Mariners Summer Offshore Sailing program opened the season this weekend at Centerboard Yacht Club for the Centerboard Regatta. Mariners campaign the Academy's Sydney 38 'Tasman' in the Gulf Of Maine Offshore Racing Association from June-August.
Maine Maritime Academy Sailors Mott Blair, Owen White, Luke Healy, & Gus Campbell traveled to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the Spring Dinghy Tournament. The top two teams from this event qualify for the New England Coed Championship—the qualifier for the National Championship.
The MMA sailing team wrapped up their fall season this weekend, attending the Fall Championship, at Dartmouth for the first time since 2008. The eight week fall sailing season culminates each year with the top-18 teams in New England, battling for the chance to take home the Schell Trophy—named after Professor Schell of MIT, the founder of college sailing.
As the Fall season winds down for MMA Sailors, Mott Blair, David Estes, Ellis Heminway, Olivia Mitchell, Lucas Healy, & August Campbell travelled to Boston, Mass. to compete in the Oberg Trophy—the last regatta of the regular season.
Elijah Gass, Corinne Poitras, Thomas Dugan, Ellis Heminway, Conlon Ranta, Henry Adams, Drew Cry, & Luke Healy lead the charge to Annapolis, MD for the annual McMillan Cup, sailed in Navy 44's, the service academy standard keelboat. A trick boat to step into, MMA sailors sailed well on Saturday in 15-20kt winds, and spent extra time Saturday & Sunday practicing to move up in the rankings on Day 2. Unfortunately, the wind did not match their intensity, and racing was abandoned early on Sunday.
MMA Sailors traveled to Boston, Mass. this weekend to sail at MIT on the Charles River. A typically difficult venue, between narrow racing area, and skyline causing shifty winds, this weekend was also made tricky by consistent light wind.
MMA Sailors Mott Blair, Owen White, Corinne Poitras, Luke Healy, Tristan Walker, Olivia Mitchell, Jack Fraizer travelled to University of Rhode Island this weekend to compete againt 17 other New England schools in the Salt Pond Regatta.
Eight Teams traveled to Maine Maritime Academy for the Harman Cup this weekend, a keelboat regatta that is a qualifier for Match Race New Englands. Harman Cup Sailors enjoyed steady 12-18kt winds in Penobscot Bay all day Saturday, with lighter winds on Sunday.
The Summer Sailing Program sailed their last and longest race of the season on September 8, joining Northport Yacht Club's 32nd Around Islesboro Regatta. The team sailed Tasman with a fleet of 42 boats on the 28nm course.
Last weekend, team members in the Maine Maritime Summer Sailing Program took advantage of the rainy weather to check some projects off the to do list and get some work done on Tasman. Cleats were replaced, the Ockams system was mounted, the boat was cleaned, and sails were inventoried and measured.
The Maine Maritime Academy Summer Sailing Program participated in the Maine State PHRF Championship on July 14th and 15th. Hosted by Front Street Shipyard, Tasman joined 18 other boats for the race from Rockport to Belfast on Saturday before returning to Lincolnville on Sunday, and finished 2nd overall.