PORTLAND — Last weekend, seven Mount Desert Island High School sailors traveled to Portland on Saturday for a team race hosted by Cheverus High School.
The Trojans were winners in one of four best-of-three team race series, in which three boats from each of two teams go head to head. MDI won their series against the Southern Maine team 2-1. The Trojans lost 2-0 to Portland High School and Cape Elizabeth High School and 2-1 to Camden.
“Many of our races were much closer than the scores reflect,” Coach John Macauley said.
In the last flight against Camden, for example, the MDI sailors lost the 3rd race because they finished second, third and sixth for a score of 11 points.
The MDI sailors included Lucas Ingebritson, Nate Ingebritson, Joe Minutolo, Sofie Dowling, Louise Chaplin, Jacob Peabody and Nate Philbrook.
Up next for the team is the 21st annual Downeast Fleet Racing Invitational Regatta, sponsored by George Stevens Academy. That regatta gets underway this weekend with a forecast of morning showers and brisk winds on Saturday, clouds on Sunday and mild weather throughout.
Maine Maritime Academy hosts the event, furnishes the 420 dinghies used for racing and provides staffing and auxiliary boats.
As of Monday, 18 high schools, including some from Massachusetts. New Hampshire and Vermont, had registered for the event.
In addition to GSA, Maine teams coming to Castine include: MDIHS; Portland HS; Falmouth, Yarmouth and Camden Hills high schools; Oceanside High School in Rockland; Islesboro Central School; Cape Elizabeth HS; Cheverus HS; and community or consolidated school teams from Stockton Harbor and Southern Maine.
Racing is slated to get started in Smith Cove across Castine Harbor at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Last year, 19 teams sailed in the Downeast, which also served as the Maine Schools Sailing Association Championship event. Massachusetts schools Marblehead High School, Tabor Academy and the Belmont Hill School took the top three spots. Camden Hills Regional was the first Maine school, finishing fourth overall.
Marblehead took home the perpetual Jim Modisette Memorial Downeast Regatta Trophy for placing first in fleet.
Camden won the perpetual Maine Schools Sailing Association Championship Trophy named for longtime MDIHS sailing coach Griff Fenton. The first Butch Minson Corinthian Spirit Award, provided by MMA in memory of the school’s longtime sailing coach Butch Minson, went to Emily Lau of Islesboro Central School. Minson served as principal race officer for nearly every DER since its inception.