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.

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