Marist crew has been very
active in competitive sports since the early 1960s.
In 1963 the Marist boathouse
was built and named in memory of William Martin, chairman of the
fund drive for its construction. It housed the college's rowing
and sailing equipment and the crew boats. The two ramps leading
to the Hudson River are used to launch the crew and sail boats which
the Marist crew uses in racing and regattas.
Initially 13-foot wooden sloops
called Blue Jays were used in student sailing competition and for
pleasure sailing by the faculty. These were replaced in 1966 by
Barnegats, 19-foot fiberglass sloops. For racing there was a crew
of two but the boat could hold six. These Barnegats were later replaced
by smaller boats.
For five consecutive years,
ending in 1996, the Marist's men crew won the prestigious Haight
Trophy by defeating eight other eastern college schools. Marist
crew holds an honored position in this, the oldest intercollegiate
sport in America. Its crowning achievement was to qualify, in 2002,
for the Henley Cup Regatta in Oxford, England. They were defeated
in the second round by Harvard, the eventual overall winner.
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