Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SailingScuttlebutt - Best Sunscreen

Hello everyone – Last week Sailing Scuttlebutt (www.sailingscuttlebutt.com) featured a conversation about what sailing pros use in the way of sunscreen. While we look to some of these sailors for coaching advice this advice about sunscreen may be the most valuable of all. Check out the forum at http://forum.sailingscuttlebutt.com/cgi-bin/gforum.cgi?post=7198. - Doug

Here are a few quotes:

* Greg Fisher, J/22 World Champion: “I like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 sun block as it is less sticky and doesn't burn the eyes as readily as some of the other stuff. It's not totally waterproof but I've been told that you need to reapply every few hours anyway for any sunscreen to remain effective. I've tried some other sunscreens that claim to have "anti-wrinkle" properties. They don't seem to have quite the screen qualities as the Neutrogena nor do they seem to actually turn back the clock on what the sun has already accomplished!”

* Paige Railey, 2006 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year: “I use a sunscreen called Roc for babies. The reason I prefer it is because it's a mineral cream. I always wear rashguards so the only thing exposed to the sun is my face. The sunscreen is so thick that it makes my skin white. It looks like I wear zinc on my face. When it starts to wear off then the color will start to fade. So I reapply. This is the reason why I look like a ghost in all of my pictures. I use the same for my lips. I need to protect them because when I was younger I never cared for them so now I have had two spots removed. Let’s say I take the sun very seriously!”

* Zach Railey, 2008 Olympic Finn Silver Medalist: “I use sunscreen called Ocean Potion. SPF 30. It is very waterproof and also sweat proof for hot weather. I think it was originally designed for surfers.”

* Chris Larson, 1997 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, 7-time World Champion: “Growing up in Florida, I was exposed to the sun from an early age. I’ve had my share of “AK’s” actinic keratosis (pre-cancers), and biopsies. In addition, I had a full lip ‘laser’ resurfacing and Efudex treatment, a "topical chemotherapy" chemical face peel. Trust me; these are not things you want to experience.

“I currently use Coppertone Sport 50 SPF breathable sunscreen and have always come back to Coppertone products over the years. It just seems to work best for me. Sunscreens work differently on each individual due skin type and makeup. Trial and error is the best way to find something which gives you the most protection.

Application is ABSOLUTLEY the most important factor in sun protection. I have a morning ritual of taking a shower and then immediately applying 3-4 coats of sunscreen. Heat and moisture from the shower open skin pours allowing it to absorb significantly more product. This method covers me for the whole day.

Applying sunscreen on the boat just doesn’t cut it and I inevitably come away with too much sun.

In addition, Lip protection is a must. Zinc Oxide is the best for ultimate protection; however any lip balm w/ a SPF over 30 will work. Lastly, it’s important to see your dermatologist every 6 months.”

* Kevin Burnham, 2-time Olympic medalist: “Been through a lot of treatments. Lip laser burn that left my lips open and raw for weeks. Face peels with Efudex and numerous direct hits with the laser on various parts of my body. I had both eyes operated on from the sun burning them and creating pterygiums that had to be removed.

“I use the sunscreen called Aloegator that is made in Irving, Texas. I use the Kids SPF 45 cream that soaks into the skin. They have another SPF 45 that is a gel that causes me to sweat. The kids stuff does not burn the eyes either. The technique is to start with a shower in the morning and apply the first application, as soon as I get out and dry off. For my lips, I use Zinc oxide PASTE - not ointment. This stuff is mixed with a wax of some sort and stays on much better than the ointment. I order kilo jars of it from the pharmacy. When I am not on the water I use Neutrogena 30 lip balm. It is clear and does a good job. I am now wearing Patagonia gloves for my hands, while driving the car and on the water in Miami. It is SPF 30 and they do a good job. My hands have become a real concern due to the thinness of the skin there.

All and all I believe that the most damage was as a child growing up three houses from the beach in Florida (in the 60’s/70’s). They did not have sun protection back then and I was always one huge blister in the summers. I think that if we had the sunscreen lotions that we have now, I would not have incurred so much sun damage to my skin. I feel that down the line I will be treated for serious melanoma problems. My skin type was never meant to be in the tropics and my love of the water combined, makes for a deadly combination.”

Curmudgeon’s Comment: Thanks to everyone that shared their sunscreen stories. Tips from Russell Coutts, Anna Tunnicliffe, Greg Fisher, Paige Railey, Zach Railey, Gram Schweikert, Betsy Altman, Bill Hardesty, Morgan Larson, Morgan Reeser. Bill Munster, Doogie Couvreux, Terry Hutchinson, Ken Read, Chris Larson, and Kevin Burnham are all on the Forum to view. Do you have any sunscreen advice? Post it here:



Thursday, March 12, 2009

Exciting Coach & Event News For TT and Beyond

There is a lot to share about LISOT coaches and the many new events posted on lisot.org (especially the weekday and after school Team Trials clinics throughout April and weekends thereafter). We're also finalizing many of the summer clinic dates and locations - so check lisot.org often.

Coach News
Trevor and our amazing core coaching team of Olympian Amanda Clark and All-American Jeff Bonanni will be joined for Team Trials by another equally world renowned Opti coach, Argentinian Alejandro Solé.

