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I would have said Southampton, which then reminded me of a funny tale.

Windsurfer squaddie really pee'd off with the rigours of the Olympic training and especially the national coach of the period, decides to chuck it all in and go back to Uni.

Turns up at Uni only to find the National Coach is now his lecturer there...
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Whilst obviously the quality of the sailors changes year on year, there's a certain level of continuity of setup- as long as those running the club don't totally botch things up, a university club with good equipment and good access to sailing waters/yachts/etc will remain so. Indeed if anything it's the organisational side that's more important- and becoming an active part of that side is good and useful experience of the sort that people are reffering to when they say that university isn't just about the academic side.
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I went to Soton when the Marine department was based out at Warsash .  I remember going to the sailing club meeting in the first couple of weeks and the place was rammed.  We were then told that if we hadn't won a national championship or equivilent in the last 12 months don't bother applying.  They still filled the team!!!  So for all us non-superstar sailors we looked elsewhere.  I did a season on a 505 at Weston and a couple of winter/spring series on a Sigma 33 and 38.  You could just head down to the Hamble and get a ride on loads of boats.  It was some of the best racing I've done.
 
I then went to Newcastle and my feet never got wet.......thats due to Newcastle being far too good a student city to let sailing get in the way!!!
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Originally posted by Rupert

I went to Aberystwyth nearly 30 years ago - the social side was the best around - the sailing, maybe not so much...
I went to Aber 6 years ago and it was pretty much the same then.  It wasn't the easier of places to sail from, especially after one of the wild storms (aka half the beach ended up on the street).  However, the trips to Bala were epic.

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"University of life" did the trick for me with frequent visits to the "Ocean Bar " 
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I've just remembered that the University of Cornwall has a Penryn campus - that is nice and close to Restronguet SC, where you'd get some of the best sailing the country has to offer. I have absolutely no idea what course they run, mind!
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I did marine design and engineering at Solent 5 yrs ago now,
and the sailing was amazing, as there are loads of contacts on big boats, tbh alot of students make the jump to yachts and generally its free and someone has to do the organising,
we rely on students to crew our yacht now,

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My University doesn't have a sailing team (Newport) I am the captain and the only member!

However sailing at the BUCS Fleet Nationals this weekend was great fun, Plymouth Uni all seemed really friendly and had a massive fleet. Bear in mind that most BUSA events are NOT handicap, you will have to sail a Firefly really to get anywhere. 

Don't choose your Uni based on sailing though, I chose mine based on the course, then realised I was within bus distance of Cardiff Bay and Llandegfedd. I enjoy sailing at club level while at uni, with the occasional lift to events. Also it's good to make friends with people that may not be students (They often have money and take pity on starving students and feed you!)
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Loughborough seems pretty active.
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University College Dublin - good team racing and just won the World Student Yachting. They run 5 teams.
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