Cameron Trophy 2017

Posted by on 9 Nov 2017 in Event Reports, News

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This past weekend, a team from Edinburgh University sailing club participated in the Cameron Trophy, a training event designed to get more sailors involved in student yachting in Scotland.

 

Getting up bright and early on Saturday, we headed to Port Edgar Marina in Queensferry for the event, where we got ready and were briefed by some familiar faces, including former EUSC sailor Ross Malloy, and current EUSC team racer and Cameron Trophy event-coordinator Brendan Lynch. After releasing the warps, we were off, and sailed under the bridge to Queensferry bay, where we began with a morning of training followed by some of the first races in the afternoon. As most of us were new to racing in 707s there was a learning curve for everyone, and as well as most of us trying out new positions in the boat that we had to get used to, we also faced some tough competition from the other Scottish teams, such as the University of the Highlands and Islands, who made the tactical choice to field a team almost entirely composed of Strathclyde sailors.IMG_1934

 

In the first race we competed in our outhaul broke, and replacing it with our reefing line and a sail tie meant that we were a DNF. In the second race we improved significantly, jumping up to third place and by the third race we had achieved second place and things were looking up. Some tactical issues, fluctuating wind conditions and strong tide meant that the final race of the first day was also a DNF, but we finished on high spirits and were satisfied that over the course of the day we did learn a lot. As the sun set we packed our boat away, took most of the other teams we were hosting back to our flats, and then onto a chilled out curry social followed by a flat party hosted by one of EUSC’s sailors and then a night out at Potterow.

On the Sunday, we got changed, were briefed and after some last minute crew changes and some questionable chat from Miles about what his farts smelt like, were back out on the water. For the morning session we sailed back to Queensferry bay, where we spent the morning doing some tacking drills and practicing hoisting and dropping our spinnaker, which was something we had wanted to improve on from the Saturday.IMG_1932

Finally, it was time to race again. While in the first race we finished fifth out of sixth, our training paid off, and we then proceeded to get third place and two second place finishes towards the end of the day, despite the wind almost completely dying while we were racing, conveniently only picking up again once the racing was over. Overall over the weekend we finished fourth, and the first prize went to the University of the Highlands and Islands, but we had fun and learnt a lot, and I think all of us are now very keen to get involved with more yacht racing in future.IMG_1935

 

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Glasgow Grouse 2017!

Posted by on 9 Nov 2017 in Event Reports, News

The Glasgow Grouse 28th-29th October

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Edinburgh Green and Blue started as they mean to go on, getting truly binned on Friday. The famous Grouse Ceilidh was taken more seriously than the team racing, and a lit time was had by all.

 

The teams were greeted by hangover curing conditions on Saturday, with the breeze howling through Bardowie Loch.

 

Edinburgh Blue smashed all 5 of their races on Saturday winning all 5, despite the challenging conditions. Worth special mention was the Captains stunning mark 3 trap, in which he caused the two opposition boats to capsize, while Lames Jogan and the Fresher sailed into a comfortable 1,2,3.

 

Edinburgh Green, also dominated in their two races on Saturday winning both and setting up an exciting Sunday.

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On Saturday evening, having just about recovered from the night before, the teams dressed up as Phobias. Edinburgh Blue dressed up as clowns, which was truly terrifying and attractive at the same time; with Lames looking particularly sexy in his pair of booty hugging white leggings. Edinburgh White were clearly up for some action at viper, dressing provocatively in fishnets – Brendan wore them best it must be said, woof !!

 

Sunday dawned and any prospects of racing looked dim. The breeze was patchy and light, however, the quality race team from Glasgow managed somehow to complete the round robin. Edinburgh Green again performed excellently, winning their remaining 3 races in gold league. Edinburgh Blue took advantage of an empty schedule on Sunday, to make a well-earned trip to Maccies; which for many was the highlight of the weekend.23000401_1901281726563583_4672941211560888635_o

 

By winning their respective leagues both teams made the quarter finals, which, due to the lack of wind, were raced in a best of 1 format. Edinburgh Blue raced Edinburgh Import in a close fought battle, unfortunately the opposition won with a 1,3,6, just clinching the race on the final beat. Edinburgh White were also beaten by Strath in their Semi – losing 3,4,6; despite some quality team racing calls coming from Brendan.

