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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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.

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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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