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Mariner Sailors Sweep Weekend


CASTINE — It’s been a long time coming, but last weekend both Maine Maritime Academy’s big boat and dinghy sailing teams swept their competition at major New England regattas. In New London, Conn., Mariner sloop sailors won six out of 10 races, including the final three, to win the second annual Kruger Cup regatta at the U.S Coast Guard Academy. “We’ve never swept a weekend like that,” MMA ...


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Maine Maritime Academy’s sloop team honed its downwind skills off Castine last fall and won the Kruger Cup at the U.SCoast Guard Academy last weekend with great spinnaker work. CASTINE — It’s been a long time coming, but last weekend both Maine Maritime Academy’s big boat and dinghy sailing teams swept their competition at major New England regattas Related Posts MMA Sailors at Sea After Stormy Delays MMA Dinghy Team Opens Regatta Season Schooner Bowdoin to sail on Saturday In New London, Conn., Mariner sloop sailors won six out of 10 races, including the final three, to win the second annual Kruger Cup regatta at the U.S Coast Guard Academy. “We’ve never swept a weekend like that,” MMA sailing coach Tom Brown said this week. On Narragansett Bay, MMA’s two top dinghy crews crushed teams from nine other colleges to win the prestigious New England Dinghy TournamentThis weekend, they will head for Cambridge and the Charles River to sail in the New England Dinghy Championship Regatta hosted by Harvard. Conditions were “really tough,” at Coast Guard, Brown said TuesdayOn both days the winds blew a steady 13 knots with gusts to 27 knots and 90-degree oscillations in Saturday’s northeasterlySunday’s northwesterly brought 18-knot gusts and 80-degree shifts on the Thames River course. Sailing in Colgate 26 keel sloops, MMA was in second place at the end of Saturday’s seven races, two points behind TuftsOn Sunday, seniors John Joseph, Matt Butcka and Zack Vickers and sophomore Jake Newton came back to win all three races, and take the trophy by a five-point margin. It was a fitting finale for the three seniors, sailing in their last regatta for MMA. Before Sunday’s races began Brown urged his team to sail up to its potential. “I told them, ‘You guys are national champs,’” Brown said“These guys upped their level.” For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio Latest Posts Steve RappaportWaterfront Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanStephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for more than 20 yearsA lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boatssrappaport@ellsworthamerican.com Latest posts by Steve Rappaport (see all) FERC blames Ellsworth dam owner for autumn fish kills - February 3, 2015 Rockweed talk scheduled in Blue Hill - February 3, 2015 Lobster biologist Carl Wilson now heads DMR science programs - February 3, 2015 broadstreet.zone(40378, {responsive: true}); Support LocalInvest into CommunityWhen you invest with Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, you are investing in the future of our community.Bar Harbor Savings & LoanOur policy is your protection.At the Holmes Agency we will evaluate your your insurance needs and secure the best coverage at a fair price.Holmes AgencyPure, natural and organic spring waterWhy carry water home from the store when we deliver right to your door? BPA Free bottles!Mount Desert Spring Water broadstreet.zone(34420, {responsive: true}); Recent Posts Maine State Police: Eastbrook man charged with third OUI in less than six months February 5, 2015 Police, school officials deal with threat at EEMS February 5, 2015 Ellsworth Police: Driver hits Main Street flower shop February 5, 2015 Our Websites EllsworthAmerican.com MDIslander.comAbout Us Calendar Business DirectoryHelp Wanted Rental Listings Real Estate View & Purchase Photos Send Us Your… Submit a wedding or engagement Submit an obituary Submit a photo Submit news Submit a calendar event Submit a classified ad Contact Advertising American News Islander News Circulation Accounting Internet Services Editorial Contact Us Subscriptions Access your Ellsworth American digital edition   Access your Mount Desert Islander digital edition   Subscribe

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