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

For more details contact: Oliver Gilchrist, Class Captain

Or see the Sunbeam website

See also: Sunbeam Events Schedule / Sunbeam News

Last updated 06:38 on 16 April 2022

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