Posted 24th April 2015

The Junior Fortnight Entry form and notes are now available. We have also opened the JF2015 Crew Register form.

Please go to our JF area to download the relevant forms and see details of this event.


Posted 24th April 2015

Members will be saddened to learn of the recent deaths of:

Robert Birkett, who died on Monday 20 April aged 96
Funeral details will be advised when known.

Keith Shackleton, who died on Friday 17 April aged 92
Private family cremation.

Desmond Bell who died on Saturday 11 April aged 90
Funeral service at Chichester Crematorium on Friday 1 May at 3.30 pm. No flowers please.


Posted 12th April 2015

Image courtesy Paul Wyeth/RYA.

Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers from Itchenor Sailing Club are the top girl team in the selector trials and have been selected to represent Great Britain at the International 420 world championships in Japan.  Also selected is Izzy’s twin sister Katie who, with her crew Grace Summers from Emsworth, achieved a podium finish in last week’s 420 youth national championships at Weymouth.

Izzy and Gemma were in a strong position for selection being the top girl boat at the 420 inland water championships held on Rutland Water in March.  A solid 6th place finish overall (4th girl boat) at Weymouth ensured their place in the team for Japan.

Katie and Grace moved into contention as they put down a series of consistent scores last week.  Winds in Weymouth Bay were fickle during the week meaning postponements and course changes were the norm on most days.  After two days, three races had been possible and the Davies/Summers team had a 12th, 4th and 7th out of 42 starters.  It was on Wednesday that they made their move on courses laid in Portland Harbour.  Following an 8th they led from the start in the 2nd race and were never headed.  Grace commented: “We had a good start in the middle and good boat speed.  We tacked on the shifts and managed to stay calm.  It was exciting to be at the front.”  At this point the girls moved to 2nd overall one point behind the leaders – Sarah Norbury and Mari Davies (no relation) from South Staff and Pwllheli respectively.

Thursday was frustrating as the sea breeze brought in the fog to blanket the race courses and no racing was possible.
It was therefore all down to Friday’s races with several boats in contention.  A disappointing 18th followed by a storming 1st for the Davies/Summers crew meant that the final race was the decider.  Jenny Smallwood (Datchet) and Danielle Thomas (Lymington) rounded the windward mark first followed by Katie and Grace.  Norbury and Davies looked as if they were out of the game until they put in a spectacular first reach to bring themselves back into the leading pack.  At the finish it was so close.  Norbury and Davies took first place overall one point ahead of the Smallwood/Thomas team.  Katie Davies and Grace Summers exceeded many expectations and were rewarded with the third podium place just two points off the top spot.

Izzy and Katie Davies and Gemma Keers can look back on the many hours spent training and practising manoeuvres from their early days in Mirrors at Itchenor’s Junior Fortnight through to national squads.  Their determination and dedication now has its reward with places in the national team for the world championships and also the European championships in Bulgaria during August.  Never has the old maxim that time on the water is well spent been more true.


The Crew forum has been running successfully at Itchenor for many years as a means of matching existing and prospective members with experienced sailors, providing an opportunity to sail in an X One Design.  You will also experience the joys of Chichester Harbour and the excellent facilities at Itchenor Sailing Club.

We race every Saturday and Sunday from March to October. Any sailing member is most welcome to race with us, please make yourself known to me or email me at Crew Forum to add your name to our contact list.

We also have a fun race on Wednesday evenings when we have the harbour almost to ourselves! Just come down between 5-5.15pm, for a race, drink and supper. Get to know us. The harbour at sunset is quite beautiful and always different.

Please contact me, Susie Alexander, by email at  xod.crewforum@gmail.com if you would like to join us for a race. I can answer any questions you may have and introduce you to the skippers and crews.


Posted 8th April 2015

Nice livetracker image from Race 3

This week over 370 sailors gathered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the start of the 2015 RYA Youth National Championships. Racing started on Easter Monday, with all six RYA Youth classes; 420, Laser, Radial, RS:X, Spitfire and 29er, taking to the water to commence battle. Competitors from all corners of the UK will race over five days to be crowned RYA Youth National Champion, whilst also having the chance to be selected to represent Great Britain on an international stage at the forth coming Worlds and European events. The standard is high with many entries made up of past and present RYA Youth and Transition Squad sailors and even 470 Podium Potential sailors returning for the fun. Sailors will also be enjoying the opportunity to catch up with old friends, as this is the biggest multi-class youth event of the year with a big social planned for Friday night.

