Photo Courtesy Fran Charles

Young MDI Sailors Will Have New Fleet



Photo Courtesy Fran Charles

The new Massachusetts Institute of Technology fleet of Rondar 420 dinghies lined up at the school’s sailing facility on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Two organizations that have built a strong junior sailing program on Mount Desert Island are collaborating on a plan to make the program even stronger.

In a joint effort, the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center on Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor and the Northeast Harbor Fleet’s Sailing School have agreed to buy 21 new, state-of-the-art Collegiate 420 racing dinghies from Rondar Raceboats USA of Peabody, Mass. The boats will be based at one central location for the use of all of the island’s youth sailing programs.

According to Glenn Squires, executive director of the MDI Community Sailing Center, more than 200 youngsters are currently involved in competitive sailing on MDI in a variety of programs. The NEH Sailing School and the Community Sailing Center have contacted other clubs and schools on the island to participate in this collaboration and, Squires said, have received lots of interest in using the new in their programs.

The new boats should provide a significant boost to the already successful MDI High School sailing team.

“We are very excited to be working toward the purchase of these new boats,” Squires said in a statement announcing the project. “The benefit to all the summer junior programs and to the MDI High School sailing team will be significant.”

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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]