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JUNIOR FORTNIGHT

Updated Wednesday 29thth July 2015 at 17.17

UPDATED duties list posted

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IAN WALKER, Volvo Ocean Race winner, talks to BBC

Posted 27th July 2015

 

Ian Walker talks to BBC Radio Solent about Itchenor Sailing Club, Mirror training, Junior Fortnight, Volvo Round the World race, America's Cup and the Olympics.


NATIONAL SWALLOW CLASS - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 11TH AND 12TH JULY

In a dominant display over a weekend of highly varied weather conditions, Gwaihir helmed by Mike Wigmore won the Swallow national championships hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club.

Saturday’s courses were set up in Brackesham Bay and the 20 boat fleet were sent away for race one in awkward conditions – a confused sea and wind that was swinging 30 degrees with little warning. Ka Nyenga (Mike Robinson) plugged away on port tack to make the most of the ebbing tide from Chichester Harbour and was rewarded with a comfortable lead at the windward mark that was extended on the run as the new breeze became established. Gwaihir sneaked into 2nd place ahead of rival Skua (Harry Roome).

For race two the low cloud had peeled away and the breeze had steadied and at the third attempt the fleet was away. Darter (Tony Glover) held a very narrow lead at the windward mark but was rolled by boats on both left and right on the first reach of the Olympic triangle course - which had in fact become a run. The next three-sailed reach was tight and spirited in the building breeze and which seemed to cause Spectre (Clive Bush) some issues as Gwaihir nudged past to claim the win with Carolyn Brigg’s Marengo third.

Race three was full on champagne sailing in a force 5/6 breeze with building seas and an flood tide which caught out several competitors when they misjudged their approach to the windward mark. This race was a battle of the titans as Skua sped away downwind on the windward/leeward course but was eventually reeled in by Gwaihir with Marengo again third. Considering Gwaihir’s uncharacteristically flawed approach to the first windward mark this was a classic victory.

Sunday’s weather was always forecasted to be different and indeed it was. The fleet nevertheless elected to race in Bracklesham Bay again but the race officer ventured out and sensibly decided that conditions were too rough and returned to Chichester Harbour to set a windward/leeward course. Gwaihir was over the start line and was trapped before returning against the strong ebb to re-start. Two other boats were judged OCS but neither returned and one –Skua – forfeited an exemplary display of heavy weather sailing to cross the finish line in silence. Race officer Mark Upton-Brown’s use of a windward spreader mark kept the fleet from heading back through approaching boats and also opened up two downwind race tracks which Marengo exploited to the full gaining six places on the first downwind leg. Gwaihir was now charging and finished second to secure the championships. Marengo was second and Simon Slater sailing Echo was rewarded for a series of consistent results with third place.

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Results:

1st Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore, Charles Hyatt and Harry Gilchrist)
2nd Marengo (Carolyn Brigg, David Sloper and Hugo Sloper)
3rd Echo (Simon Slater, Simon Miller and George Miller)


Chris Blevins on BBC Radio Sussex

Posted 8th July 2015


Cruising Dinghies and training available

Itchenor Sailing Club has introduced two new offerings for sailors and would be sailors of all ages. The club has “family friendly” dinghies available for those who wish to cruise the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour. Training is also available from RYA qualified instructors for those who wish to learn to sail or hone their existing skills. Chris Blevins, rear commodore (sailing) at Itchenor says: “Whilst the club is well known as a premiere racing club and our cruising members can be found making voyages to the Americas and the Arctic Circle, we have recognised a demand for a more gentle form of sailing. Hence the introduction of cruising dinghies.”

Suitable for adults, children or family groups, a RS Vision and a 2000 are on the stage at Itchenor ready for the water.  Access to the water is possible at all states of the tide from the club.  Members can book one of these dinghies, and some training if required, through George Rice, Sailing Manager at Itchenor Sailing Club on 01243 512400.

 


SCHOOLS WEEK - 22nd to 26th June 2015

Record numbers for Itchenor Sailing Club’s Schools Week Championships

A record 270 young sailors descended on Itchenor Sailing Club for the 63rd National Schools Sailing Championships last week.

On Monday, 162 thirteen and fourteen year old Feva sailors arrived at the club, for the JDX Consulting Schools Championships. They were greeted by what was described by the locals as a vintage Chichester Harbour summer’s day, with changeable weather forecasts, promising a challenge for Peter Taylor and his race management team.

