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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 Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
A weekend of big winds on the island
Posted on 10 Mar
Hyde Sails at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019
We speak to Nigel Grogan and Richard Lovering
Posted on 3 Mar
Illusion Vernon Stratton Trophy
The fleet mutinied when offered an extra race
Posted on 25 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championship
Plan B put in place during Saturday's high winds
Posted on 11 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
Mark Downer wins for the fifth time in a row
Posted on 3 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Team Racing Final
Finishing an event that had to be aborted in December
Posted on 21 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel
There is no rule 9!
Posted on 20 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
No sign of the 'Flying Dutchman' defending his trophy
Posted on 14 Jan
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2019
Light northerly breeze meant jackets were definitely needed
Posted on 7 Jan
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
Bembridge Illusion Inter Club Team Racing
High wind racing for the event!
Posted on 10 Dec 2018
Illusion Bailey Bowl at Bembridge
Straightforward course setting with the boats off the moorings
Posted on 26 Nov 2018
Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy at Bembridge
Plenty of video evidence for those judged OCS
Posted on 12 Nov 2018
Illusion Picnic Hamper at Bembridge
Winter shows its teeth
Posted on 29 Oct 2018
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy 2018
The traditional opening regatta of the Illusion season on the Isle of Wight
Posted on 15 Oct 2018
Illusion season opener at Bembridge
New faces and buoyancy checks
Posted on 8 Oct 2018
Illusion Inlands at Middle Nene
Club fleet rapidly expanding over the past three years
Posted on 5 Sep 2018
West Kirby Sailing Club Regatta
Three days of racing at West Kirby and Dee Sailing Clubs
Posted on 28 Jul 2018
Bembridge Illusion double-header season finale
St George's Day Trophy & Woodford Long Distance Race
Posted on 30 Apr 2018
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy
Thick mist and no wind greets the twelve helms on Saturday
Posted on 15 Apr 2018
Vernon's Easter Egg Cup for Illusions
The second oldest Regatta in the Bembridge calendar
Posted on 1 Apr 2018
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge part 2
Rerun after 'Beast From The East' stops play 2 weeks ago
Posted on 31 Mar 2018
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
Struck by the 'Mini Beast from the East'
Posted on 18 Mar 2018
Illusion Spring Plate at Bembridge
Reduced to one day after the snow thaws
Posted on 5 Mar 2018
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championship
Light winds and short courses punish mistakes
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
Earlier in the season than normal
Posted on 5 Feb 2018
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket
Steady drizzle on Sunday for aptly named event
Posted on 22 Jan 2018
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker Trophy
No ice on the harbour, but pretty cold and windy!
Posted on 8 Jan 2018
Bembridge Illusion New Year's Day Race
Dismal weather, family commitments and sore heads reduce the entry
Posted on 2 Jan 2018
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Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Jerry Summers
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Jerry Summers
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Jerry Summers
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
© Mike Samuelson
Judging for the Concours d'Elegance at the RYA Dinghy Show
© Mark Jardine
Illusion Vernon Stratton Trophy 2019
© BSC
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
N over A during the Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Match Racing workshop during the Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championships 2019
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
© Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
© Mike Samuelson