Saturday, August 22, 2009

4 LISOT Opti's Finish in Top 10 at CORK

LISOT sailors turned in an impressive showing at the 2009 CORK International Regatta in Kingston, Ontario, with 4 of our sailors finishing in the top 10!

Continuing the very strong summer for LISOT, 4 sailors headed up to Canada with coach Marcos in the drivers seat (literally) to put in some practice at the venue for next years' IODA North American Championship. They were joined by sailors from upstate NY and Toronto.

The CORK team, having recently taken home silver at many large events (Drew 8th at National's, Harry 2nd at New England's, Reinier 1st at JSA Champs, and Megan 8th and top girl at the British Nationals,) sailed very well in the mostly light to moderate air conditions. Wind was often 12 knots or less for the 4 day regatta held on a very choppy Lake Ontario.

Drew battled Ben Garber (Deephaven, MN) and Harry for the #2 spot, with Ben and Harry tied, finishing just 2 points behind Drew.

Reinier, who got off to a tough start on day one, turned in very consistent finishes for the next 3 days and moved up into the 5th spot. Megan, who had been in a 3-way tie for 10th, had all top 10 finishes in the final 5 races to solidify her 10th overall. She was also the top US girl.

2nd - Drew Gallagher
4th - Harry Koeppel
5th - Reinier Eenkema van dijk
10th - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
15th - Peter Ehvert
66th - Madeline Evans

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

LISOT News #3 - Wow It Has Been Busy

Since the last report LISOT sailors have been on the road and collecting a lot of silver around the world. LISOT sailors have been to California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, France and Italy and just finished up in Michigan, Hungary & Scotland. It's been a busy month.

While all the results are great, here are a few highlights:

LISOT finished 4th & 9th at USODA Team Race Nationals
LISOT girls finished 5 of top 10 at USODA Girls Nationals including 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th
LISOT finished 7 of the top 25 at USODA Nationals
LISOT finished 4 of the top 25 at the USODA New England Championship including 2nd, 5th and 11th
LISOT finished 8th and top girl at the British Optimist Nationals

LISOT finished 7 of the top 10 at Club 420 Nationals including 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th & 10th (C420)
LISOT finished 7 of the top 10 at the Hyannis Regatta including 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th & 10th (C420)
LISOT placed three teams in the first 8 at the CJ Buckley Team Race for the Club 420 National Junior Team Race Championship (C420)
LISOT finished 5 of the top 10 at the Buzzards Bay Regatta including 1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th & 10th (C420)

LISOT finished 4th and 5th at the Hyannis Regatta (Laser Radial)
For the first time LISOT supported sailors at the Laser Nationals placing 1 sailor in the top 25 of the Laser Radial division and 5th in the Laser 4.7

Here is a brief summary of all of the events LISOT supported in the last month:

USODA Team Race Nationals, Girls Nationals, and the National Championship - July 18-26, Cabrillo Beach YC, CA
Team Race Nationals Results - 4th and 9th of 15 teams
Girls Nationals - Holly Tullo won convincingly the 2009 Girls National Championship - Full results click here
National Championship Results - click here

USODA New England Championships - August 4-6, Sail Newport, Newport, RI
Harry Koeppel led a strong LISOT team of 20 sailors by finishing a close second to Andy Widmeier (who has sailed with LISOT in the past) - for Full Results click here

C420 Nationals - July 27-29, Fort Getty, Jamestown, RI
The LISOT teams of Edegran/Mark and Whitmyer/Storck came close but narrowly missed beating Johnstone/DaSilva in the 152 boat C420 Nationals. LISOT really stood out in the Youth and Girls divisions taking 1st through 4th in the Youth Division (crews under 17) and 1st through 5th in the Girls Division. For full results click here

Hyannis Regatta - July 31-August 2, Hyannis YC, Hyannis, MA
This 9 race series featured the full variety of conditions showing why LISOT puts the event on the schedule. LISOT sailors were up to the task and completely dominated the fleet. The LISOT teams of Lutz/DaSilva, Lambert/Doherty and Landy/Murphy took the top three spots. For full results click here

CJ Buckley Team Race for the Club 420 National Junior Team Race Championship, August 3-5, E Greenwich, RI
University of Vermont coach Justin Assad put on a great event and the sailors were completely exhausted each night. This team racing event was very high school and college like without trapezes and spinnakers but the sailors had a great time anyway. Congratulations to Team Boss for taking the Club 420 Junior Team Race title. For event details click here

Buzzards Bay Regatta - August 7-9, New Bedford, MA
The finale of the summer C420 season in New England was the Buzzards Bay Regatta. This event always attracts 120+ boats and this featured the full variety of conditions. Deidre Lambert and Tracy Doherty continued their outstanding string of events with a solid win. Full results click here

C420 North Americans - August 13-16, Macatawa Bay YC, Macatawa, MI
LISOT's C420 sailors concluded the summer regatta circuit at the North American Championship in Macatawa, MI. Taylor Canfield and Stephanie Roble took the title convincingly however the LISOT teams of Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis and Deirdre Lambert & Tracy Doherty also stood out from the pack in 2nd and 3rd. 7 other LISOT teams finished in the first 15. For event details click here.

