Friday, July 31, 2009

7 LISOT Sailors in Top 25 at Opti US Nationals - Including Top 4 Girls

LISOT has a very strong showing at this years' USODA Nationals in San Pedro, California.

In one of the best regattas of the year for wind, surf and sun, 7 LISOT sailors placed in the top 25 after a long 4 day series that saw 13 races for the Gold/Silver fleet and 12 races for the Bronze/Pearl Fleet.

LISOT was lead by Drew in 8th, Maeve 10th, Holly 13th, Harry 15th, Reinier 18th, Megan 21st and Lily 22nd.

LISOT girls also dominated - the top 4 were Maeve, Holly, Megan and Lily.

Cabrillo Beach YC ran a terrific event which saw slighly lighter than normal conditions for the first 3 days (12-15 knots) and more typical "hurricane Gulch" winds on the final day with steady breeze over 20 knots and a stiff chop on top of a long ocean swell.

It was common to loose sight of a sailor behind a big wave or swell.

LISOT coaches Trevor Moore (just back from the 49er Worlds in Garda) and Fran Bellocchio did a great job keeping our sailors focused and in shape for the physically demanding event.

Many LISOT kids were featured in videos and CBYC press releases - including interviews with LISOT sailor who had bullets
- such as Holly, Harry and Megan.

LISOT finishes were:

8. Drew Gallagher
10. Maeve White
13. Holly Tullo
15. Harry Koeppel
18. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
21. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
22. Lily Katz
49. Maddie Widmeier
51. Ty Ingram
56. Jonathan Lutz
59. Matthew Kaplan
65. Alexandra DelBello
73. Emma White

13. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
22. Sean Walsh
32. Ian Crane
40. Forrest Simpson
50. Travis Bobley

Congratulations to all for an outstanding regatta.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

C420 National Championship Final

Johnstone/DaSilva from Conanicut Yacht Club, Jamestown, RI are 2009 National
LISOT finishes 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th & 10th overall
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th in Youth Division (under 17)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th in Girls Division

Full results at

C420 Nationals Conclude Today - Jamestown, RI

After two days and 5 races the scores at the C420 National Championship are extremely close. A number of LISOT teams are in contention.

Racing concludes today and after the 6th race is completed the sailors will get a throwout – further compressing the fleet.

Follow the results at

Here are upcoming events of interest:

LISOT C420 - Hyannis Regatta (July 31-Aug 2), Hyannis, MA - website
LISOT C420 – C420 Team Racing Nationals (Aug 1-3), E Greenwich, RI - website
LISOT Optimist - USODA New England Championship (Aug 4-6), Sail Newport, RI - website
LISOT C420 – Buzzards Bay Regatta (Aug 7-9), Marion, MA – website - website
LISOT Laser -Laser National Championship (Aug 7-9), Brant Beach, NJ - website
LISOT Optimist sailors who are members of the US Team at the Optimist British National Championship (Aug 8-14), Largs, UK - website

Saturday, July 25, 2009

USODA Nationals - Day 2 update

The winds delivered again, as promised, in Hurricane Gulch with another perfect 3 race day at Nationals.

Harry Koeppel tops team LISOT in 5th overall after 6 races with one throwout. LISOT's top 5 sailors also include Holly Tullo in 6th, and 6 points behind Harry; Drew Gallagher in14th; Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick 18th and Lily Katz 20.

Racing started again today at 1300, after a 1 hour postponement for wind. The first race was held in 8-10 knots with a modest chop and 2-3 foot swell. By race 2 the breeze was up to 12 or so, and race 3 of the day was run in a fairly solid 15.

Team LISOT results after 6 races (1 throwout):
5. Harry Koeppel
6. Holly Tullo
14. Drew Gallagher
18. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
20. Lily Katz
31. Maeve White
39. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
42. Ty Ingram
51. Jonathan Lutz
55. Maddie Widmeier
60. Alex DelBello
64. Emma White
71. Matthew Kaplan
86. Sean Walah
108. Forrest Simpson
111. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
131. Travis Bobley
139. Ian Crane

With two long days of sailing ahead, and likly 11 or 12 races, the 4-day maraton regatta is just 1/2 over. Plenty can happen, and will.

Friday, July 24, 2009

LISOT's Holly Tullo Wins 2009 Girls Nationals

The LISOT girls were really flying on Wedneday at this years' Girl Nationals -- half of the top 10 finishers were LISOT!

LISOT's Holly Tullo, a member of the USA World Team, conviningly won (by 14 points) the 5 race, no throw-out, single day regatta.

In addition to LISOT girls finishing 5 of the top 10, Holly and Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick each won a race, and all five of girls had had at least one top-five finish in the 58-boat fleet.

Conditions were steller - starting out at 8-10 knots for the first race at noon, and finihsing up with a steady 15 knots for the final race, which ended around 1630.

LISOT finishers:
1. HollyTullo
4. Alex Delbello
5. Maeve White
9. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
10. Maddie Widmeier
20. Emma White

Lily Katz, who had a 4th in race 1, retired with a sore knee while in 3rd place during race 2.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

LISOT Optimist Coach Pepe Bettini Finishes 5th At 29er Worlds

LISOT Optimist Head Coach, Pepe Bettini, finished 5th at the 29er Worlds in Riva Del Garda, Italy. A very windy regatta, the top boats sailed heavy with Pepe and crew being the lightest by far.

