Chair's Welcome

Welcome to BUSA, the heart of University Sailing in the UK.

As the Chair of the BUSA committee, I am delighted to welcome you to the Association website.

BUSA is the governing body for sailing within Higher Education in the UK. It is a student led organisation working for student sailors to make university sailing the best experience it can be. BUSA has six regions and each is represented by its own area chair; North, Midlands, West, East, South-Central, and Scotland. It is affiliated with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), with whom we work closely. BUSA events have British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) recognition, with BUCS points awarded at each of our national competitions. We run championships in the four major disciplines of Fleet Racing, Team Racing, Match Racing and Yacht Racing. We also have the BUSA tour which enables university sailors to compete against the American University Sailing Association every other year.

By far our most popular discipline is Team Racing. All member clubs compete to take part in our Team Racing Championships sailing Fireflys, the two-person, one-design dinghy. The BUSA/BUCS Championships are the pinnacle of the University Team Racing Calendar, featuring the best university teams in the country. Different universities also host their own events up and down the country almost every weekend of the year. These can be found in the BUSA Calendar on the website and the Facebook page.

Please do get in touch with us directly through our website or by emailing our Secretary, Karen Rawson. Keep an eye out for the committee at events in the blue BUSA jackets, courtesy of our sponsors Rooster. Also stay up to date with all our activities via our media channels - @BUSAMedia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We are looking forward to supporting university clubs getting back on the water, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!

Emma Hartley, BUSA Chair 2021-23