Ben Saxton is currently Sailing in the Star Sailing League world finals in Nassau in GBR8444 bow number 93. Link to results here.
Cadets do winter training at ISC.
Posted 11th December 2017
Nice little article and pictures from a wintry ISC. Great to see you Cadets! Click heer to read the article.
Green Form 2017/2018
Posted 7th December 2017
Last year we started collecting data on Members boating activities and interests, and recorded those details against each Member’s name in the Members Handbook. We also expanded the Cruising Boats list to include RIBs, small motor boats and cruising dinghies. These proved popular, so we are repeating the exercise again this winter to give members who didn’t complete the form last year an opportunity to provide their boating activities and boat details. Additionally, if your activities or boating details have changed from last year, please let us know. This link takes you to a simple questionnaire which will only require a couple of minutes of your time to fill in for each member. This should help us know our members much better and, because the responses will be reflected in the handbook it should help members with similar interests to identify each other. Link to form.
John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) celebrates 20th anniversary
Picture shows Sir Ben Ainslie flanked by Milly Bullock and Katie Nurton.
Posted 28th November 2017
ISC Junior Classes Xmas Party and Mirror Prize Giving, Saturday 16th December
Dress code - Xmas Jumpers
Timings - 6pm - 10pm
Venue - ISC
Its party time! The 2017 ISC Junior Classes Xmas Party is being held on Saturday 16th December. Start time is 6pm for the Mirror class prize giving and drinks in the bar (not included in the price), kids dinner from 6.30pm and adults to follow. There will be separate entertainment and a disco in the members room after dinner. It promises to be a fun evening and a great start to the Christmas festivities and end to the 2017 sailing season. Tickets are £10 for children and £15 for adults and cover the entertainment and 2 courses. It is open to all junior classes and their parents and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis, please ring the club to book in and pay This is also a Winter Training weekend for those of you taking part in winter training.
It would be great if you could let me know if you are thinking of coming so that Kendall and I know how many people and kids we are catering for!
Hope to see as many of you there as possible.
SAVE THE DATE.......
Mirror Nationals 2018, 25-27 July, Ullswater Yacht Club
The dates for the 2018 Mirror Nationals have now been confirmed and they will be held at Ullswater Yacht Club in the beautiful Lake District the week before JF. If you have never been to a Nationals but would like to come and give it a go this would be the perfect opportunity, in a relatively sheltered location and is the ideal warm up for JF. Last year's Mirrors 1 and 2 winners both attended the Nationals the week before!
We had a team of 7 boats from ISC last year and it would be great if we could get similar or better numbers this year, especially as we have the largest Mirror fleet at ISC. The Bullocks will be taking 2 or 3 boats again this year, anyone else want to come and join us? It's a great introduction to sailing outside of Itchenor, different venue and conditions and a chance to meet other sailors from around the country.
If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Milly Bullock, Mirror Class Captain.
Close racing and perfect conditions for the Itchenor International 420 Open
Fresh from training in Weymouth and Rutland, the International 420 class travelled to Itchenor Sailing Club in West Sussex for a coached open meeting on 28-29 October. The sailors were greeted with unseasonably warm weather, an empty Chichester Harbour and perfect 420 winds of between ten and twenty knots.
Although there was extremely close racing throughout the weekend, results on day one were dominated by Vita Heathcoate and Milly Boyle with four bullets out of five races, showing exceptional speed and boat-handling on multiple, tight race courses. Others threatened, but Eleanor Keers and Aaron Chadwick were the only team to break the perfect streak and, with slightly more breeze on Sunday morning, opened with two wins to briefly challenge for the overall event, before Vita and Milly got back on top form to win the last three races and ultimately the Open meeting. Eleanor and Aaron came in second place followed by Adele Young and Dan Burns in third place.
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.
US Team Racing Championships
Posted 21st October 2017
Itchenor Sailing Club team, the Birdham Bandits, has been invited to compete in the US Championships for the Hinman Trophy, following their success in the UK Championships earlier this year.
The US Championships runs from October 20th through to the 22nd and are being held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, on Long Island New York.
Here is a report on Day one from George Yeoman:
We have managed to get 8 races on the first day of the Hinman Trophy. We had 8-14 knots to start with and tide running across the course which was set in the river just off the club, very similar to Itchenor. The has had brand new modified 420s made for the event so a lot of the day has been spent learning how to sail these new boats.
We started well and managed to win 2 of our first 3 races. The racing is unbelievably tight with many of the teams only winning the races on the finish line, as the American say "the talent is deep" (i.e. Goes a long way down the fleet) making no race a sure thing.
As the day wore on the breeze started to decrease and rule 42 (illegal propulsion) became more prominent. We were unfortunately on the wrong side of a few of these calls and ended up losing a couple of races on the bounce due to having penalty turns from the umpires. This started a bit of a trend and as the breeze died we found ourselves struggling with our boat handling. We finished the day having won 2 and lost 6.
We will need to sail our best to win our remaining races to have a chance of qualifying for Gold fleet before finals, but the forecast is showing that very little sailing may occur. Even so we are enjoying the incredibly strong competition, every race has gone down to the wire and we will dust ourselves off and go again (should the breeze allow us).
You can follow the racing on Facebook live and the results. Click here
Days 2 & 3 of the US Team Racing Nationals (Hinman Trophy) were scuppered with very light winds leading to long postponements and each team only sailing 2 races each day.
