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Illusion

A 12' single handed keelboat with 350lbs of lead to keep it upright designed by Olympic bronze medallist Jo Richards to look like a Twelve metre yacht and react in the same way to give match racing practice for the America’s Cup crews. The Class was started at Bembridge in the early 80's by John Cleave - an International Champion in Radio model sailing. The first open meeting was held in January 1983 for the Bembridge Icebreaker - a beautiful painting of the Class by Cavendish Morton.
Racing, restricted to the winter months, when the harbour is clear, is invariably extremely close. Regattas normally consist of 6 races over the 2 days; the courses are essentially upwind/downwind legs with each race lasting for about 25 mins (normally 3 rounds). Entry is open to all and the largest entry to date was for the 2007 Trafalgar Trophy when there were 27 starters on the line.

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Show news Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
A number of 'first timers' join in the racing
Posted on 28 Nov
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket early
Next year's event moved forward to accomodate Inter-Club Team Racing
Posted on 14 Nov
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
Better than expected conditions for the 19 helms
Posted on 6 Nov
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
Sadly there was no guest appearance by Rudy
Posted on 31 Oct
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy
Initially the RO thought the chances of getting any racing were slim
Posted on 16 Oct
Invitation Day for Illusion class at Bembridge
13 newcomers try their hand at solo sailing a 12 Metre
Posted on 10 Oct
Illusion 2022-23 Winter Series starts
A cracking breeze on Saturday for the fleet
Posted on 3 Oct
Illusion Inlands at Middle Nene
Matt Yallop holds trophy for the second year
Posted on 3 Sep
8-hour race at Middle Nene Sailing Club
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the club
Posted on 20 Jul
Long Distance Race for Bembridge Illusions
Plus St George's Day Trophy awarded as season closes
Posted on 1 May
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy 2022
Two more days of sailing in a packed Easter schedule for the class
Posted on 19 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
A much better breeze than expected in the harbour
Posted on 17 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate 2022
Fickle winds after a bitterly cold week
Posted on 3 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2022
A cloudless sky and brisk but gusty wind for the 21 sailors
Posted on 21 Mar
Illusion 2022 Nationals at Bembridge
Some excellent racing in the harbour for the 30 boat fleet
Posted on 7 Mar
Bembridge Illusions Match Racing 2022 cancelled
Amazing video of the conditions inside Bembridge Harbour
Posted on 21 Feb
Illusion Valentine Trophy & Prince Philip Memorial
Battle done on Bembridge Harbour on a breezy weekend
Posted on 7 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2022
Post racing quiz decides any tied placings
Posted on 24 Jan
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2022
High turnout despite the light to non-existent wind
Posted on 17 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2021-2022
Early start on New Year's Day due to early tides brushes away the cobwebs
Posted on 3 Jan
Illusion class Christmas Cracker at Bembridge
14 boats enjoy an empty harbour
Posted on 19 Dec 2021
Bembridge Illusion Bailey Bowl 2021
A perfect start to the weekend, followed by some high-wind racing
Posted on 6 Dec 2021
Making the world smaller
They used to say any publicity is good publicity
Posted on 30 Nov 2021
Illusion Team Racing at Bembridge
A full house of eight teams take part
Posted on 22 Nov 2021
Illusion National Championship at Bembridge
A superb turnout of 34 helms for the event on the Isle of Wight
Posted on 8 Nov 2021
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar & Guy Fawkes Trophies
No shortage of water with big spring tides
Posted on 25 Oct 2021
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper & Invitational
October sunshine and a fickle breeze in the harbour
Posted on 11 Oct 2021
Final 2020-21 weekend for the Bembridge Illusions
St George's Day, Woodford Long Distance Race and Bill's Barrel
Posted on 3 May 2021
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy
Another excellent turnout for the penultimate weekend's racing
Posted on 26 Apr 2021
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
A four race no discard regatta sailed on Sunday afternoon
Posted on 19 Apr 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
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Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 1
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 2
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 1
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 2
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 3
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 1
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket in November - Sunday's race 3
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
© Mike Samuelson
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