Team racing is a highly competitive, quick and tactical discipline of sailing that forms the main branch of university competition. It involves 3 boats on each team working together against another team, using the team racing rules to get around the course and have your team finish in a winning combination in races around 10 minutes long. The boats used in university team racing are Fireflys which are double-handed boats.
Team racing is a great way of improving your racing knowledge and boat handling skills. You also get to travel to many other universities to compete in weekend events.
Our first and second teams train most weekends with the support of one of our world class coaches.
For those who are looking for less of a commitment, our third team trains less frequently, often alongside our second team.
In order to put all our training into practice, each team attends roughly 3 events a semester, hosted by different universities, and taking place all over the country.
Attending events is probably the most fun part about being on teams – and well as competing against top university teams, you’ll have the opportunity to make friends from other universities and take part in some great nights out.
BUSA is the university league that our teams compete in. Northern qualifiers are held in February which our first and second teams do very well at. Playoffs are in March followed by Finals in April which is the pinnacle event of the year.
In 2017, Manchester were very proud to host Finals. We delivered a fantastic event with more races than ever before in a range of wind conditions with a marvellous BUSA Ball to end the week.
D-squad is for anyone competent sailing a small dinghy around a short course who wants to refine their racing techniques and learn the basics of team racing. We hope that D squad members will progress to teams during their time at uni.
All D-squad members need their own sailing kit (we can point you in the right direction if you need help on this).
D-squad are coached by current club team members at Budworth Sailing Club (about 30mins drive from Manchester). We sail Fireflys (same boats as the team racing) and focus on fleet racing and team racing strategy and techniques.
D-squad members are split into two groups; Purple and Yellow. The groups sail on alternate Wednesday afternoons, with 3 or 4 afternoons per group per semester.
Start Sailing is for anyone new to sailing and those who have only done a little before.
You’ll learn how to helm and crew a boat, carry out manoeuvres and sail around a course.
Our club’s qualified RYA Dinghy instructors and assistant instructors will teach you how to sail so that you achieve your RYA Level 1 and 2 qualifications.
You’ll sail for 7 sessions throughout the year on alternate Wednesday afternoons at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford Quays, a short bus ride from the university campus.