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November 15, 2008
Frostbiting, Leafer's Last Leg Regatta, SailMaine Soirée

The eight edition of frostbiting in Ynglings at SailMaine got underway October 26th, and will run through December 21st. Nine teams are rotating through our eight Ynglings every Sunday afternoon. Come on down to the waterfront to watch. Visit the Frostbiting page to follow the action, see some pictures, and get the scores.

Saturday, November 8th saw eleven 420s and eight Ynglings out in the harbor competing in the Leafer's Last Leg Regatta. Eight 420s joined the Ynglings to form a two division racing team, affording an opportunity for some parents to join their young sailors in some fun competition at SailMaine. Later that evening, the competitors and friends of SailMaine gathered at Portland Yacht Services for the first annual SailMaine Soirée, which featured musical entertainment provided by Richter Ensembles, a silent auction, refreshments, and the presentation of awards for the day's racing. The Soirée and the Regatta raised funds in support of SailMaine's efforts to bring affordable access to sailing to the communities of greater Portland and Casco Bay. A big thank you to all who sponsored the event and to all who attended. Regatta results are here.

August 25, 2008
Season wrap-up, the John Ford Regatta

Casco Bay Junior Sailing wound up a busy and fun season last Friday. 184 young sailors were introduced to the sport, or honed their sailing skills in three 3 week sessions. One highlight of the season was the tenth annual John Ford Regatta, held at SailMaine on Wednesday the 20th. The turn out for racing in our fleet of Frostys was fantastic! Though most of the day was filled with big breeze that even our advanced sailing class couldn't contend with, race committee and sailors alike were pleased to see the clouds part and the wind die down a bit. Sixteen sailors under age thirteen came down to participate, and our Frosty instructor Kyle Randall served as Race Committee and led a great Skippers Meeting that introduced our younger sailors to the race course. All in all, the evening breeze facilitated a great set of races and between the colorful boats and the medals given to all, fun was had by everyone! We'll have some pictures here soon.

June 12, 2008
Open House News

Our first annual Open House June 7th was a wonderful success. Over one hundred thirty people joined us for an afternoon of sailing, hot dogs, and cameraderie. Wind Game, our Ericson 35, was kept busy all afternoon with full crews of new sailors touring the harbor, in the company of our eight Ynglings and some of our 420s. Click here for a few photos of the event.

May 26, 2008
Come sail with us -- for free

SailMaine will host an Open House on Saturday, June 7th from 11-3pm. Free sailboat rides in Portland Harbor, shore-side boat rigging and knot tying demonstrations are among the fun activities. Come learn what this nonprofit community sailing center is all about. Adults, teens and kids (age 8 & up) are welcome. For more information call Sarah Helming, Event Coordinator at (207) 650-2085.

May 12, 2008
Spring Sailing - More High School regattas

 

April 14, 2008
Spring Sailing

There's plenty of action over at the High School Sailing section of the site. The teams have sailed in five regattas already, and the Portland Community Sailing Center is busy every afternoon as they practice. Here are some regatta reports:

For pictures and more on the program, head over to our High School Sailing pages.


November 12, 2007
Local High School Sailors go Nationwide

Katii Gullick (Cheverus High School) placed 16th at at Single handed High School Nationals (Laser, radial rig).

NYA (Team of Brad Abbott, Garrett Bowne, Kate McDonald and Evan Siepert) placed 11th out of 26 teams at the Great Oaks Regatta in New Orleans, LA... last weekend. Full Results here.

October 30, 2007
Lots going on

High School sailors wrap up their Fall season with awards November 2nd. The Flatbread Company hosts SailMaine night Tuesday, November 13th from 5 to 9 PM, with a percentage of the evenings proceeds to benefit our programs. SailMaine hosts the second annual Last Gasp Regatta November 10th. (Last Gasp is cancelled -- all sailed out [11/9/2007]) And, of course, Frostbiting is on through December 23rd!

September 18, 2007
High School Sailing Starts the 2007 - 2008 Season

Seventy-eight sailors from six High School teams are currently meeting up at our Portland Harbor facility to practice and compete. Five schools in the area: Portland, Cheverus, Cape Elizabeth, North Yarmouth Academy, and Falmouth, are fielding recognized Sailing Teams. SailMaine hosts a team made up of High School sailors whose own school does not currently support a sailing program. Falmouth and NYA are new to our facility this fall, and they're already demonstrating that they will be teams to contend with. For regatta schedules, team practice information, race results, and lots of other news about the program, visit the High School Sailing pages. Check out today's Portland Press Herald page B3 for a Doug Jones photo of yesterday's practice.

