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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Scottish Student Sailing League #2

Posted by on 7 Feb 2017 in Event Reports

Once again, the magnificent members of the Edinburgh University Sailing Team found themselves embarking upon a journey of adventure and self-discovery, in Glasgow. Bags were packed refreshments purchased, and transport boarded.

 After a Friday of wild dancing, Saturday morning dawned to the sound of twenty four sailors eager for a day of sailing. Food was foraged, and the teams found themselves gazing onto a glassy loch. After much delay and only a couple of wind dances, racing started and by the end of the day a round had been completed.

A-Team, led by James Archibald Logan, performed like the well-oiled machine that they are. Winning the majority of their races in the Platinum Fleet only finishing third after the frustrating math of a three-way-tie-breaker. Their only loss to Glasgow A involved a powerboat driving though the race course. Their last race against Strath A was a stressful affair involving the conversion of a 2-4-5 into a 2-3-5 at mark four and over the course of the last beat, to narrowly carry the race.

The B-Team crushed all before them! (With the exception of Aberdeen A) Brendan Teddy Lynch and Naomi Tiffany Fallows sailed predictably aggressively. Calum Finlayson and Charles Reginald Williamson proved invaluable in holding out opposition boats on the beat. Jenny Kate Dinwoodie engaged in some of the most excruciatingly polite team racing SSS has ever seen. The end of racing found B-Team sitting second in Gold Fleet.

Led by Edward Dowes the Great, and Patrick Bard; C-Team completely fudged it. Sophie Goodrich did her best to Titanic her firefly off the pontoon, thankfully the boat was patched with tape and managed to finish the day. C-Team – despite their impressively complicated system of code-words – finished the day in Silver Fleet. Ever defiant, C-Team left the loch vowing to win the social.

 Under the leadership of the Cian Ryan the D-Team sailed outstandingly. The team made up almost entirely of team racing rookies won four of their five races. This placed them second in Silver Fleet. The D’s day culminated in a tense final race, in which they converted a 1-5-6 into 1-4-5  following a very tense tacking battle on the final beat.

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The sun rose on Sunday and our intrepid sailors were once again greeted by frost, and a loch made of glass. The wind this day did not fill in. However, Sunday was not a total write off as many members of teams enjoyed ‘a lovely country walk’ or a ‘muddy tromp around a field.’ Perspective is everything. Recoveries were made, awards handed out, and all teams returned to Edinburgh triumphant.


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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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