Who We Are
The University of Texas Sailing Club is dedicated to providing an organized educational, recreational, and competitive sailing program to UT students, faculty, and staff, as well as promoting the sport of sailing. We are a passionate group of sailors focused on improving not only our own abilities, but on improving the sailing ability of our new sailors, with the majority of our members having never sailed before. Our fleet consists of a range of boats from dinghies to 25ft yachts, all situated on Lake Travis at Austin Yacht Club. Beyond educating sailors, we race our J/24 "Jolly Bevo I" on the Texas J/24 Circuit, do volunteer service, and foster a positive environment for our community. We strive to create the next generation of sailors and to keep the great sport of sailing thriving.
What We’re Fundraising For
Our fleet of boats has fallen into disrepair over the past several years. As we focus primarily on education, the boats are often used roughly by new sailors. This comes with the territory of teaching inexperienced sailors, and we're used to having parts break occasionally. However, replacement parts and equipment are extremely expensive, and we do not have the capital to purchase parts or other equipment. This leaves the UT Sailing Club under-equipped to teach new sailors and to race. Several of our boats are inoperable, and most are in poor condition. Our two larger yachts have broken motors and need other repairs. We maintain our fleet as best we can, but we simply do not have the funds to keep all of our boats in good condition.
We are looking to fundraise enough money to repair our fleet and bring it back to its full glory. With more working sailboats and better equipment, we will be able to educate more sailors, be safer out on the water, and be more competitive racers.
A donation to the UT Sailing Club will not only impact our organization. In addition to the UT community, the UT Sailing Club is also honored to be a part of the Austin Yacht Club, the Texas J/24 Circuit, and the Texas sailing community. A better, more well-equipped UT Sailing Club means we will have the opportunity to be more involved with our wider sailing community. We can train more sailors and compete at more regattas, enriching the sailing experience of not only our sailors, but everyone around us.
The UT Sailing Club survives off of generous donations from people who want to see the next generation of sailors thrive. Most of our boats, sails, and equipment were donated to us or were purchased through donations. For example, our J/24 was donated directly to the club and has allowed countless UTSC sailors to race. Several alumni who learned to race on that J/24 have continued on racing, some even purchasing J/24s of their own.
A donation to the UT Sailing Club is a donation to the future of sailing.