August 9, 2007
John Ford Regatta at SailMaine

We are hosting a regatta for 8-13 year olds here at SailMaine the evening of August 16th. This is a low-key, fun event. All Opti and Frosty sailors from the Junior program are welcome, on a first come, first served basis. (Just a note—the winds are usually stronger at 6PM than in most of the morning session, so sailors should be comfortable in a little extra breeze.) See the Notice of Race (pdf file) for more info about registering. We will have 3 or 4 short races next Thursday evening, right near the sea wall so parents and other spectators are welcome. It’s a lot of fun for parents and sailors alike, and always one of the highlights of the summer. Who will get his or her name engraved on the John Ford Cup this year?

August 2, 2007
Team Racing Clinic and Regatta coming up August 6th and 7th

Tufts University sailing coach Ken Legler will lead an Advanced Team Racing Clinic at SailMaine's Portland Community Sailing Center for Junior and High School level sailors aged 13-18 Monday, August 6th from 9AM to 5PM. On the water and at the chalkboard, Ken will provide boat handling and course management tips for the Team Racing milieu.

On Tuesday that instruction will come in handy as SailMaine hosts the 2007 New England Junior Team Race Championship. More information on the Clinic can be found here (pdf file), and here is the Notice of Race for the Championship.

June 12, 2007
Great press for our High School sailors
!

The sports pages from Portland to Ellsworth have featured the accomplishments of our High School teams and sailors. The Mount Desert Islander published an account of the Downeast Fleet Racing Championship regatta, which was won by the Cheverus High School team. Here's some of that story. Click here for the full article.

Late Sunday afternoon, after 24 races sailed over two days, Cheverus High School, from Portland, took home the silver. The purple and gold team also took home the first Maine Schools’ Sailing Association Trophy as the top Maine high school sailing team. The southern Maine team, with sailors from several Portland area high schools, finished second. Third place went to last year’s winner, Marblehead.
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The location of the marks didn’t have much effect on the Cheverus Division A boat. Sailing is the one interscholastic sport in which women compete directly with men, and the all-female crew of the Cheverus A boat – Emily Lambert and Amelie Jensen – were clearly the strongest sailors in the regatta. They took six firsts and one second in the 12 races they sailed, and finished first in the division. Despite one aberrant 15th-place finish that ran their score to 45 points, Lambert and Jensen won the MSSA trophy as the outstanding sailors in the regatta.

Also, check here for a June 7th Portland Press Herald interview with Portland High Sailing team captain Stephanie Dowling. An excerpt:

"She's such a fast learner and she has incredible drive as a person," said Sarah Helming, a SailMaine instructor who coaches the Portland sailors along with those from Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, Falmouth and other high schools that have yet to accord varsity status to sailing. "She's a very driven young lady."

Dowling learned sailing through a city parks and recreation program, but only since she was a sophomore has she made it her focus. She sailed for a conglomerate team last year and then led a drive to get sailing recognized as a varsity sport by Portland High, starting a club, making posters and brochures, and speaking before the school board.
We've been privileged to work with these outstanding athletes. It's wonderful that they're getting some wider recognition and are such positive ambassadors for the sport. Congratulations to all!

May 31, 2007
High School Spring season ends with awards

Young sailors, their parents, coaches, and boosters gathered to celebrate a very rewarding spring season and honor some special achievements. Here are the awards as presented:

High School Sailing
Spring Banquet
May 21, 2007

Awards

PORTLAND

MVP (Most Valuable Sailor): Stephanie Dowling

Rookie of the Year: Nate Walden

Most Improved Sailor (skipper or crew): Eoin McCarron

Captain(s): Stephanie Dowling

Sportsmanship Award: Tristan Shippen

Coaches Award: Robb Kirchner

 

CAPE ELIZABETH

MVP (Most Valuable Sailor): Evan Siepert

Rookie of the Year: Conor Meagher

Most Improved Sailor (skipper or crew): Stephen Janick

Captain(s): Spencer Howe

Sportsmanship Award: Emily Leighton

Coaches Award: McKayla Dunfey

 

SOUTHERN MAINE HS

MVP (Most Valuable Sailor): Brad Abbott

Rookie of the Year: Eliza Price

Most Improved Sailor: Eric Schwarm & Lily Evangelista

Captain(s): Chris Poole

Sportsmanship Award: Charlotte Kinkade

Coaches Award: Ben Weigel

 

CHEVERUS

MVP (Most Valuable Sailor): Katii Gullick & Emily Lambert

Rookie of the Year: Tess Deutsch

Most Improved Sailor (skipper or crew): Ken Schnitzel

Captain(s): Mae Lortie, Emily Lambert & Katii Gullick

Sportsmanship Award: Ian Conners

Coaches Award: Mae Lorti

May 23, 2007
Spring Fling Regatta to take place May 26th

Come Join Us for the 1st Annual
Spring Fling Regatta

May 26, 2007

 

BOATS: Races will be run in provided Collegiate 420s.

