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Tech Dinghy and MIT Sailing Association, George Owen, 1935

MIT Nautical Association

Neutron, Tech Dinghy, First Fleet

Designed by George Owen; Built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company


The MIT Sailing Pavilion is often called the birthplace of intercollegiate sailing, as MIT was the first to recognize sailing as an official student activity in 1936. Alumni raised funds for 30 sailing dinghies (including Neutron displayed here) designed by Professor George Owen and built at the famous Herreshoff Yard. The Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association responded enthusiastically: “...that yachting of the future in this country will be the benefactor from the Tech experiment goes without saying.” Not only have thousands enjoyed recreational sailing at MIT, but the Institute also has won more National Sailing Championships than any other school. The MIT Sailing Pavilion hosts the most college regattas in the country, a vibrant fixture in the local sailing scene, and has long been used by researchers needing access to the Charles River. MIT's influence on the sailing world also includes faculty and alumni who have designed and sailed some of the world’s most famous yachts and many America’s Cup winners—from Vigilant to America3 to BMW Oracle. Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the MIT Nautical Association is the perfect incarnation of athletics at MIT.

On loan from the MIT Nautical Association.

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  • I am interested in the older series of the Tech Dinghy e.g 1960s. Who is the manufacturer of each of the series G1-G6. Is there a website available?

    26 Mar 14 at 4:37 pm
  • My father passed away years ago and was an avid sailor. I have his old vintage Tech Dinghy from 1953 — the first year of the fiberglass class of Tech Dinghy’s. It is at my family’s summer home on Webster Lake, south of Worcester on the CT border. While the hull has been sitting outside, exposed to the elements for many years, it is still intact and in one piece. I also have the original rigging (mast, boom, rudder and centerboard). I do not have a sail for the boat. I am wondering if anyone at MIT might be interested in salvaging the boat? I am happy to donate it if there might be an interest. My father sailed the boat for many years and raced it on Webster Lake, taking trophies in the Webster Sailing Association’s Handicap Class. If anyone is interested in the boat, I can be reached at Thank you.

    David Hammond
    9 Apr 14 at 3:00 pm