Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LISOT's Near Sweep in I420s at Youth World Qualifier

Congratulations to Reinier EVD/Spencer McDonough on taking the Gold and becoming the Team USA boat in the men's 420 class at the 2011 Youth Worlds in Croatia this July.  It was an all-LISOT podium with Graham Landy/Colin Murphy taking the Silver, and Markus Edegran/Nick Gallagher the Bronze in I420 mens fleet.

(I420 Men's winners - l. to r. Colin, Graham, Spencer, Reinier, Markus, Nick)
In the women's I420 LISOT took home both the Silver (Olivia Crane/Fiona Walsh) and Bronze (Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick/Samantha Robinson). And Andrew and Matthew Mollerus took the Bronze Medal in the 29er.

(I420 Women winners -  l to r: Fiona, Olivia, Morgan, Christina, Samantha, Megan)
The 3 day, 10-race regatta was hosted by Houston YC over MLK weekend and saw mainly light to moderate conditions with fairly constant wind on the first two days, and more shifts on the final day. The I420 men and women sailed together in the same fleet even though the top boat from each qualifies to attend the Youth Worlds.

Reinier and Spencer, just back from the I420 Worlds in Argentina, were on fire from the first race, taking 3 bullets and throwing out a 6. Graham Landy/Colin Murphy fought hard and came on strong with bullets in the last two races.

(29er winners -  r to l, Andrew & Matthew Mollerus) 
In the women's I420 Olivia/Fiona faced off with Morgan Kiss/Christina Lewis for the top spot with Morgan taking the Gold. Olivia/Fiona took the silver and Megan/Samantha, also just back from the Worlds, took the Bronze.

Steve Keen had his hands full coaching Team LISOT, whch represented a full 70% of the I420 fleet!

In the 29er Andrew and Matthew Mollerus took the Bronze medal , coached by Macros Llamas, and were the only east coast boat in that fleet.

Ryan Schmitz was the lone LISOT sailor in the radial and was doing well until he broke a mast half-way thru Day 2, which results in a DNF and DNS. With a BFD in race 10, he finished 18th.

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