MDI Sailor Captures National Victory


Solomon Krevans of Bar Harbor, second from right, posses with his winning sailing team from Tufts University in Boston. To the left of Krevans is David Liebenberg and Will Haeger. To his right is Paula Grasberger.

FORT WORTH, TX — A former Mount Desert Island resident, Solomon Krevans, is one win closer to achieving his dream of becoming a professional sailor.

Krevans was among four team members from Tufts University that finished first in the 2012 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Match-Racing National Championship, Nov. 16-18. This was the first time Tufts has won the event.

“You just try to hurt the other boats the most,” said Krevans of the “match” format. That style of race is something like a free-for-all. Instead of timed heats, groups of the J22 boats sprinted around the short course, trying to finish the two laps in first position in a slew of races.

Krevan’s job was to trim the main sheet and determine upwind tactics. Downwind, where his teams’ boat felt slightly faster, he trimmed the spinnaker.

Light winds the first day required more strategy to catch “puffs” of wind, Krevans said. As the event progressed into the second and third day, winds increased to a steady 10 to 20 mile per hour breeze for the final races.

The finals pitted Krevans’ team against its rival from Yale University. Earlier in the year, the Tufts team lost to that team in a New England-wide competition. But following that loss, the Tufts team put in extra hours.

“Our biggest strength was how often we practiced,” said Krevans. His team got together once or twice weekly in Boston Harbor leading up to the event.

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Blake Davis

Blake Davis

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter Blake Davis covered sports and maritime events. He is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
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