Monday, June 14, 2010

LISOT Dominates Newport Opti Challenge

14 LISOT sailors and families traveled to Newport, RI for the Sail Newport Opti Challenge. LISOT traditionally attends this gem of a regatta as a summer warm up for the USODA events.

LISOT dominated the regatta with 6 of the top 10 overall finishers, including #1 in Blue, #1 in White fleet and #1 girl! Head Coach Pepe and coach Maarten were very pleased with the teams' finishes!


Sean Walsh, Matt Kaplan and Will Logue dueled it out with Will Marshall (FAST, 9th @ TT) for the top four spots overall. The racing was very tight, with Will Marshall taking the top spot with 31 points, just 1 point ahead of Will Logue. Sean Walsh in 3rd with 33 points, just 1 point behind 2nd, and Matt Kaplan was 4th with 38pts. Rounding out the top 10 were LISOTers Florian Eenkema van Dijk 7th , Russell Clarida 9th and Kate van Loveren 10th. Kate was also top girl overall!

Red Fleet

2nd Matt Kaplan

4th Florian EVD

Blue Fleet

1st Sean Walsh

3rd Will Logue

White Fleet

1st Matt Logue (with a remarkable 7 firsts!)

5th Sloan Kratzman

Other Highlights

Many of those new to LISOT kids had great individual finishes including Richie Gorden, Cooper Yeager, Henry Fernberger and James Westerberg. Sean Walsh dominated on Saturday and Matt Kaplan ruled on Sunday. Matt Logue won White fleet with 7 bullets!

The conditions on Saturday were classic spring in Newport - SE winds of 8-12 knots, huge current, healthy chop whereas Sunday turned into a light Northerly finally filling in after lunch with 6-8 knots flat water and ripping current.

The NYYC regatta was going on with lots of Grand Prix boats sailing close to our course. Saturday afternoon the team was invited by Alex Jackson to tour the Juan K 100 footer “Speedboat”. Stan Honey, world famous navigator, was on board and answered questions about the upcoming Bermuda race!

Team LISOT's overall finishes were:

2nd – Will Logue

3rd – Sean Walsh (#1 Blue Fleet)

4th – Matt Kaplan

7th - Florian Eenkema van Dijk

9th – Russell Clarida

10th – Kate Van Loveren (#1 girl)

22nd – Henry Fernberger

23rd- Richie Gorden

25th – Matt Logue (#1 White Fleet)

27th – Charlotte LeClue

30th – Walter Florio

32nd – Cooper Yeager

36th – James Westerberg

46th – Sloane Kratzman

Congratulations to all the sailors and thanks to all the parents/volunteers!

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