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Itchenor Sailing Club in Chichester anticipates record entries for its National Schools Week Championships
Itchenor Sailing Club in Chichester, West Sussex anticipates record entries for its 64th National Schools Week Championships that will take place on 26 June - 1 July.
Since 1953 Itchenor Sailing Club has hosted the National Schools Championships, formerly known as The Public Schools Firefly Invitation Championships. Its aim was to promote inter-schools sailing competition and encourage participation in the sport. Previous winners have included double gold medallist and silver medallist Rodney Pattisson, double silver medallist and Itchenor member Ian Walker as well as international sailor Phil Crebbin.
This year will see the introduction of a practice race on Sunday 26 June for the RS Feva category ahead of the week’s races. Championship racing for the Feva class will take place on June 27th and 28th with the Fireflies and 420s taking over between the 29th and July 1st.
Commodore of Itchenor Sailing Club, Charles Hyatt commented, “We are delighted with the turnout for this year’s event. It is one of our long-standing annual events, with many of our most successful sailors starting out in this competition. It is great to see the racing standard get higher each year, particularly since we introduced the extra day of training. We look forward to welcoming the students to our club and wish them all the best of luck for the tournament!”
Last year saw an impressive selection of both junior and senior student sailors participate in the event which culminated with Hayling Island College being crowned the winner of the Feva competition while RGS Guildford took home the title for the Firefy championships.
A key date in the sailing calendar, this year's event is sponsored by MPI Brokers and JDX Consulting. It also marks the start of a five-year sponsorship agreement with the travel insurance specialist, MPI Brokers.
The new agreement sees MPI sponsoring not only the Schools Week Championships but the Mirror, Laser, Topper and International 420 classes in the club’s Junior Fortnight which this year is from 26 July to 5 August.
MPI is no stranger to the waters of Chichester Harbour as, with its sister company Mind The Gap Year, it has sponsored the Firefly and International 420-class events at Itchenor’s Schools Week at the end of June for the past nine years.
Another returning sponsor, JDX Consulting has been involved in Schools Week since 2013.
Registration to the 2016 Schools Week Championships is now open and schools can enter at www.itchenorsc.co.uk. For more information on School Week Championships contact the club office on 01243 512400.
Volunteers for Points Week Support Boats needed
Posted 3rd June 2016
We need a few volunteers to help crew our Support Boats in Points Week. If you've got some time and would like to help please contact Tony Glover - click here to email
Mirror Update 1st June 2016
Hi Mirror Sailors,
The sailing season has well and truly started, the sea is warming up and the weather was too, until today!
For those of you who don't know I'm taking over from Mike as your new Mirror class captain and I've got some dates for your diaries of upcoming Mirror events and it would be great to see as many of you on the water as possible:
Revision Regatta - Thurs 2 June - Fri 3 June
Start is 14.35 both days so revision can be done in the morning!
Sunday 5 June - No Mirror Open this weekend but we are going to have a club line start on Sunday for the Mirrors at 11am - weather looking good so far.
Bosham Mirror Open, Sunday 3 July - we can register at ISC and sail straight to start line from here, then Bosham will provide a rib service for those who want to go over to Cobnor for tea. This is normally a good event, details on the Bosham website.
Junior and Youth Regatta, Sat 16 - Sun 17 July - get your racing skills honed before Junior Fortnight starts, racing probably going to be Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning with social for kids and adults on Saturday evening.
Junior Fortnight, Mon 25 July - Fri 5 Aug - Entry closing date is Monday 13 June otherwise you will be charged an extra £50!
Don't forget there is also Mirror racing every Sunday morning for the whole of June.
Lastly, Mirror Training Week 2 is now full so if you want to do Mirror Training this year I'd recommend signing up for Week 1 ASAP!
Hope to see you on the water soon.
Exclusive America's Cup Talk with Mark Covell
Itchenor Sailing Club and Bremont Watch Company, the Official Timing Partner of the America’s Cup, are delighted to invite Itchenor members to attend one of the exclusive America’s Cup events being held in the UK.
Members are invited to Bremont's Mayfair Boutique Thursday 7th July for a talk by Official America’s Cup host Mark Covell, America’s Cup sailor and Olympic silver medallist.
Antigua Sailing Week
Posted 28th April 2016
We've had this note from the Press Ofice at Antigua Sailing Week.
