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JF2017 HOODIES

DON'T FORGET to order your JF2017 hoodies. Click here to link to the Easthead site for full details

Pre ordering is the only way you can buy these tops and the cut off date for ordering is 31/7/17.
 
Collection will be from the sailing club on Monday 7th August.


Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week final day

Posted 21st July 2017

Winner of the 10th Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week put his success down to a bit of practice and a tightly competitive fleet which keeps him on his toes year round. Mike Wigmore and his crew who brought his Swallow Gwaihir across the Solent from Itchenor, explained “It’s great coming to the Classics.  We love the combination of windward leeward sailing and round the cans courses.  I can truly say we’ve never had a better regatta.”

Magnus Wheatley of Charles Stanley Direct presents the Charles Stanley 1792 Cup to overall winners, Swallow sailor Mike Wignore and crew of Gwaihir. © Rick Tomlinson

Mike made his comments despite Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week (CSDCCW) wrapping up today (Friday) with three days of racing out of a potential five when a second day of racing had to be cancelled due to wind in the Solent pushing toward 30 knots.


SWALLOW NATIONALS 2017

Posted 18th July 2017

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JUNIOR FORTNIGHT DUTIES

Posted 30th June 2017

The Junior Fortnight duty list is now online. Please click here to go to that page and check when you have your duties


Close racing and beautiful conditions at RS200 Open Day on 7th and 8th July 2017

The 45 RS200s that descended on Itchenor Sailing Club on 8-9 July couldn't have asked for a more beautiful weekend, or a more stunning setting, for a weekend's racing.

Race 1 started in a nice 10-knot building sea breeze with the tide already ebbing and pushing boats over the line, which rather inevitably led to a general recall. True to his word the PRO Chris Darling brought out the black flag for the next race putting pressure back on the fleet to behave. Merlin cross-code sailor Olly Turner, and Rheanna Pavey, led the way with Alan Roberts and Emma Best in hot pursuit. Matt Mee and Emma Norris worked their way up through the fleet to finish third on the water and after 7 black flags were handed out, they took the first bullet of the event, with George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby in second after finishing sixth on the water and Dicken Maclean and Hannah Young third.

The fleet were much better behaved for the start of Race 2 even though the tide was starting to run stronger. The wind had also picked up which led to a tough choice downwind between going high and trying to plane, or pushing low. It was Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson who took the initiative on the first lap taking the lead down the first run and not looking back. George and Sophie, and Dicken and Hannah made the most of the new breeze coming down and jumped the rest of the chasing pack to take second and third again.

Race 3 was Itchenor in full swing. 15 knots with wind against tide made the beats hard work but worth it for the blast downwind. George and Sophie got a jump on the fleet from a mid-line start to allow them to tack for the tide and lead at the top mark. Arthur and Mary Henderson rounded next closely followed by Dicken and Hannah and a crew of Ben Palmer and Claire Walsh. These three boats battled it out for two laps until Dicken and Hannah finally broke free and screamed down the last run hunting down George and Sophie but not quite having enough runway. Ben and Claire came through to take third place.

The final race of the day saw a couple of fresh faces lead the charge. Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne and Stewart and Jack Bowen got the best starts and along with Dicken and Hannah led the fleet around the top mark. Dicken and Hannah took off in a ball of spray and were not seen again whilst Andy and Pippa took a solid grip of second place. On the last lap George and Sophie managed to get a jump down the run to finish behind Andy and Pippa. Unfortunately for Dicken and Hannah their start had been a bit too good as they crossed the line to silence, meaning Andy and Pippa took their first race win of the weekend with George and Sophie in second, followed by Maria and Rob in third. This left George and Sophie leading from Dicken and Hannah and, with big scores already on the board, anything could happen going in to day two.

The beautiful weather continued on Sunday, which started for many with a full cooked breakfast as teams prepared for another big day of sea breeze hiking. But this time the sea breeze failed to supplement a south westerly gradient of about 6-7 knots that swung round to the south-east through the day.

