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Donald Lawson

Yacht captain Donald Lawson

Donald Lawson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is the founder and CEO of Donald Lawson Racing Incorporated.  After completing high school, Lawson decided to explore his interest in industrial engineering at Morgan  State University. Lawson’s passion for sailing ignited as a camper and volunteer at Baltimore’s Living Classroom Foundation Sailing Program. From this experience Donald was sold on making sailing a career. Lawson has proven his ability to take on incredible challenges and succeed.  Donald taught at the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore.  After five years he was promoted to the highest instructor level. Donald served as a sailing instructor for the United States Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Lawson’s awe-inspiring competitive drive led him to race in the Chesapeake Bay.  As Donald’s hunger increased for sailing he would contend offshore into the oceans. Lawson sailed a 2,500 nautical mile passage aboard the Open 60 Ocean Planet. He has logged close to 15,000 nautical miles racing and delivering yachts and has won numerous   races. Donald’s success on the water included his team Wild Card winning the prestige and difficult Chesapeake Bay Yacht RacingAssociations (CBYRA) Multihull Championship two consecutive years.  Lawson’s dedication and talent has earned him numerous local, national, and international awards. The US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine  designated Lawson as a “modern day technology leader” twice. Donald is affiliated with the Universal Sailing Club; an organization for Chesapeake Bay based black sailors.

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