Annie Wray and Connor Ratcliff of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team compete at SailMaine’s Perfect Score team racing regatta on May 3. Wray and teammates competed at Massachusetts Maritime Academy this weekend in the Herreshoff girls’ championship. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN FAHRMAN-FORESIDE PHOTOGRAPHY

Young women sailors make their mark



BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Five Lady Trojan sailors from Mount Desert Island High School competed in a very strong field Saturday in a qualifying regatta for the Rebecca Herreshoff trophy. The competition was held on Herring Pond near the Massachusetts Maritime Academy campus.

Senior Anita Wray skippered and Junior Chloe Vincenty crewed in all ‘A’ division races and logged a fifth place finish in one of seven races. Sophomores Lilly Anderson, Emma Strong and Annie Painter split up the ‘B’ boat races. Anderson skippered with Strong as crew for six races and two with Painter as crew. Painter skippered the seventh race with Strong as crew. The Trojans finished 11th of 12 teams in the qualifier. Saturday’s winners, the Skippers of North Kingstown, R.I., went on to take the trophy Sunday.

“The Rhode Island teams were the strongest teams we have seen,” MDI Coach George Deans said. “It was a great learning experience for the girls, dealing with the light and shifty winds of Herring Pond and the constant course changes they brought about. The conditions made it tough to call wind shifts and get clean air. We had not done any lake sailing this year until this regatta. All races were four-leg windward leeward with a windward offset and finished downwind.

“The racing was close most of the day, and the mark roundings were crowded. We seemed to be just off the fleet most of the day. This was first time at an all women’s regatta for everyone but Anita. They will be seasoned veterans next time and know what to expect.”

The MDI boys also competed this weekend, at the Northern New England Fleet Racing Championship at SailMaine in Portland. Preliminary results show the Trojans in a three-way tie for seventh place out of 13. Chris Booher, Connor Ratcliff, Kincaid MacCullough, Zak Charette, Spencer Kachmar and Griffin Costello sailed for MDI at the event.

In these regattas, the boats (collegiate 420s) “are heavier and handle differently than the boats we practice in [Rondar or “Turbo” 420],” explained MDI assistant coach John Macaulet. “They continue to present a challenge during competition. The C420 is somewhat more ponderous and not as nimble as the lighter Rondar, which is especially evident during roll tacking and in lighter winds.”

The sailing team will have less time on the road the next few weeks, with this Saturday’s competition to be held in Castine for the Downeast Invitational regatta and a home Great Harbor Regatta set for Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. MDI has a league record of 2-2 in the Maine Schools Sailing Association and is ranked third.

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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