The University’s Yacht Racing Team, which includes Churchill PhD student Paul Wedrich, are looking for financial support to be able to compete in the University World Cup this month.

After only minimal training, Paul and the team competed in the J/80 National Championships a couple of weeks ago with excellent results — scoring 4th place overall, with Oxford in 12th and the next student team from Strathclyde placing 6th. 

Having now entered the final period of intense training and becoming familiar with the type of boat they will be racing at the World Cup (J/80), the team are now looking to reach their fundraising target to be able to compete at Le Pouliguen, France from October 13 to October 20.

The team have raised over half of the money needed to cover registration fees and the travel expenses but with less than two weeks to go until the World Cup begins the team are hoping to reach their goal through

The team have had a successful year of racing — beating Oxford in their annual Varsity race and winning a bronze medal in the BUSA Yachting Championships. During this season Paul was the acting Team Captain, and having completed his RYA Yachtmaster certification in May, Paul also became the Club’s Skipper — responsible for the safety of the boat and its crew. When he is not sailing he is undertaking a PhD at the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

Support the team

For the last two seasons, Paul has received financial support from the College’s Small Grants Fund to help towards the cost of training and representing the University in races. However, Paul and the team are now looking for additional sponsors or sailing-fascinated Cambridge alumni to support their Student World Cup campaign and make it a reality.

The team needs fundraise for event entry fees, training and travel. If you would like to help or get involved with their Student World Cup preparations please email: or visit their Crowdfunding page

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