In the first race of the day, a shifty first beat allowed five boats to separate themselves from the pack, with Rob Struckett and Kate Robinson leading at the first mark. Left was the only way out of the flooding tide on the beats but it was a tough call whether to take the shifts or get further out of the tide. In the end, a mixture of the two paid off as Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson took the race on the line from Owain Mathews and Rosie Sibthorp.

The committee boat and windward mark moved further out into the channel in Race 6, which led to a split fleet up the first beat. Those that escaped from the pile-up at the committee boat end were rewarded, though, as the right hand side paid more and more with each leg of the course. Arthur and Mary took the win from both Andy and Pippa, and Jack Holden and Alex Warren.

Race 7 was completely different as the tide started to flow up the course. Suddenly, boats were struggling to stay down-tide of the line and the leaders could come from all sides of the beat. George and Sophie regained the form that had won them day one to take the bullet, with Maria and Rob as well as Matt and Emma in hot pursuit.

The last race brought further challenges as the breeze dropped and tracked round to the left. Owain and Rosie took advantage of the light conditions to finish off with a win. It was all to play for at the top of the leaderboard, with three boats still in with a chance of victory. Matt and Emma and George and Sophie fought back from tough first beats, but it wasn't enough as Maria and Rob held their nerve to take second, and the win overall.

A very proud home fleet took first, second and fourth on the leaderboard but particular congratulations to winners Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson for taking home the Itchenor Burgee trophy.

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Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Firefly Regatta Day 1

Thursday dawned grey, overcast and damp in Chichester Harbour. Hardly ideal sailing conditions since the wind was light too. However, the 48-strong fleet of Fireflys got away for their first race only a few minutes late caused by the fickle breeze. First to show at the windward mark were Cossie and Izzy Lewis from Sevenoaks School but just behind were Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft from Sherborne College. At the second windward mark, which was the finish, it was Childerley and Croft who took line honours ahead of Harry Barker and Ivan Pylee (Burford School) with Winchester College’s Miles Jones and Tiger Tellwright in third place. Jones and Tellwright moved up to second place in the second race behind Dom Lewis and Oscar Wright from Tonbridge School with the Portsmouth Grammar School pairing of Charles Elliott and Joseph Bradley making up the top three.

The third race course took the fleet down-harbour towards East Head. Childerley and Croft led the fleet to the first windward mark – a lead they extended through the race. The battle for second place was very close with Jones and Tellwright just ahead of the James Allen’s Girls School crew of Julia Mellors and Eveline Suer.

A picnic lunch was enjoyed on the beach at East Head before the fourth race on a course set by race officer Alastair Shaw in the Stocker Lake area south of Thorney Island. With the wind variable in strength and deviating through 45 degrees, Childerley and Croft played cat and mouse with Jones and Tellwright up a conservative track up the centre of the course. However, those who went way left risked the stronger tide that flourished as the pressure built from the South. The windward mark saw the leaders Julian Fung and Elliott Marshall (Rugby School) ahead of Elliott and Bradley with Tonbridge School’s Rory Fulton and Harry Tilling not far behind. At the leeward mark the wind was very light and the subsequent beat tested the leaders. Fulton and Tilling made the best of the conditions to take first place with Elliott and Bradley second and Fung and Marshall a well deserved third place, their best of the day.

In races five and six Childerley and Croft re-established their winning ways to end the day on top of the leaderboard. Jones and Tellwright scored seventh and second to ensure they have a healthy gap ahead of the chasing pack.

Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Firefly Regatta Day 2

Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft win the final race in Itchenor Sailing Club's Schools Championships. Image David Priscott

The ebb tide was strong enough to get the 48 Fireflies to the start area in very still but sunny conditions. A weak breeze set in but it was fitful. Finally a breeze set in from the West and a race got under way. It soon became apparent that the wind was shifting back and forth through 90 degrees. First to the windward mark was the Tonbridge Firefly crewed by Dom Lewis and Oscar Wright. Then it was Harry Barker and Isaac Pylee in the Burford School boat ominously followed by regatta leaders Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft from Sherborne. Childerley and Croft soon established a lead downwind. The wind shifts were such that boats were close reaching on both upwind and downwind legs. None of this faxed the Sherborne pair as they showed their mastery of the tricky conditions to take the gun. Charles Elliott and Joseph Bradley from Portsmouth Grammar School took second place and Barker and Pylee third.

