Saturday’s weather shortened the Harman Trophy regatta, sailed in Colgate 26 keelboats like these shown racing in Castine in the 2017 event, to a one-day affair with four races sailed on Sunday. FILE PHOTO

BU big winner in Harman Trophy, PenBay regattas

CASTINE – Hurricane Dorian, which devastated parts of the Bahamas and did serious damage along the Carolina coastal plain and in Nova Scotia, largely spared Maine, but its fringe effects were enough to delay the starts of two weekend regattas hosted by Maine Maritime Academy.

The Harman Trophy, sailed in Colgate 26 sloops, and the Pen Bay Open, raced in 420 dinghies, were both slated to get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday. With east northeast winds blowing at 20 knots or more, the starts of both regattas were postponed until 12:30 p.m. with the courses set in Smith Cove across Castine Harbor from MMA.

The 420s got underway in 16 to 18 knot winds, with gusts to about 23 knots. An hour later, the Colgates took off in similar conditions.

Despite the rugged conditions, the 10-boat 420 fleet completed six races on Saturday. The Jumbos from Tufts dominated the A division while the Boston University Terriers ruled the B division fleet.

On Sunday, with a light southwesterly breeze riffling the water, the fleet sailed four more races and, at the end of the day, the Terriers knocked off the second-place Jumbos by 11 points, 98 to 109.

Those were the only really competitive teams. The University of Rhode Island finished third with 170 points. The MMA Mariners finished eighth with 277 points.

Things were a little more complicated for the eight-boat Harman fleet.

The winds were howling when racing finally got underway at 1:30 Saturday afternoon. The Terriers won the only completed race of the day and, with strong sailing in the three races sailed on Sunday, took this year’s Harman Trophy event. Connecticut College finished second, four points behind the Terriers, and MMA finished seventh.

MDIHS skipper Sofie Dowling and crew Patrick Hall (left) just after tacking upwind around the leeward gate in Southwest Harbor. JOHN MACAULEY PHOTO

On Saturday, the Northeastern Huskies filed a protest against Boston College and the Eagles were disqualified from the regatta.

In Southwest Harbor on Sunday, the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team hosted the first PenBay League regatta of the fall sailing season drawing teams from the Rockland Community Sailing program, Boothbay Regional High School and Islesboro Central School.

“It was spectacular weather, with winds around 10 to 12 knots from the north in the morning and clocking around to the west southwest in the afternoon,” MDIHS sailing coach John Macauley said Monday morning.

MDI sailed four boats, Boothbay Harbor and Islesboro three and Rockland two. Boothbay Harbor was the top finisher in Division A and overall the top finisher in the regatta. The MDI Trojans finished third.

“This is our season opener and a bit of a shake down cruise for the team which changed its season to the fall this year for a variety of reasons,” Macauley said.  “We lost a few key team members to college and we are in a rebuilding phase.  Our oldest team members are juniors this year.”

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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