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Trinity Yacht’s JanieBy Diane M. Byrne — February 2005

For the Love of the Game

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Forget about the 104,000 orange-clad fans inside Neyland Stadium cheering and singing “Rocky Top,” the unofficial Univeristy of Tennessee fight song—the real party is aboard any of the aptly named Volunteer Navy boats rafted up across the river from the stadium. UT’s athletic department estimates that upwards of 200 boats—everything from houseboats to cabin cruisers—are a regular part of this floating tailgate party. It all started in 1962, when former Vol broadcaster George Mooney figured his runabout would get him to the stadium quicker—and in a better mood—than getting caught in Knoxville’s infamous traffic jams. These days the festivities start anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day or two before the opening kickoff, during which time total strangers quickly become best buddies. It’s easy to get caught up in the camaraderie, considering all you have to do to become part of the Volunteer Navy is toss a line to another boat and raft up. Of course, that’s also the equivalent of setting out an Open House sign, as fellow rafters can—and do—proceed to step aboard and take a look around. And don’t be surprised if a visitor comes aboard your boat, turns on your TV, and settles into your favorite settee to watch the game. Not everyone abandons the water for the stadium come kickoff. In fact, half the fun of being part of the Volunteer Navy is staying aboard your boat—or a stranger’s boat—and thrilling to each play going on across the river. And, of course, knowing that by the end of the day, you’ll have memorized every word to “Rocky Top.” —D.M.B.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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