We were unable to regain our rhythm following the tough first day and the lack of Sailing wasn’t allowing us the time in the boats that we needed to get ourselves up to pace. This lead to some close but disappointing losses at the hands of some very well drilled American teams.
Overall we have had a disappointing weekend of racing but the hosts, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, and all the other competitors were utterly brilliant at looking after us. We have had a really enjoyable event with lots learnt leading in to the winter team racing season with the aim of retaining our UK National Title for the 3 year running and back to back Wilsons Trophies. We have to thank the club for your support and we look forward to doing you all proud this winter.
Mends Cup Awarded to Ben Saxton and John Tremlett
Posted 18th October 2017
Itchenor Sailing Club is pleased to announce that the prestigious Mends Cup for the most notable sailing performance of the 2017 season will be jointly awarded to Ben Saxton and John Tremlett.
Ben Saxton with his crew Katie Dabson claimed gold at the first ever foiling Nacra 17 World Championship at La Grande Motte, France in September.
John Tremlett with his crew on Lass won the XOD Captain's Cup in Cowes Week for the fifth consecutive time, unprecedented in the 87 year history of the trophy.
Many congratulations to Ben and John for their superb achievements.
Autumn Mailing 2017
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ISC win British Keelboat League Finals in Cowes.
The team was Ben Saxton, Andy Shaw, George Yeoman and AJ Dawson. We had qualified from the regional qualifier with Ben and AJ won sailing with Tim Saxton and Arthur Henderson.
ISC participating in the 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup
Posted 12th September 2017
September 9-16, 2017
Newport, Rhode Island
The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial event hosted by the NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island in September at its Harbour Court Clubhouse. The Invitational Cup is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and their sailors. It has become an important Corinthian (amateur) sailing competition. The racing is in NYYC Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the New York Yacht Club since 1900.
Seventeen teams from 11 countries and five continents competed in the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Among the returning teams were Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Japan Sailing Federation, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Real Club Náutico de Barcelona and the host team from the New York Yacht Club, all of which have competed in each edition of the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup.
See below for George Yeoman's notes:
Thoughts from the final day...
Our end position was a little disappointing but the quality of racing was fantastic so I think we ended up where we should have done. Shame not to go out on a win though.
Day 4 and the fog continued. After a short postponement the fleet was sent up beyond the bridge again where the race officer aimed to get in 2 races. The overall points saw us in 9th, 8 points from 4th showing how tight it was.
Whilst we had two decent starts the shifty conditions but the building tide got the better of us.
Race one we started middle starboard end of the line and tacked out right looking for a header on the shore before tacking back on to starboard. At first look it seemed we maybe crossing the whole fleet by a considerable margin, but then the fog came rolling in leading to a big shift back to the left. We rounded the top mark at the back of the fleet and never quite managed to get back in touch with the group in front.
Race 2 we started the most starboard boat at full pace and held the fleet out left before tacking on the shifts up the beat. Coming in to the top mark we looked to be comfortably rounding in the top 5 before misjudging the tide on the layline causing us so be slow coming in to the mark allowing a number of boats past. We rounded in last and managed to use some smart downwind tactics to get back in to the race. On the final beat we triple gybe dropped (yes apparently that is a tactical call) to take the inside lane at the bias starboard mark allowing us clear air to sail fast and take 2 boats on the final short beat.
The final day of racing has the fleets completing the "Parade of Nations" around Newport harbour. After this we headed out to a windless race course where we made best use of Barry's "toys" going wakeboarding and swimming around "Reina".
Finally the wind came in and we managed to get a race in a slightly steadier 10 knots. We had a good start towards the pin eventually tacking back to the middle of the course and playing the shifts up the beat. Coming in to the top mark we gave ourselves a bit more room that the previous day and rounded in 2nd. The front 4 boats broke away and we managed to keep hold of our position til the last leeward mark. Due to the overall points and the current placings in the race we could not gain, or lose, any overall places so we decided to roll the dice and split from the leaders hoping to get a shift that may allow us to take the win. Unfortunately this was on the case and the other two boats came in from the right to overtake us on the line leaving us in 4th.
Overall it was a fantastic week. We did ourselves proud in a very high quality fleet against some of the most respected and well represented yacht clubs in the world, and it's fair to say we have established ourselves as right up there with them.
All of us want to say thank you to Barry Sampson for his unbelievable generosity and drive, without him none of this would have been possible. He has given us opportunities we would never have otherwise enjoyed and has ensured that Itchenor Sailing Club "the little club that could" has left a lasting mark in the international yachting community.
Day 1 of the NYYC Invitational Cup started in style. After a postponement waiting for the sea breeze to fill in which eventually did building to 12 knots. Racing was out in the bay with the 14 boat strong fleet proving to be the most competitive we have raced in including North American Champions, Farr40 World Champion, ex-olympians, dinghy sailors and yachties. The boats are identically set up with each team allowed one jib and one spinnaker making it the most competitive one design yacht race event I have ever taken part of.
Race 1 started with a crowded starboard end, we made a late approach and tacked out to the right and came in to the top mark just behind the leading group. Down the run we made good progress into the pack but when we rounded the leeward mark we were fouled by a boat taking room with no rights. The racing is fully umpired meaning that the team were given an immediate spin, unfortunately for us our position was already affected enough that we lost a few places and our clear lane out the mark. Up the next beat we worked up to the back of the group again, overlapped with 5 other boats rounding to top mark for the second time. Unfortunately down the next run we couldn't quite break through and finished 10th, only a few boat lengths from 4th, the racing is that tight!
