ROCKLAND — A gray and chilly Sunday morning at Rockland Harbor was brightened by spring high school sailing action at the sixth annual Breakwater Blast.
Fourteen boats were on the starting line and competed in 12 races in two divisions with a cool and steady 10 to 15 knot southern breeze.
MDI head Coach George Deans said his aim for this event was to better acquaint his junior sailors with racing conditions, while the more experienced sailors served as coaches.
“We did not have a varsity team at this event. Instead, we sailed our newest sailors in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions,” he said. “The kids did exceptionally well given that they have such limited sailing experience.”
Deans said that there were enough boats available for the Trojan team to sail two in each division, which afforded the opportunity to “sail more of our inexperienced team and get them used to race conditions.”
The pairings in the ‘A’ boat were Alec Fisichella with Emily Homer and Griffin Costello-Sanders with Cala Coffman.
The Trojan ‘B’ boats were skippered by Lucas Ingebritson and Jack Stroud and crewed by Thistle Swann and John Rush respectively.
“They did very well in their first outing in good race conditions. The wind stayed steady all day, so we were able to get in a lot of racing,” Deans said. “Each pair started and ended all races, and each had some very good performances throughout the races.”
On Saturday, the Trojan sailors traveled to Portland for the Cheverus Cup, an in-league regatta. The varsity team of MDI finished in fourth place with a 2-3 record. Senior Christopher Booher skippered in one division with Chloe Vincenty on crew, and Will Ratcliff skippered with Kevin Elk as his crew to fill out the second division pairing.
In team racing, Deans said all the races were closely matched and MDI sailors fought hard against those with greater experience.
“It came to tactics and taking advantage of opportunities,” he said. “We missed some and took advantage of others, but not enough to place higher.”
MDI High’s sailors are set to travel to Castine to race on GSA’s home course on Wednesday, May 11, at 4 p.m.