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!
9 - Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk
20 - Gary Prieto
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.