ROCKLAND — Young Mount Desert Island sailors participating in the high school Penobscot Bay League came in first place at their final regatta here Oct. 16.
MDI finished with 15 points, followed by Rockland Community Sailing with 19 points, Boothbay Harbor with 27, Islesboro with 31, Oceanside with 33 and Camden Hills with 49.
“Blustery conditions made for an exciting day on the water, and the event was memorialized by the awarding of the K.C. Heyniger Trophy to Rockland Community Sailing for their overall performance in this first Pen Bay League series,” said MDI Coach John Macauley.
Overall, Rockland came in first place on the season with 4 points; Boothbay 7; MDI 8; Islesboro 11; Oceanside 15; Camden Hills 18.
This was the first Penobscot Bay League three-regatta series. The league is made up of middle and high school students from those six mid-coast regions.
“It was a good season. We spent a lot of time training in Lasers,” said Macauley. “[The sailors] improved overall this season, especially with their team skills. Working together as skipper and crew really paid off.”
The team consisted of Connor Ratcliff, Lilly Anderson, John Rush, Alec Fisichella and Lucas Ingebritson.
The coach said it was beneficial for the MDI team to race against competitive sailors.
“Islesboro and Boothbay had some deep talent, and Rockland had a big team,” said Macauley. “There were some really good sailors this year in the Pen Bay League.”
The skills MDI sailors learned this fall will carry them into the spring Penobscot Bay League season as well as MDI High School sailing.
“We are going to continue the Pen Bay League into the spring, but we are not going to replace that with the New England Schools Sailing Association season,” said the coach.
Pen Bay League regattas will take the sailors around the mid-coast, while the NESA league will take the sailors to Portland and around New England.