RCS offers high school team sailing experience this fall
Rockland — Rockland Community Sailing will offer high school team sailing this fall.
The high school sailing team combines sailboat racing thrills with high school competition.
For eight weeks, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, young sailors practice twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., in preparation for races in Portland, Castine, Brunswick and Rockland, against sailors from all over New England.
The team, which includes students from many Midcoast schools, practices on 14-foot, two-person 420 sloops in Rockland Harbor.
Practices are coached from safety motor boats by instructor Patrick DiLalla. More than 100 students from Rockland, Camden, Thomaston and Medomak Valley schools have sailed with the team since it began in 2004.
The team races against sailors from all over the northeast and travels to regattas along Maine’s coast including Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Portland.
Midcoast students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the high school team. No experience is required and scholarships are available.
Go online at apprenticeshop.org to download a registration form or, for more information, call 207-594-1800.