• Sailing leaderboard

    Sailing leaderboard

    Great Harbor Dream pursuit race Sunday, July 29 Seventeen boats filled with enthusiastic sailors joined in for the Great Harbor Dream pursuit race around the Cranberry Islands on Sunday. The participants were sailing to celebrate the organization of the summer sailing clubs at Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Seal Harbor, Bar Harbor and Islesford to support

  • Whitehouse siblings, Graham win Junior Invitational regatta

    Whitehouse siblings, Graham win Junior Invitational regatta

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Walker and Carson Whitehouse and Cameron Graham took home first-place trophies last Wednesday at the Southwest Harbor Fleet’s annual Junior Invitational regatta. Youth sailors from the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center, Northeast Harbor Sailing School (part of the NEH Fleet) and the Seal Harbor Yacht Club joined the competition. The younger

  • Seaweed business to partner with college

    Seaweed business to partner with college

    By Max Hauptman and Liz Graves news@mdislander.com   BAR HARBOR — On the water in Frenchman Bay, in shore-side facilities in Port Clyde and Gouldsboro, and now in the basement of the historic Turrets building at College of the Atlantic, a seaweed business is picking up steam. Springtide Seaweed is owned and operated by Sarah

  • Boatyard to downsize

    Boatyard to downsize

    By Jack Sasner MOUNT DESERT—After 75 years in business, the Mount Desert Yacht Yard (MDYY) has announced major cutbacks to the operation. Most of the current boat storage and service customers received a letter in early July announcing they wouldn’t be able to store their boats there in the future. That includes nearly all of

  • Waterfront noise, traffic debated

    Waterfront noise, traffic debated

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A property owner voicing concerns about increased overnight commercial use of a town-owned lot next to a working dock led to contentious debate at the July 17 meeting of the town’s select board. Members of the public, many of them working fishermen, spoke in opposition to suggestions from property owner Marion “Missy”

  • Young MDI sailors score; Donahue, Ehrhart win gold

    Young MDI sailors score; Donahue, Ehrhart win gold

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR – Mount Desert Island’s youth sailors had a strong showing earlier this month at the combined Maine State Championship and Junior Olympic (JO) Sailing Festival hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club earlier this month. They represented the MDI Community Sailing Center and Northeast Harbor Sailing School. A first-place finish for Terra Ehrhart,

  • Trophies galore

    Trophies galore

    ROCKLAND – The first and second place winners last weekend in the Friendship Sloop Homecoming & Regatta in Rockland both hail from Southwest Harbor. Salatia, owned by Miff Lauriat and Marge Russakoff, was the first fiberglass sloop built by Jarvis Newman in 1969. Eden is a wooden sloop built by Ed Coffin in 1971 and

  • Sailing leaderboard

    Sailing leaderboard

    Southwest Harbor Fleet Luders July Series Friday afternoon featured a seabreeze getting pulled into the mountains from the cool sea to the south. The first race had a flooding current which encouraged the racers to play “touch and tack” along the Manset shoreline out to Seawall. Eventually the breeze began to diminish as the sailors

  • Mission’s vessel Sunbeam needs $1.5 million in fixes

    Mission’s vessel Sunbeam needs $1.5 million in fixes

    MOUNT DESERT — Rust is starting to eat away at the inside of the steel hull of the Sunbeam, the Maine Seacoast Mission vessel that delivers health care and other services to island communities. The furnace and two generators need to be replaced and the crew’s rather Spartan living quarters need sprucing up. To address

  • Art, science of 20th c. yachting is talk topic

    Art, science of 20th c. yachting is talk topic

    BAR HARBOR — Artist Thurston Huntting Smith will give an illustrated talk on yacht design Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. In the 20th century, yacht building and design became intimately connected with the rapidly changing technology. New materials, metals and fabrics, and the enormous advancements in the field of