Event reports 2017

RS200 Firecracker – Itchenor SC – November 4th/5th

Itchenor Sailing Club’s end of season regatta saw sixteen RS200s challenged by a chilly and windy start to November. Both days saw breeze from the North West gusting between 12-20 knots with the wind chill making waiting between races become more important to keep yourself going, the attrition rate showed this as people slowly bowed out through each day. Racing was held towards East Head beach with a beat against the tide for the first few races each day before the tide turned against the wind leading to a bumpy downwind ride in the frisky conditions.

Race one saw the pin end being favoured as you got in to the relief of the beach first but at the top of the beat the right hand side were able to lee-bow the tide and easily make the mark. George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby managed to get right first and round the windward mark with a comfortable lead, followed by Tim Saxton and Holly Scott, Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson and Jack Holden and Libby Watkins. Over the next few laps George and Sophie managed to hold on to their lead with Maria and Rob challenging them all the way to the finish. Tim and Holly caught some weed and dropped back allowing Ben Ainsworth and Emma Lombard through to fourth, with Jack and Libby rounding out the top three.

Race two saw more boats challenging toward the ship end looking to make the most of the tidal lift on the right; George and Sophie, and Maria and Rob were both over the line and had to return. Meanwhile Jack and Libby led from Ben and Emma, and Tim and Holly. Disaster struck for Jack and Libby as their pole line broke on the first run leading to them retiring from the race. Maria and Rob had caught up with the leading pack by this point and were working their way through with George and Sophie trying to catch up with Tim and Holly. On the last run a breeze coming down from behind allowed these two to gybe inside the group and take the lead up the last beat. But more controversy as Maria and Rob crossed the line to silence having not fully cleared themselves at the start handing the win to George and Sophie. Tim and Holy were second and Greg Hall and Honor Fell stormed down the last run to take third.

Race three had the tide slackening off and it became a race of playing the shifts after the first lap George and Sophie has a small lead over Tim and Holly, and Jack and Libby. Meanwhile Maria and Rob took an unplanned swim in a tack leading to them retiring from the race. Up the second beat Tim and Holly snuck past George and Sophie and were not to be seen again as they held comfortably to the lead with Jack and Libby scoring another third. Ben and Emma can in for their third fourth of the day.

In the final race of the day the tide had turned leading to a big pin end bias and two boats were getting a bit cocky lining up for a port flier (Tim and Holly, and George and Sophie). These two were appropriately blocked out by the fleet who got away cleanly and had to restart leading to a game of catch up, but with the wind now dying and the tide against downwind the choice of whether to heat up or drive low proved difficult. Tim and Holly made the most of these opportunities and whilst Maria and Rob sailed away to take their first win of the weekend Tim and Holly worked up to second and George and Sophie squeaked by into third.

Sunday proved to be similar conditions with the arrival of some additional boats from Hayling Island Sailing Club.

Race five and George and Sophie again started strong and managed to work their way to the favoured right hand side that for a while looked like it was not coming in. Maria and Rob looked to start where they left off and chased hard to finish in second. Reigning National Champion Ben Palmer with Claire Walsh rounded out the top three.

Race six saw Maria and Rob win the pin and come charging in from the left hand side to lead at the top mark from George and Sophie, Tim and Holly, and Ben and Claire. Maria and Rob then proceeded to sail into the distance winning the race by nearly a minute. Behind things were much closer with a group of four boats were battling it our for the remaining positions with Jack and Libby gybing early down the second run and coming out strong. Tim and Holly managed to hold of the group up the last beat and went out to the right hand side of the run with George and Sophie gybing early only for Ben and Claire to roll them. Tim and Holly hit a lull at the very bottom of the run allowing the other two to sneak through on the inside relegating them to fourth whilst Ben and Claire took a hard earned second.

Race seven and the tide had turned and the wind picked up slightly making the race course bumpy with short sharp chop. Off the start the wind clocked left and as the fleet flopped over on to port it was George and Sophie who had popped out in front with Rob Gullan and Izzy Allerston. These two had a comfortable gap to the rest of the fleet and with the turning tide were able to extend away down the run. As the wind really started to pick up on the last lap fatigue and errors started to crop up, Tim and Holly managed the situation best to take third ahead of Ben and Claire while a number of boats took a quick dip.

Race eight was the final race of the event and the sixteen-strong fleet had depleted to only eight. George and Sophie led again at the top rounding just ahead of Tim and Holly, and Ben and Claire. All three simultaneously gybed on the run in to a bug gust which saw all three over-standing. Ben and Claire had judged it best but couldn’t quite overhaul Tim and Holly whilst George and Sophie fell back to third. George and Sophie then hit Ben and Claire rounding the mark and had to do penalty turns leaving Tim and Holly to hold off the oncoming Ben and Claire. These two held these positions to the finish with Maria and Rob holding off Jack and Libby, and AJ Dawson and Rachel Spain who finished third, fourth and fifth.

Overall it was a fantastic way to round out the season for the 200s at Itchenor. Thanks to race officer Roddy Bridge and his team for managing to get so many races away so quickly and keeping us all moving in the challenging conditions.

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US Team Racing Championships

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. 

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

RS200 Nationals at Tenby

Posted 29th August 2017

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

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


Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club

Posted 19th June 2017

Image David Priscott

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.

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.