We are lucky enough to have Team Itchenor Sailing Club competing at Antigua Sailing Week. Yesterday Ian Walker and the team won the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge. He beat Stuart Childerley, our new ASW PRO and the local Antiguan team at the 4th Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge on Presidente Lay Day. There’s two more days left of racing, starting again today and Tony Langley’s TP52, Gladiator has a rising Antiguan young sailor on board, Rhone Kirby. Ian took some time out to offer some advice and answer Rhone’s questions.
Winner of the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge 2016 - Itchenor Sailing Club (Ian Walker, Chris Fox and Richard Bullock) with Kathy Lammers (Chairman, ASW Regatta Organising Committee and Mark Whinney from Nonsuch Bay Resort © Ted Martin
There are 15 members of Itchenor SC racing Swan 46, Milanto at Antigua Sailing Week and the team let out a huge roar as the victorious Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge team joined them for lunch at Catherine's Café Plage. Ian Walker then used a coin in a game of chance to decide which of the team would use the fantastic prize!
"Basically our parents dumped a load of us in Chichester Harbour when we were still in nappies," laughed Walker. "It has been really special to catch up with old friends and to race with them at Antigua Sailing Week."
On behalf of all the teams taking part, Team Itchenor Sailing Club's Ian Walker thanked Nonsuch Bay's Mark Whinney for his hospitality and Antigua Sailing Week's Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee, Kathy Lammers and her team for putting on a great event with superb race management.
"It was a fantastic event and I'd like to thank the sponsors and Antigua Sailing Week for making it all happen. It was superb race management and we hopefully will get to come back next year to defend our title!"
RS200 Spring Championship
Posted 25th April 2016
Thirty boats enjoyed classic sailing conditions at the RS200 Spring Championships held at Itchenor Sailing Club last weekend. The venue looked beautiful as ever in the bright, but chilly, spring sunshine for one of the biggest events on the RS200 Calendar.
A loose slot gasket meant that one boat never made it to the start line, but for the rest of the teams, race officer Bruce Grant did a fantastic job getting eight very efficient races away in a shifty Northerly.
Think Chichester Harbour and you think tide. It looked as though the current might be the order of the day as two thirds of the fleet was swept over in race one, resulting in an inevitable general recall. With that formality out of the way, the black flag kept most sailors in check for the rest of the day, ensuring everyone got back to the club in time for tea.
The positioning of the course across two channels meant there were a variety of routes to take up the beat and a multitude of different theories about which was best. One race in particular showed that even the locals can be fooled, with almost all of the Itchenor members hitting the left on the first beat, only to find themselves a hundred yards behind the visitors by the windward mark. However, there were clearly some gains to be made by local knowledge, as George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby won race two and Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne won race four.
Tactically there was plenty more than the tide to think about. The breeze went steadily left for most of Saturday and oscillations (both regular and irregular) and gusts (both sudden and sustained) gave the harbour a reservoir feel. Will and Mary Henderson were the most consistent on day one with four top fives, but it was Matt Mee and Emma Norris who held the lead overnight with two firsts and a second.
Sunday was more or less identical to Saturday, with no particular side playing consistently and big gains (or losses) being made on every leg. A few people misjudging the tide and dragging buoys down the run with them, added extra drama to the mark roundings. Also local chandleries may need to stock up on gel coat for the rudders that lost their fights with anchor chains. Matt and Emma again took command on the results sheet, winning the event with a race to spare. Second to ninth were separated by just 14 points, which is testament to the high quality close racing that are the trademarks of Itchenor and RS200 sailing in general.
1st Burghfield SC/Red Wharf Bay (Matt Mee and Emma Norris)
2nd Itchenor SC (Will And Mary Henderson)
3rd Itchenor SC (George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby)
JUNIOR TRAINING WEEKS 2016
Posted 18th April 2016
Details and entry forms are now available. Please click here to go to the Junior Training Week page.
JUNIOR FORTNIGHT 2016
Posted 17th April 2016
Junior Fortnight Entry forms and Notice of Race/Sailing Instructions are now available online. Please click here to go to the Junior Fortnight home page.
Don't miss out - if you would like to do JF but have not found a crew/helm, then please contact the office.
Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers win the RYA Youth National Championships.
Posted 9th April 2016
Many congratulations to Izzy and to Gemma on winning the International 420 class in the RYA Youth National Championships at Pwllhelli.
