Alumni Supporter status is open to any person who has a connection with the University or the Club, is no longer a student, and remains interested in Cambridge sailing or windsurfing. There is no ‘supporter’ fee, but we hope that you will contribute to at least one of the Club’s various support funds. The scope of these funds is explained on the Club Funds page.
Register Your Interest – And Make a Gift
You can register and make a regular gift using the online form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively you can download an Alumni Gift Form, print it, and send it to the address specified on the form. If you just want to receive newsletters, use the quick online (alumni) sign-up form on the Contact Us page.
To make a once-off gift to the Club, use our Sailing and Windsurfing page on the Cambridge philanthropy website. You will receive an immediate acknowledgement of your gift from CUDAR, but you will not receive a ‘thank you’ from us until several weeks later – when CUDAR pay your gift to us. You can, of course, make a gift using a charity voucher or cheque if this is more convenient for you.
If your employer operates a scheme whereby they match your GAYE contributions to a charity, please take advantage of such an arrangement for your CUCrC donations. Contribution matching is even better than Gift Aid!
Otherwise, particularly if you are an older alumnus, you might like to make a bequest, or consider the very tax-efficient step of donating shares.
Benefits of Being an Alumni Supporter
As an Alumni Supporter, as well as having the satisfaction of contributing to the continuing success of sailing and surfing at Cambridge, which you enjoyed yourself, you will receive the following benefits and privileges.
- A regular email newsletter keeping you in touch with student as well as alumni activities.
- An invitation to an annual social event in London – usually a drinks party.
- An invitation to the annual summer Varsity Match Dinner at a coastal location, in early July.
- An opportunity to participate in the early October Generations Team Racing Event at Farmoor, where Oxford and Cambridge teams from each decade battle it out under a legendary and mysterious handicapping system. (This event is sponsored by the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society.)
- The ability to keep up to date with breaking alumni, student, and CUCrC news on this website.
Supporting Cambridge Sailing and Surfing
The increasing pressures of ‘professional’ sailing and surfing mean that complete dedication and good equipment is needed to achieve success at the top. Team Racing training at Cambridge is rigorous, taking place several times a week, and each term is filled with a programme of top-flight invitational team racing events. Fleet Racing, Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, and Kitesurfing have a similar rigorous approach; Yachting has been a separate Club since 2013.
A flight of six new Fireflies with sails, storm sails, covers, and other gear currently costs around £47,000. Surfing boards, rigs, and kites also wear out and have to be replaced regularly! In addition, sailors and windsurfers have to pay the major part of entry fees to the regular competitions that they participate in around the country – as well as bearing the costs of the Varsity Match. (Over £10,000 a year in total!)
Please support the CUCrC so that sailors like those below can continue to excel at the national level. Complete the online regular gift form at the bottom of this page! Otherwise, please consider making a once-off gift using our page on the University philanthropy website.
Register and Give Regular Support to the Cambridge University Cruising Club (CUCrC)
Most the fields in the form below are optional so that, if you have previously registered with us and are receiving email newsletters, you do not have to submit all the information we already have. Details of how we handle your data are set out on the alumni Data Protection page.
Amounts Gift Aided also reduce your higher rate tax liability, so remember to claim!