In its inaugural summer, the LISOT Laser group returned from the North Americans (see News #1) to spend the month of July preparing for the Laser Nationals at Brant Beach Yacht Club, Brant Beach, NJ on August 7th-9th. Swedish Olympian Rasmus Myrgren and past Laser Radial National Champion Jeff Bonanni worked our sailors hard, with great results from our young radials. We had 1 sailor in the top 25 of the 142 boat Laser Radial fleet and one in the top five of the 26 boat 4.7 fleet. For complete results see

I420 Worlds - July 27 - August 5, Riva del Garda, Italy
Many current and past LISOT sailors made up the 2009 I420 USA World Team. Americans Judge Ryan and Chris Segerblom sailed very well to finish 11th. Male and female teams sailed in separate fleets. Full results are available here

Optimist British Nationals - Aug 9-14, Largs Sailing Club, Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Team USA made a great showing at the 2009 British Nationals in Scotland with Roger Dorr leading the way for Team USA with a 3rd overall and LISOT's Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick the top girl and 8th overall. Full results are available here

I420 Junior Europeans - Aug 8-16, Lake Balaton, Hungary
Five of the seven teams of the USA Junior European team were from LISOT. LISOT sailors included Markus Edegran/Teddy Mark, Jordan Factor/Matt Wefer, Louis Padnos/Ben Spector, Luke Vreeland/Mike Lucciola, and Sarah Williams/Jane Rew. The conditions were primarily light and the male and female crews sailed against each other. Full results are available

All LISOT classes - Optimist, Laser Radial & 420 are looking ahead and will begin Fall training shortly. Visit our website at for dates and locations for practices.

Monday, August 17, 2009

LISOT Sailors Finish 9 of Top 15 at C420 NA's

Taylor Canfield and Stephanie Roble sailed to a solid victory at the 2009 Club 420 North American Championship at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Macatawa Bay, MI this past weekend. LISOT sailors continued their strong performances with Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis 2nd, Deirdre Lambert & Tracy Doherty 3rd and another 7 LISOT teams rounding out the top 15. See the full results here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

LISOT's Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick Top Girl at 2009 Opti British Nationals

The Scottish say you get all four seasons in one day of sailing in Scotland.

For this years' Opti British Nationals, Team USA sailors saw 3 of the 4 (it didn't snow) during the course of a long 6-day UK National championship - held at the beautiful, but often chilly, Largs Sailing Club on Scotland's west coast - about 30km west of Glasglow.

Clad in a drysuit, winter hat and neck gator, Megan battled extremely varied wind and weather conditions to bring home the Otter Trophy as Top Girl, Top Overseas Girl, as well as 8th overall in the 250+ boat regatta championship fleet.

Megan was part of the 10-member Team USA that traveled to Largs - each having qualified at 2009 USODA Team Trials. The 10 sailors, from all parts of the US, were also joined by two younger siblings for a total of Twelve US sailors.

Team USA was coached by Brian Paine as well as privately for one sibling by Luke Lawrence. Interestingly, Brian was part of the Team USA Opti World team in 1996 that included LISOT's own Trevor Moore and Amanda Clark! Luke, part of the US U23 team, is headed off for his freshman year at Roger Williams.

The racing was held on the Firth of Clyde in conditions that varied from light and very shifty with sun and temps in the low 70s, to 15-25+ knots and gusty, temps in the upper 50s, driving rain, 2+ knot currents, steep chop and 10 foot tides. With water temps only near 60, even the slightest of breeze immediately dropped the air temperature. The kids sailed in spray tops one day, drysuits, wool hats and winter gloves the next.

After twelve long (75-90 minute) races, Megan wrapped up the regatta with very strong finishes (7, 10, 6) in the last 3 races on the final day in the harshest conditions of the week and moved up from the 9th spot to finish 8th overall. And as top girl - she was 13 spots ahead of the next girls - two GBR friends she met at the Easter Regatta in Brassemermeer, Holland, Johanna Asplund (top GBR girl - photo right) in 21st and Megan Brickwood in 23rd.

Team USA collected a lot silver this year (full results)

Senior Fleet (13-15 year olds)
  • 3rd - Roger Dorr (PWYC) and top overseas sailor. Roger had been atop the leader board for most of the week, having great starts and showing blazing speed over GBR and IRL in the lighter air and short chop. But the two Brits that were trailing him going into the final turned on the jets in the last three blustery 15-25 knot races.
  • 8th - Megan (Top girl, Top overseas girl).
  • 9th - Nathaniel Johansson (Coral Reef YC). Like Megan, Nataniel came back from a mixed first day. He often nailed the pin end favored starts and he and Megan were tied for 9th going into the final day, both with 80 points). Nathaniel sailed impeccably with a 1-3-3 and would have bested Megan for the tie had his bullet not been called an OCS.
  • 21 - Ravi Parent (Tampa)
  • 23 - Jack Tolland (Seattle)
  • 33 - Jack Budill (Larchmont YC)
Junior Fleet - Gold (10-12 year olds)
2nd - Jack Johansson (having just turned 10, not qualifying for Team Trials last year, and coming to the regatta with his older brother Nataniel) - Jack showed a maturity and determination far beyond his young years. Going into the final day atop the Gold division, Jack had a lot of pressure on his young shoulders. His first race of the day was a very disappointing 39th! But Jack is one tough and determined sailor - and was able to put it behind him, focus and hike hard - and finished the final two races in 4th and 10th in very harsh conditions - to come in 2nd overall, a mere 3 points behind the leader. That American Flag fits better than the winter sailing gloves!
5th - Adele Whitmyer (Noroton YC) had some of the best starts of the regatta, often nailing the pin literally 10 boat lengths ahead of the fleet. She sailed superbly and was top girl in the junior fleet. Adele was also top junior fleet girl.
8th - Ian MacDiarmid 8 (Palm Beach, FL)
11th - Ben Kern 11 (Palm Beach, FL)
12 - Haddon Hughes (Houston, TX). Second Junior fleet girl.
18 - Parker Hughes (Houston, TX)

