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Information for New Members
  • So, what's this windsurf thing all about?

Well, we a select bunch of people who have a common theme - we all love it. More than others. Less cryptically, however, we are the windsurfing section of the Cambridge University Cruising Club (CUCrC). Our windsurfing section is a major part of the CUCrC, so we are a force to be reckoned with, both on the water and off it.

Our windsurfing activities range from teaching complete beginners through to taking part in international events. We have experienced wave-sailors in our ranks and several qualified instructors too. Trips include single days' sailing, manic weekend missions, and full-on week holidays. We consistently produce good results on the university circuit.

Off the water, we are even stronger. No-one we know parties quite as hard as us. We view the social side of windsurfing just as importantly as the sailing side, as it brings the Club together and makes everything more fun.

  • BUT I've never windsurfed before. How can I take part?

Many of our members have never windsurfed before. It's a great sport to learn with a very fast and satisfying learning curve. We often run special beginners trips with experienced sailors doing the teaching. There will also be lots of people of the same standard as you, so you can learn from and laugh at them as well. Oh, it helps if you can drink like an ox.

  • My name's Robby and I've been windsurfing for years. Is the club advanced enough for me?

Yes. We have several keen wave-sailors who are never afraid to break a few bits of kit in the search for a new move. But if you know how to forward loop, then can you teach me? Seriously, however, we do encourage experienced sailors to help with the teaching of the beginners - it's good for a laugh and gives you something to do when it's not windy.

  • Hang on - you're kidding me. There's no water near Cambridge is there?

It's not as bad as you'd think - there's Grafham Water reservoir 35 minutes drive away, where you will have complete membership as part of the CUCrC 'block', and for the wave-heads, beautiful Norfolk beaches are only an hour and a half away. But we don't limit ourselves to places near Cambridge - we do weekend trips to the south coast, and longer trips to places such as the Canaries, Egypt, France, and Greece. If you thrive on a bit of competition, then there's also the university events and the Student Nationals to go to.

  • Do you just windsurf all the time and have no parties?

What! I can't believe you're asking. We have the most legendary pub evenings known to mankind. As well as swaps and curries, there's the great times we have when we have a weekend away with the other universities.

  • Oooh. This sounds expensive. How much will I have to pay?

It costs £50 for a complete year's membership, which also allows you to participate in CUCrC dinghy sailing and team racing. This may sound expensive, but when you think it includes membership of Grafham Water SC, complete use of the Club's kit (which can cater for almost every need), and use of the warm Club wetsuits, you certainly can't shake a stick at it. You also get us organising and driving you to great windsurfing locations. You will not get your windsurfing cheaper anywhere else! In addition, we run Taster Sessions for £15 on the first Saturday and Sunday of the Michaelmas Term and £10 is knocked off your membership fee if you join the Club before the end of October. If you want to join or book a Taster Session, just sign up on the Club's membership management website (opens in a new window).

Beyond the membership fees, the only essential costs are for food, drink, travel and event entry fees. All the events are very cheap, and are a great chance to escape from Cambridge.

If you get keen, you may want to purchase some wetsuit boots or a wetsuit. This is still not too expensive, and the Club sometimes arranges some bulk buy deals for all you lucky people.

  • Okay then, I'm hooked. How do I join?

The simplest way is to come and meet us at the Freshers Fair in Kelsey Kerridge sports centre. We'll be the people eating pizza, drinking beer and accosting all the good looking girls/blokes - underneath the red CUCrC burgee. We'll give you lots of unbiased information (hmmm…) and put you on our email lists.

If you miss us there, then come along to the CUCrC Squash, where we'll give you lots of free alcohol, yes, free alcohol and use various encouraging tactics to get you to join.

Otherwise use this online form (opens in a new window) to put yourself on our mailing list, or sign up on the Club's membership management website (opens in a new window).

  • You're putting questions in my mouth. How can I ask something else?

Easy. Just email the Committee (see the main website Club Overview page - opens in a new window). The President will usually be able to help the most or know who to ask.

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