CASTINE — It may not be obvious looking out the window, but for Hancock County’s high school sailing enthusiasts spring is almost here.
At least that’s the tenor of the announcement that the Downeast High School Sailing Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28. at Maine Maritime Academy. The annual event brings together high school sailors, sailing coaches and supporters for a chance to talk about upcoming spring sailing programs.
Dinner is set for 5 p.m. in the Harborview Dining Room at MMA’s Harold Alfond Student Center. At 6, coaches, sailors and their parents will focus on refining the interscholastic sailing schedule and include discussions of safety rules and regatta organization.
As of now, sailors from George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island High School have full schedules on tap. The season opens early in April with a combined team trip to Massachusetts to race teams from Marblehead and Manchester high schools. The two schools will race several times on MDI’s home waters in Southwest Harbor before heading back to Castine for a day of racing at the end of the month.
In May, in addition to racing several “home and home” regattas, the teams will have the chance to race in Portland, and the women sailors will have an opportunity to participate in the New England Scholastic Sailing Association Herreshoff Cup regatta.
The Downeast Fleet Racing Championships, the largest high school regatta in New England, will be held at MMA on the weekend of May 22-23. The Welles Cup, which determines bragging rights between the MDI Trojans and the GSA Eagles, is currently slated for May 26 and June 2.
For information, contact Darene Powell by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (207) 326-0749.
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