Folger, Ratcliff win Saturday



MOUNT DESERT — Saturday’s results in Luders and International One Design racing turned the old saying on its head: those who can, do.

And they also teach.

Northeast Harbor Sailing School director Liana Folger won the day for the IODs, sailing Acontia. Rising Mount Desert Island High School junior and MDI Community Sailing Center instructor Will Ratcliff skippered the Luders Surprise to finish first on the day.

Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the IOD fleet holds races that take them up Somes Sound. They hold a picnic in Somes Harbor before a second race back down the Sound. Twelve IODs and six Luders 16s jumped into the fun this year, fleet director Fran Charles said.

“Before starting the sprint into the Sound, sailors had to make a decision on which way to navigate around Greening Island to get to Mark T from Mark S. Most of the Luders sailors went west and most of the IOD sailors went east. It was tough fighting through the lee of the island for those who went west, but once they made it through the zone of death, they had a much shorter distance to go to T.”

Gambler took the cannon for the IODs in the first race and Surprise for the Luders. Race two went to the David Rockefeller in his IOD Caribou and Wellie Bacon in Domino for the Luders.

More races in the series were held Sunday, but results were not available at press time.

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