Alumni Information


Alumni Supporter status is open to anyone who has a connection with the University or the Club, is no longer a student, and remains interested in Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing alumni activities. There is no ‘supporter’ fee, but we hope that you will contribute to at least one of the Club’s support funds. We explain the scope of these funds on the Support Funds page and include an online gift form below.

If you live in or near Cambridge and are in a position to help the Club in any way, particularly with transport to and from Grafham, please sign up as a Senior Affiliate Member.   If you just want to receive our newsletters, use the quick sign-up form on the Contact Us page

Girton Storage

A limited amount of storage is available in an industrial unit at Girton for alumni to store their windsurfing gear and other items. Apply for details to the Senior Secretary, whose email address is on the Club Officers 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 and complete it, and return it to us.

Use our Sailing and Windsurfing page on the Cambridge philanthropy website to make a once-off gift to the Club. CUDAR will send you an immediate acknowledgement of your gift. However, we will not be able to issue a ‘thank you’ until several weeks later – when CUDAR transfer 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 that matches your GAYE contributions to a charity, please use the 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. In addition, do consider the very tax-efficient step of donating shares.

Benefits of Being an Alumni Supporter

As a supporter of Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing alumni, you will have the satisfaction of contributing to the continuing success of sailing and surfing at Cambridge. Furthermore, 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.
  • Opportunity to participate in the early October Generations Team Racing Event at Farmoor. There 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.)
  • You will be able to keep up to date with breaking alumni, student, and CUCrC news on this website.
Supporting Cambridge Sailing and Surfing

The increasing pressures of student sailing and surfing mean that complete dedication and good equipment is needed to achieve success. Team Racing training at Cambridge is rigorous and takes place several times a week. In addition, each term is filled with a programme of top-flight invitational team racing events.   Fleet Racing, Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, and Kitesurfing have a similar dedicated approach. Yachting has been a separate club since 2013.

To purchase a flight of six new Fireflies with sails and other gear requires around £50,000. 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 all the competitions they enter. They also bear the costs of the Varsity Match.   (These event costs all add up to 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, do consider making a once-off gift using our page on the University philanthropy website.

Dinghies racing for Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing alumni
Cambridge team racers (Firefly No. 1), on their way to a second BUSA win in succession, prepare to gybe with a Southampton boat (No. 5) well trapped outside them.
Windsurfing for Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing alumni
A Windsurfing session under way at Grafham
Photo of Firefly dinghies for Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing alumni
A dinghy sailing taster session concludes at Grafham
Photo of surfing kite for Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing alumni
Windsurfers fly the kite on Parkers Piece – for the Freshers Fair

Register and Give Regular Support to the Cambridge University Cruising Club (CUCrC)

Most the fields in the form below are optional. 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 Privacy Notice page.

Amounts Gift Aided also reduce your higher rate tax liability, so remember to claim!