Spring Mailing 2018
Posted 12th March 2018
Ready to Race Day
A great Ready to Race day held at the club on Sunday. Talks for all interests, capped off with an inspirational keynote speech from the RYAs director of racing Ian Walker. Photo. Ian Walker with Ready to Race organiser Rob Struckett.
Posted 1st March 2018
ALL MEMBERS – IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ AND ACTION
The laws on data privacy change this year. On 25 May, the new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) come into effect, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. GDPR tightens how any business collects, stores and uses personal data. This link takes you to details of the uses to which the Club puts your personal data and to a consent form to cover the continued use of data for certain purposes which needs to be completed by all Members aged 16 and over, and by a parent/guardian of members aged under 16 years..
Congratulations to Will and Mary Henderson and Alice and Richard Bullock for winning their respective Snowflake series.
Posted 5th March 2018
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.
SAVE THE DATE.......
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.