Monday, July 12, 2010

Opti Europeans - Final Report

Congratulations to LISOT's Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Noroton YC) and Drew Gallagher (Larchmont YC) who finshed 10th and 18th respectively at the highly competitive IODA Europeans in Kamien Pomorski, Poland.

(Photo: Megan 2nd from left)

The regatta, with 146 boys and 101 girls from 41 countries, was a 7 race series over 3 days of sailing, with 3 days of no wind. Team USA included Megan, Drew, India Johnstone and William Marshall (both from FAST in Newport).

LISOT Coach Panic Panichelli was the Team USA coach and did a great job in the varied and incredibly shifty wind conditions. Of the 3 days of racing, 2 were in moderate air, 1 in very light air. Of course, it blew 20 on the practice day.

For Megan and India it was their final regatta as Opti sailors -- Megan 'retired' in style with a bullet in her last race. Both girls are moving into the 420.

(Photo above l to r: Team USA's Drew Gallagher, Team ARG Vladi Estoup,
and Team USA's India Johnstone & Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick)

LISOT's Janet Grapengeter was the Team USA team leader and country rep, as well as spending considerable time with the IODA measurement team.

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