16 April 2020: The Story of the GRP Solent Sunbeams
Published 09:00 on 16 Apr 2020
Itchenor Sailing Club Member and Solent Sunbeam owner, Roger Wickens, has just published the fascinating story behind the GRP Solent Sunbeams.
Ten years ago, Sunbeam Class Members at Itchenor realised that the fleet was in danger of falling below the critical mass needed to run a successful class. Local Sunbeam owners and ISC Members, Alan Stannah and Roger Wickens, wondered if a GRP version of the boat would attract new entrants to the fleet with the lower build and maintenance costs.
The publication details the origins and the story of how Alan and Roger went about producing the first GRP Sunbeam, with the assistance of the late acclaimed Naval Architect, Theo Rye, and boatbuilder, Mark Downer on the Isle of Wight.
To date, 11 new GRP Sunbeams have been built, including two which will be launching in 2020. The introduction of the GRP boats to the historic Solent Sunbeams has salvaged the Itchenor fleet and has encouraged growth to over 30 boats in commission and racing regularly.
Click here to read the article and full publication.
Last updated 12:04 on 14 May 2020