CAMDEN — Mount Desert resident Terra Ehrhart finished first in the blue fleet and second overall in the Optimist class last week at the U.S. Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival – New England held at the Camden Yacht Club. She finished in the top four of 41 boats in four of five races.
Ehrhart is a rising eighth grader and attended Mount Desert Elementary School for many years. She and her family now live in Florida during the school year. She sails year round and is nationally ranked as an Optimist sailor. She’s a coach-in-training at the MDI Community Sailing Center. “She’d love to be sailing 420s,” her mom, Lisa, told the Islander, “but she’s only 84 pounds.” She also runs cross country and track and plays soccer and tennis.
Mount Desert Island High School students Connor Ratcliff and Anita Wray finished fourth of 48 boats in 420 competition. The 420s sailed six races, and Ratcliff and Wray took second place in one of them.
Skye Ehrhart and Hutchin Gerrish were 16th, Kincaid MacCullough and Lily Anderson were 21st, and Christopher Booher and Kevin Elk were 22nd. Northeast Harbor Sailing School (NEHSS) instructor Eliott Morrill accompanied the group.
“This was a true Great Harbor Dream event,” MDI Community Sailing Center director Glenn Squires said, referring to a recent push for yacht clubs to work together to promote teen sailing. “It took all of the sailing clubs [NEHSS, Bar Harbor Yacht Club, Seal Harbor Yacht Club, Cranberry Island Yacht Club and MDI Community Sailing] collaboration to get the kids down to Camden with boats and a coach.”
A Great Harbor Dream Celebration race series, dinner and dancing at the Northeast Harbor Fleet are set for Aug. 2 to support the youth sailing initiatives. Contact the fleet at 276-5101 for tickets.