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I can endorse Plymouth Uni for the academics and sailing. It was a long time ago that I was VC of the yacht club, but it was great then and I hear that its got better with time.

Plymouth is a cracking place to sail. The yacht club used to run day sails, weekend trips along the SW coast and a longer Easter trip across the channel. I have heard that they own or have access to a couple of J80's which sounds pretty awesome.

I have no idea what is happening with the dinghy club. The boats were rubbish when I was there and it turned me off dinghy sailing.
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My daughter is at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She  has been a little disappointed with the almost non-existent dinghy sailing scene there. Football has become  her sport of choice although she is doing a bit of windsurfing. While Brighton may not be ideal for dinghy sailors, I am told by people who know that my daughter would (if she got off her lazy backside) find plenty of opportunities to crew on one of the yachts in the marina or at Shoreham Y.C.   

By contrast, friends of mine have sons studying at Plymouth and Portsmouth Uni's and they  pparently having a great time.

As has already been commented, perhaps the quality of the sailing opportunities should take second place to the quality of the course on offer unless you plan to study something linked to sailing.
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This is correct.  When I left we had a laser, firefly, 2 wayfarers, enterprise, J24 and a small rib.  I think since then they have also managed to get a couple of picos.  The club also runs an annual sailing holiday on yachts in the med for roughly 500 all in.  Restronguet SC are extremely welcoming and the standard of sailing there is excellent although you will need your own boat and transport (or a good friend) to get there.

There are two parts to the campus.  University of Exeter (Cornwall campus) which does everything from law to geography and english.  Although by far the best courses are the mining engineering (only one in the country) and geology.  These are endorsed by Camborne School of Mines which is world famous in the mining industry and offers unlimited access to an underground mine where you are able to use explosives etc, cutting edge research technology and some of the best lecturers.  They have extremely good ties with the industry and graduates are extremely employable (of my class of 22 I know of only 1 who was not in further education or working and he was going travelling).

If that is not your cup of tea then the other parts of campus is Falmouth College of Arts which does design, photography and other arty/ useless things (joke).

I echo what the others say, do not choose a course or uni for the sailing, it is the quickest path to disappointment come the end of three expensive years.
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I went to the boat building college (having been thrown out of Aber a few years earlier for spending too much time in many of the 52 drinking establishments available) in Falmouth, and used to cycle everywhere. The hill in Penryn on the way to the club is a killer, but the hill out of Mylor Church on the way home is a complete nightmare after a day sitting out and a few cans of Guinness in the bar after.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 12 at 7:21pm
other parts of campus is Falmouth College of Arts which does design, photography and other arty/ useless things (joke).
I thought that rather apt as a parent of a still unemployed Falmouth film graduate (who doesn't even sail).
Just choose the best course and make it one that will get you a job when you graduate. If the uni doesn't sail there will always be a local club to join.


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I have to echo what the others have said, chose for education over what sailing they have there.

In my experience there is no "best" club. Yes certain clubs do win lots but fall down in other areas making results on paper misleading; I had a lot of contact with Brunel and I must say they have one of the best sailing clubs out there in terms of team spirit, activities on offer and club atmosphere but never win anything.

Others are good for a while then fall down when key members leave as so much of uni sailing is dependent on who is there at the time; Bournemouth has had periods of moderate success in sailing under various committees and periods of rubbishness under others. When I joined the uni it didn't even have a club, now they have an excellent grassroots section and, having acquired 4 Fireflies a few weeks ago, are in the process of ramping up the performance side to improve their results.

During the restructuring we have found that if people aren't prepared to do things good clubs go bad very quickly. Caveman's daughter's uni is a very good example of this. Brighton and Sussex used to have quite an active dinghy section (BrightSex SC!) but lost momentum when its members graduated. Sussex did have one Firefly, Alex and Chris, at the recent fleet nationals. I know for a fact Alex did as much as he could to get people there but couldn't find anyone else interested.

My best advice is to pick your uni based on what you want to do with you life and if the sailing there is not what you want step up to the plate and change it. Uni is about growing and developing yourself as person, in the end employers want a person with the skills to make them money not an automaton.

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