Club members 2016/17
We welcome all levels of sailing, from complete beginners to those who look to compete at a high level. The Club is made up of its 3 teams, a development squad and the RYA Sailing courses; which are run by team members who are qualified instructors. Whatever your sailing level, the Sailing Club welcomes all and focuses on making sailing fun and inclusive. Please come and meet us at sports fair to find out more!
We offer RYA courses for those who have never been in a boat before at a subsidised rate. The next step for those who have completed the RYA levels is GoSail. This is for those who already know the basics and want to improve their sailing in a more casual environment. At the next level there is a development team, aiming to bridge the gap between the team racing team and course level. The competitive aspect of our club focuses predominantly on the team racing discipline of sailing, which differs from the more common ‘fleet ‘ racing in it’s intensity and speed. Races usually last just 10 minutes, it combines boat handling and speed with tactics and teamwork. This year we will aim to get our teams to BUSA team racing finals, and have representatives at the BUSA fleet racing nationals and the BUSA match racing finals with the aim of scoring BUCS points in each.
Team training sessions will consist of a mixture of boat handling and team racing exercises with some theory. Prior Team Racing experience is not required for new team members as we take into account other factors, including potential, enthusiasm and commitment. We attend several events around the country, which is the perfect opportunity to put our training into practice, as well as going to some great socials! This results in a close knit community within the team, meaning that time spent sailing is always good fun.
Last year we received the Development Club of the Year award for our success in renovating the social sailing side of the club, gaining sponsorship and entering Match racing for the first time and coming first in the RYA finals. We run two successful events each year, the ‘Brummy Bender’, a University team racing event and the ‘Old Joe’, our alumni event. These events are a fantastic opportunity for the social and team members to integrate.
How to get into Sailing
Taster session and/or trial information will be available soon.
Please note that on top of the club fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.
Sailing is a competitive, fun and inclusive club.
3 skills this sport will give you:
Training times & venues
Team training: Every Sunday, 9-4 at Bartley Sailing Club
Social Sailing: Wednesday afternoon from 1 at Bartley Sailing Club
Successes and Achievements
2 teams qualified to BUSA Finals.
Top 3 result at BUSA Fleet racing championships
One of the few University Sailing Clubs to run a large Social Sailing programme alongside its successful team.
The sailing Club also hosts 2 large sailing events a year