Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hail to Bob Baranaskas, Leader of Youth Sailing

This area lost a great friend of youth sailing on April 5, 2009. Bob Baranaskas died when his World War II fighter plane crashed into the ocean off Fire Island’s Smith Point. Many Cow Harbor Sailing Team (CHST) and Northport Bay Sailing Association (NBSA) parents, sailors and coaches share their remembrances of a man who had an unbelievable impact on the lives of many people.
It was early this decade that CHST evolved into LISOT (Long Island Sound Optimist Team) under the leadership of John Hammel.
http://www.windcheckmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=412:bob-baranaskas-leader-of-youth-sailing&catid=94:sound-people&Itemid=427

Sunday, April 19, 2009

LISOT/FAST Joint Team Trials Practice

This weekend LISOT and FAST (Fort Adams Sailing Team) joined forces for two days of terrific team trials practice, hosted by Milford YC.

The weekend closely resembled a National Team practice, with 5 world-class coaches, aerobic workouts, long days on the water and indepth post-practice debriefs.

The weather couldn't have been better - warm temps and great breeze - especially on Saturday. We had five terrific coaches: Trevor, Isabelle Kinsolving, Annie Davidson, Fran and Spencer.

On Saturday 20 of the Opti's were equipped with individual GPS units - thanks to Spencer - which tracked their movement all day using www.kattack.com.

The data were then downloaded and the tracking analyzed and plotted on screen. The kids were able to see what they did, and how they sailed. This was combined with video shot on the water, all which resulted in a 90 minute debrief that the kids really liked.

After coming off the water close to 6pm on Saturday, Milford YC hosted both teams for an enjoyable dinner. The sailors went back to the Jr. room around after dinner for a continuation of the post-race debrief and video.

Sunday's breeze was a tad lighter, and the temps a tad cooler. But the joint group spent the day doing many practice starts and some racing.

Everyone had a great time and the weekend provided a wonderful opportunity for the two groups to get prepared for Team Trials.

Monday, April 13, 2009

International Event News - Lake Garda Optimist Meeting

Racing has concluded at all three 2009 spring Optimist events – the IODA South American Championship in Salinas, Ecuador, the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands, and the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Here are the results highlights for the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting (816 boats):

1st Cecilia Zorzi – ITA – 48 pts
2nd Paolucci Alessio – ITA – 50 pts
3rd Tito Rodda – ITA – 85 pts

Congratulations USA finishers:

Gold Fleet

13th Ian Stokes
32nd Luke Muller
85th Cally Tullo (LISOT)
119th Alan Rochard
126th Nic Muller
139th Patrick Floyd

Silver Fleet

26th Cameron Crawford
47th Haley Fox
74th Chase Quinn
95th Granger Anderson

Bronze Fleet

2nd Kathryn Booker
56th William Romeo

Event website - http://lakegardameeting.fragliavelariva.it/

International Event News - Magic Marine Easter Regatta

Racing has concluded at all three 2009 spring Optimist events – the IODA South American Championship in Salinas, Ecuador, the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands, and the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Here are the results highlights for the Magic Marine Easter Regatta (212 boats, 4 days, 8 races):

1st Pieter Goedhard – NED – 37 pts
2nd Lars van Stekelenberg – NED – 40 pts
3rd Pedro Rogue – POR – 44 pts

Full results click here and for pictures click here!

Congratulations USA finishers:

Gold Fleet
6th Roger Dorr
8th Brendan Shanahan
9th Geoffrey Nelson
10th Mason Mings
17th Richard Schuurmans
18th India Johnstone
21st Cody Stansky
29th Andrew Puopolo (LISOT)
34th Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (LISOT)
36th Lily Katz (LISOT)
39th Jacob Rizika
42nd Harrison Hawk
51st Madison Gates
55th Julian Moore
58th Katie Kelley (LISOT)
67th Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (LISOT)
73rd Maeve White

Silver Fleet
18th Sammy Stagg
63rd Adele Whitmyer
75th Julia Lambert

USA was 2nd in Team Standings to POR (Portugal)

International Team News - South Americans

Racing has concluded at all three 2009 spring Optimist events – the IODA South American Championship in Salinas, Ecuador, the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands, and the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Here are the results highlights for the IODA South Americans (191 boats – 12 races):
1st Anthony Fortune – FRA – 29 pts
2nd Alonso Collantes – PER – 29 pts
3rd Mario Mazzaferro – BRA – 31 pts

