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CLUB HISTORY

Since its formation in 1961, the Sailing Club at Georgia Tech has united students with a common interest in sailing in racing.  Over the years, the number of avid sailors at Georgia Tech has grown and so has our fleet.  Check out a brief history of our club below.

Sailing Club History

Check out a brief history of our club

1961                           

Georgia Tech Sailing Club formed

A group of students got together with the common goal of sailing and promoting the sport to other Georgia Tech students

April 1964

Southeastern Intercollegiate Sailing Associaton formed

Georgia Tech Sailing was instrumental in helping SEISA (forerunner of the current SAISA) to form.

September 1964

Georgia Tech Sailing hosts first regatta

Races were held in borrowed Thistles from LLSC and the team took 3rd place

1976                         

Club acquires a fleet of six Ghost 13s

As far as boat acquisitions go, 1976 was a big year for the club.  Not only did they acquire a new fleet of racing boats, but they were also given The Goose, which served as a race committee boat.

1980

Club purchases a new fleet of Coronado 15s

Throughout the 80s, the club also acquired a Hobie 16, 2 Force 5s, a Laser, and an ex-Marine Patrol powerboat.

1990

Club continues to build dinghy and keelboat fleets

Throughout the late 80s and 90s, the club acquired various used Hobie 16s and Hobie 18s.  They also purchased 4 new Lasers and 4 Mistral windsurfers.  In the late 90s, the club purchased a J/24 and received a Santana 20 as a donation, both of which are still around today.

1998

Club hosts Coronado 15 North American Championships with LLSC

Club members placed 3rd and 5th in the regatta.

March 2005

Sailing Club purchases the current fleet of 420s

During the summer of 2004, the club began raising money.  Since purchasing the new fleet, the club has risen to new heights and achieved goals never expected by ICSA.

December 2005

Georgia Tech hosts Sugar Bowl Regatta

Traditionally held at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, the club hosted the regatta at Lake Lanier in light of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina earlier that year.

April 2017

GT Sailing hosts first annual Open Regatta

In 2017, the club hosted a regatta to bring together LLSC members and GT Sailing alumni to raise money for the club.  The regatta included two fleets: 420s and Optis

Check out a full history of the club here

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