Ceilidh Cup

Posted by on 13 Oct 2016 in Event Reports

The Ceilidh Cup is an annual Keelboat Match Racing event hosted by the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, Helensburgh. It also incorporates the Scottish Student Sailing Match Racing Championships, and therefore sees a large number of Universities competing alongside non student teams. The very first British student sailing event of the year, it was over subscribed as teams were eager to put their new teams to the test.


The weekend saw light wind on both days, making for tense racing. Edinburgh started the round-robin with an unfortunate loss against reigning champions RNCYC due to an equipment failure. Made only more determined by this we then went on to win against Strathclyde Blue, forcing them to take a penalty just before the finish line allowing us to sail past. Further, a convincing win against Strathclyde Red set us up well going into the fourth race and we led St Andrews round the course until the last leg, where they managed to ride a gust down the course and pip us to the line. Downhearted by this, our spirits were low as the wind dropped off and racing was cancelled for the day.14646558_1248578178506966_1594834946_o

Sunday saw us focused as we took three straight wins against Aberdeen, Glasgow and St Mary’s Loch Sailing Club (a mixed team, including past and present Edinburgh students). This left us having won six out of eight races and a 75% win rate in our round-robin, but several teams were still to race each other so we were unsure of our position overall. As soon as we had finished our races the wind again died and the fleet was left drifting. We sat and watched as the sailors taking part in SSS Fleet Racing kept sailing in a small patch of wind near them.

After an hour of waiting, the race committee attempted to try and complete the round-robin, but again the wind didn’t play ball. More waiting ensued but we were told we could now head in, as now only a few university teams were staying out to attempt to race each other, in order to ensure the SSS prize could be awarded. Tensions were again high as we waited to hear if any team would match our results.

The prize giving started and with it came surprise as we found there was a three way tie for 1st place between Edinburgh, Strathclyde Blue and St Andrews. Due to the lack of a final series because of the wind and the method by which the SSS title is awarded, it happened that all three teams ended up with five wins in the six student-student races. This was rather unexpected but nonetheless we were delighted to take the title of SSS Match Racing Champions for Edinburgh University. We also left the event in second place over all with six wins in eight races, two wins behind RNCYC and one point ahead of Strathclyde Blue, which is always satisfying. Our thanks go out to the RNCYC and the race management who ran a great event!

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Sustainability and EUSC

Posted by on 13 Oct 2016 in News, Sustainability

At EUSC we love where we sail and so in order to do our bit to protect it, this year we will be taking part in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge! Sailing can be detrimental to the environment through spreading non-native species, the impact of litter (for example when you capsize and lose your favourite water bottle!), fuel spillages, and through creating unnecessary waste. As part of this challenge, we aim to reduce our environmental impact, and also help to spread the word about how you can do the same.

About the Challenge

Set up in 2005 by the RYA and British Marine, The Green Blue aims to promote sustainable boating and watersports for all water users. By teaming up with the British University Sailing Association, it has created a challenge which helps university sailing clubs to implement sustainable practices into their club activities. There are 21 university clubs entered in the challenge, but we plan on being the best!

We can’t wait to get involved, and 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 cutlery and recycling
  • Promoting the Clean, Check, Dry process to prevent the cross-contamination of invasive non-native species via boats and kit
  • 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 and like our Facebook page for updates, tips and all the club’s sustainability gossip!

Rebekka Thomas and Alex Elliott

(Sustainability Officers)


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SSS Fleet Racing Championships

Posted by on 12 Oct 2016 in Event Reports

We took part in the second ever SSS Fleet Racing Championships at Helensburgh SC at the weekend which was a great success! Two boats from the B team attended the regatta and had a great time.
Saturday started off with winds of 8-10 knots coming from the North East. Racing began at 11.00 am and Donald the PRO managed to get four races in before the wind died at the end of the fifth race resulting in a shortened course. The teams improved throughout the day as Jenny and Charlie became comfortable with the double handed boat finishing 5th in one of the races!

The Social was great on Saturday night as the SSS Fleets ran at the same time as the Ceilidh Cup (Sonar Match Racing Champs). RNCYC hosted everyone for a meal and allowed camping for free. A lot of fun was had by all especially when the social proceeded to the Rhu Inn.
Sunday challenged the teams a lot as the wind was oscillating and was a lighter 6-8 knots. With the forecast for the wind to totally drop off by 1.00pm everyone was prompt to launch and get out there. The day was a classic ‘keeping your eyes out of the boat’ day as patches of more breeze were obvious to see moving down the course. By 12 o’clock the wind was slowly dropping away but the PRO persevered and managed to get four races in. Joanna and Naomi were excited with gaining a 1st in one of the races and finishing 2nd overall.
With plans of areas to work on both teams are excited to get training and get their heads in the team racing zone for this season.

Thanks to Leanne Fischler for the photography!

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West Coast Cruise

Posted by on 5 Oct 2016 in Event Reports

The Sailing Club’s first cruise of the year started in Largs marina on Friday with 4 boats and 30 sailors heading for the beauti-ful town of Tarbert. We met up with some familiar faces from both Glasgow and Strathclyde universities who were doing a similar trip the same weekend.


We woke up on Saturday morning to near perfect conditions – with bright sunshine and winds of around 15knts – so set sail early across towards the Isle of Bute taking the scenic route through the Kyles of Bute. The sunshine was even enough to convince a few brave souls to take a dip in the freezing Scot-tish water – which apparently wasn’t as cold as it looked! The good weather continued mak-ing a great days sailing and after an afternoon of beautiful scenery and wildlife spotting (there were definitely dolphins) all 4 boats made it successfully to Tarbert harbour.


After a great evening socialising with the other universities and trips up to the castle it was time to set sail back to Largs, this time heading between the Isles of Arran and Bute. With less wind than the Saturday, sailing was more challenging, but thanks to our skippers and a little bit of help from the engines all the boats were back safely into Largs marina on Sunday afternoon. It was a great weekend all round and a fantastic introduction for members new and old who were trying it for the first time.


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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!


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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