Skipper Lucas Ingebritson (right) and crew Nate Ingebritson of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team race at the annual MDI Great Harbor Regatta on May 26. Light winds made for a low-key event. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Home regatta caps high school sailing season

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Eight high school sailing teams gathered at the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center on Memorial Day weekend for the final event of the Maine scholastic sailing season.

After a day of light air racing, the team from Camden finished at the top of the fleet. The MDI High School Trojans finished fourth.

While the rain that had been forecast in the “chance of” category on the afternoon of May 26 held off, so did any semblance of a steady breeze.

Despite the light airs, the eight high school sailing teams that faced off in the annual Great Harbor Regatta persisted and completed 16 fleet races over the course of the day in the sailing center’s Turbo 420 dinghies.

Camden Hills Regional High School won the Glenn Squires Cup this year, finishing with a total score of 40 and bullets in nine of the races. Islesboro Central School was the runner-up with 53. A team from Portsmouth (N.H.) High School finished third with 64 points.

The host MDI Trojans finished fourth with 71. George Stevens Academy was eighth with 107 points.

Despite their mid-fleet finish, MDI had some strong races. The Trojan A-Division boat earned a bullet in the first race of the day and later added two second-place finishes. The Trojans’ “B” boat had one first, one second and one third place.

“The wind was everywhere from south to north,” MDI parent volunteer Bill Dowling said, “but it never went east.”

There were enough puffs of slightly stronger wind to make racing feasible, he said. The course was reset after nearly every race to adapt to the fluky conditions.

“Our object was to get everyone a chance to participate,” MDI coach John Macauley said. Alec Fisichella, Lucas Ingebritson, Jacob Peabody, Naomi Welch and Nate Philbrook were skippers, and Sofie Dowling, Nate Ingebritson, Matilda Allen, Kylie Higgins and Sarah Knox sailed as crew.

Volunteers and team members made lunches for the whole crew, which were delivered to the spectator pavilion midday. A cookout and awards ceremony back at the MDI Community Sailing Center rounded out the day.

“I thought it went well,” Macauley said. “Good day, good wind, good people.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.[email protected]

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