Wednesday, May 26, 2010

LISOT Opti Sailors Make Up 1/6 of the US National Team!

Congratulations to the 11 LISOT sailors who qualified for the newly structured, smaller and more competitive 60-person US National Team. The new format consolidates the USNT and USNDT into a single group, and reduces the team size from prior years when it was a combined 75 sailors.

Our 11 USNT sailors, who now make up over 1/6 of the USNT, represent an impressive 85% of all the LISOT sailors who went to Team Trials that were eligible to make the team (5 either aged or sized out).

Those joining the USNT are:
  1. Augie Dale
  2. Alexandra Delbello
  3. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
  4. Drew Gallagher
  5. Jared Gaynes
  6. Ty Ingram
  7. Matt Kaplan
  8. Will Logue
  9. Jack Parkin
  10. Kate van Loveren
  11. Sean Walsh
LISOT sailors who went to Team Trails and aged out this year (1995 birth year), and are therefore ineligible for another year on the USNT, are:
  1. Reinier Eenkena van Dijk
  2. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick
  3. Harry Koeppel
  4. Malcolm Lamphere ('96 but sized out)
  5. Liza O'Connor

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Congratulations to the 15 LISOT Sailors Qualifying for International Teams

Continuing a long LISOT tradition of international competition by our team, this years' remarkable results from Team Trails are that over 80% of Team LISOT sailors have qualified, and received invitations, to represent the USA at international regattas this summer.

Congratulations go out to the following 15 LISOT sailors and our coaches; Head Coach Pepe, Coach Panic and Coach Fernando:

Worlds (Langkawi, Malaysia):
Harry Koeppel

Europeans (Kamien-Pomorski, Poland)
Drew Gallagher
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

North Americans (CORK, Canada)
Harry Koeppel
Malcolm Lamphere
Ty Ingram
Reinier Eenkema van Dijk
Jack Parkin
Will Logue
Liza O'Connor

Asians (Pataya, Thailand)
Augie Dale

British Nationals (Weymouth, England)
Florian Eenkema van Dijk
Sean Walsh

Flanders (Nieuwpoort, Belgium)
Jared Gaynes
Matt Kaplan
Kate van Loveren

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Harry Qualifies for Worlds; Megan is Top Girl at 2010 USODA Team Trials

For the fifth year in a row and 6 of the past 7 years, LISOT is proud to have a sailor qualify for the USA World Team! And for the fifth year in a row, LISOT is home to the top female Opti sailor in the United States.

Congratulations to Harry Koeppel (Larchmont YC) and Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Noroton YC) for carrying on the LISOT tradition!

After 13 windy and grueling races over 4 days of US Team Trials at Texas Corinthian YC in Houston, Harry finished 5th and qualified for the 5-sailor USA World Team, a mere 2 points out of 3rd place in the 185-boat fleet.

Megan lead among the girls, taking the top female spot by 11 points ahead of the next girl competitor. That makes a “hat trick” for Megan as the top female opti sailor in the US, UK and Argentina, as well as #2 in South America.

Congratulation to the two-thirds of the 18 Team LISOT sailors at Team Trials who qualified for international teams, and almost all, except the 4 who are aging out (Harry, Liza, Megan and Reinier), who qualified for the new, smaller and more competitive 60-sailor US National Team.


Team Trials finished up on choppy Galveston Bay with a windy 13th race on Sunday morning under crystal blue skies and a 12-15 knot Northwesterly that built to 20 knots before the final race of the regatta was over. This was the most number of races in a team trails in recent memory, as well as the most number of consistently windy and physically demanding races.

PRO Ron Hopkins, USODA President and class rep Robin Kuebel, and the TCYC Race Committee did an outstanding job of running very fair and competitive racing. In fact, Ron abandoned Race 12 when flight one was half way up the first beat because a 30 degree right shift came blasting across the race course. The race, and subsequent starts in that flight, went off smoothly and in a more consistent, 20 knot southerly that settled across the course.

LISOT’s talented and extremely experienced coaching team of Head Coach Pepe Bettini, Pablo “Panic” Panichelli and Fernando Gwozdz were terrific with the sailors both individually and in building a true team.

Team LISOT Final Results (full results):

5. Harry (50 points)

10. Malcolm (67)

14. Drew Gallagher (79)

15. Ty Ingram (80)

18. Megan (90)

23. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (112)

24. Jack Parkin (116)

31. Will Logue (131)

38. Augie Dale (151)

56. Liza O’Connor (203)

65. Sean Walsh (230)

76. Florian Eenkema van Dijk (256)

79. Alexandra DelBello (260)

80. Matt Kaplan (264)

82. Jared Gaynes (267)

95. Kate van Loveran (324)

105. Will Curtiss (349)

157. Clayton Johnson (490)

And congratulations to the other 4 members of the USA World team: Wade Waddell (Ft. Lauderdale YC), Christopher and Duncan Williford (Ft. Lauderdale YC) who have been coached frequently in their opti career by current LISOT head coach Pepe, and Richard Schuurmans (Houston YC). And good luck to Chris, Duncan and Wade, representing the USA, as they head off to Venice for the Marco Rizzotti Team Race later this month.

Thanks to our friends at TCYC, Houston YC and Lakewood YC who ran a terrific event, with wonderful Texas hospitality and incredible Texas sea breeze.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

USODA 2010 Team Trials - Day 3 Update

Another windy day in Houston - with 4 more races bringing the total to 12 over 3 long days! It also meant the 2nd throw out kicked in, which made for lots of changing places.

Harry is now in 4th, tied with Richard Schuurmans with 28 points, and 9 points ahead of 5th place Duncan Williford. (Top 5 qualify for Worlds)

Harry had finishes of 2, 2, 2, (19). Richard had an amazing day with three bullets and a 3rd, which moved him way up. And Chris Williford, having dropped his second OCS, rocketed up to 2nd overall with a 3, 3, 1, 7 today.

Drew had a very good day (1, 9, 3, 13) and moved way up from 22nd to 10th, Will Logue from 40th up to 33rd (11, 6, 5, 17) , and Augie from 49th to 41st (3, 12, 14, 17). Megan won her first team trials race, passing 6 sailors on the final beat, in the gusty big air in the last race.

All this contributed to Harry moving down from 2nd to 4th, Malcolm from 9th to 11th, Ty from 10th to 15th, Megan from 11th to 16 (but retaining her #1 girl position), Jack from 16th to 22, and Reinier from 19th to 27.

The breeze was mainly 10-12 for the first three races, then piped up to 15-18, for the final race.

LISOT sailors after 12 races (full results):
4. Harry Koeppel (38 points)
10. Drew Gallagher (61)
11. Malcolm Lamphere(64)
15. Ty Ingram (69)
16. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick(71)
22. Jack Parkin
27. Reinier EVD
33. Will Logue
41. Augie Dale
55. Liza O'Connor
72. Sean Walsh
78. Florian EVD
79. Alex DelBello
81. Matt Kaplan
84. Jared Gaynes
91. Kate van Loveren
109. Will Curtiss
162. Clay Johnson

The RC has 2 final races scheduled for tomorrow - in a forecasted 10-12 knot Northerly.