolo
  • Brendan Shanahan
  • Constantine Spentzos
  • Cally Tullo
  • Holly Tullo
  • Chris van Loveren
  • Ben Wilkinson
Thanks to Barbara and Davis Gaynes and Diane and Gerard Koeppel for hosting LISOT at their wonderful Beach Point YC. And for all the work on the party by Janet, Jill and Diane.

Monday, November 30, 2009

All LISOT Sailors Bring Home Silver from the Opti Mid-winters

The USODA Mid-minters, which have been held at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans for as long as anyone can remember, was hosted this year in their beautiful new 3 story clubhouse – completely rebuilt, literally from the ground up, after Katrina devastated the club.

Four LISOT sailors - Will and Matt Logue, Kate van Loveren and Jack Parkin – all paid their first of what will be many away game visits to SYC – this year seeking to qualify for US Team Trails after being denied that chance when the ACCs ended with no racing earlier this fall on our home court of LI Sound.

LISOT teamed up with GSOT (Garden State Opti Team) for this regatta as each team had a handful of sailors making the Southern trek. The joint team was coached by a familiar LISOT face, Danielle Soriano, who is now head coach of GSOT.

Surviving what turned out to be reasonable holiday travel, everyone arrived with all gear intact and the kids got in two good days of practice before the regatta. Wednesday the four LISOT sailors got in some training with the team from Southern YC, whose head coach, Peter Strong, also coaches the USNDT and TeamUSA at international regattas. The LISOT/GSOT team also joined with sailors from the McLaughlin team for a couple of hours of good breeze and the famous Lake Pontchartrain chop.

After practice on Thursday everyone had a quick shower and put on their yacht club best for the great Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. After getting back to the hotel, the kids went right to bed, and the parents convened the all important LISOT “coaches meeting” in the Bistro38 bar to plot the days ahead!

Friday the team rose early to chilly light air weather. And in classic SYC tradition, CafĂ© duMonde was on station at the club handing out their famous Beignets (and sugaring up the competition)! And the parents who shouldn’t! (Guilty).

The RC completed five races on Day 1 of this 2 day regatta – all in a light to medium northerly. The racing was tight at the top with less than 12 pts separating the top 5 boats. With the top 15 sailors qualifying for Team Trials, Team LISOT was very pleased with their standings after 5 races: Will ( 5th), Jack (9th), Kate (11th), and Matt (40th).

Friday evening SYC hosted a wonderful potluck dinner for the kids and parents, along with a nice raffle. It was then off to bed for the sailors, and for parents, well, you know the rest.

Day two was predicted to be lighter, but a bit warmer. A brave Race Committee got the first race off, but the wind started dying and shifted almost immediately. Wisely, the RC abandoned the race before the first boats got to the top Mark. The wind soon picked up again and racing got off. While the breeze didn’t die, it shifted so much that most of the top boats needed only one tack to reach the top.

After a long windless lunch break, the breeze filled back in and racing started again for the afternoon. Race 8, which would turn out to be the last, was by far the most challenging for the sailors (and gut wrenching for those watching from sidelines). The RC had their hands full as a total of three coarse changes were needed. At one point sailors were heading towards each other with wind in both directions - and those in the middle going in circles. In this last race Matt was in the 8th place for a while, leading Will, Jack and Kate by a mile in the beginning of the Race!

In the end, all four LISOT brought home silver and Will, Jack and Kate achieved their goal of qualifying for Team Trials:

6. Will (2nd Blue)

7. Jack (3rd Blue)

11. Kate (2nd Girl)

35. Matt (3rd White)

Full results

After racing the team was in heaven, and shared their excitement with coach Pepe, who had been watching the scoreboard and called from Buenos Aires to congratulate everyone!

Thanks to coach Danielle and the GSOT team for welcoming LISOT for this event. And many thanks to our fantastic hosts Duff Friend and vice commodore Dwight LeBlanc, and SYC for their Southern hospitality.

Next years’ Mid-Winters, over Thanksgiving at SYC, with be the USODA qualifier for spring international teams. And the Pool will be ready!

Monday, November 23, 2009

LISOT Opti Coaches Also Take The Helm

Congratulations to Opti Head Coach Pepe Bettini and his crew (and soon to be LISOT coach) Fernando Gwozdz who won the Argentinian 29er Nationals last week - walking away with a convincing 12 point lead over the 2nd place boat. They dominated the 35 boat fleet with 5 bullets and no finish worse than 3rd! Full results

Also a shoutout also to former LISOT head coaches Trevor Moore and Erik Storck, who many of you know are deeply involved in their 49er Olympic campaign. Erik was featured on the US Sailing website (see below) this week taking about their outlook for Weymouth in 2012.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Congrats to Ty Ingram - USNT Top Gun

Congratulations to Ty Ingram who was named "Top Gun" at the most recent Opti US National Team practice at Larchmont YC.

Ty (photo right) along with USNT head coach Scott Norman, and coaches Fran and Richard.

LISOT sailors have a long tradition of being named "Top Gun" - including in recent years: Jordan Factor, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick, Lily Katz, Dierdre Lambert, Andrew Mollerus, Elliott Morrill, Matt Wefer and Declan Whitmyer.

For those not familiar with Top Gun, only one sailor is named Top Gun at each USNT and USNDT practice. The recognition is based on a vote by the coaches and prior Top Gun sailors in attendance at the practice.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

9 LISOT Opti Sailors Qualify for All Four International Spring Teams!

Congratulations to the nine LISOT Opti sailors who qualified at the USODA Midwest Champs in Milwaukee (over a very chilly Columbus Day weekend) to represent the USA at all four international regattas this coming Winter/Spring of 2010.

Four LISOT sailors finished in the top 20 in Milwaukee and more than half of the 16 sailors on team LISOT made a US Team - representing 15% of all the spots on US spring teams!

