Oxford University Yacht Club was founded in 1884. Historically the club’s focus was on dinghy racing. Team racing is one of a few select full-blue sports and this is due in part the club’s long and distinguished history in this sport.
The annual Varsity Match against Cambridge University is one of the world’s longest-running sailing regattas, with the 103rd Varsity Match held at Farmoor on the 19th September 2020. See below for archive footage of a Varsity Match in the 1920s:
OUYC’s yachting section is far younger. The club had sporadic involvement in yachting as far back as 1989 when an Oxford crew sailed aboard the 53 foot Bermudan masthead sloop ‘Maresca’. Over the next 12 years members of OUYC were involved in yacht racing but it was only in 2001 when yachting became an fully established part of OUYC.
The history of OUYC is far more detailed and colourful than the brief words here could ever describe but hopefully over time we can add to this history to do more justice to the club that has given so much to so many Oxford students over its lifetime.