FORMAT: The regatta will be a single division open invitational, with a registration priority system. 

ELIGIBILITY: Open to any pairs of sailors with 420 experience, regardless of age or affiliation, whose total crew weight (skipper plus crew) is not less than 225 lbs, and subject to the following registration priorities: 1) USM Sailors, 2) SailMaine staff and volunteers, 3) Participants in SailMaine programs, 4) Maine collegiate and high school team members, 5) everyone else.  We have 36 boats, so there is plenty of room.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 25 at 1200.  You are responsible for bringing your own crew or skipper.

TIME: Report time is 1200, with racing to follow shortly after the 1245 Competitors’ Meeting (be rigged and dressed).  We will eat lunch (not provided, this time) before we go out, race for two or three hours, and head in by 1600 or so.  The grill will be available if people want to bring grilling items for before or after the racing.

LOCATION: The races will be held just off the Eastern Promenade at the SailMaine site.  Directions to SailMaine by land are as follows: From I-295, North or South, take exit 7—Franklin Street.  Go straight through five sets of lights and take a left on Fore Street at the sixth light.  Proceed to the four-way stop and continue straight across on Fore Street.  As you pass through the construction area, turn right into 144 Fore Street, the Xpress Copy parking lot.  Drive to the right behind the building and SLOWLY through lot, past Asia West and SMRT and continue along RR tracks toward the New England Fiberglass building’s back door (about 2 tenths of a mile from Fore St.).  Turn right through the concrete barriers and cross the tracks and the path into the SailMaine lot.  Park outside of Gate 5; SailMaine is through this gate.

REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee for the Spring Fling will be helping to arrange our 420s for the summer, possibly including derigging boats.

RSVP: Please email Jeff to reserve spots, as participation will be limited at some point.  The registration deadline (via email) is May 25 at 1200.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Jeff Cumming at 650-7878 or jeffcumming AT sailmaine DOT org

 

May 16, 2007
Cheverus High School Captures Maine State Championship (click for full results)

Over two days of racing in the Downeast Regatta this past weekend, the Cheverus High School Team won the Maine State High School Championships.  The regatta, hosted by Maine Maritime Academy and George Stevens Academy, took place in Smith Cove across the Bagaduce River from Castine. Both the A Division sailors (Emily Lambert and Amelie Jensen), and the B Division sailors (Katii Gullick and Mae Lortie), took their divisions.   In the low scoring format of high school sailing, the team had a combined score of 89 points, placing them ahead of second place Southern Maine that finished with 154 points.  The Cheverus team became the first recipients of the Maine Schools Sailing Association’s new perpetual trophy that will honor the top Maine high school team each spring. In addition, the team was presented with trophies for winning the regatta, and Lambert and Jensen were presented with the Individual First Place trophy.  Congrats to the team.

Some highlights:
* Cheverus is the 2007 Maine State Champions
* Amelie Jensen & Emily Lambert (Cheverus) won A division
* Mae Lortie & Katii Gullick (Cheverus) won B division
* Chris Poole, a senior from the Southern ME team, had his best finish in 4 years — he placed 4th in A division with Eliza Price and Ben Weigel as his crews.
* Charlotte Kinkade & Brad Abbott (Southern ME) got 2nd in B division
* PHS beat 7 teams in their first ever State Championship.
* Rob Rice as crew and McKayla Dunfey (skippered Saturday) and Spencer Howe (skippered Sunday) from CAPE placed 3rd in B division.

Jim Modisette of George Stevens Academyprovided the following regatta summary:

On May 12 and 13 George Stevens Academy hosted the ninth running of the Downeast Fleet Racing Championship at Maine Maritime Academy. Unusually for this event, it was sunny both days, cool but sunny. The breeze blew out of the northwest at 10 to 12 knots through the day until late afternoon when it started to falter. Conditions allowed the running of 24 races, 12 in A Division and 12 in B Division.

The Regatta saw 20 schools, 4 of whom had a second team for a total of 24 boats on the water. As has happened a few times in the past, all New England states were represented. We started on Saturday with a brief skipper’s meeting at which MMA Varsity Sailing Coach Butch Minson explained how the Regatta would be run and special features (the ledge) of the waters of Smith Cove across the Bagaduce River from Castine. The A Division teams were transported by launch out to a float across the harbor where the boats were located. By the time the B Division, parents and coaches arrived, the boats had been rigged and the A Division was getting ready for its first start. Participants were fed on the floats during lay periods and MMA shore boats ran in and out so that people could take a break. The sailing was intense and competitive.

