CASTINE — It may be hard to tell if you live where there’s still ice on the cove, but spring has arrived for the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team.
MMA sailing coach Tom Brown had his team’s first on-the-water practice scheduled for Monday afternoon. This weekend, the dinghy sailors will head for Newport, R.I., to race in the Wood Trophy regatta hosted by Salve Regina University.
The Mariners sail at a considerable disadvantage. Although the ice is scarcely off the water in Downeast Maine, many New England college sailing teams have been on the water for a month or more.
While the dinghy team tries to stay warm on Newport Harbor, the big-boat sailors will head for California to race in the Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta on Saturday and Sunday.
Hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, this year’s POLA Cup regatta will include teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Naval academies, Northwestern University, the California Maritime Academy, the University of Southern California and California State University.
Last year, the Mariners shocked the collegiate saling world by winning the inaugural edition of the intercollegiate big boat regatta on the West Coast. This year the crew will sail with two key changes. Senior Matt Bourque will sail as skipper, replacing Matt Stevens, who graduated last year. T.J. Scott, winner of last year’s collegiate match racing championship, will sail as tactician.
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