Sailing season starts strong



Mount Desert Island youth sailors, from left, Hutchin Gerrish, Connor Ratcliff and Kevin Elk underway in the J22 race at the Gail Winds Regatta in Cape Elizabeth Saturday. Not visible is Chris Booher at the helm. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN FAHRMAN, FORESIDE PHOTOGRAPHY

Mount Desert Island youth sailors, from left, Hutchin Gerrish, Connor Ratcliff and Kevin Elk underway in the J22 race at the Gail Winds Regatta in Cape Elizabeth Saturday. Not visible is Chris Booher at the helm.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN FAHRMAN, FORESIDE PHOTOGRAPHY

CAPE ELIZABETH — Mount Desert Island youth sailors spend a lot of time on the water – spring, summer and fall – and it’s beginning to show in competitive results.

A club team organized by the Mount Desert Island Sailing Center and coached by John Macauley and Liana Folger sent nine sailors to the Gail Winds Regatta in Cape Elizabeth Saturday. Sail Maine organized the event, which included a JV 420 regatta and a J22 race. Many team members sailed this summer in Luders, International One Design and cruising class fleets and taught at sailing camps.

Racing in the J boat were Chris Booher, Kevin Elk, Hutchin Gerrish and Connor Ratcliff. “MDI was second in that race with a protest against another boat for hitting a mark which was thrown out due to a lack of witnesses,” Macauley said. “Otherwise, that would have been a bullet for those guys.”

In 420 racing, MDI finished fifth out of 15 schools. Marblehead was the winner with 43 points, Yarmouth was second with 43, Wayneflete was third with 51. MDI and Southern Maine High School each finished with 56 points, but Southern Maine took fourth place.

Racing in the 420s were Alec Fisichella, Kincaid MacCulloch, Lilly Anderson, Lucas Ingebritson.

“This year’s team looks great, and it’s especially nice to see such depth,” Macauley said. “We have one or two sailors from the eighth grade that have been racing for some time and a bunch more that have expressed interest. Overall, the field is looking very promising.”

Macauley is pleased to have Folger involved in the program. She has been the director of the Northeast Harbor Sailing School for several seasons and raced in college at Hobart and William Smith. “She’s providing invaluable hands-on coaching for the team. She brings the rigors of a college program to the table, which is something that we really need.”

Several more Sail Maine regattas are planned for September and October. Contact the Sailing Center at 244-7905.

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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