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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.

  • 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 2023 we will be chartering yachts and exploring the west coast of Scotland!

Socials -

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

  • Biweekly wednseday night socials - These are often themed, for ideas of past themes check out our instagram!

  • Regular quiz nights at the Royal Western Yacht Club

  • Christmas Dinner

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

  • Once the weather warms up we are looking to announce 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 - around October 

  • BUSA Student Yachting Nationals.

  • Our annual match racing event with other universities will be held in the Sound on the 18th-19th March 2023

Training -

  • Race training sessions on sundays for those looking to make it onto teams
  • 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.

18-19th March Match Racing

  • Very excited to announce our second anual match racing event since COVID!
  • Link to NOR:
  • NOR Addendum 1 30/01/23:
  • Sailing Instructions:
  • Addendum A to the Sailing Instructions:
  • Please email to register an interest in entering


AGM to be held on Thursday 9th March 2023 at 1830 (room TBC)

  • Think you would be able to help the club and want to put yourself forward for a role on our committee next year?
  • Put yourself forward for a role by emailing or messaging us on instagram
  • An email will be sent out with more information about all the roles available
  • We want as many members there as possible so even if you don't want a role please turn up and vote for those who are runnng!


Get in touch

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



Instagram: @upyachtclub

Facebook Group: Main group -

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UPYC Scotland Summer Cruise
10th June 5am - 18th June midnight
Oban, Scotland
The annual UPYC summer trip, this year around the west coast of Scotland.


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