A brief puff of wind gives Mount Desert Island High School crew Tyler Steel the opportunity to hike way out in an otherwise low wind day. At the helm, Liana Folger looks under the boom at competition from Cheverus High School as they edge up on them during a recent regatta.—JEFF WALLS

High School Sailors Take to Water as Spring Regatta Season Begins



A brief puff of wind gives Mount Desert Island High School crew Tyler Steel the opportunity to hike way out in an otherwise low wind day. At the helm, Liana Folger looks under the boom at competition from Cheverus High School as they edge up on them during a recent regatta.—JEFF WALLS
A brief puff of wind gives Mount Desert Island High School crew Tyler Steel the opportunity to hike way out in an otherwise low wind day. At the helm, Liana Folger looks under the boom at competition from Cheverus High School as they edge up on them during a recent regatta.—JEFF WALLS

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The spring interscholastic sailing season got under way last Friday as the Mount Desert Island Trojans hosted George Stevens Academy in the first of their series of home-and-home regattas.

Originally scheduled for Wednesday, the regatta was postponed because of extremely heavy winds.

Conditions in Southwest Harbor were still rugged when the teams hit the water on Friday. After eight races, MDI edged GSA by four points, 22-26.

The racing was extremely close, with the two teams tying in Division A, with 12 points each. The Trojans sailed to six firsts and a pair of seconds to finish with 10 points, four points ahead of the Eagles in Division B. That was the winning margin for the regatta.

Mount Desert Island High School skipper Tyler Steel keeps wary eye out for the competition as crew Marina Karnofsky readies the jib sheet for rounding the mark in a regatta against perennial rivals George Stevens Academy on Friday, April 10.—JEFF WALLS
Mount Desert Island High School skipper Tyler Steel keeps wary eye out for the competition as crew Marina Karnofsky readies the jib sheet for rounding the mark in a regatta against perennial rivals George Stevens Academy on Friday, April 10.—JEFF WALLS

MDI continued its winning ways on Saturday, hosting teams from southern Maine — a combined high school team — and Cheverus High School, from Portland. After 10 races, MDI finished with 35 points, finishing at the top of Division A and just one point behind Cheverus in Division B. The Portland school took second overall with 42 points, edging southern Maine by just three points.

The Eagles dominated Division A, taking three firsts and seven seconds in 10 races. In Division B, the Eagles scored a remarkable five “bullets” to go with a pair of seconds and three thirds.

GSA and MDI are scheduled to square off again on Wednesday, April 15, before breaking for school vacation. They are scheduled to return to racing April 25 in an effort to qualify for the O’Day Fleet Racing Regatta to be held Sunday, April 26, in Portland. The Trojans and Eagles resume their series of home-and-home regattas on Wednesday, April 29, in Castine.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]