Unforgettable.

Lake Mendota breezes and open water
Learning to sail
The artful rhythms of tacking and jibing
Thrilling races and hard-won victories
Hoofer Sailing Club traditions– Commodore’s Cup, Pirate’s Day, Friday night socials
Good times, great stories, lasting friendships

Celebrating 75 years

Since 1939, the Hoofer Sailing Club has welcomed University of Wisconsin-Madison students and alumni, faculty and staff, neighbors and friends to share a love of sailing and create unforgettable memories. Today, with the largest inland fleet in America, the Hoofer Sailing Club is one of the nation’s most recognized and respected sailing communities. Our proud history, rich—and occasionally rowdy, traditions, thoughtful growth and consistently successful operation are a testament to your continued involvement and support.

The Memorial Union Reinvestment provided the Sailing Club with a spacious, modern new home. Now we are working to make crucial upgrades to our fleet and lakefront piers. To commemorate our 75th anniversary, we invite past and present Hoofers to join together on an ambitious $500,000 project that will enhance the educational and recreational experience of sailing for current and future Hoofers.

Lakefront Piers Upgrade

Upgrades to the current piers will improve safety, appearance and access for all sizes of sailboats. Phase One of the project will renovate the Tech and 420 piers allowing for easier docking and reducing boat damage while adding dedicated lifts for better storage and usability of motorboats. Phase Two will update the Scow and Sloop piers and rail systems and add a fifth sailing pier to reduce overall crowding.

Fleet expansion

Interest in sailing among youth and novice sailors is growing. As a result, the demand for our beginner Badger Techs now exceeds the size of our fleet. With the addition of new trademark Badger Techs, sourced through a local manufacturer, beginners can receive their ratings sooner and be sailing on their own. Funds also will be used to maintain and update our older Techs as well as the other dinghy fleets.

Take the helm. Make your gift.

You can help make the Hoofer Sailing Club 75th Anniversary truly unforgettable. If you wish, you may designate your gift specifically to Lakefront Piers Upgrade or Fleet Expansion. All donations are tax deductible and are used exclusively by the Sailing Club. To learn more about the project and to discuss available naming opportunities, please contact development@hoofersailing.org.


Be sure to set the "designation" box to "Wisconsin Union" and indicate in the instruction box what your gift is for: ex: "Hoofers Fund (12904606) - Sailing Club - The beginner fleet or pier project."

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