Some may know Ale from his years coaching the United States National Optimist Team (USNT). He's been coaching Opti's for over 7 years and his impressive credentials include:

  • Won the Opti Europeans, South Americans and Valentines Regatta (in the same year!)
  • Coached at 5 South Americans and 2 Worlds
  • Coached the USA, JPN and IRL national teams
  • In 1999 started Optisailors.com, produced 2 Advanced Instructional DVDʼs and conducted many International Clinics
Ale arrives on April 24th and will be coaching the April 25-26 weekend practice in Darien, is available on Monday/Tuesday as desired, and then for all of Team Trials.

In early April while Amanda is coaching the US team at the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer Holland, Trevor and Jeff will be joined April 4th thru 9th by another world-class South American coach Fran Bellocchio. Since Fran will be joining LISOT as a regular for the summer, this is a great opportunity to get to know him.

Fran's experience runs deep, including:

  • South Americans (twice), Worlds, World team race team
  • Argentinean Match Race and Team Race Championships
  • Coached for: FAST (Newport), Canadian National Team, GUST, Sarasota Youth Sailing Program
  • Fran also has deep experience in the I420, 29er and J-24 (went to worlds in each of these classes)
  • And he worked for North Sails Argentina for a few years
After Team Trials
If you hadn't heard, congratulation is in order to Trevor and former LISOT head coach Erik Storck who made the 2009 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and are doing an Olympic campaign in the 49er class. As such, Trevor will be stepping down in June as LISOT's head coach after almost 2 years at the helm. We're thrilled to see two LISOT head coaches team up for the Olympics and wish them all the best.

Further congratulations to our Laser Radial coach, Clay Johnson, who also made the 2009 US Sailing Team Alphagraphics in the Laser.

We're equally thrilled to announce LISOT's new head coach will be Pepe Bettini. Pepe will take the helm in mid-June (including a mid-week clinic June 16-18 at Riverside YC). Pepe has been coaching many years, and like Ale and Fran, has amazing credentials, including:

  • Head Coach, Team Argentina, South Americans
  • Head Coach, Team Venezuela, Worlds
  • Head Coach, Team Ecuador, South American
  • Head Coach Netherlands National Team
  • Coach, Team MOST, USA
Pepe will be joined by Fran for the summer, with Trevor coming back from Europe to join them for the Nationals week in California.

In addition, Amanda, Jeff, John Bainton, Karl Mittermyer, Ale Primavera and Brian Clancy (who coached LISOT last summer before heading off as assistant coach at the Naval Academy) will be coaching with Pepe and Fran based on their availability.

Don't forget to check the sign up list often on lisot.org - we're always adding events, regattas and clinics.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

LISOT Launches 2009 Season on LI Sound

There were plenty of smiles all around this weekend when LISOT hit the 37 degree waters of Long Island Sound to get the 2009 season off the dock on our home waters.

Sailing out of beautiful Beach Point YC, with direct, easy access to The Sound and warm air temps far above normal (near 70 on Saturday), sailors enjoyed a variety of wind conditions along with very strong full-moon currents. Even with the frigid water, sailors said they were plenty warm and spent a lot of time on the water both days.

Two of our regular coaching team, Amanda Clark and Jeff Bonanni -- who know the sailors very well from last year, enjoyed a nice 5:1 ratio with the the sailors. Everyone was quickly in sync and got right into the swing of things on Saturday morning. Despite losing an hour of sleep with the clock change, everyone was on time Sunday morning and not too sleepy!

Besides the on-water sailing, there was plenty of fun batting snowballs after the post-practice debrief, as well as a few who tried to walk across the harbor in the super low tide (they didn't make it).

Practice wrapped up Sunday with the LISOT Birthday tradition, a team cake for, on this weekend, Ty Ingram's 13th. Welcome to Red Fleet, Ty!

Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed getting back out on the water with Amanda and Jeff again since Orange Bowl. Next weekend LISOT is practicing at Larchmont YC - and Trevor will be out to start training with the team in two weeks.

Monday, March 2, 2009

2009 Spring KickOff Parents' Meeting Attracts a Crowd

Thank you all that attended yesterday’s LISOT Spring Parents’ Meeting. The turnout was obviously spectacular. Over 100 enthusiastic parents enjoyed the wonderful Beach Point Club dining room overlooking a serene Long Island Sound as a major Nor'easter was marching up the East Coast.

Those in attendance got to hear about the great plans for the Optimist, 420 and Laser Radial groups, all outlined in the presentation below:

Lisot 2009 Parents Mtg 3.1.09

Chris Kuehn and Joan Mollerus gave an overview of the ever growing Laser Radial program they are building including some regattas and events planned.

Phil Factor highlighted the amazing year the 420s have had, the impressive results at many top regattas and the plans for 2009.

The 2 hour meeting wrapped up with a review of what's on tap for the Opti program by Michael Rudnick and Bill Crane.

For those that couldn't make the meeting, or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact anyone at LISOT. Email addresses can be found on the lisot website.

Today the weather on Long Island Sound didn’t look like it but the first day of Optimist training for the USODA Team Trials is only 5 days away. The USODA Team Trials will be hosted by Noroton YC in May.

We hope to see you soon,

Doug Wefer – President, LISOT Sailing Foundation