High school sailing

Camden Hills water athletes sail to state championship

Windjammers top Maine team in Down East Invitational Regatta
By Staff | May 15, 2017
Courtesy of: Camden Hills sailing team Camden Hills sailing team includes, from left, coach Debbie Schreiber, Hugh Levitt, Zoe Zwecker, Courtney King, Amelia McClellan, Iris Luce; and back, Calvin James, Ethan Adrus and Ian Henderson.

Castine — The Camden Hills Regional High School sailing team won the state championship on Sunday, May 14 at Maine Maritime Academy. The championship was combined with the Down East Invitational Regatta, which included 20 teams.

The Windjammers, coached by Debbie Schreiber, include Hugh Levitt, Zoe Zwecker, Courtney King, Amelia McClellan, Iris Luce, Calvin James, Ethan Adrus and Ian Henderson.

The regatta was held Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14.

Schreiber said Saturday the wind blew from the east around 10 knots, eventually shifting to the south. The lead boats changed among the teams throughout the day ending with the top four teams all in the running. Eight races for each division were completed on Saturday.

Of the six teams vying for the state championship two were tied at the end of the day, with two more teams within points of the top squads.

Sunday's weather forecast was for northeast winds gusting to 25 knots by noon. The race committee decided to run one set of races for each division, Schreiber said. Ten races, for each division, were completed for the series.

The first-place finisher for the Down East Invitational Regatta was decided by five points as Tabor Academy of Marion, Mass. won, with Belmont Hill of Belmont, Mass. second and Camden Hills third.

Tabor Academy and Belmont are non-Maine schools, thus Camden Hills was the top in-state competitor at that point.

The state championship came down to a head-to-head tiebreaker, decided by the team that had the most first-place finishes. Camden Hills won the tiebreaker, as Mount Desert Island was second and Yarmouth third.

The top five schools were: Tabor Academy 103, Belmont Hill 107, Camden Hills 130, Mount Desert Island 130 and Yarmouth 145.

The Apprentice Shop will host the Hospice Team Racing Regatta on Saturday, May 20 in Rockland Harbor. Area high schools will compete as a fundraiser for hospice.

Courier Publications’ sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Camden Hills varsity sailing team includes, from left, coach Debbie Schreiber, skipper Hugh Levitt, skipper Zoe Zwecker, crew Courtney King and crew Iris Luce. (Courtesy of: Camden Hills sailing team)
Down East Regatta starting line. (Courtesy of: Camden Hills sailing team)
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