Gemma Keers and Izzy Davies won the RYA national Youth Championships in their 420. Our Itchenor girls came up through the ranks of Junior Fortnight in Mirrors, Schools' Week in 420s and fevas and are now pursuing their sailing achievements on the national and world stage. Not only were they the first all-girl boat they also beat all the boys in the Youth Championship. The Youth Championships is the blue ribbon event of the RYA youth programme. It is the final event of a 22 race series over a six week selection period to represent GBR in the summer. Gemma and Izzy also added to their success at the youth championship by also winning the selector series making them the Number One 420 GBR boat currently. They will now go on to represent GBR at the World Championships in San Remo and then on to Lake Banetine for the Junior European Championships. Izzy's twin sister also did well at the youths and selectors and has also been selected to represent GBR in the summer in Italy.
Two other sailors from Itchenor Joanna Kalderon and Paddy Jefferies put up a great fight and narrowly missed selection by a couple of places in the boys/ open fleet.
Izzy Davies said "Gemma and I value so much those early racing days at Itchenor and junior fortnight. We are now looking forward to helping the next generation of Itchenor juniors develop and continue the great tradition the club has of producing great sailors. I couldn’t believe how many Itchenor members texted us to congratulate us...... Thank you all for your support."
Posted 7th April 2016
Excited to read Ant Fawcett's log of his return on Wotan to Itchenor from the Baltic in 2015? It's a good read, and you can download it here.
JUNIOR INSTRUCTORS FORMS ONLINE
Posted 23rd March 2016
If you'd like to be an instructor or sailing assistant at Max Mirror Mission and/or the Junior Training Weeks please click here
INTERNATIONAL 420 UPDATE
Posted 22nd March 2016
The 420 class have just held the first 2 selection events for their GBR teams for the Worlds and Junior Europeans both being held in Europe this Summer. We kicked off with the Racing Dinghies Spring championship last weekend in Torbay. Itchenor sailors were represented on 5 boats, a great turnout from the club in a 36 boat fleet which included 4 boats who travelled from Ireland. After a winter of training in strong winds in Britain, those that had decided to train in Europe benefited from their light wind experience for it was a very light and shifty weekend, but with bright sunshine. Eleanor Keers and Issy Pugh were first under 17 girls outside prizes.
For more information see http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/188363/420-Spring-Championship
The following weekend was the Fernhurst books Inland Championships, held at Draycote Water SC. 45 boats competed. Saturday brought some decent winds, albeit freezing, from the East. Sunday was again light and shifty. Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers played the shifts well, and after a couple of firsts came away as second overall and second girl boat. Eleanor Keers and Issy Pugh strengthened their position for a place in the under 17 worlds by repeating their win of first under 17 girls outside prizes.
The others from Itchenor, Katie Davies, Paddy Jeffries and Jo Kalderon now have all to play for as they go into the last selection event for the teams, the RYA Youth Championships in Pwllheli in a couple of weeks.
Tod Anstee sponsors ISC for a second year
Posted 16th march 2016
We are delighted to welcome Tod Anstee back as sponsors again this year ahead of our 2016 season. The firm of local estate agents will be sponsoring the Itchenor Sailing Club ferry and we are hugely grateful for their on-going support. Having joined Itchenor Sailing Club in 1995, partner John Anstee is a passionate supporter of ours.
John previously worked in South West London for a leading firm of chartered surveyors before relocating to Chichester and co-forming Tod Anstee LLP in 2009 with Sam Tod. Their ambition was to create a trustworthy market-leading family firm that focused on being personable but bold.
Tod Anstee has since become renowned for their great customer service, passion for the region, and the good honest advice they provide their vendors, purchasers, landlords and tenants – making them the perfect fit for our Club!
We would like to welcome the Tod Anstee team on board once again and look forward to seeing them throughout the 2016 season.
Posted 14th March 2016
You can download the Spring Mailing files by logging into the members' area. Please click here.
RYA National Team Racing Championship
Birdham Bandits WIN Prince Philip Trophy
Posted 14th March 2016
Birdham Bandits, entered as an Itchenor SC team, swept the board to win this prestigious trophy without losing a race. The first day at Bough Beech SC produced only sunshine and a total absence of wind enabling competitors and officials to enjoy the rugby, but the second day produced perfect team racing conditions. After an 0830 first race start, 124 races were sailed with a shifty, gusty and cold northerly wind. In the seeded qualifying stage, the Bandits finished every race with a 1 and 2 position to move easily into the 8 team gold league. Here only the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society team got within one place of beating the Bandits. The Royal Thames Blue team lost only to the Bandits and these two then contested a 'first to two wins' final which the Bandits won conclusively.
Birdham Bandits (see photo)
George Yeoman, Sam Littlejohn and Tim Saxton; crewed by Sophie Ormsby, Toby Lewis and Poppy Maxwell, plus a few others as Tim's regular crew was unavaliable at the last minute.
