MMA Sailing Team Wraps Up Racing At Student World Cup Regatta

CASTINE — After 13 races in four days sailed off the coast of France, the Maine Maritime Academy has finished 11th at the 2011 Student Yachting World Cup.

The regatta attracted 15 collegiate sailing teams representing 14 nations to the village of La Trinite-sur-Mer, a fishing port located some 280 miles west of Paris on the southern coast of Brittany. Facing cold, rainy and windy conditions, the teams sailed 13 races between Tuesday and Friday. Both round-the-buoy and coastal races were sailed on Quiberon Bay, an arm of the rugged Bay of Biscay.

The winner of this year’s event was a heavily sponsored team from the French business school Euromed in Marseilles. Last year’s winner, Solent University of England, was the runner-up.

The Euromed victory was the fifth time a French team has won the regatta in its 31-year history. The regatta was organized in 1979 by students at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France.

Teams from England and Switzerland also have won the event five times.

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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]