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Celebrating the sea


It may have been on land, but Sail Baltimore's Captain's Ball -- celebrating OpSail 2000 -- brimmed with sights from the sea. Members of the U.S. Navy greeted 450 guests at the door of Baltimore's U.S. Custom House. Inside, partyers mingled with naval attaches and tall ship captains decked out in dress whites under a ceiling painted with scenes of historical sailing ships.

So maybe this crew couldn't hear the cries of seagulls and the snap of sails, but the sound of laughter and the swish of taffeta ball gowns more than sufficed.

Among those enjoying the landlocked affair: Mary Sue McCarthy, event chair; Katie O'Malley, Bill Gilmore, Bill Hopkinson, Kay MacIntosh, Suzi Cordish and Dan Lincoln, event committee members; Bill MacIntosh, Sail Baltimore board president; Joan Davidson and Lois Shofer, board members; Laura Stevenson, Sail Baltimore executive director; Jan C. Miles, a captain of Pride of Baltimore II; Bill Fine, WBAL-TV general manager; Susan Koches, director of special events for Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown; Gary Brooks, executive vice president with Baltimore Community Development Financing Corp.; Ramsey Flynn, the Flynn Media Group editorial director; Patrick Sutton, president of Patrick Sutton Associates; Marsha Jews, vice president of corporate relations for Power Up/Steve & Jean Case Foundation; Greg Smith, president of Baltimore Bayrunners; Larry Noto, communications manager for Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association; Sergio Vitale, owner of Aldo's Ristorante; and Amy Winter, Bohager's director of catering.

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