April 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Adventure on the High Seas (of Blue Hill Bay)

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It is my woeful impression that most of the GSA student body views sailing as “not a real sport.” This may have something to do with a lack of complaining about muscle soreness, or maybe it’s the fact that MDI cancels our regattas at the slightest hint of rain or snow.  Maybe it’s just that our games are called “regattas” and everyone is jealous.  Whatever the reason, I’ve noticed that there is a lack of action-packed stories about the sailing team.  Hopefully this epic, written by none other than our fearless co-captain, Courtney Koos, will help change the minds of my fellow athletes about the intensity of sailing.

On Thursday, April 5, Pocahontas and John Rolfe’s 398th wedding anniversary, sailing team captains Tess Lameyer and Courtney Koos celebrated a different kind of matrimony in the frigid Atlantic ocean. Just an hour after the brisk and breezy practice began, a 420 dinghy was capsized and turtled—i.e. the mast was pointed straight down into the ocean, leaving just the white hull exposed—by two sailors, just beside the MMA dock in the Castine Harbor. An unusual twist? The centerboard was cleated inside the boat, meaning someone would have to make the polar plunge to free it, and then right the boat. Many sailors offered, but Koos (having suffered similar catastrophic sailing events in the past) was given the “go-ahead.” After a quick dive into the ocean, a short swim under the turtled boat, and a brief fight with the cleated lines, the centerboard was freed! Lameyer then jumped in the water and both captains worked to right the boat from its turtled position next to the dock, a task that took about five minutes. During this time Koos reportedly beat-boxed and sang “honey badger don’t care!” Once the boat was back on the dock, the shivering co-captains, Lameyer and Koos, were given a ride to shore to get hot showers at the MMA Waterfront facilities. As the boat left the dock, Lameyer declared “I’m cold. Let’s do some windmills,” and so the sailing season began.

There you have it, friends!  An intense afternoon of battle between sailor, ocean, and boat.  This heroic tale will no doubt be told to the young generations of GSA sailors for years to come.

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