Varsity Sailing Team
The St. Mary’s Seahawks varsity sailing team boasts an immensely talented group of student athletes., Throughout their history, the Seahawks have won 15 National Championships, and produced over 150 All-Americans. The college has also hosted four ICSA National Championships.
Most recently, at the 2014 Team and Coed Dinghy Nationals held here at St. Mary’s, they finished 2nd in the Team Race Nationals and then 11th in the Coed Dinghy Nationals with 36 teams competing. The Coed Dinghy finish was a mere five points behind the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a total of 288 points. From humble beginnings, The St. Mary’s College Seahawks have risen to capture fifteen national sailing titles. In 1962, sailing was a physical education class offered in two Penguin sailboats. It wasn’t until 1980 that the College established a varsity sailing program. Then St. Mary’s sailors competed with those of other Mid-Atlantic Schools.
Today, the River Center houses one of the premier sailing programs in the country and Seahawk sailors have earned an international reputation. Nearly 150 of our sailors have been named All-Americans. Three sailors and one coach have participated in the Olympic Games, where one sailor earned a silver medal. Two alumnae are Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year. And so, in this River Center, we celebrate not only the river but also our championship teams that sail upon it.