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Illusion

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 season finale
St George's Day Trophy & Woodford Long Distance Race
Posted on 1 May
Vernon's Easter Egg Trophy
Two excellent days racing for the Bembridge Illusions
Posted on 17 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
Always something different for this event!
Posted on 9 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
Almost perfect conditions on Saturday
Posted on 3 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate
Sunshine and a good breeze make for great racing
Posted on 27 Mar
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
24 hardy helms despite windy and damp forecast
Posted on 20 Mar
Squibs, Skiffs and Illusions
The diverse sailing of Hyde Sails' Jack Grogan
Posted on 15 Mar
Illusion Vernon Stratton Trophy at Bembridge
Last regatta before the nationals
Posted on 13 Mar
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker Trophy
13 enthusiastic helms race in big breeze
Posted on 26 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
Bitterly cold with sleet and strong gusts
Posted on 12 Feb
Illusion Match Racing at Bembridge
Almost perfect on Saturday, dull and damp on Sunday
Posted on 29 Jan
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket
Some close and enthusiastic racing
Posted on 16 Jan
The Icebreaker that wasn't!
Frustration in Bembridge for the sailors
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Bembridge Illusion Christmas Cracker
Two beautiful sunny days with just enough wind
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
The Christmas Cracker 2016 that wasn't!
Bembridge Illusions becalmed
Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Bembridge Illusion Inter Club Team Racing
Down to the wire in thrilling final
Posted on 4 Dec 2016
Bembridge Illusion Bailey Bowl
Wind direction varying by up to 150 degrees
Posted on 21 Nov 2016
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy
Fireworks at the pin of the start
Posted on 7 Nov 2016
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper
Sunderland back duelling for podium places
Posted on 31 Oct 2016
Illusion Trafalgar Trophy at Bembridge
First of the Winter series regattas
Posted on 17 Oct 2016
Middle Nene SC allows Illusions
Into the Slow Handicap Fleet
Posted on 3 Aug 2016
Illusion St George's Day Trophy
And Woodford Long Distance Race at Bembridge
Posted on 25 Apr 2016
Challenging racing for the Bembridge Illusions
With adrenaline-filled broaches
Posted on 11 Apr 2016
Illusion Easter Racing at Bembridge
An Easter of extremes
Posted on 28 Mar 2016
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate
More of a driftathon
Posted on 13 Mar 2016
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
Twenty helms take part in cold and breezy conditions
Posted on 29 Feb 2016
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman
No orange spinnakers flying
Posted on 21 Feb 2016
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
A triumph for the two lady entrants
Posted on 15 Feb 2016
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy
Downer family fill the podium
Posted on 8 Feb 2016
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
Gale subsides for the weekend racing
Posted on 1 Feb 2016
Links
Illusion UK Nationals Attendance
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Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusions St George's Day Trophy and Woodford Long Distance Race
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Mark Downer wins the Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
© Mike Samuelson
The fog rolls in during the Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
The fog rolls in during the Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
The fog rolls in during the Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
© Mike Samuelson