Itchenor Sailing Club



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.


Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey. Approximately 200 people have participated so far, which means there are another 800 still to do so. If you could find the time to click on this link here and spend a couple of minutes answering a few questions it would be very much appreciated. We need your views to help us improve your Club and address any concerns.

Thank you to those members who participated in last month’s House Survey. 150 responses were received. 59% of those who responded considered the Buttery offering to be either excellent or good value, whilst 86% felt the quality to be either excellent or good. 80% felt that event dinners were of excellent or good value, and 88% felt the quality of event dinners to be excellent or good. A huge number of very constructive comments were received, which the House Team and Flag Officers are now working through.


Posted 28th November 2014

For those of you who missed it, Solent Sunbeams were featured on BBC's
Channel Patrol (Episode 4) shown at 11:30 today (Thursday).

It is now available on BBC iPlayer. The Sunbeams are featured about 30
minutes in.


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.


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.


Posted 10th November 2014

We'd like to trial a 'booking' form for the Bridge evenings this winter. The idea is to give the Club some idea of who is going to be playing on each of the evenings - and also to let the players know who is likely to turn up.

Bridge evenings are 14th November, 12th December, 9th January, 13th February and 13th March.

Payments will still be on the night (£14.50) at the Buttery.

Please click here to link to the online form


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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

For information on buying or chartering a Swallow or to join an existing syndicate contact Mike Wigmore, class captain by email on



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ISC welcomes HRH Duke of Kent

Posted 4th October 2014

Images courtesy Peter Arnold

HRH the Duke of Kent paid ISC a visit on Friday as part of his presence at the Harbour Conservancy's 50th anniversary. Arriving from London by car, he was soon out on Solar Heritage and enjoyed a trip down to Pilsey Island in the glorious sunshine. Returning to our main pontoon he and his party, which included Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, and the Chairmen of several harbour bodies, all made their way up to the lawn, where he signed the visitors book.

Nick and Ann-Marie had excelled themselves with a wonderful sea food buffet. There was much talk of the Harbour, the Club and of Royal duties. Though not a sailor the Duke is President of the RNLI. He heads the All England Tennis Club, the War Graves Commission, The Royal Institution and many other organisations. After a great lunch the party left for Midhurst where he was to inspect the new offices of the South Downs National Park.

We are honoured and delighted to have been able to host him and his party and our thanks go to Richard Craven of the Conservancy for inviting us to do so.

Bart's Bash Update

Posted 1st October 2014

Itchenor was top Bart’s Bash fund raiser in Chi Harbour with a total of £1220 raised – without counting money from T shirts etc. Well done everyone!

Results still being worked out but so far top of the club leader board are Andy FitzGerald & Archie Massey sailing an Int 14


Posted 1st October 2014

Our esteemed PRO for the weekend (David Priscott) and his very distinguished team (Bill Barnes) accompanied by their very/more experienced better halves had a relatively easy decision to make for us all on an overcast Saturday morning – back to bed. Not for long though as there was hope of a whisper at 1pm and with biblical foresight, so it came to pass. Well sort of, we set out for two b2b races on the top of the tide but needed to be towed down harbour and remained umbilically attached to BV for a while thereafter pending the SW ‘breeze’ eventually reaching us.

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Posted 24th September 2014

Please note that you can download a copy of the Autumn mailing from the Members' Area of this website. Please click here to go to the login page.


Due to an error we did not record the following results. Event 9- 1st place Charles Porter, Laser 181047. Event 10- 1st place Mark Harper Solo 5059. Our apologies.


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Bart's Bash Album 1, September 21st 2014. Images Mary Pudney

Bart's Bash Album 2, September 21st 2014. Images Mary Pudney


Posted 31st August 2014

Image courtesy Harry Bowerman -

57 boats competed in the 420 nationals last week at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Conditions varied from too little wind to race on one day to 2 days which were blown off. 6 races were achieved over 2 days. Gusts of up to 28 knots led to big waves in wind over tide in Hayling Bay, keeping the safety fleet and parental support boats well occupied. Despite attempts by the race committee to use the U flag to keep the fleet behind the start line, they very soon had to return to using the black flag.