Congratulations to Head Coach Pepe and coach Panic for helping the team reach such a milestone in Milwaukee.
And coaches Marcos Lamas, Graham Merganthaler, Amanda Clark and Jeff Bonanni who helped the team train throughout the the summer and fall.

IODA South American Championship, Punta del Este, Uruguay
- Harry Koeppel
- Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

IODA Oceania Championship, Adelaide, Australia
- Drew Gallagher

28th Annual Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, Riva Del Garda, Italy
- Alexandra DelBello
- Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
- Audrey Giblin

25TH Annual Magic Marine International Easter Regatta, on the Brassemermeer, Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands
- Augie Dale*
- Will Logue
- Sean Walsh

*Declined - due to a previous commitment with a surfboard!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

LISOT Opti's Video Spectacular

Could LISOT Opti Head Coach Pepe be a top notch photographer, director and video editor? Check out this video and you be the judge....

The video is also available in HD on Facebook.

Monday, October 26, 2009

LISOT All Classes Regatta A Success

Stefan Kuehn enjoys the waves and breeze on Saturday
Optimist Results - Click here
Laser Radial, C420 & I420 Results - Click here

Monday, October 19, 2009

LISOT All Classes Regatta A Reality - This Weekend

Hello everyone – The long overdue, much talked about without much detail, LISOT All Classes Regatta, is going to happen this weekend, October 24th and 25th at American YC in Rye, NY.

Thanks to American Yacht Club’s always amazing hospitality, LISOT will run an open regatta for Optimists, Laser Radials, Club 420 and I420’s this weekend. Please note that the Optimists will only race on Saturday the 24th.

Attached I provide the Notice of Race. We hope this will be a fun weekend of racing without the pressure of being a national championship or an international team qualifier. All we ask is that you respect the hospitality American Yacht Club offers, abide by their rules and keep cars and dollies clear of the dry sailing area (see the NOR for more guidance).

We hope to see you on Saturday. Even if you can’t make it on Saturday please come on Sunday.

Click here for the Notice of Race

Monday, October 12, 2009

LISOT Has Strong USODA Midwest Champs

It's over. The 2009 USODA Midwest Championship in Milwaukee, WI finished up today. 148 sailors survived the huge cold front that engulfed the midwest United States over the last three days to complete the 7 race series. Morning temperatures below freezing combined with wind from zero to 25 knots, 40 degree wind shifts and challenging sea conditions combined to make for a tough regatta.

Four LISOT sailors finished in the top 20 with Harry Koeppel the top LISOTer in 5th.

Congratulations to the winner Luke Muller of Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami, FL. Luke was followed by Jack Barton (San Francisco YC) in 2nd, Chris Williford (Lauderdale YC) in 3rd, Kristopher Swanson in 4th and Harry (Larchmont YC) in 5th.

This regatta was the qualifier for the 2010 USA spring international teams and LISOT has placed at least 6 teammates on US teams:

5. Harry Koeppel (Larchmont YC)
12. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (Larchmont YC)
13. Drew Gallagher (Larchmont YC)
19. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Noroton YC) and 3rd girl
41. Alexandra Delbello (American YC) and 9th girl
54. Audrey Gilbin (Shrewsbury YC) and 13th girl

All will all be offered spots on USA Optimist teams traveling in early 2010 which include:
  • IODA South Americans (Punta Del Este, Uruguay)
  • IODA Oceana (Adelaide, Australia)
  • The 25th Optimist Easter Regatta (Braassemermeer, Holland)
  • The 28th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting (Lake Garda, Italy).
Other LISOT sailors may be fortunate enough to get invitations. Congratulations to all the sailors!

LISOT Head Coach Pepe Bettini and Coach Pablo "Panic" Panichelli worked hard with the team for weeks leading up to the event and kept everyone focused and "Relaxie-Taxi" during the regatta.
Complete results are available here.

Active LISOT Columbus Day Weekend

It was Columbus Day weekend so where were LISOT sailors? They were racing or training in Milwaukee, Sayville or Patchogue!

LISOT Optimist sailors were competing in the USODA Midwest Championship in Milwaukee, WI while LISOT Club 420 were attending the C420 Class Mid-Atlantic Championship at the Sayville YC on Long Island. LISOT Laser Radial sailors took in the great weekend wind with coach Rob Crane at Bellport Bay Yacht Club.

The USODA Midwest Champs qualify sailors for the 2010 USODA Spring International Teams. Racing concludes on Monday, October 12th and the results should be posted at

The Club 420 Mid-Atlantic Championship concluded on Sunday. Awesome LISOT results can be seen at

Sunday, September 20, 2009

LISOT Sweeps 2009 Connecticut State Optimist Champs

Team LISOT dominated the 2009 Connecticut State Optimist Championship last Saturday at Milford YC, taking 1, 2 overall; 1, 2 in red; 2, 3 in blue; and 1, 2, 4 in white fleet. LISOT sailors also won 4 of the 5 races -- Harry Koeppel had two bullets, Drew Gallagher and Megan Grapegeter-Rudnick one each.

Drew won the regatta (and red fleet) and Megan, who finished 2nd overall (and 2nd in Red), was awarded the Connecticut State Championship and Red Fleet State Championship (only CT residents are eligible for the State Championship perpetuals).

Matt Kaplan was 2nd and Jared Gaynes 3rd in Blue Fleet. Jack Parkin won White Fleet, Cooper Yeager was 2nd and Kristen Picard 4th.

Team LISOT's Head Coach Pepe Bettini was pleased with the team's effort, especially many of the younger members of the team -with 3 of the top 5 in White fleet. Pepe had a strong team of coaches with Annie Davidson and Graham Mergenthaler (brother of Olympic 470 sailor Sarah, who crews for frequent LISOT coach, Amanda Clark).

Milford YC put together a 5 race series in mostly light to moderate air, with strong current and flat water, sailed in "the Gulf" just outside Milford YC's harbor.