Trophy Winners

Sir Richard Fairey Trophy for the winning school
Sherborne School - Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft

Gavin Anderson Trophy for the school placed second overall
Winchester College – Miles Jones and Tiger Tellwright

Astral Cup for the first boat with an all female crew
James Allen’s Girls School – Julai Mellors and Eveline Suer

Nick Prosser Trophey for the winner of the Silver Fleet
Sevenoaks School – Matt Caiger and Alexander Foglu

Mini-series Trophy (Joint Winners)
Sevenoaks School - Dom Lewis and Oscar Wright
Burford School – Harry Barker and Isaac Pylee

Results here

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Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Feva Regatta Report

Winners of races 1 and 2, Henry and Rupert Jameson of Hayling College (credit Jessica Marsh)

Day 1 - Monday 26th June 2017

Racing was due to start at 1100 in Chichester Harbour on Monday 26 June. The race team set up a course down harbour near East Head. The wind at the time was fickle so race officer Andy Penman delayed the start to allow the wind to settle. When it did it came in from the South and produced perfect sailing conditions for the 103 RS Fevas entered in the event. After an initial general recall – the fleet was really keyed up – the first race got started under a black flag. First to show was the Hayling College boat sailed by Henry and Rupert Jameson who quickly established a significant lead, which they held until the finish. In second place were last year’s overall winners Louis Johnson and Henry Chandler from Portsmouth Grammar School followed by Sevenoaks’s Will Caiger and Tom Baulkwill.

The Jameson brothers took the second race with Johnson and Chandler a closer second. The Norwich School crew of William Pank and Finlay Campbell took the third slot.

Whilst the leading boats had started at the committee boat end of the start line in the first two races, a slight wind shift favoured boats at the pin end for the third race. At the first windward mark it was close order sailing with Fin Dickinson and Tom Gorringe from Ditcham Park School just ahead of Ben Hutton-Penman and Josh Sibthorpe from New Hall School and the Jameson boys. At the second windward rounding the Jameson crew had edged ahead of the other two teams. However as the boats crossed the finish line Dickinson and Gorringe had snatched back the lead from the Jamesons with the New Hall team taking third.

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Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Feva regatta Day 2 - June 27th 2017

The hundred strong fleet left Itchenor Sailing Club in a gentle South-Easterly for the second day of this regatta. With the threat of decreasing breezes and rain the race officer Andy Penman got the fleet off on time for their first race. First to the windward mark was the Sevenoaks pairing of Will Caiger and Tom Baulkwill followed by Freddy Wood and Ollie Jameson (Portsmouth Grammar School) and Ben Hutton-Brown and Josh Sibthorpe representing New Hall School. The order would have remained the same had not Robbie McDonald and Emma Wells in a Portsmouth Grammar School boat just pip the New Hall team on the line.

The second race provided the only general recall of the day so a black flag was deployed and the fleet got away cleanly in decreasing pressure. Louis Wright and Thomas Cooke-Priest from Churcher’s College pulled off an outrageous port hand start from the pin end and crossed the fleet. They were contention at the windward mark only a metre or two behind the Ditcham Park School’s boat of Fin Dickinson and Tom Gorringe. Alex Holborn and Helena Watkins from Parkstone Grammar School made up the first three. At the second windward mark the Ditcham Park boat was still leading ahead of the improving William Pank and Finlay Campbell of Norwich School with the Churcher’s boys slipping to third. Pank and Campbell made the best of the increasingly variable wind and establish a significant lead on the downwind leg. At the finish it was Pank and Campbell ahead of McDonald and Campbell from Portsmouth Grammar, who had worked their way through the fleet downwind, and Wright and Cooke-Priest.

