Welcome to 420 racing. GSA sailing is a spring sport that has fall competition opportunities if there are experienced sailors available to participate.
GSA sailing involves racing in cold water and strong spring winds in pairs while sitting precariously on the edge of a very fast high-tech racing dinghy that is a little less than 14 feet long. The team is supported by Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, where we have locker rooms, hot showers, docks, chase boats, coaches, boats, and spare parts. Sailors wear lots of fleece, insulated gloves, and waterproof dry suits to endure the cold, wet conditions.
Students new to sailing are welcome to come and try it out. Some personal gear is required as well as a willingness to get cold and wet!
In the team photo are, front, from left, Frances Spangler, Gabe Hall, Chloe Sheahan, Clementine Bannon, Katie Forrest; back, from left, Morgan Davis, Marie Boulet, Ryan Mitchell, Wyatt McKechnie, Tom Mount-Miller, Coach Andy Stephenson. Not pictured are Joe Ciampa, Silas Murnik, Hope Bowden.
Our Eagles traveled to Marblehead to sail against Marblehead High School and MDI High School in team racing and fleet racing on April 6 and 7. In Saturday's team racing, Marblehead beat GSA 2-0. In Sunday's fleet racing, GSA came in second of the three teams, behind Marblehead, 2018 Massachusetts state champs, but besting MDI.
Total fleet racing scores (A boat, B boat): MH 37 (12,25), GSA 43 (14,29), MDI 46 (12,34).
Our Eagles traveled to Rockland on Sunday, May 5, to sail against eight other schools in "light, light winds," said Coach Andy Stephenson. Our Eagles finished eighth of the nine schools, with 44 points for the A boat, 35 for the B boat, for a total of 79.
GSA hosted the Downeast Regatta on May 11 and 12, with the invaluable help of Maine Maritime Academy. Nineteen teams competed. Our Eagles finished 14th with 89 points for the A team, 148 for the B team, for a total of 237 in nine race series, with finishes as high as 5th place in individual races. Winds were strong for part of the day Saturday. Three boats capsized in one race, forcing a hold on the races, but competition resumed shortly afterwards.
The Great Harbor Regatta was held May 25. GSA's sailors finished fifth of the seven team's competing. The regatta was held in Castine this year instead of at MDI.
If you have good photos of a sailing regatta, please share them with Mark Messer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photos may be used in the sailing gallery and in other digital and print publications. In the email, please include game details (where and when). These should be your photos, and credit will be given where possible.