Donations help purchase boats for the Sailing Club

Over the past two years, the Sailing Club had made it a priority to maximise their fundraising to buy some newCouple next to boat boats for their club. The club are passionate about being able to provide an affordable way for students to start or continue Sailing whilst studying and there has been a need for new boats for many years.

With the help of donations from alumni, staff, friends, and a grant from the Alumni Foundation, the club managed to raise a whopping £18,000. This summer, they used part of the funds to purchase six new Firefly Dinghies. On Saturday 1 December, the University of Sheffield Sailing Club were pleased to host a naming ceremony for one of their new boats. The family of the late John Rumble (MBChB Sheffield, 1955) were invited to Winscar Reservoir to officially unveil one of the new boats.

John was a medical graduate from Sheffield and also an original founding member of the club in the early 1950s.
John sadly passed away in 2011 and left a gift in his Will to the University. He had always had an interest in sailing throughout his life and spent many days on the River Crouch and River Roach, even sailing across the North Sea! It was this passion that led to the University allocating his generous legacy gift towards the Sailing Club. A special mention must also go to Gill Davies, John’s widow, who made a further donation to the club in John’s memory.

Two of the six boats are yet to be named and an auction will take place at the Sailing Club’s first alumni dinner on Saturday 20 April to determine who will have the opportunity to name them.
All six boats were recently used in the “Sheffield Shuffle” in which 17 different University’s took part at the Pennine Sailing Club.

Anybody who wishes to get involved with the Sailing Club can visit their website at

If you would like to find out more about the legacy programme at the University of Sheffield, please visit:

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