The 420 races were on the easterly side of Weymouth Bay with glorious sunshine for the spectators but little wind for the sailors and the Race Committee were only able to get three races away in the first two days. Day three and the wind started to build slightly with the forecast for the remainder of the week expected to build. The full range of conditions will be a good test for all the sailors. Those who can adapt quickly to the changeable conditions and put together a consistent series are likely to come out at the top of the leaderboard.

With 41 420’s entered, this event is the culmination of intense squad sailing and fitness training over the last six months. Itchenor are well represented with sailors in 5 boats;
GBR 54848 - Isabel Davies (ISC) and Gemma Keers (ISC) - Current RYA Youth Squad
GBR 54510 - Iago Davies (Pwllheli) and Paddy Jefferies (ISC) - Current RYA Welsh and Transition Squad
GBR 55244 - Katie Davies (ISC) and Grace Summers (Emsworth) - ex RYA Transition Squad
GBR 54852 - Jo Kalderon (ISC) and Midge Watkins (PYC) - ex RYA Transition Squad
GBR 54785 - Celia Hansell (ISC) and Ed Hansell (ISC)

In addition to the high end racing, the Academy were also offering 420 taster training for those looking to get to grips with a bigger boat and the joys of a harness. Itchenor’s Felix Jefferies and Oliver Wilson were putting the coaches through their paces along with four Optimist sailors.

Good luck to the competitors with both the event as well as the selectors for the Worlds and Europeans.

Joe Kalderon, Ed Hansel, Cecila Hansel, Isabel Davies, Paddy Jefferies, Katie Kavies and Gemma Keers . Good luck to our Itchenor sailors at the youth nationals 2015. 256 sailors, five classes of boat all at weymouth this week.

WEEK 1: 13TH – 17TH JULY 2015
WEEK 2: 20TH – 24TH JULY 2015

Posted 3rd April 2015

The online application form to the Mirror Training Weeks is available now. Payment and entry this year is all online.
Please click here to link to it.

MAX MIRROR MISSION - Saturday 2nd May

Posted 3rd April 2015

The online application form for Max Mirror Mission is available now. Payment and entry this year is all online.
Please click here to link to it.


Posted 5th April 2015

Interested in helping out with Max Mirror Mission and/or Mirror Training Weeks and the Taster Racing day? Interested in earning a little £££. Then complete our Instructor form and have a great summer helping some of our younger children learn to sailing and improve their skills.

Click here for the application form.

While we try to get most instructors a position on something, we do get very heavily oversubscribed.

An exciting new season starts at Itchenor Sailing Club

Posted 23rd March

With classic racing keelboats returning to their moorings in pristine condition after the winter lay-up and dinghies taking their allotted spaces on the dinghy staging, Itchenor Sailing Club is ready for a new season.  This weekend sees the start of the most ambitious sailing programme in the club’s history.  Over 700 races are scheduled over the season.  An additional committee boat has been commissioned to support this, and more accommodation on the staging made available.  The dinghy classes are expecting to grow; the Mirror class, already the country’s largest, continues to expand, the RS200s following on from a very popular winter series where 20 boats enjoyed close competition, expect new interest, as does the RS800 class.

Expansion is also the watchword in Itchenor’s classic keel boat classes.  Numbering over 100 the XOD, Sunbeam and Swallow classes will see their fleets grow – the XODs welcome back three boats returning to the fleet with new owners, the new generation Sunbeams continue to arrive and the Swallows break new ground by offering a boat for short term charter.

Itchenor will be hosting open meetings for a number of its classes.  The Mirrors hold an event in June and the 420s in July.  The RS200 also have an open event in June and the International 14s welcome visiting boats at a number of their traditional open events.  XODs from other clubs will visit Itchenor during Points Week to compete for the Benson Platter and the club will host the Swallow national championships.

This year has already seen members of the club being crowned as champions.  In January Eleanor Keers and Izzy Pugh become World Junior Mirror champions in South Africa while Eleanor’s elder sister Gemma won the Ladies 420 inland crown with Isabel Davies earlier this month at Rutland Water.

However, as Chris Blevins, Rear Commodore Sailing at Itchenor comments, “It is not just about race after race after race.  We recognize that the development of sailing skills is a key element in the life of the club and therefore we have programmed a significant number of training days to address the needs of all our members, young and old.  We are determined to produce even more champions.” 

