MDI sailors move up



PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island youth club sailing team finished second of 21 boats Saturday at Sail Maine’s Green Wave regatta.

The MDI sailors edged out the Southern Maine team, a conglomerate team from several high schools, for the first time this season to finish second behind Yarmouth.

Connor Ratcliff and crew Kevin Elk finished second in the A division just two points out of first, Coach Liana Folger said, while Kincaid MacCulloch and Lucas Ingebritson sailed to third place in B division.

“The conditions were very breezy, with the final race of the day taking place in about 20 knots of wind,” Folger said. “This meant many capsizes and wipeouts. Our team managed to stay upright in the trying conditions, as well as avoid other teams with less control. The team demonstrated not only strong boat handling skills simply by staying in control, but also the ability to sail smart after a making a mistake. This ability is the difference between a decent regatta with a handful of good races and an excellent regatta full of consistency.”

The small club team, which has been practicing three times per week at the MDI Community Sailing Center in Southwest Harbor, is in its final few weeks of the fall season. There, most of the boats were put away for the season during a fall cleanup event Saturday while some of the team were away at the regatta.

Folger joined the coaching staff for the club team this year, supported by the Northeast Harbor Fleet. She has focused on boat speed and fleet management in practice, she said. “Just in this season, I have seen the team develop very mature racing styles which will certainly distinguish them from the rest of the fleet at any high school regatta. Moreover, they have impressed me with their competitive drive to improve every aspect of their sailing while still having a great deal of fun out on the water.”

Two more Sail Maine regattas are scheduled before the end of the season, the Bulldog Classic on Saturday and the Ghosts and Goblins regatta on Oct. 31.

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.

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