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  • Season End Celebration -- May 30th
    All spring sailors and their families gathered in the Flex Room at the high school for the traditional pizza party and recognitions.  Senior Team Captains, Isabella Pardales and Ben Palmer, recognized all members with fun certificates.  Junior Team Captains Harland Nadeau and Emi Ruth compiled a slide show of the season.  Coach Kevin made encouraging remarks about the team and said they had the capacity to be the best team at SailMaine with some work and effort.  Attendance at practice was key, and should be made more of a priority for everyone.  Leigh Palmer thanked her team of Meghan Casey,  senior parent Stacey Pardales and incoming PC Henry Skinner.  The team gifted a team jacket to Coach Kevin, and a silver Clipper necklace to Leigh.  The final award was the inaugural presentation of the Leigh Palmer Sailing Award, orchestrated by Meghan, Stacey, Henry, Kevin and the team, and was awarded to Ben Palmer.  This capped Leigh's involvement with the team after 5 years of involvement with the Yarmouth Sailing Team (parent coordinator since Feb 2014) and many years involved with the conglomerate teams at SailMaine in the early 2000s.  The team then demolished a beautiful cake, decorated with a sailing 420 by ICE IT Bakery, congratulating the team on the spring season.
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 2:12 PM by Leigh Palmer
  • Sea Shanties and Whale Calls -- May 24
    The full team was invited to sail the final SailMaine Regatta in memory of Ben Lamontagne of Cheverus and Long Island.  It was a beautiful afternoon, and Yarmouth had several boats, filled with several sailors each.  Abby had a crew of 2 or 3 or 4, the Lambert brothers sailed together, and Ben, Emi and Harland started out together.  Emi & Harland jumped ship, so Ben started alone, but Harland jumped back into the boat part way through the race.  The course, as you know, is traditionally around Fort Gorges.  Low tide was around 4 PM.  A few boats scraped some ledges with their centerboards, and numerous capsizes were going on during the final leg, although the wind was light.  Yarmouth's boat crossed the line before Greg Corsello, Coach Griffin, and Grace Mooradian of Falmouth.  Cute whale trophy was later awarded.  Naked Buck BBQ catered a dinner for the sailors, and the season was concluded in fine style on a bright sunny afternoon.
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 2:02 PM by Leigh Palmer
  • Cape Elizabeth Fleet Race -- May 14th
    With many of the team away at other regattas, GW, Isabella, Sandy, Mackenzie, and Nastia sailed respectably back home at SailMaine. In heavy conditions the team was able to handle themselves safely, and had a great time!

    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 2:09 PM by Emilia Ruth
  • Downeast Regatta -- May 13 & 14
    Yarmouth Sailing brought back the Maine State High School Championship Trophy, and prepared to defend their title.  Although the team sailed well, a few poor races kept them from a five-repeat, and saw Camden Hills Sailing take home the trophy.  Tabor Academy won the overall trophy for the second year in a row.  Ben and Emi sailed a very good regatta.  Indeed, they held first place in A Division for the entire regatta until placing 8th in the final race, and losing the lead by 2 points to Belmont Hill.  They had three bullets in the regatta, including a double bullet set in the 4th flight.  B Division of Sophia/Anna and Abby/Nastia were inconsistent, but had four top five finishes, and finished the regatta in the Yarmouth tradition of taking the bullet in the final B division race.  Conditions on Saturday were good -- moderate wind, some sun and clouds, and decent temperatures.  Sunday was downright miserable with temps in the high 40s, cold rain, and light winds (which had been forecasted to be high winds).  The Good Sport award, if there was one, should have gone to Harland for being on team duty all weekend, but never sailing.  If only the wind had been strong on Sunday as predicted.....  Clippers ended up 5th overall.
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 1:52 PM by Leigh Palmer
  • Cheverus Fleet Race Regatta May 7th
    On a really windy Sunday, lots of sailors spent time in the water rather than in the boats.  Capsizes were frequent, and sailors had ample opportunity to practice high wind tacks and gybes.  Lots of bailing going on.  Seniors Ben and Isabella sailed together as a seasoned team, and made quick work of the 3 division A races, managing to look confident in the high and gusty west winds on the windward/leeward courses.  B division sailors of GW and Harland held their own during their 3 races.  The regatta was called about noontime, and sailors had the rest of this blustery spring day to do something on dry land.  Thanks to Cape Elizabeth for hosting.  Hope our girls are managing these high winds at the Herreshoff Trophy at Brown University!
    Posted May 15, 2017, 5:39 AM by Leigh Palmer
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