Great performances from Itchenor sailors Joanna Kalderon and Midge Watkins (8th and Junior Champions), Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (18th), Katie Davies and Grace Summers (26th), Lucy Mellors and Charlotte Boyle (32rd), Rory Odell and Celia Hansell (39th) and Max Odell and Millie Moss (who sadly had to count a black flag).

Next year the 420 nationals will be held in Restronguet in the last week of August.


Dated 24th August 2014

This week saw the RS200 Nationals at Hayling Island, pretty much the nearest thing we get to a local championship.

A strong Itchenor team revealed itself to the world with George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby, Andy Shaw & Pippa Horne, Tim Saxton & Holly Scott, Rob Gullan & Rosie Sibthorp, the Davies twins ably assisted by the Spreckley boys, Will & Mary Henderson, Arthur Henderson & Lisa McDanell, Jack Yeoman & Oli Peacock, Hugh McLean & Emma Lombard, Nick Blevins & Susie Moore, Ben Ainsworth & Grace Summers, Will Moss & Joanne Thomas, Gavin Orde & Matt Phipps-Taylor and Hugo Moss & Grace Yeoman.

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MIRROR Nationals 2014 REPORT

Posted 18th August 2014

Brixham, both an ancient fishing port and still a working fishing port today, is host to the 2014 Mirror Nationals and European championships.

Itchenor descended in force to test themselves against Mirrors from all over the country and in the notoriously shifty wind conditions of Tor Bay.
The sailing has indeed proved exceedingly testing with all breezes coming from the land and the pond sailors certainly showing that they are far superior to the sea sailors when it comes to spotting and capitalising on the shifts.

All said and done, we finished the Mirror Nationals with Itchenor picking up the team shield with very creditable performances from Gemma Keers and Imogen Bellfield in 7th, Eleanor Keers and Issy Pugh in 10th and Natasha and Sarah Ewart Smith in 13th.

Our sailors are learning lots and it is all to sail for in the Mirror Europeans starting Monday.


Posted 17th August 2014

Itchenor finished second to HISC at FED week this year. A team of five boats competed for ISC. RS 200 Arthur Henderson and Lisa Mcdanell, Matthew Shorrock and Mary Henderson, 420 - Katie Davies and Grace Summers and Isabel Davies and Henry Spreckley and in the Finn John Tremlett. With the top three boats counting Jon, Arthur and Lisa and Katie and Grace all finished second in their fleets just missing out on first place for the team by just one point.

There were ten Itchenor boats participating
Arthur Henderson and Lisa Mcdanall 2nd
Matthew Shorrock and Mary Henderson 5th
Charlotte Fitzgerald and Rose Sibthorpe 6th
Harry Roome and Pru Romme 9th
Isabel Fitzgerald and Annie Sibthorpe 12th
Ben Masson and Harry Gilcrest 36th

Johnny Law, Archie grant and Tallula Pudney finishing a strong 14th out of a fleet of 33 fevas.

Medium handicap
Katie davies and Grace Summers 2 nd
Isabel davies and Henry Spreckley 5th
max Odell and George spreckley 4th

John Tremlett 2nd

Well done to all who completed in the fleet of some 400 boats in very testing strong winds.


Posted 12th August 2014

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Eight Itchenor boats spanning rs200, 420s and fevas arrive at HISCc to try and win the team event at fed week

Youngest members of the team are Archie grant 13 and jonnie law 12 competing in a feva.


Posted 20th July 2014

Gemma Keers and Izzy Davies continued their European success with another great result at the French Nationals. They were joint top all girl GBR boat. They were closely followed by ISC Jo Kalderon and Midge Watkins who finished just above Katie Davies and Grace Summers.

The 420 calendar continues next week with the World Championship where iIchenor is represented by Jo kalderon.


Posted 11th July 2014

Itchenor 420 girls get top gbr boat in Flanders.

