LIMA had a great trip to Southern Yacht Club for USODA Team Race Midwinters. In all we had 20 sailors participating in the event which is the Qualifier for the Marco Rizzotti Team Race in Venice in May. Our Red Team (Thomas Rice, Madeleine Rice, Michelle Lahrkamp, Hayden Earl, Maddie Hawkins) finished Third overall, just one race win away from making the final two championship round. It is great to see the consistency from our sailors as they work to the most experienced team. Dating back to SailStrong days, our Red team has been on the podium at every Team Race event in the US since Fall 2011 with 10 different sailors.
The Blue Team ( Jack Farrell, Colleen Obrien, Vanessa Lahrkamp, Will Moller, Gideon Burns-Heath) and White Team ( Michaela Obrien, Arabella Dixon, Francesca Edmands, Charlotte
Kiel, Ella Barry) both sailed well enough to make the Gold Fleet Qualifying round of 12 but lack of wind shortened the format and they ended up in Silver Fleet with the Blue Team finishing in 2nd in Silver.
The Purple Team (Becky Schmitz, Polk Baggett, Cooper Walshe, Kyle Jezak, Caleb Cogan) had a tough first team race regatta but learned a lot.
It was a great weekend in New Orleans, as always, and we look forward to seeing what these sailors can do at their next team race.
LIMA Red, 3rd
Place Overall Team Race Midwinters 2015 (L to R: Michelle Lahrkamp, Hayden Earl, Madeleine Rice, Thomas Rice, and Maddie Hawkins)