Members of the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center and the St. Francis Yacht Club fought for first place in California waters Aug. 20. PHOTO COURTESY OF GLENN SQUIRES

Former island sailors take home California gold  

By Kiki Grace 

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Four Mount Desert Island High School graduates traveled to The Golden State to compete in the U.S. Match Racing Championship qualifier Aug. 20.  

The team took first place overall despite being considered an underdog in a regatta that boasted sailors from some of the most well-financed yacht clubs across the globe.   

The sailors from MDI included Lucas Ingebritson, helmsman Alec Fisichella, Sofie Dowling and Nathan Ingebritson, along with three members from California, Grace Vandervort, William Vandervort and Ellie Bonnie. 

The Long Beach Yacht Club provided four competing teams with its collection of Catalina 37 keelboats. The regatta was organized in two round robins, a petit final and a final.

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