Event reports 2018
Posted 20th August 2018
Itchenor success at Cowes Week
It is said that winning becomes a habit. For John Tremlett and his crew in the XOD Lass from Itchenor Sailing Club it certainly is just that. At Cowes Week this year John won the prestigious Captain’s Cup for the sixth consecutive time - a record. The XOD class has been consistently one of the largest and certainly the most competitive class at Cowes.
This year there were 47 other boats to beat, many with helms who are champions themselves, and the Lass team did just that in four of the eight races. This created a winning margin of 15 points over the second place boat sailed by class captain James Meaning from Yarmouth. Two other Itchenor boats filled the third and fourth places – Foxglove with former champion Al Ashford on the stick and the consistently performing Catherine sailed by Colin McKinnon and Neil Hart.
The strength in depth of the Itchenor team resulted in the club winning the interclub competition for the Phillipson Shield for the eighth time in a row.
It was a similar story for the Sunbeams as Roger Wickens and his crew retained their title and took home the Betty Moore trophy for the 12th time.
14 Sunbeams took to the water this year, for a fantastic week of racing at Cowes to celebrate the Class’ 95th anniversary of racing at the annual event.
Getting off to a great start, V26 Danny instantly took the lead, winning the first race and taking podium positions on day two and three. Day four saw winds ranging from 3-20 knots with some wild fluctuations in direction. The real excitement occurred on the long beat to the finish when the wind shifted 45 degrees. The majority of the fleet sailed behind the bramble bank to avoid the tide. Firefly managed to stay ahead of Danny with Penny in third.
However Wednesday provided the strongest winds of the week with 25 knot gusts. Polly took an early lead but overstood the first mark. Danny led to the finish followed by Firefly with Penny in third and V6 Little Lady finishing strongly in fourth. Danny led the fleet to the finish line again on Thursday, with Polly, Melody and Firefly battling it out for second and third place.
Once again, Polly had the best start on Thursday and led at the first mark, but Danny overtook Polly and led to the finish with Melody in second. Polly inexplicably missed the finish line so Firefly finished third. The final race was abandoned due to the 40 knot winds, but with four first places, Danny retained the Betty Moore trophy as the Class celebrated 95 years at Cowes.
Posted 19th July 2018
Itchenor takes second place in Commodore's Invitational Regatta at RYS
Following Itchenor’s invite from the Royal Yacht Squadron, Andy Fitzgerald volunteered to find a crew, not knowing what he had let himself in for. The inaugural regatta was 4 crew fleet racing with the Royal Yacht Squadron’s own fleet of J70s. The crew competing for Itchenor comprised Andy FitzGerald, Jonathan Pudney, James Hartley and Fred Hayes.
It was a six-race regatta with one discard over the two days characterised by light winds. Race one was all about learning, having learnt that they were set up wrong, the squad took a slow walk to the back of the fleet with a seventh. However, things picked up in race two with a good second, and both races showed the importance of a good start as the boat that won the start won both races.
The race team then called a passage race back to the club as a new westerly wind arrived circa 15 knots. A strong east going tide saw a strung out start, but despite a shabby start by the first mark Itchenor were up to second and hunting the leader down. Much tacking later, a full beaching on the sandbank and back to first again, they succumbed to going around the last mark the wrong way around, forcing them to double back to take second.
The following day there was a light easterly breeze that was filling. Sharpened by yesterday’s experience Andy’s crew won the start and won the first race. It was now a proper contest between Itchenor, Aldebrough Yacht Club and Royal Torbay Yacht Club who had won the first two days’ races.
With a safe start, race two resulted in a second to the Squadron commodore. Race three started with a contested Port end with the Navy. Itchenor were ahead again at the first mark but by now the breeze was failing and sailing away from the others didn’t happen as the tide set strongly against the windward leg. The race restarted at the leeward mark and the wind played games as the crew played the right hand side, losing three boats to finish fourth. Itchenor was now one point behind RTYC.
The last race was started in a new southerly breeze and despite a safe middle of the line start ISC were called over, dipping the line they went left in almost drifting conditions with big wind changes. Having been directed to the easterly zephyer, they picked up the wind first to round first. Shorten course was sounded and a spinnaker reach to the finish, ISC won the race and regatta or so they thought, but alas the boat behind came up on a new wind to overtake the crew, two boats short of the line and as they did, so the race team abandoned the race, resulting in a second overall to RTYC
Huge thanks to the Squadron for a fun regatta. The J70 was great fun, easy to sail and light on the tiller; the boats seemed well matched with nice sails.
1. Royal Torbay YC
2. Itchenor SC
3. Aldeburgh YC