Midcoast Athletics

Apprenticeshop hosts sailing league action

Posted:  Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30pm

ROCKLAND — High School sailing teams from the Midcoast and Downeast met in Rockland Sunday Oct. 1 to race in the second event of a three part fall series.

Islesboro repeated a victory in the first leg with a dominant, if understated performance. Skippers Emily Lau and Rylee Sienkiewicz finished third and fourth, with 49 and 51 points respectively. Their 100 point total put them 19 points ahead of Boothbay, with 119, and 41 ahead of Rockland with 141.

11 races of about 15 minutes each were completed in gorgeous light wind conditions. Competition was tight between the league rivals, who have gotten to know each other as a result of last year's league events. The teams from MDI, Camden Hills, Rockland, Boothbay, and Islesboro are evenly matched, and 5 different boats won individual races.

Sailing is a sport that is self governed, with a complex set of right of way rules. Good competition can quickly devolve into bitter protest hearings where competitors squabble over fouls.

Not so with the Pen Bay Sailing League.

The regattas have been marked by good sportsmanship, reflecting the work of long time coaches Mike Horn of Islesboro, Charles Barclay of Boothbay, and John Macauley of MDI.

The league would like to thank the volunteer race committee of Knight Coolidge, Peter Underdown, and Rosie Ralston for their expert services, as well as Tori Willauer and The Apprenticeshop for hosting a great regatta.

The final event of the fall series will be Oct. 15 at Boothbay. The series winner will be presented with the K.C. Heyniger Bowl, a perpetual award currently in Rockland's possession.

Reach the sports department at: sports@penbaypilot.com