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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 sailing as much as possible and create an environment where friends and team-mates can enjoy sailing yachts 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.

  • Easter 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 during the Easter holidays. 

  • Summer Cruise - In June 2024 we will be heading to Sardinia for a week!

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 - These are often themed, for ideas of past themes check out our instagram!

  • If going out isn't your thing then we also hold socials such as bowling and our regular quiz nights at the Royal Western Yacht Club

  • Christmas Dinner

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

  • In warmer weather we hold more outdoor activities such as beach socials and BBQs!

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 - end of September to October, 

  • All UPYC are also by affiliation members of the Royal Western yacht club of England and have opportunites to crew upon large IRC boats here in Plymouth and across the south coast

  • The BUSA Student Yachting Nationals.

  • The Trophée de l’Ile Pelée University Europeans 

  • The University Sailing League, a new series run by students for students offering student keelboat racing across the country

  • Our annual match racing event with other universities will be held in the Sound in March 2024

Training -

  • Race training sessions on Sundays for those looking to make it onto teams and improving ,members current skills and techniques
  • We run theory sessions when the weather doesn't allow for sailing for those looking to brush up on a range of skills from knots to navigation.

Match Racing

This year the UPYC will be hosting our annual match racing event for student's on the 23rd-24th of March. We hope to see as many of you as possible entering this event and joining us for some excellent racing on Plymouth Sound, the official notice board for the event can be found below, for further information please contact the Vice Commodore Racing at vcracing@upyc.co.uk

Student Match Racing

Sailing Instructions: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:eu:739ec603-a296-4343-abea-a4fe97f2ba04

Sailing Instructions addendum 1: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:EU:fa54b10a-9ab1-4ecf-93d1-eb719cab5cd9

Notice of Race: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:eu:d9651b6b-5df0-42c0-9ab2-b340fe831eef

Notice of Race addendum 1: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:EU:f52ca0b1-5527-41a9-8bc2-6677a1a52246

Notice of Race addendum 2:https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:EU:a608720f-96fe-448e-8acb-2ea38b03b159

Notice of Race addendum 3:https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:EU:778c5598-0264-4167-a2b9-9bb7898bde25

Entry form: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:eu:6907f02e-cbc5-47a6-b282-aff831398a8b

Medical Form: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:eu:b0b5aae3-3a21-4a0b-b98c-99968e555712

Please return all completed documents to vcracing@upyc.co.uk


Get in touch

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

Email: secretary@upyc.co.uk

Instagram: @upyachtclub

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/UPyachtclub

Make sure to come along to Sports fair on Wednesday 20th September 2023 and join our 2023-24 members whatsapp group

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  • Summer Cruise Supplement£100.00
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