Two major events are aimed at younger sailors.  Itchenor Schools Week, a regular fixture for over 60 years, is now an international event with a crew from Florida winning the Firefly class last year.  Junior Fortnight holds a special place in the programme each year as hundreds of young sailors develop their skills and make life-long friendships in the special surroundings of Chichester Harbour.

An Open Day on May 17th is in place to welcome prospective new members while a number of classes, including the Swallows and Sunbeams, have invitation events planned during the season.


Posted 23rd March 2015

This weekend Itchenor sent a team of George Yeoman, Sophie Ormsby, Andy Shaw, Pippa Horne, Rob Struckett & Rosie Sibthorp to the UK Team Racing Championships. 24 teams took part including the current World Champions from West Kirby and the current Wilson Trophy champions, Royal Forth Hoosiers, who another member Tim Saxton sails for.

Saturday was a very windy affair with winds of 15-20 knots. After the first round Itchenor were the top ranked team and went through to Gold League. They lost the first race to Royal Forth, but went unbeaten the rest of the day unbeaten to sit 2nd overnight.

On Sunday the wind was much lighter and Itchenor started strongly, beating West Kirby in the first of the day in a very tight race, then seeing off Royal Thames in the next. Unfortunately the wind died around lunch time and racing could not be resumed.

This meant Itchenor finished 2nd overall in the UK Team Racing Championships! Congratulations to Tim Saxton also for winning the championships with Royal Forth.


Posted 19th March 2015

The Solent Sunbeam class based at Itchenor Sailing Club has been awarded the prestigious Classic Boat magazine award for the Spirit of Tradition under 40 feet category.  The Sunbeams have enjoyed a spectacular resurgence over the past five years because of their courageous decision to build new boats in GRP whilst remaining true to the traditional wooden design.  The tradition in the title of the award stems from the inspired original 1922 design by Alfred Westmacott.  Westmacott had previously designed the popular XOD, Victory and Mermaid classes.  However, the Sunbeam is considered by many to be his masterpiece. 

The GRP Solent Sunbeams faithfully follow Alfred Westmacott’s beautiful hull lines, deck and cockpit layout with a skilful combination of modern and traditional materials.

Roger Wickens and Alan Stannah together with Mark Downer who made all the GRP boats, with trophy and certificate after awards ceremony

The first new Sunbeam named Betty was launched in 2010 just five months after the members of the class association gave approval for the use of the line drawings.  She competed in Cowes Week that year.  Charles Hyatt, Commodore at Itchenor Sailing Club commented, “The Classic Boat award is a deserved reward for the foresight and dedication shown by members of the Sunbeam class.  We are proud to have this iconic fleet of boats racing at Itchenor and gracing the waters of Chichester Harbour.”

Champion Sunbeam sailor Roger Wickens led the project.  For Roger the only answer was yes, the only timescale tomorrow and for every detail there was no compromise.  Naval architect Theo Rye interpreted Westmacott’s design for GRP boats so successfully that they sail equally with the traditional boats whilst maintaining their key wooden visual features.

The plug and moulds were created by AP Structures of Sandown, Isle of Wight who also built and assembled the hull and deck mouldings.  The completion of the work took place at Haines Boatyard in Itchenor who contributed the beautiful timber work, fitted out and rigged Betty ready for racing.

Since that first launch there are now seven GRP Solent Sunbeams racing at Itchenor alongside the traditional wooden craft.  With a further two under construction the rejuvenation of the Sunbeam class continues.


Posted 17th March 2015

2 in the top 5 and Itchenor would have won a team prize if there had been one! Link to report and results below




Posted 16th March 2015

Left hand image: Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers who won the Ladies 420 inlands championship. Right hand image: Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (both Itchenor), Katie Davies (Itchenor) and her crew Grace Summers (Emsworth), Joanna Kalderon (Itchenor) and her crew Midge Watkins (Poole)

48 420s, including 8 from Ireland, braved a bracing and strong North Easterly to sail 7 races over this last weekend at Rutland Water in their first big event of the year, the Inland championships. This was also the first of three selection events to choose the teams to represent GBR in the Open, Ladies and under17 Worlds (Japan) and Junior Europeans (Bulgaria) this Summer. 4 boats from Itchenor sailed.

