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SWALLOW NATIONALS 11th and 12th July
Posted 27th June 2015
SCHOOLS WEEK - 22nd to 26th June 2015
Record numbers for Itchenor Sailing Club’s Schools Week Championships
A record 270 young sailors descended on Itchenor Sailing Club for the 63rd National Schools Sailing Championships last week.
On Monday, 162 thirteen and fourteen year old Feva sailors arrived at the club, for the JDX Consulting Schools Championships. They were greeted by what was described by the locals as a vintage Chichester Harbour summer’s day, with changeable weather forecasts, promising a challenge for Peter Taylor and his race management team.
Race one got underway in 12-15 knots of Westerly breeze and a strong flood tide to keep the keen RS Feva’s behind the line. In separate Gold and Silver fleets, racing proved to be extremely tight at the top and bottom of each fleet, with the lead constantly changing. After two laps of the long windward leeward course, the race was eventually won by Henry Chandler and Louis Johnson of Portsmouth Grammar School.
Following a predicted wind shift to the South West, the race area was moved to accommodate the exceptionally large fleet. In a freshening South Westerly breeze, race two got underway with Chandler and Johnson showing some superb tactical nous to control the fleet to secure another win.
As the storm clouds rolled in, the wind picked up. With around 20-25 knots from the South West providing some exhilarating downwind legs for the crews, Harry Jameson and Ben Todd of Hayling College began to assert their dominance, winning race three and beating the black flag in race four to record back to back wins.
Following the day’s racing, all crews returned exhausted to the club for a well-deserved BBQ put on by Itchenor Sailing Club.
Day 2 served up a further change of conditions for the junior sailors to contend with, including light winds and a strong flooding tide. Following a number of general recalls, race 5 got away into a north westerly wind, with Harry Jameson and Ben Todd taking the race win again, while witnessing great resilience from Piers Nicholls and Archie Grant; using their local knowledge to push them all the way to the finish.
Race six got away in similar conditions with a shifty wind, providing challenging snakes-and-ladders style conditions for the sailors. Henry Chandler and Louis Johnson played the shifts and tide extremely well to extend a healthy lead over their rivals, taking race 6 comfortably. Harry Jameson and Ben Todd wrapped up the event with a triumphant win and a solid first place, leaving Henry Chandler and Louis Johnson together with Louis Wright and Jamie Allen to battle it out for second place in the final race of the day.
The race management team did extremely well to get race seven away in a dying breeze following a number of general recalls. Harry Jameson and Ben Todd gave no respite to their opposition, taking a dominant win to complete the event with four wins and three 3rd place finishes, Harry Chandler and Louis Johnson took second from Louis Wright and Jamie Allen who had a tough final race finishing 10th.
In the Silver fleet, racing was equally intense with Hayling College again taking the overall win with Joshua Boniface and Jessica Tame squeezing ahead of Ryan Wilkinson and Rachel Pyke in the final race.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Feva fleet was replaced by Fireflies and 420s and over a hundred mostly fifteen and sixteen year olds. After Wednesday’s practice day, the senior championships, sponsored by MPI Brokers and Mind The Gap Year Insurance, got under way and it was clear that the Firefly event would be closely contented between the RGS Guildford pair of Patrick Croghan and James Dickinson and Magdalen College School’s Owen Hallett and Primrose Baxter. In the final reckoning the two crews were level on points after ten races and the title decided by the Guildford students’ three first places compared to Magdalen’s two.
The 420 competition was more clear cut with Ben Roe and Ben Childerley from Sherborne School counting seven first places and one second place, out of a total ten races held, to take the trophy in this class.
Charles Hyatt, Commodore at Itchenor Sailing Club commented, “The number of entries and the closeness of the competition in this year’s Schools Championship have demonstrated the depth and strength of sailing in schools. We are delighted to play our part.”
SENIOR EVENT 24th to 26th June
|Feva Schools Week 2015, Images Mary Pudney|
Melody takes the trophy for the Solent Sunbeams class at this year’s Points week
The Solent Sunbeam class fielded twenty boats from their growing fleet for Itchenor Sailing Club’s Points Week and enjoyed some stellar racing. The perfect start and finish lines, and challenging long courses set by race officer Roger Wickens made for racing that was won both on tactics and boat speed.
Fluky winds in the mid week caused many place changes, which along with the challenge of solving the tidal streams in different parts of Chichester Harbour made for exciting racing.
Melody steered by John Ford with Julian Hawe started with two bullets and finished with two second places to win the series – a stunning result for the Sunbeam’s oldest member at 85 years young! Fay sailed by Richard and Sarah Pearson with Jo Johnson also scored two firsts during the week, a second and a third meant that just one point separated them from Melody in the final results.
Points Week for the Sunbeams is going from strength to strength both in numbers and the closeness of the competition.
1st Melody John Ford, Julian Hawe
2nd Fay Richard and Sarah Pearson, Jo Jackson
3rd Query Tim Hill
XODs out in force at this year’s Points Week
Changing weather conditions combined with the various different courses over the week ensured that the 28 boat strong XOD fleet was fully challenged at this year’s competition. Monday’s wind was primarily from the North so race officer Roger Wickens sent the boats initially up harbour before swinging them towards the harbour entrance.
Falconet (Alan Perry, Ron Parker and Peter Lawrence) had the best of the early exchanges until Mike Martell’s Astralita, Roger Yeoman steering Xcitation and Foxglove in the hands of Alastair Ashford overhauled them.
On Tuesday the wind had turned on its head and was light and from the South with a promise of a later sea breeze. From the start Catherine’s team - Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart and Mark Palmer - established a clear lead that they were not to lose. Again it was Xcitation that led the challengers with Falconet in third place.
Against the strong flood tide on Wednesday the choice of a course close to East Head or across the Stocker bank could have been decisive. However, as it turned out, the winner came from the right hand side – Xcitation improving on her two second place finishes. From the left came Relaxation (John Long) and Ted Roose’s Thora; both boats achieving their best results of the week, finishing in second and third.
It was Xcitation again at the front on Thursday in markedly different conditions when the Xs encountered a light breeze and a long beat up the Emsworth channel. David Palmer sailing Princess Jalina had established an early lead but had to settle for second place with a visitor from Cowes, Michael O’Donnell in Lightwood finishing third.
O’Donnell was also in the mix in the best conditions of the week on Friday. Sparkling sun and southerlies were ideal for Astralita to hit the front again, followed closely by Lightwood. Having already won the week’s main prize – the Benson Platter – Xcitation could relax but still came in third as skipper Roger handed the helm to his 22 year old son Jack.
1st Xcitation Roger and Jack Yeoman
2nd Astralita Michael Martell
3rd Lightwood Michael O’Donnell
4th Foxglove Alastair Ashford, Rick Neall
5th Princess Jalina David Palmer
6th Catherine Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart
Swallows at Points Week 2015
This year’s Swallow class at Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club was dominated by Skua (co-helmed by Harry Roome and Will Rainey). Skua was challenged throughout the five days by several other Swallows but mainly by Svala (Will Henderson) who but for gear failure earlier in the week would have set the scene for an even more exciting final race showdown.
The 14 boat fleet enjoyed a variety of mainly light to moderate wind conditions and courses which ranged from those using the full extent of the harbour on the top of large Spring tides mixed with shorter ‘sprint’ courses which put added emphasis on starts, boat handling and boat knowledge. This gave several boats a chance to shine; Gwaihir (Mark Struckett), Migrant (Charles Fisher and Richard Thompson) and Spectre (Clive Bush) amongst them.
Skua’s four race wins, two of them by deftly moving through the fleet, were the difference in this championship. Combined with their ability to extricate themselves without losing too many places when the fleet encountered a windless hole as in the sixth race which was won by Svala in grand style.
1st Skua (Harry and Prue Roome, Will Rainey)
2nd Svala (Will and Mary Henderson and Charlie Claisse)
3rd Gwaihir (Mark Struckett, Charles Hyatt and Nick Gardner)
ISC member Ian Walker, who first came to Itchenor to race at the schools event and later successfully campaigned an Int 14, is set to win the Volvo Ocean Race in “Azzam”, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo 65. See this wonderful video from Ian before the start of the final leg from Lorient to Gothenburg. Link - https://youtu.be/LOq34vL4_wE
RS200 Open Meeting, June 2015
Posted 8th June
One of the biggest open meetings on the RS200 calendar, Itchenor Sailing Club hosted their annual RS200 Open last weekend which saw just under 40 boats take part. With contrasting conditions over the weekend, the event tested everyone to the best of their ability.
Saturday greeted the sailors with 18-‐25 knots and with the forecast for Sunday looking poor five races were held. The first race saw a battle of former champions, Matt Mee and Emma Norris and James Peters and Joanna Wright, with Matt and Emma eventually taking control down the run to the finish. The duo also took first place in Race 3 while George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby enjoyed success to take their first bullet of the weekend in Race 2. Dicken McLean and Hannah Young bounced back from their previous premature start in Race 3 to take first and second place in the final two races of the day.
By the end of Saturday Matt and Emma led comfortably from Nick Charles and Alice Eyre who were putting together a consistent string of results with only one race outside the top four, while George and Sophie came in third.
Sunday's racing was postponed whilst the sea breeze filled in but once racing started, the day was owned by Matt and Emma who posted consecutive and comfortable bullets to take the event with a race to spare. The battle for second place was a lot closer with only two points between second and fourth position -‐ it was all to play for. James and Joanna posted third whilst George and Sophie pipped Nick and Alice for 11th and 12th places. It was then their turn to struggle as George and Sophie managed to salvage a fourth in the penultimate race pulling themselves clear from their contenders.
So for the final race of the weekend, the stage was set and tensions ran high as the fleet were forced to restart under a black flag disqualification. However, once underway James and Joanna, Nick and Alice, and George and Sophie all won the left hand side of the beat and after the top mark James and Joanna had managed to get away and were rewarded with second place overall. George and Sophie chased hard all race but had to settle for second and therefore third overall.
INTERNATIONAL 420 CLASS - SUMMER 2015
Posted 29th May 2015
IMPORTANT REQUEST.... Thinking ahead can you let me know asap if you are taking part or certainly considering taking part in the Int 420 Itchenor Open Meeting over the weekend of 4th and 5th July. This will be a coached event with coaches positioned to assist with all abilities. Please consider joining in even if your new to the fleet. It would be so helpful to know approximately the number of boats coming to assist us with planning the safety boat cover, the number of coaches and the 4th July BBQ I will be planning for the evenings social entertainment. Applications will be via the 420 Class Association web site. Details to follow. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know either way.
I quite understand if you are not sure at this point but it would be great to have an idea of who the ISC 420 boats will be. Don’t worry if you can’t do both days.... just do one and take advantage of the extra coaching before JF!!!
EVENING COACHING before JF
Charlotte Fitzgerald and Hugo Sloper have kindly agreed to help me again and run what was a very popular 420 training event last year. This will include boat tuning and training on and off the water. Special requests will be welcomed. This will be taking place on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 pm – 8 pm on July 15th and 16th and again on July 22nd and 23rd. Very convenient if you have been helping at the Mirror Training weeks during the day. Charlotte and Hugo will be charging a small amount per boat. Please sign up directly with Charlotte and payment is to be made directly to Charlotte by BACS transfer. Details to follow very shortly. Just wanted to let you know again and you can put it in the diary. It was very popular last year and great fun too.
420 Nationals in Restronguet Cornwall from 22 – 27 August incl. Please get in touch for more details.
Best wishes and good luck with these exams
420 Class Captain
Good turnout of Swallows at Itchenor Sailing Club
The Swallow class at Itchenor Sailing Club regards the competition for the Norman Moore trophy as one of the highlights of the year. This was demonstrated by the size of the fleet and the closeness of the racing – 20 boats turned out and in the end just 3 points separated the top four.
Patience was the watchword on Saturday morning as winds were very light and tides strong. The race finally got going once the race management team were happy following much repositioning of start line and windward mark to give a fair race. It was Kit Glover sailing Darter who mastered the shifty winds and recorded a win by a considerable distance. Whilst the winds were a little more predictable in the afternoon, they could not be regarded as steady. Glover again scored a first place – this time just “comfortably”.
The wind on Sunday was in a more predictable quarter, coming from the South West, but took a time to settle. Now it was the turn of Marengo skippered by Carolyn Brigg who had been lying in second place overnight ready to pounce. Carolyn went up a gear to notch back to back wins due to savvy tactics and skilful boat handling. Skua (Harry Roome) was equally consistent with two second places, not quite matching the skills they normally display on longer harbour races. With four of the five races to count Marengo had virtually secured the trophy but sometimes there can be a final twist. So to the final race which was a rather more exciting harbour tour with fast spinnaker reaches in which Swallows excel. A mid-race wind shift made the second half more processional by which time Gwaihir had hit the front and despite Skua’s harrying was not to be troubled. Marengo had an uncharacteristic mid-fleet result but remained safe at the top if only by the narrowest possible margin of a single point.
1st Marengo (Carolyn Brigg, Sue Glover, David Sloper)
2nd Skua (Harry and Prue Roome, Helen Williams)
3rd Darter (Kit Glover, Alice Hues, Connor Myant)
OPEN DAY AT ITCHENOR SAILING CLUB
Posted 20 May 2015
A gloriously sunny day greeted over 100 visitors to Itchenor Sailing Club on Sunday. Potential new members started to pour in from 9 am; a number of who had preregistered to take part in the morning races. Adults and children alike showed a genuine desire to take up sailing and join one of our existing fleets.
Many visiting families were enthusiastic about the possibility to actually learn to sail at Itchenor in particular at Wednesday sessions for ladies in the morning and for children after school in the afternoon. The club provides “safe” boats for them to develop their skills whilst being coached by qualified instructors. Being able to access the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour from Itchenor at all states of the tide was seen as very appealing.
Those interested in racing have been invited to sail in one of our seven dinghy classes or three classic keelboat fleets. Itchenor’s commodore Charles Hyatt commented, “I was delighted to meet so many sailors wishing to join us, as well as those who are keen to take up the exciting sport of sailing.”
The day long event, part of the RYA initiative to encourage people to take up water sports, was generously supported by the local branch of Strutt and Parker - their teatime strawberries were particularly popular!
JUNIOR FORTNIGHT 2015
Posted 24th April 2015
The Junior Fortnight Entry form and notes are now available. We have also opened the JF2015 Crew Register form.
MIRROR INSTRUCTOR OPPORTUNITIES 2015
Posted 5th April 2015
Interested in helping out with Max Mirror Mission and/or Mirror Training Weeks and the Taster Racing day? Interested in earning a little £££. Then complete our Instructor form and have a great summer helping some of our younger children learn to sailing and improve their skills.
While we try to get most instructors a position on something, we do get very heavily oversubscribed.
Classic keel boats out in force at Itchenor Sailing Club
Posted 7th May
In distinctly unseasonal conditions over 50 classic keel boats from Itchenor Sailing Club demonstrated their resilience to cool temperatures, big winds and heavy rain to enjoy tough and exciting racing over the bank holiday weekend -‐ the biggest fleets the club has seen so far this year.
From the outset last year’s form boats were out in front in the 19 strong Swallow fleet as they battled for the prestigious Royal Yacht Club de Belgique Trophy. Skua, helmed for the day by Will Rainey, dominated Saturday’s races with two wins. Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore) was somewhat unusually doing the chasing with Marengo (Carolyn Brigg) being the best of the rest. These three boats finished in the same order in both races Marengo elevating herself from oblivion in the second race with some deft tidal tactics to avoid the strong ebb tide.
The fleet enjoyed a fine Belgian-‐themed meal at the Club on Saturday evening.
The overnight rain cleared in time for Sunday morning although there was still the possibility of strong winds which didn’t materialise until the afternoon. Bluff (Hugo Fisher) was forced to take a penalty for an infringement on the start line of race 3 and, starting last and somewhat in desperation, went on the ‘wrong’ side of the channel but in clear wind to emerge with a 100 metre lead at the first windward mark, never to be caught, although the two elite boats, Skua – helmed by Harry Roome this time -‐ and Gwaihir were closing and also engaging in some entertaining match-‐racing whilst doing so. Skua had managed to keep Gwaihir at bay until the final mark when Gwaihir seized an opportunity and managed to finish just inches ahead. However this was not enough to prevent Skua from winning the trophy with a race to spare.
So to the final race of the best three of four to count Trophy. The wind was up to Force 6 and the sun finally made a fleeting appearance. Once again Skua and Gwaihir were ahead at the first windward mark with Gwaihir maintaining a slender lead down the exciting run, throughout the next lap and all the way to the last mark. Skua’s gybe went awry and they broached so Gwaihir was able to lead to the finish. Marengo having yet again taken a different downwind route to the rest of the fleet was rewarded with yet another 3rd place – their fourth of the weekend.
The Belgian Plate was appropriately presented by Belgian-‐born Martine Lunch whose husband Anthony had co-‐helmed Solitude to a respectable mid-‐fleet position.
The Swallow Class host a guest day on Sunday 10 May when all those who might like to share the Swallow experience as a helm or crew are most welcome.
The XOD fleet, also numbering 19 competed, for the Felix Bowl over the weekend. Roger Yeoman and Michael Moss showed great promise for the season ahead with five straight wins in their newly acquired Xcitation. It might well have been six in a row if gear failure had not prevented them competing in Saturday’s first race. The competition for second place was close with Falconet (Alan Perry, Ron Parker, Jim Dunn and Peter Lawrence) finishing on the same points as David Palmer’s Princess Jalina. Palmer was lying comfortably in 2nd place in Monday’s race which would have secured the overall number two slot – until he encountered the mud!
Not to be outdone the Sunbeams were out in force with 15 boats racing over the weekend. The courses for this fleet presented a number of navigational challenges with a falling tide on Saturday afternoon particularly. Roger Wickens emerged the winner on both Saturday and Monday followed by one of the new GRP boats -‐ Molly (Richard Stephens and Tina Webster) on Saturday and Gayle Palmer’s veteran Little Lady on Monday.
To complement the large keel boat fleets, Itchenor’s dinghies emerged in numbers to enjoy the varied weather conditions. The RS800’s resurgence continued with eight boats out. Matthew and Adrian Woods won this fleet. The 420s competed on back to back racing on all three days with a number of new faces starting out as new pairings met up and new friendships were developed on and off the water. Junior members in Mirrors and Toppers could be seen revelling in the somewhat calmer and sunnier conditions on Monday.
ITCHENOR SAILORS SELECTED FOR GB TEAM FOR INT 420 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Posted 12th April 2015
Image courtesy Paul Wyeth/RYA.
Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers from Itchenor Sailing Club are the top girl team in the selector trials and have been selected to represent Great Britain at the International 420 world championships in Japan. Also selected is Izzy’s twin sister Katie who, with her crew Grace Summers from Emsworth, achieved a podium finish in last week’s 420 youth national championships at Weymouth.
Izzy and Gemma were in a strong position for selection being the top girl boat at the 420 inland water championships held on Rutland Water in March. A solid 6th place finish overall (4th girl boat) at Weymouth ensured their place in the team for Japan.
Katie and Grace moved into contention as they put down a series of consistent scores last week. Winds in Weymouth Bay were fickle during the week meaning postponements and course changes were the norm on most days. After two days, three races had been possible and the Davies/Summers team had a 12th, 4th and 7th out of 42 starters. It was on Wednesday that they made their move on courses laid in Portland Harbour. Following an 8th they led from the start in the 2nd race and were never headed. Grace commented: “We had a good start in the middle and good boat speed. We tacked on the shifts and managed to stay calm. It was exciting to be at the front.” At this point the girls moved to 2nd overall one point behind the leaders – Sarah Norbury and Mari Davies (no relation) from South Staff and Pwllheli respectively.
Thursday was frustrating as the sea breeze brought in the fog to blanket the race courses and no racing was possible.
It was therefore all down to Friday’s races with several boats in contention. A disappointing 18th followed by a storming 1st for the Davies/Summers crew meant that the final race was the decider. Jenny Smallwood (Datchet) and Danielle Thomas (Lymington) rounded the windward mark first followed by Katie and Grace. Norbury and Davies looked as if they were out of the game until they put in a spectacular first reach to bring themselves back into the leading pack. At the finish it was so close. Norbury and Davies took first place overall one point ahead of the Smallwood/Thomas team. Katie Davies and Grace Summers exceeded many expectations and were rewarded with the third podium place just two points off the top spot.
Izzy and Katie Davies and Gemma Keers can look back on the many hours spent training and practising manoeuvres from their early days in Mirrors at Itchenor’s Junior Fortnight through to national squads. Their determination and dedication now has its reward with places in the national team for the world championships and also the European championships in Bulgaria during August. Never has the old maxim that time on the water is well spent been more true.
CREWING AN XOD
The Crew forum has been running successfully at Itchenor for many years as a means of matching existing and prospective members with experienced sailors, providing an opportunity to sail in an X One Design. You will also experience the joys of Chichester Harbour and the excellent facilities at Itchenor Sailing Club.
We race every Saturday and Sunday from March to October. Any sailing member is most welcome to race with us, please make yourself known to me or email me at Crew Forum to add your name to our contact list.
We also have a fun race on Wednesday evenings when we have the harbour almost to ourselves! Just come down between 5-5.15pm, for a race, drink and supper. Get to know us. The harbour at sunset is quite beautiful and always different.
Please contact me, Susie Alexander, by email at email@example.com if you would like to join us for a race. I can answer any questions you may have and introduce you to the skippers and crews.
ITCHENOR 420 SAILORS ON A MISSION
Posted 8th April 2015
Nice livetracker image from Race 3
This week over 370 sailors gathered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the start of the 2015 RYA Youth National Championships. Racing started on Easter Monday, with all six RYA Youth classes; 420, Laser, Radial, RS:X, Spitfire and 29er, taking to the water to commence battle. Competitors from all corners of the UK will race over five days to be crowned RYA Youth National Champion, whilst also having the chance to be selected to represent Great Britain on an international stage at the forth coming Worlds and European events. The standard is high with many entries made up of past and present RYA Youth and Transition Squad sailors and even 470 Podium Potential sailors returning for the fun. Sailors will also be enjoying the opportunity to catch up with old friends, as this is the biggest multi-class youth event of the year with a big social planned for Friday night.
The 420 races were on the easterly side of Weymouth Bay with glorious sunshine for the spectators but little wind for the sailors and the Race Committee were only able to get three races away in the first two days. Day three and the wind started to build slightly with the forecast for the remainder of the week expected to build. The full range of conditions will be a good test for all the sailors. Those who can adapt quickly to the changeable conditions and put together a consistent series are likely to come out at the top of the leaderboard.
With 41 420’s entered, this event is the culmination of intense squad sailing and fitness training over the last six months. Itchenor are well represented with sailors in 5 boats;
GBR 54848 - Isabel Davies (ISC) and Gemma Keers (ISC) - Current RYA Youth Squad
GBR 54510 - Iago Davies (Pwllheli) and Paddy Jefferies (ISC) - Current RYA Welsh and Transition Squad
GBR 55244 - Katie Davies (ISC) and Grace Summers (Emsworth) - ex RYA Transition Squad
GBR 54852 - Jo Kalderon (ISC) and Midge Watkins (PYC) - ex RYA Transition Squad
GBR 54785 - Celia Hansell (ISC) and Ed Hansell (ISC)
In addition to the high end racing, the Academy were also offering 420 taster training for those looking to get to grips with a bigger boat and the joys of a harness. Itchenor’s Felix Jefferies and Oliver Wilson were putting the coaches through their paces along with four Optimist sailors.
Good luck to the competitors with both the event as well as the selectors for the Worlds and Europeans.
Joe Kalderon, Ed Hansel, Cecila Hansel, Isabel Davies, Paddy Jefferies, Katie Kavies and Gemma Keers . Good luck to our Itchenor sailors at the youth nationals 2015. 256 sailors, five classes of boat all at weymouth this week.
An exciting new season starts at Itchenor Sailing Club
Posted 23rd March
With classic racing keelboats returning to their moorings in pristine condition after the winter lay-up and dinghies taking their allotted spaces on the dinghy staging, Itchenor Sailing Club is ready for a new season. This weekend sees the start of the most ambitious sailing programme in the club’s history. Over 700 races are scheduled over the season. An additional committee boat has been commissioned to support this, and more accommodation on the staging made available. The dinghy classes are expecting to grow; the Mirror class, already the country’s largest, continues to expand, the RS200s following on from a very popular winter series where 20 boats enjoyed close competition, expect new interest, as does the RS800 class.
Expansion is also the watchword in Itchenor’s classic keel boat classes. Numbering over 100 the XOD, Sunbeam and Swallow classes will see their fleets grow – the XODs welcome back three boats returning to the fleet with new owners, the new generation Sunbeams continue to arrive and the Swallows break new ground by offering a boat for short term charter.
Itchenor will be hosting open meetings for a number of its classes. The Mirrors hold an event in June and the 420s in July. The RS200 also have an open event in June and the International 14s welcome visiting boats at a number of their traditional open events. XODs from other clubs will visit Itchenor during Points Week to compete for the Benson Platter and the club will host the Swallow national championships.
This year has already seen members of the club being crowned as champions. In January Eleanor Keers and Izzy Pugh become World Junior Mirror champions in South Africa while Eleanor’s elder sister Gemma won the Ladies 420 inland crown with Isabel Davies earlier this month at Rutland Water.
However, as Chris Blevins, Rear Commodore Sailing at Itchenor comments, “It is not just about race after race after race. We recognize that the development of sailing skills is a key element in the life of the club and therefore we have programmed a significant number of training days to address the needs of all our members, young and old. We are determined to produce even more champions.”
Two major events are aimed at younger sailors. Itchenor Schools Week, a regular fixture for over 60 years, is now an international event with a crew from Florida winning the Firefly class last year. Junior Fortnight holds a special place in the programme each year as hundreds of young sailors develop their skills and make life-long friendships in the special surroundings of Chichester Harbour.
An Open Day on May 17th is in place to welcome prospective new members while a number of classes, including the Swallows and Sunbeams, have invitation events planned during the season.
UK TEAM RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Posted 23rd March 2015
This weekend Itchenor sent a team of George Yeoman, Sophie Ormsby, Andy Shaw, Pippa Horne, Rob Struckett & Rosie Sibthorp to the UK Team Racing Championships. 24 teams took part including the current World Champions from West Kirby and the current Wilson Trophy champions, Royal Forth Hoosiers, who another member Tim Saxton sails for.
Saturday was a very windy affair with winds of 15-20 knots. After the first round Itchenor were the top ranked team and went through to Gold League. They lost the first race to Royal Forth, but went unbeaten the rest of the day unbeaten to sit 2nd overnight.
On Sunday the wind was much lighter and Itchenor started strongly, beating West Kirby in the first of the day in a very tight race, then seeing off Royal Thames in the next. Unfortunately the wind died around lunch time and racing could not be resumed.
This meant Itchenor finished 2nd overall in the UK Team Racing Championships! Congratulations to Tim Saxton also for winning the championships with Royal Forth.
SUNBEAMS SCOOP PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
Posted 19th March 2015
The Solent Sunbeam class based at Itchenor Sailing Club has been awarded the prestigious Classic Boat magazine award for the Spirit of Tradition under 40 feet category. The Sunbeams have enjoyed a spectacular resurgence over the past five years because of their courageous decision to build new boats in GRP whilst remaining true to the traditional wooden design. The tradition in the title of the award stems from the inspired original 1922 design by Alfred Westmacott. Westmacott had previously designed the popular XOD, Victory and Mermaid classes. However, the Sunbeam is considered by many to be his masterpiece.
The GRP Solent Sunbeams faithfully follow Alfred Westmacott’s beautiful hull lines, deck and cockpit layout with a skilful combination of modern and traditional materials.
Roger Wickens and Alan Stannah together with Mark Downer who made all the GRP boats, with trophy and certificate after awards ceremony
The first new Sunbeam named Betty was launched in 2010 just five months after the members of the class association gave approval for the use of the line drawings. She competed in Cowes Week that year. Charles Hyatt, Commodore at Itchenor Sailing Club commented, “The Classic Boat award is a deserved reward for the foresight and dedication shown by members of the Sunbeam class. We are proud to have this iconic fleet of boats racing at Itchenor and gracing the waters of Chichester Harbour.”
Champion Sunbeam sailor Roger Wickens led the project. For Roger the only answer was yes, the only timescale tomorrow and for every detail there was no compromise. Naval architect Theo Rye interpreted Westmacott’s design for GRP boats so successfully that they sail equally with the traditional boats whilst maintaining their key wooden visual features.
The plug and moulds were created by AP Structures of Sandown, Isle of Wight who also built and assembled the hull and deck mouldings. The completion of the work took place at Haines Boatyard in Itchenor who contributed the beautiful timber work, fitted out and rigged Betty ready for racing.
Since that first launch there are now seven GRP Solent Sunbeams racing at Itchenor alongside the traditional wooden craft. With a further two under construction the rejuvenation of the Sunbeam class continues.
ITCHENOR DO WELL AT THE MIRROR JUNIOR NATIONALS AT CARSINGTON SC
Posted 17th March 2015
2 in the top 5 and Itchenor would have won a team prize if there had been one! Link to report and results below
ITCHENOR WIN TEAM PRIZE AT THE INT 420 INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RUTLAND
Posted 16th March 2015
Left hand image: Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers who won the Ladies 420 inlands championship. Right hand image: Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (both Itchenor), Katie Davies (Itchenor) and her crew Grace Summers (Emsworth), Joanna Kalderon (Itchenor) and her crew Midge Watkins (Poole)
48 420s, including 8 from Ireland, braved a bracing and strong North Easterly to sail 7 races over this last weekend at Rutland Water in their first big event of the year, the Inland championships. This was also the first of three selection events to choose the teams to represent GBR in the Open, Ladies and under17 Worlds (Japan) and Junior Europeans (Bulgaria) this Summer. 4 boats from Itchenor sailed.
Congratulations to Issy Davies and Gemma Keers on finishing fourth overall, and first girls, Ladies National Champions, finishing in the top five in all but one counting result. The worlds organisers are hoping to include an under17 world championships this year, for which GBR can send six under 17 boats. Well done to Katie Davies and Grace Summers (Emsworth) who finished 18th overall and 3rd GBR U17. Joanna Kalderon and Midge Watkins (Poole) (17th overall) complete the trio who won the team cup for Itchenor.
Please see the new 420 class website to read the report, see photos and for full results. http://gbr420.uk/
RS200 ITCHENOR WINTER WARMER
Posted 9th March 2015
16 boats took part over the 2nd weekend of the Itchenor Winter warmer, 11 of which were Itchenor members. After weekend 1 only the rule book could separate Tim Saxton/ Holly Scott and Robert Gullan/ Rosie Sibthorp, and that stayed true after another 10 races on the second weekend. Tim & Holly won the tie break again on number of firsts but had to settle for 2nd place in the series overall as George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby managed to sail back from the disappointing finish from last weekend to win the 2nd weekend and the series.
Charlie Roome & Eddie Glennie managed to put together a great Sunday on the 2nd weekend to take a tightly fought 2nd place ahead of Tim & Holly, Andy Shaw & Phillipa Horne and Ben Ainsworth & Kate Gibbs with only 4 points separating them.
It was an epic weekend for a march sail with saturday having 15 knots and 15 degrees while sunday was a little chiller but still 10-15 knots. Another great winter of sailing at Itchenor concludes with 20 boats having taken part over the series.
Thanks to Roger Yeoman and his team of John Tremlett, Harry Roome, Olly Gilchrist, Mark Struckett & Charles Hyatt for setting up and running all the racing, couldn't be done without you.
ITCHENOR IRREGULAR ROWING AT ISC
Posted 8th March 2015
A great afternoon for a paddle from ISC to CYC and back followed by a pint in the club!
An excellent inaugural outing for IIR. Jeremy, Peter, Alistair, Mike and Chris. Going afloat at 1515 CYC was made in one piece in 25 minutes against the tide. Much quicker on the way back.
Next opportunities for an outing:
Saturday 21st March
Sunday 22nd March
Volunteers please to Chris Blevins?
NEW SUBSCRIPTION ARRANGEMENTS
We have today launched the following on a trial basis:
- A discount scheme for new full members
- Social membership
- Midweek membership
- Family membership – some clarifications of duty requirements
Please click here for more details. They will initially only be available to new members and upgraders whilst we trial them.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
Posted 1st March 2015
Please do visit the Onwards and Upwards page (see yellow tab opposite) for the latest updates in our campaign.
Our latest message to members can be found here.
In particular, I am delighted to say that as at 1st March on our appeal to bondholders launched on 23rd January:
- - £258k (75% of those approached) of responses have now been received from 53 of the 71 approached
- waivers made to date total £93,325, only £7,200 of which are conditional (these have conditions we expect to be able to meet)
- there are a further £24,675 where bondholders have expressed potential interest in waiving.
Over two thirds by value and half by number of the people who have agreed waivers have done so for 100% of their holdings. Several have recently switched from no to yes, or increased the size of their waiver. Waivers are still coming in, for which we are most appreciative.
ISC's Eleanor Keers & Izzy Pugh crowned Mirror Junior World Champions 2015
Sailing in Africa - what an experience! Theewater SC near Villiersdorp, in Western Cape, situated in the Cape winefields and fruit growing area, must be one of the most stunning venues on earth. Surrounded by imposing mountains, forests and fruit fields - sunshine in abundance and wind a plenty - perfect conditions for the gathering of the Mirror fleets from UK, Australia, South Africa, Japan and France. The fleet represented the full spectrum of Mirror sailing - wooden boats and plastic boats, juniors and parents/children, gaff rigs and single masts. The Izivungu Vungu Sailing Academy from Cape Town that supports sailing development for township children brought their special African flavour to the regatta - including their excellent band and dancing. The top of the fleet included a top French 470 sailor, UK and South African national 420 squad sailors - and some vastly experienced parents sailing with their children. The UK fleet mainly consisted of juniors, with ages ranging from 10 to 17, having graduated through the RYA and Mirror Class Association squads, representing Itchenor SC, Torpoint Mosquito SC and Restronguet SC.
As ever, consistency paid in the final results with Michaela (15) and Ryan Robinson (18) from RSA emerging as World Champions with a day to spare, counting ten races in the top ten. They have truly shattered the perception that you need a 'plastic' Mirror to win at the highest level with their immaculately prepared 8 year old wooden boat. Michaela crewed for Ryan when they won the Worlds at Lough Derg in Ireland in 2013 and continuing the Robinson family sibling mentoring policy this time the tables were turned and Ryan helped Michaela to win.
Team GBR were looking strong mid way through the regatta with ISC's Eleanor Keers & Izzy Pugh level on points with the Robinsons and her elder sister Gemma & Imogen Bellfield sitting in third. The Australians, South Africans and the French boat were hot on their heels - with the GBR boats excelling in the strong winds - the Aussies and South Africans were particularly astute in the lighter winds, finding the right way to go during the periods of wind transition before the daily SE'er set in each afternoon. With the Race Officer having done a great job in packing in 11 races in 4 days, he only had to fit in 1 race on the final day which started in a good 8 kt breeze but inevitably it switched off on the final beat with the Australians at the forefront - giving Simon Barwood and his 8 year old son Tyson the points to edge into a well deserved 2nd place. Eleanor Keers and Izzy Pugh took third place overall and first junior boat, crowning them the Junior World Champions.
Itchenor SC entries included;
3rd - Elenaor Keers & Izzy Pugh
4th - Gemma Keers & Imogen Bellfield
14th - Natasha Ewart Smith & Sara Ewart Smith
15th - Henry Heath & James Dickinson
17th - Tom Weston & Paddy Jefferies
19th - Emily Heath & Pippi Heath
30th - Celia Hansell & Ed Hansell
33rd - Felix Jefferies & Monty Heath
36th - Oliver Wilson & Hannah Wilson
Photos by Trevor Wilkins
International 14 World Championship at Geelong, Australia
Posted 12th January 2015
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MIRROR WORLDS 2015 NEWS from South Africa
Posted 5th January 2015
Monday saw all the British boats together in South Africa for the first time, following numerous safari drives and countless incidents of severe sunburn. The day began by unpacking the container in which our boats had been shipped from the UK. A warm South African welcome and registration as well as measurement and rigging followed. Time went by and we eventually launched, all of us inspired by Alex’s briefing. In the midday heat, the Wilsons set the hydration bar high with their cool box of frozen water – a top tip in the thirty-degree heat. The afternoon practice race showed the ability of the fleet and gave us all the opportunity to acclimatise to the vast expanse of Theeswaters and the southeasterly wind, which blew at a constant 20 knots. The British fleet was relatively successful with four boats in the top six and Eleanor Keers winning the training race – hopefully a good omen for the weeks ahead. It all feels a very long way from a snowy UK.
RS200 New Years Racing 2014:
So 2014 has come to an end and what a great way to end it with 12 boats in 15 knots.
RO Roger Yeoman managed to get us 4 20min races and back in time for the New Years party at the club.
There was lots of close racing on the short windward leeward courses. Arthur Henderson & Lisa McDanell started strongly with George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby in race 1 breaking away from the rest of the pack with George & Sophie eventually taking the win.
Current national champ Ian Martin sailing with Lucy Preston managed to rob Will & Mary Henderson of the win in the 2nd race on the finish line (after they turned up, apparently Lucy's time keeping isn't all it is made out to be) with a smart tack to the biased end.
However, George & Sophie managed to get off the line and stay clean to win the remaining races.
The racing was then followed up with the Itchenor New Years party which will always remain in the memories that can never quite be recalled.....but it was really good!
Winter Warmer 1:
Day 1 of the winter warmer threw 20 knots and a little drizzle at the 8 boats that made it to the race course.
Race 1 saw 3 recalls before finally getting away. George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby led Mark Powell & Charlotte Lawrence round mark one but after a close downwind Tim Saxton & Holly Scott had managed to take the lead from Robert Gullan & Rosie Sibthorp. Up the next beat George & Sophie made up the lost ground to lead at the top and hold on till the finish ahead of Ed FitzGerald & Lisa McDanell.
Race 2 had George & Sophie leading at the top again followed by Rob & Rosie and these 2 were attached by a piece of elastic all race closely followed by Jack Holden & Amy Yeoman. The race finished in that order.
Race 3 and Tim & Holly smashed the starboard end and led from George & Sophie who subsequently fell in on the bear away. The wind picked up to gusting nearly 30 knots as Rob & Rosie hunted down Tim & Holly, managing to cross them on the downwind only to have to give room at the mark. Jack & Amy sailed consistently to their third 3rd place.
Overnight George & Sophie lead from Rob & Rosie and Jack & Amy on equal points in second.
Day 2 arrived with 5 knots and a fast flowing tide that made things interesting for the race officer.
Race 4 saw pretty much the whole fleet arrive at the same point at the windward mark with Charlie Roome & Eddie Glennie managing to squeeze round and sail into a decent lead. They were followed by George & Sophie all the way round the course till the last leg where Rob & Rosie managed to come “screaming” in on the port lay (there wasn’t much wind but they made a lot of ground) to secure second followed by the ever consistant Jack & Amy who recorded their fourth consecutive 3rd place.
Race 5 saw Rob & Rosie and Tim & Holly escape for another epic battle around the race course with Rob & Rosie leading most of the way but with Tim & Holly right on their heels. At the top mark for the last time Tim & Holly managed to squeeze past and hold on for their second win that could prove decisive if they are able to beat both George & Sophie by one place and Rob & Rosie by two.
At the start of race 6 Rob & Rosie were over the line and had to go back which in the huge tide would appear to be game over. Tim & Holly had a great start with Frances Peters & Claire Lasko in the middle of the line, whilst George & Sophie managed to win the ship end and tack out the tide first. However a big lift allowed Frances & Claire and Tim & Holly to get round the marks in 1 & 2. George & Sophie split down the run to pull back past Tim & Holly, but on the next beat the positions were reversed and held to the finish. Frances & Claire won by a margin, Rob & Rosie meanwhile had managed to fight all the way back to 4th.
This meant that it is first blood on count back to Tim & Holly over Rob & Rosie at the end of the first weekend of the Winter Warmer at Itchenor on 12 points, George & Sophie settle for 3rd with 14 points.
Thanks to the RC: Roger Yeoman. Phil McDanell, John Tremlett & Tom Trevelyn
The next weekend will be the 7/8 February and racing will start at 1100. See you then!
STRATEGIC REVIEW 2014-2015 - SURVEY RESULTS
Posted 20th December 2014
The on-line survey, posted on Quick News, elicited 334 responses from a circulation of approximately 1000. My thanks to all of you who took the time to respond.
In general, the majority of those who responded indicated satisfaction with what the club provides both on and off the water and the overall value for money.
The key findings are:
• The majority of respondents (73%) said the club offering is broadly right with a further 10% expressing a neutral view
• A minority (17%) do not agree that the club offering is broadly right
• 56% do not agree we should reduce activities to reduce costs with a further 15% expressing a neutral view
• 69% said the sailing programme should not be reduced; 15% disagreed
• 63% thought the house should provide food and drink outside the sailing programme; 23% disagreed
• 53% believe that overall they get value for money from their membership with a further 20% taking a neutral view; 27% disagreed
• 39% favour members doing more work on a voluntary basis, but only 28% offered to do more than 1 day a year.
• There was little appetite (12%) for existing members to pay more to enable a reduced introductory subscription for new members
• 197 added comments. These are difficult to report on without being subjective, so please do read the survey response in full if you would like to form your own view. 28 were happy and did not want change, 64 expressed concern about the cost of membership and the membership structures. There were 47 comments expressing concerns about cost, quality and complexity of the buttery offering. 27 thought there were too many or over-paid staff. There were 77 additional individual suggestions on various themes not mentioned above.
The Flag officers are pleased at the overall level of response and will use this very important feedback to work with General Committee to determine the future direction of the Club as well as considering individual comments raised. If anyone has further views or ideas about any aspect of the Club’s offering or activities the Flag Officers and General Committee would be very happy to receive them.
"On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love sent to me" ....... not 11 Pipers Piping but 11 Mirror dinghies in a container to Cape Town, South Africa!
The GBR team are leaving UK and are on their way for Christmas and New Year in the southern hemisphere for the 2015 Mirror Worlds at Theewater SC at Villiersdorp, in the Stellenbosch wine growing in Western Cape. A great venue for the parents! The main competition will come from Michaela and Ryan Robinson, the current World Champions, on their home waters with a really enthusiastic crop of young Mirror sailors from South Africa, as well as some very experienced Australians who will be a force to be reckoned with.
The bulk of the GBR team are from last year's RYA Mirror National Junior Squad and are looking get GBR back on the Worlds trophy for the first time since Andy and Tom Smith in 2009 at Pwllheli and Anna Mackenzie and Holly Scott in 2007 in Port Elizabeth. Some of the GBR sailors have already stepped up to the 420. Gemma Keers, teamed up with Mirror crew Imogen Bellfield, is crewing for Isabel Davies in the RYA 420 Youth Squad and Paddy Jeffries is in the 420 Transition Squad - continuing the successful transition of Mirror sailors into the 420 class. The GBR team mainly hales from the stalwart Mirror fleets at Itchenor and Restronguet; with Torpoint Mosquito making up the Cornish contingent.