Saturday night GSA parents barbecued burgers and chicken after which the various teams returned to their host families where they stayed Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday dawned equally well with 10 or 12 knots out of the northwest and the sun shining. It actually was a little warmer than Saturday. Racing got off a little earlier, allowing the completion of the total of 24 races. In a change from prior years, most protests were heard in a boat tied to one of the floats during a lay period. This allowed the race ending meal, raffle and trophy presentation to proceed without the necessity of holding half a dozen protests ashore. Protests were conducted by the participants who where selected by coaches of teams not involved in the incident nor in a competitive position with one of the two teams involved in the protest. All went smoothly.

At the end of the day, Marblehead was third with 184 points, Southern Maine (an amalgamated school) second with 154 points and Cheverus won the Regatta with 89 points, a very convincing win. Cheverus also was presented with a trophy for the State of Maine High School Sailing Championship and the Maine Schools’ Sailing Association made its first presentation of a perpetual trophy to Cheverus as the top Maine school. The Cheverus A Division skipper and crew were presented with the trophy as the outstanding sailors of the Regatta.

As always, George Stevens wants to thank Butch Minson, Tim Leach and the Waterfront staff at Maine Maritime Academy for an outstanding volunteer effort as well as the many GSA parents and friends who prepared and served food and housed many of the 175 competitors, coaches and parents who traveled to Castine, Maine for the weekend.

April 21, 2007
Cape Elizabeth High School, Cheverus Teams to compete in NESSA Double Handed Championships.

They're going to need to sleep fast. At today's qualifying regatta, Cape Elizabeth High School and Cheverus made the cut to compete tomorrow at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts on the tricky waters of Buzzard's Bay in New England's High School sailing double-handed championships. Cheverus was second, and Cape was third. Click for complete results.

April 18, 2007
Spring Sailing is here!

SailMaine has been a busy place weekday afternoons, with High School sailors from all over practicing and competing in team and fleet racing. Here are the latest results. To learn more about High School sailing at SailMaine, please visit our High School Sailing pages. Also, take a look at some photos of these young sailors in action in our gallery. You can keep track of upcoming events by visiting our calendar pages as well.

High School Program Director Sarah Helming writes:

Thank you to Jamie Carlson for helping me email these results.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, Sail Maine, Portland Harbor Fleet Race Participants:
Cape Elizabeth H.S.
Cheverus H.S.
Portland H.S.
Southern ME H.S.

Six races were sailed in the Fleet Race Series.

Fleet Race 4/11/07
FINISH NAME TEAM
TOTAL
SCORE
1 Eric Schwarm/
Lily Evangelista
Southern Maine
19
2 Sean Dowling/
Max Morris
Portland
23
3 Eoin McCarron/
Tristan Shippen
Portland
24
4 Nathaniel Walden/
Ian Carlson
Portland
31
5 Alex Armstrong/
Parker Marvin
Cape Elizabeth
32
6 Gavin Bauer/
Tim Weber
Portland
36
7 Cameron Murphy/
Ken Schnitzel
Cheverus
37
8 Ben Nichols/
Laura Sawyer
Cheverus
45
9 Kurt Eckhardt/
Liz Briggs
Southern Maine

TEAM RACE REGATTA

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
Sail Maine, Portland Harbor


Team Race  Participants:

1: SailMaine #1 (3-0)
2: SailMaine # 2 (2-1)
3. Cape Elizabeth HS (1-2)
4. Brewster Academy, (Wolfeboro, NH) (0-3)


  SailMaine #2

Th team race regatta was sailed in a best of 3 series. Congrats to SailMaine 1 for going undefeated all day -- they won every single race they sailed all afternoon!


1) SailMaine #1 (3-0)

  1. Katii Gullick / Amelie Jensen
  2. Ian Conners/Mae Lortie
  3. Robb Kirchner / Stephanie Dowling


SailMaine 1 vs. Cape               =   2 -0
SailMaine 1 vs. Sailmaine 1     =   2 -0
SailMaine 1 vs. Brewster         =   2 -0


2) SailMaine #2 (2-1)

  1. Brad Abbott / Charlotte Kinkade
  2. Ben Weigel/ Steven Webel
  3. Chris Poole/ Eliza Price   


SailMaine 2 vs. Cape               =   2-0
SailMaine 2 vs. Sailmaine 1     =   0-2
SailMaine 2 vs. Brewster         =   2-1


3) Cape Elizabeth (1-2)

  1. Spencer Howe/Emily Leighton
  2. Evan Siepert/ Conor Meagher
  3. McKayla Dunfey / Steve Janick


Cape vs. SailMaine 1               =   0- 2
Cape vs. Sailmaine 2               =   0- 2
Cape vs. Brewster                   =   2 -0


4. Brewster Academy:  (0-3)

Brewster vs. SailMaine 1               =   0 - 2
Brewster vs. Sailmaine 2               =   1- 2
Brewster vs. Cape                        =   0-2

January 20 , 2007
Mikee and Dave write:

Hello Race Fans:

Since the North Americans we have been very busy but have enjoyed every minute of it. We took the day after the North Americans off to recharge our batteries and get ready for a week of training and team physicals.