Team LISOT finishes below.
1. Drew (1st in Red)
2. Megan (2nd Red)
8. Matt (2nd blue)
11. Jared (3rd Blue)
13. Ty Ingram (9th red)
15. Harry Koeppel (10th red)
17. Sean Walsh (7th blue)
18. Jack Parkin (1st White)
21. Caroline Booth (10th blue)
22. Sophia Gould (11 blue)
23. Chris Keller (12 blue)
26. Will Logue (14 blue)
29. Travis Bobley (13 red)
30. Cooper Yeager (2nd white)
42. Kristen Picard (4th white)
47. Jake Schinto (7th white)
48. Charlotte LeClue (25 blue)
53. Matt Logue (28 blue)
59. David Hewitt (32 blue)
64. Henry Harris (34 blue)
65. Julia Reynolds (13 white)
66. Hobi Lew (14 white)
67. Hailey Ullmann (19th red)
70. John Hewitt (36 blue)
71. Teddy Stubbs (16 white)

Full results are posted on the Milford YC website (click here)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fall Opti Season Kicks Off With a Lot of Smiles & Wind

The LISOT fall opti season kicked off this weekend with the first-ever opti practice over a Labor Day weekend. And what a weekend it was.

Nearly two dozen sailors who are new to LISOT came to practice at Larchmont YC to meet some of the 'veterans,' make new friends and see what LISOT is all about.

The weather couldn't have been better. Saturday was typical light air for early September, as 25 sailors spent the day with Head Coach Pepe Bettini, Amanda Clark and Annie Davidson. They raced together and worked on drills and technique in small groups.

Sunday was even better - one of the 10 best day of sailing this year. Under bright blue sunny skies and temps in the low 70s, the wind was blowing a steady 15-17 with gusts to 22, coupled with 4 foot rollers straight from the East. The perfect conditions for everyone to get some heavy air surfing practice. And for the few that ended up doing some swimming, the warm water was just fine.

After lunch, when the tide changed, the seas got bigger and the waves steeper. Just what Pepe was looking for to take the Advanced Group on a long sail practically across LI Sound and back.

Meantime, John Bainton worked with a very enthusiastic Development Group just off the Larchmont breakwater as they practiced heavy air gybing, and downwind surfing.

There were many tired smiles as the kids came in Sunday afternoon.

On to the Connecticut State Opti Champs next week at Milford YC.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

4 LISOT Opti's Finish in Top 10 at CORK

LISOT sailors turned in an impressive showing at the 2009 CORK International Regatta in Kingston, Ontario, with 4 of our sailors finishing in the top 10!

Continuing the very strong summer for LISOT, 4 sailors headed up to Canada with coach Marcos in the drivers seat (literally) to put in some practice at the venue for next years' IODA North American Championship. They were joined by sailors from upstate NY and Toronto.

The CORK team, having recently taken home silver at many large events (Drew 8th at National's, Harry 2nd at New England's, Reinier 1st at JSA Champs, and Megan 8th and top girl at the British Nationals,) sailed very well in the mostly light to moderate air conditions. Wind was often 12 knots or less for the 4 day regatta held on a very choppy Lake Ontario.

Drew battled Ben Garber (Deephaven, MN) and Harry for the #2 spot, with Ben and Harry tied, finishing just 2 points behind Drew.

Reinier, who got off to a tough start on day one, turned in very consistent finishes for the next 3 days and moved up into the 5th spot. Megan, who had been in a 3-way tie for 10th, had all top 10 finishes in the final 5 races to solidify her 10th overall. She was also the top US girl.

2nd - Drew Gallagher
4th - Harry Koeppel
5th - Reinier Eenkema van dijk
10th - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
15th - Peter Ehvert
66th - Madeline Evans

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

LISOT News #3 - Wow It Has Been Busy

Since the last report LISOT sailors have been on the road and collecting a lot of silver around the world. LISOT sailors have been to California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, France and Italy and just finished up in Michigan, Hungary & Scotland. It's been a busy month.

While all the results are great, here are a few highlights:

LISOT finished 4th & 9th at USODA Team Race Nationals
LISOT girls finished 5 of top 10 at USODA Girls Nationals including 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th
LISOT finished 7 of the top 25 at USODA Nationals
LISOT finished 4 of the top 25 at the USODA New England Championship including 2nd, 5th and 11th
LISOT finished 8th and top girl at the British Optimist Nationals

LISOT finished 7 of the top 10 at Club 420 Nationals including 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th & 10th (C420)
LISOT finished 7 of the top 10 at the Hyannis Regatta including 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th & 10th (C420)
LISOT placed three teams in the first 8 at the CJ Buckley Team Race for the Club 420 National Junior Team Race Championship (C420)
LISOT finished 5 of the top 10 at the Buzzards Bay Regatta including 1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th & 10th (C420)

LISOT finished 4th and 5th at the Hyannis Regatta (Laser Radial)
For the first time LISOT supported sailors at the Laser Nationals placing 1 sailor in the top 25 of the Laser Radial division and 5th in the Laser 4.7

Here is a brief summary of all of the events LISOT supported in the last month:

USODA Team Race Nationals, Girls Nationals, and the National Championship - July 18-26, Cabrillo Beach YC, CA
Team Race Nationals Results - 4th and 9th of 15 teams
Girls Nationals - Holly Tullo won convincingly the 2009 Girls National Championship - Full results click here
National Championship Results - click here

USODA New England Championships - August 4-6, Sail Newport, Newport, RI
Harry Koeppel led a strong LISOT team of 20 sailors by finishing a close second to Andy Widmeier (who has sailed with LISOT in the past) - for Full Results click here

C420 Nationals - July 27-29, Fort Getty, Jamestown, RI
The LISOT teams of Edegran/Mark and Whitmyer/Storck came close but narrowly missed beating Johnstone/DaSilva in the 152 boat C420 Nationals. LISOT really stood out in the Youth and Girls divisions taking 1st through 4th in the Youth Division (crews under 17) and 1st through 5th in the Girls Division. For full results click here

