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Kate Nota and Team Odyssey Win Ripple Effect Short Video Contest

Ripple Effect Short Video ContestKate Nota and her team aboard Alfred Van Liew’s J/111 Odyssey (Middletown, RI) won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race in August.

Alfred Van Liew’s J/111 Odyssey team taking home the Arent H. Kits van Heyningen Trophy for winning the Youth Challenge at the 2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race. (From left) ILYC Commodore Gary Lash, Robert Kits van Heyningen, Sarah Kelleher, Johnny Gieseke, Trevor Davidson, Kate Nota, Jimmy Gieseke, Noah Kelleher and George Moss.   © ILDR/Robbie Benjamin

The contest, created by WindCheck Contributing Editor Joe Cooper, was introduced to the popular overnighter with the intention of engaging youth sailors (ages 14-20) by asking them to answer the question, “What do you like most about offshore/overnight sailing?” through a video essay or documentary no longer than five minutes in length.

Team Odyssey also won the event’s separately scored Youth Challenge (to qualify, more than 40% of the crew had reached their 14th birthday but not turned 20 prior to August 15), finishing sixth in the 13-boat PHRF class. All classes sailed a 150-mile race that started and finished in Newport, RI. Hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the race celebrated its 10th edition in 2014 with a record 47-boat fleet.

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  • commented 2014-11-25 11:01:40 -0500
    Congratulations to Kate and the rest of the Odyssey crew. They are a part of the Ida Lewis Y.C. Junior Big Boat Program. This is one of the many active but under the radar programs introducing junior sailors to the skills of Big Boat sailing. FOr the Ida Distance Race There were seven junior sailors and only two adults. During the Storm Trysail Foundation Junior Safety at Sea seminar the day before, the Odyssey crew sailed on the 80 footer Falcon 2000 after which the owner said to me that they could come back and race with him any time…..

    The Ripple Effect Short Video idea was indeed my idea. It was, and continues to be, intended to provide Rhode Island Kids a vehicle to interact with the environment (we sail in/on) that is so critical, particularly to Narragansett Bay, but to the ocean and the world in general.

    The idea for the first contest was centered around the fleet of Class 40’s competing in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing over the last Memorial Day weekend.(read my essay in the May WindCheck in the Atlantic Cup program guide) In conjunction with the video contest idea I had huge help from the regatta’s Organizing Authority, ManukaSEM in the guise of Julianna Barberi and Hugh Pigging in fine tuning many aspects of the idea. The Ida Race was the second Ripple Effect Short VIdeo contest. There are more in the works.
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