Itchenor X-Gen Squad 2013/2014
Itchenor X-Gen Squad 2013/2014 - Please see main image above!
Posted 1 December 2013
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!
Posted 18th November 2013
Members will be saddened to learn of the death on Friday of Elizabeth Barry at the age of 87. She had been a member since 1948.
ISC RS200 SAILORS DO WELL
Posted 18th November 2013
Tim Saxton and Holly Scott from Itchenor SC wrapped up the final RS200 circuit event of 2013 with victory at the End of Season Championships at Datchet. After light wind conditions on Saturday, things improved on Sunday with more wind and some sunshine.
Another Itchenor crew, Rob Struckett and Senem Cilingiroglu, won the opening race on Saturday with Saxton and Scott second. Ben Palmer and Lucy Preston from Hayling Island SC took the second race. On Sunday George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby, Itchenor yet again, won races 3 and 4 before Saxton and Scott found there way to the front to take the final two races and the overall series. Nick and Juliet Charles were second and Yeoman and Ormsby third.
Next year the fleet is looking forward to the bi-annual trip to Garda, the Nationals at Hayling Island SC which promises to be massive alongside the excellent regional and National events.
INTERNATIONAL 420 TRAINING
Posted 28th October
Itchenor 420 training – the journey begins”… http://youtu.be/TnVcZd72Ebs
John Tagg awarded The Burnford Needle 2013
Posted 20th October 2013
It is The Swallows turn to award The Burnford Needle.
Our choice has been a member of ISC since 1974 when he initially sailed Fireflies.
He flew up to The Swallow class in 1987 and has been a valued member ever since; often featuring in the prizes.
He was RCS from 1980 - 1981 and from 1990 - 1993.
Also Chairman of National Swallow Class from 1990 to 1993
We would like to award The Burnford Needle to John Tagg.
Itchenor XODs win close battle with Royal Burnham Yacht Club
Posted 7th October 2013
A strong team of sailors from the Royal Burnham Yacht Club visited Itchenor Sailing Club this over the weekend of October 5th and 6th for a series of team races in the hosts’ XODs. The three race series started on Saturday afternoon with an hour long race around the fixed marks in Chichester Harbour in ideal wind conditions but with a tricky, strong ebb tide. The first two legs of the course saw the teams closely matched;` but by the end of the second windward leg Itchenor had established a commanding lead with their three boats in the top slots. However, as the six boats turned for the long run to the finish, the Burnham boats came back and ensured close racing all the way to the line with two of their boats moving into 3rd and 4th positions. With the scoring done it was Itchenor’s race and so the hosts were ahead overnight.
INTERNATIONAL 14 WORLDS, TORONTO ROUNDUP
Posted 27th September
Archie Massey, crewed by Dan Wilsdon, won the International 14 World Championships for a record 4th time in a row. In a strong 67-boat fleet, Itchenor boats also finished 3rd, 4th and 6th, which is an amazing achievement for one club! In the World Team Racing competition, which preceded the Worlds, there were also two Itchenor boats (Douglas Pattison/Mark Tait and Katie Nurton/Nigel Ash) in the winning GBR 1 team. The team was very well supported by Jeremy and Mary Pudney, who used up their whole luggage allowance to bring emergency winter wetsuits/drysuits over from the UK and also provided refreshments on the finish line.
1st Archie Massey & Dan Wilsdon
3rd Andy Fitzgerald & Richard Dobson
4th Douglas Pattison & Mark Tait
6th Katie Nurton & Nigel Ash
16th Andy Penman & Chris Watson
25th Jamie Reid & Hugh McLean
27th Charles Duchesne & Andrew Handasyde-Dick
42nd Robin & Martin Pascal
44th Colin & Imogen Smith
54th Dominic Van Essen & SImona Saccani
NEW SAILING MANAGER
Posted 13th September 2013
Our new Sailing Manager, George Rice joins us this week. He comes to us with experience of having worked for Performance Sailcraft; Director of Sailing at Royal Hospital School; Regional Development Officer at the RYA; Competition Manager and Training Operations Manager in Oman; and most recently for Clipper Marine, Hamble. George looks forward to meeting members. Please join me in welcoming him to the Club.RS200 OPEN
MEETING REPORT - Report courtesy Yachts & Yachting
Posted 12th September 2013
36 boats arrived for the Bolle RS200 circus at Itchenor Sailing Club, near Wittering.