Izzy davies and Gemma Keers finished third overall and top Gbr boat at the Neiwport regatta

The 420 roadshow has now moved to Brittany for the French nationals where three Itchenor boats are competing

School's Week Daily Reports

By Alastair Pusinelli

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Schools Week 2014 RS Feva event. Images Mary Pudney



Posted 24th June 2014

Congratulations to 'Catherine' on winning XOD Points Week.

You can download the report of the event by clicking here.

1st             Catherine - Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart and Mark Palmer            10pts
2nd             Foxglove - Alastair Ashford and Richard Neall                                    12pts
3rd             Astralita - Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey.            15pts



Posted 22nd June 2014

Sunbeam and X Points Week 2014. Images Mary Pudney

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Posted 12th June 2014

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Posted 8th June 2014

Click here to link to the Bembridge Sailing Club report on this event

keelboat invitation weekend 6th June 2014.
Images Mary Pudney



Posted 1 June 2014

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RS200 Open Meeting May 30th 2014
Images Mary Pudney
RS200 Open Meeting May 2014 - DAY 2
Images Mary Pudney


Happy Sunbeam sailors during their Sunbeam Regatta last weekend.
Click here to link to the Solent Sunbeam site and the Press Report for this event.


Posted 4th May 2014

Great Mary Pudney gallery

Max Mirror Mission May 2014. Images Mary Pudney


Posted 4th May 2014

Many thanks to Mary Pudney for this great gallery of images.

Keel boats May 3rd 2014. Images Mary Pudney


Posted 2nd April 2014

Huge thanks to the working parties who have replaced some of the decking over the winter months.


Posted 31st March 2014

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Posted 3rd March 2014

Please click here to read the RS200 Winter Warmer report

Please click here to see the results


Posted 17th February 2014

Itchenor Sonicboom finished worthy winners, from a field of 19 teams that included two from Ireland, in a superb Cam Cup held at Grafham Water on Sunday 16 February 2014 – organised by Cambridge University.

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Posted 4th February 2014

This weekend we finally managed to kick off the Itchenor Winter Warmer.

Whilst Saturday was a blow out with gusts of nearly 40 knots and a tide that came well over the jetty, Sunday proved to be a perfect 12-16 knots with a strong tide. RO Roger Yeoman managed to fit in 4 back to back 20 minute races in a corner by Rookwood.

In the 1st race it was slightly pin end bias and Ben Palmer & Lucy Preston went off winning that end however it was not enough to get across the midline starters and it was George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby who led at the top mark followed by Ben & Lucy. By lap 3 Tim Saxton & Holly Scott had managed to pull through to 2nd place and Ben & Lucy finished 3rd.

Boom cam video from race 1:

Race 2 again was slightly pin end bias and this time George & Sophie who won the pin however could not quite get across the starboard tackers again. So it was Ben & Lucy at the top mark 1st but George & Sophie just managed to squeeze inside to block the tack, however ended up hitting the mark after misjudging the tide. This meant Ben & Lucy led from James Rusden & Will Rusden, followed by Tim & Holly. On the run the Rusdens managed to speeze past Ben & Lucy to take the lead which they extended till the finish.

Boom cam video from race 2:

Race 3 was starboard end bias and George & Sophie managed to come in late and squeeze out Nick Charles at the boat end. After a bit of a tacking dual up the beat it was George & Sophie followed by Nick and this stayed the way the whole way round the course with a bit of elastic keeping them together. While a close race between the Rusdens, Tim & Holly and Ben & Lucy rounded off the top 5.

Boom cam video from race 3:

Race 4 was a fairly square line with Tim & Holly winning the pin and George & Sophie winning the boat end. Tim & Holly decided to tack early and duck the Rusdens and George & Sophie and this ended paying off as they came in on the starboard lay line to lead at the top mark. A tacking match up the next few beats led to Tim & Holly held on to their lead whilst being closely followed by George & Sophie. The Rusdens finished 3rd.

Boom cam video from race 4:

The final over all placings were:

George & Sophie 1, 5, 1, 2 = 9
Tim & Holly 2, 3, 4, 1 = 10
James & Will 5, 1, 3, 3 = 12

Next weekend is the 1/2 March hopefully we will see you all then!


Posted 6th January 2014

This article is courtesy of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy - and we think will be of interest to many members.

