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

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Show news Cowes Week 2019 day 8
The final day's racing is for the Cowes Town Regatta
Posted on 17 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 7
Fridays's racing held in an increasing south-southwesterly breeze
Posted on 17 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 6
A breezy day on the Solent, with powerful gusts to 25 knots
Posted on 15 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 5
Very shifty southerly winds provide testing conditions
Posted on 14 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 4
Competitors enjoyed a classic day of Solent racing today
Posted on 13 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 3
A tricky day on the Solent threw up challenges of a different kind
Posted on 12 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 2
A fast and furious day provided close and exhilarating racing
Posted on 11 Aug
Cowes Week 2019 day 1
Winds of up to 50 knots lead to no racing
Posted on 10 Aug
Cowes Week Weather Forecast on Saturday
Clearly unsuitable for racing small boats
Posted on 7 Aug
Cowes Classics Week overall
Daring Dauntless takes the title
Posted on 3 Aug
Cowes Classics Week day 4
Fluky winds and finished races
Posted on 1 Aug
Cowes Classics Week day 3
A thrilling day with a cracking stiff breeze
Posted on 31 Jul
Cowes Classics Week day 2
Gale interrupts the programme
Posted on 30 Jul
Cowes Classics Week day 1
Sparkling Solent conditions
Posted on 29 Jul
Cowes Classics ready for action
Some truly historic craft are assembling at Cowes
Posted on 25 Jul
Strong Solent Sunbeams fleet lined up
13 booked for Cowes Classic Week at end of July
Posted on 13 Jul
Cowes Week - Have you entered yet?
Standard entry still open!
Posted on 13 Jul
Gearing up for Cowes Classics Week
Polishing up the 225-year-old cup
Posted on 5 Jul
Cowes Week builds on sustainability initiative
CWL is signed up to the Sailors for the Sea 'Clean Regattas Programme'
Posted on 29 Jun
Points Week at Itchenor
64 classic keelboats out in force
Posted on 24 Jun
Solent Sunbeam Thursday Evenings at Itchenor
Join in to see Chichester Harbour at its best
Posted on 16 Jun
Antigua Sailing Week supports Youth Day at Cowes
Cowes Week discounts for crews who are all under age 25
Posted on 15 Jun
Itchenor Sailing Club's annual Points Week preview
A celebration of classic keelboat racing at its best
Posted on 12 Jun
Cowes Classics Week anticipation heats up
Just over 60 days to go
Posted on 26 May
Solent Sunbeam Chisholm Weekend
Always one of the best-attended Sunbeam events of the season
Posted on 7 May
Cowes Classics to repeat great sailing experience
Another keen competitor coming back for another shot
Posted on 2 May
Brand new Sunbeam launched
To join 96 year old fleet at Itchenor
Posted on 29 Apr
Lendy Cowes Week starts in just 112 days
A new GRP Classics Class and other changes this year
Posted on 19 Apr
Origins of the Solent Sunbeam May weekend regattas
The Chisholm Weekend and Chittagong Cup
Posted on 17 Apr
Busy season planned for Solent Sunbeam class
Starting on Saturday 30th March on Chichester Harbour
Posted on 22 Mar
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