On Tues. night our coach had a team dinner. Thank you to Skip Whyte and his lovely wife BJ for a great dinner. Skip was also attempting to get us pumped up for our team physicals that were administered on Wed. and Thurs. of this past week. They went a lot better than expected, but we are still a little sore from the physical assessment tests. The great thing is that we both know where we can improve physically.

With the physical assessments over, we shifted our focus to on-the-water training. This past week our major focus has not been boat speed, although it is on our minds every day. We decided to focus on race course management, an area where we think we can make the biggest gain in a short period of time. We have worked very hard on improving our tactical communication. We continually assess the conditions and decide whether the conditions warrant conservative or aggressive tactics. It continually changes, up and down the race course, so it is a constant learning process. Our results have been promising, as we have been doing very well in our practice races against our foreign competitors. Our typical day starts out with boat work and socializing on land, then we hit the water and focus for an hour or two on boat speed or boat handling, finishing the day off with 5-10 races with all the European competition. It is great.

Finally, we would like to extend a big thank you to the entire Diaz family. Their gracious hospitality is very warming and is keeping us rested and mentally sharp. Thank you!

Stay Tuned: Mikee and Dave

January 17 , 2007
Mikee writes:

Here's a regatta roundup on the recently completed 470 North Americans by Mikee Anderson-Mitterling of Team USA 1734:

After 4 days of intense racing we have just concluded the 2007 470 North Americans. Our final result is 6th and top North American. A great result after a very rough start. With only 5 days of training before racing. That is right - 5 days training since Worlds last September, including the Pre-Trials in October. We went into the North Americans with a very optimistic outlook, viewing it as a great training regatta. As the results show, we were able to throw together a few good races and got better each race.

Day 1: An Adventure.
First time really racing and competing since the World Championships in China. We had a great first beat of the first race in a very shifty 12-17 knots. We rounded the first weather mark of the event in 4th place. Quite astonishing. But our time away from the boat showed and we had a disaster at the first leeward mark and dropped to 13th. In a nutshell that is how the day went. We had decent speed, but had issues going the right direction and loosing boat lengths around the corners of the course. A lot of lessons learned and we ended the day not upset but very happy that each race we improved and showed we could still compete.

Day 2: Getting better.
With the breeze up and 2 pins down we got ready for a full-out day. With three more races scheduled we knew we had our work cut out for us. And it was a great day. We moved up in standings and it was as if we were a different team. We were able to string together a few good races. And after some epic battles we came away from the day very happy. With better boat speed all day we were able to compete at the top. Yet we had some trouble with first beats. We were impatient when we needed to be patient and were patient when we needed to pull the trigger. Lesson learned and it is a great feeling to know what mistakes were made and how to be able to fix them.

Day 3: Putting everything together.
With great breeze -- a steady 15 knots -- we felt great. Hands and bodies showing a little wear and tear. Defiantly expected. Yet with the help of our Physio Shawn Hunt we were competing at top-level even being a little tired. With 2 races scheduled we knew we had a lot of points to grind back.

First race was great! We had a plan; we executed it with great speed and rounded the top mark in 3rd place. We raced really hard on the first downwind leg and moved into a tying position splitting the leeward gate with the leader. As we went up the final beat we played the shifts and coming into the last third of the beat it appeared we had moved into 1st. But being a little too conservative we went for placement, did four extra tacks, and round the last weather mark in 3rd and finished in that position. A great result, nonetheless.

Race 2 wasn't as pretty. We had a bum start, ended up getting ping-ponged all the way up the first beat and rounded the first weather mark in 19th. We had our work cut out for us. We worked very hard downwind and caught up to the lead pack. We put the afterburners on in the second beat and moved into the top 10 by the weather mark. With a great reach we had closed more of the gap and put ourselves within striking distance of the lead pack. With some great teamwork and fast downwind speed and after some great battles we moved into 5th by the finish - a photo finish with the French and Brits, we might add. What a great result and more importantly a great comeback. You can never give up!

We would like to extend a big thank you to all our friends and supporters who have made it possible for TeamUSA1734 to compete and train in Miami.

January 16 , 2007
Dave writes
:

After a great break, a lot of great food, and some relaxation after Christmas and New Years we are now down in Miami training for our upcoming US Team Qualifying events. They consist of the 470 North Americans followed by Miami OCR. This year promises to be especially difficult and fun with a very large international group of sailors; including the top-10 from the 2006 Worlds and many more.
 
