University Sailing Club Membership of BUSA

NB Newsflash - September 2017: All University Sailing Clubs need to complete this survey by the 27th September 2017,
so that BUSA can determine your membership level and send you the correct invoice.

Most University Sailing Clubs (USCs) are Member Clubs of BUSA. Membership is a requirement to compete in BUCS & BUSA Championships and events.

Membership of BUSA automatically provides affiliation to the RYA, without the need for the USC to pay the rate for affiliation. Affiliation to the RYA is a requirement for all competition and events conducted under the Racing Rules of Sailing. Hosting Clubs will expect that competing USC teams are so affiliated.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting approved some changes in the membership structure. These are primarily intended to support and encourage universities seeking to develop a sailing club and to provide opportunities, both recreational and sporting, for students to learn-to-sail and become involved; we are calling these "participation" clubs. The AGM also recognised that for some more smaller clubs, which are seeking to grow to compete with other universities, there is a "development" or transitional phase before they are sufficiently well-established to compete in BUCS Championships and other BUSA events on an on-going basis. A majority of member clubs will continue to be in the full ‘Competitive’ category.

Arising from the 2017 AGM, the following are now in place:

BUSA Membership consists of three categories, depending upon the involvement of the club in sailing activity. These are:

  • Competitive: For clubs that compete regularly in BUCS Championships, host their own event (or a BUCS event). A majority of BUSA members will be within this category.
  • Development: For clubs that compete on the University circuit and some BUCS events. This category has been created to help smaller clubs develop and grow.
  • Participation: For new clubs and clubs that do not yet compete on the university circuit.Clubs can only remain in this category for a maximum of 3 years. Clubs are usually small and comprise of up to 5 sailors or less.

Costs:

  • Competitive £200 per annum, payable by 1st November.
  • Development: £100 per annum, payable by 1st November.
  • Participation: £50 per annum, payable by 1st November.

Each September BUSA will circulate a membership survey to Commodores and Treasurers. Clubs must complete this within the required deadline. Failure to do so will automatically place the club in the Competitive Category.



| Participation |

£50pa

| Development |

£100pa

| Competitive |

£200pa

RYA Affiliation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Club details on BUSA website

Yes

Yes

Yes

Eligible for election to BUSA Committee

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full voting rights at AGM

No

Yes

Yes

Can request funding from BUSA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support from BUSA in finding Officials for events

No

No

Yes

Members can represent BUSA on teams

No

Yes

Yes

May bid to host BUCS events

No

No

Yes

Championship events:

BUCS Fleet Racing

Yes 1

Yes 1

Yes 2

BUCS Team Racing

No

Yes 3

Yes 2

BUCS Match Racing

Yes 3

Yes 3

Yes 2

BUCS Yachting

No

Yes 4

Yes 2

Notes:
1 Limited to no more than 2 boats.
2 See NOR for entry information.
3 Limited to 1 team.
4 No more than 2 members joining a ‘guest’ team.

Can a club change category during the year? If a Participation or Development Club wishes to move up a level (or 2), then it can do so upon request to the BUSA Treasurer, who will invoice the club for the new fee. For example, if a Development Club wishes to enter more than 1 team to the BUCS Team Racing Qualifiers, then they will be invoiced an additional £100 membership fee. A Club may not opt to reduce its level of membership during a year.

If you, or your USC, is interested in Membership, or have any queries, please be in touch, using the Contact Form below.



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