A New Home for Sailing at Tufts

The new Bacow Sailing Pavilion opens with storage for boats, home and visiting team rooms and a carpenter’s shop
Watch a slideshow from the dedication of the Bacow Sailing Pavilion on Oct. 25. Photos: Matthew Modoono
October 28, 2013

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What the new Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center offers landlubbers, the Bacow Sailing Pavilion now provides for boaters. The three-floor pavilion on Upper Mystic Lake, built on the foundation of its 60-year-old predecessor, provides storage for every lark and laser of Tufts’ fleet of 44 boats, a modern carpenter’s shop for boat repair and home and visiting team rooms.

The upper level includes a kitchen, a conference room, a coach’s office and a great room for regatta gatherings, as well as what sailing coach Ken Legler deems the best feature: a long observation deck overlooking the race course. “For those who think sailing is not a spectator sport,” says Legler, “imagine a live feed with high cameras combined with running commentary of home regattas.”

During his 10 years at the university’s helm, President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow—once a collegiate sailor—championed efforts to improve student fitness and strengthen athletics. The pavilion, named in honor of him and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, will ensure that sailing remains a vital part of the university for generations to come.

Many of the spaces within the pavilion have been named for generous supporters of the undertaking. They include the Gantcher Deck, supported by Alice and Nathan Gantcher, A62, H04; the Perry and Marty Granoff Great Room, supported by Perry and Marty Granoff, A91P; the Porter Family Kitchen, supported by Tim and Carla Porter, A14P; the Crystal Lake Room, supported anonymously; and the Hodess Family Flag Pole, supported by Paul T. Hodess, A61, E61, A01P, A06P, and Annette L. Moser-Hodess, G69, A01P, A06P.

Kristin Livingston can be reached at kristin.livingston@tufts.edu