Race 2 saw us make a great start out the middle right of the line. Holding out lane all the way out to the left, but unfortunately the right came out best and we rounded in the pack. We made an early gybe on the run and got back over to the paying side of the course gaining an inside overlap at the leeward mark and a clear lane allowing us to extend on the group behind. We headed back out right and at the windward mark came in just behind the lead group and at the front of the chasing pack. Tim sent us down the same plan on the next run and we ended the race with a photo finish against the home club New York YC which they just won placing us a well earned 6th.
The final race saw the wind pick up to 17 knots. Unfortunately we didn't make the best start but managed to find a clear lane left and half way up the beat we crossed with the right and were back in the race. We had a great hoist at the windward mark allowing us to make good progress down the run. At the leeward gate we had pulled through to around 7th, however disaster struck. A miscommunication led to running over our spinnaker tearing the middle section. Once we recovered what was left of the kite we were 13th but couldn't get going in the choppy water. With only one spinnaker and jib allowed we had to goose wing the jib downwind and just managed to keep the Swedish team behind us.
Tomorrow (today, depending on time zone) is another day.
Day two was surrounded by delays with a lack of gradient meaning the promised sea breeze took a little bit longer to fill in, but it allowed us to make the most of the most of the artisan coffee and brekka made available from the NYYC.
Race four saw us aim to pull out from a starboard end start and whilst we managed to find a clear lane, the competitive fleet didn't give us a chance to make headway back into the fleet. With a big right shift allowing a number of boats behind us back into the race. We ended 12th which was a punch in stomach following our top 10 rounding of the leeward mark.
Race five again saw us default to type with a tough start at the starboard end followed by a good dig in to the building sea breeze on the right. When the time came to take the layline we had managed to work our way to the front. We held off competition from Thames and Sweden and earned a 2nd place finish.
Race six For the final race of the day we wanted the left-hand side of the race course. After two restarts we finally got underway, with the left-hand side paying. We rounded mark one first, closely followed by Argentina and Southern. At the bottom of the run all teams rounded the marks together, with Itchenor aiming for the previously biased left, BUT unfortunately this didn't pay off. By the end we finished 3rd, producing one of the best days of the regatta!
Tomorrow is a new day!!!
Rebirth of the 470 Nationals at Castle Cove Sailing Club
Posted 12th September 2017
It’s been some years since the 470s have had a National Championship competition. 12 years in fact. Yet, in that time, Great Britain have won four Olympic medals in the class.
As chairman of the class, Neil Marsden had a vision to redress this and revive the National Championships for the 470s. So, in December last year, Neil developed and executed a plan to find a great venue, a sponsor and persuade all 470s owners to bring them out of retirement and match their boats with youth sailors coming to the end of their youth sailing careers.
The result was an amazing weekend of sailing with seventeen 470s competing in 20 to 25 knots of breeze at Castle Cove Sailing Club in Weymouth. A total of five races were run over two days with Tokyo Olympic hopefuls competing with old 470 masters and youth sailors from the 420 and 29er class. Followed by two great socials hosted by Castle Cove Sailing Club and sponsored by JDX Consulting. From ISC Izzy and Katie Davies as well as Gemma Keers all sailed.
Although it boasts many household names, the 470 Nationals Cup must be the ugliest cup on the circuit! To balance against the ugliest cup of our UK classes, the competition prizes included signed tee-shirts from the stars of Love Island.
The Women's Champions were Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter and the Amateur Champions were Arran Holman and Marcus Tressler. The overall winners were Jonny McGovern and Christian Birrell who rolled back the years to show the youngsters how to race.
But the overall winner was the 470 class itself which showed that with a vision and some determination, a class can be revived and open the possibility that the 470 is an exciting challenge and more than just an Olympic pathway boat.
Congratulations to Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson on winning the Nacra 17 Worlds
Updated 11th September 2017
From the closest and most exciting finish to a world championship Medal Race in the Olympic history of the multihull class, Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson pipped Spanish rivals Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco, foiling at full speed across the finish line to win the 2017 Nacra 17 World Championship title on the French waters of the Baie d’Aigues Mortes by La Grande Motte.
Down the final run the Spanish veteran Echavarri, 2008 Olympic gold medallist in the Tornado catamaran class, sailing with Tara Pachecho, lead the British duo into the finish of the double points Medal Race but was lifted by the breeze and lost out to the flying, fully foiling Brits who judged to perfection their layline to the finish.
“In all my years that is the closest finish I have been involved in. It was decided in the last 20 seconds.” Smiled Echavarri ruefully, “But to be honest if it is not us who won I am happy to see Ben and Katie win, they have worked hard and deserve it.”
“When we were coming towards the top of the second beat I said to Katie ‘world champions, all we have to do is pass that boat. So we were gunning it down pretty hard, we really went for it.” Reported helm Saxton who has been in the Nacra 17 since 2013 and was runner up for the World Championship title in 2013 in The Hague.
RS200 Nationals at Tenby
Updated 3rd September 2017
Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson 3rd o/a and first Lady helm - and ISC top Club. Report from Y&Y here
International 14 POW from Rock
Update 3rd September 2017
Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash add more silverware and finish 2nd o/a
Club Regatta - Sunday 27th August 2017
Posted 29th August 2017
The Club’s annual regatta took place last Sunday afternoon in glorious sunny weather and a (just!) sailable sea breeze. There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the brass band in the bandstand and wonderful regatta tea afterwards. Please click here for the results.
