Records of the Edinburgh University Sailing Club (EUSC) and University Regatta (Cameron Trophy), 1984-2007

Scope and Content

The material is collected together into several organised components covering years 1988-2007, and these include club business 1988-1996, 1996-1997 and 1997-2003, club handbooks and membership lists 1989-2004, Cameron Trophy bank statements 1987-1989, Cameron Trophy correspondence and accounts 1984-1995, 1995-1998, 1999-2003 and 2004-2007. The collection contains: letter and email correspondence, various newsletters including Satisfactorily moist..., financial reports and balance sheets, cheques and statements, notes from committee meetings, membership lists 1989-200, sailing course information, material relating to BUSA (British University Sailing Association) and SUSA (Scottish University Sailing Association), handbook of the Edinburgh University Sports Union 1999-2000, material relating to the Cameron Trophy and its running, ephemera such as menu for the Edinburgh University Watersports Ball, menu for the Sailing Club Dinner, tickets for club dinner, and news cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Edinburgh University Sailing Club (EUSC) was founded in 1933 as the Edinburgh University Yacht Club. EUSC is one of the largest sports clubs within the University and its dinghy teams are the most successful teams in Scotland. EUSC is located at the Edinburgh University Sports Union, Pleasance, Edinburgh. Club sailing takes place at Linlithgow Loch, West Lothian, for dinghies, and Largs (Clyde) and Port Edgar (Forth) for yachting. The EUSC is a group member of the Linlithgow Loch Sailing Club.

In the 1980s and 1990s EUSC meetings were held on Tuesdays in the Pleasance, and in more recent years at the Wash Bar, Mound, Edinburgh, on Wednesday evenings. The EUSC Cameron Trophy sailing event has been held at Firbush - the University's field centre on Loch Tay - and in the Firth of Forth (the 35th Cameron Trophy was hosted by the Royal Forth Yacht Club). The Trophy has traditionally been held over a weekend during Freshers Week at Firbush, or rather during the weekend immediately before the start of the Autumn term. Club records also show that there has been a Sailing Club Regatta held in in May. The Club has held grand social events such as the Edinburgh University Watersports Ball which was often held at the Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh, but was, in November 1989, held at the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, as well as dinner dances, Hallowe'en, Christmas and Burns functions. Some of these still happen, along with beer and skittles and pub quizzes.

The above-mentioned Cameron Trophy had been presented by Lord Cameron to the Edinburgh University Sports Union in the early 1970s. Lord Cameron had served with the RNVR in both world wars and in the Second World War had held the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. He was an honorary commodore of the Forth Yacht Club and was awarded an honorary blue for his interest in Edinburgh University sport. He held a particular interest in sailing and so the Sports Union decided to invite the EUSC to run an annual regatta at which the winner would be presented with the Cameron Trophy which he had presented. Earlier in the Club's history the trophy was called the Lord Cameron Trophy. Lord Cameron died in 1996, aged 96.

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Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Fiona Donaldson, office-bearer EUSC, March 2009, Accession no: E2009.08.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained within the collection.

Other Finding Aids

None created for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.