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If you're starting at Cambridge this October and would like to get involved with competitive dinghy racing then this is the CUCrC section you're looking for! This page should give you a taste of what the Blues sailing team does and how you can get involved when you get here.
Most organised university sailing in the UK is team racing. For those who haven't come across this form of racing before, a team race involves two teams of three boats: the winning team is that with the best combined position across the finish line (add up the positions and 10 or less wins). Team race courses are small, meaning that each race lasts just 6 to 12 minutes. All of this amounts to an extremely exciting and tactical form of racing. At an event, there will generally be 8 to 24 teams competing, usually with an initial round robin followed by a knock-out stage.

Currently, the boat of choice for team racing in the UK is the Firefly. These are 12 ft, two-man fibreglass dinghies that are highly manoeuvrable. This makes them excellent for tactical team racing moves - obstructing the opposition to let your team mates through. The resulting excitement of the racing more than compensates for the lack of absolute boat speed. Fireflies are also easily handled and crewed by ladies. CUCrC has two relatively new flights of Fireflies, with a third available from Kimbolton School, making our facilities amongst the best in the country.

Cambridge usually fields three or more mixed teams each year, and a ladies team competes at select events. Each team attends up to four events per term, training twice a week at Grafham Water Sailing Club on Wednesday afternoons and at weekends. If you would like to trial for the team (second weekend of the Michaelmas Term), then come and visit our stand at the Fresher's Fair in October, or use this online form (opens in a new window) to express your interest. Don't worry if you haven't done any team racing before, this is the case for the vast majority of people joining the sailing team, and although most people have some prior experience of fleet racing, this isn't always the case either! If you want to join, just sign up on the Club's membership management website (opens in a new window).

If you're already at Cambridge and you would like to team race next year, then you can get a taster by entering Cuppers. This inter-college two-boat team racing competition takes place on the Tuesday of May Week. Use this online form (opens in a new window) to express your interest.

Any member of the University (undergraduate or graduate who has been studying for 8 years or less since leaving school) is welcome to trial for one of the teams, although it is important that you are able to keep weekends and Wednesday afternoons free for training. Trials take place during the second weekend of the Michaelmas term. (Prospective sailors: Please note that lectures are optional and practicals and supervisions can always be rearranged. In any case, there is definitely time to sail and do your degree to a high standard!)

Team racers contribute on a cost basis per event and must also be members of CUCrC (£50 per year). The good news is that there are no contributions for boat maintenance, and this membership also entitles you full use of the Dinghy Sailing and Windsurfing sections! An 'event' weekend costs around £20 in travel, £50 in entry fees, plus food and booze. A training session at Grafham costs about £5 for travel. Whilst this can add up over a season, there are various funds offered by the colleges and the University that make sailing at Cambridge more than affordable! As well as being highly competitive, the Sailing Team also has lot of fun in Cambridge and in the various cities we compete! If you decide to join, just sign up on the Club's membership management website (opens in a new window).

You can find further information on team racing and its special rules on the following websites.

UK Team Racing Association UKTRA (opens in a new window)

Team Racing Rules Call Book 2013-2016 Team Racing Call Book (opens in a new window)

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