Top Tips for Sustainable Boating

Posted by on 7 Feb 2017 in Sustainability

As part of our participation in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge, we have outlined 5 top tips for sustainable boating! You can follow these tips to join us in trying to protect the areas where we sail.

  1. Use reusable water bottles in order to reduce waste and prevent littering. We use reusable water bottles at all of our training and race sessions and make sure that we’ve tied them to the boats to stop them falling out in the event of any hairy capsize moments.
  2. Clean, Check and Dry all of your kit and your boats before and after sailing at a different venue. At EUSC we abide by the Clean, Check, Dry system whenever we travel to sailing events or transport boats between lakes in order to prevent the spread of invasive, non-native species.
  3. Save fuel by driving not driving at excessive speeds in the powerboats. Driving at slower speeds will not only help to conserve fuel (and money), but will also reduce the disturbance for local wildlife.
  4. Use a funnel or safety fill nozzle to prevent spillages when refueling RIBs. In case of spills, make sure that you have a spill kit handy and that all RIB users how to use it.
  5. When cleaning your boat or kit, make sure that you’re using environmentally friendly cleaners. We know your wetsuits can get pretty toxic but that doesn’t mean that the cleaners that you use have to be too!
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SunSail Series Final

Posted by on 16 Nov 2016 in Event Reports, News

On the 12th of November EUSC Yachting sent a new team all the way south to Southampton to compete in the SunSail series final which the 2016 BUCS yachting team had won entry for earlier in the year.

After arriving in the land of the ‘down south’ people very early of Saturday morning and had a quick 6 hours sleep they were ready to roll heading down to the boats to get sorted for the days racing. Along with our team of 7 EUSC sailors we were joined by 2 professional sailors to help us learn fast and race well with a new team that had not worked together before. Robbie and Pete were both very useful and taught us lots which helped our boat handling come together very quickly.

We arrived at the race area with a strong 20+ knots of wind blowing from the South East, however even in the time leading up to the 1st race the trend was that the wind was dying very rapidly. In the 1st race the tactician on board may have slightly missread the tide (in one of the most tidal venues in the world) and as a result of this the team crosses the start line about 1 boat length behind the rest of the fleet which immediately put us in a firefighting position looking for quick escapes to tack out and find a clean lane. Following a very shifty beat we managed to gain back several places to 8th. As the race progressed the wind continued to die and by the final beat we had 2 or even 3 people on the leeward rail to try and keep the heal on the boat! Despite the team sailing well we struggled to fight back to a great position due to the dying wind and a lack of boat speed.

Race 2 had a better start and were powering out to the left hand side of the course and most things were looking pretty sweet in a top 5 position then taking the long tack in to the mark we realised we were going really slow compared to other boats which was being made worse by the dying wind and increasing the speed differences between us and other boats. Half way down the 1st run someone chirped up with, I think the water tanks are still full (900kg of water)! So we had to run down and open all of the taps and empty out all of the water.

After the finish of race 2 the wind properly died and racing was abandoned leaving the team feeling a bit disheartened that we had forgotten to check the water tanks.

On the Sunday after a lovely evening in the quaint town of Hamble with everyone in bed nice and early ready for a full day of training on Sunday we headed out with the main focus for the training to be on boat handling. We had a great day in the sun and plenty of breeze working on our crew work and manoeuvres.

Overall we had a great weekend unfortunately not getting the result we came for due to a rookie error and some non-obliging wind but still learned lots and had plenty of fun ready for out next challenge.

We would also like to give a special thanks to Suzy’s mum for providing massive quantities of amazing food for us to enjoy over the weekend.

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Scottish Student Sailing League #1

Posted by on 15 Nov 2016 in Event Reports, News

On the weekend if the 12th/13th November, EUSC hosted the first Scottish Student Sailing League weekend at Lochore Meadows.

21 university sailing teams from across Scotland arrived on Saturday morning to battle it out and, in spite of some (many) minor wheel malfunctions, the boats were on the water and ready to race by 10am!

Changeable winds made for tricky sailing, with both the teams and the race committee having to constantly adjust to the flakey conditions. However, the race committee persevered and managed to get through 80 races before the wind finally gave up on us. After a hard day’s sailing, we all scuttled home to get ready for the team debrief.

At the end of the first day Edinburgh Blue were celebrating 6 wins with only one loss to the sneaky Strathclyde A, Edinburgh Green and White managed to average above a 50% win rate, and Edinburgh Puce pulled off a dazzling comeback in the afternoon after a slow start.

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Before we knew it, day two was upon us and the teams were back at Lochore bright and early and ready to race. Unfortunately, the wind had other ideas and the teams got their first glimpse of what a lazy Sunday might be like (ignoring the fact that they’d been up at 6am to get to the club) while they waited for it to arrive.

Once the wind decided to sheepishly make an appearance, we launched straight back into racing and managed to complete the remaining 69 races of the round robin before it snuck back off.

With the racing complete, it was the moment we had all been waiting for; the results! Edinburgh Blue came 2nd in their pool and won a place in the prestigious Platinum league, Edinburgh Green and White secured their places in Gold, and Edinburgh Puce sailed well but were unfortunately capped at Silver due to pesky rules about team changes.

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All in all, the teams raced well and made the best of changeable and tricky conditions. Thanks must be given to the Race Committee, umpires and all of the helpers, who made the event possible, and to Leanne Fischler for the photos!

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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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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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