Members of the George Stevens Academy sailing team jockey for position in a high school team racing scrimmage regatta against Mount Desert Island High School last week. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Strong start for Trojan sailors



MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — The Mount Desert Island High School and George Stevens Academy sailing teams were the guests of Marblehead High School for a two-day regatta at Pleon Yacht Club this weekend.

In Saturday’s round-robin team racing competition, Marblehead swept both Maine teams 2-0. MDI edged out GSA 2-1 to finish second on the day. Sunday saw fleet racing, the standard format for most of the high school season.

“It was a beautiful weekend,” MDI Coach George Deans said. “On Saturday, we had a 15-knot breeze out of the west with some gusts. Sunday was calmer, with a 6-knot breeze. There were just enough wind shifts to keep all sailors on their game.”

Two Mount Desert Island High School boats, skippered by Anita Wray and Kincaid MacCullough, check on their teammates’ positions in the fleet during a team racing practice regatta at home in Southwest Harbor last week. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Two Mount Desert Island High School boats, skippered by Anita Wray and Kincaid MacCullough, check on their teammates’ positions in the fleet during a team racing practice regatta at home in Southwest Harbor last week.
PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

The teams raced in standard 420s, which required some getting used to for MDI sailors who are accustomed to their slightly different Turbo 420 fleet. “We will be seeing these boats as well as FJs at different venues during the season,” Deans said.

Three of Sunday’s races were girls-only boats. “MDI did not have enough girls to field three boats, so Marblehead girls joined us,” Deans said. “It did not count in scoring, but they had a chance to sail against their peers and finished in the middle of the fleet. We felt this was a good start.” A girls’ regatta is set for later in the season.

MDI sophomore Kincaid MacCullough was named sailor of the weekend. Teammate Lily Anderson was crew person of the weekend. Sailing together in Sunday’s races, they had 5 bullets, 3 second-place finishes, a third and a fifth, Deans said. “They did extremely well for the first formal outing of the season. The entire coaching staff was very pleased with everyone’s performance, especially with the overall team performance.”

Chris Booher, Connor Ratcliff, Anita Wray, Hutchin Gerrish, Annie Painter, Griffin Costello-Sanders and Anderson each saw action skippering as well as crewing during the regatta. “We are trying to help make every sailor comfortable and knowledgeable with both positions in the boat so they can help each other,” Deans said. “We want to get them as much experience as possible.”

On April 1, MDI hosted GSA in Southwest Harbor for the first midweek scrimmage regatta of the season. They used a team racing format to prepare for Saturday’s event in Marblehead. “It was a get-acquainted day,” Deans said. “We ran three scrimmage races.” The Eagles plan to return to MDI every Wednesday in April.

The MDI JV and varsity fleets are set to compete in Sail Maine events in Portland this weekend.

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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