Trojans 9th at O’Day prelims

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — Fourteen high school sailing teams gathered at Pleon Yacht Club Saturday for a qualifying regatta that would send the top four finishers to Newport R.I. to contest the New England high school fleet racing championship – the O’Day Trophy – on Sunday.

The young team from Mount Desert Island High School, skippers Connor Ratcliff and Chris Booher and crew Spencer Kachmar, Chloe Vincenty, Kevin Elk and Annie Painter finished ninth overall.

The preliminary regatta included 18 races, nine for each of two divisions. George Stevens Academy finished 13th overall.

Sailing conditions Saturday were near perfect, with a shifty, 8-12 knot west northwest wind with some higher gusts, though chillier than expected, according to GSA Coach Tom Gutow.

“There were some really good sailors out there on Saturday, and the experience of the winners was evident,” MDI Coach George Deans said. “We sailed well for a young team. We went with three juniors and three sophomores. They all learned a lot and had a good day on the water.”

The GSA Eagles had “some good sailing at times, but we had several tough starts, either late or OCS [‘on course side,’ or early],” Gutow said.

While some schools brought co-ed teams to Marblehead, GSA took an all-girls team to the qualifier with Cecily Page and Cedar Slagle starting the day in Division A and Karina Rose Steenberg and Rachel DesFosses in the B boat. Later in the day, Yvonne Rogers took the Division B tiller while Steenberg moved over to the A boat.

“Inconsistency and momentary technical lapses [really slow tacks] resulted in overall low finishes,” Gutow said. “I think the girls learned a lot, and they are looking forward to the Herreshoff in a couple of weeks.”

The New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) women’s championship Herreshoff Trophy regatta is scheduled for the weekend of May 9-10.

Teams from Marblehead, Duxbury and Manchester/Essex, Mass., and from Falmouth, Maine. raced in the O’Day finals, won by the private Brunswick School of Greenwich, Conn., on Sunday.

Some JV sailors from MDI participated in a SailMaine regatta in Portland Sunday. The Trojans are set to return to Portland for their next competition Sunday, May 3.


Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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