PORT CREDIT, Ontario — Four Maine J/24 Sailing Teams and one skipper
originally from Maine recently participated in the J/24 World Championship near Toronto on Lake Ontario.
South Freeport native Tony Parker, an original local J/24 Fleet 43 member from 1979, who resides in Washington, D.C., skippered his Bangor Packet to a second-place overall finish at the championships.
In all 63 teams that qualified for the event from more than 10 countries and multiple states competed over five days in mostly light winds and challenging conditions against the best sailors in the world.
The J/24 is 24 feet long, is sailed with five crew members and is the world’s largest fleet of keelboat one-design racing boats with over 5,000 craft competing around the world.
Local team You Regatta owned by Carter White and Molly White of Portland, and also including Michael McAllister of Portland, finished fifth.
Carter White is the sailing coach at Greely High School in Cumberland Center and Molly White is a fifth-grade teacher at Greely Middle School. Both are Greely graduates. Michael McAllister is the executive director of SailMaine a non-profit organization that provides community sailing in Portland and also facilitates high school sailing for seven schools in the Greater Portland area.
Finn Hadlock of South Freeport Maine skippered his J/24 Boreas with an all youth team of sailors under age 25 to a 28th-place finish and also won the top youth team and skipper award for the event.
Hadlock competed with local sailors Anna Parker and Griffin Primeau, who grew up sailing at the Harraseeket Yacht Club in South Freeport.
Dr. Andrew Carey of Falmouth skippered Mr. Hankey to 31st place. His team consisted of Stephanie Helms from Freeport, Scott Thomas of South Portland, Sam Lloyd of Boothbay Harbor and Spencer Howe of Saco.
Erica Beck Spencer skippered her team to 39th place with all-woman team that included Jess Harris of Falmouth and Charlotte Kinkade of Kennebunk.