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.
1961 → 1969
The Georgia Tech Sailing Club was founded in 1969 by a group of students who were united by their love of sailing. Together, the sought to bring sailing to the Georgia Tech community at large.
Lake Lanier (pictured right) was chosen as the primary location for the club’s activities off campus.
In September of 1964, the club hosted its first regatta. Thistles were borrowed from the Lake Lanier Sailing Club to put the event on, and Georgia Tech took third place overall.
1970 → 1989
Later, during the 1980s, the club purchased a fleet of Condor 15s, a Hobie 16, and an ex-Marine Patrol powerboat.
1990 → 1999
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.
In 1998, the GT Sailing Club hosted the Coronado 15 North American Championships with the Lake Lanier Sailing Club. Georgia Tech placed 3rd and 5th in the regatta.
2000 → 2010
2011 → 2020
In 2016, the club formed an official ICSA Women’s team.
In the spring of 2017, the club hosted its first annual Open Regatta to bring together LLSC members and GT Sailing alumni. The regatta included two fleets: 420s and Optis. The club has hosted a similar event each year since.
As the club has continued to grow, its history has become richer and more impactful. If you know something we don’t, please reach out!