 

A great weekend was had by all and despite failing to win their quarter finals both teams learnt huge amounts in their first event of the season. We now move on to SS1 this weekend.

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The Green Blue Challenge 2017/18

Posted by on 1 Nov 2017 in News

This year, EUSC will be participating in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge for the second time. As sailors, we know that the sport can be damaging to the environment, impacting negatively upon ecosystems through spreading non-native species, disrupting natural habitats and wildlife, and what we leave behind (like litter and fuel spillages). We aim to limit the club’s impact on the environment, and also to increase awareness about the effect our own actions have on our surroundings.

The Green Blue was founded in 2005 by the RYA and British Marine in order to promote sustainable boating and watersports practice, and to increase awareness of environmental issues. The challenge we are taking part in is a joint venture with the British University Sailing Association, aimed at helping university sailing clubs implement sustainable practices in their club activities.

We will be undertaking some of the following actions in order to ensure that our sailing is as sustainable as possible:
• Tackling littering and reducing our own waste at sailing sessions and events by using reusable water bottles and recycling;
• Promoting the Clean, Check, Dry process to prevent the cross-contamination of invasive non-native species via boats and kit;
• Protecting wildlife and their habitats by ensuring we keep the areas we sail in clear of litter, and by disposing of it properly;
• Tackling oil spills by ensuring that spill kits and instructions on how to use them are available at our sessions;
• Promoting general awareness of sustainability in sailing through our website, social media and sustainability resources at the club.

For more information on the challenge and how you can do your bit to promote sustainability in watersports, see The Green Blue’s website: http://thegreenblue.org.uk.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@EUSailingClub) and like our Facebook page to see our progress in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge!

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Welcome Week 2017!

Posted by on 12 Sep 2017 in News


We hope you’re all ready for the new year, we’ve got so much planned! Here’s everything you need to know for the coming Weeks:
13/14 September – Sports Fair
Come and meet us at the sports fair to find out more about
the club and sign up for our taster sessions and team trials!
11am-4pm Wednesday and Thursday in the Pleasance Gym
15 September – Capsize Lunch
Come to our sign up lunch at our new sponsor bar,
Finnegan’s Wake, 3 pm on Friday! Buy your membership,
get to know some club members and sign up for our
events.
https://www.facebook.com/events/116970579007305
16/17 September – Dinghy Taster Weekend
Want to try dinghy sailing? Come along to our taster
session this weekend and try a great new sport! Sign up at
the Freshers Fair or the Capsize Lunch
https://www.facebook.com/events/655681501303434
23/24 September – Dinghy Team Trials
If you’re looking to Team Race for the university then you’ll
have to try out at our Team Trials Weekend. Sign up at the
Freshers Fair or the Capsize Lunch.
https://www.facebook.com/events/131917457430247
30 September – Yachting Taster Day
Come along to our yachting taster day – BBQ will be
provided and the scenery will be beautiful, sailing under all
three of the Forth bridges!
https://www.facebook.com/events/121977668461375
1 October – Open Yacht Race Training Day
We are trying a new training program this year so if you want
to get involved then join our Yacht Racing group for more info!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/euscyachtracing
4 October – Boat Party
Kick off your year dancing the night away in your best
fancy dress on a cruise boat in the middle of the Firth of
Forth!
https://www.facebook.com/events/268356260347026
7/8 October – West Coast Cruise
The biggest trip this semester! Join us as we sail to Tarbert
on what will definitely be a memorable weekend! Places are
very limited so put your deposit down early!
https://www.facebook.com/events/132741314020295/
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