For the past two years, five young sailors have been at the heart of student yacht racing for The University of Strathclyde and now for the second year running they will represent Scotland at the Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC). These five young individuals have been training hard on and off the water with one dream in mind, a podium finish at the the world cup in La Baule, France next month. The championships will be raced in J/80s and for this reason we have competed at Cowes Week in the J/80 Class and at the J/80 Nationals, finishing in 6th place overall in both regattas including being the only student team to win a race at either event.
Strathclyde university have represented Scotland for the past three years at SYWoC and have won the world title twice, in 2000 and 2003. Now the current crop of sailors want to drive Scottish Student Sailing forward and promote youth in sailing and encourage the sport to grow at all levels all over the country. A stand out result at the world cup will help the team achieve their personal goals and help push the sport forward at university and all other levels.
After their summer's training the team feel that they are as well placed as they possibly could be to put in a winning performance and no shortage of hard work, late nights, sweat and research has gone into their campaign.
In order to compete at SYWoC the team has worked exceptionally hard, putting everything they can into training, promoting and funding their campaign. Funding is hard to come by in the student world and without it Team Scotland's goals are very difficult to achieve and without your help it is close to impossible. As a thank you for any donations, the team will offer you a variety of gifts, experiences and merchandise.
We would like to say a huge thank you in advance for all the support and any donations would be greatly appreciated!
Angus, Clara, Eilidh, Peter and Ruaridh