Boothbay sailors qualify for junior championships
Day three of the Northeast Junior Olympic Festival at Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club saw the race committee taxed again with a shifting breeze reorienting the course several times. Able to get three races off before the 2:30 p.m. deadline made for nine races altogether and a strong challenge to the competitors.
SailMaine's Catherine Morrissette and Eric Heilshorn took the top two spots in the singlehanded Laser Fleet and will be going to the Chubb National Championships in Lasalle, Michigan August 6-10. Northeast Harbor Fleet's Terra Erhart and Mark Brunsvold, qualified in the C420 fleet with a 1 point victory over hometown favorites Ella Beauregard and Hamilton Barclay. Both pairs of sailors also qualify for the Chubb regatta. For Beauregard and Barclay it is their first trip to the junior national championship regatta.
Puffy northerly winds greeted the racers on the course with the wind expected to clock to the right through midday. During the first race the wind presented challenges as it was not uniform with puffs and lifts along the Burnt Island shore and steadier breeze on the opposite side of the course to the east. Getting clear air was paramount and Connor and Christopher Macken from SailNewport saw it early and were able to run the line starting at the pin and tacking over to port quickly. They rounded the weather mark first with Erhart and Brunsvold chasing them down for the win on the last leeward leg. Beauregard and Barclay fought back from rounding the weather mark in 9th to finish 5th which became their drop race. The Macken boys finished 2nd in races 7 and 8 finishing 12th overall.