GSA, MDI sailors race at Marblehead

BLUE HILL — Teams from George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island High School traveled to Marblehead, Mass., last weekend for a two-day sailing regatta. Saturday was marked down for team racing. Sunday was a fleet racing event.

When the teams arrived at midday Saturday, according to GSA sailing coach Tom Gutow, the weather was sunny, but nearly windless.

During the afternoon, the sailors first saw light southerly breezes that clocked around to the west southwest and, eventually, almost all the way to the west.

The breeze was up and down for the first couple of hours and very shifty between 4 and 7 knots, Gutow said. The wind finally settled in with about 7 to 9 knots of wind.

GSA, MDI and Marblehead High School sailed best two of three round-robin team races. Each school raced three boats in each event.

Marblehead won each of the two sets it sailed, while the GSA Eagles beat MDI in the third set. The final result for the Maine-New Hampshire Team Race Regatta Invitational was Marblehead, GSA, MDI.

For Sunday’s fleet racing, the sailors faced cooler weather, overcast skies and occasional drizzle. The wind was light all day, ranging between 0 and 5 to 6 knots, Gutow said, and blew predominantly from the north northeast.

Marblehead again “dominated” the two-division fleet, said Gutow, “but GSA showed some moments of great sailing,” finishing second overall.

Senior captain Nicholas Steenberg led from start to finish during one race, and freshman Yvonne Rogers won the start and finished third overall in both races in which she skippered.

With school vacation on the calendar next week, the Eagles hope to get some practice time over the next few days as they prepare for the O’Day Championship qualifier in Portland on Saturday, April 26. Winds gusting to 40 knots cancelled Monday’s practice.

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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]