If you have never been, Itchenor itself really is quite quaint, and remote enough to be the setting of a pretty convincing zombie movie. Even my B&B had heated floors, tennis courts and a pool. Both redundant, as plenty of damp exercise awaited over 8 races, for which the forecast of 12-14 knots proved to be a sad underestimate. ('Sad' as my novice shipmate is the same weight as a dry J-cloth and, at best, an open meeting virgin). We loved the RO's well-intended yet prolonged and detailed briefing. ('Windward, leeward, sail through start line upwind', would have done).
For the record, locals Will and Rob Henderson rather upset the form book by winning races 2 and 4. Mar-Eye-Yah Stanley won the first, Chris Catt the 3rd, at which a squarer line and maybe a flooding tide saw 8 numbers on the OCS naughty board. First two races were as port-biased as Winston Churchill with a salty Stilton. And you really needed to work the tide, an X factor initially beyond mere (Welsh Harp) pond life such as I.
Saturday night was all frocks and top tucker, as (almost) all attended a black tie dinner, then mingled with club locals... think tweed, think red trousers, think mustard cords. By dint of some logistical error, I managed to forget my black trousers, wearing jeans below my dinner jacket. 'M' would have pursed her lips in disapproval.
Congratulations to The Hendersons for scoring below par on a couple of tricky days, and beating some very quick regulars, with Catt and Martin 2nd, and Cherub National Champions the Peterses 3rd.
Thanks also to Itchenor Sailing Club, who were hugely hospitable. The place is as much sailing hotel than sailing club, and I'd recommend a visit.
INTERNATIONAL 14 TEAM RACING WORLDS - Toronto, Canada
Posted 10th September
Day one of the World Championship fortnight for the International 14s was sailed today from the Island Clubhouse of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. As always the first 2 days of the event is sailed for the Team Racing Championships, and this year we have 7 four boat teams entered, 2 British, 2 Canadian, a German, an Australian and a Japanese team.
Much to the relief of several sailors who had just arrived, and the Japanese who were still waiting for their container to be delivered to the Island, the day dawned windless and after a reminder of the rules from our friendly umpires racing was postponed while we waited for the breeze.
At about 13:00 5-8 knots filled in from the east across the race course, between Torontos central business district and CN tower, and the Yacht Club island. A starboard S course was set with GBR 2 and Germany drawing the first race of the event. After more team racing manoeuvres than the 14 fleet has seen in the last 5 years GBR2 kept close cover up the final beat to win the first race of the regatta in 3, 4, 5, 6.
The very next race saw GBR 1 into action against the Australians, the pairing thought most likely to contest the finals. Up the first beat Douglas Pattison and Katie Nurton sailed into a clear 1-2 which they kept for the rest of the race, and looked to have a safe 1-2-4 up the final beat when Archie Massey sailing for Australia bore down to create a Port-Starboard with Sam Pascoe. Archie was deemed not to have give sufficient time for Sam to avoid, and was disqualified, ensuring a first win for GBR 1.
GBR 1 then sailed to a very comfortable 1-2-3-4 against the Germans, while GBR 2 had 2 races, one against each of the Canadian teams. After another race filled with team racing against CAN 2, GBR 2 looked to have a safe 1-3-5-7 coming up the final beat, when the boat in 3 mistook an umpire boat for the finish line, but thankfully finishing in a winning 1-4-6-7. Against CAN 1 a position of 1-5-7-8 round the windward mark proved to be unrecoverable through the rest of the race despite many boats spinning and attempted mark traps.
After a very successful first day, completed by free beer and BBQ, the teams are looking forward to a bit more breeze tomorrow, although hopefully not the 30 knot gusts forecast, to allow completion of the round robin followed by semi finals and finals
420 Open Meeting REPORT
Following on from the Easter training programme, a successful Schools week, a well attended Junior Fortnight and the participation of three boats at the Nationals with success in the Silver fleet, the on-going development of 420 racing at Itchenor took another step forward last Sunday with the re-introduction of an 1 day Open Meeting hosted by the club.
We were thrilled to have 20 Boats on the start line, including 10 Itchenor and 10 visitors from Warsash, RLYC,Rutland, Burghfield, Midland, Whitstable and nearer to home Bosham Sailing Clubs. After a briefing at 10.45am, Chris Darling set three back to back races down harbour on traditional sausage and triangle courses, with good upwind/reaching and downwind skills being tested to the full.
Mrs Moss handed out the prizes, and congratulations to Robbie King And Ryan Orr (Warsash SC) for three straight wins, showing impressive boat speed round the course. Two Itchenor boats Isabel Davies/Millie Moss and Jo Kalderon/Madeline Watkins were 2nd and 3rd respectively, with other Itchenor boats competing well with this step up in quality that comes with the arrival of the Open circuit participants.
