Downeast Invitational fills Smith Cove with young sailors Gusting rain ends racing early on Sunday


Castine—Twenty teams from high schools as near as George Stevens Academy and as far as Marblehead, Mass., raced in the 19th annual Downeast Invitational Regatta, a two-day event held in Smith Cove and hosted by the GSA varsity sailing team and Maine Maritime Academy, on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, …

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GSA races at Marblehead

GSA races at Marblehead

Photo courtesy of Bill Neufeld

The George Stevens Academy varsity sailing team raced in Marblehead, Mass., against Mount Desert Island and Marblehead sailing teams in the Maine invitational on April 8-9 under Coach Bill Neufeld, gaining experience in strong winds on Saturday. From left, sophomores Oceana Ragot and Tess Williamson,, freshman Silas Murnik, and sophomores Hattie Slayton, Kattie Forrest, and Marie Boulet.

‘Big wind shifts’ at Downeast Regatta as GSA takes fourth

Downest Regatta lineup

CASTINE—The George Stevens Academy sailing team took a fourth-place team finish in the Downeast Regatta at Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. The regatta was the Maine State Championship event, hosting seven schools from Maine and three schools from the rest of New England for …

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GSA sailing team handles changes, challenges Young team combines with new coach

The 2016 George Stevens Academy Sailing team

front, Dylan Defosses. Middle row from left, Riley Lamarre, Hattie Slayton, Rachel Defosses. Back row, Berlioz Xu, Yvonne Rogers, Katie Forrest, Siria Caperzzani, Laura Liu, Alex Lang. BLUE HILL—The George Stevens Academy sailing team has started the season off on an uphill climb. The young team consists of all lower …

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Eagles host Downeast Invitational this weekend

Erik Bailey and skipper Adam Witham

From left, crew Erik Bailey and skipper Adam Witham race at Marblehead. Photo by Claudio Van Duijn

High school teams from across Maine and New England will race in Penobscot Bay when GSA hosts the annual Downeast Invitational Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Using the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront and its fleet of C420 sailboats, two-person crews will tack and turn in Smith Cove. An awards ceremony will follow the action on Sunday, including the Modisette trophy, dedicated to Jim Modisette, the man who started the event in 2000, and given to the top finisher from Maine. Above, from left, crew Erik Bailey and skipper Adam Witham, from a race in Marblehead, Massachusetts earlier this season.