Cruising Club (CUCrC)

Cruising Club (CUCrC)

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  • Firefly dinghies, windsurfing and Swallow class yachts
    Clockwise from top left: Team Racers train at Grafham Water in Firefly dinghies; Club burgee; keen racing in the Windsurfing Varsity Match at Grafham; Cambridge celebrate at the second of their three recent consecutive victories in the British Universities Team Racing Championships; a close start at the Varsity Match in Swallow class yachts on Chichester Harbour; novices prepare for an RYA Training session at Grafham.

Founded in 1893, Cambridge University Cruising Club is the home of all dinghy, windsurfing and small boat sailing at the University. ‘Big boat’ sailing is the province of the separate CU Yacht Club.

The Club caters for complete novices to National Youth Squad members. We run RYA Training courses and enter successful teams (4 mixed, 1 ladies) for weekend university and open events across the country. Training and other activities take place at Grafham Water SC.

Sailing is inevitably an expensive sport because neither the Colleges nor the University provides facilities for it.  The Club replaces its Firefly dinghies when they are 6 years old — at a capital cost of £50,000 each time.  The Club also aims to pay part of the entry fees student sailors incur when representing the University in events.  Sailors spend from £1,500 (1st team) to £1,000 (3rd/4th teams) on their Cambridge sailing each year.

We are seeking additional alumni support to help meet our ongoing expenses and replace our boats and gear regularly. Your help will ensure that CUCrC can remain financially sustainable and maintain its very successful record in university sailing. After your first payment is received, the Club will ask for your wishes regarding the disposition of your gift.

For more information about giving to the Cambridge University Cruising Club, please contact:

Derek Wilson

Head of Development — Sport, Music Performance, Clubs and Societies

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All gifts made through the website are treated as being made to the University of Cambridge with an expression of wishes that the funds be allocated to the registered University club or society which you have indicated as the desired recipient of your generous gift. Whilst the University retains the discretion to allocate the funds for a broader purpose, it fully intends to apply the funds in accordance with your wishes wherever possible. An expression of wishes shall not give rise to a trust or other legally-binding obligation. The University maintains a catalogue of Registered Clubs and Societies (including Sports Clubs). The University of Cambridge is an exempt charity subject to regulation by the Office for Students (OfS) under the Charities Act 2011, and therefore does not have a Charity registration number.

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