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Welcome to the Leeds University Sailing Club (LUSC). We love everything to do with sailing, from competitive racing to just having a good old prat about on the water! Come join!
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Welcome to LUSC

(Leeds University Sailing Club)

Welcome to the Leeds University Sailing Club. Here you can find out all about the different aspects of our club. LUSC caters fro those with previous experience in sailing (both competitively and non competitively) and those who are trying the sport for the first time or focussing on improving the skills already acquired. Whatever your ability get in touch and we can get you out on the water! We also have an extremely active social side of the club. Weekly socials, parties and outings with varying themes and locations all leading up to our Summer Social at the end of semester 3. A huge success in 2017!


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Saturday Sailing

On Saturdays sailing takes place for those interested in furthering their sailing ability, passing their skills onto others or simply having fun!

The transport leaving time depends on the time of year, usually leaving at around 9:00am or 10:00am with a view to be back for around 5:30pm (just enough time to get ready for a social!). All equipment is provided at the club and we have qualified RYA instructors at every training sessions to give free tuition. No experience necessary!

You can work towards a range of internationally recognised RYA qualifictations, including powerboating and instructing. All at a subsidised cost.

This including transport costs £7.50 for members or £15 for non-members.

Remember to bring warm clothes/shoes you don't mind getting wet, a towel, a whole spare change of clothes and lunch. Bring waterproofs or sailing gear if you have them but don't worry if you don't.

We sail every Saturday during term-time except for when we have special events on. You can sign up from the Monday before by clicking 'Events' at the top of the page!

If you have a car in Leeds and are interested in sailing for free, or for more information on Saturday sailing please get in touch on our facebook page.

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Give It a Go

If you'd like to give sailing a try without the committment of membership cost then our Give It A Go is on September 30th.

Taking place at our club with transport and lunch provided, this will be a day out on the water where total beginners can try their hand at sailing with others at the same level. It is a great stepping stone into the sport and a great day for everyone involved. 

Tickets are available here on the union web page or from the Helpdesk, just type 'Give it a Go Sailing' in the search box in the top corner. Places are limited so grab them while you can!



Racing is a fantastic outlet for sailors with a competitive edge. Leeds Sailors are active participants in the University Team Racing circuit.

Team racing involves 2 teams, each consisting of 3 boats, which compete against each other in short 5-10 minute races. The first boat to cross the finish line receives 1 point, the second 2 points and so on – if your team’s total is 10 or less you win the race.

We sail in Fireflies and train every week, working towards fantastic weekends away competing against other Universities. It’s in between racing the weekends center around the socials. Two nights out one of which involves fancy dress (Tights have been known to feature for boys).

So, if you are enthusiastic and competitive then come along to trials and you could be part of our team - no team racing experience is required!

If you have any questions then feel free to contact Lawrence Herbert (Team Captain) or Samay Mellor (Vice Team Captain) on Facebook.



Our socials have been getting bigger and better over the years and anyone who attended out summer social last year knows that we can throw a party!

At all our socials everyone is welcome, sailor or not - bring your house mates, your grandma, some basic knowledge of first aid and your IDs. Join us throughout the year at our socials every week from drinks to day trips, by the end of the year you'll have friends for life!

For more details on socials contact Jess Hodge or James Allison (Social Secretaries).


If all this sounds good then sign right up, memberships can be purchased right here on this page. If you have any general questions feel free to ask, just email us and don't forget to like 'Leeds Sailors' on facebook! 


The Green Blue Sustainability Competition

We are pleased to have entered the 'University Sailing Sustainability Challenge'. The Green Blue is a collaboration between the RYA and British Marine which aims to promote environmental awareness amongst water users. Through this challenge we hope to reduce our impact on the environment so that future sailors can enjoy getting out on the water as much as we do!

Sustainable boating tip one: Avoid spreading non-native
invasive species.Non-native species can be spread form lake to lake. This is not only detrimental to the environment, but also irritating for sailors - anyone else blamed their poor performance in a race to the Canadian Pondweed stuck on their centreboard?

What can we do? Check clean and dry your boat before moving it to another lake.

For more information go to…/O…/Guide_to_Inland_Boating.ashx

Sustainable boating tip two: Dinghies have shallow bottoms and therefore are able to enter shallow and environmentally sensitive areas. Try to avoid disturbing wildlife and only launch and land on recognised landing zones

Sustainable boating tip three: Keep your boat tidy and secure loose items to prevent them blowing over board! It takes about 470 years for electrical tape to degrade.

Sustainable boating tip four: Use a spill kit to mop up oil spills: a small amount of oil can effect a large amount of water

Sustainable boating tip five: Be aware of where you are dropping an anchor: there may be marine life on the sea floor


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    Should you be running a social, check out the guidelines for events you run.


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