Follow Pepe on the event website at

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ian Crane & Harry Koeppel Love The Game - On Sailgroove

Team Race Nationals Coverage continues

LISOT L Advances To USODA Gold Round Robin

Congratulations to the five teams that are sailing off in the Gold Fleet today in the USODA Team Race Nationals

Team FOR

LISOT L team members are:

Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Drew Gallagher
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
Lily Katz
Harry Koeppel

Check out the action LIVE beginning at 1200 PST at

Good luck everyone!

Tomorrow is the USODA Girls Nationals and the USODA National Championship starts on Thursday.

Check out for postings from various events throughout the summer

Travis Fran & Reinier on Sailgroove at Team Race Nationals

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LISOT News #2

The summer is in full swing now and so are LISOT sailors. Training and events continue to keep LISOT sailors busy. Here are just some of the class highlights for the last week and the week ahead:


Ida Lewis Trophy, July 6-11, Hampton, VA (Club 420)
Straight off the US Youth Championship LISOT had 8 very successful teams at the US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship (Ida Lewis Trophy). LISOT teams were 5 of the first 7 in the 37 boat fleet. Congratulations to the winners Chanel Miller & Yuri Namikawa.

1st - Chanel Miller/Yuri Namikawa
2nd – Deirdre Lambert/Tracy Doherty
4th – Sarah Williams/Jane Rew
6th – Grace Lucas/Tierney Driscoll
7th – Melany Johnson/Mackenzie Needham
17th – Olivia Crane/Ali Blumenthal
21st – Maddie Bricker/Mary Rodman Crawford
32nd – Claudia Taselaar/Julia Rew

Full results are available at

Coastal Living Regatta, July 11 & 12, Newport, RI (Club 420)
Apologies are given for lack of mention of crews but congratulations to all!

2nd – Graham Landy
3rd – Markus Edegran
4th – Chris Schade
5th – Elliott Morrill
8th – Evan Read
9th – IG Schottlaender
14th – Abby Rohman
24th – Brogan Savage
28th – Nick Gallagher

Full results are available at

ISAF Youth Worlds, July 9-18, Buzios, Brazil (I420)
Results after 4 races

Ian Liberty & Alex Whipple – 21st
Morgan Kiss & Laura McKenna – 4th

Follow this event at

International 420 French Nationals, July 14-18, Port-Blanc, Brittany, France (I420)
Head coach Steve Keen leads a team of LISOT sailors at the French Nationals beginning Wednesday, July 14th.

The LISOT teams are:
Jordan Factor/Matthew Wefer
Marlena Fauer/Christina Lewis
Andrew Mollerus/Charlie Peck
Louis Padnos/Ben Spector
Chris Price/Caroline Attwood
Declan Whitmyer/Ian Storck

Sharpen your French and follow the action at


The LISOT Laser Radial group is in training mode working toward the Laser Nationals in Brant Beach, NJ in August. 2008 Swedish Laser Olympian, Rasmus Myrgren, has been working with sailors at clinics at the Old Cove Yacht Club in Cutchogue, NY. This past weekend, July 11 & 12, LISOT sailors dominated the District 8 Old Cove Regatta with Ryan Schmitz 1st, Spencer Olsson 2nd and Connor Needham 3rd.

This coming weekend, July 18 & 19, LISOT sponsors another Rasmus Myrgren clinic at Old Cove YC and there is another District 8 regatta at the Southold YC. District 8 results can be found at

Congratulations to LISOT sailors Connor Needham and Stefan Kuehn for finishing 1st and 2nd at their recent US Sailing Smythe regional elminations. Both will be attending the Area B Semi-finals for the Smythe. Note that the Smythe is sailed in Full rig lasers.


LISOT optimist sailors have been recharging batteries after training with coaches Pepe Bettini & Rasmus Myrgren and competing internationally in the Dominican Republic, Slovenia & Belgium.

This week the team is preparing for the upcoming USODA Team Race Nationals, USODA Girls Nationals and USODA National Championship at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in San Pedro, CA. LISOT will have two team in the Team Race Nationals that run July 18-21. They are:

Team L

Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Drew Gallagher
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
Lily Katz
Harry Koeppel

Team I
Travis Bobley
Ian Crane
Alex Delbello
Ty Ingram

Follow the action of all three events at

For current LISOT news visit our blog at and for information about future LISOT events and training visit

John Bainton Named US Sailing Sailor of the Week

Our friend and coach, John Bainton, was named this week’s US Sailing Sailor of the Week. Read the story at

Congratulations John. We’re proud of you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

International Optimist News

The 2009 IODA North American Championship in the Dominican Republic just concluded with some of the best American results ever. American Chris Williford was the overall winner. Brian Higgins from Argentina was 2nd and Axel Sly, another member of Team USA was 3rd. LISOT sailors did a terrific job with Harry Koeppel 24th, Lily Katz 50th, Gary Prieto 54th, Holly Tullo 70th and Reinier Eenkema van Dijk 95th. Complete results can be seen at

Currently still in progress is the IODA European Championship and the Flanders Youth Regatta. The Europeans (Slovenia) continue through July 12th and the Flanders Youth Regatta (Belgium) concludes today. Follow LISOT sailors Drew Gallagher at the Europeans and Liza O’Connor and Constantine Spentzos in Flanders on the event websites –

IODA European Championship –
Flanders Youth Regatta -