Setting Sail: We’re so proud of our Itchenor winners

Mark Struckett at Itchenor  Picture by Louise Adams C130696-4
Mark Struckett at Itchenor Picture by Louise Adams C130696-4

Itchenor Sailing Club has been focused on juniors for the past month as the adults headed off to Cowes Week and various championships, writes club rear commodore sailing Mark Struckett.

The first two weeks were dominated by our International 420 and Mirror training weeks, all preparing for Junior Fortnight, our biggest junior event of the year. More than 200 children participated in this annual event to enjoy a busy programme of sailing and social activities.

The Mirrors provided our largest fleets but the Topper fleet had an impressive 31 entrants, with many competitors sailing a Topper in the morning and a Mirror in the afternoon.

The weather overall was very kind to us but after a windy start we had to cancel all racing on the Tuesday - something we hadn’t encountered for many years. However after that we had near perfect conditions - light breezes in the morning for Mirrors 3 and 4 and a sea breeze strengthening in the afternoon for the 420s and Mirrors 1.

Itchenor members had great success at the Mirror Worlds, which took place at Lough Derg in Ireland with around 200 competitors from seven nations, including Katie Davies and Gemma Keers winning the Junior World Championship.

As well as the successful junior events we have also achieved some fantastic results at competitions elsewhere, including the world championship of the newly introduced Olympic class, the Nacra 17, where club member Ben Saxton took silver with Hannah Diamond, having only been three points off first place. It was a great start to their campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Our fleet of X One Designs returned from Cowes Week with two prestigious trophies – the Captain’s Cup for the overall winning boat (well done John Tremlett and team!) and the Phillipson Shield for the top club. This is a fourth consecutive Captain’s Cup win and a hat-trick of Phillipson Shield victories for Itchenor, so well deserved celebrations took place.

Looking forward, we have the much anticipated ISC annual regatta this Sunday and is open to all classes as well as other harbour clubs, and that is immediately followed by our club day on the Monday.

In the first two weekends of September we have open meetings for Int 420s and RS 200s, allowing anyone interested in these classes to come and take part. To find out more about attending the regatta or an open meeting, please contact office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk.