GSA finishes fourth in Great Harbor Regatta

Sailing downwind

Hattie Slayton and Katie Forrest sail downwind during the Great Harbor Regatta. Photo courtesy of Bill Neufeld

BLUE HILL—The George Stevens Academy sailing team captured a fourth-place finish out of 13 teams at the Great Harbor Regatta Saturday, May 28, on Mount Desert Island. The team was only four points away from third place and 13 points away from second, according to head coach Bill Neufeld.

“[It] was our best showing of the season,” said Neufeld. “Our team seems to be hitting its stride, getting better starts, working up wind and down, all aspects of boat movement.”

Mount Desert Island finished in first place with 38 total points, ahead of second-place finisher Rockland Community Sailing, which had a total of 70 points. Mendums Seacoast Sailing Team, a community team from New Hampshire made up of junior and senior high school sailors, finished third with 79 points. GSA finished with a total of 83 points.

The wind was light for most of the day, but steady, at Southwest Harbor, according to Neufeld, making for decent sailing conditions.

With the team finding its rhythm, Neufeld is disappointed the competitive sailing has come to an end.

“It’s too bad the high school season is over already,” he said.

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