Wednesday, January 20, 2010

US Sailing 2010 Youth World Team Selected

LISOT congratulates the eleven sailors that have qualified for US SAILING’s 2010 Youth World Team. These sailors will receive invitations to represent the United States at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 8-17, 2010. Amongst these sailors are two LISOT I420 teams - Ian Liberty & Colin Murphy and Marlena Fauer & Christina Lewis. Congratulations Ian, Colin, Marlena & Christina!

Hosted by the Clearwater Yacht Club over the weekend of January 16-18, 2010, the US SAILING ISAF Youth World Qualifier was a competitive regatta for 75 athletes in four events. Open to athletes born in 1992 or after, the event consisted of ten races over three days.

For complete results from the Youth World Qualifier, please visit Clearwater Yacht Club’s web site:

For more information about the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, please visit the event web site:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

US Sailing Announces Development Team

On Monday this week, US Sailing announced the selection of 48 sailors to the US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), a new, youth pipeline team supported by US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.

Congratulations go to all the sailors selected that included LISOT I420 sailors Marlena Fauer/Christina Lewis, Ian Liberty/Alex Whipple and Declan Whitmyer/Ian Storck. Also selected were past and present LISOT coaches Rob Crane (laser), Clay Johnson (laser), Adam Roberts (470), Kaity Storck (470).

Click here for the complete US Sailing press release

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Drew Gallagher 5th at IODA Oceania, Pepe 2nd at 29er Worlds!

Congratulations to Drew and Pepe for their top finishes at regattas last week in Australia and The Bahamas.

IODA Oceania Championships - Adelaide, Australia
Drew finished 5th overall and the 2nd boy, and was the top American on the first US team to attend this IODA regatta, held this year at the Adelaide Sailing Club.

Drew sailed a terrific regatta, with four bullets in what turned out to be a 9 race series.

Wind and sea conditions varied from over 20 knots early in the week with big seas, to no wind and air temps above 105 degrees on the final day, which resulted in cancellation of the final three races.

The regatta was won by Singapore, which had 3 girls as the top 3 boats!

At the award ceremony the entire Team USA went to the podium to present the regatta organizers with a USODA burgee. The crowd cheered for so long that the PRO had to interrupt, and then personally congratulated the whole team.

Team USA also included 3 sailors from our local area (Andy, Adele and Casey). Team USA finishes:

5. Drew Gallagher
9. Andy Widmeier
24. Adele Whitmyer
27. Kathryn Booker
31. Casey Klingler
36. Ben Garber
59. Jake Rizika

Full results click here.

And a big congrats to Tom Widmeier for being Team Leader!

Pre-Oceania Regatta
Drew also sailed very well in the pre-regatta - the Gulf St. Vincent Classic Regatta at the Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club. Drew had a great regatta going into the final day but was black flagged in the last race. Being a 5 race series, there was no throw out so the black flag was costly and added 88 points to his score -- dropping him back to 11th place overall. Congrats to Andy Widmeier of Brandt Beach YC on finishing 2nd overall! Full results click here.

29er Worlds
LISOT head Coach Pepe and coach Fernando finished 2nd overall at the 29er Worlds.

Coming off of a 5th at the 2009 29er Worlds in Lake Garda last summer, Pepe and Fernando were looking for a good week of racing on Grand Bahama Island.

Pepe and Fernando sailed strong in the week long 19 race regatta that also saw a large variety of sailing conditions - Racing was postponed in the afternoon on the first 2 days because of too much wind, and postponed in the end due to lack of wind.

Full results click here

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year from LISOT Optis

Hear all the New Years resolutions from LISOT's Opti sailors at Orange Bowl, courtesy of Robin Dale and her FlipVideo camera.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Orange Bowl 2009 a Big Success For LISOT Optis

The 2009 running of the annual Orange Bowl regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club was one of the best for wind, competition and fun. 222 Opti's sailed in the highly competitive championship fleet, and 84 in green fleet.

This years' Orange Bowl, won by reining Opti North American Champion Christopher Williford (Lauderdale YC), had stronger competition than any other US Optimist regatta in 2009. Sailors from 28 countries and almost as many States raced in 4 color divisions over 4 days and 12 races.

Malcolm Lamphere (photo right) sailed a very strong regatta and was the top LISOT boat, finishing 6th overall and 3rd US sailor (with 1 bullet). Ty Ingram (photo below) was in the zone for his first Orange Bowl, with two bullets (one was a 40 second horizon job), finishing in 11th overall, 9th in Red Fleet and 5th US sailor.

Will Logue, also sailing in his first Orange Bowl, went to the podium for 10th in Blue Fleet. And Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick was 3rd girl overall.

In the Green Fleet Sloane Kratzman was the top LISOTer in 39 overall (and 8th girl).

All the awards were presented by Olympic medalists (yes, that's Anna Tunnicliffe standing with Ty and Regatta Chair Mark Kamilar).

Conditions varied from 4-6 knots and shifty, to 15-20+ and gusty - all with significant current caused by the Dec 31st Blue Moon. Daytime temps were mainly in the 70s, but a few mornings saw very cold 50 degree readings. There were even a few drysuits spotted on the race couse, although none were used by LISOT sailors.

The fleet included some of the worlds top Opti sailors including many who went to Worlds. In addition to Chris Williford, who with his brother Duncan trained earlier in the week with LISOT, Sinclair Jones of Peru, the reining World Champion, finished 4th. He was beaten by his team-mate Javier Arribas and Chris' twin brother Duncan, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Last years Orange Bowl winner, Carlos Robles from Spain, who earlier in the month had finished 2nd at the IODA Asian Championship, was 5th.

Congratulations to all the 23 LISOT Opti sailors who spent a warmer holiday on Biscayne Bay than skiing in Vermont! And to Teddy Stubbs who reminds us all, on SailGroove, what Orange Bowl is all about.

And as they always do, coaches Pepe and Fernando were terrific with our RWB fleet and Amanda Clark with our up-and-coming green fleeters. Good luck to Pepe and Fernando in the 29er Worlds this week in the Bahamas!

Check out all the pictures by regatta photographer Tim Wilkes.

LISOT Finishes (full results):
6. Malcolm Lamphere
11. Ty Ingram
21. Franco Bilik
25. Harry Koeppel
29. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
37. Augie Dale
39. Will Logue
42. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
49. Sean Walsh
50. Jack Parkin
61. Vladimir Estoup
72. Alexandra DelBello
80. Matthew Kaplan
86. Kate van Loveren
141. Matt Logue
196. Richie Gordon
212. Hailey Ullmann

LISOT Green Fleet finished (full results)
39. Sloane Kratzman
59. Elizabeth Shanahan
60. Teddy Stubbs
68. Alex Johnson
81. Nielsen Gordon
82. Rhett Ullmann