The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team practices last Wednesday off Southwest Harbor. PHOTO COURTESY OF SKIP STRONG

Sailing team to compete in Marblehead

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team has a good mix of freshmen, sophomores and juniors, Coach George Deans said, which helps to develop a program with depth. Beginning sailors start in larger Bullseye sloops with an adult coach in each boat and transition to the Turbo 420s when ready.

“Our returning intermediate sailors will be in the 420s with experienced skippers and crews to help them so they have the chance to progress faster,” he said. “Oftentimes, a peer in the boat can help coach more than adults from a distance.”

The team hosted George Stevens Academy Wednesday for their first scrimmage regatta. The varsity group is set to compete in Marblehead this weekend.

“One of the best parts of this program is that we are most fortunate to have a large staff of volunteers,” Deans said. “All of our volunteers are themselves avid sailors and most are racers. Each brings unique experience and expertise, and all are willing to share that knowledge with the sailors. We have a different combination of coaches every day, and the team receives the benefit of all this experience at every practice. It keeps our practices fresh. Some of our coaches have been with the program since it was started.”


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