Junior sailors shine in Seal Harbor Regatta

MOUNT DESERT — Junior sailors as young as age 6 competed in the annual Seal Harbor Regatta last Wednesday afternoon.

The Seal Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) invites junior sailors from all of the yacht clubs on Mount Desert Island to race in the annual event.

“I remember sailing this as a child myself,” said 20-year-old Lily Lichtenstein, SHYC sailing master.

What started as a blustery day finished with a downpour towards the end of the regatta.

“Everyone still had a good time and didn’t seem to mind getting a little wet,” she said.

The skippers sailed in four classes: Mercury, Bullseye, Optis and Turbo 420.

In the morning, Mercury, Bullseye and Optis raced along a course in Seal Harbor.

Skipper Cece Gray with crew Vernon Gray Jr. and Eliza Crowley sailed Amos Moses to win the Mercury class. Addison Gray in Alley Cat along with crew Brooks Gray and Westerly Gray came in second. VA Reel, skippered by Henry Ogilby and crew Beauchamp Zirnkilton, sailed to third place.

Blakely Whitehouse, the regatta’s youngest crew member at 6 years old, and his sister Amelia sailed to fourth place in the Mercury class by crewing for father and SHYC Commodore Sanford Whitehouse.

Annie Neilson skippered Purple Cow, the only Bullseye to race, along with Charlie and Henry Newhall.

In the Optimist class, Ryan Donohue came in first, followed by Emmie Gray and Camilla Cushman.

After a barbecue lunch, the Turbo 420 sailors headed out to the Great Harbor Dream float and sailed a course around Greenings Island.

Joey Minutolo with crew Connor Ratcliff of the MDI Community Sailing Center won the Turbo class. In second were Jamie Slater and Wally Capen of SHYC, followed by Ellie Hopkins and Ryer Hastings of the MDICSC in third.



Taylor Bigler Mace

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