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Monday, May 9, 2011
LISOT Sailors Report on Their Holland Regatta Experience
by Meg Gerli
Four LISOT sailors Matt Logue, Cooper Yeager, Charlotte Leclue and I (Meg Gerli) along with 20 other sailors from all over the country traveled tothe Brassemermeer, Netherlands to represent the United States in the 2011 MagicMarine Easter Regatta.
After hearing about past conditions from last year’s Easter Regatta, the U.S. team was expecting cold weather and heavy winds. We all packed our dry suits and heavyweather gear, but ended up being able to sail in long pants andunder armor. Over the course of nine days, there was a hightemperature of 79 degrees and a low of 64. We all returned home withglowing sunglass tans!
After four days of practice and a lay day, wewere anxious for the regatta to begin. There were over 240 sailorsfrom over 10 different countries competing in the regatta. With alate start on Friday, we got off two races in the afternoon. The race committee went directly to Black Flags in some cases but noneof us had been affected so far. Although many of us struggled with theshifty wind conditions of the lake, we all stayed confident andrested up for another competitive day of racing to come.
On EasterSunday, the wind conditions were too light for racing, so we were postponed on shore. Thisfree time gave us a chance to socialize with the sailors from othercountries. We even, gathered in a big group and sang songs, like Yellow Submarine!
At around 4:30 the sea breeze filled in and the threefleets were each able to compete in one race. After day 3, thesailors were divided into gold, silver and bronze based on scores from the first 6 races.
The U.S. had 6 sailors in gold, 12 insilver and 6 in bronze (final results). There were two races on the last day withthe U.S. team bringing home 4 glass eggs (the trophies) - three insilver and one in bronze. On the last day, after swapping gear with all of the international competitors, we enjoyed a delicious team dinner at a wonderful gate house called Portal.
Throughout the course of our time in the Netherlands we hadmultiple team dinners, went go carting, and had a lay day. On ourlay day the team traveled by bus to Amsterdam. On our way westopped at a clog factory, cheese factory and visited an antiquewindmill. Each sailor chose a clog and one of the mothers kindlyoffered to paint the Netherlands flag and 2011 Magic Marine EasterRegatta on each one. Later, we took turns signing each other’s clogto keep as a memorabilia of our trip.
While in Amsterdam wewent on a bus tour of the city and a boat trip in the canal, visited Ann Franks house and finished up with two hours of freetime to shop and explore.
Our coaches, Juan Carlos, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nico Winogard, from San Francisco, CA, and Justine O’Connor, from Miami, FL wereamazing. They gave each and every one of us good pointers on how tounderstand the wind shifts on a lake and always made sure we were staying hydrated! After every day the coaches would schedule a meeting were would talk about the conditions from that day.
Over the course of our trip, every sailor got along with oneanother and at our final team dinner we all exchanged numbers andemails to keep in touch.
We thanked our parents for taking us on this long journey, as we know that without their support we wouldhave never realized this wonderful opportunity. Personally, for methis is a memory I will never forget.
I can’tthink of a better way to finish my days of opti sailing!