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MMA sailors head for LA



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As the Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team heads for Los Angeles to sail in the Harbor Cup regatta this weekend, the newly published Notice of Race for the Downeast Invitational Regatta, which brought more than 125 sailors from high schools as far away as southern Massachusetts and Vermont to Castine last May, is one more sign that spring is just around the corner.

CASTINE — Sticking a nose out the door may cast some doubt on the idea, but the signs are that spring is here, or at least near enough as never mind.

This weekend, coach Tom Brown and the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team will be in Southern California, where they will race against teams from nine other colleges in the sixth annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta.

Sailed in a fleet of identical Catalina 37 sloops borrowed from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation, the regatta brings together four California teams and teams from several traditional collegiate sailing powerhouses from outside California including, among others, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the State University of New York Maritime Academy and the College of Charleston.

Although MMA is one of the smaller schools in the regatta, the Mariners have proved equal to the competition, winning the event in both 2008 and in 2009. Last year, with a young team in the boat, MMA finished seventh overall.

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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]