Other teams with ISC representation were
Royal Thames Blue (Arthur Henderson and other ex-Cambridge team) who were runners-up to the Bandits
SSCM (Olly Sloper) 2nd in the silver league
Southampton Red (Mary Henderson) 4th in the silver league
Itchenor (Rob Struckett, Rob Gullan and Andy Shaw) 5th in the silver league
My apologies to anyone I have missed.
A further report is at www.teamracing.org and full results are at http://www.events.ksail.co.uk/2016/uktra/index.html
Congratulations to Ben Saxton and Sophie Ainsworth on their selection to Team GB for the Rio Olympics
Posted 9th March 2016
Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, who finished fifth at the 2015 World Championships, will make their Olympic debuts in the 49erFX – a new event for Rio – with 2015 European Champions Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves following suit in the Nacra 17 mixed multihull event, which also sees its first Olympic Games outing this year.
“I was absolutely ecstatic when we got the phone call to say we were going to the Olympic Games. “There is a lot of work to do between now and the Games, we have a lot of goals that we need to work on so that we are really confident going into the Games. The Olympics only happen once every four years so it’s really special to us and we just want to go in as confident as we can so we can perform on that day.”
Ben Saxton, 25, born in Cambridge and now lives in Weymouth said:
“I’m pretty excited to do two things towards the Games, one is get a medal for Nicola and I, and the other is to support the rest of the sailing team as much as possible. A lot of our foreign competitors are envious of what we have got but I think we’ve a good mix, with the likes of Nick Dempsey and all of his Olympics experience, as well as some youth and enthusiasm. We bring our own skills so I think as a team we will be able to do something quite special in Rio.”
Team GB’s sailing squad for Rio 2016:
Giles Scott: Finn
Nick Thompson: Laser
Alison Young: Laser Radial
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark: 470 Women
Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth: 49erFX
Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves: Nacra 17
Bryony Shaw: RS:X Women
Nick Dempsey: RS:X Men
Itchenor members turned up in force ....
Posted 18th February 2016
Itchenor members turned up in force at the Wessex Winter Warmer team racing event at Spinnaker on February 13th and 14th.
- The Itchenor Sailing Club team was made up of Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne, Rob Struckett and Rosie Sibthorp, and Simon Shaw and Ita Maude Wooller.
- “Birdham Bandits” were George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby, Tim Saxton and Holly Scott, and Sam Littlejohn and Kate Devereux;
- Cathy Marsden was sailing for “Bristol Young Old Boys” (BYOB);
- Olly Sloper and Ed Fitzgerald were sailing for “Softly Softly Catchy Monkey” (SSCM);
- Izzy Fitzgerald was sailing for Exeter University;
- Mary Henderson had been called in to sail for Cambridge University.
Sunday arrived with what Spinnaker is known for - a shifty eight knots and sunshine. The racing was much closer with no easy races due to the fleet split, however SSCM managed to bounce back from their near miss with Gold fleet to take the top spot in Silver, only losing one race, and earning a place in the repechage against 4th in Gold. In the Gold league Birdham Bandits and BYOB were joint top with 7 wins out of 8 with Birdham Bandits taking 1st on count back, booking them both places in the semis. Itchenor and Cambridge had less good days with Itchenor being caught out by the famous Spinnaker shifts on the last beat whilst looking good for an important win against Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society (Society), which saw a Society boat lay the finish from mark four, and did not make the semis.
In the repechage SSCM faced Exeter and eventually went down 2-0 in a close set of races. This meant Birdham Bandits would race Exeter and BYOB would race Society. Both of them were settled 2-0 with Birdham Bandits and BYOB going through to the final.
The best of five final was run in a nice force three. Birdham Bandits were dominant on the starts taking the final 3-0 and having to hold off strong fight backs from BYOB. The shifty conditions allowed lots of opportunities for both teams to come back into races from what looked like losing positions with Birdham Bandits managing to close out the final beats taking every races 1,2,4 and win the Wessex Winter Warmer.
Southampton University took drone video footage of the final races, Birdham in the White boats and BYOB in the Red boats:
(Birdham Bandits: Tim Saxton, Holly Scott, Sophie Ormsby, Sam Littlejohn, George Yeoman and Kate Devereux).
With all of these team members looking to enter the UK Open Championships, the Wilson Trophy, it is encouraging to see the strong pool of team racing talent Itchenor currently has. With “Wessex Exempt” (Ben Ainsworth, Kate Gibbs, Jon Pinner, Tom Heywood and Alexa Pinner) taking a holiday for the weekend there could be another Wilson win for Itchenor members.
