The Savannah Sailing Center was formed in 1993 in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Yachting events. The original mission of the SSC was the training of on the water volunteers and management of the races during the Olympic events. The SSC assisted in hosting over 10 international regattas, including the 1996 USA Olympic team trials.
After so much time and effort planning and running the Olympic Games, those involved in creating the Savannah Sailing Center wanted to ensure that Savannah was left with a way of passing on this wonderful sport. Many of the sponsors who funded the original SSC mission continue to support the efforts of the Savannah Sailing Center.
It was because of this continued vision, and the help of the Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department, that our current Savannah Sailing Center Lake Mayer facility was born.
Lake Mayer is the main SSC facility and continues to be a great location for beginners, both young and old, to get their feet wet and learn to sail through our Saturday lessons or summer camp program. It also helps host our high school sailing and serves as training grounds for our US Sailing instructors course. This site also features our new office and climate controlled classroom for instruction. Our fleet at Lake Mayer includes (12) Optimist dinghies, (7) 420’s, (6) Sunfish, and (2) Harpoon day sailors. This fleet is used throughout the year to support our instructional programs.
We also have an outreach facility in Sunbury, Georgia, located just south of Richmond Hill. This outreach facility supports the high school and middle school programs south of the Savannah area. This open water location is used for more advanced racing clinics and is continually being developed.
Through the generous help of Sail Harbor Marina in Wilimington Island, the SSC is able to host many of their regattas on the Wilmington River, adjacent to the marina.