Successful sailors are toast of club as busy weeks loom

Itchenors Katie Nurton, with Nigel Ash, on her way to winning the Prince of Wales Cup with her International 14 off Hayling at the weekend
Itchenors Katie Nurton, with Nigel Ash, on her way to winning the Prince of Wales Cup with her International 14 off Hayling at the weekend

A number of Itchenor Sailing Club members have achieved recent success on the water.

Katie Nurton, with her crew Nigel Ash, won the historic Prince of Wales Cup in her beautiful new International 14 off Hayling Island last weekend.

She is the first woman to have won this trophy since it first began in 1927 – coincidentally the year our club was formed.

Congratulations also go to Sophie Ainsworth who, with Charlotte Dobson, won the 49erFX gold medal at the World Cup series recently at Weymouth – as reported in the Observer last week.

This was the last major event before Sophie and Charlotte head off to the Rio Olympics.

Another of our Olympic hopefuls, Ben Saxton, also won gold, together with his crew Nicola Groves in the Nacra 17 class.

As I write Itchenor’s keelboats are finishing a successful Points Week. Many of our XODs, Sunbeams and Swallows will then head to Cowes for the Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week in early July. Many will stay on for Cowes Week at the beginning of August.

Itchenor Schools Week, sponsored by MPI Brokers and JDX Consulting, arrives next week with more than 150 boats entered from schools across the country.

The week, with separate races this year for Fevas, Fireflies and 420s, has often been the breeding ground of future champions.

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