Northeast Harbor Fleet Hosts Junior Olympics

MOUNT DESERT — More than 100 young sailors are expected to be on hand at the Sea Street Marina in Northeast Harbor this morning (Thursday) for the start of the Junior Olympic Sailing Festival regatta.

The event is one of more than 25 junior regattas scheduled to be held this year all across the United States that are expected to draw more than 4,000 junior sailors. The Junior Olympics are coordinated by US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing in the United States.

Hosted by the Northeast Harbor Sailing School which is affiliated with the Northeast Harbor Fleet, the regatta calls for two days of racing in Optimist prams, 420 dinghies and Cape Cod Mercury keel sloops.

The Opties will race in four fleets — Red, Blue, White and Green, depending on the experience level of the young skippers. There will be single 420 and Mercury fleets.

Racing is slated to begin at 11:30, with boats set to leave the harbor at 10:30 under tow or otherwise. On Friday, the harbor start is set for 9:30 a.m., with the first race scheduled to begin at 11.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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