Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 LISOT Opti Orange Bowl - A Family Affair

Sailors and parents attending the 2010 annual Orange Bowl, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, were geared more for the NE winter then the typical warm Southern Florida climate. OB 2010 started off cold – (record low of 39 degrees!) and windy. As the cold front that dumped snow from NE down to Nashville, TN, conditions on the Biscayne Bay turned warm and light with postponements that allowed kids to provide caroling entertainment for the spectators!. We heard reports from Miami from sightseers that there was breeze on South Beach but locals we spoke with are convinced that Biscayne Bay can have its’ own micro climate.

218 Optis sailed in the competitive Championship Fleet, and 49 in Green Fleet. LISOT Opti’s accounted for 33 of the entrants split between Championship and Green Fleet. Coaches Pepe, Panic and Amanda covered the Championship Fleet and Coach Maarten the Green Fleet.

Congratulations to this year’s winner Sean Brennan who sailed a very consistent series with no finish out of the top 10. LISOT had a very strong showing with 3 in the top 10 and 11 in the top 25 finishers.

Ty Ingram sailed a very strong regatta and was the top LISOT boat, finishing 4th overall and 3rd US sailor (with 1 bullet). Jack Parkin and Will Logue rounded out the top ten 5th and 7th.
Audrey Giblin was 2nd top girl and 11th overall. Alex DelBello was 5th top girl and 24th overall
In the Green Fleet Cameron Giblin was the top LISOTer in 7th place overall.

Conditions on the first day of the regatta were more like Long Island Sound in October with overnight temperatures in the low 40’s and gusty winds 15-20 knots.

Dry suits were in strong demand and several of our team dug them out of their bags, others layered up and donned their new LISOT wool ear flap caps {thank you Tory Cane – more about this in another e mail}. Temperatures made it up into the mid 50’s but close to 40 sailors retired due to the cold and windy conditions.

As the cold front went through the temperatures warmed and the wind died. The first 2 days saw 3 races a day, the 3rd with 1 race and racing was cancelled with no wind on the last day. Overall 7 races were sailed over 2 divisions resulting in 1 drop.

Almost 100 people including sailors, parents and siblings attended out team dinner, a testament that Orange Bowl has become a family affair with LISOT. Several families had children in 2-3 different fleets and boats participating.

  • Crane Family – Willie in Championship Fleet, Ian in Lasers and Olivia in I420’s Clarida - Russell in Championship Fleet and Mathew in Lasers
  • Delbello Family - Gabby –Green Fleet, Alex Championship Fleet and Daniel in Lasers
  • EVD Family - Flo in Championship Fleet and Coach Maarten
  • Kratzman Family - Sloane Championship Fleet and Reid in Lasers
  • Gerli Family – Patricia in Green Fleet, Meg in Championship Fleet and Jack in 420’s
  • Giblin Family – Cameron in Green Fleet and Audrey in Championship Fleet
  • Gordon Family – Neilson in Green Fleet, Richie in Championship Fleet and Isabelle in Lasers
  • Hughes Family - Haddon and Parker in Championship Fleet
  • Johnson Family – Clayton in Championship Fleet and Madeline in Lasers
  • Logue Family - Will and Matt in Championship Fleet
  • LeClue Family – Garrick in Green Fleet, Charlotte in Championship Fleet and Josh in Lasers
  • Walsh Family - Sean in Championship Fleet and Fiona in I420’s
  • Ullmann Family – Rhett in Championship Fleet and Hailey in 420’s.

Congratulations to all the 33 LISOT Opti sailors who spent a warmer holiday on Biscayne Bay than skiing in Vermont or digging out of the holiday blizzard up in the Northeast! Sincere thanks to Coral Reef Yacht Club, Race Committee and all the volunteers – especially those helping our kids and parents “splash” and retrieve boats!

Ty Ingram 4th
Jack Parkin 5th
Will Logue 7th
Audrey Giblin 11th
Drew Gallagher 15th
Clayton Johnson 16th
Russell Clarida 18th
Jared Gaynes 19th
Matt Kaplan 22nd
Alex Delbello 24th
Vladimir Estoup 25th
Adele Whitmyer 26th
Augie Dale 35th
Haddon Hughes 40th
Sean Walsh 48th
Parker Hughes 62nd
Florian EVD 68th
Micheal Munger 70th
Matt Logue 77th
Henry Fernberger 82nd
Richie Gordon 112th
Meg Gerli 115th
Charlotte LeClue 126th
Sloane Kratzman 188th
Kate Koppel 190th
Willie Crane 212nd

Green Fleet
Cameron Giblin 7th
Patricia Gerli 15th
Hayden Earl 26th
Gabby DelBello 29th
Garrick LeClue 36th
Nielson Gordon 37th

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