Head of School Jeff Burroughs accepting the Becton Cup from LA sailing club members. Back row from left: Ella Bearegard, Andrea Gutierrez, Arden Carleton, Alton Coolidge, Harland Pusey-Nazarro, Miles Bracy, Nate Rideout, and Bobby Clarkson. Front row: Hamilton Barclay and Liam Zuber. The cup will remain in the LA trophy case for one year.

Two sailors representing Lincoln Academy brought home the Becton Cup on Saturday, October 12. Junior Ella Beauregard and sophomore Arden Carleton won the 2019 Maine Women’s Doublehanded Championships, the state championship in girls high school sailing. The two LA sailors are part of Lincoln Academy’s coed sailing club, which practices with Boothbay High School sailors at the Boothbay Region Sailing Club. The LA sailors have had an excellent fall season, with regatta wins at the Bulldog Classic, Ranger Rally, and Pen Bay League series.

The Becton Cup regatta, hosted by the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, is named in honor of Jean Becton, winner of the 1936 & 1946 Maine State Sailing Championships. Nine teams of two female sailors raced in this year’s Becton Cup. At this regatta sailboats (in this case 420s) are provided by the host organization, and teams switch boats every two races to eliminate any advantage provided by the equipment. The event consisted of eight short races throughout the day, each 20-25 minutes long. Beauregard and Carleton dominated the four afternoon races to overcome a six point deficit from the morning races and win the championship.

The fleet of 420s at the Becton Cup in Rockland Harbor during the October 12 regatta.

The fleet of 420s at the Becton Cup in Rockland Harbor during the October 12 regatta.

The all-female regatta offered a different kind of competition for sailors accustomed to coed racing, according to Beauregard. “Weight is a big part of our sport. There is a point when the tall strong boys always win. No matter how much time I spend in the gym there is only so much muscle mass I can gain. It’s really nice to race against other athletes your own size.”On Friday, October 25 the entire LA sailing club presented the Becton Cup to Head of School Jeff Burroughs at Friday Assembly. It will live in the school’s trophy case until the 2020 Becton Cup Regatta.“Winning the Becton Cup was an exciting way to conclude our fall season,” said Carelton, “and particularly special as this is our first year having a Lincoln Academy team. We wanted to present and keep the trophy at Lincoln Academy to promote the sailing club and show the success of our 2019 fall season.”

“It means a lot for us to be known as the girls Maine state champions,” said Beauregard. “And it means even more to be the first to put a perpetual sailing trophy in the Lincoln Academy trophy case.”

Their next goal? “I hope to win the cup again next year to keep the trophy here at LA,” said Beauregard.