Friday, December 31, 2010

I420 Worlds - After Day 2

So much for the pre-regatta light air wind forecast - the first two days of Worlds have been steady 15-20, gusting 25+ with the notorious massive BA chop. The young Team USA has experienced everything from great starts and solid upwind boatspeed to downwind capsizes and near catastrophic boat breakdowns.

Claudia/Amanda Taselaar are having the best, and most consistent regatta of the 3 teams, and are currently in 20th place in the Ladies division. They've sailed well, and most importantly, finished all three races solidily in middle of the fleet after 3 races.

Megan/Caroline were just head of mid-fleet in Race 1 yesterday when their mainsheet block blew out of the deck while blast reaching, a mere 100 yards from the finish. They crash flipped and were hit hard by another boat. Nobody was hurt, but the boat needed considerable fiberglass repair overnight to the mainsheet and the starbord hull, which was done perfectly by the local 420 builder - J-Boats (for whom the sailors are forever grateful). Unfortunately, since the failure occurred in the first race, they had to drop out of that race and were subsequently DNF in Race 2. The girls were back on the race course for race 3.

Reinier/Spencer have been getting solid starts and very strong upwind speed in the massive waves and 25 knot plus. Unfortunately for them, the downwind surfing has been a learning experience, with the team flipping in each race.

Team USA Coach Dave Hughes has been doing a great job of not only helping the sailors with their strategies, but even more importantly with the high wind/wave conditions - keeping the boats in nearly one piece and the sailors calm and focused for each race.

Tonight YCA is hosting a New Years Eve party at the club - which everyone is looking forward to attending. Sunday the RC plans 3 races to get back on schedule, and then 2 races per day thereafter. The forecast is for the breeze to ease up after tomorrow, down to 10-15. The lighter wind and reduced chop will be a welcome change for the team.

Mens Results
Ladies Results

Follow the action on the event Facebook page
Photos from the yacht club
Matias Capizzano has been taking fantastic pictures in the big air and big wave conditions.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 one

Have not seen full results yet (nor been able to watch tracking) but the best US performance of the day was by Christopher W, who spent much of the day looking back at competitors. Christopher had two top 10s and a 15 (or so) in three races with typical conditions: light air, shifty, and current (strongest on right side of the course, especially adverse in R1). 3 relatively short races: R1: 8-11kn (35 mins), R2: 6-10 kn with left shift, R3: 2-12kn, with the first flight getting the 12kn beat in a rainstorm. R2c and R3c were both shortened to end at the gate, which denied Wade W especially an opportunity to claw back on a second beat. Harry had a difficult day, including an ocs...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hello from Buenos Aires, Argentina - I420 Worlds

Team USA enjoyed the opening ceremonies last night, and a practice race today in the heaviest breeze yet (15-20) since we arrived on Dec 26.  Just under 200 sailors (43 girl teams and 58 boy teams) are here in sunny and hot BA, traveling in from about 20 countries from all corners of the globe.
Team USA (l to r) Claudia, Reinier, Megan, Caroline, Spencer, Amanda, Coach Dave
Team USA is 3 boats, all from LISOT (Megan/Caroline, Claudia/Amanda, and Reinier/Spencer, coached by Dave Hughes, who's doing a great job getting this fairly young team ready for their first 420 worlds.

Matias Capizzano was out taking his always amazing pictures in the great sailing conditions.

Claud/Amanda and Reinier/Spencer spent many hours over the 3 practice and measurement days getting their new Nautivela boats fitted out, measured and race ready. Megan/Caroline did the same with a locally chartered J-boat built boat.

The largest teams, besides a good group from the host country, are from GBR, GER and ITA.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

hello from kuah, langkawi, malaysia...

...where harry and the rest of the worlds team starts racing for keeps in four days. most of my posts will be to the worlds team blog - - but when anything happens that's more harry- than team-related, i'll post here. good luck to lisot sailors near and far...there's a lot more water than long island sound under lisot bottoms...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lots of LISOTers at World Championships This Holiday Season

It's a very busy holiday travel season for LISOT sailors competing at World Championships in far away waters.

While many are enjoying the warm sun and wind of Biscayne Bay for Orange Bowl in Opti's, C420s, I420s and Radials, others on sailing in waters on the other side of the equator, or the world (literally), including:

2010 Optimist Worlds - Langkawi, Malaysia (Team USA Blog)
December 28 - Jan 8, 2011
  • Harry Koeppel

2011 i420 Worlds - Buenos Aries, Argentina
Dec 30 - Jan 5, 2011
  • Reinier Eenkema van Dijk / Spencer McDonough
  • Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick / Caroline Atwood
  • Claudia Taselaar / Amanda Taselaar

2011 29er Worlds - Mar del Plata, Argentina
January 2-9, 2011
  • Andrew Mollerus / Matthew Mollerus
  • Head Coach Pepe Bettini / Coach Fernando Gwozdz

Good luck to all the LISOT sailors around the world and in South Florida!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wishing Harry The Best at Opti World's

GO HARRY, have a great time and sail fast!

