Great Lakes Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (GLIOR)

Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22, 2019

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

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.  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 and Illinois-Chicago.

Past participating T10 boats - Glider, Lightning, Cheap Thrill, Terminal Velocity, Mutiny, Skidmarks, Amateur II, Ka-Mikaze, Waterworks, Jing Bang, Ratty, Retention and Hot Sauce. 

2019 Request for Invitation

Teams will receive invitations to register for this regatta on a rolling basis after July 1st. 

2019 GLIOR Shirt Order

2019 Yacht Scoring


Thank you to our 2019 GLIOR sponsors - Quantum Sails, Skyway Yacht Works and Beemsterboer Slag Corp.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is this regatta?

This regatta will be held at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club over the weekend of September 20-22 2019. On Friday, September 20th, teams are invited to practice in the afternoon. Racing will occur on Saturday and Sunday. Teams will depart on Sunday, September 22nd. A more detailed schedule will be out closer to the event. Teams will be sailing either a J105 or a T10 based on preferences and availability of yachts.

What is the Registration fee?

There is a regatta fee of $50/team. This fee helps cover part of the regatta expense.

How do I register my team?

Registration will be by invite only. Teams will submit an application to the regatta chairman and committee. Based off this application invitations will be sent out. Please watch out for details (to be sent in April 2019) on how to submit this application for your teams

What is a T-10?

The T-10 is a 33’ offshore one design keelboat. For more information, visit

What is a J105?

The J-105 is a 34’ offshore one design keelboat. For more information, visit

Will the owner of the boat be aboard during racing?

Yes, similar to the Storm Trysail Regatta, the owner (scrutineer) and a member of the crew (coach) will be aboard to assist in handling the boat and equipment. However, the collegiate team is making all racing decisions.

Our team only has a couple of members with keelboat experience, should we still come?

Yes, all levels of experience are welcome. Crews will have an opportunity to practice on Friday based on arrangements they make ahead of time with the boat owner.

When will boats be assigned to teams?

Boats will be assigned to team approximately 2 weeks before the regatta. Owners and teams will have an opportunity to schedule & coordinate practice.

Where will teams be housed?

It is highly recommended to secure your own housing if you have any Chicago connections. We are currently working on partnerships to provide additional housing for teams without a connection in Chicagoland.

Will prizes be given?

Yes! Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers.

Will food be provided?

Yes, this event is hosted in part with Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. Food can be purchased from the club throughout the weekend. Your regatta fee includes lunch each day, it does not include dinner or breakfast. Food preferences will be gathered prior to the event!

Who should we contact with questions?

Please contact regatta chairman Steve Karstrand at: or Nick Zomer at: