Open Day, May 22nd 2016 - 9.30am to 4pm


If you would like to attend please can you fill in the form at the bottom of this page so we have some idea of number


Welcome to this years’ Itchenor Sailing Club Open Day page in conjunction with the RYA’s Push the Boat Out scheme.

Here you will find
• What is going on during the day – Sunday 22nd May 9.30-4pm
• How you can get involved both on and off the water
• Where to find out more about Itchenor Sailing Club
• What boats we sail and race – all ages, experiences and types of boat
• How you can personally get involved in sailing on a regular basis at Itchenor
• What training programmes etc are available throughout the year
• What other facilities and function venues the Club has to offer

If you have found this page it is probably because you are looking at joining in with the sport of sailing for either yourself or your family, or even for a friend. Coming to the Open day is a good start.

Itchenor is a small village in Chichester Harbour with a long and illustrious sailing history including from the sailing Club. We are one of only 2 sailing Clubs in this beautiful natural Harbour who can access the water for launching etc at ANY state of the tide. Itchenor is in a particularly protected part of the Harbour and this gives it an enviable advantage over many other local Clubs for sailing. We are a private Members Club.

What do we race?

We race small single and double handed dinghies for juniors and cadets (Mirror and Toppers), which is backed up with a comprehensive training programme through the year.

Adults race larger dinghies, again single and double-handed – these are kept on the dinghy staging. They include: Laser, RS 200, RS 800, 420, International 14

There are 3 keelboat classes of about 100 boats, all based at the Club which are moored in Itchenor Reach. They are the Solent Sunbeam, National Swallow and X One Design.

The Club has the largest fleet of Mirror dinghies in the UK and the largest number of keelboats as well! We are primarily known as a racing Club but we do have an active cruiser section – some of whom also race in the Solent, but also cruise all over the World, or just to the beach!

The Day’s Programme of events:

The day will start at about 9.30am-11.30am with guests registering and being given a bundle of information about Classes they may be particularly interested in, plus how to become a new member if they wish.

You can be shown around the Club house and other buildings by Member hosts, plus the various dinghy classes on the jetty and one of each of the 3 keelboats - they will be tied up to the main jetty. You will be introduced to various Members of the Club and Classes that you are especially interested in. Tea and coffee are available all day.

There is racing for each of the KEELBOAT classes in the morning for which you MUST pre-register (page down for the form) and be at the Club by 9.30am at the latest please.

For those wishing to go out for a sail (but not race) on some keelboats and many of the dinghy classes please arrive at the Club by 10.30am .
Note: The International 14's and RSD800's are NOT offering sails.

We hope that most of those who want to sail on one of the Members boats will be afloat by 10.30am, so please arrive promptly.

For those who wish to see the sailing but not actually take part there are pleasure rides available on 2 motor launches.

NB: If you wish to you can go out for a sail on one of the boats - you will need to sign registration form and a disclaimer before doing this and WILL be required to wear a life jacket. For those who do want to venture out, please wear appropriate clothing for the activity and the conditions on the day – if you have a wetsuit / drysuit, boots and gloves and a safety vest please bring them with you on the day. If you are sailing on a keelboat, waterproof clothing is advisable and trainers / shoes with a good grip to the sole, plus lifejacket.

We hope that most of those who want to sail on one of the Members boats will be afloat by 10.30am, so please arrive promptly.

In addition to the normal sailing / racing programme that the Club runs for the various Classes there is a comprehensive training programme for all ages and abilities. For example the junior Members can go through the RYA competent crew etc series, as well as RYA Powerboating certification. On Wednesdays during school-time there is a new and active “Mums and ladies who wish to learn to sail” training morning – called “SWIFT”, which is proving very popular using either their own, or borrowed boats or a few dinghies which are available to hire.
Some Classes also conduct their own sail training for crew and helms eg the Solent Sunbeam Class - to help with orientation about the boats and aid the racing speed and performance, plus confidence.

There will be some limited opportunity for non-sailors to go afloat on viewing launches to see the sailing in action. There will be a display about each of the Club’s classes around the Clubhouse.

In addition there will be information about hiring the Club for private functions including weddings, as well as using it for Corporate events. It is a great venue, with in-house catering for a variety of uses and group numbers.

You are welcome to stay for lunch from the Buttery – pay for this on the day. There are always a selection of sandwiches, salads and cooked meals available for the sailors. Being a Sunday there is a full Sunday lunch available too.

What if you don’t currently sail?

We offer various ways to learn to sail and gain more experience. The Club is an approved RYA Training Centre. For children we offer a comprehensive selection of teaching programmes along with coaching and training to help improve skills. For adults we offer learn to sail and powerboating courses. Details of these are available on this website and will be available at the Open Day, where we will be able to discuss your requirements and guide you accordingly.

On Wednesdays during school-time there is a new and active “Mums and ladies who wish to learn to sail” training morning – called “SWIFT”, which is proving very popular using either their own, or borrowed boats or a few dinghies which are available to hire.
Some Classes also conduct their own sail training for crew and helms eg the Solent Sunbeam Class - to help with orientation about the boats and aid the racing speed and performance, plus confidence.

If you don’t sail, don’t want to, but would like to be involved at the Club, we offer Social membership, which makes all the non-sailing shoreside activities available.


Afternoon

Races will finish around 1pm in time for lunch

Tea from 4pm. Please join Members for tea and cake on the lawns / in the Clubhouse.

You will be asked if you are considering sailing regularly at Itchenor and if you wish to join the Club. Also, following the event there will be a follow-up to see what you liked about the day and how you see your sailing progressing.

To help manage the expected number of guests who wish to sail and the number of Members and their boats who have offered to take you out, we request that you pre-register your sailing interest via the office, IN ADVANCE.

Please complete this form. Thank you.