"As part of our Coastal Management strategy, we have agreed the first steps which will be carried out to reduce the risk of a breach of the delicate part of the sand spit known as The Hinge at East Head.

The work is planned to start in January 2014 (weather permitting) and will be carried out under the aegis of the East Head Coastal Issues Advisory Group (EHCIAG). EHCIAG was set up to manage the Adaptive Management process at East Head and includes a range of organisations, stakeholders and experts in coastal environmental management that are listed below.

Our overall strategy is called "Adaptive Management" which involves taking steps to achieve equilibrium between the sea and the land with a workable strategy to avoid a breach at The Hinge, and to maintain public access to East Head.

The work will be carried out by engineers from Chichester District Council and will consist of:

1. Removing failed gabions (the wire baskets holding the stones) with the stones being left naturally on the beach at the western end.

2. Adjusting the height of some of the groynes (the horizontal planks going out to sea), and replace and repair some others to enhance the collection or movement of sand and shingle.

This is to allow a natural process to occur which will include some erosion and some natural rebuilding of material at this area. As the beach area moves back, it is envisaged that a more natural beach shape will form providing a better profile for long term protection of the immediate area.

Planning consent is also being sought to allow recharges with sand and shingle at The Hinge from time to time to keep a safe width and height at the critical point. The area is monitored regularly and EHCIAG works closely together to ensure that the area is actively managed. "


With 6 Itchenor boats selected for the RYA National Squad and another 6 selected for the South Area Development Squad, time to focus on our pipeline or next generation squad. 9 Itchenor mirrors assembled at 9.00am on Saturday 23rd November for the first weekend in a 10 day race training programme designed to bring our younger mirror sailors up from sailors who can competently sail around a course to sailors who can race around a course. In near perfect training conditions, coaches Charlotte Fitzgerald and Charlie Warren, supported by Emily Heath and Gemma Webb focussed on boat handling skills, including tacking, gybing and spinnaker handling. A testament to the success of the weekend were the happy, smiling children despite the cold, a few capsizes and a couple of attempts to use the yet to be completed new slipway!



Saturday 20th

Itchenor Children's Christmas Party! Bring you whole family for Father Christmas, entertainment and a lovely tea. More details later on QuickNews and the website.

The Club will be closed from Tuesday 23rd till New Years Eve.

December 31st

New Year's Eve Party. Last year 90 people enjoyed a splendid evening. This year its drinks on arrival with a 2 course dinner including half a bottle of wine and dancing to music from guest iPods. All for £40 per person. Not to be missed. Accommodation from £30 per double or twin room- book soon. 7.30 for 8 pm till 1am.



Friday 9th

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Friday 9th January

John Ford ISC “Third Battle of the Atlantic. Carrier Operations during the Cold War”. Three short films, including unseen footage from the BBC, will accompany this talk by John Ford who was Air Boss of HMS Ark Royal in the early 1970s. This is must for all sailors. Talk at 6.30pm. £14.50 including two-course dinner. Click here to book, or call the office on 01243 512 400.


Friday 13th

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Friday 13th

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Don't forget to look at our Photo Gallery page for more images

Swallow Invitational Race, October 2014. Images Mary Pudney

POW week, September 2014. Images Mary Pudney

Swallow Points Week 2014. Images Mary Pudney

Junior Fortnight 2014. Prize giving. Images Mary Pudney.

Junior Fortnight 2014. Final Day. Images Mary Pudney.

JF2014 Talent Night. Images Mary Pudney.

Mirror Training Week One 2014, Prize Giving.
Images Mary Pudney




31st December 2014
RS200 New Year’s Eve Race

3/4th January
RS200 Winter Warmer

7/8th February
RS200 Winter Warmer

7/8th March
Ready to Race Weekend

28th March
Season Starts

17th May
Club Open Day

15 - 19th June
Points Week

13 - 17th July
Mirror Training Week 1

20 - 24th July
Mirror Training Week 2

27th July – 7th August
Junior Fortnight

22nd August
ISC Regatta

29th August
ISC Club Day

20th September
Bart's Bash