High School Sailing Development Program


The Development Team is SailMaine’s learn to race program for eighth graders through high school seniors. The Development Team is for those who need more time and training to become competitive at the high school level.

This class meets three days a week and focuses on boat-handling skills and racing — rounding marks, starts/finishes and basic racing tactics. The team practices with its own dedicated coach.  Sailors often go on to participate on their school’s racing teams.  Members of the Development Team participate in some selected SailMaine JV regattas.

All interested students from area high schools, who have had some sailing experience, are welcome as team members. High School sailing is one of the few school sports where girls and boys can compete with each other on equal terms. The SailMaine Development Team practices at SailMaine three days a week. SailMaine provides 24 Collegiate 420 class sailboats, 10 J 22 keelboats, access to the water, coaching, equipment, scholarships, and facilities. Teams will practice together and in collaborative skill groups with sailors from other teams. Sailors with less racing experience from all SailMaine teams will practice together on the Development Team in order to provide the best possible environment for increasing racing skill.

Registration for the Development Team will be through each sailor's school team. Sailors will tryout for that team or can ask to be placed on the Development Team during tryouts.

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For additional information, please e-mail the High School Sailing Director, or call (207) 772-7245.