Solent Sunbeams at Itchenor Sailing Club

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Your Sunbeam Class captain is Nick Leach.

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The Solent Sunbeam – a classic keelboat with great performance

Few of today’s one design classes are as long-lived or as successful as the Sunbeam, still racing hard after ninety-five years.

Solent Sunbeams enjoy close competitive racing in Chichester harbour and in the Solent.

The key attributes of a Solent Sunbeam:

• A classic keelboat, the largest of the Alfred Westmacott designs, the Solent Sunbeams at Itchenor range from 95 years of age to new all-GRP and newly epoxied yachts, yet all racing on level terms.

• Highly competitive regular racing in a one-design fleet with no restrictions for tides on most weekends and Thursday evenings from March to October.

• Beautiful lines with great handling across the whole wind spectrum.

• Often just one crew member needed in boats that are suited to both men and women.

• A well-organised crew/helm request system as well as training sessions and a welcoming attitude to new sailors.

• Annual racing at Cowes Classic Week and Cowes Week with passage races.

• Sheltered moorings in beautiful Chichester harbour.

• Great camaraderie and community spirit in the Class and Club with many social events.