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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Glasgow Grouse

Posted by on 2 Nov 2016 in Event Reports

The first sailing competition of this years calendar, The Glasgow Grouse took place last weekend which saw 4 Edinburgh teams and an Edinburgh Alumni team compete against their Scottish rivals. Everyone woke up early Saturday morning to make our way to Bardowie loch to register and rig the boats keen for an exciting day of sailing.

Unfortunately, a heavy mist was sitting on the lake preventing any wind and the forecast was not showing much promise, the morning consisted of lots of sailors cramming into the club to stay out of the cold air, we even had some brave people attempt wakeboarding in the freezing water.

Finally at 2 pm the race committee decided to cancel all races for the day as it was looking like we weren’t going to get any wind leading to everyone rushing to pack up the boats and head home for the afternoon.

In the evening all got ready putting on our fancy clothing including some questionable kilts and headed out for the Ceilidh held at the Glasgow University Union where everyone had a great time even if you were left spinning in circles trying to figure out what to do next.

Sunday saw everyone ready for a full day of sailing but as we arrived we were met with a glassy loch. Eventually, a breeze came over and despite many worries it stuck allowing everyone to quickly grab their boats and sail out to start racing. What followed was an intense day of sailing that thanks to a great race committee allowed us to get in a full 60 races, a quarter finals, semi-finals and final race.

RNCYC ended up winning the Grouse against Strathclyde Blue and an Edinburgh University Alumni team, Edinburgh Import beating Edinburgh A in a highly contested playoff to take 3rd place, leaving Edinburgh A in 4th. It was a great first event for all teams, giving some great experience and lots to learn from ready for the first SSS league event next weekend.

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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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