Hyannis Regatta - July 31-August 2, Hyannis YC, Hyannis, MA
This 9 race series featured the full variety of conditions showing why LISOT puts the event on the schedule. LISOT sailors were up to the task and completely dominated the fleet. The LISOT teams of Lutz/DaSilva, Lambert/Doherty and Landy/Murphy took the top three spots. For full results click here

CJ Buckley Team Race for the Club 420 National Junior Team Race Championship, August 3-5, E Greenwich, RI
University of Vermont coach Justin Assad put on a great event and the sailors were completely exhausted each night. This team racing event was very high school and college like without trapezes and spinnakers but the sailors had a great time anyway. Congratulations to Team Boss for taking the Club 420 Junior Team Race title. For event details click here

Buzzards Bay Regatta - August 7-9, New Bedford, MA
The finale of the summer C420 season in New England was the Buzzards Bay Regatta. This event always attracts 120+ boats and this featured the full variety of conditions. Deidre Lambert and Tracy Doherty continued their outstanding string of events with a solid win. Full results click here

C420 North Americans - August 13-16, Macatawa Bay YC, Macatawa, MI
LISOT's C420 sailors concluded the summer regatta circuit at the North American Championship in Macatawa, MI. Taylor Canfield and Stephanie Roble took the title convincingly however the LISOT teams of Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis and Deirdre Lambert & Tracy Doherty also stood out from the pack in 2nd and 3rd. 7 other LISOT teams finished in the first 15. For event details click here.

In its inaugural summer, the LISOT Laser group returned from the North Americans (see News #1) to spend the month of July preparing for the Laser Nationals at Brant Beach Yacht Club, Brant Beach, NJ on August 7th-9th. Swedish Olympian Rasmus Myrgren and past Laser Radial National Champion Jeff Bonanni worked our sailors hard, with great results from our young radials. We had 1 sailor in the top 25 of the 142 boat Laser Radial fleet and one in the top five of the 26 boat 4.7 fleet. For complete results see

I420 Worlds - July 27 - August 5, Riva del Garda, Italy
Many current and past LISOT sailors made up the 2009 I420 USA World Team. Americans Judge Ryan and Chris Segerblom sailed very well to finish 11th. Male and female teams sailed in separate fleets. Full results are available here

Optimist British Nationals - Aug 9-14, Largs Sailing Club, Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Team USA made a great showing at the 2009 British Nationals in Scotland with Roger Dorr leading the way for Team USA with a 3rd overall and LISOT's Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick the top girl and 8th overall. Full results are available here

I420 Junior Europeans - Aug 8-16, Lake Balaton, Hungary
Five of the seven teams of the USA Junior European team were from LISOT. LISOT sailors included Markus Edegran/Teddy Mark, Jordan Factor/Matt Wefer, Louis Padnos/Ben Spector, Luke Vreeland/Mike Lucciola, and Sarah Williams/Jane Rew. The conditions were primarily light and the male and female crews sailed against each other. Full results are available

All LISOT classes - Optimist, Laser Radial & 420 are looking ahead and will begin Fall training shortly. Visit our website at for dates and locations for practices.

Monday, August 17, 2009

LISOT Sailors Finish 9 of Top 15 at C420 NA's

Taylor Canfield and Stephanie Roble sailed to a solid victory at the 2009 Club 420 North American Championship at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Macatawa Bay, MI this past weekend. LISOT sailors continued their strong performances with Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis 2nd, Deirdre Lambert & Tracy Doherty 3rd and another 7 LISOT teams rounding out the top 15. See the full results here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

LISOT's Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick Top Girl at 2009 Opti British Nationals

The Scottish say you get all four seasons in one day of sailing in Scotland.

For this years' Opti British Nationals, Team USA sailors saw 3 of the 4 (it didn't snow) during the course of a long 6-day UK National championship - held at the beautiful, but often chilly, Largs Sailing Club on Scotland's west coast - about 30km west of Glasglow.

Clad in a drysuit, winter hat and neck gator, Megan battled extremely varied wind and weather conditions to bring home the Otter Trophy as Top Girl, Top Overseas Girl, as well as 8th overall in the 250+ boat regatta championship fleet.

Megan was part of the 10-member Team USA that traveled to Largs - each having qualified at 2009 USODA Team Trials. The 10 sailors, from all parts of the US, were also joined by two younger siblings for a total of Twelve US sailors.

Team USA was coached by Brian Paine as well as privately for one sibling by Luke Lawrence. Interestingly, Brian was part of the Team USA Opti World team in 1996 that included LISOT's own Trevor Moore and Amanda Clark! Luke, part of the US U23 team, is headed off for his freshman year at Roger Williams.

The racing was held on the Firth of Clyde in conditions that varied from light and very shifty with sun and temps in the low 70s, to 15-25+ knots and gusty, temps in the upper 50s, driving rain, 2+ knot currents, steep chop and 10 foot tides. With water temps only near 60, even the slightest of breeze immediately dropped the air temperature. The kids sailed in spray tops one day, drysuits, wool hats and winter gloves the next.

After twelve long (75-90 minute) races, Megan wrapped up the regatta with very strong finishes (7, 10, 6) in the last 3 races on the final day in the harshest conditions of the week and moved up from the 9th spot to finish 8th overall. And as top girl - she was 13 spots ahead of the next girls - two GBR friends she met at the Easter Regatta in Brassemermeer, Holland, Johanna Asplund (top GBR girl - photo right) in 21st and Megan Brickwood in 23rd.

