Monday, January 24, 2011

Team LISOT Takes Gold at the Opti Team Race Midwinters Championship

Team LISOT Black Wins 2011 Opti Team Race Midwinters Championship

After three days of intense competition, involving 19 teams from all over the United States, Team LISOT "Black" (consisting of Jack Parkin, Will Logue, Drew Gallagher and Ty Ingram) emerged the winner of the 2011 Team Race Midwinters Championship.

The team won all races except one and never gave up it's lead position.

Conditions at the event, hosted this year by the US Sailing Center at Jensen Beach FL, ranged from light to moderate shifty breeze with light chop in earlier rounds of competition sustained heavy wind with gusts and moderate chop during the final day or races. The Race Committee did a great job in getting all the rounds in all the different conditions.

All three LISOT teams competing in the event, qualified for the Gold Division. Team LISOT "Blue" represented by Sean Walsh, Matt Kaplan, Audrey Giblin and Russell Clarida) finished 4th overall, coming close to tying for second. Team LISOT "Red" (consisting of Matt Logue, Cooper Yeager, Richie Gordon and Florian Eenkema van Dijk), proved to be formidable competition in Round 3 and finished in 9th place overall.

Congratulations to Coach Pepe, just back from 29er Worlds, for leading the three LISOT teams to such great success.

As champions, Team LISOT Black and second place LYC 1 received the invitation of the USODA to represent the US this coming May, in the 25th annual Marco Rizzotti European Team Race Championship in Venice, Italy.

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