Yacht Club

The Oxford University Yacht Club was founded in 1884. It provides dinghy sailing and yachting opportunities to Oxford students, both for leisure and at a competitive level.

In dinghy team racing, the Oxford Firsts and Ladies teams are consistently strong performers. The Firsts won the British University Championships in 2009 and 2011, and the Ladies Team won the National Ladies Championships in 2010. Dinghy team racing is a full blue sport.

The yachting side of the Club has become far more active this millennium, with half blue status awarded in 2008 for achieving a certain placing at the British University Yachting Championships. The first half blues for yachting were awarded in 2011 to them team which were the 7th placed university and won the Varsity Match.

In addition, other races, cruises and on-shore training are organised on a regular basis by the yachting side of the Club.

The Club depends on donations to provide the dinghies it sails and help with the charter fees for the yachting Varsity Match and University Championships.

A Boat Fund was set up for this purpose in 1990 and has successfully funded the dinghies since then, changing them every 2 years. The fund has also provided a contribution to yacht charter hire, and enables hire bookings and damage deposits to be paid to avoid stretching the private funds of students while the money is collected from participants.

Any donations to the Yacht Club (which can be made through this website) go to the Boat Fund, which is administered by the Senior Committee. Anyone making a donation is entitled to be a Life Member of the Club, although we do encourage a minimum donation of at least £20 per annum.