MMA Sailors Find Going Tough in Weekend Regatta in Cambridge

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy sent four sailors to Cambridge last weekend to race in the first Central Series regatta of the 2009 spring sailing season.

Hosted by Boston College, the event drew teams from seven New England colleges. Sailing against crews that were often more experienced, the MMA Mariners finished seventh.

Sailing 14-foot Flying Junior dinghies, the fleet completed 10 races on Saturday, with six more on Sunday.

MMA put a pair of freshmen in its Division A boat. At the helm was John Joseph, of Northeast Harbor, captain of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team last year. Ben Nichols sailed as his crew.

Charlie Yarnell, a sophomore who sailed for the Mariners last year, skippered MMA’s boat in Division B. He had freshman Andrew Bowden as crew.

This weekend, the Mariners are slated to compete in the Southern Series regatta, hosted by Salve Regina University.

While the Mariner sailors were preparing for their weekend away, the George Stevens Academy sailing team was slated to launch its boats at the MMA waterfront on Wednesday afternoon.

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Nicole Ouellette

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