Support Funds

Make a Gift to Cambridge Sailing Support Funds

The Club maintains four Cambridge sailing support funds so that alumni can direct their gifts to different purposes. The funds also support windsurfing and kitesurfing.

  • Boat Fund:   The Boat Fund accumulates money so that the Club’s dinghies and gear can be refurbished and replaced regularly.
  • Board Fund:   The Board Fund assists the annual refurbishment and replacement of the Club’s windsurfing boards, rigs, and gear.
  • Entry Fees Fund:   The Entry Fees Fund accumulates money to reduce the high entry fee costs incurred by sailors and windsurfers in attending university and other events around the country.
  • Hardship Fund:   The Hardship Fund accumulates money to assist team sailors who experience unexpected financial difficulty and would otherwise be unable to continue competitive sailing at Cambridge.
Support Fund Administration

The Support Funds take a long term view and therefore have their own ‘Boat Reserve’ bank account, ring fenced from general CUCrC funds. The Club’s Trustees, the Commodore, the Senior Treasurer, the Senior Secretary, and a senior Windsurfing representative manage the Boat and Board Funds. Alumni supporter donations go directly into the Boat Reserve bank account, and each alumnus designates the use of their gift when completing our online form or printed Alumni Gift Form. These forms also act as Alumni Supporter registration forms.

Boat and Board Funds

Currently the Club replaces each of its two flights of Fireflies every six years. The difference between the price of a new flight and the proceeds of selling the old flight is around £30,000. As a result, we need to generate Boat Fund income of at least £10,000 a year. Furthermore, the Boat Fund also pays for major refurbishments such as professional repair of damage or a new rudder.   A different approach has been adopted for windsurfing; items are refurbished and replaced annually.

Entry Fees Fund

Participating team sailors and windsurfers pay the entry fees BUSA and SWA championships, and other weekend events during the year. In addition, they also pay travel, subsistence, and overnight expenses. Team racing entry fees alone, including the costs of hiring boats and facilities for the Varsity Match, amount to over £10,000 a year. The purpose of the Entry Fee Fund is to help defray the entry fee costs that sailors and windsurfers incur. The Fund is managed by the General Committee.

Hardship Fund

Because of its nature, the Hardship Fund is a somewhat private fund, managed by the Senior Treasurer and two Senior Committee Members who live in or near Cambridge. Applications are made in confidence to the Senior Treasurer.

An historic summary of support fund accounts is shown below, followed by the accounts for the current year. Email the Alumni Administrator if you would like more detail about any support fund.


YearStart BalanceIncomeExpenditureEnd BalanceNotes
2010/116,9199,05112415,846Expenditure was for a ‘Just Giving’ website page, subsequently discontinued.
2013/1438,22315,74442,30311,664Purchase of 6 new Fireflies and 6 new covers for old Fireflies.
2015/1629,10227,20946,4689,843Purchase of 6 new Fireflies and 7 replacement sails, plus some windsurfing expenditure.
2016/179,84318,25250527,590Windsurfing items.
2017/1827,59043,12857,45613,262Sale of 2013 flight and purchase of a new flight, plus a new road trailer, plus the initiation of event entry assistance for student sailors.

Contributions to Support Funds by Alumni Decade

(Lump sum gifts amortised over 10 years)

1940’s & 50’s15%
2000’s & 10’s   8%


Income (£)
Life Member gifts for dinghies including Gift Aid and bank interest9,619
Boat hire receipts, event profits, and sale of 2013 flight25,990
Life Member gifts for windsurfing including Gift Aid119
Entry Assistance Fund: £1,800 b/f from 2016/17 plus Alumni gift of £500 plus £3,485 Club funds allocated5,785
Hardship Assistance Fund: Special gift of £500 plus Alumni gift of £500 plus £615 Club funds allocated1,615
Total Income£43,128
Expenditure (£)
Dinghy purchase, including a new road trailer49,968
Dinghy refurbishment1,869
Board expenses119
Entry fee assistance5,000
Hardship assistance500
Total Expenditure£57,456


Current Assets (£)
Boat Reserve Account9,139
Income and gifts in other Club accounts (including GAYE outstanding)2,311
Gift Aid  yet to be received1,812
Total Assets£13,262
Current Liabilities (£)
Owed to Club’s main Working account
Total Liabilities£-
Assets Less Liabilities£13,262

This change in Balance Sheet represents a decrease of £14,328 over last year

Team racing training for Cambridge sailing support funds
Cambridge train in their tip-top Firefly flights – made possible by alumni generosity