The GLIOR is an annual fall regatta that provides an opportunity for collegiate sailors to experience the excitement of offshore keel-boat racing.

Participating teams come from college sailing programs in the Midwest and beyond.  Chicago T10 & Chicago J105 fleet members provide the sailboats and are on-board during racing as a safety precaution; the collegiate sailors drive, crew the boat and manage strategy and tactics; Chicago-area yacht clubs provide facilities and the fleets provide financial support, participant gifts and awards.

The regatta consists of windward/leeward buoy races on Lake Michigan offshore of Chicago.  


September 28, 2023

Purdue and Brown for the Win! 

September 26, 2022

The 2022 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (GLIOR) was hosted this past week, September 23rd through 25th 2022 at the Columbia Yacht Club (ColYC) in Chicago, IL.


"The highlight of our season."

For college sailors around the country

The regatta consists of windward/leeward buoy races on Lake Michigan offshore of Chicago.  Teams arrive on Friday and have the opportunity to practice on their assigned boats that afternoon.  

Race committee attempts as many races as possible all day Saturday and on Sunday morning.  Award ceremonies are Sunday during lunch and teams have the afternoon for travel back to campus.

Past participating college teams - Michigan, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, Hope College, Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Grand Valley State, Toledo, Northwestern, St. Mary's College of Md., Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Ohio State, South Florida, Miami, Baldwin Wallace, Indiana University, Marquette, Cleveland State University, United States Naval Academy, University of South Carolina, Notre Dame, Illinois-Chicago and more.Past participating T10 boats - Glider, Lightning, Cheap Thrill, Terminal Velocity, Mutiny, Skidmarks, Amateur II, Ka-Mikaze, Waterworks, Jing Bang, Ratty, M*A*S*H*, Retention, Hot Sauce and more.

Past participating J105 boats - The Asylum, Sealark, Vytis, Flying Pig, Gangbusters, Kinship and more.

2021 Race Chairs



This in an invite only event. Interested teams should contact us for a registration.


Practice will occur for teams on their assigned boats the Friday before the event.


Racing occurs Saturday and Sunday with around-the-bouy racing.


A Sundown event on Saturday evening and Awards Presentation on Sunday.


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