Olivia McCarthy
This year has seen Brunel Sailing Club go from strength to strength. We kicked off the year with four free taster sessions and our annual Pub Sail through Uxbridge, ending up at our Wednesday night local, Liquid. RYA Level 1 and 2 courses saw that our new sailors got to grips with the sailing basics before progressing on to our race training. December culminated in six of our new sailors attending Cardiff’s team racing event which whilst no trophies were won for Brunel a lot of fun was had.
February is always the highlight of Brunel Sailing Club’s calendar as we hosted our own team racing event. The weekend was kicked off with a social at the Academy, which included a welcome party with live music from this year’s Battle of the Band winners. With 12 teams attending the weekend’s sailing there were plenty of chased and exciting starts, and nail biting. The weather remained relatively cold but clear and fairly constant wind wise, which lead us to a very tight grouping at the top of the leader board at the end of Saturdays racing with Portsmouth and then Reading 1 and Reading 2 occupying the first 3 places.
Saturday night began with a buffet dinner in Uxbridge before we headed into London for a Brunel Sailing classic Bus Pub Crawl. Splitting into teams we aimed to see as much of the inside of the capitals pubs as was possible. Some teams took this as an opportunity to view some of London’s many landmarks aboard several Boris Bikes. Afterwards we all headed towards our final destination for the evening, Zoobar located by Leicester square
Unfortunately strong winds prevented any competing on Sunday, leaving the leader board as it stood with Portsmouth taking the top prize alongside Both Reading teams 1 and 2 taking second and third places.
However, the year is not over! With the soaring temperatures, a breath of fresh air on a boat is a popular choice during revision. The summer will see us host our first Club Cup to finally end the argument of who is the best sailor, an action packed F.A.C.E. week and a week’s yachting holiday in Croatia in June. It not too late if you want to start sailing, for more information check out our website: brunelsailing.com .