Young MDI High Sailors Testing Vets



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team is gearing up for one of the most exciting seasons in the team’s history. The returning veterans are being challenged by a group of up-and-coming sailors who could potentially catapult the squad to another state championship.

Mount Desert Island High School sailors Porter Brown, at the helm, and Sam Burr, crew, are two newcomers to the roster who will give veteran MDI sailors a run for their money this competitive sailing season.—JEFF WALLS
Mount Desert Island High School sailors Porter Brown, at the helm, and Sam Burr, crew, are two newcomers to the roster who will give veteran MDI sailors a run for their money this competitive sailing season.—JEFF WALLS

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team is gearing up for one of the most exciting seasons in the team’s history. The returning veterans are being challenged by a group of up-and-coming sailors who could potentially catapult the squad to another state championship.

“This is one of the biggest and best teams we have ever had,” said Trojans head coach Griff Fenton.

Solomon Krevans, Liana Folger, Nick MacCulloch, and Joe Kief all successfully skippered for the MDI team last year, according to Coach Fenton.

“Nick is much more focused and is performing like we always knew he could,” said Coach Fenton. “Liana is Miss Consistency. She is never out of the top group. Solomon gives 100 percent all of the time. He works hard and we are very lucky to have him. Joe is a sophomore and he is probably going to see a lot of action as he improves this spring, which we know he will.”

Returning as crew the Trojans have Paige Speight, Lily Madeira, Finn Jordan, and Sophia Krevans who have significant experience. “We also have Marina Karnofsky who can do both skipper and crew so we are looking for good things from her again this year.

“Ben Steel is returning as well. He has been a great crew for the past couple of years. He took the helm the other day and did really, really well. So we are filling a lot of boats with top-shelf people.”

The wave of incoming talent is creating a competitive, learning environment for the Trojan team. That causes Coach Fenton a problem, albeit a good one.

“We have some surprises, new kids on the block, who are causing some havoc on the water, that are doing really well,” said Coach Fenton. “The returning sailors know that they are going to have to do really well to be racing on Wednesdays and Saturdays.”

Two upperclassmen tried out for the team this season – senior Sam Burr and junior Liam King. “Talk about surprises, Sam has been racing with Parker Brown, a freshman, and they have absolutely stirred up the pot,” Coach Fenton said.

Another freshman, Audyn Curless, is giving the old guard a run for their money as well, Coach Fenton said. Amelia Kief, a freshman skipper, is doing very well.

The team has sown the seeds of the future with other underclassmen who come in with vast athletic talent. Madison Luck, Nathan Genrich, and Elizabeth Weathers have all opted to sail this spring and they are doing very well, Coach Fenton said. “Jason Carbone is doing phenomenal as well. Micah Welch is returning and doing some skippering,” said Coach Fenton. “He is coming along very well. Cai John and Caitlyn Denegre have been sailing also and both have great potential.”

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