High school sailors hit the road



ROCKLAND — Five middle and high school sailors from the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center club team competed in a scrimmage regatta and enjoyed a night sail with glow sticks Saturday at Rockland Community Sailing.

“Our youngest sailor, eighth grader Alex Fisichella, raced with a crew from Rockland,” MDI coach John Macauley said. “They came in fifth out of ten boats. The wind was modest, about 4-5 knots.”

Skipper Madeleine Macaulay and crew Kirstin DiMauro were seventh. Pierce DiMauro and Nicole Brown were eighth.

After the race, Macauley said, “we broke for pizza and everyone rigged their boats with glow sticks, and we did night sailing. It got a little cold, but the kids had a great time.”

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the MDI Sailing Center team plans to be in Portland for two regattas hosted by SailMaine. The Salty Dog Regatta is a 420 race and a keelboat regatta with J22s.

The following Saturday, the youth sailing season wraps up with the Sailing Center’s annual fall pumpkin race in Southwest Harbor. Six of the “Turbo” 420s are available for the day, and the 12:30 p.m. race is open to any 2014 high school sailors. Contact the Sailing Center to register.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.