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Please note that the Ladies SWIFT Session scheduled for Wednesday 24 April will not be running.


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Posted 18th April 2019

Itchenor Rowing Taster Day Friday 3rd May 0930 to 1800

As the days get longer and warmer please come and see what all the buzz is about with Rowing at Itchenor. As you may not be aware we have regular outings available morning, afternoon and evening most days which involve rowing to a destination Bosham, Dell Quay, Chichester, East Head etc having a coffee or picnic and rowing back.

This is an opportunity for you to come and try our boats and meet those of us who are enjoying the beauty of the Harbour and being out on the water. No experience of rowing is needed and you should wear warm scruffy clothing wear sailing boots or crocs and bring a life jacket if you have one. (If not we have some available).

Excitingly we will have some Olympic standard Coastal Rowing sliding seat boats available to try as well as our own boats. The Olympic boats will include single sculls, a double scull and a quad scull. This will be of great interest to those who have been asking for this type of rowing at Itchenor and those who have done competitive river rowing (Henley , University).

Programme for Friday 3rd May:

0930 onwards          Registration
1000 to 1600          Outings in Bembridge
1000 to 1600          Outings in Iccanore
1000 to 1600          Outings in Olympic boats
0900 onwards        Clubhouse facilities, buttery and bar available as appropriate. 

We look forward to seeing you during the day for as much time as you can allow. 

Come and join in?

Friday 3rd May at 6.30 pm – Cowes Week Myths, Reality & The Future - Talk by Laurence Mead, Regatta Director followed by Supper

We will be joined by Cowes Week Regatta Director, Laurence Mead, as he shares his knowledge of organising one of the landmark dates in the sailing calendar. From dispelling myths circling the ever-popular week, to what is in store for the regatta in the future and the challenges that lie ahead. Laurence will then follow up his talk with a question and answer session. Followed by two course supper £17 per head. Please book places in advance by calling the Club on 01243 512400 or email.

Another good weekend in the office for Eleanor Keers and Faye Chatterton

Competitors for the 420 Spring Championships enjoyed a weekend at WPNSA with sparkling conditions, great wind and a first class race team led by Adrian Stoghall.

Conditions on Saturday on shore were described as 'sunscreen and two fleeces', but out on the water the breeze kicked in and the sea fret lifted to allow Stog and his team to get four races run with super efficient timing ensuring that there were none of those long waits between races which chill everyone down.

Click here to read the article and see the results - with Eleanor and Faye 2nd and Bertie Fisher/ Charlie Bacon 9th. Well done!


Easter Party – Saturday 20 April from 7.00pm

Join the International 14, RS800, Merlin Rocket, RS200, etc. classes for an Easter Party. Two course supper £15.50 – pay on the night.


Fancy morning coffee?

From 10am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, the Clubhouse is open for teas coffees and soft drinks. This is self-service with an honesty payments system. If you are out for a walk and fancy a coffee, do pop in. Input the door code to get through the glazed door.

Posted 25th march 2019

Merlin Rocket Open meeting report courtesy Yachts and Yachting

Round four of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller circuit brought the class to the delights of Itchenor Sailing Club. This jewel on the banks of Chichester Harbour has long been the home of the International Fourteen and has now, after seventy years of debate, allowed the Merlin Rocket to take up residence. This insurgency, led by our 2016 National Champion crew George Yeoman, has been met with enthusiasm within the club and delight amongst the class membership.

Click here to read the whole report

INVITATIONS - Are you interested?

The RCS has received two invites from the RTYC for ISC members to get involved with two upcoming events. If you are interested please contact the RCS via the sailing manager at  Some funding support is available for teams representing ISC.

Firstly the British Isles Keelboat Team Racing League ('BIKTRL'). During 2018, events were hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron and Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Clubs.  Sadly, the final event  had to be cancelled due to high winds. 

In 2019 four events are planned. The ones in our part of the world are 18-19 May at the RYS in J/70s and 6-7 July at the  Royal Southern Yacht Club in RS21s at Hamble.

They also send.

On behalf of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, I am honoured to invite the female members of your Club to compete in the inaugural 2019 Women’s J70 Open Championship. Races will be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight, all day on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October.

The Championship is open to female professional and amateur sailors alike with up to 4 women per boat.  The Championship format is fleet racing with spinnakers being used, weather permitting.

Ready2Race round up

Some of the attendees at Ready2Race with Sophie Ainsworth who delivered an excellent keynote talk to wrap up the proceedings on Sunday. 

There have been changes in our programme and race management procedures for the coming year so we encourage all those who couldn't make it to the Ready2Race to check the SI changes carefully before racing and for Race Officers to read the revised Guidance Notes before their day.

Club member Sophie is looking for help with funding the three 49er FXs she and Sophie Weguelin need for their campaign for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She has a crowd funding site at and I encourage us all to make a contribution large or small. Every little helps on a crowd funding site.

Eleanor Keers and Fay Chatterton win the 420 Inlands at Rutland

Many congratulations to Eleanor Keers and Fay Chatterton on winning the Int 420 Inlands at Rutland. You can link to the report and results here.
Image courtesy Yachts and Yachting and Richard Sturt

Rowing Regatta, 2nd March 2019

We've got a great gallery of images kindly taken by Mary Pudney from this event - please click here to see them.

REPORT: The sun shone and the boats and people kept arriving for the first Itchenor Rowing Rally on Saturday 2nd March. They rowed from Eastney, Langstone, Emsworth, Bosham and Westlands and drove from the Hamble and Portsmouth to assemble a flotilla of different styles of rowing boat. 

The aim of the day was to get as many people rowing in as many different types of boats as possible. 

By midday Itchenor Sailing Club had a wide array of boats including a St Ayles Skiff, a Cornish Pilot Gig, Solent Galleys, a Celtic Longboat, Burseldon Gigs, a Claydon, an Epona, a moving seat quad scull, a moving seat coxed 4, a single scull and a Langstone 4. 

Over eighty people turned up from the local area to try out all the boats in the Itchenor Reach creating quite a spectacle. 

Particularly popular were the Celtic Longboat, Solent Galleys, Bursledon Gigs and the quad sculling boat, which had queues all afternoon. 

The day was followed by an evening talk in the Club House by Steve Woods of Langstone Cutters on how to win the annual Great River Race on the Thames. 

The Rally was scheduled to continue through Sunday but sadly activities were cancelled due to Storm Freya.

Winter Warmer - Merlin Rocket and RS200 - REPORT

Please click here to read the report from this event

Swallowers also do it standing up! 25 Swallow sailors managed to surface early on Sunday 13th January (after a mega Annual Dinner at ISC for 60 the previous evening) to undertake a 5.5 mile Downland hike from Walderton - which started and finished at the Barley Mow where after another excellent meal we played in the pub's skittle alley

Evolution of the International 14

This is a link to a video which is a Documentary – The International 14 has spawned many innovations within sailing that are now common use by numerous other classes. Andy Bates takes you through the ‘evolution’ including interviews with a number of skiff legends. Video Producer: VR Sport Media

Click here to visit the video

Posted 7th January 2019

Itchenor members start the year in “style” with South Downs nurdling.

Posted 14th December 2018

Many congratulations to Maria Stanley, the first female helm to win an adult RS Championship, on being voted Amateur Sailor of the Year at the British Yachting Awards 2018.

Data Privacy

Posted 1st March 2018


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..

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.

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.