This year, some 20 students have signed up to sail for GSA.
This year, the squad will also have an experienced assistant coach, Cait Powell, of Brooksville. Powell sailed for GSA until her graduation in 2007.
The Eagles are scheduled to sail in their first regatta of the season on Wednesday, April 8, against the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans. The regatta is scheduled for Southwest Harbor, MDI’s home port.
GSA and MDI both sail 420 class dinghies. The fiberglass centerboard sloops are 13 feet 9 inches long, weigh 230 pounds, fly 110 square feet of sail and carry a crew of two. Designed as a trainer for a larger class of Olympic sailboat, the 420 is one of the most popular one-design dinghies used by collegiate and secondary school fleets.
GSA and MDI are both scheduled to participate in about a dozen regattas before the end of May.