Team USA collected a lot silver this year (full results)

Senior Fleet (13-15 year olds)
  • 3rd - Roger Dorr (PWYC) and top overseas sailor. Roger had been atop the leader board for most of the week, having great starts and showing blazing speed over GBR and IRL in the lighter air and short chop. But the two Brits that were trailing him going into the final turned on the jets in the last three blustery 15-25 knot races.
  • 8th - Megan (Top girl, Top overseas girl).
  • 9th - Nathaniel Johansson (Coral Reef YC). Like Megan, Nataniel came back from a mixed first day. He often nailed the pin end favored starts and he and Megan were tied for 9th going into the final day, both with 80 points). Nathaniel sailed impeccably with a 1-3-3 and would have bested Megan for the tie had his bullet not been called an OCS.
  • 21 - Ravi Parent (Tampa)
  • 23 - Jack Tolland (Seattle)
  • 33 - Jack Budill (Larchmont YC)
Junior Fleet - Gold (10-12 year olds)
2nd - Jack Johansson (having just turned 10, not qualifying for Team Trials last year, and coming to the regatta with his older brother Nataniel) - Jack showed a maturity and determination far beyond his young years. Going into the final day atop the Gold division, Jack had a lot of pressure on his young shoulders. His first race of the day was a very disappointing 39th! But Jack is one tough and determined sailor - and was able to put it behind him, focus and hike hard - and finished the final two races in 4th and 10th in very harsh conditions - to come in 2nd overall, a mere 3 points behind the leader. That American Flag fits better than the winter sailing gloves!
5th - Adele Whitmyer (Noroton YC) had some of the best starts of the regatta, often nailing the pin literally 10 boat lengths ahead of the fleet. She sailed superbly and was top girl in the junior fleet. Adele was also top junior fleet girl.
8th - Ian MacDiarmid 8 (Palm Beach, FL)
11th - Ben Kern 11 (Palm Beach, FL)
12 - Haddon Hughes (Houston, TX). Second Junior fleet girl.
18 - Parker Hughes (Houston, TX)

Read more about the event on the Team USA Blog and the regatta blog!

Friday, August 7, 2009

LISOT's Harry Koeppel Finishes 2nd at USODA New England's in Newport

LISOT's Harry Koeppel bettered 322 boats to finish 2nd overall in the largest Opti regatta this year in the United States. Equally exciting, Drew Gallagher was right behind him in 5th.

After two great days of racing, mother nature shut down the wind on the final day and made the RC's job rather challenging. But they were able to get off 1 race before the afternoon deadline.

A big congratulations to overall regatta winner Andy Widmeier from Brant Beach YC who has also sailed with LISOT in the past, along with his sister Maddie.

Head Coach Pepe Bettini and coach Marcos Lamas were instrumental in keeping the kids focused and aware of the tricky full-moon currents.

Final Results for LISOT:
2. Harry Koeppel
5. Drew Gallagher
11. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
14. Brendan Shanahan
28. Alexandra DelBello
29. Augie Dale
32. Lily Katz
43. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
62. Ty Ingram
71. Sean Walsh
75. Jared Gaynes
90. Patrick Shanahan
101. Julia Monro
106. Caroline Booth
118. Ian Crane
134. Travis Bobley
169. Will Logue
258. Matt Logue
280. Sydney Beres
320. Elizabeth Shanahan

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Opti New England's Day 2 - LISOT's Harry Koeppel in 1st

LISOT sailors had another terrific day on Narragansett Bay, with many sailors collecting bullets on their way to some great racing and fantastic finishes. Head Coach Pepe Bettini and coach Marcos Lamas have the entire team starting well, showing strong boat speed and playing the current and shifts very well.

Harry Koeppel tops the leader board in first overall with 2 bullets today, throwing out a 10th! Followed closely in 3rd is Drew Gallagher, who had one bullet and two seconds. And rounding out the top 10 is Reinier Eenkema van Dijk who also had a bullet and two seconds. Brendan Shanahan and Lily Katz round out the top 25 for LISOT.

Conditions were similar to yesterday, with sea breeze conditions, warm air and sunshine. The moon is full now and the current was really ripping.

As with day 1, some other LISOT sailors who are racing with the local clubs are doing well and in the top 30, including Maeve White in 13th, Jonathan Lutz in 19th, and Matthew Kaplan in 29th.

LISOT finishes are:
1. Harry
3. Drew
9. Reinier
15. Brendan
24. Lily
26. Alex Delbello
33. Augie Dale
52. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
61. Sean Walsh
72. Jared Gaynes
77. Ty Ingram
96. Julia Monro
104. Patrick Shanahan
110. Caroline Booth
133. Ian Crane
140. Travis Bobley
272. Sydney Beres
196. Will Logue
276. Matt Logue
320. Elizabeth Shanahan

Tomorrow is the thrid and final day of racing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Opti New Englands Day 1 - 5 LISOT sailors in top 25

With bright blue skies, warm sun, the classic Newport sea breeze and a strong near-full moon current, LISOT hit the starting line with confidence today in the 321 boat championship fleet at the 2009 USODA New England Championship.

After 4 races in what may be the largest Opti regatta in the US this year, LISOT has 5 sailors in the top 25, including Harry (3), Drew (14), Alexandra (18), Reinier (19) and Lily (25). And Harry, Alex and Drew each had a bullet!

In addition, a few who sailed on Team LISOT at US Nationals last week in California, and are sailing with their local yacht clubs for this event, include Maeve White (7), Matthew Kaplan (29), Jonathan Lutz (34) and Maddie Widmeier (68) and Ty Ingram (119).

Tomorrow's forecast is for conditions similar to today which should provide the fleet with their first throw out.

After 4 races, Team LISOT finishes are:
3. Harry Koeppel
14. Drew Gallagher
18. Alex DelBello
19. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
25. Lily Katz
57. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
84. Sean Walsh
91. Brendan Shanahan
92. Patrick Shanahan
99. Julia Monro
121. Augie Dale
145. Jared Gaynes
146. Travis Bobley
158. Ian Crane
165. Will Logue
179. Caroline Booth
259. Matt Logue
284. Sydney Beres
318. Elizabeth Shanahan

Friday, July 31, 2009

7 LISOT Sailors in Top 25 at Opti US Nationals - Including Top 4 Girls

LISOT has a very strong showing at this years' USODA Nationals in San Pedro, California.