Ian Walker wins YJA Yachtsman of the Year award
Posted 13th January 2016
Ian Walker was today named boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year by the Yachting Journalists' Association at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Ian Walker, from Warsash in Hampshire, became the first British skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race in the event's 37 year history, when he led Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in the 2014/15 event. Ian and his team also won the in-port race series and set a 24-hour distance record of an incredible 550.82 nautical miles.
This performance impressed the Country's foremost sailing journalists, with YJA members voting him the eventual winner from a closely contested shortlist of nominees that included Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams from Lymington, and Finn Class champion Giles Scott, from Weymouth.
PINK FORMS and things
Posted 3rd January 2016
1. Pink Forms for payments of 2016 racing fees and booking of stage berthing slots, lockers and outboard store space, etc is now available from this link.
2. Members with dinghies and tenders on the staging are reminded that stage fees cover the period 1st March to 31st December. The same applies to lockers and outboard storage. Anyone wishing to leave their boat on the staging during the winter period are welcome to do so. A charge of £75 is payable. Please contact the Sailing Manager if you wish to take advantage of this facility.
INTERNATIONAL420 COACHED CHRISTMAS OPEN REGATTA
Posted 20th December
This weekend we were pleased to host 26 420 sailors at Itchenor for the 420 coached winter Open meeting. Alastair Shaw was PRO and ran 11 races over two days for competitors that had travelled from as far as Cornwall, South Wales and Suffolk. Conditions were highly variable with gusts that were hitting 23knts at points. Racing started off opposite the Club on Saturday morning running through to the Bosham Channel and up to Rookwood on Sunday lunchtime. The fleet consisted of a broad range of sailors from those new to the fleet as well as 5 RYA Youth Squad boats. The fleet was coached by Steve Irish, the RYA 470 Podium Potential Squad coach and Tom Mapplebeck of Curra Dinghies. Itchenor were represented by Jo Kalderon and Paddy Jefferies.
Competitors and their families took full advantage of the Clubs facilities and filled the club house with many arriving on the Friday night, enjoying a curry on Saturday night and staying over until Sunday afternoon. It was a delight to see the Club being enjoyed by so many young talented visiting sailors.
ARION FINISHES FIRST IN CLASS IN ARC
Posted 11th December 2015
Douglas Pattison and his crew, Alastair Poulain, Daniel Ayton and Graham Colbourne crossed the finish line of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers First in Class, having finished at 17:00 UTC on the 9th December. Arion, a Sigma 362, sailed a great circle line route from the Canaries. Rated 4th slowest boat, her elapsed time finish at 79th out of 194 competitors signals a fantastic result on corrected time. Congratulations to them and to their support team.
DUTIES for 2016
Posted 1 December 2015
You can now login and self select your duties for 2016 on Dutyman.
As stated in the Autumn Mailing we are asking you to self allocate duties on DutyMan for the 2016 sailing season.
Your Class Captains and the Sailing Manager have put in a lot of hard work to prepare an exciting racing programme for 2016. This programme and the duties needed for each sailing day have been uploaded to DutyMan and the system has been tested so that it is ready for the self allocation of duties by members.
Our sailing programme means that we need each member to do 1.5 days of duty to manage the racing. This means that if you did one day last season you are required to do two days next season and vice versa. There are a significant number of members who volunteer for more than the minimum and we are all very appreciative of the assistance this gives the club and fellow members.
We now need you to do your bit and self allocate your duties for 2016.
IAN WALKER is awarded the Mends Cup 2015
Posted 15th November 2015
Ian Walker was presented the Mends Cup by Charles Hyatt. The cup is for the most notable sailing performance of the year by a member of the club. Ian skippered the winning boat in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Cruising Dinghies and training available
Itchenor Sailing Club has introduced two new offerings for sailors and would be sailors of all ages. The club has “family friendly” dinghies available for those who wish to cruise the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour. Training is also available from RYA qualified instructors for those who wish to learn to sail or hone their existing skills. Chris Blevins, rear commodore (sailing) at Itchenor says: “Whilst the club is well known as a premiere racing club and our cruising members can be found making voyages to the Americas and the Arctic Circle, we have recognised a demand for a more gentle form of sailing. Hence the introduction of cruising dinghies.”
Suitable for adults, children or family groups, a RS Vision and a 2000 are on the stage at Itchenor ready for the water. Access to the water is possible at all states of the tide from the club. Members can book one of these dinghies, and some training if required, through George Rice, Sailing Manager at Itchenor Sailing Club on 01243 512400.