We arrived in Miami a few days ago. Since then we have been working hard to get the boat ready and knock out a few cobwebs that have formed during our long break. The first day was an adventure to remember where everything went and recall our balance in the boat. But like riding a bike it has come back very quickly. The last two days of sailing have been great. 10-15 knots, 75 degrees (both air and water). Crystal clear water and sunny skies. What more can you ask for. Not to mention an average of 15 boats on the line for practice races in the afternoon. Great sailing!
 
We have an addition to TeamUSA1734! Coach Jeff Cummings from Sail Maine has been kind enough to come down and help us out with logistics, recon, food/water, and everything to make sure we compete at the top level. Thank you Jeff and Sail Maine
 
Additionally, the Diaz family has been kind enough to take us in and house us for the first event. Augie and his family are very kind and full of cheers. Great housing. Thank You!

January 15 , 2007
470 Action in Miami

SailMaine alumnus Dave Hughes and sailing partner Mikee Anderson-Mitterling are back in action in Miami. First, for the 470 North American championships, where they currently hold 6th place and are the top USA Men's team; next for the Rolex Olympic Classes Regatta. SailMaine's sailing master, Jeff Cumming, is in Miami helping their effort, and that of Amanda Clark and Sarah Mergenthaler who are in third place in the Women's division, and also the top USA team. He mailed in on Saturday with the following:

Some improvement for Mikee and Dave today, but not where they want to be just yet. They rolled a 6, 12, 8 after a tough day yesterday to bring them up to 11th, just 3 points out of 7th. The cream of the crop is here because of the Miami OCR next week, and it's very competitive out there. Highlight of the day was a photo finish on the third race--M&D rounded the last mark in 8th, promptly lost a GER boat on the reach and were in danger of losing another boat by the last third of the last leg before they found their wheels, pulled away from the second boat and pulled even with the Germans just yards from the finish. Their momentum held, and they edged the GER boat by about 2.5 feet at the finish line. They may have been surfing a wave as they crossed the line... very exciting. The Women's team I'm helping (Clark/Mergenthaler) notched a 1,3,1 day to catapult them into 3rd for the regatta, just 3 points out of the lead with 4 races to go.

Cumberland Maine natives Charlie and Sara Fox are also in attendence. The brother and sister sailing duo have separate 470 programs. They've each had a tough regatta, being second to last and last in their respective divisions. We salute their dedication in jumping into the 470 class at these top level events.

December 5, 2006
Frostbite Sailing

10 teams of sailors have been spending their Sundays since mid October racing in Portland Harbor. We'll have some action shots up later this week, but you can see the series results so far here.

UPDATE: Photos from the series are posted here.

 

September 12, 2006
Join us at Gritty McDuffs in Portland October 5th, 6:00 PM

Gritty's is hosting a special evening at their Portland pub in support of SailMaine's community sailing mission. There will be an auction featuring some special items kindly donated by many of our friends. The proceeds will go to support our capital campaign. You can contribute to the fun and the fundraising, as Gritty's will donate 50 cents from every pint sold during the auction to SailMaine. Please contact us for more information.

 

July 20, 2006
SailMaine launches capital campaign

SailMaine has a unique opportunity to upgrade its fleet of 420 class sailboats, and expand the reach of its Youth Sailing Programs along the Maine coast, but we need your help to do it. A fleet of 18 420s has become available at the great price of $2,200 each. that’s a savings of almost $1000 per boat, or $17,000 less than we might otherwise have paid for a comparable purchase. This will bring our fleet of boats up to 27 and allow us to jump start new sailing opportunities outside of our current instructional area in Portland. With this purchase we can broaden our offerings to the community, while improving the quality of our racing programs.

It’s a chance to grow the sport we hope you will agree is too good to pass up. We’ve started a capital campaign to fund this project, A generous $250.00 contribution will help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000 by August 15th and 31,000 by October 1. If you or a group of you can afford to sponsor a boat with a contribution of $2200.00, we will name the boat after you. Of course, any level of giving in support of our programs is most gratefully appreciated. Please consider a gift in support of community sailing in Maine.

 

April 30,2006
CHEVERUS HIGH SCHOOL SAILING TEAM QUALIFIES FOR FLEET RACING NATIONALS !

On April 23rd , the Cheverus HS Sailing Team qualified for Fleet Racing Nationals (The Mallory Cup)! Many congrats to the team members Emily Lambert, Ian Conners, Kati Gullick and Mae Lortie!