Congratulations to Issy Davies and Gemma Keers on finishing fourth overall, and first girls, Ladies National Champions, finishing in the top five in all but one counting result. The worlds organisers are hoping to include an under17 world championships this year, for which GBR can send six under 17 boats. Well done to Katie Davies and Grace Summers (Emsworth) who finished 18th overall and 3rd GBR U17. Joanna Kalderon and Midge Watkins (Poole) (17th overall) complete the trio who won the team cup for Itchenor.

Please see the new 420 class website to read the report, see photos and for full results. http://gbr420.uk/

Link here to the full results


Posted 11th March 2015

Following two sizeable donations last Friday, phase one of the Capital Appeal launched in January to large holders of loans to the Club has now raised over £100,875. Many thanks from us all to the 22 Club members who have made donations so far in this phase of the Capital Appeal. Please see http://www.itchenorsc.co.uk/_html/capital_appeal_donors.html for further details.

We will shortly be launching Phase 2 of the Capital Appeal. This will go to all members.


Posted 12th March 2015

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Posted 11th March 2015

The Spring Mailing has been posted to those members who have not yet opted to read their Mailings online. A big thank you to the many members who have elected to read their mailing electronically; your mailing papers can be accessed via the Members Area of the Club website by clicking on this link.

Lastly, a huge thanks to the team of members who helped to collate and fill the envelopes, and hand-deliver the local ones.


Posted 9th March 2015

16 boats took part over the 2nd weekend of the Itchenor Winter warmer, 11 of which were Itchenor members. After weekend 1 only the rule book could separate Tim Saxton/ Holly Scott and Robert Gullan/ Rosie Sibthorp, and that stayed true after another 10 races on the second weekend. Tim & Holly won the tie break again on number of firsts but had to settle for 2nd place in the series overall as George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby managed to sail back from the disappointing finish from last weekend to win the 2nd weekend and the series.

Charlie Roome & Eddie Glennie managed to put together a great Sunday on the 2nd weekend to take a tightly fought 2nd place ahead of Tim & Holly, Andy Shaw & Phillipa Horne and Ben Ainsworth & Kate Gibbs with only 4 points separating them.

It was an epic weekend for a march sail with saturday having 15 knots and 15 degrees while sunday was a little chiller but still 10-15 knots. Another great winter of sailing at Itchenor concludes with 20 boats having taken part over the series.

Thanks to Roger Yeoman and his team of John Tremlett, Harry Roome, Olly Gilchrist, Mark Struckett & Charles Hyatt for setting up and running all the racing, couldn't be done without you.


Posted 8th March 2015

A great afternoon for a paddle from ISC to CYC and back followed by a pint in the club!

An excellent inaugural outing for IIR. Jeremy, Peter, Alistair, Mike and Chris. Going afloat at 1515 CYC was made in one piece in 25 minutes against the tide. Much quicker on the way back.

Next opportunities for an outing:
Saturday 21st March
Sunday 22nd March

Volunteers please to Chris Blevins?


We have today launched the following on a trial basis:

- A discount scheme for new full members
- Social membership
- Midweek membership
- Family membership – some clarifications of duty requirements

Please click here for more details. They will initially only be available to new members and upgraders whilst we trial them.


Posted 1st March 2015

Please do visit the Onwards and Upwards page (see yellow tab opposite) for the latest updates in our campaign.

Our latest message to members can be found here.

In particular, I am delighted to say that as at 1st March on our appeal to bondholders launched on 23rd January:

Over two thirds by value and half by number of the people who have agreed waivers have done so for 100% of their holdings. Several have recently switched from no to yes, or increased the size of their waiver. Waivers are still coming in, for which we are most appreciative.

ISC's Eleanor Keers & Izzy Pugh crowned Mirror Junior World Champions 2015

Sailing in Africa - what an experience! Theewater SC near Villiersdorp, in Western Cape, situated in the Cape winefields and fruit growing area, must be one of the most stunning venues on earth. Surrounded by imposing mountains, forests and fruit fields - sunshine in abundance and wind a plenty - perfect conditions for the gathering of the Mirror fleets from UK, Australia, South Africa, Japan and France. The fleet represented the full spectrum of Mirror sailing - wooden boats and plastic boats, juniors and parents/children, gaff rigs and single masts. The Izivungu Vungu Sailing Academy from Cape Town that supports sailing development for township children brought their special African flavour to the regatta - including their excellent band and dancing. The top of the fleet included a top French 470 sailor, UK and South African national 420 squad sailors - and some vastly experienced parents sailing with their children. The UK fleet mainly consisted of juniors, with ages ranging from 10 to 17, having graduated through the RYA and Mirror Class Association squads, representing Itchenor SC, Torpoint Mosquito SC and Restronguet SC.

As ever, consistency paid in the final results with Michaela (15) and Ryan Robinson (18) from RSA emerging as World Champions with a day to spare, counting ten races in the top ten. They have truly shattered the perception that you need a 'plastic' Mirror to win at the highest level with their immaculately prepared 8 year old wooden boat. Michaela crewed for Ryan when they won the Worlds at Lough Derg in Ireland in 2013 and continuing the Robinson family sibling mentoring policy this time the tables were turned and Ryan helped Michaela to win.

Team GBR were looking strong mid way through the regatta with ISC's Eleanor Keers & Izzy Pugh level on points with the Robinsons and her elder sister Gemma & Imogen Bellfield sitting in third. The Australians, South Africans and the French boat were hot on their heels - with the GBR boats excelling in the strong winds - the Aussies and South Africans were particularly astute in the lighter winds, finding the right way to go during the periods of wind transition before the daily SE'er set in each afternoon. With the Race Officer having done a great job in packing in 11 races in 4 days, he only had to fit in 1 race on the final day which started in a good 8 kt breeze but inevitably it switched off on the final beat with the Australians at the forefront - giving Simon Barwood and his 8 year old son Tyson the points to edge into a well deserved 2nd place. Eleanor Keers and Izzy Pugh took third place overall and first junior boat, crowning them the Junior World Champions.

Itchenor SC entries included;
3rd - Elenaor Keers & Izzy Pugh
4th - Gemma Keers & Imogen Bellfield
14th - Natasha Ewart Smith & Sara Ewart Smith
15th - Henry Heath & James Dickinson
17th - Tom Weston & Paddy Jefferies
19th - Emily Heath & Pippi Heath
30th - Celia Hansell & Ed Hansell
33rd - Felix Jefferies & Monty Heath
36th - Oliver Wilson & Hannah Wilson

Photos by Trevor Wilkins

Results at http://2015worlds.mirrorsailing.org/index.php/the-event/2015-world-results

International 14 World Championship at Geelong, Australia

Posted 12th January 2015

Click here to read the on-going Yachts and Yachting articles to keep up with this event

On going

MIRROR WORLDS 2015 NEWS from South Africa

Posted 5th January 2015

Link to results

Lots of information coming in from the Mirror Worlds - please click here to go to our dedicated page


Day 1

Monday saw all the British boats together in South Africa for the first time, following numerous safari drives and countless incidents of severe sunburn. The day began by unpacking the container in which our boats had been shipped from the UK. A warm South African welcome and registration as well as measurement and rigging followed. Time went by and we eventually launched, all of us inspired by Alex’s briefing. In the midday heat, the Wilsons set the hydration bar high with their cool box of frozen water – a top tip in the thirty-degree heat. The afternoon practice race showed the ability of the fleet and gave us all the opportunity to acclimatise to the vast expanse of Theeswaters and the southeasterly wind, which blew at a constant 20 knots. The British fleet was relatively successful with four boats in the top six and Eleanor Keers winning the training race – hopefully a good omen for the weeks ahead. It all feels a very long way from a snowy UK.

RS200 New Years Racing 2014:

So 2014 has come to an end and what a great way to end it with 12 boats in 15 knots.

RO Roger Yeoman managed to get us 4 20min races and back in time for the New Years party at the club.
There was lots of close racing on the short windward leeward courses. Arthur Henderson & Lisa McDanell started strongly with George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby in race 1 breaking away from the rest of the pack with George & Sophie eventually taking the win.

Current national champ Ian Martin sailing with Lucy Preston managed to rob Will & Mary Henderson of the win in the 2nd race on the finish line (after they turned up, apparently Lucy's time keeping isn't all it is made out to be) with a smart tack to the biased end.

However, George & Sophie managed to get off the line and stay clean to win the remaining races.
The racing was then followed up with the Itchenor New Years party which will always remain in the memories that can never quite be recalled.....but it was really good!

