Two of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team boats on the water in Marblehead prior to the start of the second race. Boat No. 3 has Alec Fisichella as skipper and Nate Philbrook sailing as crew. Boat No. 4 has Lucas Ingebritson skipper and Nate Ingebritson as crew. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN MACAULEY

Trojan sailing tops in Marblehead fleet races

BLUE HILL — It was cold. It was windy. It even snowed on the bus trip from Maine to Massachusetts.

Weather notwithstanding, the Mount Desert Island High School and George Stevens Academy sailing teams had a successful weekend of racing at the Pleon Yacht Club in Marblehead against the Magicians of Marblehead High School. It was the first regatta of the season for all three schools.

In Saturday’s team racing, the schools sailed a round-robin series of match races with three boats from each school sailing in each round. The format played to the strengths of the host Magicians.

“Saturday’s team race ended in a decisive victory for the Marblehead team,” according to MDIHS Coach John Macauley, with the Magicians shutting out both MDI and GSA 3-0. Marblehead and MDI sailed five races Saturday morning, all of them won by the Magicians.

Later in the day, MDI won three out of four races against GSA.

MDI was the decisive winner, though, in Sunday’s two-division fleet racing, with two boats from each team on the race course at the same time. The Trojans finished with 29 points, followed by Marblehead (42) and GSA (56).

For the Trojans, “the outlook is optimistic,” Macauley said. “We are in a building year with no seniors and a large contingent of underclassmen who show a great deal of natural talent.”

On Sunday, junior Lucas Ingebritson skippered the A-division boat with his brother Nate, a freshman. Junior Alec Fisichella skippered the B-division boat with sophomore Nate Philbrook as crew.

According to Macauley, the A boat got three bullets (wins) and one third-place finish; the B boat got two bullets, two second-place finishes and one third.

“We had a great time, and our Marblehead hosts were wonderful as always,” Macauley said. “It was really terrific to see GSA show up with so many kids as well.

The Eagles took a young and relatively inexperienced team to Marblehead with three freshmen and no seniors among the 10 sailors. Four sailors returned from last year’s team, but one of the three skippers is just a freshman.

“We’re missing three girls from last year’s team who are all studying abroad,” Eagles Coach Andy Stephenson said in a Monday email. “We miss them, but are delighted to have a group of committed, positive athletes to shape this year’s team.”

Everyone on the team sailed at least one race in Marblehead, Stephenson said. In Saturday’s team event, skippers Katie Forest, Silas Murnik and Sylvia Burn each sailed with two different crews. On Sunday, Stephenson’s assistant, GSA senior Dylan DesFosses, took over one of the boats.

“I was very proud of our kids, both on and off the water,” Stephenson said. “We went to Marblehead last weekend after only having been on the water once. I asked each sailor to take one risk during the regatta and to see what that taught them. I was pleased to see that our kids started aggressively and used the team racing tactics we discussed before going down [to the regatta] to put our team in a more favorable position.”


Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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