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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 Final 2020-21 weekend for the Bembridge Illusions
St George's Day, Woodford Long Distance Race and Bill's Barrel
Posted on 3 May
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy
Another excellent turnout for the penultimate weekend's racing
Posted on 26 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
A four race no discard regatta sailed on Sunday afternoon
Posted on 19 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate 2021
Another good turnout for the Island-based helms
Posted on 12 Apr
Explore. Dream. Discover.
The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many
Posted on 6 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021
Great to be able to get back on the water again!
Posted on 5 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Christmas Cracker 2020
A superb 19 entries race in the harbour
Posted on 21 Dec 2020
Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy & Picnic Hamper
Bembridge sailors back on the water after the 4 week enforced break
Posted on 7 Dec 2020
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
Fantastic entry of 29 boats despite the forecast of strong winds and heavy rain
Posted on 2 Nov 2020
Illusion Trafalgar Trophy at Bembridge
A record fleet for the event
Posted on 19 Oct 2020
Bembridge Illusion 2020-21 season underway
Groups of six and everyone wearing masks until they were afloat
Posted on 5 Oct 2020
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel 2020
A bit different from the norm
Posted on 16 Mar 2020
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Trophy 2020
A pleasant change on Saturday with lighter winds
Posted on 9 Mar 2020
Illusion class Flying Dutchman Trophy at Bembridge
25 knot gusts cause a few submarine moments
Posted on 2 Mar 2020
A windy weekend for the Bembridge Illusions
No formal racing for Vernon's Trophy
Posted on 23 Feb 2020
Bembridge Illusion St Valentine's Regatta
One lady celebrates beating her husband in a regatta for the first time
Posted on 8 Feb 2020
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championship
Starting sequence adjusted to avoid collisions
Posted on 26 Jan 2020
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2020
A windy weekend!
Posted on 13 Jan 2020
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
Links
Illusion UK Nationals Attendance
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
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Bembridge Illusion Woodford Long Distance
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Woodford Long Distance
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Woodford Long Distance
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Bembridge Illusion Woodford Long Distance
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Bembridge Illusion Woodford Long Distance
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
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Bembridge Illusion St George's Day winners
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Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
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Bembridge Illusion
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Bembridge Illusion
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
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Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy 2021
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
© Mike Samuelson