Winter Warmer 1:

Day 1 of the winter warmer threw 20 knots and a little drizzle at the 8 boats that made it to the race course.
Race 1 saw 3 recalls before finally getting away. George Yeoman & Sophie Ormsby led Mark Powell & Charlotte Lawrence round mark one but after a close downwind Tim Saxton & Holly Scott had managed to take the lead from Robert Gullan & Rosie Sibthorp. Up the next beat George & Sophie made up the lost ground to lead at the top and hold on till the finish ahead of Ed FitzGerald & Lisa McDanell.

Race 2 had George & Sophie leading at the top again followed by Rob & Rosie and these 2 were attached by a piece of elastic all race closely followed by Jack Holden & Amy Yeoman. The race finished in that order.

Race 3 and Tim & Holly smashed the starboard end and led from George & Sophie who subsequently fell in on the bear away. The wind picked up to gusting nearly 30 knots as Rob & Rosie hunted down Tim & Holly, managing to cross them on the downwind only to have to give room at the mark. Jack & Amy sailed consistently to their third 3rd place.

Overnight George & Sophie lead from Rob & Rosie and Jack & Amy on equal points in second.

Day 2 arrived with 5 knots and a fast flowing tide that made things interesting for the race officer.
Race 4 saw pretty much the whole fleet arrive at the same point at the windward mark with Charlie Roome & Eddie Glennie managing to squeeze round and sail into a decent lead. They were followed by George & Sophie all the way round the course till the last leg where Rob & Rosie managed to come “screaming” in on the port lay (there wasn’t much wind but they made a lot of ground) to secure second followed by the ever consistant Jack & Amy who recorded their fourth consecutive 3rd place.

Race 5 saw Rob & Rosie and Tim & Holly escape for another epic battle around the race course with Rob & Rosie leading most of the way but with Tim & Holly right on their heels. At the top mark for the last time Tim & Holly managed to squeeze past and hold on for their second win that could prove decisive if they are able to beat both George & Sophie by one place and Rob & Rosie by two.

At the start of race 6 Rob & Rosie were over the line and had to go back which in the huge tide would appear to be game over. Tim & Holly had a great start with Frances Peters & Claire Lasko in the middle of the line, whilst George & Sophie managed to win the ship end and tack out the tide first. However a big lift allowed Frances & Claire and Tim & Holly to get round the marks in 1 & 2. George & Sophie split down the run to pull back past Tim & Holly, but on the next beat the positions were reversed and held to the finish. Frances & Claire won by a margin, Rob & Rosie meanwhile had managed to fight all the way back to 4th.

This meant that it is first blood on count back to Tim & Holly over Rob & Rosie at the end of the first weekend of the Winter Warmer at Itchenor on 12 points, George & Sophie settle for 3rd with 14 points.

Thanks to the RC: Roger Yeoman. Phil McDanell, John Tremlett & Tom Trevelyn

The next weekend will be the 7/8 February and racing will start at 1100. See you then!


Posted 20th December 2014

The on-line survey, posted on Quick News, elicited 334 responses from a circulation of approximately 1000. My thanks to all of you who took the time to respond.

In general, the majority of those who responded indicated satisfaction with what the club provides both on and off the water and the overall value for money.

The key findings are:

• The majority of respondents (73%) said the club offering is broadly right with a further 10% expressing a neutral view
• A minority (17%) do not agree that the club offering is broadly right
• 56% do not agree we should reduce activities to reduce costs with a further 15% expressing a neutral view
• 69% said the sailing programme should not be reduced; 15% disagreed
• 63% thought the house should provide food and drink outside the sailing programme; 23% disagreed
• 53% believe that overall they get value for money from their membership with a further 20% taking a neutral view; 27% disagreed
• 39% favour members doing more work on a voluntary basis, but only 28% offered to do more than 1 day a year.
• There was little appetite (12%) for existing members to pay more to enable a reduced introductory subscription for new members
• 197 added comments. These are difficult to report on without being subjective, so please do read the survey response in full if you would like to form your own view. 28 were happy and did not want change, 64 expressed concern about the cost of membership and the membership structures. There were 47 comments expressing concerns about cost, quality and complexity of the buttery offering. 27 thought there were too many or over-paid staff. There were 77 additional individual suggestions on various themes not mentioned above.

The Flag officers are pleased at the overall level of response and will use this very important feedback to work with General Committee to determine the future direction of the Club as well as considering individual comments raised. If anyone has further views or ideas about any aspect of the Club’s offering or activities the Flag Officers and General Committee would be very happy to receive them.

