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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 Bailey Bowl
23 boats arrived at the start for the first race in glorious sun
Posted on 23 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing
Held in lieu of Team Racing due to the high winds
Posted on 8 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022
Challenging conditions, particularly for the lower half of the fleet
Posted on 28 Dec 2022
Bembridge Illusion Christmas Cracker 2022
Some great racing on Christmas Eve for the fleet
Posted on 25 Dec 2022
Bembridge Illusion 40th Anniversary Regatta
Scraping the ice off the boats for a weekend of celebration
Posted on 12 Dec 2022
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2022
A number of 'first timers' join in the racing
Posted on 28 Nov 2022
Bembridge Illusion fleet sail January Jacket early
Next year's event moved forward to accomodate Inter-Club Team Racing
Posted on 14 Nov 2022
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2022
Better than expected conditions for the 19 helms
Posted on 6 Nov 2022
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
Sadly there was no guest appearance by Rudy
Posted on 31 Oct 2022
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy
Initially the RO thought the chances of getting any racing were slim
Posted on 16 Oct 2022
Invitation Day for Illusion class at Bembridge
13 newcomers try their hand at solo sailing a 12 Metre
Posted on 10 Oct 2022
Illusion 2022-23 Winter Series starts
A cracking breeze on Saturday for the fleet
Posted on 3 Oct 2022
Illusion Inlands at Middle Nene
Matt Yallop holds trophy for the second year
Posted on 3 Sep 2022
8-hour race at Middle Nene Sailing Club
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the club
Posted on 20 Jul 2022
Long Distance Race for Bembridge Illusions
Plus St George's Day Trophy awarded as season closes
Posted on 1 May 2022
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy 2022
Two more days of sailing in a packed Easter schedule for the class
Posted on 19 Apr 2022
Bembridge Illusion Vernon's Easter Egg Cup
A much better breeze than expected in the harbour
Posted on 17 Apr 2022
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate 2022
Fickle winds after a bitterly cold week
Posted on 3 Apr 2022
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2022
A cloudless sky and brisk but gusty wind for the 21 sailors
Posted on 21 Mar 2022
Illusion 2022 Nationals at Bembridge
Some excellent racing in the harbour for the 30 boat fleet
Posted on 7 Mar 2022
Bembridge Illusions Match Racing 2022 cancelled
Amazing video of the conditions inside Bembridge Harbour
Posted on 21 Feb 2022
Illusion Valentine Trophy & Prince Philip Memorial
Battle done on Bembridge Harbour on a breezy weekend
Posted on 7 Feb 2022
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2022
Post racing quiz decides any tied placings
Posted on 24 Jan 2022
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2022
High turnout despite the light to non-existent wind
Posted on 17 Jan 2022
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2021-2022
Early start on New Year's Day due to early tides brushes away the cobwebs
Posted on 3 Jan 2022
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
Links
Illusion UK Nationals Attendance
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Bembridge Illusion Bailey Bowl
© Rory McGuffin
Bembridge Illusion Bailey Bowl
© Rory McGuffin
Bembridge Illusion Bailey Bowl
© Rory McGuffin
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Fleet Racing in lieu of Team Racing
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 1 start
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 1
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Chimet on 28th December
© Chimet
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 3
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 2
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 2
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 2
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - too wet and windy on December 28th
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 1
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2022 - Race 1
© Mike Samuelson