Sailing

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Sunset after a Wednesday evening training session

 

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BUSA Qualifiers at West Kirby

 

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Liverpool team at BUSA Qualifiers 2020

 

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Recreational sessions at West Kirby

 

Our Club:

Liverpool University Sailing Club focus on team racing and beginner training. We train at West Kirby Sailing Club, which is world renowned for its international team racing. We are a friendly club which take pride in encouraging sailing at every level. So whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced racer, there is something for everybody!

We own 6 of our own Fireflies which are double handed boats used mainly for team racing. Training is on Wednesdays and Saturdays at West Kirby and we offer a steady transition from fleet racing to team racing if you aren’t an experienced team racer yet. We travel on events away all over the north, and our main aim of the year is to qualify and achieve a high position in the rankings. There are crewing and helming opportunities.

Don’t worry if you haven’t sailed before though, as we offer high quality training for beginners which make sailing fun and enjoyable! You can meet lots of like-minded people and have a fun day out at West Kirby with your sailing friends as well as learning a lot. Training is on Saturdays and is a great chance to learn something new, gain official RYA qualifications such as being a powerboat driver and also receive top quality coaching.

Yacht racing is a new and unique part of our club, we are looking into ways of developing our links with yacht club on Merseyside. For the minute we have a great connection to Liverpool Yacht Club which allows our members to crew on yachts in their Sunday races.

Sailing is such a friendly, unique and enjoyable sport where there are many opportunities for everyone, not only this, our sport is unique in the fact it can be easy to maintain a social distance while participating. So why not come along to our taster sessions and learn a new skill?

 

For perspective, here is a table of typical activities the club get up to in a week!

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If you have any further question please contact our vice commodore with the email above or contact the club at unioflivsailing@gmail.com.

 

Comments from club captains:

 

 “There are many exciting things in the pipeline for yachting with University of Liverpool, yachting has been a forgotten discipline over the last few years. But this year is going to be different! With great connections to Liverpool Yacht Club and a possible holiday in the summer, there's never been a better time to become a member of our friendly club” – Jodie Martin, Yachting Secretary 2020/21

 

 “Recreational sailing at the University of Liverpool offers an inclusive environment for all abilities of sailors to enjoy making waves on West Kirby’s marine lake. It’s a great opportunity to escape campus life and breathe in the salty sea air whilst having fun during our laid-back sailing sessions. We encourage everyone to give sailing a go with beginners able to take part in learn to sail sessions alongside more experienced club members there’s no excuse but to hop in one of our dinghies and let the wind fill your sails!” – Molly Harrison, Recreational Secretary 2020/21

 

 “At Liverpool we train and race at West Kirby Sailing Club on the Dee Estuary in our flight of 6 fireflies on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We normally team race, the main sailing discipline for university level competition in the UK, and we travel all over the country competing at other universities in big events. A high standard of competition with great socials and generous hosts always means they are fun, the best break from stresses of your course. We run our own event with Manchester University every year in March called the Lash, regularly hosting over 20 teams of 6. We’re always open to sailors of all abilities to come join, most of us hadn’t team raced (or even raced) much before university so we run a training program that is open to all skill levels to make getting involved as simple, easy, and enjoyable as possible” – Oliver Evans, Team Captain 2020/2021