In one of the best regattas of the year for wind, surf and sun, 7 LISOT sailors placed in the top 25 after a long 4 day series that saw 13 races for the Gold/Silver fleet and 12 races for the Bronze/Pearl Fleet.

LISOT was lead by Drew in 8th, Maeve 10th, Holly 13th, Harry 15th, Reinier 18th, Megan 21st and Lily 22nd.

LISOT girls also dominated - the top 4 were Maeve, Holly, Megan and Lily.

Cabrillo Beach YC ran a terrific event which saw slighly lighter than normal conditions for the first 3 days (12-15 knots) and more typical "hurricane Gulch" winds on the final day with steady breeze over 20 knots and a stiff chop on top of a long ocean swell.

It was common to loose sight of a sailor behind a big wave or swell.

LISOT coaches Trevor Moore (just back from the 49er Worlds in Garda) and Fran Bellocchio did a great job keeping our sailors focused and in shape for the physically demanding event.

Many LISOT kids were featured in videos and CBYC press releases - including interviews with LISOT sailor who had bullets
- such as Holly, Harry and Megan.

LISOT finishes were:

8. Drew Gallagher
10. Maeve White
13. Holly Tullo
15. Harry Koeppel
18. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
21. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
22. Lily Katz
49. Maddie Widmeier
51. Ty Ingram
56. Jonathan Lutz
59. Matthew Kaplan
65. Alexandra DelBello
73. Emma White

13. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
22. Sean Walsh
32. Ian Crane
40. Forrest Simpson
50. Travis Bobley

Congratulations to all for an outstanding regatta.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

C420 National Championship Final

Johnstone/DaSilva from Conanicut Yacht Club, Jamestown, RI are 2009 National
LISOT finishes 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th & 10th overall
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th in Youth Division (under 17)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th in Girls Division

Full results at

C420 Nationals Conclude Today - Jamestown, RI

After two days and 5 races the scores at the C420 National Championship are extremely close. A number of LISOT teams are in contention.

Racing concludes today and after the 6th race is completed the sailors will get a throwout – further compressing the fleet.

Follow the results at

Here are upcoming events of interest:

LISOT C420 - Hyannis Regatta (July 31-Aug 2), Hyannis, MA - website
LISOT C420 – C420 Team Racing Nationals (Aug 1-3), E Greenwich, RI - website
LISOT Optimist - USODA New England Championship (Aug 4-6), Sail Newport, RI - website
LISOT C420 – Buzzards Bay Regatta (Aug 7-9), Marion, MA – website - website
LISOT Laser -Laser National Championship (Aug 7-9), Brant Beach, NJ - website
LISOT Optimist sailors who are members of the US Team at the Optimist British National Championship (Aug 8-14), Largs, UK - website

Saturday, July 25, 2009

USODA Nationals - Day 2 update

The winds delivered again, as promised, in Hurricane Gulch with another perfect 3 race day at Nationals.

Harry Koeppel tops team LISOT in 5th overall after 6 races with one throwout. LISOT's top 5 sailors also include Holly Tullo in 6th, and 6 points behind Harry; Drew Gallagher in14th; Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick 18th and Lily Katz 20.

Racing started again today at 1300, after a 1 hour postponement for wind. The first race was held in 8-10 knots with a modest chop and 2-3 foot swell. By race 2 the breeze was up to 12 or so, and race 3 of the day was run in a fairly solid 15.

Team LISOT results after 6 races (1 throwout):
5. Harry Koeppel
6. Holly Tullo
14. Drew Gallagher
18. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
20. Lily Katz
31. Maeve White
39. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
42. Ty Ingram
51. Jonathan Lutz
55. Maddie Widmeier
60. Alex DelBello
64. Emma White
71. Matthew Kaplan
86. Sean Walah
108. Forrest Simpson
111. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
131. Travis Bobley
139. Ian Crane

With two long days of sailing ahead, and likly 11 or 12 races, the 4-day maraton regatta is just 1/2 over. Plenty can happen, and will.

Friday, July 24, 2009

LISOT's Holly Tullo Wins 2009 Girls Nationals

The LISOT girls were really flying on Wedneday at this years' Girl Nationals -- half of the top 10 finishers were LISOT!

LISOT's Holly Tullo, a member of the USA World Team, conviningly won (by 14 points) the 5 race, no throw-out, single day regatta.

In addition to LISOT girls finishing 5 of the top 10, Holly and Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick each won a race, and all five of girls had had at least one top-five finish in the 58-boat fleet.

Conditions were steller - starting out at 8-10 knots for the first race at noon, and finihsing up with a steady 15 knots for the final race, which ended around 1630.

LISOT finishers:
1. HollyTullo
4. Alex Delbello
5. Maeve White
9. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
10. Maddie Widmeier
20. Emma White

Lily Katz, who had a 4th in race 1, retired with a sore knee while in 3rd place during race 2.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

LISOT Optimist Coach Pepe Bettini Finishes 5th At 29er Worlds

LISOT Optimist Head Coach, Pepe Bettini, finished 5th at the 29er Worlds in Riva Del Garda, Italy. A very windy regatta, the top boats sailed heavy with Pepe and crew being the lightest by far.

Follow Pepe on the event website at

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ian Crane & Harry Koeppel Love The Game - On Sailgroove

Team Race Nationals Coverage continues

LISOT L Advances To USODA Gold Round Robin

Congratulations to the five teams that are sailing off in the Gold Fleet today in the USODA Team Race Nationals

Team FOR

LISOT L team members are:

Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Drew Gallagher
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
Lily Katz
Harry Koeppel

Check out the action LIVE beginning at 1200 PST at

Good luck everyone!

Tomorrow is the USODA Girls Nationals and the USODA National Championship starts on Thursday.

