SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Despite a broken shroud during the final rotation of Saturday’s Penobscot Bay League regatta, a team of Mount Desert Island High School students managed to finish in fourth place.
MDI sailors hosted the first regatta of the fall sailing season in Somes Sound on the final Saturday of summer.
The league consists of student sailors from Rockland Community Sailing, Camden Hills Regional High School, Oceanside High School, Boothbay Harbor and Islesboro.
Sailing for MDI on Saturday were Alec Fisichella, Lucas Ingebritson, Zan Rush, Connor Ratcliff and Lilly Anderson.
After 16 races, Rockland finished in first place with 35 points. Islesboro and Boothbay each notched 45 points. MDI had 49 points followed by Oceanside with 76 points and Camden Hills with 99 points.
MDI Coach John Macauley said the team could not finish its last rotation due to the broken shroud.
“Needless to say, this had a profound effect on the overall score,” he said.
Macauley said the sailors did well in their first regatta of the season.
“Overall, our folks did very well on the water Saturday, and I was particularly proud of their hospitality and leadership when it came to familiarizing the visiting teams with our boats which are slightly different than what they are used to.”
Because fall sailing is not a school-sponsored sport, the team depends on volunteers, who shuffle sailors to regattas and keep the boats in racing condition.
Scott Lawliss and Greg Queen ran the races. Charles Wray, Will and Ann Ratcliff, Beth Ingebritson, Erika Lindquist, Glenn Squires and Wells Bacon are among the volunteers who keep the team “afloat.”