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:
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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Environmental Policy 16/17

Posted by on 9 Feb 2017 in Sustainability

Edinburgh University Sailing Club (EUSC) has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities. As such, this policy statement will set out the commitments that the club has made in the academic year 2016/17 to fulfill this objective.

1. Publicity

EUSC will commit to raising awareness of sustainability issues in sailing to club members and attendees of club events, particularly through social media and the club’s website.

2. Fuel Consumption

EUSC will commit to reducing its fuel consumption by making RIB users aware of the environmental impact of driving powerboats at excessive speeds.

3. Fuel Spillage

EUSC will reduce the risk of fuel spillage by ensuring that all refueling of powerboats is done using a funnel. In case of fuel spillages, EUSC will ensure that spill kits are always on hand, both at training and at race events that the club is hosting.

4. Reusable Water Bottles

EUSC will commit to the reduction of waste by encouraging the use of reusable water bottles at training sessions, fitness sessions and race events. EUSC will not provide single use water bottles at race events and will encourage competitors to bring their own reusable bottles.

5. Clean, Check, Dry

EUSC will promote the Clean, Check, Dry system to its members, particularly through social media. EUSC will implement a Clean, Check, Dry system at race events to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species and will ensure that EUSC boats are washed before and after being transported between and used at different inland venues.

6. Saving Water

EUSC will commit to reducing the wastage of water, particularly when implementing the Clean, Check, Dry system, by using hoses with trigger nozzles.

7. Recycling 

EUSC will commit to promoting recycling at socials, training sessions and race events that the club is hosting through raising awareness of the importance of recycling, particularly via social media and the club’s website, and providing recycling facilities at events hosted by the club.

8. Review

EUSC will revisit and review this policy annually in order to check progress and evaluate whether improvements can be made.


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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.


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.


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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