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The University of Plymouth Yacht Club (UPYC) is an active and welcoming club open to all students at Plymouth University regardless of ability and experience. We aim to get people out on the water as much as possible and create an environment where friends and team-mates can enjoy yachting together. Whether it's your first time or you're looking to build upon current skills we offer a range of activities from cruising to racing. The club runs two recreational sessions a week for its members with each session costing just £7.50! 

What we do

As a club we offer a big variety of activities from cruising to racing and fun socials. Here's some things we do:

Cruising -

  • We hold weekly crusing sessions in the Sound on a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday. These are great for getting out on the water and getting to know the boats and other club members.

  • We aim to organise some weekend trips to local destinations (previously these have included Fowey, Salcombe and Falmouth).

  • Easter Channel Cruise - this is a great trip for those looking to improve offshore skills or build their mileage as well as good fun! It is usually a week of sailing at the start of the Easter holidays.

  • Summer Cruise (TBC) - this is joint with the university sailing club and previous locations have included Greece and Croatia. This is a great opportunity to sail in some amazing places and have a lot of fun!

Socials -

As well as being out on the water, we run a wide range of social events throughout the year! These vary from:

  • Weekly wednseday night socials - includes themed nights out to Walkabout and Pryzm as well as some sober socials throughout the year

  • Christmas Dinner

  • Boat party 

  • 'Colours' Awards Formal Dinner held towards the end of the academic year

All socials will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram so make sure you give us a follow!

Racing -

  • Meet the Skippers event, used for our members to find boats to crew on within Plymouth Sound

  • BUSA Student Yachting Nationals.

  • We plan to hold match racing events with a two day event happening later in the year

Training -

  • Race training sessions
  • The club has partnerships with local sailing clubs and centres, we are able to offer discounted courses to our members.

  • We run evening theory sessions for those looking to brush up on a range of skills from knots to navigation.


Get in touch

If you have any questions we are always happy to chat!



Instagram: @upyachtclub

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  • Yacht Standard Membership£40.00
  • Yacht Committee Membership£20.00
  • Session Fee£7.50
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  • Yacht Standard Membership£40.00
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