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.
This weekend the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team hosted the Inaugural Captain Leach Cup. The two-day event was comprised of one day of down hill skiing on the snow at the Camden Snow Bowl and one day of match racing on the water in Castine Harbor.
After a last place performance in our first dinghy regatta of the year at the Coast Guard Academy's Vietor Trophy March 21-22, the MMA Varsity Sailing traveled to Boston and Harvard's Central 3 Regatta on Easter Weekend.
Weather played a critical role in this event as the first day's racing was postponed two hours for the snow to stop and the wind to start. The second day's racing was cancelled because of heavier winds and wind chills in the low 20's. Too bad, because the second day's conditions favored the Mariners. In the abbreviated regatta, University of Rhode Island won.
This is an important one-design offshore event for MMA as a two time winner and 8 time participant since its inception in 2008. The team met new Head Coach Charles Barclay in LA and began practicing on the 12th. The team worked through boat handling issues including tacking, jibing, spinnaker hoists, floater takedowns, and sail trim.
Maine Maritime Academy finished in second place among the 11 teams at the Northeast Fall Tournament. Andrew McHerny and Ali Mitchell represented the Mariners in Division A, while Holly Poole and Molly Howe sailed in Division B.
Competing in Navy 44's off of Annapolis, Maine Maritime Academy finished in third place among the nine schools sailing for the United States Naval Academy's Shields Trophy this past weekend. Navy won the event, with the United States Merchant Marine Academy claiming second.