Sailing and Windsurfing For Students

The Cambridge University Cruising Club is a normal university club offering sailing and windsurfing for students. Separate sections organise Team Racing, Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, RYA Training, and Kitesurfing. There is a senior section that maintains news items and historical information This section also organises social events for alumni. Yachting, ‘big boat’ stuff in craft over 24 feet in length, is a separate University club – the Cambridge University Yacht Club.

The annual student membership fee is £50. The only additional expense you will incur is the cost of transport to and from Grafham Water (£5).   Grafham Water is a very large reservoir 25 miles to the west of Cambridge, and most of our sailing and windsurfing takes place there.

We Offer Sailing and Windsurfing to Students of All Abilities

We welcome sailors and windsurfers of all abilities. People used to competing at the top levels of the sport. Those who are happy with a short sail followed by a trip to the pub. Plus others who have never set foot on a board before and are looking for training. Cambridge sailing and windsurfing for students offers a wide variety of opportunities. There will definitely be something for you!


Because of our charitable status we can offer sailing and windsurfing only to students (including postgraduates) of universities and colleges that are non-commercial.   Postdocs and others are very welcome in the Club as trainers and helpers. Students must be 18 years of age or older, and must be full-time if not at Cambridge University. Non-Cambridge students are not eligible to sail on teams representing Cambridge University.

Some History

Cambridge is a major force in UK sailing and university team racing. It has dominated the universities team racing championships for the last 5 years. Former members have gone on to gain Olympic Gold Medals. They have also achieved success at the highest international levels – such as winning the Volvo Ocean Race. Detailed news items will be found in the News section. We maintain a comprehensive history of the Club in the History section of this website (the Club was founded in 1893).

Get Involved

If you missed us at the Oct 2017 Freshers Fair or you are coming up to Cambridge in 2018 use the form on our Get in Touch page to register your interest. Otherwise use this section’s menu items to get in touch, join the club, or access more detailed information.

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Close encounters at the Wilson Trophy (Cambridge in orange)       Cambridge lead in a Windsurfing Varsity heat (Grafham Water)