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INTERNATIONAL 420 OPEN meeting - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October
Posted 8th October 2014
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
SWALLOW - BOB MASSEY TROPHY REPORT
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.
LAYING UP SUPPER - SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER
Posted 24th September 2014
AUTUMN MAILING 2014
Posted 24th September 2014
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ISC REGATTA - RESULTS ERROR
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.
BARTS'S BASH IMAGES
|Bart's Bash Album 1, September 21st 2014. Images Mary Pudney|
|Bart's Bash Album 2, September 21st 2014. Images Mary Pudney|
INTERNATIONAL 420 NATIONALS REPORT
Posted 31st August 2014
Image courtesy Harry Bowerman - http://sailingphotos.co
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.
RS200 NATIONALS REPORT
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.
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.
FED WEEK UPDATE
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.
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.
LASS WINS COWES....again
Posted 12th August 2014
FED WEEK 'TEAM'
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.
ITCHENOR INT420 GIRLS ON TOP
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.
INTERNATIONAL 420 UPDATE
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
|Schools Week 2014 RS Feva event. Images Mary Pudney|
XOD POINTS WEEK REPORT
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
SUNBEAM AND X POINTS WEEK
Posted 22nd June 2014
|Sunbeam and X Points Week 2014. Images Mary Pudney|
ONE DAY - A REFLECTION OF ONE DAY'S EVENTS AT ISC
Wednesday 11th June 2014
Posted 12th June 2014
KEELBOAT INVITATIONAL WEEKEND June 7th and 8th
Posted 8th June 2014
RS200 Open ACTION
Posted 1 June 2014
SWALLOW NATIONALS at the ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON
Posted 23rd May 2014
We have been working on arrangements for our National Championships at the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Notice of Race, Entry Form and Social Programme are attached. From the indications of interest we have so far this will be a very popular championships sailing in the Solent and enjoying the highest standards of race management and facilities onshore at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
For the Itchenor fleet we will have the Vernon Trophy Passage Race starting at 1400 on 18th July inside the harbour. We are finalising the arrangements for a nanny boat to take some of our kit to the island. Please send your entry forms and payment direct to the RYS.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the arrangements and we look forward to a memorable event.
National Swallow Class Association
SUNBEAM REGATTA - May 2014
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.
Calling all budding journalists
Posted 18th May 2014
In response to our call of a few days ago, Alastair Pusinelli has been appointed to cover Schools Week. Educated at Sherborne, who are regular participants, Alastair is a keen journalist working to get his foot in the door of the working world. He passed his NCTJ in December and has completed various placements including The Sunday Times and Brighton & Hove Albion. He has sailed from a young age as his grandfather was admiral of Emsworth Sailing Club. We welcome him on board and look forward to seeing his reports.
REVISION REGATTA - 29th and 30th May
BRITISH OPEN TEAM RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Posted 12th May
This weekend an Itchenor team made up of Andy Shaw, Pippa Horne, George Yeoman, Sophie Ormsby, Rob Struckett & Kate Gibbs travelled to West Kirby for the British Open Team Racing Championships.
There were 32 teams that made the trip to the marine lake, with the holders Wessex Exempt sailing with Itchenor member Ben Ainsworth coming in off the back of winning the national championships. Other Itchenor members also took part in the event with Ben Saxton sailing for Royal Dee and Tim Saxton sailing with Royal Forth Hoosiers.
On Friday the start was delayed in order to let the wind subside, however later on in the afternoon some sharp work by the race committee allowed each team to get in 3 races. On Saturday the wind was still up but with Sundays forecast looking even worse the race committee sent out the competitors where we all enjoyed a big day, with gusts of 30 knots which made for some exciting spectating.
The racing was very tight all over the leader board. London 2012 Silver Medalists in the 470 Luke Patience and Stu Bithell were sailing for Weymouth and never made it in to the top half, whilst holders Wessex Exempt also had a torrid time and didn't make the quarter finals. Tim Saxton and the Royal Forth Hoosiers hit a vein of form that saw them shoot to the top of the table. A crunch match at the top of the table came on Saturday afternoon between the Hoosiers and Itchenor. It was a really close race which was won and lost and won again on the finish line by the Hoosiers. This left the Hoosiers in 1st on count back with 10 wins equal with previous winners "New Forest Pirates" and the all star "Paddington Bears", however leading on count back from these teams. Made the quarters however having lost to the Hoosiers and New Forest Pirates in the final races were 2 wins off the leaders, whilst another Itchenor member Ben Saxton also made the cut with 9 wins.
Sundays forecast came through meaning no racing was held and Hoosiers were deservedly crowned this years Wilson Trophy Champions! Congratulations to them and to TIm (and part time member Emma Lombard)!
JUNIOR FORTNIGHT: 28th July – 8th August
Posted 5th May 2014
Entry forms and details for Junior Fortnight are now available to download. Please do not send in any applications that are not complete boats. Details of helms and crews if applicable must be available before entries can be accepted.
MAX MIRROR MISSION PHOTO GALLERY 2014
Posted 4th May 2014
Great Mary Pudney gallery
|Max Mirror Mission May 2014. Images Mary Pudney|
KEELBOAT SAILING 3rd May 2014
Posted 4th May 2014
Many thanks to Mary Pudney for this great gallery of images.
|Keel boats May 3rd 2014. Images Mary Pudney|
Posted 24th April 2014
For anyone with out of date flares for disposal, there is a flares amnesty at Northney Marina this Saturday (26 April). See this link for details
Posted 22nd April 2014
Congratulations to Jo Kalderon who was successful in qualifying for the 420 World teams in Germany this year. Jo and her crew Midge Watkins finished in the top seven all girl boats over a racing series of 26 races and will now represent GBR in the Worlds in Germany this year.
Congratulations also to the three other Itchenor boats who participated in the qualifiers - Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers finished 11 th, Katie Davies and Grace Summers finished 12th and Lucy Mellors finished 14th all girl boat. A tremendous result all round for Itchenor
RYA Level 2 Powerboat courses
April 26th and April 27th
May 24th and May 25th
SWIFT Ladies Sailing
SWIFT is a new development for Itchenor Sailing club. A keen group of ladies approached the club with the idea to improve their sailing skills and make more use of the club and its facilities. We have teamed up with local RYA qualified Instructors to provide a training programme to suit a range of abilities. The sessions will be headed up by Melvyn Cooper and he will be joined by other sailing instructors from the local area. A beginners group will take people through the basics of sailing and progressing at their own pace. An intermediate group will improve people’s skills and develop the confidence needed to sail around Chichester Harbour and join in other club activities here at ISC, this will be tailored to meet the needs of the group and the Instructors will provide constant feedback and goals for you to develop your own sailing skills.
These sessions will run from 9.30 to 12.30 on Wednesday mornings during school term time from Easter through to the summer break and the starting again in September through to October half-term.
All involved will need to bring their own sailing equipment including a wetsuit or drysuit, a buoyancy aid and some wetsuit shoes or trainers you don’t mind getting wet. We would expect people to be sailing Toppers and Lasers in the Intermediate Group. The beginners group will use the Toppers, club RS Tera’s and Vision.
The dates are as follows:
April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, May 21st
June 4th, June 11th, June 18th, June 25th, July 2nd, July 9th
Sept 10th, Sept 17th, Sept 24th, Oct 1st, Oct 8th, Oct 15th, Oct 22nd
We ask that people sign up for at least a half term at a time so that we can plan for numbers
and activities accordingly. Cost £25 per person per session. Please return booking forms and
payment details to the office.
Adult non-members can join the club on a trial basis at the cost of £50, this membership can
only be taken for one school term and is for weekday use of the club only.
If you have any questions please contact George Rice, the Sailing Manager in the office on
01243 512400 or email@example.com
Wednesday Evening Junior Training
Informal parent led junior training evenings will return on Wednesdays from 30th April. The aim of the sessions is to have as much fun as possible and improve sailing skills. There will be a small cost to cover the cost of a trainer and support boat.
Junior non-members can join in but must become short term trial members at the cost of £20. This membership can be taken for one school term only and covers weekday use of the Club.
Anyone interested should contact the Club on 01243 512400 or click here to e-mail
BRAND NEW DECKING
Posted 2nd April 2014
Huge thanks to the working parties who have replaced some of the decking over the winter months.
XOD 'POINTS WEEK'
Posted 31st March 2014
MIRROR TRAINING WEEKS
Posted 20th March 2014
Forms for the ever popular Mirror Training Weeks are available now.
You can download them here - or on their respective Mirror pages
ISC SUMMER PARTY - Saturday 19th July
Following the success of last year we are once again organising an ISC Summer Party which promises to be even bigger and better than before.
We have just booked the band Urban Central, a fantastic five-piece pop rock band who cover some of the greatest party floor-fillers from the 60s to 2000s.
They have recorded with Toyah, The Average White Band, Richard Cottle, Bucks Fizz, The Sweet, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.
Book now for an evening of wonderful food, great company and the chance to dance your socks off. Price to be confirmed.
RS200 WINTER WARMER
Posted 3rd March 2014
BART'S BASH - ANYONE INTERESTED? LET'S HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN
Posted 19th February 2014
BACKGROUND ON BART'S BASH
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is planning a monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for 'The Largest Sailing Event' in the World Ever, which we are calling 'Bart's Bash'!
Sir Ben Ainslie enthused "We have been overwhelmed with the support from the sailing community for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. We firmly hope this event will inspire sailors young and old, beginners to professionals with clubs getting involved to capture people's imagination and create thousands of Guinness World Record Holders" Iain Percy OBE added "I am positive that it will not only receive enormous support from the UK but worldwide support too, it's going to be a colossal event and a great fun way to get thousands of people on the water at the same time whilst raising money for the Foundation".
The date to save for 'Bart's Bash' is Sunday 21st September.
For more information please contact Tim Anderton by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
ISC WIN CAM CUP AT GRAFFHAM
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.
RYA SAFETY ADVISORY NOTICE 2014
Posted 5th February 2014
It's probably worth reading this before you take to the water this season. You can download it by clicking here.
RS200 WINTER WARMER
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!
420 Training and update
Posted 26th January 2014
Four ISC boast have qualified into the transition squad for 420s. Katie and Izzy Davies , Lucy Mellors. Millie Moss and Jo Kalderon. The girls will be training over the next couple of months ready for the Youth Nationals in Weymouth, the French Nationals in July and the UK nationals at Hayling.
With X gen training for mirrors, 6 further boats in the Mirror development squad and six more Mirrors in the National Junior squad our junior and youth strategy which we set out four years ago is clearly starting to work.
EAST HEAD MANAGEMENT UPDATE
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!