Check out for postings from various events throughout the summer

Travis Fran & Reinier on Sailgroove at Team Race Nationals

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LISOT News #2

The summer is in full swing now and so are LISOT sailors. Training and events continue to keep LISOT sailors busy. Here are just some of the class highlights for the last week and the week ahead:


Ida Lewis Trophy, July 6-11, Hampton, VA (Club 420)
Straight off the US Youth Championship LISOT had 8 very successful teams at the US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship (Ida Lewis Trophy). LISOT teams were 5 of the first 7 in the 37 boat fleet. Congratulations to the winners Chanel Miller & Yuri Namikawa.

1st - Chanel Miller/Yuri Namikawa
2nd – Deirdre Lambert/Tracy Doherty
4th – Sarah Williams/Jane Rew
6th – Grace Lucas/Tierney Driscoll
7th – Melany Johnson/Mackenzie Needham
17th – Olivia Crane/Ali Blumenthal
21st – Maddie Bricker/Mary Rodman Crawford
32nd – Claudia Taselaar/Julia Rew

Full results are available at

Coastal Living Regatta, July 11 & 12, Newport, RI (Club 420)
Apologies are given for lack of mention of crews but congratulations to all!

2nd – Graham Landy
3rd – Markus Edegran
4th – Chris Schade
5th – Elliott Morrill
8th – Evan Read
9th – IG Schottlaender
14th – Abby Rohman
24th – Brogan Savage
28th – Nick Gallagher

Full results are available at

ISAF Youth Worlds, July 9-18, Buzios, Brazil (I420)
Results after 4 races

Ian Liberty & Alex Whipple – 21st
Morgan Kiss & Laura McKenna – 4th

Follow this event at

International 420 French Nationals, July 14-18, Port-Blanc, Brittany, France (I420)
Head coach Steve Keen leads a team of LISOT sailors at the French Nationals beginning Wednesday, July 14th.

The LISOT teams are:
Jordan Factor/Matthew Wefer
Marlena Fauer/Christina Lewis
Andrew Mollerus/Charlie Peck
Louis Padnos/Ben Spector
Chris Price/Caroline Attwood
Declan Whitmyer/Ian Storck

Sharpen your French and follow the action at


The LISOT Laser Radial group is in training mode working toward the Laser Nationals in Brant Beach, NJ in August. 2008 Swedish Laser Olympian, Rasmus Myrgren, has been working with sailors at clinics at the Old Cove Yacht Club in Cutchogue, NY. This past weekend, July 11 & 12, LISOT sailors dominated the District 8 Old Cove Regatta with Ryan Schmitz 1st, Spencer Olsson 2nd and Connor Needham 3rd.

This coming weekend, July 18 & 19, LISOT sponsors another Rasmus Myrgren clinic at Old Cove YC and there is another District 8 regatta at the Southold YC. District 8 results can be found at

Congratulations to LISOT sailors Connor Needham and Stefan Kuehn for finishing 1st and 2nd at their recent US Sailing Smythe regional elminations. Both will be attending the Area B Semi-finals for the Smythe. Note that the Smythe is sailed in Full rig lasers.


LISOT optimist sailors have been recharging batteries after training with coaches Pepe Bettini & Rasmus Myrgren and competing internationally in the Dominican Republic, Slovenia & Belgium.

This week the team is preparing for the upcoming USODA Team Race Nationals, USODA Girls Nationals and USODA National Championship at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in San Pedro, CA. LISOT will have two team in the Team Race Nationals that run July 18-21. They are:

Team L

Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Drew Gallagher
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
Lily Katz
Harry Koeppel

Team I
Travis Bobley
Ian Crane
Alex Delbello
Ty Ingram

Follow the action of all three events at

For current LISOT news visit our blog at and for information about future LISOT events and training visit

John Bainton Named US Sailing Sailor of the Week

Our friend and coach, John Bainton, was named this week’s US Sailing Sailor of the Week. Read the story at

Congratulations John. We’re proud of you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

International Optimist News

The 2009 IODA North American Championship in the Dominican Republic just concluded with some of the best American results ever. American Chris Williford was the overall winner. Brian Higgins from Argentina was 2nd and Axel Sly, another member of Team USA was 3rd. LISOT sailors did a terrific job with Harry Koeppel 24th, Lily Katz 50th, Gary Prieto 54th, Holly Tullo 70th and Reinier Eenkema van Dijk 95th. Complete results can be seen at

Currently still in progress is the IODA European Championship and the Flanders Youth Regatta. The Europeans (Slovenia) continue through July 12th and the Flanders Youth Regatta (Belgium) concludes today. Follow LISOT sailors Drew Gallagher at the Europeans and Liza O’Connor and Constantine Spentzos in Flanders on the event websites –

IODA European Championship –
Flanders Youth Regatta -

Thursday, June 25, 2009

LISOT Sailors Competing Around The World

The summer is off to a busy start and so is LISOT at the big international regattas. Many LISOT sailors are competing in major championships at venues around the world in the next two weeks - and again in late July and August.

Here are the early summer events, our sailors attending, and the websites for easy reference:


IODA North American Championship - June 30 – July 6, Dominican Republic -

Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Lily Katz

Harry Koeppel

Gary Prieto

Holly Tullo

IODA European Championship - July 4-12, Slovenia -

Drew Gallagher

Flanders (Belguim) Youth Regatta - July 4-8, Belgium –

Liza O’Connor
Constantine Spentzos


Laser Radial North American Championship - June 25-28, Buffalo Canoe Club, Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada -

Jamie Beres
Daniel DelBello

Stefan Kuehn

Matthew Mollerus

Connor Needham

Ryan Schmitz

Catherine Shanahan

Sarah Stubbs

C420 & 29er

US Youth Champtionships - June 25-30, Indian Harbor YC, Greenwich, CT -

Olivia Crane & Ali Blumenthal
Markus Edegran & Teddy Mark
Deirdre Lambert & Tracy Doherty
Burgess Malarkey & Bev Elmer
Chanel Miller & Rebecca Liggins
Andrew Mollerus & Charlie Peck
Eliza Richartz & Carly Schevitz
Luke Vreeland & Michael Lucciola
Declan Whitmyer & Ian Storck


Keil Week - June 24-28, Kiel, Germany -
Jordan Factor & Matthew Wefer
Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis
Ian Liberty & Alex Whipple

Intervela - July 1-4, Riva del Garda, Italy -
Jordan Factor & Matthew Wefer
Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis
Ian Liberty & Alex Whipple

ISAF Youth World Championship - July 9-18, Buzios, Brazil -
Ian Liberty & Alex Whipple

Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

LISOT Sailors Finish 2nd & 3rd at Newport Opti Challenge

With new head coach Pepe Bettini at the helm, LISOT hit the water with speed at the 2009 Newport Opti Challenge, taking home plenty of silver in 51-boat fleet over the 9-race, two day regatta on Narragansett Bay.