Junior/Youth Winter Training Programme 2017/2018
The entry form form and full details of the Junior/Youth Winter Training are now available. Please click here.
ISC success in Mirror Worlds
Posted 23rd August 2017
Itchenor achieved success in the Mirror World Championships at Restronguet earlier this month with Imogen Bellfield pairing up with Scarlett Shepherd from Restronguet, crowned World Ladies and Youth Champions and 5th Overall.
International 420 Scottish Open and National Championships.
Posted 23rd August 2017
Three Itchenor boats traveled up to the UK Nationals in Helensburgh, Scotland. 18 races over 5 days in perfect 420 conditions of 12-25 knots made for challenging racing, with Bertie Fisher and Ollie Hawkins finishing 5th overall and Sally Lorimer and Pippa Jones 3rd all girl boat.
British Keeboat League
Posted 23rd August 2017
Last weekend a team of four sailors from Itchenor took part in the fifth and final regional qualifying event for the 2017 British Keelboat League hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes, sailed in J70s.
There were 11 other teams taking part representing British Universities (BUSA), American Universities (ICSA), RORC and various other clubs. Racing was umpired on the water, with six boats racing in each race and each team completing 12 races of about 15 minutes each over the weekend. The Itchenor team won the event with 66 points out of a possible 72 and will now go on to represent the Club at the National Final hosted by Royal Thames YC at Cowes on 22-24 September.
The team members were Ben Saxton (skipper), Tim Saxton, AJ Dawson and Arthur Henderson.
Bronze for Izzy and Gemma at the Int420 Europeans at Fraglia Della Vela Riva, Italy
2017 Mirror Nationals, Restronguet, Cornwall
Posted 31st July 2017
Victorious Itchenor team at the Mirror Nationals
The victorious team from Itchenor have just returned from a fantastic week’s sailing at the 2017 Mirror Nationals in Restronguet, Cornwall. 50 boats had entered and there was an international flavour to the Nationals this year with Australian and South African teams competing, over here for the Mirror Worlds that start next week, and it was good to be able to race against not only people from other British clubs but those from abroad as well. The race team laid on 10 races over 3 days with a mixture of windward/leeward and triangle courses. We had a lot of wind and waves to surf on with some exhilarating spinnaker reaches to the finish and as you can see from the photo everyone has come home smiling! It was a really fun weeks holiday and we’ve all come back looking forward to next year’s Nationals, maybe some more of the Itchenor fleet would like to come and join us?
On to the results, congratulations go to Richard and George Bullock who sailed a very consistent regatta to finish 3rd overall. Maddie Hantrais and Emilia House were 10th overall and 1st under 19, Tom Ewart-Smith and Monty Heath were just behind them in 11th. Milly Bullock with a mixture of Zara Bullock and Clare Hantrais (who said Mirrors were just for kids!) came 16th. Alice Bullock and Laura Hantrais came 31st and won the trophy for Endeavour and Charlie and Edward House came 42nd and got a special prize for politeness to the race officer. Itchenor once again had the best team and we have brought home the Fleet Shield for the 8th time.
The Mirror Worlds are starting on Monday 31 July and Philip and Felix Goodwin are flying the flag for Itchenor, best of luck to them.
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week final day
Posted 21st July 2017
Winner of the 10th Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week put his success down to a bit of practice and a tightly competitive fleet which keeps him on his toes year round. Mike Wigmore and his crew who brought his Swallow Gwaihir across the Solent from Itchenor, explained “It’s great coming to the Classics. We love the combination of windward leeward sailing and round the cans courses. I can truly say we’ve never had a better regatta.”
Magnus Wheatley of Charles Stanley Direct presents the Charles Stanley 1792 Cup to overall winners, Swallow sailor Mike Wignore and crew of Gwaihir. © Rick Tomlinson
Mike made his comments despite Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week (CSDCCW) wrapping up today (Friday) with three days of racing out of a potential five when a second day of racing had to be cancelled due to wind in the Solent pushing toward 30 knots.
SWALLOW NATIONALS 2017
Posted 18th July 2017
Close racing and beautiful conditions at RS200 Open Day on 7th and 8th July 2017
The 45 RS200s that descended on Itchenor Sailing Club on 8-9 July couldn't have asked for a more beautiful weekend, or a more stunning setting, for a weekend's racing.
Race 1 started in a nice 10-knot building sea breeze with the tide already ebbing and pushing boats over the line, which rather inevitably led to a general recall. True to his word the PRO Chris Darling brought out the black flag for the next race putting pressure back on the fleet to behave. Merlin cross-code sailor Olly Turner, and Rheanna Pavey, led the way with Alan Roberts and Emma Best in hot pursuit. Matt Mee and Emma Norris worked their way up through the fleet to finish third on the water and after 7 black flags were handed out, they took the first bullet of the event, with George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby in second after finishing sixth on the water and Dicken Maclean and Hannah Young third.
The fleet were much better behaved for the start of Race 2 even though the tide was starting to run stronger. The wind had also picked up which led to a tough choice downwind between going high and trying to plane, or pushing low. It was Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson who took the initiative on the first lap taking the lead down the first run and not looking back. George and Sophie, and Dicken and Hannah made the most of the new breeze coming down and jumped the rest of the chasing pack to take second and third again.
