Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LISOT Opti Update from Team USA in Flanders, Belguim

LISOTers Kate van Loveren, Matt Kaplan and Jared Gaynes are sailing on Team USA at the Flanders regatta in Nieuwpoort , Belguim.

Weather has been fantastic all week as Europe has been covered by a high pressure giving very little chance to the usual unstable weather systems to get through. This same weather is also affecting our sailors at the Opti Europeans in Poland.

After the opening ceremonies on Saturday morning, only one race was held as the wind was very light under tough conditions dealing with the ripping North sea current (12 foot tide differential).

Day two saw fantastic sailing conditions with three races with plenty of sun, temps in the 70's and a breeze that build to 20knts out of SW with the sea to grow to boiling waves against opposite current.

Day three presented very pleasant conditions again with a mild breeze, again three races held.

At the start of day four the fleet has been divided in a Gold group (48) and Silver group (47). Full results at: http://www.nieuwpoortweek.be/site.php?m=3

Ten of the fifteen Team USA sailors are in the Gold fleet.

Lisot's Jared Gaynes (picture above) is top USA sailors in 13th place, Jared has a 2 and 4 as his top finishes. Kate van Loveren is in 25th as 3rd USA and 2nd Girl overall (chasing a Danish girl in 10th).

Matt Kaplan is in 43rd and 7th USA boat (Matt should benefit today from a 40 drop).

The kids are having a blast, eating mussels, fries, pannekoeken. The beaches are beautiful and sailing has been great.

Good luck to ours sailors, two more days of promising racing conditions.

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