As the spring breeze freshens and curls the dark green waters off the coast of Downeast Maine several Hancock County high schools are prepping themselves for the start of another competitive sailing season.
George Stevens Academy (GSA) and Mount Desert Island High School will soon hear the slapping of waves on fiberglass and wind in the sails of their 420 sailboats.
The 420 sailboat is a fast sailing dinghy that has a crew of two people and generally uses just a main sail and a jib in high school competition. The boat planes easily and is quite nimble under sail.
The sport of sailing is unusual in the realm of high school athletics. Once the athlete is on the water and the race sequence is started there really is no coaching.
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