Race 3 was Itchenor in full swing. 15 knots with wind against tide made the beats hard work but worth it for the blast downwind. George and Sophie got a jump on the fleet from a mid-line start to allow them to tack for the tide and lead at the top mark. Arthur and Mary Henderson rounded next closely followed by Dicken and Hannah and a crew of Ben Palmer and Claire Walsh. These three boats battled it out for two laps until Dicken and Hannah finally broke free and screamed down the last run hunting down George and Sophie but not quite having enough runway. Ben and Claire came through to take third place.
The final race of the day saw a couple of fresh faces lead the charge. Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne and Stewart and Jack Bowen got the best starts and along with Dicken and Hannah led the fleet around the top mark. Dicken and Hannah took off in a ball of spray and were not seen again whilst Andy and Pippa took a solid grip of second place. On the last lap George and Sophie managed to get a jump down the run to finish behind Andy and Pippa. Unfortunately for Dicken and Hannah their start had been a bit too good as they crossed the line to silence, meaning Andy and Pippa took their first race win of the weekend with George and Sophie in second, followed by Maria and Rob in third. This left George and Sophie leading from Dicken and Hannah and, with big scores already on the board, anything could happen going in to day two.
The beautiful weather continued on Sunday, which started for many with a full cooked breakfast as teams prepared for another big day of sea breeze hiking. But this time the sea breeze failed to supplement a south westerly gradient of about 6-7 knots that swung round to the south-east through the day.
In the first race of the day, a shifty first beat allowed five boats to separate themselves from the pack, with Rob Struckett and Kate Robinson leading at the first mark. Left was the only way out of the flooding tide on the beats but it was a tough call whether to take the shifts or get further out of the tide. In the end, a mixture of the two paid off as Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson took the race on the line from Owain Mathews and Rosie Sibthorp.
The committee boat and windward mark moved further out into the channel in Race 6, which led to a split fleet up the first beat. Those that escaped from the pile-up at the committee boat end were rewarded, though, as the right hand side paid more and more with each leg of the course. Arthur and Mary took the win from both Andy and Pippa, and Jack Holden and Alex Warren.
Race 7 was completely different as the tide started to flow up the course. Suddenly, boats were struggling to stay down-tide of the line and the leaders could come from all sides of the beat. George and Sophie regained the form that had won them day one to take the bullet, with Maria and Rob as well as Matt and Emma in hot pursuit.
The last race brought further challenges as the breeze dropped and tracked round to the left. Owain and Rosie took advantage of the light conditions to finish off with a win. It was all to play for at the top of the leaderboard, with three boats still in with a chance of victory. Matt and Emma and George and Sophie fought back from tough first beats, but it wasn't enough as Maria and Rob held their nerve to take second, and the win overall.
A very proud home fleet took first, second and fourth on the leaderboard but particular congratulations to winners Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson for taking home the Itchenor Burgee trophy.
Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Firefly Regatta Day 1
Thursday dawned grey, overcast and damp in Chichester Harbour. Hardly ideal sailing conditions since the wind was light too. However, the 48-strong fleet of Fireflys got away for their first race only a few minutes late caused by the fickle breeze. First to show at the windward mark were Cossie and Izzy Lewis from Sevenoaks School but just behind were Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft from Sherborne College. At the second windward mark, which was the finish, it was Childerley and Croft who took line honours ahead of Harry Barker and Ivan Pylee (Burford School) with Winchester College’s Miles Jones and Tiger Tellwright in third place. Jones and Tellwright moved up to second place in the second race behind Dom Lewis and Oscar Wright from Tonbridge School with the Portsmouth Grammar School pairing of Charles Elliott and Joseph Bradley making up the top three.
The third race course took the fleet down-harbour towards East Head. Childerley and Croft led the fleet to the first windward mark – a lead they extended through the race. The battle for second place was very close with Jones and Tellwright just ahead of the James Allen’s Girls School crew of Julia Mellors and Eveline Suer.
A picnic lunch was enjoyed on the beach at East Head before the fourth race on a course set by race officer Alastair Shaw in the Stocker Lake area south of Thorney Island. With the wind variable in strength and deviating through 45 degrees, Childerley and Croft played cat and mouse with Jones and Tellwright up a conservative track up the centre of the course. However, those who went way left risked the stronger tide that flourished as the pressure built from the South. The windward mark saw the leaders Julian Fung and Elliott Marshall (Rugby School) ahead of Elliott and Bradley with Tonbridge School’s Rory Fulton and Harry Tilling not far behind. At the leeward mark the wind was very light and the subsequent beat tested the leaders. Fulton and Tilling made the best of the conditions to take first place with Elliott and Bradley second and Fung and Marshall a well deserved third place, their best of the day.
In races five and six Childerley and Croft re-established their winning ways to end the day on top of the leaderboard. Jones and Tellwright scored seventh and second to ensure they have a healthy gap ahead of the chasing pack.
Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Firefly Regatta Day 2
Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft win the final race in Itchenor Sailing Club's Schools Championships. Image David Priscott
The ebb tide was strong enough to get the 48 Fireflies to the start area in very still but sunny conditions. A weak breeze set in but it was fitful. Finally a breeze set in from the West and a race got under way. It soon became apparent that the wind was shifting back and forth through 90 degrees. First to the windward mark was the Tonbridge Firefly crewed by Dom Lewis and Oscar Wright. Then it was Harry Barker and Isaac Pylee in the Burford School boat ominously followed by regatta leaders Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft from Sherborne. Childerley and Croft soon established a lead downwind. The wind shifts were such that boats were close reaching on both upwind and downwind legs. None of this faxed the Sherborne pair as they showed their mastery of the tricky conditions to take the gun. Charles Elliott and Joseph Bradley from Portsmouth Grammar School took second place and Barker and Pylee third.