So to the final race of the regatta. With wind subsiding and the flood tide at its strongest, the course was moved to the relatively weak tidal area in the Stocker Lake, near the Thorney Island shore. The light breeze caused the fleet to stay together and at the windward mark six boats were closely aligned with Pank and Campell alongside Henry and Rupert Jameson making a return to the front of the fleet after a couple of poor results in the first two races. Barty Gray and James Shaw (Cokethorpe School) and Megan Ferguson and Adam Trubridge from Robert Mays School Odiham were also in contention. The race team shortened the race at the second windward mark and the order was Pank and Campell ahead of Dickinson and Gorringe by half a boat’s length with Ferguson and Trubridge third.

The overall winners of the regatta were William Pank and Finlay Campell who finished on the same points as Henry and Rupert from Hayling College. The final podium place went to Fin Dickinson and Tom Gorringe of Ditcham Park School. A fitting result as between them these three crews won seven of the eight races.

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Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club

Posted 19th June 2017i

Itchenor Sailing Club’s annual Points Week is a tradition that goes back many decades but rarely has there been a more perfect week weather-wise. With beautiful sunshine and changing wind directions, the weather conditions made for interesting and varied racing throughout the week.

For the three classic keelboat classes that race during Points Week – XODs, Swallows and Sunbeams, race officer Roger Wickens had decreed that racing should take place each side of high water to give the maximum flexibility in course setting. He took full advantage of this to test the fleets with challenging windward legs both against and with the tide to the fours corners of Chichester Harbour followed by exciting downwind legs with full spinnakers giving a colourful addition to the Harbour background.

Of the 50 boats racing in Points Week, half were in the XOD fleet – 22 local boats augmented by three visitors from Cowes. Monday’s race provided one of the closest finishes with X55 Falconet (Peter Lawrence, Ron Parker and Jim Dunn) just half a boat’s length ahead of X80 Lass (Jeremy Lear and John Tremlett) after two hours racing. Tuesday’s race was more clear cut when X26 Catherine (Colin McKinnon with Neil and Ros Hart) established an early lead that could not be bettered by Lass who was again second. On Wednesday for most of the race it appeared that this would be Lass’s day but X90 Astralita (Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey) thought better and overhauled her by the final leg home. Winds on Thursday were the strongest of the week, gusting 25 knots and clearly suited X50 Xcitation (Roger Yeoman with Roddy Bridge) taking first place ahead of Lass in the two spot yet again. In Friday’s medium breeze X50 established a lead from the start, took the direct route to the windward mark on the Winner Bank and was not challenged although Lass held on to make it a full set of second places. However, Lass’s consistency was more than enough to take first place overall in the series for the Benson Platter. Xcitation was second and Astralita third.

In the Swallow class the early races suggested the series might be a three horse race with Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore, Mark Struckett and Charles Hyatt) taking the first race ahead of Migrant (Charles Fisher, Richard Thompson and Nigel Glennie) and Darter (Tony Glover with Harry and Prue Roome). Darter then took honours in the two short races on Tuesday with Gwaihir scoring a third and a second place. Migrant took a second but then faded with a seventh. Gwaihir established a significant lead in the Wednesday race that wasn’t challenged, even by Darter in second position. This was the order again in the first of Thursday’s two short races. Gwaihir also took first place in the next race.
So with the series win for the Buccaneer Trophy secured by Gwaihir at the end of Thursday, Friday’s race was to decide the minor places. Migrant came back from midweek disappointments with a second place behind Gwaihir but it was only good enough for third overall behind Darter.

The winner of the Sunbeam series was not decided until the Friday, with at least four boats in contention after four races. The Evans/Leach partnership in Polly secured the win on Monday. It was Joe and Cathy Burnie’s turn on Tuesday to take top spot in Fleury. Then came Alan Stannah’s charge in Spray with three wins in a row to take the Wengen Cowbell for the series win ahead of the consistent Alchemy sailed by Richard and Sarah Pearson. Fleury was third overall.

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Norman Moore Trophy 2017

Posted 31st May 2017

The Norman Moore Trophy has been raced for at Itchenor Sailing Club every year since 1953, and over the years has grown in importance to become the premier home event for the National Swallow Class. As several owners and some boats are currently ‘off games’, a slightly diminished fleet of 17 boats gathered on Saturday morning in a solid 20-25 knots of breeze and sunshine for the first of five races.

