Apprenticeshop hosts

Islesboro first, Boothbay second, Rockland third in city sailing league action

By Staff | Oct 02, 2017
Photo by: Patrick DiLalla Busy start line as 13 boats gun for the lead.

Rockland — High school sailing teams from the Midcoast and Downeast met in Rockland Harbor on 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, for Islesboro. Their 100-point total put them 19 points ahead of Boothbay, with 119, and 41 ahead of Rockland with 141.

Eleven 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.

Teams from Mount Desert Island, Camden Hills, Rockland, Boothbay and Islesboro are evenly-matched, and five 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 (yet). 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 thanks 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 on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Boothbay. The series winner will be presented with the K.C. Heyniger Bowl, a perpetual award currently in Rockland's possession.

Rockland coach Patrick DiLalla contributed the information for this story.

Oceanside senior Elliot Spear and Great Salt Bay eighth-grader Alton Coolidge, right, focus on the windward mark ahead of Emily and Sophie Lau of Islesboro, left. (Courtesy of: Patrick DiLalla)
Oceanside junior Isabel Corona-Ferlauto and Islesboro freshman Pia Gibson sail well together as the duo finish sixth overall. (Courtesy of: Patrick DiLalla)
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