January Mile-Builder

Members working towards their RYA Yachtmaster ticket had a weekend of hardcore sailing in January to rack up their needed miles.

6am start allowed the crew to become re-familiarized with their night navigation prior to a swift exit from the Sound before heading to Falmouth. Continue reading “January Mile-Builder”

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Match racing

Plymouth yacht club sent a team of three to the RYA match racing winter event 1 in Weymouth. Neil, Ewan and Henry spent three days in an Eliot 6m, competing against some experienced teams in some very challenging conditions. After two days of very competitive racing , Plymouth managed to finish 7th overall, and only snapping one spinnaker pole! It was a throughly enjoyable event and would highly recommend this to anyone else who wants to get involved in match racing! Thanks you Neil for organising the event!

Fowey Cruise

University Yacht Club members enjoyed a weekend away in Fowey from the 27th – 29th October. Having spent the night at anchor in Plymouth Sound we set off on the Saturday morning and had a cracking sail towards Fowey. Our evening was finished off with a well deserved pub meal and a couple of pints! After a Sunday morning fry up, the boats set off on a long reach towards home. We were greeted by the University J80’s in Cawsands bay where we rafted up for our last cup of tea prior to heading back in. A wicked weekend with some great company and sailing!

Water Sports Festival

The UPSU Watersports Clubs and MGA had joined forces to give people the opportunity to try a range of amazing watersport activities, in partnership with the Mount Batten Watersports Centre. Not only were people able to have a go at a new activity they also raised money for the brilliant Derriford Children’s Cancer Service and the volunteer run watersports clubs.

Water Sports Festival 2017

The UPSU Watersports Clubs and MGA had joined forces to give people the opportunity to try a range of amazing watersport activities, in partnership with the Mount Batten Watersports Centre. Not only were people able to have a go at a new activity they also raised money for the brilliant Derriford Children’s Cancer Service and the volunteer run watersports clubs.

Easter Cruise

This year’s Easter cruise covered nearly 300 miles, visiting Poole, Guernsey, Cherbourg, Hamble, and Beaulieu. Day one saw the team head out into the Solent, getting used to the boat on a short upwind passage to Poole. The following day, with a 6am start to catch favourable tide at the alderney races, we set off across the channel. Averaging 7 knots on the passage under full sail, we made the races in good time, reaching a crazy 14 knots over the ground at times. Mooring in St Peters Port in Guernsey, we spent a full day exploring the town, resting, and enjoying the weather. The next afternoon, catching another favourable tide, we made it back through the races before punching 4 knots tide into Cherbourg making for a more uncomfortable passage. The following afternoon, after stocking up on french liquor and baked pastries, we slipped from the marina to return across the channel before forecasted high pressure filled in bringing unassailable light winds. The return passage was a night sail, the crew being split into three watch teams with a strong watch leader supervising each. Arriving at Hamble well rested in the early hours of the morning, the team undertook a pilotage exercise navigating the river Beaulieu for lunch, before returning and detailing the boat before handover the next day. Many thanks to all who came!