Race one got underway in 12-15 knots of Westerly breeze and a strong flood tide to keep the keen RS Feva’s behind the line. In separate Gold and Silver fleets, racing proved to be extremely tight at the top and bottom of each fleet, with the lead constantly changing. After two laps of the long windward leeward course, the race was eventually won by Henry Chandler and Louis Johnson of Portsmouth Grammar School.

Following a predicted wind shift to the South West, the race area was moved to accommodate the exceptionally large fleet. In a freshening South Westerly breeze, race two got underway with Chandler and Johnson showing some superb tactical nous to control the fleet to secure another win.

As the storm clouds rolled in, the wind picked up. With around 20-25 knots from the South West providing some exhilarating downwind legs for the crews, Harry Jameson and Ben Todd of Hayling College began to assert their dominance, winning race three and beating the black flag in race four to record back to back wins.

Following the day’s racing, all crews returned exhausted to the club for a well-deserved BBQ put on by Itchenor Sailing Club.

Day 2 served up a further change of conditions for the junior sailors to contend with, including light winds and a strong flooding tide. Following a number of general recalls, race 5 got away into a north westerly wind, with Harry Jameson and Ben Todd taking the race win again, while witnessing great resilience from Piers Nicholls and Archie Grant; using their local knowledge to push them all the way to the finish.

Race six got away in similar conditions with a shifty wind, providing challenging snakes-and-ladders style conditions for the sailors. Henry Chandler and Louis Johnson played the shifts and tide extremely well to extend a healthy lead over their rivals, taking race 6 comfortably. Harry Jameson and Ben Todd wrapped up the event with a triumphant win and a solid first place, leaving Henry Chandler and Louis Johnson together with Louis Wright and Jamie Allen to battle it out for second place in the final race of the day.

The race management team did extremely well to get race seven away in a dying breeze following a number of general recalls. Harry Jameson and Ben Todd gave no respite to their opposition, taking a dominant win to complete the event with four wins and three 3rd place finishes, Harry Chandler and Louis Johnson took second from Louis Wright and Jamie Allen who had a tough final race finishing 10th.

In the Silver fleet, racing was equally intense with Hayling College again taking the overall win with Joshua Boniface and Jessica Tame squeezing ahead of Ryan Wilkinson and Rachel Pyke in the final race.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Feva fleet was replaced by Fireflies and 420s and over a hundred mostly fifteen and sixteen year olds.  After Wednesday’s practice day, the senior championships, sponsored by MPI Brokers and Mind The Gap Year Insurance, got under way and it was clear that the Firefly event would be closely contented between the RGS Guildford pair of Patrick Croghan and James Dickinson and Magdalen College School’s Owen Hallett and Primrose Baxter.  In the final reckoning the two crews were level on points after ten races and the title decided by the Guildford students’ three first places compared to Magdalen’s two.

The 420 competition was more clear cut with Ben Roe and Ben Childerley from Sherborne School counting seven first places and one second place, out of a total ten races held, to take the trophy in this class.

Charles Hyatt, Commodore at Itchenor Sailing Club commented, “The number of entries and the closeness of the competition in this year’s Schools Championship have demonstrated the depth and strength of sailing in schools.  We are delighted to play our part.”

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SENIOR EVENT 24th to 26th June

Link to video from the event

Firefly results - main series

Int 420 results - main series

420 miniseries results

Firefly mini series results

Link here for images - scroll to the bottom of the page on the MTGY site for a link to FLICKR

FEVA EVENT

Please click here to read the report from this FEVA event

Gold Fleet results

Silver Fleet results


Melody takes the trophy for the Solent Sunbeams class at this year’s Points week

The Solent Sunbeam class fielded twenty boats from their growing fleet for Itchenor Sailing Club’s Points Week and enjoyed some stellar racing.  The perfect start and finish lines, and challenging long courses set by race officer Roger Wickens made for racing that was won both on tactics and boat speed.

Fluky winds in the mid week caused many place changes, which along with the challenge of solving the tidal streams in different parts of Chichester Harbour made for exciting racing.

Melody steered by John Ford with Julian Hawe started with two bullets and finished with two second places to win the series – a stunning result for the Sunbeam’s oldest member at 85 years young!  Fay sailed by Richard and Sarah Pearson with Jo Johnson also scored two firsts during the week, a second and a third meant that just one point separated them from Melody in the final results.