The conditions at Theewater SC can vary from the strong SE'ly 'Cape Doctor' wind, which will provide challenging conditions, to typical thermal and shifty light inland winds. Recent squad training sessions at Carsington and Northampton have helped the south coast sea sailors with their 'pond sailing' techniques but will not have prepared the sailors for the renowned dive bombing Pelicans!
The pre-Worlds will be the Mirror African Championships 29 Dec - 2 Jan and the World Championships 4 - 9 Jan.
ITCHENOR GIRLS STAY ON TOP IN THE 420s
Posted 3rd December 2014
Congratulations to ISC youth sailors Gemma Keers and Isabel Davies who have qualified for the RYA youth Squad. Over a series of 14 races the girls finished 3rd overall in the country and 2nd all girl boats. With over 50 of the top boats in the UK competing the girls have sailed incredibly well and are the youngest pairing the youth squad. They will now train over the winter with the next regatta in December in Palamos Spain. Good luck to the girls.
ITCHENOR SAILORS DOMINATE THE RYA NATIONAL MIRROR JUNIOR SQUAD
Posted 26th November 2014
After extremely challenging and very close light wind racing at both the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and then Northampton Sailing Club, the RYA confirmed their selection for the National Junior Mirror Squad for 2014/15 with invitations for 12 boats of which we are proud to say include a significant number of Itchenor sailors.
This years squad is made up of Imogen Bellfield, Sarah Ewart Smith, Charlotte Fisher, Bertie Fisher, Monty Heath, Felix Jefferies, Pippa Jones, Elleanor Keers and Izzy Pugh from Itchenor. They started off the seasons training with a half term camp at Carsington Water in Derbyshire where they were coached by Katie Tomsett, Team GBR 470 sailor, who primed them on boat and sailor preparation for championship racing as a number of the squad prepare for the Mirror World Championships in South Africa over the Christmas break.
The NJS is just one of three significant winter training programmes undertaken by the Mirror fleet at Itchenor with the South Zone and X Gen about to kick off their training programmes too. This all bodes well for continuing a thriving Mirror fleet in 2015 and growing our own high performance sailors of the future. More to come on these programmes over the coming weeks.
ARTHUR WINS SEMANA DEL ATLANTICO CIUDAD DE VIGO
Posted 19th November 2014
SC member Arthur Fry recently won the prestigious Trofeo Cuitat de Vigo in his Optimist. This is one of 4 high ranking events held in Spain each winter, for Optimists, Lasers and 420s. These events are attended by the top sailors from across Europe, as they offer more or less guaranteed wind and warmer temperatures and give sailors who are aiming for their countries' Euros and Worlds teams a chance to benchmark themselves against each other as the Winter progresses. This was the first event of the 4 for 2014/15; Arthur is off to Palma, Majorca for the 2nd event in early December and then to Torrevieja in January and Palamos in February.
Arthur and his two brothers have been ISC members mainly sailing Mirrors. Over the years, Arthur has stood in as helm and crew for various members of the Taylor family at Itchenor Fortnight, one year managing to sail in Mirrors 1, 2 and 3. In 2012 he won Mirrors 2 with James Taylor. However, his main boat has always been the Optimist, which he started to sail at the age of 7. He started competing nationally at the age of 11, making his way into the RYA Optimist National Squad for the past two years.
He has had a busy year on the international and national circuit. At Easter he was selected as a member of a GB team to attend the Braassememeer Easter Regatta in Holland, an invitation only event for top European sailors, where he came 18th our of 210 sailors. In July he was a member of an 8 strong GB team at the French Nationals, where he came 13th out of 200+ boats in a very strong international fleet. As well as representing GB, Arthur has competed at a number of other European events, including the Topsport Regatta in Flanders (15th out of 110 European and US sailors), the Swiss Nationals (22nd out of 200, with many Worlds Team sailors tuning up for the Worlds a month or so later) and the Belgian Nationals, where he gained the bronze medal and sailed the event for Bart's Bash. His next big international adventure (after Palma) is the Australian Nationals being held in Freemantle, Western Australia in January 2015.
Back home he won the Warsash and Bosham Optimist Opens, was 2nd at the Chichester Optimist Open and 3rd at the Hayling Island Optimist Open, giving him the overall RYA Southern Traveller's Championship for 2014.
Competing at this level requires a considerable amount of training and, in addition to the National Squad training, Arthur is out on the water most weekends with a small group of Optimist sailors, sailing out of Itchenor or Lymington, and also at Weymouth when the schedule allows. His coach is a Belgian ex-worlds Laser & 420 champion who now specialises in Optimist coaching. Last Winter he also attended 3 racing camps in Lanzarote with one of the world's top Optimist coaches from Argentina and in May this year he was one of 8 National Squad sailors to be selected to attend invitational training with the US National Team in Annapolis, where he was coached by US and other world class coaches.
Next year will be his last in Optimist and he hopes to make either the Worlds or European teams at the Selections event in May. After that he plans to move onto the Laser 4.7.
SWALLOW INVITATIONAL RACE IMAGES and event roundup
The Itchenor Swallow Fleet held a wonderfully exciting Guest day last Sunday October 19 th. 14 Swallows took part with a regular crew or minder on each boat plus 17 guests to enjoy a taster of fast keelboat racing in champagne sailing conditions.
The sun was out, the temperature warm and the wind was in no short supply. Gusts of up to 27 knots were recorded on the Cambermet weather beacon whilst racing was taking place that morning.
Swallows were to be seen apparently "flying" around the harbour with so much spray everywhere that it was hard to see where one was going... Everyone experienced a few hairy moments whether trailing spinnakers as sea anchors or trying to prevent the inevitable nose dive from one wave into the next...and all this fun and excitement between Itchenor and East Head !
Many of the guests were experienced dinghy sailors who we hope will soon take the plunge into these fast and responsive racing keelboats. Some of the guests were in their 20 s, others older with some keelboat experience already. It was wonderful to give them all such an exciting morning - a taster of things to come...
The fleet has second hand boats available for sale right now as well as charter opportunities. Alternatively come and join an existing syndicate as a number of boats are shared between 3 to 6 owners who share the running costs. Alternatively order your own brand new Swallow!
If you would like to come and sail a Swallow either as a helm or a crew ...Contact Christine Graves on firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on buying or chartering a Swallow or to join an existing syndicate contact Mike Wigmore, class captain by email on email@example.com