Swift, having recovered Jeremy Sibthorp by his feet following a pre-start crash gybe to avoid a Swallow contretemps ahead, went on to open their score sheet with a win. Gwaihir lost a good initial lead but held off Echo to take second place.

By the two races in the afternoon Charlie Hartley, son of skipper James Hartley, had been substituted for the somewhat bruised and wet Jeremy and Swift was back to business but by then the Gwaihir team had recovered their form and posted back to back wins. In race two Christine Graves’s team Skua, helmed by Chris Creak was second, followed by Swift then Tony Glover’s Darter. Race three saw the same first two with Bluff, taking the last podium place ahead of Migrant. The course congestion as the fleet caught up the XOD fleet at marks where the favoured mark exit crossed the incoming fleet was exciting but all part of racing in Chichester Harbour.

The club was full in the evening as the current fleet and many past Swallow sailors gathered for a Gala Dinner to Celebrate 70 years since the formation of the class in 1947 in preparation for its featuring in the 1948 Olympics.

Sunday was to be a very different sort of sailing. PRO Phillip Pascall managed to find a zephyr of breeze to start race four but with its 40 degree shifts and vagaries of strength there were plenty of traps for the unwary. The race was initially led by National Swallow Class chairman Malcolm Green sailing Archon but it was Bluff who eventually won with Echo taking the third. Gwaihir were pleased that there would now be a discard score allowed as otherwise would have posted a very large total! The afternoon brought torrential rain but still hardly any wind so at 1500 the excellent race management team brought out the “N” flag and all were towed home for tea and prize giving.

Would you like to race a Swallow? The sponsored 'ready to race' spare Swallow is available for visiting guests to use at Itchenor SC Points Week 12-16 June, the Swallow Championships weekend at Cowes 15-16 July and Cowes Classics regatta 17-21st July. Contact isc.swallow.capt@gmail.com to book.

The final result was
1st Gwaihir. Mike Wigmore, Mark Struckett and Charles Hyatt
2nd Swift. James Hartley, Rob Sutherland, Jeremy Sibthorp and Ian Tillett.
3rd Bluff. Hugo Fisher, Nigel Masding and Richard House.
4th Echo. Simon Slater, George Miller, & James Cunnison.
5th Skua. Christine Graves. Chris Creak, David Maclean, Robin Knott and Nick Boyd.

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Changes to Youth and Junior Supported Classes

Mirror, Topper, 420, Laser Radial and Feva XL

Posted 18th May 2017

I am pleased to say that on 5th May General Committee approved the outcome of the Youth and Junior part of the Supported Class Review which commenced last year.

  • With effect from the start of winter training later this year, and leading into 2018 season, the Club will introduce a revised Youth and Junior sailing pathway. This new structure will be underpinned by ‘strongly recommended’ minimum ages for each class which are fundamental to the success of the pathway
  • Affirmation that the Club is committed to the Mirror, Topper and Int 420 as Supported Classes
  • Introduction of two new classes, being the RS Feva XL and the Laser Radial, to supplement the three existing classes of the Mirror, Topper and Int 420.
  • Establishment of a Youth and Junior Sailing Committee which will focus specifically on the Youth and Junior sailing activities and be a sub-committee of Sailing Committee.
    Julian Hantrais (RS Feva XL) and Caroline Clarke (Laser Radial) will be the two new class captains.

For full details please click here
 
We are very excited about this and will be putting every effort into making it a success.


RS800 COACHING WEEKEND

Posted 24th May 2017

Twelve RS800s gathered at the lovely Itchenor SC over the weekend for an action packed two days of coaching with skiff gurus Harvey Hilary and Stevie Wilson. They were greeted with wall to wall sunshine and all-too-tempting cake.

On arrival, crews were given rig set-up advice as they rigged their boats followed by a classroom session on sail trim through the wind range. Back in the sunshine the group split in two for land drill, breaking down tacking and gybing into bite sized steps. Half the teams were crew boom sheeting with Harvey showing the recommended technique, while the other half had Stevie demonstrating how the helm should get across the boat in a tidy and timely manner.