Points Week for the Sunbeams is going from strength to strength both in numbers and the closeness of the competition.

Results:

1st                  Melody              John Ford, Julian Hawe
2nd                  Fay                  Richard and Sarah Pearson, Jo Jackson
3rd                  Query               Tim Hill


XODs out in force at this year’s Points Week

Changing weather conditions combined with the various different courses over the week ensured that the 28 boat strong XOD fleet was fully challenged at this year’s competition.  Monday’s wind was primarily from the North so race officer Roger Wickens sent the boats initially up harbour before swinging them towards the harbour entrance. 

Falconet (Alan Perry, Ron Parker and Peter Lawrence) had the best of the early exchanges until Mike Martell’s Astralita, Roger Yeoman steering Xcitation and Foxglove in the hands of Alastair Ashford overhauled them. 

On Tuesday the wind had turned on its head and was light and from the South with a promise of a later sea breeze.  From the start Catherine’s team - Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart and Mark Palmer - established a clear lead that they were not to lose.  Again it was Xcitation that led the challengers with Falconet in third place.

Against the strong flood tide on Wednesday the choice of a course close to East Head or across the Stocker bank could have been decisive.   However, as it turned out, the winner came from the right hand side – Xcitation improving on her two second place finishes.  From the left came Relaxation (John Long) and Ted Roose’s Thora; both boats achieving their best results of the week, finishing in second and third.

It was Xcitation again at the front on Thursday in markedly different conditions when the Xs encountered a light breeze and a long beat up the Emsworth channel.  David Palmer sailing Princess Jalina had established an early lead but had to settle for second place with a visitor from Cowes, Michael O’Donnell in Lightwood finishing third. 

O’Donnell was also in the mix in the best conditions of the week on Friday.  Sparkling sun and southerlies were ideal for Astralita to hit the front again, followed closely by Lightwood.  Having already won the week’s main prize – the Benson Platter – Xcitation could relax but still came in third as skipper Roger handed the helm to his 22 year old son Jack.

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Results:

1st Xcitation Roger and Jack Yeoman
2nd Astralita Michael Martell
3rd Lightwood Michael O’Donnell
4th Foxglove Alastair Ashford, Rick Neall
5th Princess Jalina David Palmer
6th Catherine Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart


Swallows at Points Week 2015

This year’s Swallow class at Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club was dominated by Skua (co-helmed by Harry Roome and Will Rainey).  Skua was challenged throughout the five days by several other Swallows but mainly by Svala (Will Henderson) who but for gear failure earlier in the week would have set the scene for an even more exciting final race showdown.

The 14 boat fleet enjoyed a variety of mainly light to moderate wind conditions and courses which ranged from those using the full extent of the harbour on the top of large Spring tides mixed with shorter ‘sprint’ courses which put added emphasis on starts, boat handling and boat knowledge.  This gave several boats a chance to shine; Gwaihir (Mark Struckett), Migrant (Charles Fisher and Richard Thompson) and Spectre (Clive Bush) amongst them.

Skua’s four race wins, two of them by deftly moving through the fleet, were the difference in this championship. Combined with their ability to extricate themselves without losing too many places when the fleet encountered a windless hole as in the sixth race which was won by Svala in grand style.

Results:
1st Skua (Harry and Prue Roome, Will Rainey)
2nd Svala (Will and Mary Henderson and Charlie Claisse)
3rd Gwaihir (Mark Struckett, Charles Hyatt and Nick Gardner)


Ian Walker

ISC member Ian Walker, who first came to Itchenor to race at the schools event and later successfully campaigned an Int 14, is set to win the Volvo Ocean Race in “Azzam”, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo 65. See this wonderful video from Ian before the start of the final leg from Lorient to Gothenburg. Link - https://youtu.be/LOq34vL4_wE


RS200 Open Meeting, June 2015

Posted 8th June

One of the biggest open meetings on the RS200 calendar, Itchenor Sailing Club hosted their annual RS200 Open last weekend which saw just under 40 boats take part. With contrasting conditions over the weekend, the event tested everyone to the best of their ability.

