PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The U. S. Junior Olympic Sailing Festival is being held Tuesday through Wednesday at Bug Light in South Portland. More than 150 sailors, ages 8 to 18, will be competing.
There will be a number of classes in three types of boats: Optis, 420s and Sabers. The boats strictly conform with rules in each class so that the quality of the sailor determines who wins and loses.
A number of Maine sailors are expected to do well. Sail Maine Executive Director Michael McAllister said it's advantageous to sail on familiar water, but fitness is even more important.
"Most of the better kids at this age are really physically fit," McAllister said. "They've been sailing a long time."