18 January 2016
University sailing clubs from across the UK are taking part in the first ever University Sailing Sustainability Challenge, set up by The Green Blue – a joint environment programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine. The challenge sees university sailing clubs competing to undertake a series of sustainable actions throughout the academic [...]
6 December 2015
“Well-organised Mess” are first Scottish Ladies’ TR Champs. Laura Bray and Emily Robertson report on the first Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Ladies’ Team Racing Championships, hosted by Strathclyde Sailing on Bardowie Loch. The Report includes an un-verified claim that the ladies made it on the water earlier than the Scottish League the previous weekend, spent [...]
5 November 2015
This is the first national sailing event of the academic year. There has been a 35% increase in entries this year, both sailors and boats. There will be some 235 sailors competing in four fleets: Fast Handicap, Firefly, Laser and Slow Handicap, all of which have increased this year. These include new students having their [...]
2 November 2015
Birmingham Yellow and Birmingham Green took Gold and Silver, with Warwick Black in Bronze. Meanwhile, Leeds’ Freshers showed off both their sailing and ballet-balance skills. Swansea White led the Silver Fleet to take a place in the Semis. Rachel Glendening takes time from her lead training role to Report , with photos by James Saul [...]
27 October 2015
The bi-annual transatlantic ICSA-BUSA Tour alternates between the USA and the UK, in which the US Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) and the British Universities’ Sailing Association (BUSA) compete across the sailing disciplines. This year it took place in the USA. The British team, nine of the top British University sailors, was carefully selected through a [...]
7 October 2015
At the Ceilidh Cup 2015, organised by the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, Nicole McPherson and her team from RNCYC retained the Cup, but the remaining eight teams were all from Scottish Universities competing also in the Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Match Racing Championships. Kae Clark and her University of Dundee team – Hannah [...]
2 October 2015
The first event of the Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) 2015-16 calendar is the Ceilidh Cup Match Racing, held by the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club (RNCYC). Nine teams, including eight student teams, will compete in the Rhu-based clubs’ Sonars over Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October. This event also forms part of the RYA [...]
22 May 2015
Calling all University Sailing Clubs: Invitation to bid to host the 2016 BUCS-BUSA Team Racing Championship (provisionally posted on the BUSA Calendar from 30 March to 2 April 2016). Bidding will be in two stages. You are invited to submit a two-page expression of interest in bidding. This must reach BUSA@rya.org.uk by 16:00 on Friday [...]
22 April 2015
The annual round of British student sailing championships – fleet, team, match and yacht racing – concluded last weekend with the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Match Racing Championship 2015, organised by British Universities’ Sailing Association (BUSA), in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Fourteen teams, representing the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, [...]
19 April 2015
There were three days of intense competition during which the 28 university teams sailed 258 races, using the Swiss League system, leading to quarters, semis, petit finals and finals on a brilliant last day of team racing. It was hard fought and gripping to the very end for the spectators and those many following the [...]
7 April 2015
BUCS Student Yachting Championship 2015 Southampton Red are the British Yachting Champions 2015 HRH The Princess Royal welcomes the teams home In an exciting last two days of the 2015 British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) yachting nationals, Southampton Red maintained their lead overall to win the Championship. Following a very close dual between Southampton [...]
Welcome to the BUSA Website, the home of Higher Education sailing in the UK. I'm Phil Derry, the current chairman of the BUSA committee, and I'd like to tell you a little about BUSA and what we can do for you.
BUSA is the governing body for sailing within Higher Education establishments across the UK. It is affiliated to and supported by the RYA, with whom we work closely to develop, inspire and support the next generation of world-class athletes, while offering the opportunity for new-comers to discover the joy of our sport. In addition BUSA events have British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) recognition, with BUCS points awarded at each of the national competitions.
Throughout the year, we work to further the profile of the sport within BUCS, and provide fantastic competitions in all disciplines of racing. The BUSA season kicks off in November, when the first BUCS points are fought for at the dinghy fleet racing, and culminates in an action-packed Easter vacation with universities doing battle at the team racing and match racing finals, as well as the yachting championships.
BUSA is run by students, for students, and our key focus is always to provide the highest quality competition and best environment for sailing at the university and college level. The Committee is made up of volunteers dedicated to achieving this goal, but needs the continued support, fresh ideas and input of its member clubs to improve. A huge thanks must go to the outgoing Committee of 2013-14 for their enthusiasm and a fantastic year of BUSA fixtures. I'd also like to welcome the new Committee and wish them all good luck for the year to come.
The whole Committee is here to serve you, and any members with suggestions, new ideas or feedback are strongly encouraged to contact us directly through the website or by contacting our full time secretary, Jess Beecher.
Finally, congratulations to all the 2013-14 champions and best of luck to everyone for the season to come, especially our teams representing us at competitions, both nationally and internationally
Have a great year both on and off the water, and I look forward to seeing many of you on the start line throughout the season!
BUSA Chair 2013-15