For a full summary of the survey please go to the Members' Area of the website

To see a Graphical Summary of Survey responses please click here

Charles Hyatt

Please click here to see the timeline for this Review

"On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love sent to me" ....... not 11 Pipers Piping but 11 Mirror dinghies in a container to Cape Town, South Africa!

The GBR team are leaving UK and are on their way for Christmas and New Year in the southern hemisphere for the 2015 Mirror Worlds at Theewater SC at Villiersdorp, in the Stellenbosch wine growing in Western Cape. A great venue for the parents! The main competition will come from Michaela and Ryan Robinson, the current World Champions, on their home waters with a really enthusiastic crop of young Mirror sailors from South Africa, as well as some very experienced Australians who will be a force to be reckoned with.

The bulk of the GBR team are from last year's RYA Mirror National Junior Squad and are looking get GBR back on the Worlds trophy for the first time since Andy and Tom Smith in 2009 at Pwllheli and Anna Mackenzie and Holly Scott in 2007 in Port Elizabeth. Some of the GBR sailors have already stepped up to the 420. Gemma Keers, teamed up with Mirror crew Imogen Bellfield, is crewing for Isabel Davies in the RYA 420 Youth Squad and Paddy Jeffries is in the 420 Transition Squad - continuing the successful transition of Mirror sailors into the 420 class. The GBR team mainly hales from the stalwart Mirror fleets at Itchenor and Restronguet; with Torpoint Mosquito making up the Cornish contingent.

The conditions at Theewater SC can vary from the strong SE'ly 'Cape Doctor' wind, which will provide challenging conditions, to typical thermal and shifty light inland winds. Recent squad training sessions at Carsington and Northampton have helped the south coast sea sailors with their 'pond sailing' techniques but will not have prepared the sailors for the renowned dive bombing Pelicans!

The pre-Worlds will be the Mirror African Championships 29 Dec - 2 Jan and the World Championships 4 - 9 Jan.


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.


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 cgravesbosham@gmail.com

For information on buying or chartering a Swallow or to join an existing syndicate contact Mike Wigmore, class captain by email on mikewigmore54@gmail.com



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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

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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 - 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.


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

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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!



Sat 2nd May
Max Mirror Mission Supper

Sat 2nd May
Belgique Plate Dinner

Sat 3rd May
Henry Chisholm Dinner

Sat 9 May
Int 14 Hoptons Supper

Sat 23rd May
Swallow Norman Moore dinner

Sat 23rd May
RS 800 Dinner


Sat 6th June
RS200 open meeting supper

Fri 19th June
Points week Dinner

Sat 20th June
Mirror open supper

Sat 20th June
Summer Supper


Sat 4th July
Int 420 open meeting supper

Sat 11th July
Swallow National Dinner

Sat 18th July
Dinghy Fest Party

Sat 25th July
Int 14 Gallon Party


Sat 5th Sept
Keelboat Invitation Dinner

Sat 12th Sept
RS200 Wigmore Trophy Supper

Sat 12th Sept
XOD Joan Shaw Supper

Sat 19th Sept
Swallow Supper

Sat 26th Sept
Swallow Bob Massey Dinner

Sat 24th Oct
Lay Up Supper

Sat 31st Oct Firecracker Supper

Sat 31st Oct
RS800 End of Season Awards Dinner

Sat 5th Dec
Cruiser Christmas Dinner

Sat 12th Dec
Club Christmas Dinner

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




18 April Spring General Meeting

2 May Max Mirror Mission

9-10 May Hoptons

17 May Open Day

23-24 May Norman Moore

28-29 May Revision Regatta

6-7 June RS200 Open Meeting

15-19 June Points Week

20-21 June Mirror Open Meeting

22-23 June Junior Schools Regatta

24-26 June Schools Championship

4-5 July 420 Open Meeting

11-12 July Swallow Nationals

13-17 July Mirror Training Week 1

18-19 July Dinghy Fest

20-24 July Mirror Training Week 2

25 July Gallon

26 July RBYC

27 July – 7 August Junior Fortnight

16 August – Fortitude Trophy

22 August – ISC Regatta

29 August – Club Day

5-6 September – Keelboat Invitational Weekend

11-12 September – Joan Shaw Trophy

12-13 September – Wigmore Trophy

20 September – Bart’s Bash

10 October – Autumn Pint

11 October – Autumn Trophy

24 October – Laying Up Supper

31 October- 1 November – Firecracker