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    Posted: 07 Nov 12 at 7:25pm
What are the best universitys for sailing ? I.e advantages, how good, what local clubs are near by etc
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Universities, not universitys. Not off to do English, I hope?!

It very much depends upon what sort of sailing you want to do. Some of the top team racing clubs can be a little neglectful of those who aren't team material, whereas others with a lower profile are more inclusive.

I'd say that south coast universities are going to be blessed with good water and plenty of oppotunity, and several also do the yotty stuff. I know some current Soton students who have a good time there, but there is a little bit of "the team" attitude. Also know a couple of recently ex Oxford students who had a fantastic time, and are much better sailors for racing in the Oxford team.

I went to Aberystwyth nearly 30 years ago - the social side was the best around - the sailing, maybe not so much...
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Originally posted by Rupert

Universities, not universitys. Not off to do English, I hope?!


+1.

Anybody with half a brain would choose a university on the basis of it's academic record in the preferred subject rather than of pissing about in boats.

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As was said, it depends what type of sailing your looking for (and what your able to achieve academically) for team racing Oxford, Cambridge, Soton, Durham all are good clubs but yachting will naturally be more limited the further north you move. Yachting wise Soton, Solent, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol are always there or there abouts. To get a feel for the standard of the various clubs check out the Busa website (http://www.busa.co.uk/events/results/)

If you want to sail your own boat at uni things are a bit different, uni clubs are naturally geared towards doing well in BUSA events which are primarily team racing and yachting so there tends to be a big focus on that.

*Disclaimer I've been sailing at Durham for 4 years but you can check the results I'm not lying we are good!
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Anything on the South Coast seems to offer good sailing, particularly if you like keelboats. But then my idea of good sailing might not be everybody's. I'd go for Southampton personally because the university sailing looks like good fun and also sounds like people take it seriously, plus you're really near to Hamble so you've got a good opportunity to get onto some nice boats with decent people.
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Don't forget SUSA (the Scottish equivalent).  There is some great racing up there and also plenty of yachting if thats your think on and around the Clyde.
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Most decent unis have a sailing team, so I'd echo what was previously said... If it's just sailing you are after then I'd happily take your tuition fee off you and hand you back a shagged-out firefly to sail a handful of times per annum.
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Echo the above: choose on academics first, extra curricular second. But then most of the "good" sailing universities do also have outstanding academic reputations, so it's quite hard to go wrong here, to be honest. Second rate and below universities tend to generally be worse for sports in general.

On the Scottish ones, Strathclyde about a decade ago won the student yachting worlds more than once, and since I left it, Edinburgh have won the BUSA team racing.

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The real answer is there is no 'Best' university for sailing.

I can only really speak for the Scottish unis, and as alstorer said, over the last decade or so Strathclyde have been the strongest keelboat club, and Edinburgh consistently at the top of the dinghy leagues. Lately the differences have grown smaller though.... Strathclyde haven't managed to qualify for the worlds in the last 2 years, and after the first league weekend Strathclyde and Glasgow are joint at the top of the Team racing table with the top Edinburgh team several places down.

The point from this is not to read too much into past results - the nature of student sailing is that clubs change drastically year on year. Far better to choose a course you want in a location you want - and as long as theres an active club there you'll get on just fine.

That said: a lot of these posts have been assuming you want competitive sailing - if its the social aspect your looking for then SUSA is more fun.


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http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/166668/BUCS-Fleet-Racing-Championships

Looks like Plymouth would give you some good people to race with/against, too.
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