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Friends of Georgetown Sailing is an organization of alumni, parents, and friends of Georgetown Sailing whose primary purpose is to promote a heightened awareness of and an active interest in the Georgetown University Sailing program.

Members have been actively involved in raising funds to supplement the budget and provide opportunities to the sailing program through annual, current-use donations.

In the 2007-08 school year, Friends of Georgetown Sailing raised $112,632.93 from 170 donors.

In addition, members receive newsletters and invitations to club events each year.

Friends of Georgetown Sailing is completely volunteer driven and needs your help! The Club President is Tor Holtan (P'09) The Club Vice President is Cindy Hassler (P'10)


The Friends of Georgetown Sailing (FGS), in conjunction with Hoyas Unlimited and Georgetown Athletics, is seeking your support for the Varsity Sailing program at Georgetown University. The Sailing Team has had exceptional results, finishing the 2007-2008 season as National Champions and finishing in the top ten nationally for the 2006-2007 season. A substantial portion of the team's budget comes from donations from alumni, parents and sailing fans and the team needs additional resources and support to maintain its tradition of excellence.


The Quigley Society is an honorary society of those who have given substantial support to the Sailing Team. The Society is named after Martin Quigley '39 who started the sailing program at Georgetown and was instrumental in establishing sailing as an intercollegiate sport.
Quigley Society members have their names inscribed on a Quigley Society plaque prominently located in McDonough Gymnasium.

There are currently 3 levels within the Quigley Society:

Commodore Level: $25,000. The Commodore Club is the highest level within the Quigley Society. Members of the Commodore Club of the Quigley Society pledge to donate $25,000 or more to the Team. Commodore Club members will also become members of Georgetown University's exclusive Blue & Gray Society and will receive the following special privileges:

1. Naming one of the annual FGS Sailing Awards in your own name or in honor of a person of your choosing for a 3-year period (i.e. the "Marie Smith Sailor of the Year Award). The coaches determine all of the award recipients and awards are given each Spring.

2. The right to name a new GUST sailboat with the name of your choice. This opportunity will occur as new boats are purchased by the team.

3. Your name inscribed as a Commodore Club member on the permanent Friends of Georgetown Sailing Quigley Society Plaque in the McDonough Field House; and

4. An engraved Quigley Society plaque with a half model of a Georgetown FJ.

Captain's Level: $10,000. Members of the Captain's Club of the Quigley Society pledge to donate at least $10,000. Captain's Club members become members of Georgetown's exclusive Blue & Gray Society and also are entitled to name a GUST sailboat with the name of their choice. Captain's Level members also receive an engraved Quigley Society plaque with the half model of a Georgetown FJ in addition to having their names engraved as a Captain's Club member on the Quigley Society plaque in McDonough Gymnasium.

Fleet Member: Fleet Members of the Quigley Society pledge to donate at least $5,000 to the Sailing team and receive an engraved half model of a Georgetown FJ, the right to name a GUST FJ sailboat as well as having their names inscribed on the Quigley Society Plaque in the lobby of McDonough Gymnasium as a Quigley Fleet Member.

Young Alumni: Current Georgetown sailors and sailing team alumni who have been out of college for 10 years or less can become provisional Quigley Society members for a pledge of $500, payable over up to 5 years.


Of course, donations are not limited to joining the Quigley Society; donations of any type and size are welcome and very much appreciated by the Sailing Team. Please help the very hard working members of the sailing team in any way you can! Donations by check should be made payable to Friends of Georgetown Sailing and mailed to FGS c/o Hoyas Unlimited, McDonough Arena, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 20057. You can make credit card donations online at To make a pledge, or to discuss ways to help the team, please contact any of the following:

Mara Vandlik - Assistant Director, Hoyas Unlimited: or 202-687-7159
Tor Holtan - President FGS: or 212.297.2111
Cindy Hassler - Vice President FGS: 

Donations to FGS are tax deductible gifts to Georgetown University and you will receive a gift receipt from Georgetown University. Donations to FGS are counted toward your annual fund gift and are included in determining eligibility for the Blue & Gray Society of the University. The Blue & Gray Society is a University-wide giving society, for those who give a minimum of $10,000 of annual support to the University, including Friends of Georgetown Sailing. The benefits of the Blue & Gray society include:

  • Special invitations to lectures and seminars
  • Regional Blue and Gray Society meetings, receptions, dinners and luncheons with University leaders
  • The opportunity to participate in the biennial Blue and Gray Society Weekend, in which society members, University leaders and renowned faculty gather for debate on current issues
  • Periodic updates from the University President, John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., and key academic leaders

In addition to commitments through the Quigley Society on an annual basis, FGS and Georgetown Athletics are committed to creating legacy donor opportunities, such as endowments for operations or capital expenditures, which support the Georgetown Sailing Program. If you have interest in making such a commitment, please contact Blanton Jones, Director of Development for Athletics, at (202) 687-2394, or via e-mail at

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If you are interested in helping the sailing program through Friends of Georgetown Sailing, please contact Hoyas Unlimited at 202-687-7159 or email