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 . . . To celebrate our 15-year milestone, the VNBA is pleased to introduce 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.
FUTURE VOL NAVY DOCKS . . . You may have heard that the dock situated at Calhoun’s On the River recently sustained significant damage when it was struck by a vessel. As a result of the damage, that particular dock has been closed for the 2017 season. Some sections of the dock have actually been removed. There is good news, however. The other Vol Navy docks remain open and the Knoxville City Council has just approved a $350,000 renovation for ALL of the Vol Navy Docks. Funded through a generous grant provided by the TWRA, construction will begin sometime after this season and will be finished before the start of the 2018 season.