Friday, April 30, 2010

USODA 2010 Team Trials - Day 2 Update

This years' Team Trials has gotten off to a bang. 7 of the 18 sailors on Team LISOT are in the top 25 after 8 races during the first 2 days of the regatta. Harry Koeppel is in 2nd.

The conditions and the RC at Texas Corinthian YC in Kemah, TX have been superb.

Day 1 saw strong SSE winds in the 15-20 knot range with 25 knot gusts in the afternoon and a short and steep chop on shallow Galveston Bay (depth is only 10 feet). Day 2 had slightly lighter air, mainly 10-15 with overcast skies. Temps both days have been around 80.

Harry had a fantastic Day 2 with finishes of 1, 1, 3, 5 and moved from 20th after Day 1 up to 2nd overall after Day 2 with 32 points. Malcolm Lamphere is right behind in 9th with 1, 5, 13 (27) today and 45 points.

LISOT finishes (full results at www.usoda.org/prelim):

2nd - Harry (32 points)
9th - Malcolm (45 points)
10th - Ty Ingram (46 points)
11th - Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (top girl) (49 points)
16th - Jack Parkin (64 points)
19 - Reinier EVD
22 - Drew Gallagher
40 - Will Logue
49 - Augie Dale
59 - Liza O'Connor
70 - Matt Kaplan
71 - Forian EVD
73 - Alex DelBello
79 - Sean Walsh
90 - Jared Gaynes
96 - Kate van Loveren
104- Will Curtiss
148 - Clay Johnson

PRO Ron Hopkins is leading a strong RC team and doing a great job. Races yesterday averaged 50-55 minutes, and today just a tad quicker around 45-50 minutes. Our "own" Peter Wilson (Noroton YC) is here judging, Chief Measurer Janet Grapengeter (Noroton YC) is on the measurement boat and Jill DelBello (American YC) is on the finish boat.

Coaches Pepe, Panic and Fernando have the team focused and very well prepared. The team spent 5 days prior to the regatta training out of TCYC.

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