Read more about the event on the Team USA Blog and the regatta blog!

Friday, August 7, 2009

LISOT's Harry Koeppel Finishes 2nd at USODA New England's in Newport

LISOT's Harry Koeppel bettered 322 boats to finish 2nd overall in the largest Opti regatta this year in the United States. Equally exciting, Drew Gallagher was right behind him in 5th.

After two great days of racing, mother nature shut down the wind on the final day and made the RC's job rather challenging. But they were able to get off 1 race before the afternoon deadline.

A big congratulations to overall regatta winner Andy Widmeier from Brant Beach YC who has also sailed with LISOT in the past, along with his sister Maddie.

Head Coach Pepe Bettini and coach Marcos Lamas were instrumental in keeping the kids focused and aware of the tricky full-moon currents.

Final Results for LISOT:
2. Harry Koeppel
5. Drew Gallagher
11. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
14. Brendan Shanahan
28. Alexandra DelBello
29. Augie Dale
32. Lily Katz
43. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
62. Ty Ingram
71. Sean Walsh
75. Jared Gaynes
90. Patrick Shanahan
101. Julia Monro
106. Caroline Booth
118. Ian Crane
134. Travis Bobley
169. Will Logue
258. Matt Logue
280. Sydney Beres
320. Elizabeth Shanahan

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Opti New England's Day 2 - LISOT's Harry Koeppel in 1st

LISOT sailors had another terrific day on Narragansett Bay, with many sailors collecting bullets on their way to some great racing and fantastic finishes. Head Coach Pepe Bettini and coach Marcos Lamas have the entire team starting well, showing strong boat speed and playing the current and shifts very well.

Harry Koeppel tops the leader board in first overall with 2 bullets today, throwing out a 10th! Followed closely in 3rd is Drew Gallagher, who had one bullet and two seconds. And rounding out the top 10 is Reinier Eenkema van Dijk who also had a bullet and two seconds. Brendan Shanahan and Lily Katz round out the top 25 for LISOT.

Conditions were similar to yesterday, with sea breeze conditions, warm air and sunshine. The moon is full now and the current was really ripping.

As with day 1, some other LISOT sailors who are racing with the local clubs are doing well and in the top 30, including Maeve White in 13th, Jonathan Lutz in 19th, and Matthew Kaplan in 29th.

LISOT finishes are:
1. Harry
3. Drew
9. Reinier
15. Brendan
24. Lily
26. Alex Delbello
33. Augie Dale
52. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
61. Sean Walsh
72. Jared Gaynes
77. Ty Ingram
96. Julia Monro
104. Patrick Shanahan
110. Caroline Booth
133. Ian Crane
140. Travis Bobley
272. Sydney Beres
196. Will Logue
276. Matt Logue
320. Elizabeth Shanahan

Tomorrow is the thrid and final day of racing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Opti New Englands Day 1 - 5 LISOT sailors in top 25

With bright blue skies, warm sun, the classic Newport sea breeze and a strong near-full moon current, LISOT hit the starting line with confidence today in the 321 boat championship fleet at the 2009 USODA New England Championship.

After 4 races in what may be the largest Opti regatta in the US this year, LISOT has 5 sailors in the top 25, including Harry (3), Drew (14), Alexandra (18), Reinier (19) and Lily (25). And Harry, Alex and Drew each had a bullet!

In addition, a few who sailed on Team LISOT at US Nationals last week in California, and are sailing with their local yacht clubs for this event, include Maeve White (7), Matthew Kaplan (29), Jonathan Lutz (34) and Maddie Widmeier (68) and Ty Ingram (119).

Tomorrow's forecast is for conditions similar to today which should provide the fleet with their first throw out.

After 4 races, Team LISOT finishes are:
3. Harry Koeppel
14. Drew Gallagher
18. Alex DelBello
19. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
25. Lily Katz
57. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
84. Sean Walsh
91. Brendan Shanahan
92. Patrick Shanahan
99. Julia Monro
121. Augie Dale
145. Jared Gaynes
146. Travis Bobley
158. Ian Crane
165. Will Logue
179. Caroline Booth
259. Matt Logue
284. Sydney Beres
318. Elizabeth Shanahan