PHOTO BY STEPHEN RAPPAPORT

MDI again quaffs from Welles Cup



PHOTO BY STEPHEN RAPPAPORT

CASTINE — Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James burnished his reputation Sunday night, rebounding from an injury and first-game loss in the finals of the NBA playoffs. He must have been taking his cue from the MDI High School sailing team.

Two weeks ago, after three team races in light air, the Trojans found themselves trailing George Stevens Academy 2-1 after the first round of the 19th Welles Cup Regatta.

In round two of the regatta last Wednesday in Castine, the islanders won both of the day’s races, sailed on Smith Cove, and retained the Welles Cup trophy.

For the Eagles, it was a bitter reminder of last year’s Welles Cup.

Last year, GSA had what appeared to be an insurmountable 4-1 lead after the first Welles Cup event and seemed poised to even the annual regatta score at nine wins apiece. Two weeks later, though, MDI came back to win eight of 10 races, recapture the Welles Cup trophy after it spent two years in the Eagles’ nest, and nail down its 10th win in the 18-year old series.

“Admiral” Ted Welles founded the regatta in 1996 as a part of his groundbreaking effort to bring high school sailing to Downeast Maine. GSA won the first regatta, but with its win last week, MDI now holds an 11-8 victory margin in the Welles Cup competition.

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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]