Sir Richard Fairey Trophy for the winning school
Sherborne School - Ben Childerley and Ollie Croft
Gavin Anderson Trophy for the school placed second overall
Winchester College – Miles Jones and Tiger Tellwright
Astral Cup for the first boat with an all female crew
James Allen’s Girls School – Julai Mellors and Eveline Suer
Nick Prosser Trophey for the winner of the Silver Fleet
Sevenoaks School – Matt Caiger and Alexander Foglu
Mini-series Trophy (Joint Winners)
Sevenoaks School - Dom Lewis and Oscar Wright
Burford School – Harry Barker and Isaac Pylee
Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Feva Regatta Report
Winners of races 1 and 2, Henry and Rupert Jameson of Hayling College (credit Jessica Marsh)
Day 1 - Monday 26th June 2017
Racing was due to start at 1100 in Chichester Harbour on Monday 26 June. The race team set up a course down harbour near East Head. The wind at the time was fickle so race officer Andy Penman delayed the start to allow the wind to settle. When it did it came in from the South and produced perfect sailing conditions for the 103 RS Fevas entered in the event. After an initial general recall – the fleet was really keyed up – the first race got started under a black flag. First to show was the Hayling College boat sailed by Henry and Rupert Jameson who quickly established a significant lead, which they held until the finish. In second place were last year’s overall winners Louis Johnson and Henry Chandler from Portsmouth Grammar School followed by Sevenoaks’s Will Caiger and Tom Baulkwill.
The Jameson brothers took the second race with Johnson and Chandler a closer second. The Norwich School crew of William Pank and Finlay Campbell took the third slot.
Whilst the leading boats had started at the committee boat end of the start line in the first two races, a slight wind shift favoured boats at the pin end for the third race. At the first windward mark it was close order sailing with Fin Dickinson and Tom Gorringe from Ditcham Park School just ahead of Ben Hutton-Penman and Josh Sibthorpe from New Hall School and the Jameson boys. At the second windward rounding the Jameson crew had edged ahead of the other two teams. However as the boats crossed the finish line Dickinson and Gorringe had snatched back the lead from the Jamesons with the New Hall team taking third.
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Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Championships – Feva regatta Day 2 - June 27th 2017
The hundred strong fleet left Itchenor Sailing Club in a gentle South-Easterly for the second day of this regatta. With the threat of decreasing breezes and rain the race officer Andy Penman got the fleet off on time for their first race. First to the windward mark was the Sevenoaks pairing of Will Caiger and Tom Baulkwill followed by Freddy Wood and Ollie Jameson (Portsmouth Grammar School) and Ben Hutton-Brown and Josh Sibthorpe representing New Hall School. The order would have remained the same had not Robbie McDonald and Emma Wells in a Portsmouth Grammar School boat just pip the New Hall team on the line.
The second race provided the only general recall of the day so a black flag was deployed and the fleet got away cleanly in decreasing pressure. Louis Wright and Thomas Cooke-Priest from Churcher’s College pulled off an outrageous port hand start from the pin end and crossed the fleet. They were contention at the windward mark only a metre or two behind the Ditcham Park School’s boat of Fin Dickinson and Tom Gorringe. Alex Holborn and Helena Watkins from Parkstone Grammar School made up the first three. At the second windward mark the Ditcham Park boat was still leading ahead of the improving William Pank and Finlay Campbell of Norwich School with the Churcher’s boys slipping to third. Pank and Campbell made the best of the increasingly variable wind and establish a significant lead on the downwind leg. At the finish it was Pank and Campbell ahead of McDonald and Campbell from Portsmouth Grammar, who had worked their way through the fleet downwind, and Wright and Cooke-Priest.
So to the final race of the regatta. With wind subsiding and the flood tide at its strongest, the course was moved to the relatively weak tidal area in the Stocker Lake, near the Thorney Island shore. The light breeze caused the fleet to stay together and at the windward mark six boats were closely aligned with Pank and Campell alongside Henry and Rupert Jameson making a return to the front of the fleet after a couple of poor results in the first two races. Barty Gray and James Shaw (Cokethorpe School) and Megan Ferguson and Adam Trubridge from Robert Mays School Odiham were also in contention. The race team shortened the race at the second windward mark and the order was Pank and Campell ahead of Dickinson and Gorringe by half a boat’s length with Ferguson and Trubridge third.
The overall winners of the regatta were William Pank and Finlay Campell who finished on the same points as Henry and Rupert from Hayling College. The final podium place went to Fin Dickinson and Tom Gorringe of Ditcham Park School. A fitting result as between them these three crews won seven of the eight races.
Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club
Posted 19th June 2017i
Itchenor Sailing Club’s annual Points Week is a tradition that goes back many decades but rarely has there been a more perfect week weather-wise. With beautiful sunshine and changing wind directions, the weather conditions made for interesting and varied racing throughout the week.
For the three classic keelboat classes that race during Points Week – XODs, Swallows and Sunbeams, race officer Roger Wickens had decreed that racing should take place each side of high water to give the maximum flexibility in course setting. He took full advantage of this to test the fleets with challenging windward legs both against and with the tide to the fours corners of Chichester Harbour followed by exciting downwind legs with full spinnakers giving a colourful addition to the Harbour background.
