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Description - Chessie Racing by George J. Collins

A history of the racing yacht "Chessie Racing", the first ever entry from the Chesapeake Bay in the famous Whitbread Round the World Race. Skippered by Baltimore businessman George Collins and named after the Chesapeake's equivalent to the Loch Ness monster, Chessie became a focal point of regional and national pride when she competed in 1997-98. That year was also the first time that Baltimore and Annapolis were included as a combined stopover in the nine-leg, 31,600-mile race, beginning and ending in Southampton, England. While racing, the boat also served an educational purpose through a two-part curriculum developed by the Living Classrooms Foundation, a Baltimore non-profit educational organization for at-risk children. Children from 500 schools in 20 states and seven foreign countries participated through the Whitbread Education Project, a curriculum package augmented by an Internet component, the Chessie Chase, which explored academic subjects such as maths, science, social studies, geography, and literature, and tackled such practical issues as vessel design, ocean currents, changing weather, and the principles of navigation. Classes competed in a virtual race against each other in the multifaceted programme for a chance to visit Chessie and meet her crew when she reached Baltimore. This book contains chapters on the race, boat construction, crew selection, and the Living Classrooms Foundation Whitbread Education Project. Personal experiences and memories of the crew bring the sailing adventure to life and reveal the educational purpose of the boat. Sidebars feature useful charts and information, special observations, and a few human-interest e-mail exchanges between individuals and the crew. A large Mercator-projection map marks the race course and individual legs. Numerous photos document racing action as well as the hoopla on shore.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801864131
ISBN-10: 0801864135
Format: Hardback
(305mm x 229mm x 22mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - George J. Collins

George J. Collins founded the Chessie Racing syndicate and forged its connection to the Living Classrooms Foundation. He has sailed competitively since the 1980s. From 1995 to 1997 he won more than forty races and regattas at all levels of competition, including the Grand Prix circuit. He is a former president/CEO of the Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. He currently lives in Gibson Island, Maryland, and continues to race. Kathy Alexander headed Chessie's public relations effort after working for George Collins at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. A trade publicist at Johns Hopkins University Press, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.