The annual SUSA Yachting championships take place at Port Edgar in South Queensferry. The event is held in a one-design fleet of Hunter 707 keelboats. This is a lead up event for the BUSA Yachting Championships which take place over the Easter Holidays on the South coast. This year there is also a new SSS Fleet Racing event, the Crouton Cup, at Port Edgar in October and this year the two Edinburgh teams finished in first and second place!
Match racing, the style of racing made famous by the Americas Cup, involves 2 boats fighting it out in a battle of tactical calls and boat handling around a windward-leeward course. Quick thinking and good knowlege of the rules are essential as situations change constantly. The pre-start period is especially important, as the boat which gets away with the better start has the upper hand from the outset.
The club usually enters 2 teams into the SUSA Match Racing Champs, held at the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club (Helensburgh) in October.
Port Edgar Club Racing
Port Edgar Yacht Club is located in South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh (underneath the Forth road bridge). The club has a very active fleet of yachts who compete in handicap racing every Wednesday and at weekends. Boats are always looking for crew, and EUSC members are welcome to come along and join in the racing action. Turn up in plenty of time for the start of racing to check the ‘crew needed’ board outside the clubhouse. Failing this, a walk around the marina will usually get you a place on a boat. If you are able to get down regularly it is often possible to get a more stable position on a boat, and work as part of the crew over the season. A great way to improve your skills as a keelboat sailor! Details of the racing calendar can be found on the PEYC website.