Reading University Sailing & Windsurfing Club is open to anyone, whether you are an experienced sailor or never stepped foot in a boat before! We offer sail and windsurf training for all abilities, enabling you to improve and progress to the next level. Want to come try sailing or windsurfing? Get in touch and we can arrange for you to come find out what we are all about!
If dinghy sailing or windsurfing aren't your thing we have plenty more to offer! Why not just come along to our socials? We reckon they're some of the best on campus, are always great fun and are a great way to meet new people! We also offer the chance for you to join our tour and sail a yacht around the Mediterranean! Whether you want a week of sailing between parties, sun, sand and sea, or just the experience of yacht sailing, this makes a great holiday for you and your friends even if you've not sailed ever before!
In 2018 we headed to Corfu on tour:
For anyone interested in power boat qualifications and yachting please contact us! Dependent on interest we would love to arrange trips for these.
Where we sail:
We sail at Burghfield Sailing Club (BSC), on a lake that is just over 200 acres. It is located next to the M4 motorway a few miles west of Reading.
What we sail:
At Burghfield we have 10 Fireflys. These are the standard boats that Universities sail because they are the boat used for team racing. Additionally we own a variety of windsurfing kit with rigs for all abilities. We also have access a wide variety of other boats that BSC own.
If you have your own boat and would like to bring it with you then please contact us and we can help arrange that with BSC.
Learning to sail:
Many of our members are qualified RYA instructors. This means if you’re new to sailing and want to learn, there’s always someone who can help you.
Learning to windsurf:
New for 2018/19 we are due to offer RYA windsurfing courses to our members at an unbeatable price! Details to come soon so stay tuned to the socials.
Last year we travelled all over the country to team race against other universities (Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Brunel, Imperial and Swansea are just some of the places we have raced) Although the majority of our members like to just sail for fun, others want to become competitive and race! In 2017/18 our first team also qualified for BUSA/BUCS playoffs which was a big achievement, although these were unfortunately cancelled due to the snow.
We host our own team-racing event called The Wet Dream. This is hosted on a weekend in October. At this event 18 teams from other universities converge on Reading for a weekend of racing and socials, which makes for a great weekend!
If you don’t fancy team racing, we also regularly join in with local fleet racing at BSC. These events have a wide range of boats entered and race on a handicap system depending on boat class.
At RUSC we are most certainly not always on the water, in the meantime we hold frequent socials to champion those of other clubs! For example, over 150 sailors attended our Wet Dream social last year!
Want to come and sail?
If you would like to come and join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can also keep up to date with what we are up to on facebook, like our Facebook page!
Our upcoming events can be found on this calendar.
Standard membership – This membership entitles you to come and sail every Wednesday (space permitting) and any other social sessions we run. As well as this you can join us on all of our socials (tickets for socials not included in this price). It also allows you to join our yearly tour.
Racing add-on – This is an add on to the sailing membership which allows you to race at any event(s) you are picked to compete at. This is to cover some of the costs which allow us to attend races. This is only needs to be purchased when advised to by a member of the committee.
Social membership – This is for anyone who is not a 'sailor' but simply a lover of the social of the club. This is to cover some of our social costs if you are the type who attends every social without fail! This membership is exempt from our sports insurance as it does not entitle you to sail.
Note – As with all sports in order to become a member you must also purchase the sports insurance (you will be asked to when purchasing membership if you require it). If you already hold insurance for another sport, then this covers you and so you will not be asked to purchase this again on checkout.
Members please join this group for weekly signup sheets.
The sailing kit worn varies depending on the time of year, however we require you to wear a buoyancy aid at all times when on jetties or the water. In the winter months (December – March) we require you also to wear a wetsuit or drysuit and plenty of warm clothing. The club does have a small amount of kit that we are able to lend to you to sail in, however if you do have your own wetsuit or buoyancy aid please bring it with you when you come to sail.
Members are welcome to put in an order for Sailing Club kit (or as most call it ‘stash’). We put in a large order during the first term and it is often possible to put further orders in throughout the year so just ask! We are a Knights affiliated club however due to the nature of sailing we require specialised kit. We are proud to be in partnership with Henri Lloyd who supply us with the kit we require. This means we are able to get extremely good quality kit and clothing at great prices!
The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Challenge:
We are proud to announce that we have joined The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Challenge.
The Green Blue is a joint initiative between The RYA and British Marine working towards more sustainable sailing. Over the past year we took part and by completing criteria to make our club kinder to the environment, whilst becoming more sustainable for the future of our great sport!