• Lowell North and Terry Kohler '62 in front of the relief sculpture overlooking the new dock system.

    Lowell North and Terry Kohler '62 in front of the relief sculpture overlooking the new dock system.

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  • Julie Soriero, DAPER head, with opening remarks in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial.

    Julie Soriero, DAPER head, with opening remarks in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial.

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  • Senior captains Eamon Glackin and Steph Tong accepting the docks on behalf of MIT.

    Senior captains Eamon Glackin and Steph Tong accepting the docks on behalf of MIT.

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  • MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson acknowledging the generous contributions of all the donors to the dock project.

    MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson acknowledging the generous contributions of all the donors to the dock project.

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  • Terry Kohler '62 explaining why he wanted the new docks named after the inspirational Lowell North.

    Terry Kohler '62 explaining why he wanted the new docks named after the inspirational Lowell North.

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  • MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles, Lowell North, Terry Kohler and Tom Whidden, president of North Sails.

    MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles, Lowell North, Terry Kohler and Tom Whidden, president of North Sails.

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  • MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles, Terry Kohler, Lowell North, and Julie Soriero, DAPER Head.

    MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles, Terry Kohler, Lowell North, and Julie Soriero, DAPER Head.

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  • MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles, with leadership dock donors Tom Greytak, Ken Legg, Ardelle Legg, Steve Cucchiaro, Sheila Widnall, and Bill Widnall.

    MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles, with leadership dock donors Tom Greytak, Ken Legg, Ardelle Legg, Steve Cucchiaro, Sheila Widnall, and Bill Widnall.

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Dedication held at renovated Walter C. Wood '17 Sailing Pavilion

Lowell North and Terry Kohler '62 in front of the relief sculpture overlooking the new dock system.


In conjunction with the 75th anniversary of sailing at MIT, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) dedicated a new floating dock and a fleet of Firefly sailboats at the Walter C. Wood ’17 Sailing Pavilion on Saturday, April 28. The birthplace of intercollegiate sailing, the Wood Sailing Pavilion is the oldest university sailing pavilion in the world. Completed in 1936, it was named after then-sailing master and MIT graduate of the Class of 1917, who helped spawn the MIT Nautical Association.

The floating dock allowed MIT to straighten the front edge of the existing fixed docks while also rebuilding them. The system expects to double the lifespan of the boats, even when the water levels of the Charles River are 30 inches below the deck of the fixed portion of the dock. In addition, there is more deck space for social events and viewing of regattas.

During the celebration, a three-dimensional stainless steel relief sculpture of Lowell North was mounted on the exterior wall of the west wing of the pavilion overlooking the expansive new floating dock system. The inscription highlights the pioneering efforts he brought to the sailmaking industry through the extensive use of science and technology at North Sails. Lead donor Terry Kohler ’62 named the docks for Lowell North to illustrate the vast technological accomplishments of the olympian, world champion and pioneering businessman.

Additional enhancements include: the repurposing of boat bays to accommodate a seasonal changing room with day lockers; improved storage and organization of sails along with other equipment; and space for MIT’s Center for Ocean Engineering of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to test and teach classes in unmanned vehicle operations.

A new fleet of 20 colorful Firefly dinghies were purchased as well as six Cape Cod Catboats and six 420 Class sailboats. Also, the sixth generation fleet of carbon fiber tech dinghies is replacing the 35 existing tech dinghies at almost half the weight. All of these boats as well as the current fleet of racing FJs are equipped with brand new North Sails which were acquired this year.

Rounding out the renovation is a collection of more than 30 images provided by the MIT Museum which adorn the walls in the shore school as well as the Hatch Brown lobby area. The images not only depict the rich tradition of 75 years of MIT sailing but also highlight the great achievements of some of those who have sailed out of the pavilion.


Topics: Alumni/ae, Athletics, Campus buildings and architecture, Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER), Facilities, Giving, Student life, Students

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