Sunday, September 20, 2009

LISOT Sweeps 2009 Connecticut State Optimist Champs

Team LISOT dominated the 2009 Connecticut State Optimist Championship last Saturday at Milford YC, taking 1, 2 overall; 1, 2 in red; 2, 3 in blue; and 1, 2, 4 in white fleet. LISOT sailors also won 4 of the 5 races -- Harry Koeppel had two bullets, Drew Gallagher and Megan Grapegeter-Rudnick one each.

Drew won the regatta (and red fleet) and Megan, who finished 2nd overall (and 2nd in Red), was awarded the Connecticut State Championship and Red Fleet State Championship (only CT residents are eligible for the State Championship perpetuals).

Matt Kaplan was 2nd and Jared Gaynes 3rd in Blue Fleet. Jack Parkin won White Fleet, Cooper Yeager was 2nd and Kristen Picard 4th.

Team LISOT's Head Coach Pepe Bettini was pleased with the team's effort, especially many of the younger members of the team -with 3 of the top 5 in White fleet. Pepe had a strong team of coaches with Annie Davidson and Graham Mergenthaler (brother of Olympic 470 sailor Sarah, who crews for frequent LISOT coach, Amanda Clark).

Milford YC put together a 5 race series in mostly light to moderate air, with strong current and flat water, sailed in "the Gulf" just outside Milford YC's harbor.

Team LISOT finishes below.
1. Drew (1st in Red)
2. Megan (2nd Red)
8. Matt (2nd blue)
11. Jared (3rd Blue)
13. Ty Ingram (9th red)
15. Harry Koeppel (10th red)
17. Sean Walsh (7th blue)
18. Jack Parkin (1st White)
21. Caroline Booth (10th blue)
22. Sophia Gould (11 blue)
23. Chris Keller (12 blue)
26. Will Logue (14 blue)
29. Travis Bobley (13 red)
30. Cooper Yeager (2nd white)
42. Kristen Picard (4th white)
47. Jake Schinto (7th white)
48. Charlotte LeClue (25 blue)
53. Matt Logue (28 blue)
59. David Hewitt (32 blue)
64. Henry Harris (34 blue)
65. Julia Reynolds (13 white)
66. Hobi Lew (14 white)
67. Hailey Ullmann (19th red)
70. John Hewitt (36 blue)
71. Teddy Stubbs (16 white)

Full results are posted on the Milford YC website (click here)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fall Opti Season Kicks Off With a Lot of Smiles & Wind

The LISOT fall opti season kicked off this weekend with the first-ever opti practice over a Labor Day weekend. And what a weekend it was.

Nearly two dozen sailors who are new to LISOT came to practice at Larchmont YC to meet some of the 'veterans,' make new friends and see what LISOT is all about.

The weather couldn't have been better. Saturday was typical light air for early September, as 25 sailors spent the day with Head Coach Pepe Bettini, Amanda Clark and Annie Davidson. They raced together and worked on drills and technique in small groups.

Sunday was even better - one of the 10 best day of sailing this year. Under bright blue sunny skies and temps in the low 70s, the wind was blowing a steady 15-17 with gusts to 22, coupled with 4 foot rollers straight from the East. The perfect conditions for everyone to get some heavy air surfing practice. And for the few that ended up doing some swimming, the warm water was just fine.

After lunch, when the tide changed, the seas got bigger and the waves steeper. Just what Pepe was looking for to take the Advanced Group on a long sail practically across LI Sound and back.

Meantime, John Bainton worked with a very enthusiastic Development Group just off the Larchmont breakwater as they practiced heavy air gybing, and downwind surfing.

There were many tired smiles as the kids came in Sunday afternoon.

On to the Connecticut State Opti Champs next week at Milford YC.