Founded in 1893 and still as popular today
With many different opportunities to get on the water, there’s something for everyone
Skylark, a Beneteau First 40.7 is the vessel of choice for the Cambridge University Yacht Club, our newest Raymarine ambassador. Since the club bought her in June 2016, she has travelled home from Slovenia, and taken students to summer programmes in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain and France, along with countless other stops along the way.
All three of the clubs yachts have been equipped with Raymarine equipment and the systems are what the yacht club know and trust. Their sailors have strong academic backgrounds, from Classics scholars and future architects, to postgraduate physicists, cancer researchers and neuroscientists – and never settle for anything less than detailed theoretical explanations during training.
The trip fees which students pay cover all their costs. This means CUYC has to pick their maintenance upgrade expenses wisely, and by prioritising safety, rig, sails and engine above all else, unfortunately brand new navigation equipment does not fall top of the list. From previously running an e-series plotter, Cambridge University Yacht Club are now running the latest Axiom 2 Pro, i70 displays and Quantum Doppler. They will also have our new Yachtsense Link Router onboard, meaning the students can still connect with the outside world while they are sailing across seas as part of their summer programmes.
Cambridge University Yacht Club has its origins in the Cambridge University Cruising Club – the university’s original sailing club, founded in 1893. Since the 21st century, yachting and dinghy sailing at Cambridge has expanded to the point of sustaining two independent clubs: CUCrC now handle dinghy training, team racing and windsurfing; CUYC organises RYA training under the Yachtmaster Scheme, adventurous cruising and racing all on board their own boat, Skylark.