Patrick Haugen

GSA Girls Shine in Herreshoff Regatta



Patrick Haugen
Skipper Courtney Koos (left) and crew Tess Lameyer put George Stevens Academy firmly on the scholastic sailing map last weekend at the Herreshoff Trophy Regatta in Massachusetts. Racing against girls from some of the top secondary school sailing teams in New England, the pair finished second in the 15-boat fleet, leading the Eagles to an 11th-place finish overall.

BLUE HILL — Before last weekend’s Herreshoff Trophy Regatta, there weren’t many on the New England scholastic sailing scene who knew much, or anything, about George Stevens Academy.

That all changed on Sunday when Courtney Koos and Tess Lameyer finished second in a 15-boat fleet at the New England School Sailing Association (NESSA) girls regatta, hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Winning three of the day’s eight races, the Eagle pair just barely missed an outright win over top-rated Tabor Academy’s A Division boat. Placing 15th in B Division, GSA finished 11th overall at the regatta.

GSA was the only Maine school to send a team to the regatta, but it didn’t take long for the Eagles to make their presence felt. Koos and Lameyer had an excellent start in the day’s opening A Division race. Sailing a tough windward leg in a steady 8-12-knot northeasterly gusting occasionally to 15 knots, the Eagle girls battled to be first round the mark, then held off Tabor on the leeward leg to take a bullet.

Then they went out and proved that their victory was no fluke. Koos and Lameyer took another bullet in the second race, finished second in the third race and took another bullet in the last race of the day.

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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]