Saturday greeted the sailors with 18-­‐25 knots and with the forecast for Sunday looking poor five races were held. The first race saw a battle of former champions, Matt Mee and Emma Norris and James Peters and Joanna Wright, with Matt and Emma eventually taking control down the run to the finish. The duo also took first place in Race 3 while George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby enjoyed success to take their first bullet of the weekend in Race 2. Dicken McLean and Hannah Young bounced back from their previous premature start in Race 3 to take first and second place in the final two races of the day.
By the end of Saturday Matt and Emma led comfortably from Nick Charles and Alice Eyre who were putting together a consistent string of results with only one race outside the top four, while George and Sophie came in third.

Sunday's racing was postponed whilst the sea breeze filled in but once racing started, the day was owned by Matt and Emma who posted consecutive and comfortable bullets to take the event with a race to spare. The battle for second place was a lot closer with only two points between second and fourth position -­‐ it was all to play for. James and Joanna posted third whilst George and Sophie pipped Nick and Alice for 11th and 12th places. It was then their turn to struggle as George and Sophie managed to salvage a fourth in the penultimate race pulling themselves clear from their contenders.

So for the final race of the weekend, the stage was set and tensions ran high as the fleet were forced to restart under a black flag disqualification. However, once underway James and Joanna, Nick and Alice, and George and Sophie all won the left hand side of the beat and after the top mark James and Joanna had managed to get away and were rewarded with second place overall. George and Sophie chased hard all race but had to settle for second and therefore third overall.

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INTERNATIONAL 420 CLASS - SUMMER 2015

Posted 29th May 2015

420 Nationals in Restronguet Cornwall from 22 – 27 August incl. Please get in touch for more details.

Best wishes and good luck with these exams
Alison Moss
420 Class Captain
07801 257783


Good turnout of Swallows at Itchenor Sailing Club

The Swallow class at Itchenor Sailing Club regards the competition for the Norman Moore trophy as one of the highlights of the year. This was demonstrated by the size of the fleet and the closeness of the racing – 20 boats turned out and in the end just 3 points separated the top four.

Patience was the watchword on Saturday morning as winds were very light and tides strong. The race finally got going once the race management team were happy following much repositioning of start line and windward mark to give a fair race. It was Kit Glover sailing Darter who mastered the shifty winds and recorded a win by a considerable distance. Whilst the winds were a little more predictable in the afternoon, they could not be regarded as steady. Glover again scored a first place – this time just “comfortably”.

The wind on Sunday was in a more predictable quarter, coming from the South West, but took a time to settle. Now it was the turn of Marengo skippered by Carolyn Brigg who had been lying in second place overnight ready to pounce. Carolyn went up a gear to notch back to back wins due to savvy tactics and skilful boat handling. Skua (Harry Roome) was equally consistent with two second places, not quite matching the skills they normally display on longer harbour races. With four of the five races to count Marengo had virtually secured the trophy but sometimes there can be a final twist. So to the final race which was a rather more exciting harbour tour with fast spinnaker reaches in which Swallows excel. A mid-race wind shift made the second half more processional by which time Gwaihir had hit the front and despite Skua’s harrying was not to be troubled. Marengo had an uncharacteristic mid-fleet result but remained safe at the top if only by the narrowest possible margin of a single point.

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Results

1st Marengo (Carolyn Brigg, Sue Glover, David Sloper)
2nd Skua (Harry and Prue Roome, Helen Williams)
3rd Darter (Kit Glover, Alice Hues, Connor Myant)


OPEN DAY AT ITCHENOR SAILING CLUB

Posted 20 May 2015

A gloriously sunny day greeted over 100 visitors to Itchenor Sailing Club on Sunday. Potential new members started to pour in from 9 am; a number of who had preregistered to take part in the morning races. Adults and children alike showed a genuine desire to take up sailing and join one of our existing fleets.

Many visiting families were enthusiastic about the possibility to actually learn to sail at Itchenor in particular at Wednesday sessions for ladies in the morning and for children after school in the afternoon. The club provides “safe” boats for them to develop their skills whilst being coached by qualified instructors. Being able to access the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour from Itchenor at all states of the tide was seen as very appealing.

Those interested in racing have been invited to sail in one of our seven dinghy classes or three classic keelboat fleets. Itchenor’s commodore Charles Hyatt commented, “I was delighted to meet so many sailors wishing to join us, as well as those who are keen to take up the exciting sport of sailing.”

