Sailing center looks ahead

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center (MDICS) is celebrating a successful year of programs and turning towards winter maintenance work.

During the season, board members Charles Wray and Chip Hutchins wrote in a recent letter, “our staff and volunteers did an exceptional job teaching at all levels from the basics of sailing, knot tying, points of sail and helmsmanship to coaching advanced racing classes.”

Connor Ratcliff, an MDICS sailor, was the winning skipper in the Club 420 State Championship Regatta this summer. His crew, Skye Ehrhart, hailed from the Northeast Harbor Sailing School. “This showed proof that our working collaboration with other sailing clubs around the Great Harbor has become a big success,” the directors wrote. The clubs also worked together to buy and install the new sailing pavilion moored off Greening Island.

Looking ahead to the center’s 20th year, MDICS staff and volunteers plan to complete repairs to the Optimist fleet, purchase new sails for the Bullseye and Luders 16 and purchase new dry suits for use by the spring and fall high school teams.

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