Mia Thompson has been sailing the waters of the Great Harbor since she was 5, starting in her family’s wooden Opti – Christmas Eve. Her love for our Fleet blossomed in rowing class and she moved quickly to racing Mercuries, Solings and J-24s. Mia raced competitively in college, and now sails and races her IOD #19 Freyja from The Fleet whenever the opportunity allows.
Mia moved to Northeast Harbor year-round over 30 years ago and is proud to call her family’s summer retreat home. She is an owner and Real Estate broker at The Knowles Company in Northeast, and active in a variety of community, non-profit, organizations as well as Oceana. Both her sons, Parker and Fischer, learned to sail at the Fleet. Parker is currently a project architect at Baird Architects in Northeast Harbor and New York, and Fischer is finishing his college career in Colorado studying Environmental Biology.
Celebrating The Fleet’s 100th Anniversary in 2023 is top of mind for Mia and the Flag Officers. All share a deep and passionate history of sailing the waters of Mount Desert Island as well as teaching multiple generations of Fleet sailors – and all are hard at work to make the Centennial a very special celebration for the over 400 members of The Fleet.
Fleet Manager: Fran Charles
Fran has managed for thirteen years, running races and overseeing the various workings of the Fleet. Since 1991 he has also been the Sailing Master at MIT, managing the largest college sailing program in North America, while overseeing a very competitive varsity team in both women’s and coed disciplines. The MIT team were National Champions in 2018 and are perennially ranked in the top 15 schools in the country. However, their program is just as much about outreach as they teach more than 2500 students how to sail annually and maintain a diverse fleet of more than 100 sailboats ranging from 30 tech dinghies to a 51’ NG Herreshoff racing sailboat built in 1902.
Fran is often managing the racing on MDI along with his wife Sue. They have four adult children and live in Lamoine in the summer and Newbury, Mass during the rest of the year. Sue often is sharing her daily race photos of the racing and is also an accomplished professional landscape painter. Together they are often seen taking sunset cruises on their 1949 Roger Rich motorboat, Driftwood.
Fran sailed extensively as a member of the US Olympic team in 470s for four years and has been a multiple national champion in the 470 Class, InterClub dinghy and 210 Classes. His most recent racing has been in the Star and Luders 16 Classes.
Fleet Operations Manager: Kelsea Squires
Kelsea is a fourth generation native of Mount Desert Island. She has fond memories of growing up in Northeast Harbor. Her love of sailing began at an early age, sailing on her family’s “A” boat, and continued to expand after years of sailing in the Great Harbor through Oceanus Institute’s summer sailing camp.
She has worked locally as a Registered Nurse for 23 years. After years of working in a hospital setting, she changed nursing paths to better align with her family life. In her current role, as a per diem school nurse, she advocates and cares for the community she deeply appreciates. Kelsea resides in Somesville with her husband, Glenn and their two daughters. Glenn is the Director of the MDI Community Sailing Center, which has given Kelsea great insight into managing all things sailing and afforded her many hours boating on the Great Harbor. Kelsea has enjoyed crewing and skippering on both IODs and L16s over the years and is also a Board member of the Great Harbor Maritime Museum.
Sailing School Director: Nick Steenberg
As a year-round resident of Penobscot, Nicholas grew up sailing on the coast of Maine at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill. He began in optimists when he was seven years old, continuing on to racing 420s at KYC, and in high school at George Stevens Academy. Nick’s career in sailing began at KYC, where he worked over six summers as the Race Coach, Adult Sailing Instructor, and Head Instructor. In the off-season, Nick attended college in Europe, majoring in Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark. After finishing his studies, Nick was employed in sales at Tesla Motors in Manhasset, NY. Nick went on to serve as the first year-round Sailing Director at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington, NY; growing their Junior program, instructing keelboat and powerboat courses, coaching the high school team, and facilitating regattas year round. Nicholas is a Level 3 certified US Sailing Instructor and US Power boating Instructor, with experience sailing and instructing on vessels of all types and sizes, including his own 33ft Pearson “Vandre”.
Nicholas is excited to serve as Director at Northeast Harbor Sailing School, and to apply his passion for sailing education in fostering a lifelong love of the sport with all Fleet members.
Commodore - Mia Thompson
Vice Commodore - John Henry
Rear Commodore - Peter Ill
Treasurer - Missy Marron
Clerk - Lee Fox
Fleet Committee Chairs
Membership Chair - Alexandra C. Long
Buildings & Grounds - Bill Smith
Cruising Class Captain - Chris Hopkins
IOD Class Captain - Nicholas Schoeder
Luders Class Captain - Wells Bacon
Northeast Harbor Sailing School
Director- Nick Steenberg
President- David Schoeder
Operations Manager - Kelsea Squires
Launch Driver - Steve Lawson
Assistant Treasurer and Bookkeeper - Scott Redmon
Docks, Piers and Building Maintenance Manager - Roy Hadlock