Welcome to the University of Warwick Sailing Club
What we are:
An active, diverse and vibrant club full of wonderful people, always looking for new members and catering for all sailing levels. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to give sailing a go, a dinghy racer waiting to show off your talent, an experienced yachtie looking for like-minded sailors or you simply want to have a great social life with a bit of sailing in between, we have something for you!
Who we are: Meet our new 2013-2014 Executive Committee
President: Millie Craker-Horton
Vice-President: Chris Gudde
Treasurer: Ed Thompson
Team Racing Captain: Jenny Kasper
Yacht Racing Captains: Will Ormerod & Stephen Heap
Social Sec: Tom Needham
Casual Sailing Coordinators: Hermione Stanley & Gorg Stockley
Bosun: Ben Mackley
To find out more about our society and to get involved, visit us at the Sports Fair or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and get on our mailing list to hear about everything that's going on and visit our page here http://warwicksailing.wix.com/club.
Click here for the latest news and go to our wix page (above) for frequent updates about what's going on along with our facebook and twitter links.
The main form of inter-university sailing competition is team racing and our teams form the core of the sailing club. This is an exciting and challenging form of sailing, where sharp boat-handling skills and quick thinking are at a premium.
We own a fleet of 6 firefly dinghies, kept at Draycote water sailing club (25 minutes drive from campus). These are small, maneouverable, 2 man boats which are ideal for team racing.
Recently we've put in a bid for some new boats which has been accepted so hopefully we'll have a whole new fleet coming soon!
When we sail
Normally our racing teams train every Wednesday and the occasional Saturday or Sunday in terms 1 and 2. We compete at a number of events at other universities throughout the year (as well as hosting our own Warwick Turtle) culminating in the British university championships during the Easter holidays. For the last two years we have qualified two teams for this event, which is only for the top 24 university teams in the country.
How to get involved
Although we do not regularly compete in fleet racing events, there are both the BUSA nationals and BUSA inland championships where you can represent your university, either in a university boat or your own. These events are always fun and relaxed with a good social scene. As a member of Warwick uni sailing club you will also be able to compete in club racing at Draycote Water, where we sail.
Despite being about the furthest from the sea of any British university, Warwick sailing club has a pretty active yachting section. Throughout the year we do cruising, fleet racing, match racing and occasionally even some team racing in keelboats.
We generally offer a couple of casual yachting trips throughout the year to all our members, irrespective of experience (although people with experience and qualifications are always in demand!).
Warwick enters yachting teams into several fleet racing events throughout the year, culminating in the BUSA yachting nationals at Easter. These events are all held in Sunfast 37s and we enter teams of 8, usually of mixed levels of experience (don't worry if you've never even been on a yacht before!) Despite this we tend to do pretty well, with our first team finishing 6th out of 35 teams at BUSA 2009, and in the top third in 2011. We also aim to enter teams every year into the BUSA match racing competition, sailed in the much smaller J80s (changed to Sonars in 2010).
Warwick also had the opportunity to send a team to La Rochelle for a yachting competition. The team was made up of both seasoned yachters and relative novices and they managed to hold their own against teams from universities across the world. It was a brilliant weeks sailing and all the team had to pay was their travel costs.
At Warwick we aim to provide an alternative to team or match racing and therefore offer casual sailing to all our members, irrespective of ability. If you've never sailed before, are a bit rusty or are a good sailor but can't manage the commitment of being on the team, then we have plenty of opportunities for you. We own 6 Fireflies and 6 Laser II dinghies, in which beginners will often receive some free tuition from our more experienced members, many of whom are qualified instructors.
Over the course of the year we aim to offer:
Every summer we have our annual sailing club tour, where we go off to exotic places and sail exotic boats. We try to alternate between dinghy and yachting tours. In 2008 we went dinghy sailing on Lake Garda, Italy, while summer 2009 was yachting in Croatia. This year we are planning even bigger and better things and hope to have a Yachting trip and maybe try our hands at some other water sports as well.
Off the water, the club has a fun, friendly and active social scene. Whether you are on the team or just want to come along for the fun, everyone is welcome. We have a dedicated team of 'social sailors' whose commitment to dry land is impressive! Wednesday evening is the main social night and our attendance rate at POP on campus is high (your commitment to the fancy dress theme will not go unnoticed!) Other socials include pub golf, plenty of other nights out in Leamington and any suggestions for more unconventional socials will be embraced with open arms! At each sailing event we attend, there is always a massive Saturday night social where you get a chance to meet sailors from universities all around the country. Come along to POP at the beginning of term and say hi!
BUSA playoffs 2010
Updated Tue 09 Mar 2010
The Credit Suisse Warwick Turtle 2011
Updated Tue 01 Feb 2011
BUSA playoffs 2009
Updated Wed 11 Mar 2009
Wariwck Turtle 08
Updated Thu 14 Aug 2008
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Sailing Code of Conduct 2009-10.doc
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Sailing Risk Assessment_Form 2009-10.docx