Mariners Finish Third In Shields Trophy Regatta

CASTINE — Despite a novice skipper and a young crew with limited practice time, Maine Maritime Academy’s offshore sailing team raced to a strong third-place finish in last weekend’s Shields Trophy regatta at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The Middies repeated their 2011 performance and took home the trophy for the second year in a row. Scoring three bullets, a second and a third, the Naval Academy team finished with eight points, seven points ahead of the second-place U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. MMA finished just two points behind the Kings Pointers.

“I’m very pleased,” MMA sailing coach Tom Brown said Tuesday afternoon. “I think they did a fantastic job.”

Nine U.S. and Canadian service and merchant marine academies sent teams to sail Navy 44 sloops in this year’s Shields Trophy. Competition for the trophy began in 1963.

On Saturday, the crews sailed four races over a double windward-leeward course on Chesapeake Bay enjoying sunny skies and shifty, 12-16-knot northwest winds. The Mariners finished fourth in the day’s first two events, then finished with a pair of thirds.

On Sunday, struggling with five-knot zephyrs, the Mariners again finished third.


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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]