Kevin Elk, right, of Mount Desert Island High School and Alex Wang of George Stevens Academy at a scrimmage regatta in Southwest Harbor on Wednesday, April 6. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Strong start for Trojan sailors

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team emerged victorious in team racing on the first day of a two-day regatta on Marblehead Harbor at the Pleon Yacht Club last weekend.

The Trojans edged out host team Marblehead High School as well as George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 2-0 in Saturday’s round-robin team racing competition.

Marblehead stood at 1-0 and GSA was 0-2 at the end of the day.

Sunday saw fleet racing, the standard format for most of the high school season.

“We had a great weekend of racing,” MDI Coach George Deans said. “Marblehead weekend was a great time to visit old friends and make new ones.”

On Saturday, Deans said, the three Maine schools began racing at 1 p.m. and went until 4:30 p.m., getting in 18 team races.

“Although they were short courses, we got to see all the sailors sail during the afternoon and had some close finishes,” Deans said.

The weather cooperated with overcast skies, temperature in the mid-40s and winds from 8-14 knots, gusting up to 17.

In the past few weeks, the weather conditions have been “less than ideal,” which according to Deans, prevented the sailors of Marblehead High School from “spending as much time on the water as they had hoped for prior to our arrival.”

Day two greeted the teams with sunny skies and breezes between 10 and 15 knots, with occasional gusts to 23. Among the three teams, there were 12 boats on the line all day.

On the MDI varsity ‘A’ team were sailing partners Connor Ratcliff and Kevin Elk; Chris Booher and Chloe Vincenty; and Kincaid MacCulloch and Lilly Anderson.

The ‘B’ team crews included Griffin Costello-Sanders and Emma Strong; Alec Fisichella and Hutchin Gerrish; and MacCulloch and Lucas Ingebritson.

MDI stayed with the same lineup in fleet A and B division racing as they did for team races, alternating Ingebritson and Anderson with MacCulloch in the B group.

The top finishes of the day were notched by Ratcliff and MacCulloch for MDI.

“We had a successful weekend,” said Deans, adding that his squad is looking forward to the George O’ Day qualifier, which is set for Saturday, April 16, in Portland. There, MDI sailors will see many New England teams for the first time this year.

On April 6, 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 is a practice meet more than anything else,” explained Deans before the sailors hit the water and battled against high winds and an ebbing tide. It was a “get-acquainted” day for both the Trojans and Eagles.

The Eagles were to return to MDI on Wednesday, April 13, for another round of practice.

In May, MDI will travel to Castine to race on GSA’s home course.

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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