15 YEARS . . . Fifteen years ago, the Vol Navy Boaters’ Association (VNBA) was formed as the official online presence of the Vol Navy. Membership has grown steadily ever since. Membership is, and always will be, absolUTely free, so encourage everyone you know to join!
MEMBER CUPS ON SALE . . . The VNBA is pleased to once again offer a specially designed limited edition MEMBER Cup. Each transparent 22 oz plastic stadium cup features colorful lettering with a naUTical-themed message for both Buoys & Gulls. Excellent for game day parties and “every day” use, these cups are a great way to celebrate your membership in the Vol Navy. Purchase one cup for just $3, or take advantage of the “Give Him Six” discount and purchase six cups for the price of five. Purchase extra cups for family, friends & associates. Stock up for all of your tailgating & sailgating activities. Visit volnavyboaters.com/shop for details.
VOL NAVY HISTORY . . . Today’s Vol Navy had its humble beginnings in the early 1960’s, thanks to veteran Tennessee broadcaster George Mooney who provided play-by-play for the Vols from 1952-1967. Frustrated with the traffic jams that regularly occurred before and after the games, George decided to use his runabout to get to and from the game from his West Knoxville home. Because there were no docks, George had to tie his vessel to a tree and climb through rocks and weeds to get to the stadium.
Nearly 60 years later, the Vol Navy that regularly assembles on the Tennessee River adjacent to Neyland Stadium has grown from a “fleet” of one to an average of 150-200 vessels for every home game. Including the countless numbers of other vessels assembled on other the lakes and rivers in Tennessee (and around the world) on football Saturdays, the Vol Navy continues to grow in size and tradition.
Only ONE WEEKEND remains open for accommodations aboard the KokOasis during the 2018 football season – Homecoming vs UNC Charlotte (Nov 3). Docked under a covered slip adjacent to Ruth’s Chris Steak House and downtown Knoxville, this beautiful 75-foot Sharpe Houseboat is very roomy on the inside with lots of bonus space on the roof! Central heat and air conditioning provide cozy comfort all year round. Three staterooms, 2 full baths, a fully appointed kitchen, and a large hot tub on the upper deck provide additional comfort and convenience. Secure your football weekend stay aboard the KokOasis through Airbnb at KokOasis.com. The vessel remains docked at the marina throughout your stay, just a short 10-15 minute walk along the river past the VOL Navy to Neyland Stadium.
Matt has submitted the following message:
We’re from Raleigh and taking our boat on Lake Norman the Friday before the WVU game. Wanting to see if y’all are meeting up somewhere on the lake that day. Thanks!
Dear Volunteer Navy Boater’s Assn:
This may be a strange request, but we are fishing for an invite to join one of your members to boat to one of your games this year. I’ll buy the beer or make the appropriate donation to the Navy.
My wife and I own a Bayliner 4788 “Checkered Flag” – we are long-term UW Husky season ticket holders (60+ years in the family) and have boat moorage at all home Husky games. (Pictures to show we’re not making this up). Also, Drone footage of arrival at Husky Stadium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV6WZcXUyXc
We recently retired from our law firm; and are taking this fall off to travel to SEC games – starting with the Husky-Auburn game in Atlanta on September 1. We will be in the Southeast from then until Christmas and are most likely to land in Knoxville for the UTEP game on September 15 (but can adjust). We’ll plan on getting our own tickets on stub-hub.
Would love to participate in this experience and will kindly reciprocate for someone coming our way in future seasons.
Best regards, Kevin and Alicia Austin, CheckeredFlag@AeroRV.com
The City of Knoxville is working with TWRA on the Vol Navy Dock replacement. The city has not “received” any funds yet but the project has been earmarked by TWRA. The City and UT will provide the matching funds for the grant. We have design and budget ready, The City is just waiting on TWRA to confirm how the funds will be provided, which may not happen until after October 1. Regardless, the docks will not be replaced until after the 2018 football season ends.
Enjoy listening to “Vol Calls” this fall, broadcast from Calhoun’s On the River, while you cruise aboard the Queen Priscilla – a genuine 1968 U.S. Navy Captain’s Tender. Pick up some award-winning Calhoun’s ribs, BBQ, and other delicious Southern dishes, or pack your own picnic basket, including your favorite beverages.
Board the Queen Priscilla for your Wednesday “Call In” Cruise at the Calhoun’s dock 30 minutes before the broadcast begins. Seating is limited to 6 passengers per event, so book your event early. Reserve the whole boat for your group (up to six) for $90, or just $15 per person until the boat is full. Book your Wednesday “Call In” Cruise today at THIS LINK.
Departing from the Calhoun’s dock promptly at 8 pm (eastern), you will enjoy the delightful ambiance of our downtown harbor between the bridges while you listen to the broadcast in a truly unique setting. Place your own call from the boat! The Queen Priscilla will return to the dock at 9 pm.
“Vol Calls” is the exclusive state-wide radio program that invites Tennessee fans to call in and speak with the head coaches of the Tennessee Volunteers from anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-688-8657. Tennessee customers of Verizon may also dial #TENN.
Book your Wednesday “Call In” Cruise today at THIS LINK.
2018 Wednesday “Call In” Cruise Schedule
- Wednesday, Aug 29 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Sep 01 vs West Virginia (Charlotte)
- Wednesday, Sep 05 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Sep 08 East TN State University
- Wednesday, Sep 12 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Sep 15 Texas – El Paso
- Wednesday, Sep 19 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Sep 22 Florida
- Wednesday, Sep 26 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Sep 29 @ Georgia
- Wednesday, Oct 03 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Oct 06 open date
- Wednesday, Oct 10 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Oct 13 @ Auburn
- Wednesday, Oct 17 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Oct 20 Alabama
- Wednesday, Oct 24 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Oct 27 @ South Carolina
- Wednesday, Oct 31 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Nov 03 Charlotte
- Wednesday, Nov 07 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Nov 10 Kentucky
- Wednesday, Nov 14 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Nov 17 Missouri
- Wednesday, Nov 21 . . . Vol Calls . . . 8 pm (eastern)
- Nov 24 @ Vanderbilt
As we all prepare for the 2017 Football season, please be aware of an emergency dock closure. The public boat docks at Calhoun’s on the River will be closed until early next year when repairs can be made following a crash involving a private boat, city officials said.
Stay Tuned for updates!