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Vol. 8, No. 23
June 8-15, 2000
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St. Mary’s Sails to Victory
Photo essay by Scott Dine

Little St. Mary’s College last week added another feat to its legend as the David of intercollegiate sailing.

By the final day of the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing North American “Team Racing” Championships, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Georgetown University were tied: Each school had won 10 races and lost one.

In competition against top university teams from around the nation, the Seahawks regularly outsail larger schools. Last year, two Seahawks contingents — the college co-ed and women’s teams — earned Sailing World magazine’s number one rating.

St. Mary’s College won this Intercollegiate championship, too, taking 11 races and losing only one.

Sailor Scott Dine retired as photo editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to enjoy the many pleasures, including sailing, of Chesapeake Bay.


Chris Gaffney, above, using her body to balance the boat, pulls the head sail into position to catch what little breeze blew during St. Mary’s race against the University of Southern California June 2. St. Mary’s won the race.

Team racing is sailed in two-person teams. In this dinghy, Chris was the crew. The hands belong to skipper Aaron Sheridan.

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