Joe Minutolo and Addison LeClair of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, in boat 15, compete Saturday at their last regatta of the season, the Ranger Rally in Portland. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN MACAULEY

Trojan sailors wrap up season at Ranger Rally in Portland



ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island High School fall sailing season came to an end last weekend with a strong performance at the Ranger Rally in Portland.

Hosted by Greely High School in Cumberland, the promotional regatta — the results don’t count in the New England Schools Sailing Association standings — drew 17 teams from a dozen

The fall 2019 MDI High School sailing team included, kneeling, from left, Addison LeClair, Louise Chaplin and Sofie Dowling. Standing, from left, are Joe Minutolo, Sylvester Mays and Coach John Macauley. Not pictured are Nate Ingebritson, Icha Caronge, Matilda Allen, Patrick Hall and Rowen Schoff. MDIHS PHOTO

secondary schools in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. Sailing against tough competition, the Varsity 1 team from MDIHS finished third in fleet overall.

According to Trojan coach John Macauley, 10 sleepy sailors boarded the bus in Southwest Harbor early Saturday morning for the long ride to the Portland Sailing Center for the team’s last regatta of the season.

Saturday was the day before the MDI Marathon, so the Harbor House bus the team was using to get to the regatta was bedecked with signs relating to the marathon, including one addressing runners who were unable to finish.

“We are sorry that your race did not go as planned,” it read.

Saturday was the day before the MDI Marathon, so the Harbor House bus the team was using to get to the regatta was bedecked with signs relating to the marathon, including one addressing runners who were unable to finish. COURTESY OF JOHN MACAULEY

When Macauley picked up the bus early Saturday, he said he “found the signs hilarious, and a bit portentous given that we were heading to our own race in Portland.”

When they arrived, they were greeted by perfect weather — plenty of sun and a 10-knot westerly breeze. Throughout the day, constant wind shifts and changes in wind speeds challenged the fleet.

They ran 12 races, six each for an A-division and a B-division on each team.

“The pin was favored all day, a nice change and therefore various tactics developed with very challenging starts and tight groupings,” the regatta hosts said. “Watching the fleets split and come back together is always exciting.”

The MDI 1 team had Joe Minutolo and Addison LeClair in the A-division boat and Nate Ingebritson and Louise Chaplin sailing in the B boat.

That team had “fairly consistent finishes across the board,” Macauley said, including a bullet from the B boat in the second to last race and several top-four finishes.

For MDI 2, Sofie Dowling and Matilda Allen sailed in A and Sylvester Mays and Icha Caronge sailed in B. Patrick Hall and Rowen Schoff rotated into the MDI 2 B boat later in the day.

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. srappaport@ellsworthamerican.com
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