Monday, July 26, 2010

17 of 24 LISOT Sailors sail in the Gold Fleet at USODA Fleet Racing Nationals, Harry Koeppel 3rd, Jared Gaynes 8th overall, Alex DelBello 3rd girl!

Imagine, 56 cases of water, 24 cases of Gatorade, 20 boxes of ice pops, 1152 lbs of ice, and a new LISOT tent… after 9 days USODA Nationals at Fishing Bay Yacht Club is over!

LISOT Team communications were seriously curtailed during the week as many had either no service or very spotty service. As Head Coach Pepe said, “Ah, its ok, its Relaxy Taxi, no worries, we have no distractions to the racing!” Many of parents truly had a week away from the office!

After good breeze during the Nationals Team Racing Regatta, light air set in for the fleet racing. Every day the land breeze would welcome us to the venue only to be slowly replaced by the prevailing summer sea breeze. This counter prevailing breeze change over frustrated some of the racing and created some shifty conditions for the sailors.

The racing format was set up that after the first two days of racing, the fleet would be split up into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pearle fleets. The Race Committee got in three races the first day but the sea breeze failed to fill in on the second day and the fleet was split after only 3 races.

PRO Ron Hopkins, a veteran of large USODA regattas, did a nice job of getting in 5 races over the next day in a shifty land breeze with the pre split fleet position counting as a 6th race. This enabled a “drop” for overall results.

Final Fleet Results

Gold Fleet

Harry Koeppel (3rd)

Jared Gaynes (8th)

Sean Walsh (14th)

Alex DelBello (15th) 3rd Girl

Ty Ingram (18th)

Jack Parkin (20th)

Augie Dale (28th)

Reinier EVD (29th)

Will Logue (34th)

Kate Van Louvern (41st)

Drew Gallagher (42nd)

Henry Chapman (43rd)

Mathew Kaplan (47th)

Henry Fernberger (60th)

Richie Gordon (62nd)

Russell Clarida (65th)

Florian EVD (68th)

Silver Fleet

James Westerberg (18th)

Cooper Yeager (40th)

Meg Gerli (54th)

Bronze Fleet

Matt Logue (4th)

Charlotte LeClue (41st)

Pearl Fleet

Kristin Picard (30th)

Willie Crane (37th)


Team Trials Qualified

Congratulations to the 20 out of 22 LISOT sailors at Nationals who qualified for 2011 USODA Team Trails in San Francisco!

Overall

The Team did great in some trying (extreme heat and shifty light air) conditions. We extend big congratulations to the following 3 sailors: Harry Koeppel and Jared Gaynes for their top 10 finishes and Alex DelBello for being the 3rd overall girl. Thank you to Head Coach Pepe Bettini, his coaching crew of Todd Fedyszyn along with David DeBoltz and all the supporting volunteers and parents that MAKE this happen producing outstanding results for our sailors.

LISOT would like to thank the Deltaville organizers and volunteers for making the USODA Nationals a success! The venue was well organized and everyone had a smile even when the temperature hit 112 degrees.


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