Open Day Supported by Harwoods,
May 7th 2017- 9.30am to 3pm


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.

Here you will find 
• What is going on during the day – Sunday 7th May 9.30-3pm
• 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 – for all ages and sailing experience
• How you can get involved in sailing on a regular basis at Itchenor
• What training programmes 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. We are one of only two Sailing Clubs in this beautiful natural Harbour who can access the water for launching and sailing 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, Topper and 420), 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 three keelboat classes of about 100 boats. They are the Solent Sunbeam, National Swallow and X One Design. These boats are moored in Itchenor Reach and accessed from the Club pontoon by the free Club ferry service which runs on all race days.

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 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 view the various dinghy classes on the jetty and one of each of the three 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 is available all day.

There will be stands for each of the dinghy and keelboat classes each providing more detailed information about what they have to offer.

There is racing for each of the keelboat classes in the morning. If you would like to take part in one of these races as crew you must pre-register (scroll down for the form) and be at the Club by 9.30am at the latest please. You do not need any prior experience for this and we are especially keen to encourage new members who would like to learn to crew or who are only interested in crewing (rather than helming or owning their own boat).

Note: The dinghy classes are not offering sails as we believe that novices require plenty of time and attention to get the most out of a trial sail and this is not possible to deliver on a busy open day.

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 motor launches – again, please pre-register your interest using the form at the bottom of the page.

NB: If you wish to go out for a sail on one of the boats - you will need to sign a registration form and a disclaimer before doing this and will be required to wear a life jacket. Please wear appropriate clothing for the activity and the conditions on the day - waterproof clothing is advisable and trainers / shoes with a good grip to the sole, plus life jacket. We will provide life jackets so do not worry if you do not have one.

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. 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, Members can go through the RYA competent crew series, as well as RYA Powerboating training.

On Wednesdays during term-time there is an active learn to sail training morning especially for women called “SWIFT”, which is proving very popular for women 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 e.g. the Solent Sunbeam Class - to help with orientation about the boats and aid the racing speed and performance, plus confidence.

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

Afternoon

Races will finish around 1pm in time for lunch

Tea from 2pm. Please join Members for tea and cake on the lawns / in the Clubhouse.
Following the event there will be a follow-up to see what you liked about the day and how you see your sailing progressing. We very much hope that having experienced the welcome at the Club and the super facilities that you will consider joining our friendly sailing community.
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 using the below form.

We look forward to meeting you.
Please complete this form. Thank you.