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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.

© Kelmar Photo © Kelmar Photo
Show news 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
Entries start to roll in for Cowes Classics Week
Plus 8 Metre World Championships being held the week before
Posted on 21 Mar
Cowes Classics Week opens for entries
Red Funnel will be providing invaluable support for both the organisers and competitors
Posted on 21 Feb
Last Chance to Enter for Super Early Bird Discount
Lendy Cowes Week deal ends midnight on the 11th
Posted on 9 Jan
Lendy Cowes Week Entries Open
Fees have been held at last year's levels
Posted on 22 Dec 2018
Solent Sunbeam celebrating 95 years
Read the full story of this stunning and enduring class
Posted on 18 Oct 2018
Itchenor success at Lendy Cowes Week
It is said that winning becomes a habit
Posted on 22 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week overall
A return to gentle conditions with a light southerly breeze
Posted on 12 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 6
Plenty of challenging tactical decisions for the navigators
Posted on 9 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 5
Gusts nearing 25 knots in the early afternoon
Posted on 8 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 4
Wild fluctuations in the wind with some gusts over 20 knots on Ladies Day
Posted on 7 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 3
A classic sea breeze day
Posted on 6 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 2
Family Day deliveres stunning conditions
Posted on 5 Aug 2018
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 1
A gloriously sunny and tactically challenging day
Posted on 4 Aug 2018
Countdown to Lendy Cowes Week 2018
Offering particular classes the type of racing they want
Posted on 28 Jul 2018
Cowes Classics Week overall
Patience and perserverance at the final day
Posted on 27 Jul 2018
Cowes Classics Week day 4
A cracking Solent breeze
Posted on 26 Jul 2018
Cowes Classics Week day 3
Fickle wind and no wind
Posted on 25 Jul 2018
Cowes Classics Week day 2
Light conditions give way to great sailing
Posted on 25 Jul 2018
Cowes Classics Week day 1
Stunning conditions open the racing
Posted on 23 Jul 2018
Win Musto kit & training session
Hit Refresh! Clothe your team at Lendy Cowes Week
Posted on 14 Jul 2018
Cowes Classics Week 2018 just four weeks away
Regatta on course to attract over 150 yachts
Posted on 23 Jun 2018
Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club
A festival of classic keelboat racing
Posted on 18 Jun 2018
Chichester Yacht Club Regatta
A definite change in pace after the months of light winds
Posted on 17 Jun 2018
Itchenor Keelboat Points Week preview
A tradition that goes back many decades
Posted on 3 Jun 2018
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