MMA Sailors Wrap Up Season

first_imgCASTINE — With final exams upon them and the spring training cruise looming, the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team closed out its season last weekend sending crews to race in service academy regattas on both Buzzards Bay and Chesapeake Bay.The offshore sailing team traveled to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., to race Colgate 26 sloops in the Intrepid Cup regatta. The dinghy team sent a freshman crew to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to race for the Priddy Trophy in an all-freshman event.Sailing in the Priddy regatta, skipper Chris Poole and crew William McLean finished fourth in a fleet of 11. With 52 points in 11 races, the Mariners finished just 10 points behind third-place finisher Salve Regina.  Things were better in Annapolis, and worse.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLast year the Mariners offshore sailing team shocked a lot of experts by winning the Intrepid Trophy, one of collegiate sailing’s top match racing events, at Navy. They also won the inaugural edition of the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) Harbor Cup regatta in California.The fleet this year drew a dozen teams, and the Mariners almost repeated last year’s victory.Sailing 11 races, MMA finished in a dead heat with the Privateers of the State University of New York’s Maritime College. Both teams had only a single loss, but MMA’s loss was to SUNY, so the Privateers held the tiebreaker.According to Brown, the Mariners should have garnered second place, but a protest by Navy pushed MMA back to third. The problem, was a shortage of judges on the water, Brown said. If there aren’t enough judges, a crew often won’t know that it has violated a rule until the race is over.  “They sailed better than anybody,” Brown said, “but once it went to the room,” where protests hearings are held, “they couldn’t exonerate themselves.”For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] Biocenter_img Latest Posts Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more