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.

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