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JUNIOR FORTNIGHT 2017 

This great event will start on Monday 31st July and draw to a close on Friday 11th August.

Registration will be on the afternoon of Sunday 30th July. 

Event Entry is now open.   

We hope that you will find out all you need to know about JF 2017 on the JF part of the website.  Click on this link.  

If you are new to JF or you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the club office, committee or class captains.  We are all listed on the JF page.

Looking for a helm or a crew?  Click here to add yourself to the list of others looking

Support Rota:  JF relies on the support of parents/guardians to ensure the safety of the children at all times.  Accordingly, all parents are required to do a number of duties, both ashore and afloat.  Preferences for dates and roles will be accommodated as far as is possible, but the principal factor in allocation of duties will be optimise our safety cover at all times.

If there are any parents/guardians of JF2017 competitors who would like to gain more experience in a safety role, take a Power Boat 2 course, please look at the training courses on the website via this link and/or speak to George in the club office on 01242 512400 

Duty Paid List: Sometimes families struggle to fulfil all their allocated duties.  The JF committee will publish a list of school leavers who will  be eligible to do duties for a suggested payment of £60 per day.  Those eligible to be on the list will be full club members, a school leaver (aged 17yrs or older), having left school at the end of the summer term 2017, and holds a Power Boat 2 Certificate.  If you fulfil these criteria and are competent in safety boat cover, please contact the office.   

In the meantime, Happy Sailing, and gets lots of race practice in!

The JF Committee


CONGRATULATIONS TO IZZY (GOLD) AND KATIE (SILVER) IN THE INT420 YOUTH NATIONALS 2017

Posted 14th April 2017

Huge congratulations to Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers (Gold) and Katie Davies and Midge Watkins (Silver) in the Youth Nationals 2017 at Hayling.

Full Int420 results on this link


CONGRATULATIONS TO IAN WALKER, MBE

Posted 5th April 2017

Many congratulations to ISC member Ian Walker, MBE on his appointment as Director of Racing for the RYA.

As Director of Racing, a position he will take over full time from October, Walker will oversee the RYA’s World Class Programme and talent pathways, as well as the broader remit of racing participation in all its forms in the UK. 

Please click here to read the story.


IZZY and GEMMA DO IT AGAIN!

Posted 3rd April 2017

After dominating the Inland Championship two weeks ago Izzy and Gemma continued to dominate the 420 class by winning the Spring championship last weekend at Hayling Island. The girls got 6 bullets out of the seven race series This result means that between Izzy and Gemma and Katie, Itchenor hold all the major 420 UK championships .... the sailing equivalent of the Grand Slam. 

We wish Gemma and Izzy all the best next week as they defend their youth championship title and endeavour to be the first all girl team to win overall the Youth National Championships back to back.

Good luck girls


CREWING AN XOD

The Crew forum has been running successfully at Itchenor for many years as a means of matching existing and prospective members with experienced sailors, providing an opportunity to sail in an X One Design.  You will also experience the joys of Chichester Harbour and the excellent facilities at Itchenor Sailing Club.

We race every Saturday and Sunday from April​ to October. Any sailing member is most welcome to race with us, please make yourself known to me or email me at Crew Forum to add your name to our contact list.

We also have a fun race on Wednesday evenings when we have the harbour almost to ourselves! Just come down between 5-5.15pm, for a race, drink and supper. Get to know us. The harbour at sunset is quite beautiful and always different. 

Better still, email me and I'll introduce you to a helm.​

Please contact me, Susie Alexander, by email at  xod.crewforum@gmail.com if you would like to join us for a race. I can answer any questions you may have and introduce you to the skippers and crews.


Sailing Instructions and Rule Changes 2017

Posted 27th March 2017

Please make sure you check out the Racing and Sailing documents page of the website to see the new Sailing Instructions and also the new Racing Rules.