The weekend began with SailMaine hosting the O'Day Qualifier (420 Fleet Racing Regional Regatta). This event was one of five qualifiers that took place over the weekend. The Cheverus team of Emily Lambert, Ian Conners, Kati Gullick and Mae Lortie quickly dominated on their home turf and after twelve races, they finished the regatta with a 19 point lead! This qualified them for the New England Championship regatta the next day down in CT at Hotchkiss.

Sunday was a challenging day on the water with shifty wind conditions and pouring rain. The team did a remarkable job and sailed consistently throughout the 8 races in each division. Emily Lambert (10th grade) and Ian Conners (9th grade) placed 2nd in A division, only 1 point out of 1st place -- an extremely impressive finish! The day was tense and wearing and by the final set, it became apparent that we were very close to qualifying -- a mere 8 points away from going to Nationals. Kati Gullick (10th grade) and Mae Lortie (11th grade) sailed two great final races with a 4th and 3rd place to tie us with Hotchkiss. Other NESSA (New England School Sailing Association) teams to qualify include: Tabor Academy, Milton Academy, NAPS (Naval Academy Prep School), and The Hotchkiss School. Fifteen schools from the other regions of the country will join these five at the Mallory (Fleet Racing Nationals) on May 12 - 14 in Grosse Point, Michigan. CONGRATS!!

March 16, 2006
Getting Ready for Sailing

There's a lot of action in the SailMaine Portland compound as we prepare for spring and summer sailing. Sailing Master Jeff Cumming and his team are prepping boats, and organizing some exciting new projects for adult and youth community sailing in Portland Harbor and Casco Bay.

Our new Adult Sailing program launches May 15th, with 15 hour Learn to Sail instruction in our DeWolf Ynglings. We'll be offering this course in several sessions throughout the season. Check out our Adult Sailing pages for information on the program, schedule, and fees.

Casco Bay school sailing programs are ramping up as well, from the High School to Collegiate level, the teams are assembling, the schedules are coming together, and the competion is about to get started. Look through our School Programs pages for specific information on each program.

Youth Sailing instruction for the 2006 season is also getting ready to go. Keep an eye on the Casco Bay Junior Sailing pages for the latest.

Give us a call or drop us a line, or visit us at the Maine Boatbuilder's Show, March 17 - 20. We'd love to hear from you, and we'd love to see you out on the water!


January 30, 2006
Hughes and Anderson-Mitterling Top US Sailing Team

Mikee and Dave have secured the top spot on the US Sailing roster. Excerpt from their web site:
US SAILING TEAM #1, WORLD GAMES, TEST EVENT Moreover, we've become more comfortable in some conditions we previously had speed problems with. Mid-teens velocities are now becoming a strong suit. We keep "up-ing" our top wind velocity comfort levels. We have much to do, but we like the trajectory! On the US front, this Miami OCR makes the third and final qualifier for the 2006 US Sailing Team. We won all three qualifiers and put over 50 points on the next US team at the Miami OCR. This means we've qualified for the #1 spot on the team again this year!! Consequently, we have also secured berths at the World Sailing Games in Austria this May and the Test Event/Pre-pre-Olympics in China in August

Go read the whole thing. Nice work, guys!

January 28, 2006
They Have a Fourth

Dave and Mike Friday
Mikee and Dave follow FRA and ITA at Leeward Mark
Photographs by Walter Cooper / Dan Nerney

David Hughes and Mikee Anderson-Mitterling finished strong in fresh breeze to take fourth place in the 470 class at US Sailing's Olympic Classes Regatta.

January 26, 2006
Dave and Mikee in Miami

Dave and Mike
photo by Dan Nerny / Rolex

SailMaine alumnus Dave Hughes (above, on the wire) and sailing partner Mikee Anderson-Mitterling are competing at the Olympic Classes Regatta, seeking to represent the United States at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Their 470 campaign continues to build on past successes at Kiel week in 2005, and at this year's North American championship. They are currently the top American squad, in 6th place at this regatta. Here's their latest report:

Miami Day #3,
 
A tough day of racing with many, many lessons.  Boat speed was good up and down.  Starts needed to be better. They were good.  We held our lanes, but we could have nailed some great starts.
 
Race number one offered up some tricky shifts.  We ended up 6th.  It was a tight pack of 7 or 8 boats at the final reach mark, so it was a good race.  Race #2 was a stinger!  We went right in what became a 15-20 degree lefty with pressure.  The right never came back.  We were on the tanks while the lefties planed over us.  Not good.  At that point the fleet split in two, so we made our best effort to be at the top of our 'fleet'.  This worked to an extent as we ended up 13th.  That race was equal to our drop, so it was costly!
 
Race #3 made us get our heads out of the boat.  We leveraged what became a right shift and battled four or five boats in the upper third of the first boat.  A top five rounding at the windward and reach mark turned into a 2nd place after we gybed early on the run.  We held on to the 2nd place for the remained on the race and at the finish.
 