The day long event, part of the RYA initiative to encourage people to take up water sports, was generously supported by the local branch of Strutt and Parker - their teatime strawberries were particularly popular!

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JUNIOR FORTNIGHT 2015

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.


Classic keel boats out in force at Itchenor Sailing Club

Posted 7th May

In distinctly unseasonal conditions over 50 classic keel boats from Itchenor Sailing Club demonstrated their resilience to cool temperatures, big winds and heavy rain to enjoy tough and exciting racing over the bank holiday weekend -­‐ the biggest fleets the club has seen so far this year.

From the outset last year’s form boats were out in front in the 19 strong Swallow fleet as they battled for the prestigious Royal Yacht Club de Belgique Trophy. Skua, helmed for the day by Will Rainey, dominated Saturday’s races with two wins. Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore) was somewhat unusually doing the chasing with Marengo (Carolyn Brigg) being the best of the rest. These three boats finished in the same order in both races Marengo elevating herself from oblivion in the second race with some deft tidal tactics to avoid the strong ebb tide.

The fleet enjoyed a fine Belgian-­‐themed meal at the Club on Saturday evening.

The overnight rain cleared in time for Sunday morning although there was still the possibility of strong winds which didn’t materialise until the afternoon. Bluff (Hugo Fisher) was forced to take a penalty for an infringement on the start line of race 3 and, starting last and somewhat in desperation, went on the ‘wrong’ side of the channel but in clear wind to emerge with a 100 metre lead at the first windward mark, never to be caught, although the two elite boats, Skua – helmed by Harry Roome this time -­‐ and Gwaihir were closing and also engaging in some entertaining match-­‐racing whilst doing so. Skua had managed to keep Gwaihir at bay until the final mark when Gwaihir seized an opportunity and managed to finish just inches ahead. However this was not enough to prevent Skua from winning the trophy with a race to spare.

So to the final race of the best three of four to count Trophy. The wind was up to Force 6 and the sun finally made a fleeting appearance. Once again Skua and Gwaihir were ahead at the first windward mark with Gwaihir maintaining a slender lead down the exciting run, throughout the next lap and all the way to the last mark. Skua’s gybe went awry and they broached so Gwaihir was able to lead to the finish. Marengo having yet again taken a different downwind route to the rest of the fleet was rewarded with yet another 3rd place – their fourth of the weekend.

The Belgian Plate was appropriately presented by Belgian-­‐born Martine Lunch whose husband Anthony had co-­‐helmed Solitude to a respectable mid-­‐fleet position.

The Swallow Class host a guest day on Sunday 10 May when all those who might like to share the Swallow experience as a helm or crew are most welcome.

The XOD fleet, also numbering 19 competed, for the Felix Bowl over the weekend. Roger Yeoman and Michael Moss showed great promise for the season ahead with five straight wins in their newly acquired Xcitation. It might well have been six in a row if gear failure had not prevented them competing in Saturday’s first race. The competition for second place was close with Falconet (Alan Perry, Ron Parker, Jim Dunn and Peter Lawrence) finishing on the same points as David Palmer’s Princess Jalina. Palmer was lying comfortably in 2nd place in Monday’s race which would have secured the overall number two slot – until he encountered the mud!

Not to be outdone the Sunbeams were out in force with 15 boats racing over the weekend. The courses for this fleet presented a number of navigational challenges with a falling tide on Saturday afternoon particularly. Roger Wickens emerged the winner on both Saturday and Monday followed by one of the new GRP boats -­‐ Molly (Richard Stephens and Tina Webster) on Saturday and Gayle Palmer’s veteran Little Lady on Monday.

To complement the large keel boat fleets, Itchenor’s dinghies emerged in numbers to enjoy the varied weather conditions. The RS800’s resurgence continued with eight boats out. Matthew and Adrian Woods won this fleet. The 420s competed on back to back racing on all three days with a number of new faces starting out as new pairings met up and new friendships were developed on and off the water. Junior members in Mirrors and Toppers could be seen revelling in the somewhat calmer and sunnier conditions on Monday.

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ITCHENOR SAILORS SELECTED FOR GB TEAM FOR INT 420 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

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CREWING AN XOD

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

We race every Saturday and Sunday from 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.


ITCHENOR 420 SAILORS ON A MISSION

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.

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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.

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UK TEAM RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.