RS200 NATIONALS 2013 REPORT
Posted 1 September 2013
INTER CLASS CHALLENGE
Posted 31st August 2013
At 0915 on Sunday 25 August there were four K6s rigged and ready to go for the 2013 Itchenor Inter Class Challenge. There was a force 3 gusting 4 from the north north east in the harbour.
Class representatives were:
Mirror Jonathon Pudney/Andrew Young
Laser/International 14 Paul Ward/Andrew Penman
Swallow Harry Roome/Chris Fox
XOD John Tremlett/Richard Bullock
Race officer Roger Ewart Smith fitted a short windward leeward course into the channel near Peacock, with 2 rounds. It was five races, all to count.
Race 1 saw Tremlett testing the depth behind the committee boat as the gun went allowing the others to get away. Pudney took the lead off the line and held on to win, followed by Roome. After a bit of swimming by Tremlett, he caught up to finish third.
Race 2 saw Tremlett get his revenge with a win over Pudney and Roome.
Race 3, it was Ward’s turn to run aground behind the committee boat. A very close battle resulted in an incident at the last leeward mark, with Pudney coming out first across the finish line, followed by Tremlett.
Race 4 had a three way incident at the windward mark, resulting in a first race win for Roome, followed home by Tremlett and Pudney.
So to the decider with three boats capable of winning - and the order at the first windward of Roome, Tremlett, Pudney would have resulted in a tree way points tie. However Pudney gybed away and picked up a gust to win the final race and overall glory for the Mirror fleet, with Tremlett second and Roome third in the race and overall.
Many thanks to the K6 fleet who again lent their boats for this event – and rigged them, provided the race officer and put the boats away again. What great support!
ITCHENOR JUNIOR SAILING UPDATE
Posted 29th August 2013
Itchenor Juniors continue to build on their Mirror Worlds success
• Katie Davies and Izzy Fitzgerald winning the Silver fleet at the 420 Nationals in Pwllheli.
• Three of our Itchenor World Mirror sailors participated in their first National in the 420.
• Jo Kalderon completed her season with a 6th in the silver fleet with Izzy Davies finishing 8th in the silver fleet.
Itchenor XODs return triumphant from Cowes Week
Posted 12th August 2013
The Itchenor Sailing Club fleet of X One Designs set off for Cowes earlier this month with the intention of coming home with two prestigious trophies – the Captain’s Cup for the overall winning boat and the Phillipson Shield for the top club. They did not disappoint.
Competition for top spot was fierce with six different race winners in the seven races. Only Lass sailed by John Tremlett with a crew drawn from fellow owners Richard Jordan, Richard Bullock and Jeremy Lear won two races – on the opening Saturday to put down a marker and critically on the last Saturday to seal the overall prize. Other Itchenor race winners were Steve Lawrence who won by over 5 minutes on Monday in Catherine, and Michael Martell who steered his Astralita to victory on Thursday.
Over the week there were solid performances from a number of the other boats – to complement Lass’s first place and Astralita’s 3rd overall, Alastair Shaw and Chris Froy’s Phoenix was 5th and Catherine 6th. Itchenor therefore demonstrated it had the strength in depth to see off a strong challenge from their traditional adversaries from Lymington by a healthy margin.
Well deserved celebrations took place when the crews returned home on Saturday evening to Itchenor, somewhat tired but content that their objectives of a fourth consecutive Captain’s Cup win and a hat trick of Phillipson Shield victories had been achieved.
BEN SAXTON WINS SILVER
Posted 7th August 2013
Club member Ben Saxton joined the Club earlier this year to sail his RS200. He's also a member of the British Sailing Team and sails the newly introduced Nacra 17 Olympic-class catamaran with Hannah Diamond (Hamble). The pair have recently returned from the inaugural Nacra 17 World Championships with a silver medal, having finished second overall and only three points off first place after a week of racing at Scheveningen on the Dutch North Sea coast.
Ben transferred to the Nacra 17 in late 2012 from the Olympic 470 where he won silver at the 2012 European Championships sailing with Richard Mason - he and Hannah are campaigning to represent GBR at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Away from Nacra 17 sailing, Ben is current (2012) National Champion and Endeavour Trophy winner. Sadly he'll be unable to defend his RS200 title next week at Mounts Bay as he and Hannah are off to Lake Como for the Nacra 17 European Championships but he wishes good luck to the other Itchenor 200s at the event.
Closer to home, Ben recently took part in the the club Dinghy Fest, sailing the RS200 with fellow British Sailing Team member, windsurfer Izzy Hamilton. It was Izzy's first time in racing dinghy, but the pair managed to win some races and finished first overall.
If you want to follow Ben & Hannah's progress go to their website www.teamsaxtondiamond.co.uk