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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 Bill's Barrel 2020
A bit different from the norm
Posted on 16 Mar
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
A pleasant change on Saturday with lighter winds
Posted on 9 Mar
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
25 knot gusts cause a few submarine moments
Posted on 2 Mar
A windy weekend for the Bembridge Illusions
No formal racing for Vernon's Trophy
Posted on 23 Feb
Bembridge Illusion St Valentine's Regatta
One lady celebrates beating her husband in a regatta for the first time
Posted on 8 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championship
Starting sequence adjusted to avoid collisions
Posted on 26 Jan
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2020
A windy weekend!
Posted on 13 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker Trophy
Unusually mild and certainly no sign of any ice
Posted on 30 Dec 2019
Bembridge Illusion Christmas Cracker 2019
A fleet of submarines in the harbour
Posted on 16 Dec 2019
Bembridge Illusion Bailey Bowl 2019
Some great racing over the weekend for the 20 sailors
Posted on 2 Dec 2019
Illusion Team Racing Championships at Bembridge
Locals Jo and Mark Downer only just hold off the visiting competition
Posted on 18 Nov 2019
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy 2019
A new name on the trophy
Posted on 10 Nov 2019
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper 2019
What a difference 24 hours makes!
Posted on 28 Oct 2019
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy 2019
Racing outside the harbour on Saturday
Posted on 21 Oct 2019
Bembridge Illusions opening weekend
Taking to the water for the new winter season
Posted on 14 Oct 2019
Illusion Inlands at Middle Nene
Very competitve racing at Thrapston, East Midlands
Posted on 9 Sep 2019
Vernon's Easter Egg Cup for Illusions
Video evidence for start line policing
Posted on 21 Apr 2019
St George's Day Trophy & Woodford Distance Race
Bembridge Illusion events earlier in April than normal
Posted on 8 Apr 2019
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate
Black flag used for the first time in the season!
Posted on 25 Mar 2019
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
A weekend of big winds on the island
Posted on 10 Mar 2019
Hyde Sails at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019
We speak to Nigel Grogan and Richard Lovering
Posted on 3 Mar 2019
Illusion Vernon Stratton Trophy
The fleet mutinied when offered an extra race
Posted on 25 Feb 2019
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championship
Plan B put in place during Saturday's high winds
Posted on 11 Feb 2019
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
Mark Downer wins for the fifth time in a row
Posted on 3 Feb 2019
Bembridge Illusion Team Racing Final
Finishing an event that had to be aborted in December
Posted on 21 Jan 2019
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
There is no rule 9!
Posted on 20 Jan 2019
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
No sign of the 'Flying Dutchman' defending his trophy
Posted on 14 Jan 2019
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2019
Light northerly breeze meant jackets were definitely needed
Posted on 7 Jan 2019
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker Trophy
Reasonably warm with lots of sunshine
Posted on 29 Dec 2018
Bembridge Illusion Christmas Cracker
A lot nicer than expected with sunshine and a reasonably warm breeze
Posted on 24 Dec 2018
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson