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Ready to Race day - Sunday 11th March 2018

There will be three sessions with two options in each: one option is targeted at our "Elite Sailors" who are used to racing every weekend and one is more for us "Mere Mortals”. There are links below to the programme for the day, and to an online form on which we would appreciate it if you could register your interest and indicate which talks you plan to attend so that we can get an idea of numbers.

The day will finish with an exciting talk from RYA director of racing and ISC member Ian Walker.
If the PRO and ARO courses in the first session don't appeal to you, please feel free to arrive for tea and coffee between 11:00 and 11:30.

Please click here to download the programme for the day

Please click here to access the 'booking form' where you can indicate your interest in the various talks.

Alice and Richard Bullock further extended their Slow fleet lead in CYC Snowflake

Posted 20th February 2018

In a Mirror, Alice and Richard Bullock further extended their Slow fleet lead with two first places to keep their 100% record. Link here to the full article

Congratulations to our Magic Marine RS200 National Circuit Winners Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson from Itchenor SC.

A record breaking 507 sailors from across the UK took part in the Magic Marine RS200 National Circuit 2017.

Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson sailed a perfect series, counting 1,1,1 from wins at Exe, Itchenor and Rutland to leave them just one point ahead of rivals Matt Mee and Emma Norris from Red Wharf Bay, counting 1,1,2. Placed third were Tom Ballantine and Hannah Peters/Maddy Anderson, with Joe Adams and Emma Lucas in fourth and Jack Holden/Amy Yeoman/Alex Warren in fifth.

Cadets do winter training at ISC.

Posted 11th December 2017

Nice little article and pictures from a wintry ISC. Great to see you Cadets! Click here to read the article.

Green Form 2017/2018

Posted 7th December 2017

Last year we started collecting data on Members boating activities and interests, and recorded those details against each Member’s name in the Members Handbook. We also expanded the Cruising Boats list to include RIBs, small motor boats and cruising dinghies. These proved popular, so we are repeating the exercise again this winter to give members who didn’t complete the form last year an opportunity to provide their boating activities and boat details. Additionally, if your activities or boating details have changed from last year, please let us know. This link takes you to a simple questionnaire which will only require a couple of minutes of your time to fill in for each member. This should help us know our members much better and, because the responses will be reflected in the handbook it should help members with similar interests to identify each other. Link to form.

John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) celebrates 20th anniversary

Picture shows Sir Ben Ainslie flanked by Milly Bullock and Katie Nurton.

You can read the whole article here.

Mirror Nationals 2018, 25-27 July, Ullswater Yacht Club

The dates for the 2018 Mirror Nationals have now been confirmed and they will be held at Ullswater Yacht Club in the beautiful Lake District the week before JF. If you have never been to a Nationals but would like to come and give it a go this would be the perfect opportunity, in a relatively sheltered location and is the ideal warm up for JF. Last year's Mirrors 1 and 2 winners both attended the Nationals the week before!

We had a team of 7 boats from ISC last year and it would be great if we could get similar or better numbers this year, especially as we have the largest Mirror fleet at ISC. The Bullocks will be taking 2 or 3 boats again this year, anyone else want to come and join us? It's a great introduction to sailing outside of Itchenor, different venue and conditions and a chance to meet other sailors from around the country.

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Milly Bullock, Mirror Class Captain.

Close racing and perfect conditions for the Itchenor International 420 Open

Fresh from training in Weymouth and Rutland, the International 420 class travelled to Itchenor Sailing Club in West Sussex for a coached open meeting on 28-29 October. The sailors were greeted with unseasonably warm weather, an empty Chichester Harbour and perfect 420 winds of between ten and twenty knots.

Although there was extremely close racing throughout the weekend, results on day one were dominated by Vita Heathcoate and Milly Boyle with four bullets out of five races, showing exceptional speed and boat-handling on multiple, tight race courses. Others threatened, but Eleanor Keers and Aaron Chadwick were the only team to break the perfect streak and, with slightly more breeze on Sunday morning, opened with two wins to briefly challenge for the overall event, before Vita and Milly got back on top form to win the last three races and ultimately the Open meeting. Eleanor and Aaron came in second place followed by Adele Young and Dan Burns in third place.

Itchenor Sailing Club has reciprocity arrangements with the following clubs: 

Cercle Nautique Honfleur

Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Royal Perth Yacht Club

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club 

Further details are available from the Office.

US Team Racing Championships

Posted 21st October 2017

Itchenor Sailing Club team, the Birdham Bandits, has been invited to compete in the US Championships for the Hinman Trophy, following their success in the UK Championships earlier this year. 

The US Championships runs from October 20th through to the 22nd and are being held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, on Long Island New York.

Here is a report on Day one from George Yeoman:

We have managed to get 8 races on the first day of the Hinman Trophy. We had 8-14 knots to start with and tide running across the course which was set in the river just off the club, very similar to Itchenor. The has had brand new modified 420s made for the event so a lot of the day has been spent learning how to sail these new boats.

We started well and managed to win 2 of our first 3 races.  The racing is unbelievably tight with many of the teams only winning the races on the finish line, as the American say "the talent is deep" (i.e. Goes a long way down the fleet) making no race a sure thing.

As the day wore on the breeze started to decrease and rule 42 (illegal propulsion) became more prominent. We were unfortunately on the wrong side of a few of these calls and ended up losing a couple of races on the bounce due to having penalty turns from the umpires. This started a bit of a trend and as the breeze died we found ourselves struggling with our boat handling. We finished the day having won 2 and lost 6.

We will need to sail our best to win our remaining races to have a chance of qualifying for Gold fleet before finals, but the forecast is showing that very little sailing may occur. Even so we are enjoying the incredibly strong competition, every race has gone down to the wire and we will dust ourselves off and go again (should the breeze allow us).

You can follow the racing on Facebook live and the results. Click here

Days 2 & 3 of the US Team Racing Nationals (Hinman Trophy) were scuppered with very light winds leading to long postponements and each team only sailing 2 races each day. 

We were unable to regain our rhythm following the tough first day and the lack of Sailing wasn’t allowing us the time in the boats that we needed to get ourselves up to pace. This lead to some close but disappointing losses at the hands of some very well drilled American teams. 

Overall we have had a disappointing weekend of racing but the hosts, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, and all the other competitors were utterly brilliant at looking after us. We have had a really enjoyable event with lots learnt leading in to the winter team racing season with the aim of retaining our UK National Title for the 3 year running and back to back Wilsons Trophies. We have to thank the club for your support and we look forward to doing you all proud this winter. 

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Mends Cup Awarded to Ben Saxton and John Tremlett

Posted 18th October 2017

Itchenor Sailing Club is pleased to announce that the prestigious Mends Cup for the most notable sailing performance of the 2017 season will be jointly awarded to Ben Saxton and John Tremlett.

Ben Saxton with his crew Katie Dabson claimed gold at the first ever foiling Nacra 17 World Championship at La Grande Motte, France in September.

John Tremlett with his crew on Lass won the XOD Captain's Cup in Cowes Week for the fifth consecutive time, unprecedented in the 87 year history of the trophy.

Many congratulations to Ben and John for their superb achievements.

Autumn Mailing 2017

Please click here to download the Autumn Mailing 2017.

To see the Approved Budget 2017-2018 please log in to the Members' Area of the website.

ISC win British Keelboat League Finals in Cowes.

The team was Ben Saxton, Andy Shaw, George Yeoman and AJ Dawson. We had qualified from the regional qualifier with Ben and AJ won sailing with Tim Saxton and Arthur Henderson.

Rebirth of the 470 Nationals at Castle Cove Sailing Club

Posted 12th September 2017

It’s been some years since the 470s have had a National Championship competition. 12 years in fact. Yet, in that time, Great Britain have won four Olympic medals in the class.
As chairman of the class, Neil Marsden had a vision to redress this and revive the National Championships for the 470s. So, in December last year, Neil developed and executed a plan to find a great venue, a sponsor and persuade all 470s owners to bring them out of retirement and match their boats with youth sailors coming to the end of their youth sailing careers.
The result was an amazing weekend of sailing with seventeen 470s competing in 20 to 25 knots of breeze at Castle Cove Sailing Club in Weymouth. A total of five races were run over two days with Tokyo Olympic hopefuls competing with old 470 masters and youth sailors from the 420 and 29er class. Followed by two great socials hosted by Castle Cove Sailing Club and sponsored by JDX Consulting. From ISC Izzy and Katie Davies as well as Gemma Keers all sailed.
Although it boasts many household names, the 470 Nationals Cup must be the ugliest cup on the circuit! To balance against the ugliest cup of our UK classes, the competition prizes included signed tee-shirts from the stars of Love Island.
The Women's Champions were Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter and the Amateur Champions were Arran Holman and Marcus Tressler.  The overall winners were Jonny McGovern and Christian Birrell who rolled back the years to show the youngsters how to race.
But the overall winner was the 470 class itself which showed that with a vision and some determination, a class can be revived and open the possibility that the 470 is an exciting challenge and more than just an Olympic pathway boat.
Jonathan Davies

Congratulations to Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson on winning the Nacra 17 Worlds

Updated 11th September 2017

From the closest and most exciting finish to a world championship Medal Race in the Olympic history of the multihull class, Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson pipped Spanish rivals Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco, foiling at full speed across the finish line to win the 2017 Nacra 17 World Championship title on the French waters of the Baie d’Aigues Mortes by La Grande Motte. 

Down the final run the Spanish veteran Echavarri, 2008 Olympic gold medallist in the Tornado catamaran class, sailing with Tara Pachecho, lead the British duo into the finish of the double points Medal Race but was lifted by the breeze and lost out to the flying, fully foiling Brits who judged to perfection their layline to the finish.

“In all my years that is the closest finish I have been involved in. It was decided in the last 20 seconds.” Smiled Echavarri ruefully, “But to be honest if it is not us who won I am happy to see Ben and Katie win, they have worked hard and deserve it.”

“When we were coming towards the top of the second beat I said to Katie ‘world champions, all we have to do is pass that boat. So we were gunning it down pretty hard, we really went for it.” Reported helm Saxton who has been in the Nacra 17 since 2013 and was runner up for the World Championship title in 2013 in The Hague.

Click here to read full article

Click here for full results

RS200 Nationals at Tenby

Updated 3rd September 2017

Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson 3rd o/a and first Lady helm - and ISC top Club. Report from Y&Y here

International 14 POW from Rock

Update 3rd September 2017

Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash add more silverware and finish 2nd o/a

Please click here to see the Y&Y report and results of this event

Club Regatta - Sunday 27th August 2017

Posted 29th August 2017

The Club’s annual regatta took place last Sunday afternoon in glorious sunny weather and a (just!) sailable sea breeze. There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the brass band in the bandstand and wonderful regatta tea afterwards. Please click here for the results.

Junior/Youth Winter Training Programme 2017/2018

The entry form form and full details of the Junior/Youth Winter Training are now available. Please click here.

ISC success in Mirror Worlds

Posted 23rd August 2017

Itchenor achieved success in the Mirror World Championships at Restronguet  earlier this month with Imogen Bellfield pairing up with Scarlett Shepherd from Restronguet, crowned World Ladies and Youth Champions and 5th Overall.

Results here

International 420 Scottish Open and National Championships.

Posted 23rd August 2017

Three Itchenor boats traveled up to the UK Nationals in Helensburgh, Scotland. 18 races over 5 days in perfect 420 conditions of 12-25 knots made for challenging racing, with Bertie Fisher and Ollie Hawkins finishing 5th overall and Sally Lorimer and Pippa Jones 3rd all girl boat.

Link to report on 420 site.

2017 Mirror Nationals, Restronguet, Cornwall

Posted 31st July 2017

Victorious Itchenor team at the Mirror Nationals

The victorious team from Itchenor have just returned from a fantastic week’s sailing at the 2017 Mirror Nationals in Restronguet, Cornwall. 50 boats had entered and there was an international flavour to the Nationals this year with Australian and South African teams competing, over here for the Mirror Worlds that start next week, and it was good to be able to race against not only people from other British clubs but those from abroad as well. The race team laid on 10 races over 3 days with a mixture of windward/leeward and triangle courses. We had a lot of wind and waves to surf on with some exhilarating spinnaker reaches to the finish and as you can see from the photo everyone has come home smiling! It was a really fun weeks holiday and we’ve all come back looking forward to next year’s Nationals, maybe some more of the Itchenor fleet would like to come and join us?

On to the results, congratulations go to Richard and George Bullock who sailed a very consistent regatta to finish 3rd overall. Maddie Hantrais and Emilia House were 10th overall and 1st under 19, Tom Ewart-Smith and Monty Heath were just behind them in 11th. Milly Bullock with a mixture of Zara Bullock and Clare Hantrais (who said Mirrors were just for kids!) came 16th. Alice Bullock and Laura Hantrais came 31st and won the trophy for Endeavour and Charlie and Edward House came 42nd and got a special prize for politeness to the race officer. Itchenor once again had the best team and we have brought home the Fleet Shield for the 8th time.

The Mirror Worlds are starting on Monday 31 July and Philip and Felix Goodwin are flying the flag for Itchenor, best of luck to them.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.