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2018 calendar


Ready 2 Race this year will be Sunday 17th March, please save that date in your diary to be there.

What is Ready 2 Race? I hear you asking.

In the modern world we live in we all have to do a bit of training occasionally just to keep up with current procedures and to satisfy those in charge of H&S that we all know what we are doing! Having a day of such activity before the sailing season starts allows us to tick this box without missing a days sailing, and it can be quite fun and informative.
As well as the usual masterclass seminar for Principal Race Officers, this year for the first time we have written a set of Guidance Notes for Special Race Officers running dinghy and junior sailing from our No 2 Committee vessel "Transit". If you are usually an SRO or form part of those teams please make a special effort to be there to learn all about this.

Also new this year is a special Power boat support course written and illustrated (with a newly shot video) by our new Sailing Manager Ryan. If you carry out a support boat driver or crew duty then this one is for you. Sharpen up all your skills for rescuing capsized dinghies, grounded keelboats or just ferrying and towing.

The Assistant Race Officer course will feature again and for those who prefer to learn about racing John Tremlett and his team of experts will tell you all about Harbour Tactics to win races.
To round the day off before tea time we have an inspirational illustrated talk from Sophie Ainsworth and Sophie Weguelin on how to do an Olympic campaign in a 49er FX.

This is a day not to miss. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Winter Warmer - Merlin Rocket and RS200 - REPORT

Please click here to read the report from this event

Rowing weekend 2nd and 3rd March 2019

We are hosting our first Weekend Rowing Rally at Itchenor on 2-3 March. We're inviting lots of rowers from different clubs so that attendees can experience rowing in a wide variety of boats. We hope to see lots of you there!

Click here to see the pprogramme for this weekend.

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.

Posted 28th November 2018

2019 Sailing Programme

It's that time of the year when the DRAFT sailing programme for next year is launched! You can see what's planned by clicking here.

Posted 16th November 2018

Many congratulations to Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson

Yet another massive RS200 season has been brought to a close at the RS End of Seasons Regatta at Rutland. With the 2018 National Tour won by Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson, taking the double with their Nationals win, and Maria completing the treble crown with the Inlands too - massive congratulations!! Link to full Y&Y article here

Posted 28th October 2018

Amateur Sailor of the Year

Congratulations to Maria Stanley on being one of the nominations for Amateur Sailor of the Year. You can see this nomination, and indeed all nomiations, and vote, in all categories by clicking here.

RS200 sailor Maria Stanley became the first female helm to win an adult fleet at a UK RS national championship since the RS classes were first established 25 years ago. Together with crew Rob Henderson, she showed a strong pedigree with an excellent string of results throughout the week-long championship, which was part of the RS Games held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The RS200 fleet saw the biggest adult fleet, with 116 boats contesting the title.

It rounded off a highly successful 12 months for the duo, who also won the inland championships (in deep snow!)

Green Form 2018

The 2018 version of the Green Form is now online - please can you update your details. Click here.

Autumn Mailing 2018

Please click here to download this document

Junior and Youth Training 2018/2019.

We're running one weekends of Junior / Youth Training in Apri - Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th April.

You can get full details and enter HERE

RS2000 Open meeting - Results

You can see the results from our recent Open Meeting here

You can see the report here

Posted 25th August 2018

Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson are RS200 UK National Champions

Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson win the RS200 UK Nationals at the RS Games at the WPNSA © Alex & David Irwin /

Congratulations to Itchenor members, Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson for winning the RS200 National Championships. The talented duo secured the title after a ten race series in Weymouth Bay with another Itchenor pair, Arthur Henderson and Sophie Heritage, in third place.

Maria is not only the first Lady helm to win the RS200 Nationals but the first Lady Helm to win any UK RS Nationals in any of the adult classes in the 25 year history of RS.

On top of this, Itchenor successfully retained the team trophy for the second year in a row, ultimately making Itchenor the top club for 2018. 

Congratulations all round!

Read the report here

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.

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Posted 26th July 2018

Congratulations to Seaview Yacht Club on their 125th Anniversary being celebrated this weekend.

ISC member Ashley Hatton sailed over to wish them well and can be seen in photo raising the ISC club flag on dressed XOD Drover which was warmly welcomed.

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

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Posted 17th July 2018


Friday evening took us to Pilsey Island to inspect the obstuctions at low water and the oysters. Please join in - we now have two boats and need more coxes and crews! Contact the office for details.

Posted 17th July 2018

Itchenor RS200 Open Meeting marks winners’ fourth title in National Tour

In a weekend where consistency was key, Matt Mee and Emma Norris took the fourth event of the RS200 Rooster National Tour at Itchenor Sailing Club counting one win, three seconds and two thirds.

Four races were scheduled each day but two discards, and a tricky light sea breeze meant it was going to be tough to put together a series – demonstrated by there being seven different race winners across the event.

Please click here to download the full report

National Swallow National Championships 2018

The cream rises to the top

The 70th anniversary event of the Swallow’s debut at the 1948 Olympics in Torbay was hosted by Itchenor SC and sailed in Hayling Bay over two days in glorious if somewhat light conditions and attracted a top quality fleet of 17 boats.

This was a long-awaited battle between a number of elite boats and sailors and did not disappoint – even if tidal conditions and significant wind shifts occasionally challenged the fleet. First win after a delayed start on Saturday went to the family-crewed Skua and in emphatic style from Gwaihir (the 2017 Champion). However in the second race the order was reversed with Carolyn Brigg in Marengo (the 2016 Champion) filling third place twice over in Marengo. A bold start for the final race of the first day and some canny upwind tactics brought Swift (Jon Perry) to the front with Gwaihir and Skua recovering well from indifferent starts to occupy the other podium positions.

At the end of the first day’s racing Gwaihir topped the leaderboard by a single point from Skua and the fleet celebrated this auspicious anniversary with an excellent open air Championship Dinner at Itchenor Sailing Club.

Racing was again delayed on Day 2 for the sea breeze to settle but when it did the race produced another winner with Solitude (Anthony Lunch) showing good speed and control of the fleet to notch up a win with Marengo and Osprey (James Hartley) following. In the final and breezier race of the 5 race series Gwaihir managed to cross the fleet on port and was away. Skua still the closest challenger did an excellent recovery job to climb to second but it was not quite enough. Marengo finished third once more.

The event benefitted from excellent race management by Itchenor SC members and by Richard Fleck the Race Officer and great catering by the Club team.

Note:The mainsail in the background on the bandstand is Stewart Morris and David Bond's actual gold-medal cotton winning sail from Swift in the 1948 Olympics.

Points Week at ISC - Review 2018

Please click here to read the Points Week 2018 review

Nice image galleries courtesy of Kirsty Vind.

Prize giving

and some images courtesy Sula Riedlinger.

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.