Of the 50 boats racing in Points Week, half were in the XOD fleet – 22 local boats augmented by three visitors from Cowes. Monday’s race provided one of the closest finishes with X55 Falconet (Peter Lawrence, Ron Parker and Jim Dunn) just half a boat’s length ahead of X80 Lass (Jeremy Lear and John Tremlett) after two hours racing. Tuesday’s race was more clear cut when X26 Catherine (Colin McKinnon with Neil and Ros Hart) established an early lead that could not be bettered by Lass who was again second. On Wednesday for most of the race it appeared that this would be Lass’s day but X90 Astralita (Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey) thought better and overhauled her by the final leg home. Winds on Thursday were the strongest of the week, gusting 25 knots and clearly suited X50 Xcitation (Roger Yeoman with Roddy Bridge) taking first place ahead of Lass in the two spot yet again. In Friday’s medium breeze X50 established a lead from the start, took the direct route to the windward mark on the Winner Bank and was not challenged although Lass held on to make it a full set of second places. However, Lass’s consistency was more than enough to take first place overall in the series for the Benson Platter. Xcitation was second and Astralita third.
In the Swallow class the early races suggested the series might be a three horse race with Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore, Mark Struckett and Charles Hyatt) taking the first race ahead of Migrant (Charles Fisher, Richard Thompson and Nigel Glennie) and Darter (Tony Glover with Harry and Prue Roome). Darter then took honours in the two short races on Tuesday with Gwaihir scoring a third and a second place. Migrant took a second but then faded with a seventh. Gwaihir established a significant lead in the Wednesday race that wasn’t challenged, even by Darter in second position. This was the order again in the first of Thursday’s two short races. Gwaihir also took first place in the next race.
So with the series win for the Buccaneer Trophy secured by Gwaihir at the end of Thursday, Friday’s race was to decide the minor places. Migrant came back from midweek disappointments with a second place behind Gwaihir but it was only good enough for third overall behind Darter.
The winner of the Sunbeam series was not decided until the Friday, with at least four boats in contention after four races. The Evans/Leach partnership in Polly secured the win on Monday. It was Joe and Cathy Burnie’s turn on Tuesday to take top spot in Fleury. Then came Alan Stannah’s charge in Spray with three wins in a row to take the Wengen Cowbell for the series win ahead of the consistent Alchemy sailed by Richard and Sarah Pearson. Fleury was third overall.
Norman Moore Trophy 2017
Posted 31st May 2017
The Norman Moore Trophy has been raced for at Itchenor Sailing Club every year since 1953, and over the years has grown in importance to become the premier home event for the National Swallow Class. As several owners and some boats are currently ‘off games’, a slightly diminished fleet of 17 boats gathered on Saturday morning in a solid 20-25 knots of breeze and sunshine for the first of five races.
Swift, having recovered Jeremy Sibthorp by his feet following a pre-start crash gybe to avoid a Swallow contretemps ahead, went on to open their score sheet with a win. Gwaihir lost a good initial lead but held off Echo to take second place.
By the two races in the afternoon Charlie Hartley, son of skipper James Hartley, had been substituted for the somewhat bruised and wet Jeremy and Swift was back to business but by then the Gwaihir team had recovered their form and posted back to back wins. In race two Christine Graves’s team Skua, helmed by Chris Creak was second, followed by Swift then Tony Glover’s Darter. Race three saw the same first two with Bluff, taking the last podium place ahead of Migrant. The course congestion as the fleet caught up the XOD fleet at marks where the favoured mark exit crossed the incoming fleet was exciting but all part of racing in Chichester Harbour.
The club was full in the evening as the current fleet and many past Swallow sailors gathered for a Gala Dinner to Celebrate 70 years since the formation of the class in 1947 in preparation for its featuring in the 1948 Olympics.
Sunday was to be a very different sort of sailing. PRO Phillip Pascall managed to find a zephyr of breeze to start race four but with its 40 degree shifts and vagaries of strength there were plenty of traps for the unwary. The race was initially led by National Swallow Class chairman Malcolm Green sailing Archon but it was Bluff who eventually won with Echo taking the third. Gwaihir were pleased that there would now be a discard score allowed as otherwise would have posted a very large total! The afternoon brought torrential rain but still hardly any wind so at 1500 the excellent race management team brought out the “N” flag and all were towed home for tea and prize giving.
Would you like to race a Swallow? The sponsored 'ready to race' spare Swallow is available for visiting guests to use at Itchenor SC Points Week 12-16 June, the Swallow Championships weekend at Cowes 15-16 July and Cowes Classics regatta 17-21st July. Contact email@example.com to book.
The final result was
1st Gwaihir. Mike Wigmore, Mark Struckett and Charles Hyatt
2nd Swift. James Hartley, Rob Sutherland, Jeremy Sibthorp and Ian Tillett.
3rd Bluff. Hugo Fisher, Nigel Masding and Richard House.
4th Echo. Simon Slater, George Miller, & James Cunnison.
5th Skua. Christine Graves. Chris Creak, David Maclean, Robin Knott and Nick Boyd.
Changes to Youth and Junior Supported Classes
Mirror, Topper, 420, Laser Radial and Feva XL
Posted 18th May 2017
I am pleased to say that on 5th May General Committee approved the outcome of the Youth and Junior part of the Supported Class Review which commenced last year.
