Dinghy Taster Weekend

Posted by on 4 Oct 2016 in Event Reports

The 1st and 2nd of October saw the club’s annual Dinghy taster sessions take place on Linlithgow Loch. Over the two days, around 20 sailors of all levels took to the water. Weather on both days was ideal for beginners – with enough wind to go places (but not so much that things became unstable), and almost unbroken sunshine. Each day began with a runthrough of rigging and a dry tacking drill before we got on the water. For many participants, this was their first time in a sailing boat: and by the end of the weekend many of them had tried helming and even a little racing!

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This weekend was a primer for our programme of sunday sessions, where beginners will work through RYA Levels 1 & 2, learning the basics of sailing, while intermediates will work on Level 3 and the RYA advanced modules. The weekend was a huge success, with feedback from participants including: “Having lots of experienced sailors to show us how to rig the boats and stuff was good”, “plenty of time on the water”, “very good teaching” and “over all it was really fun.” A huge thank-you to Rebekka Thomas, Katie Hall, Mabel Ellerker, Jaylee Boer, Cameron Currie, and Charlie Williamson: without whom we couldn’t have run this event.

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Dinghy Trials

Posted by on 27 Sep 2016 in News

This past weekend saw the annual Edinburgh University Sailing Club’s annual Dinghy Trials at Linlithgow. We had a great turn out on Saturday with the return of some familiar faces as well as plenty of new talent. Despite gusts over 30 knots and the usual shifty Linlithgow conditions to deal with, all the sailors were out on the water and giving it their all. Most people, including some of the more experienced sailors, failed to make it through the day without a capsize or two.

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Sunday brought with it ideal conditions (and a few sore heads) with bright sunshine and a steady 15-20 knots. This gave the judges a chance to put the sailors through some fleet race starts and their team racing paces. At the end of the day the judges had the hard task of whittling down the 30+ applicants to 18.

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Thanks to the exceptionally high standard of our trials this year we have a very strong A, B and C team with a great pool of reserves. Thank you to everyone that tried out! A special shout out goes to our alumni who spend the weekend helping and picking teams. Thank you Mark (Trap), John (Tweak) and Ruth T for being our judges and Ross for helping run starts. We wish our teams the best of luck this year!

A Team
James L (c) and Hannah
Hugh and Rosie
Alex and Rebecca.

B Team
Joanna and Naomi
Jenny and Pierce (c)
Calum F and Charlie

C Team
Ed (c) and Oatrick
Sophie and James Holmes
Brendan and Mabel

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Welcome Week Details

Posted by on 15 Sep 2016 in News

Hello everyone, I hope you have been having a fantastic Welcome Week! Here’s some information about the sailing club’s upcoming events:

Capsize Lunch

Get excited as our first social, The capsize lunch, is today (Fri 16 September)! This event offers free lunch, and the chance to meet committee members and sign up for yachting and dinghy trials as well as the taster session. You can find the Facebook event here. Also join our Facebook group for more updates.

Membership

For insurance reasons, you will need a membership before joining us on the water. Memberships are available here. The £65 membership package also gives you a ticket to our annual boat party, so the choice should be easy!

Yachting Trials

Yachting trials are this Saturday (September 17th). To sign up for yachting trials you must either come to the Capsize Lunch tomorrow and talk to the yachting secretaries or email the yachting secretaries at yachtracing@eusc.org.uk. Join the yachting facebook group for more information.

West Coast Cruise

You will be able to put down a £40 deposit to reserve your spot on the west coast cruise tomorrow at the capsize lunch.

Dinghy Trials

For more information about Dinghy Trials you will be able to talk to our match secretary at the capsize lunch or email him at matchsec@eusc.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Ross Slater EUSC Secretary

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Sailing 2016/2017

Posted by on 31 Aug 2016 in News

Hello All,

Coming to the University of Edinburgh next year? Thinking about spending your free time at uni sailing?

The Edinburgh University Sailing Club has a lot to offer! We have competitive yachting and dinghy teams, beginner sailing, yacht cruising, great socials… The list goes on and on. We are a great club who cater to all sorts, something for everyone and every type. Come along and find out for yourself!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send us an email or join our facebook group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/EUSailingClub/

I hope everyone is just as excited for next year as I am. I look forward to meeting all of you during freshers week!

–Jaylee
EUSC Commodore 2016/2017

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SSS Yachting Championships

Posted by on 28 Feb 2016 in News

A weekend of light wind racing, sun tanning and banter.

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James and four of his favourite Freshers rocked up at Port Edgar Marina on Saturday morning, excited to race together for the first time and some (Rory) exited to sail a 707 for the first time.  After launching and drifting to the start line with the first race abandoned after 20 minutes because of a complete lack of wind, there was about an hour’s wait before the first race which Edinburgh won quite easily by a leg.  After that the other teams decided to get into gear a bit and Strath, with very risking starting procedures, went on to win the next six races in a row with Edinburgh getting a 2nd, some 3rds and a 4th due to some difficult starts and rusty manoeuvres due to our lack of training. However, a lot had been learnt from the first day and we were feeling quite happy in third place, roughly 4 points behind Aberdeen, with Strath in first place.  Emily went for a chilly dip in the water after sailing, much to everyone’s amusement and Hugh bailed on joining (sensible idea).

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Saturday evening was themed ‘tight and bright’ and James thought his chances were good due to his dashing rainbow coloured face.  We are really grateful to Ed for organising the evening, but also for getting absolutely steaming, not being able to find Hive and spending £50 in Pilgrim.

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Sunday saw lovely sunshine but still minimal wind.  Our main aim was to consistently finish a place or two ahead of Aberdeen in each race and then aim to take as many points from Strath as possible.  Our manoeuvres, spinnaker sailing and banter had all improved massively from Saturday and we were the fastest on the upwind legs of the race course every time.  This saw us get two second places (both ahead of Aberdeen), following up with three bullets in a row, we were looking like we could put a good amount of pressure on Strath but then inevitably the wind dropped to <1mph so the racing was finish for the day and for the weekend.  We finished in second place overall which we were very proud of considering the lack of racing experience with each other beforehand, plus many a vitamin D was absorbed from the lovely weather which we were granted with so who can complain?!

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