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