You've inspired so many of our young sailors and elevated everyone's game!

The entire LISOT Family wishes you and the rest of the USA World Team the best of luck in Malaysia.

Follow their progress on the USA World Team Blog

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Congrats To 17 LISOT Team USA Sailors

The international team selections are now finalized. Congratulations to the 17 LISOT sailors who accepted invitations to Team USA.

This is the largest number of LISOT sailors to ever make internationals teams in a single year season, and represents almost one-third of all sailors on Team USA for spring international regattas.

IODA South Americans - Algarrobo, Chile

  • Russell Clarida
  • Audrey Giblin
  • Matt Kaplan
  • KB Knapp
  • Will Logue
  • Jack Parkin

Laka Garda Optimist Meeting - Riva del Garda, Italy

  • Florian Eenkema van Dijk
  • Drew Gallagher
  • Jared Gaynes
  • Richie Gordon
  • Clayton Johnston
  • Sean Walsh
  • James Westerberg

Magic Marine Easter Regatta - Braassermermeer, Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands

  • Meg Gerli
  • Charlotte LeClue
  • Matt Logue
  • Cooper Yeager

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2010 Holiday Party & Opti Step Up

The 2010 LISOT holiday party, an annual tradition, was again hosted by Beach Point Club on a wonderful (and snowless this year) night.

In addition to celebrating a great 2010, and the eight Opti sailors who are aging out of Optis, the 125+ parents, coaches and sailors were visited by Sinterklass and his helper, Pete.

The traditional step up video, below, by Janet Grapengeter, was a nostaligic walk down memory lane for the 'graduates'

For more pictures, including Sinterklass and the graduates, click here and here.

Happy holidays to everyone.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Final Report - USODA MIDWINTERS - Team LISOT Dominates

Congrats to a very successful Team LISOT, lead by Head Coach Pepe Bettini, who dominated the challenging and highly competitive USODA Mid-Winters at Southern YC in New Orleans - which this year was also the qualifier for the 2011 international spring regattas.

Jack Parkin and Will Logue were the top two LISOT sailors, in 3rd & 4th respectively, and Audrey Giblin (14th) and KB Knapp (28th) were the top two girls!

Russell Clarida (6th) and World's team member Harry Koeppel (9th) rounded out the 4 top LISOT sailors in the top 10.

Equally strong were many of the 26 sailors on Team LISOT, as our sailors will make up fully one-third of Team USA at the three international spring regattas in 2011 - IODA South Americans; Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, and the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, The Netherlands.

As always, sailboat racing on Lake Pontchartrain is not for the faint of heart. After the Race Committee wisely abandoned the 2nd day of racing on Friday due to very rough seas, the final day, Saturday, turned into a great day with 6-12knts out of the NE.

The Harbor Start was early - 8:30 AM - as the RC wanted to get in 5 races. And Head Coach Pepe, and Coaches Panic and Victor had the team prepped, ready and focused as they left the beautiful Southern Yacht Club for a long day on the water.

Conditions for Day 3 were not easy, with plenty of shifts but even more challenging pressure gradients that crossed the course. Many LISOT sailors were dueling it out in the top ten but equally as importantly, many were getting consistently better finishes than Day 1, with many in the first 20.

After the first day of racing, Team LISOT was doing very well. But no one imagined then just how far up the rankings the team ended up.

Continuing the success of LISOT under Head Coach Pepe Bettini, LISOT sailors qualified for 18 spots on Team USA for the international regattas (double the 9 LISOT sailors who qualified last year), including 4 in the top 10 , 7 of the top 20 and the top 2 girls!

Final international teams selections have not been announced, but congratulations to all who made the trip south and enjoyed a classic SYC Thanksgiving!

Final LISOT results:

3. Jack Parkin
4. Will Logue
6. Russell Clarida
9. Harry Koeppel
13. Matthew Kaplan
14. Audrey Giblin (top girl)
16. Ty Ingram
22. Drew Gallagher
25. Jared Gaynes
28. KB Knapp (2nd girl)
33. Adele Whitmyer
34. Augie Dale
37. Sean Walsh
39. Florian Eenkema van Dijk
52. Alexandra DelBello
53. James Westerberg
55. Richie Gordon
58. Clayton Johnson
73. Taylor Gavula
80. Matt Logue
86. Cooper Yeager
108. Henry Fernberger
118. Meg Gerli
129. Charlotte LeClue
136. Emma Kaneti
157. Hailey Ullmann
199. Rhett Ullmann

Full results are posted here.