Liverpool University Sailing Club sail at West Kirby sailing club, on the Wirral a short train or car journey from Liverpool city centre. We pride ourselves on a rich history of team racing as well as having the opportunity to sail at the “theatre of dreams” that is West Kirby. It is the place to be when it comes to team racing particularly as they host the most prestigious Wilson Trophy every year. Not only this, they provide our club with training opportunities from their very own umpires and expert team racers. We own 6 of our own Fireflies which are double handed boats used mainly for team racing. Our own training is on Wednesdays and Saturday and we offer a steady transition from fleet racing to team racing if you aren’t an experienced team racer yet. As well as our training we participate in West Kirby’s squad weekends. We travel on events away all over the north, and our main aim of the year is to qualify and achieve a high position in the university rankings. There are crewing and helming opportunities. As well as offering team racing, a number of other opportunities are going to be available for 2020, including some yachting/keel boating and our beginner and recreational sessions. The nature of sailing means it can be easy to socially distance, so why not come and pick up a new skill?
“There are many exciting things in the pipeline for yachting with University of Liverpool, yachting has been a forgotten discipline over the last few years. But this year is going to be different! With great connections to Liverpool Yacht Club and a possible holiday in the summer, there's never been a better time of to become a member of our friendly club” – Jodie Martin, Yachting Secretary 2020/21
“Recreational sailing at the University of Liverpool offers an inclusive environment for all abilities of sailors to enjoy making waves on West Kirby’s marine lake. It’s a great opportunity to escape campus life and breathe in the salty sea air whilst having fun during our laid-back sailing sessions. We encourage everyone to give sailing a go with beginners able to take part in learn to sail sessions alongside more experienced club members there’s no excuse but to hop in one of our dinghies and let the wind fill your sails!” – Molly Harrison, Recreational Secretary 2020/21
“At Liverpool we train and race at West Kirby Sailing Club on the Dee Estuary in our flight of 6 fireflies on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We normally team race, the main sailing discipline for university level competition in the UK, and we travel all over the country competing at other universities in big events. A high standard of competition with great socials and generous hosts always means they are fun, the best break from stresses of your course. We run our own event with Manchester University every year in March called the Lash, regularly hosting over 20 teams of 6. We’re always open to sailors of all abilities to come join, most of us hadn’t team raced (or even raced) much before university so we run a training program that is open to all skill levels to make getting involved as simple, easy, and enjoyable as possible” – Oliver Evans, Team Captain 2020/2021
Sunset after a Wednesday evening training session
BUSA Qualifiers at West Kirby
Liverpool team at BUSA Qualifiers 2020