Congratulations USA Finishers:
11th M. Simmons
16th D. Williford
19th E. Caple
30th F. Short
38th A. Sly
42nd C. Williford
47th Holly Tullo (LISOT)
59th A. Curtiss
60th R. Legault
63rd M. Lamphere
79th B. Garber
92nd M. Sly
106th S. Schuurmans
107th W. Livernois
120th R. Parent

USA won the Nations Cup (Non-South American Country Team Racing)

Event website - www.sudopti2009.org/

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Braassemermeer Update - Race Days 2 & 3

Team USA has been sailing very well at this years Easter Regatta, which continues to be sailed in very light, shifty and puffy conditions.

All 5 LISOT Team USA sailors qualified for the Gold Fleet:
22
Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, USA 57 -
9 3 (bfd) 6 29 10
32
Andrew Puopolo, USA 71 -
18 9 (53) 13 19 12
55
Katie Kelley, USA 92 -
35 4 21 16 (39) 16
58
Lily Katz, USA 95 -
4 27 20 20 (35) 24
66
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick, USA 111 -
33 17 31 16 (41) 14

Brendan Shanahan (former LISOT sailor now living in Atlanta) is the top Team USA sailor in 5th overall!

Tomorrow the the final day of racing with the fleet broken down into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets. Two races are scheduled.

Many pictures are online at Click here

Friday, April 10, 2009

Race Day 1 Update from Braassemermeer

LISOT's Reinier Eenkema van Dijk finished the first day of racing in 6th place in this 210 boat fleet.

The regatta got off to a glorious start. The weather was beautiful, tons of sun, warm temperatures near 70 and decent breeze from the SSE around 13-15knots.

While the sun and temperatures stayed consistent, the wind was anything but - very shifty and puffy, with the velocity fading as the day progressed.

The RC ran two 90+ minute races, many of which were started under black flag after multiple attempts without it.

LISOT's 5 sailors are currently in:

6th Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, USA 12pts - 9th, 3rd

29 Andrew Puopolo, USA 27 - 18, 9

38 Lily Katz, USA 31 - 4, 27

54 Katie Kelley, USA 39 - 35, 4

76 Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick, USA 50 - 33, 17

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Update from Braassemermeer, Holland

Team USA (which includes LISOT sailors Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnic, Lily Katz, Katie Kelley and Andrew Poupolo) have been training here since Sunday for the 24th Annual Magic Marine Easter Regatta, which begins tomorrow.

Conditions have generally been lighter than what the Dutch say is typical on the lake. Wind has been 8-12 with daytime temps in the upper 50s, or low 60s when the sun peaks out. Yesterday the team had a lay-day, which included a wonderful full-day private tour - including visits to a working windmill, cheese making, wooden shoe making, and a moving visit to the Anne Frank House - all expertly arranged by USA Team leader, and resident Dutchman Erik Eenkema Van Dijk.

Team USA coaches Amanda Clark and Peter Strong have been working with the 20-sailor US team, and the sailors are well prepared for regatta, which starts tomorrow (Good Friday) and concludes on Easter Monday.

Complete updates are being posted on the Team USA website, with pictures, and more frequent updates by following Team USA on twitter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Exciting News From IODA South American Championship in Salinas, Ecuador

After two days and 5 races, American’s Duncan Williford (Lauderdale YC, FL) and Max Simmons (Norwalk YC, CT) stand 2nd and 5th , respectively, in the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) South American Championship. Anthony Fortune from France is leading with 17 pts while Williford has 18 pts and Mario Mazzaferro (Brazil) has 22 in 3rd place.

 

Racing continues through April 12th and can be followed at www.sudopti2009.org.

USA Optimists Teams Attending International Events

Easter is nearly here and that means that USA Optimist Teams are departing this week for the IODA South American Championship in Salinas, Ecuador, the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands, and the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting in Riva del Garda, Italy.

LISOT wishes all Team USA members fair winds, warm temperatures, great competition and lifelong friends for these events!

Event Websites
IODA South American Championship, April 2-12 – http://www.sudopti2009.org/
Magic Marine Easter Regatta, April 10-13 – Event website , the Team USA Website and Twitter (race reports)
Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, April 9-12 - http://lakegardameeting.fragliavelariva.it/