- With effect from the start of winter training later this year, and leading into 2018 season, the Club will introduce a revised Youth and Junior sailing pathway. This new structure will be underpinned by ‘strongly recommended’ minimum ages for each class which are fundamental to the success of the pathway
- Affirmation that the Club is committed to the Mirror, Topper and Int 420 as Supported Classes
- Introduction of two new classes, being the RS Feva XL and the Laser Radial, to supplement the three existing classes of the Mirror, Topper and Int 420.
- Establishment of a Youth and Junior Sailing Committee which will focus specifically on the Youth and Junior sailing activities and be a sub-committee of Sailing Committee.
Julian Hantrais (RS Feva XL) and Caroline Clarke (Laser Radial) will be the two new class captains.
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We are very excited about this and will be putting every effort into making it a success.
RS800 COACHING WEEKEND
Posted 24th May 2017
Twelve RS800s gathered at the lovely Itchenor SC over the weekend for an action packed two days of coaching with skiff gurus Harvey Hilary and Stevie Wilson. They were greeted with wall to wall sunshine and all-too-tempting cake.
On arrival, crews were given rig set-up advice as they rigged their boats followed by a classroom session on sail trim through the wind range. Back in the sunshine the group split in two for land drill, breaking down tacking and gybing into bite sized steps. Half the teams were crew boom sheeting with Harvey showing the recommended technique, while the other half had Stevie demonstrating how the helm should get across the boat in a tidy and timely manner.
CONGRATULATIONS TO IZZY (GOLD) AND KATIE (SILVER) IN THE INT420 YOUTH NATIONALS 2017
Posted 14th April 2017
Huge congratulations to Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers (Gold) and Katie Davies and Midge Watkins (Silver) in the Youth Nationals 2017 at Hayling.
CONGRATULATIONS TO IAN WALKER, MBE
Posted 5th April 2017
Many congratulations to ISC member Ian Walker, MBE on his appointment as Director of Racing for the RYA.
As Director of Racing, a position he will take over full time from October, Walker will oversee the RYA’s World Class Programme and talent pathways, as well as the broader remit of racing participation in all its forms in the UK.
IZZY and GEMMA DO IT AGAIN!
Posted 3rd April 2017
After dominating the Inland Championship two weeks ago Izzy and Gemma continued to dominate the 420 class by winning the Spring championship last weekend at Hayling Island. The girls got 6 bullets out of the seven race series This result means that between Izzy and Gemma and Katie, Itchenor hold all the major 420 UK championships .... the sailing equivalent of the Grand Slam.
We wish Gemma and Izzy all the best next week as they defend their youth championship title and endeavour to be the first all girl team to win overall the Youth National Championships back to back.
Good luck girls
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 April 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.
Better still, email me and I'll introduce you to a helm.
Please contact me, Susie Alexander, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Sailing Instructions and Rule Changes 2017
Posted 27th March 2017
Please make sure you check out the Racing and Sailing documents page of the website to see the new Sailing Instructions and also the new Racing Rules.
Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers off to a winning start in 2017
Posted 20th March 2017
Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers opened up their 2017 campaign in the 420s by winning the Inland Championships in Rutland. Out of a fleet of 41 boats our Itchenor girls got 5 bullets and a third from the six race series. In winds of 20 knots plus it really was an awesome achievement.
Eleanor Keers also scooped up the under 17 prize and Katie Davies picked up the fourth overall prize. The roadshow for 420s now moves to Haying Island in two weeks for the Spring Championships.
RS200 Winter Warmer - March 4th and 5th - Report and Results
A total of 24 RS200s made it out for the RS200 Winter Warmer Series on the first weekends of January, February and March. The February and March instalments were combined with dinghy working parties which drew RS200, RS800 and I14 representatives down to ISC to help mend the staging for the start of the season. Click here for results and a report from the third and final weekend of 4/5 March.
Images courtesy Charles Hyatt
2016 Yachts & Yachting Amateur Sailor of the Year
Posted 13th January 2016
Huge congratulations to Katie on this prestigious award. Katie received the award, voted for by readers of Yachts & Yachting at the London Boat Show yesterday. Katie received the award for winning the POW and for her general achievements in the Int 14 class last year.
A reminder, should we need one, of the great staff we have.
Posted 9th January 2017
A massive thank you to all at Itchenor Sailing Club for everything you did for our Christmas wedding. It was a wonderful, perfect and magical day. Everything that we wanted and wished for and more.
Everyone at ISC couldn't have been more helpful. Everything ran like clockwork but in a really relaxed way. That doesn't happen without a lot of really hard work behind the scenes and great team work.
Especial thanks to -
Phoebe in the office for her efficiency and help, especially with the chair covers.
Annemarie for the amazing and really delicious food.
Sergio and Tanya for being so great the evening before the wedding in helping to set everything up and also their hard work and great service with a smile at the wedding.
The biggest thank you, however, must go to Nick for his massive contribution towards our day. He was lovely to deal with throughout and nothing was too much trouble. What a gem he is, very hard working but always in a relaxed and easy to deal with way.
Thank to every single member of staff who played their part on our wonderful wedding day.
The feedback from all our guests was fantastic, they all enjoyed themselves greatly with many compliments with regard to the venue and it's wonderful setting, the food and the brilliant staff.
All in all we really couldn't have asked for more from you all in that oh so perfect and beautiful venue. As far as we are concerned you have it just right so don't change a thing.
Ian Walker MBE
Many congratulations to club member Ian Walker who has been made an MBE for services to Olympic and international competitive sailing in the New Year's Honours List.
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.
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.