Two races held on Day 2 of Junior Olympics

Posted:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 8:30am

Light winds delayed Race 5 of the Northeast Junior Olympic Festival at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. With the harbor start shortly after 10:15 a.m., competitors sailed or were towed out to the race area north of Squirrel Island and looked for a steady breeze to fill in under sunny skies. Race 5 got underway to the east of the island at 12:25 with the Laser fleet starting first and doing the outside trapezoid course, while the C420s did the inside trapezoid course.

Race Committee was able to conduct two races in 10 to 15 knots of breeze east of Squirrel Island before the wind shifted west from 195 degrees to 230 degrees. Staying close to the eastern shore of Squirrel Island led to smaller waves and gains on the race course for all competitors and the reaching leg provided a good test of competitors’ ability to keep the boat flat with spinnakers flying. By the last leg of the second race, the wind began shifting to the west. At 2:30, race committee shifted the base of the course towards Fisherman's Island. As this was happening, the wind diminished to 1 to 2 knots. Race Committee was unable to get a race off in fair conditions and called it a day at 3:35 for lack of wind. Six of a maximum 15 races have been completed, more than enough for the regatta to count as a qualifier event.

SailMaine's Sandra Heilshorn came out strong with a win in Race 5 in the Laser fleet. She and two SailMaine teammates, brother Eric Heilshorn (1st overall) and Catherine Morrisette (3rd overall) are joined by Niall Kearney (2nd overall) of Pleon Yacht Club in the top 5 places in the Laser fleet. The top three boats are separated by just two points and only the top two go onto to the Junior National Championships.

Boothbay sailors Ella Beauregard and Hamilton Barclay retained a slim 2 point lead over Mark Brunsvold and Terra Earhart after Day 2. Brunsvold and Earhart won race 5 while Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club's Beauregard and Barclay finished 4th. In Race 6 Pleon Yacht Club's Eric O'Connor and Ryan Hamilton took first with Beauregard and Barclay taking second place.  

Racing continues today with awards for the C420 and Laser fleets presented after racing and ice cream.

The Maine State Opti Championships round out Junior Race Week at Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club on Thursday and Friday with 60 competitors in the diminutive boats.