State High School Sailing Championships Scheduled for Castine in May

CASTINE — The George Stevens Academy Sailing Team and Maine Maritime Academy are once more sponsoring the DownEast Fleet Racing Championship Regatta.

This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, in Castine. About 170 high school sailors and coaches from all over New England will be there for two days of racing.

The DEFRC is the largest high school regatta on the East Coast. This regatta combines two events: the Downeast Fleet Racing Championship and the Maine High School Sailing Championship.

The sailors race 420 dinghies, small, light, two-handed sloops just under 14 feet long.

The regatta generally brings schools from every state in New England, with an increasing number of Maine schools present each year.

Eastern Maine schools racing include GSA, Mount Desert Island High School and John Bapst.

The public is invited to attend the regatta. Racing begins around 11 a.m. Saturday and about 10 a.m. Sunday.


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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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