A good day on many fronts. We've become much more confident in conditions that haven't usually been our bag of tricks.  We're very happy with the performance and know we can do better.
 
Tomorrow promises some more wind, but we'll see what happens!
 
Stay tuned,
Mikee & Dave

We are staying tuned!

January 18, 2006
Anderson-Mitterling and Hughes 2nd at 470 North Americans
Top USA finisher

A report from the team as they prepare for the Olympic classes regatta:

Hello from Miami!

After a relaxing holiday break in San Diego, Team USA 1734 is back in Miami for training and two major regattas.  Dave flew in the evening of 9th in order to get the boat out of storage, rig the mast, and prep.  Since he's taking this coming semester off, Mikee spent the 10th wrapping up details with his USC professors before taking the red-eye into Miami for an early arrival on the 11th. 

Morgan Reeser 

The first few days were spent relearning the basics.  Tacking, gybing, starting, stopping.  You can never forget to practice the basics!  This week was our first with Morgan Reeser as our coach.  Morgan -- a Silver Medalist in the 470 -- brings a fresh, upbeat perspective to training and race day.   Morgan has a keen eye for balancing the big picture of racing, mental preparedness, and 470-specific tuning.  Thus far, our time with him has been more beneficial than expected and we look forward to continuing to work with him. 

2006 470 North Americans

Our first event in this January segment was the North Americans.  14 boats representing nine nations made this regatta an ISAF graded event.  Great competition included several top, World-ranked teams and two World Champions. 

Day #1 - Broken Gooseneck!!

Day #1 brought a strong frontal system through Miami.  We hit the water first in about 15+ knots of breeze, practiced gybes, and made our way out to the race course.  The breeze kept building as we tuned upwind. On our final return to the starting area our carbon fiber gooseneck split in half!  The mainsail tore at the foot.  We took the main down and Morgan towed us back into the harbor.  After some very quick repairs in order to get back out on the water, the racing had been cancelled for the day.  We dodged a bullet!  Paul Cronin told us the breeze at the time of our breakdown read about 37 knots!

Day #2 - Four solid races:

Day #2 gave us medium to light breeze.  Light air technique made the day.  We concentrated on tactics and producing good first beats.  We succeeded, and left the day very pleased with certain components of the races.  Getting our heads out of the boat, looking for pressure and angle was the key.  Speed was good all day.  Our downwind strategy needed to leverage the pressure more.  We lost a few boats over the entire day, but learned the lessons we needed to learn.  In the end, we rolled a 3-5-3-2 and dropped the 5.  This left us in second behind the Brits.  The Italians - 2003 World Champions - we're a point behind in third.

Day #3 proved to be a no-go.  We launched at 9:15am only to drift around until 2:45pm.  The committee cancelled the racing and closed the regatta.  Too bad.  We were looking to improve our position and continue with some of the lessons we took away from Day #2; however, we're glad they didn't race us in unfair conditions.  So, we ended up with the Silver for the event.  A good position.  We were the top US team by 5 places.  That said, we're more excited about what we took away from Saturday's sailing. 

Physical Assessments

Today we took the day off. Well...not totally.  We spent the morning with Shawn Hunt and Skip Whyte taking the US Sailing Team physical assessments.  Erg rowing times were solid, base jumps showed improvements, and a variety of other tests showed us where we can get better!  With a little more rest after an event we should be able to score even higher.

Thank you to our sponsors!

A big thanks to Kokatat Watersports Wear and Camet International - both have outfitted us for these events with top-quality on-the-water and off-the-water gear.  Thank you to Orbitz for supplying transportation.  Also, thank you to North Sails One Design, Kaenon Polarized, Auto Europe, KINeSYS Sunscreen, Anderson-Mitterling, Consulting, Harken, and Gill.

Miami OCR starts on Monday.  More training until then...

Stay tuned,

Mikee & Dave

 

December 18, 2005
Sneezy, Wheezy, and Grumpy win 2005 Yngling Frostbite Series

The Portland Harbor Yngling Frostbite series for 2005 concluded Sunday, December 18th. The hotly contested series took place in cool weather, though no chill-blains complaints were heard. Eight teams took to the water on November and December Sundays. In the end, the team of Sneezy, Wheezy and Grumpy, skippered by noted allergist Andrew Carey sniffed out the wayward breezes of late fall best. The Bowdoin College Polar Bears took second place, edging out their coach Sherry Fowler's No Ynkling squad by a mere two points in the 22 race series.

We congratulate all the teams on their hardiness, and performance.

Click here for the full results.

Some pictures of the frosty action can be seen here.