ROCKLAND — After weeks of blustery afternoons, rained-out practices and challenging regattas, the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team clinched a win last Saturday at the Breakwater Blast regatta in Rockland.
MDI sent two teams of sailors to race 420s against groups from Camden Hills High School, Islesboro Community Sailing, Rockland Community Sailing and Boothbay Harbor.
The Trojans team made up of Connor Ratcliff, Lily Anderson, Alec Fisichella and Luke Ingebritson came in first with 82 total points, followed by Boothbay team one with 84 points. Islesboro had 91.5 points; Rockland, 140; Boothbay team two, 167; Camden Hills, 169. The second MDI team, made up of new sailors Adam Bygdeson, Timo Neuhoff, Nate Philbrook, Sofie Dowling, Winslow Jeffrey, Geneva Stevens-Rosa, Zan Rush, Cala Coffman, Peter Benson and Axel Escholtz, finished last with 202 points.
“It was a wonderful day on the water,” said MDI Head Coach John Macauley. “Every eligible sailor had a chance to compete, and the weather finally cooperated.”
Macauley said the competing organizations and high school teams had talented sailors, while some had skippers as young as elementary school-aged.
MDI sailors will head back down to Rockland again this weekend for the Hospice Regatta on Saturday, May 6.
The following weekend, May 13-14, the Trojans will compete in the Downeast Fleet Racing Invitational and Maine Schools Sailing Association Championship hosted by Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.