The University of Iowa Sailing Club (UISC), established in 1965, is one of the oldest student organizations. Its purpose is to promote the sport of sailing by providing boats and sailing instruction and organizing fun sailing related activities for club members.  

The UISC is open to the public and members sail from April to November on Lake Macbride. The UISC is a very diverse group of people, with many countries (USA, Scotland, China, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Russia...a very international group), many different occupations represented, and all age groups. 

The UISC is also a volunteer organization. All lessons, maintenance, and club organization are accomplished by the members of the club.   Each member is expected to contribute to the UISC in one or more of these three areas.

Day Sailing

The UISC maintains a fleet of FJs, Lasers, Hobies, MC scows and other daysailers which are easily sailed by 1-3 people. The fleet includes J/24 class boats as well.


Intercollegiate Racing Team - The UISC sponsors an intercollegiate racing team, open to undergraduates. The team travels during the year to several regattas, hosted by schools such as Northwestern, University of Michigan, and Brown University. Contact the Rear Commodore or the Team Captain for more information (see Officers, left sidebar).

Club Racing - The UISC hosts many racing events during the year, including informal weekend races and the annual Bastille Day Regatta, open to all members of the club. Racing is quite informal, and it's a great way to meet members of the club and increase knowledge of sailing.

Social Activities

The club hosts several social gatherings throughout the year for members to meet one another, the biggest and most important is our Bastille Day Regatta and Party in July.


Our group occasionally travels to regattas in other parts of the Midwest. In past years members traveled to Lake Red Rock near Knoxville, IA, to Clear Lake, IA, and as far as Gull Lake, MN for a Laser regatta.