Nine very happy LISOT opti sailors flew down for a week of sailing in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI's at the 18th annual Scotiabank Optimist Regatta hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club in picturesque Cowpet Bay.
Competition was strong with 11counties represented amongst the 90 sailors, including some of the top sailors from the US (including 3 on the US World team - Harry Koeppel, Christopher and Duncan Williford).
The week consisted of a 3-day clinic, a day of team racing, and a 3-day regatta to end the week of fun in the sun. This year was the largest contingent of LISOT sailors in recent memory, lead by head coach Pepe.
The weather was typically terrific for the first half of the week - with 15-20 knot easterly trade winds and some nice big waves for surfing. The sailors had a great time at the clinic and a very competitive day of team racing.
The regatta got a nice write up on the IODA website.
When it was time for the actual regatta, a tropical storm approached the islands, causing very shifty conditions. According to PRO Gordon Hackstaff, "I moved the marks more in the past 2 days than in the past 2 years."
LISOT sailors brought home plenty of silver and a lot of smiles - even though the flight home didn't land until midnight on Sunday night.
For the Sea Star team race, LISOT 1 finished 2nd and LISOT 2 finished 4th overall. The teams were:
LISOT 1 - Reinier, Megan, Harry, Jack and Duncan
LISOT 2 - Russell, Augie, Florian, Audrey, and Gabe
In the Scotiabank Fleet Racing, LISOT finishers were (full results):
5. Megan (and top girl)
17. Jack (2nd Blue Fleet)
Congratulations to Megan for being awarded the sportsmanship award, and to Cameron Giblin for his 3rd place overall finish in green fleet.
St. Thomas Yacht Club is a wonderful venue for an early summer regatta. Plenty of wind and sun, great food, a perfect resort for the sailors to hang out after sailing, and plenty for parents to do.