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Glue guy: Severn School grad Connor Bayless holds together Navy intercollegiate dinghy team

When Connor Bayless started seriously considering the Naval Academy, he had several sources on which to rely for valuable information.

A standout sailor at Severn School, Bayless planned to pursue that sport at the collegiate level. Therefore, it was quite helpful that he had a strong relationship with both Navy intercollegiate sailing head coach Ian Burman and assistant Dillon Paiva.

Burman is a member of Severn Sailing Association and routinely serves on the race committee for junior regattas hosted by the Eastport club. Paiva was a junior instructor at both Severn Sailing Association and Annapolis Yacht Club, so he was also acquainted with Bayless through the junior circuit.