Young GSA Sailing Team Has Hands Full With Veteran MDI Squad



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Downeast high school regatta season opened last week as a young George Stevens Academy team sailed its first races of the season against the seasoned Mount Desert Island High School Trojans after just two practice sessions.

 

George Stevens Academy sophomore Steven Bell and freshman Steven Salois raced together last week in the season’s opening regatta and may become a regular pairing for the Eagle sailing team. — JEFF WALLS
George Stevens Academy sophomore Steven Bell and freshman Steven Salois raced together last week in the season’s opening regatta and may become a regular pairing for the Eagle sailing team. — JEFF WALLS

GSA traveled to MDI’s home base at the Community Sailing Center on Clark Point on April 7 for its first regatta, and again on Monday. MDI won both events. The results were predictable, but encouraging for the Eagle sailors.

On Monday, the teams sailed five races, with each school sending out five crews. The breeze was light and the skies overcast.

“MDI won 5-0 yet the scoring was close,” GSA assistant sailing coach Patrick Haugen wrote in an e-mail.

Last week, also sailing in light airs but in bright sunshine, MDI won two of three races. Each team sent three boats to the starting line.

For the past several seasons, MDI and GSA have been closely matched on the water. This year promises to be different.

For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

 

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