Three UYC members dressed in uniform standing around a flag pole raising flags.

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Technically, University Yacht Club never closes. Throughout the year there are social events, board meetings, meals in the dining room and members coming back and forth to their boats. But nothing is ever as necessary to the lifeblood of any yacht club as Opening Day.

Tradition dictates yachting attire for the men, including navy jackets, white slacks and the club insignia on the jacket pocket. Women have a bit more flexibility.

This year on Saturday, April 6, more than 150 members and guests attended the formal opening ceremony on UYC’s Great Lawn behind the clubhouse, followed by a buffet dinner inside.

“Yacht club traditions give us time to pause and think of all those who have been part of UYC’s 74-year history,” said Commodore Steve Simpson. “And while we boat, socialize and participate in events all year, Opening Day is celebrated as the beginning of the boating season.”

Fleet Chaplain Bruce Shortell conducted the Blessing of the Fleet, signifying that all the members’ vessels – sail and power – are ready for the season.

University Yacht Club is a 501 (c) 7 private membership club, located at 6649 Yacht Club Rd, Flowery Branch.

For information about the club, visit or call 770 967-2814.

Photos: courtesy of UYC