The conditions were classic spring in Newport - shifty ESE wind of 6-11 knots, plenty of current, healthy chop and a parade of grand prix boats each afternoon returning from the NYYC regatta.

LISOT's Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick and Gary Prieto dueled it out for 2nd and 3rd overall (respectively) behind 2009 Team Trials winner Max Simmons.

Also taking home silver were LISOT's Florian Eenkema van Dijk and Jared Gaynes with 4th and 5th in Blue Fleet.

Team LISOT's finishes overall were (full results):
2nd - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
3rd - Gary Prieto
15 - Florian Eenkema van Dijk
16 - Jared Gaynes
22 - Sean Walsh
23 - Julia Monro
24 - Caroline Booth
36 - Brandon Leibnick

Congratulations to all the sailors.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Update on LISOT at Laser Radial ACC's in Annapolis

The LISOT Laser Radials completed a very successful weekend of racing at Laser Radial ACCs at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis June 6-7.

Building on his great work with our sailors during our Memorial Day Clinic, Coach Juan Pablo del Solar Goldsmith joined us again in Annapolis for a pre-regatta practice day at Severn on Friday followed by two days of racing. JP kept the sailors on their toes every moment and on the water as much as possible. In true LISOT form, JP made certain that our sailors were the first boats on the water each day and well-prepared for the event.

Our young but eager Radial sailors tackled this challenging 60 boat regatta in style. Saturday's racing was limited to two very light air races and our sailors are to be commended for persevering in very challenging conditions. The winds cooperated on Sunday and the superb race committee got off three races in nice breeze for a total of 5 races for the series, giving the sailors one drop.

Results for the LISOT sailors are below, but they don't tell the full story. Many of our sailors are new to the boat and to Grand Prix racing and took away many important lessons that they will surely put to work as the season progresses.

Overall results are as follows:
Matthew Mollerus 11th
Daniel del Bello 25th
Erike Reieke 27th
Catherine Shannahan 33rd
Ryan Schmitz 41st
Connor Marion 47th
Stefan Kuehn 49th
Scott Booth 53rd
Kia Olsson 54th

Complete results are available at Congratulations to all of our sailors and many thanks to every parent who worked hard to make the event a success.

Please check the LISOT website for signups for upcoming events in June and beyond. June highlights include June 13-14 at Sayville YC for a day of practice and a day of District 8 racing with Ned Jones returning to coach; June 20-21 we return to Sayville for the two-day District 8 Championships with former Laser North American champion Jeff Bonanni returning to coach; and Laser North Americans at Buffalo Canoe Club June 25-28.

As always, if you have any questions please contact Chris Kuehn ( or Joan Mollerus (

Saturday, June 6, 2009

10 LISOT Sailors Qualify for USNT & USNDT in '09

Congratulations the the ten LISOT sailors who qualified for the US National Team and the US National Development Team.

LISOT has a long tradition of having all our sailors in their final Opti year qualify for the USNT, as well as many of our 12-13 year old sailors on USNT or USNDT, and this year is no exception.

US National Team
Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Drew Gallagher
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
Ty Ingram
Harry Koeppel

US National Development Team
Augie Dale
Alexandra Del Bello
Liza O'Connor

And we also have 3 USNT-level sailors who are aging out: Holly Tullo, Katie Kelly and Cally Tullo.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Twelve LISOT Sailors Make ALL Summer International Team

Congratulations to the twelve LISOT sailors who made US teams to represent the USA at all the summer international Optimist regattas. That's fully 1/3 of the LISOT team who sailed at Team Trails that made US teams.

Go Team USA. Go LISOT!

IODA Worlds - Brazil
Holly Tullo

IODA Eurpoeans- Piran, Slovenia
Drew Gallagher

IODA North Americans - Dominican Republic
Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Lily Katz
Harry Koeppel
Gary Prieto
Holly Tullo

British Nationals - Largs, Scotland
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
Katie Kelley

Flanders Youth Regatta - Nieuwpoort, Belgium
Liza O'Connor
Andrew Puopolo
Constantine Spentzos

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Great Wind & Coaching at Team Race Practice

LISOT team racers had the pleasure of being coached this weekend by ISAF World Team Racing Champion Colin Merrick, along with some really great conditions on Saturday.

Colin has been coaching LISOT for a few years, and this weekend had simply fantastic wind and waves to work with - similar conditions to what sailors will find in California for Team Race Nationals.

Sailing out of Noroton YC, sailors saw a steady 15 knot Easterly with gust over 20 all day. The seas were rolling from the East with a very steep chop when the tide changed and began to ebb. Team racing in these conditions provided our sailors with a good opportunity work on TR maneuvers as well as boat handling in big seas.

With quick access to LI Sound, sailors are able to come in for lunch and a mid-day briefing, which gave Colin opportunity for a good mix of classroom and on-water discussion.

On Saturday everyone also enjoyed watching the big boats returning on the Block Island Race. With kites up, the 60 and 70 footers blew past as the optis were just heading out in the morning. By afternoon, the 40-50 footers were passing by.

More pictures are posted on the LISOT Facebook page and on Picasa.