Click here to access that


Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers off to a winning start in 2017

Posted 20th March 2017

Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers opened up their 2017 campaign in the 420s by winning the Inland Championships in Rutland. Out of a fleet of 41 boats our Itchenor girls got 5 bullets and a third from the six race series. In winds of 20 knots plus it really was an awesome achievement.

Eleanor Keers also scooped up the under 17 prize and Katie Davies picked up the fourth overall prize. The roadshow for 420s now moves to Haying Island in two weeks for the Spring Championships.

Link to results here.


RS200 Winter Warmer - March 4th and 5th - Report and Results

A total of 24 RS200s made it out for the RS200 Winter Warmer Series on the first weekends of January, February and March. The February and March instalments were combined with dinghy working parties which drew RS200, RS800 and I14 representatives down to ISC to help mend the staging for the start of the season. Click here for results and a report from the third and final weekend of 4/5 March.

Please click here to read the full report

Please click here for the results

Images courtesy Charles Hyatt


Katie Nurton
2016 Yachts & Yachting Amateur Sailor of the Year

Posted 13th January 2016

Huge congratulations to Katie on this prestigious award. Katie received the award, voted for by readers of Yachts & Yachting at the London Boat Show yesterday. Katie received the award for winning the POW and for her general achievements in the Int 14 class last year.


A reminder, should we need one, of the great staff we have.

Posted 9th January 2017

A massive thank you to all at Itchenor Sailing Club for everything you did for our Christmas wedding. It was a wonderful, perfect and magical day. Everything that we wanted and wished for and more.

Everyone at ISC couldn't have been more helpful. Everything ran like clockwork but in a really relaxed way. That doesn't happen without a lot of really hard work behind the scenes and great team work.

Especial thanks to -
Phoebe in the office for her efficiency and help, especially with the chair covers.
Annemarie for the amazing and really delicious food.
Sergio and Tanya for being so great the evening before the wedding in helping to set everything up and also their hard work and great service with a smile at the wedding.
The biggest thank you, however, must go to Nick for his massive contribution towards our day. He was lovely to deal with throughout and nothing was too much trouble. What a gem he is, very hard working but always in a relaxed and easy to deal with way.
Thank to every single member of staff who played their part on our wonderful wedding day.

The feedback from all our guests was fantastic, they all enjoyed themselves greatly with many compliments with regard to the venue and it's wonderful setting, the food and the brilliant staff.

All in all we really couldn't have asked for more from you all in that oh so perfect and beautiful venue. As far as we are concerned you have it just right so don't change a thing.


Bloody Mary

Posted 9th January 2017

A complete contrast to last year when Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald won by a mile in their Int 14 - and they finished 133rd this year in a fleet of 250 (It would have been more but about 40 thought better of the very light conditions). Congratulations to Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson in their RS 200 for coming 23rd o/a and getting the class prize too.

Click here for results and story


Ian Walker MBE

Many congratulations to club member Ian Walker who has been made an MBE for services to Olympic and international competitive sailing in the New Year's Honours List.


A History of Itchenor Sailing Cliub

Posted 16th December 2016

We thought you might enjoy this wonderful record of the history of our Club from its formation in 1927 until 1981, written by Tony Wright (who was Admiral of the Club from 1970-1985). The foreword written by Robin Wilson (Commodore 1977-1981, and who kindly gave us this copy) sets the scene nicely.

Please click here to download it.


Cruising Dinghies and training available

Itchenor Sailing Club has introduced two new offerings for sailors and would be sailors of all ages. The club has “family friendly” dinghies available for those who wish to cruise the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour. Training is also available from RYA qualified instructors for those who wish to learn to sail or hone their existing skills. Chris Blevins, rear commodore (sailing) at Itchenor says: “Whilst the club is well known as a premiere racing club and our cruising members can be found making voyages to the Americas and the Arctic Circle, we have recognised a demand for a more gentle form of sailing. Hence the introduction of cruising dinghies.”

Suitable for adults, children or family groups, a RS Vision and a 2000 are on the stage at Itchenor ready for the water.  Access to the water is possible at all states of the tide from the club.  Members can book one of these dinghies, and some training if required, through George Rice, Sailing Manager at Itchenor Sailing Club on 01243 512400.