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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 Inter Club Team Racing
High wind racing for the event!
Posted on 10 Dec
Illusion Bailey Bowl at Bembridge
Straightforward course setting with the boats off the moorings
Posted on 26 Nov
Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy at Bembridge
Plenty of video evidence for those judged OCS
Posted on 12 Nov
Illusion Picnic Hamper at Bembridge
Winter shows its teeth
Posted on 29 Oct
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy 2018
The traditional opening regatta of the Illusion season on the Isle of Wight
Posted on 15 Oct
Illusion season opener at Bembridge
New faces and buoyancy checks
Posted on 8 Oct
Illusion Inlands at Middle Nene
Club fleet rapidly expanding over the past three years
Posted on 5 Sep
West Kirby Sailing Club Regatta
Three days of racing at West Kirby and Dee Sailing Clubs
Posted on 28 Jul
Bembridge Illusion double-header season finale
St George's Day Trophy & Woodford Long Distance Race
Posted on 30 Apr
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy
Thick mist and no wind greets the twelve helms on Saturday
Posted on 15 Apr
Vernon's Easter Egg Cup for Illusions
The second oldest Regatta in the Bembridge calendar
Posted on 1 Apr
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge part 2
Rerun after 'Beast From The East' stops play 2 weeks ago
Posted on 31 Mar
Illusion Nationals at Bembridge
Struck by the 'Mini Beast from the East'
Posted on 18 Mar
Illusion Spring Plate at Bembridge
Reduced to one day after the snow thaws
Posted on 5 Mar
Bembridge Illusion Match Racing Championship
Light winds and short courses punish mistakes
Posted on 19 Feb
Bembridge Illusion Valentine Trophy
Earlier in the season than normal
Posted on 5 Feb
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket
Steady drizzle on Sunday for aptly named event
Posted on 22 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker Trophy
No ice on the harbour, but pretty cold and windy!
Posted on 8 Jan
Bembridge Illusion New Year's Day Race
Dismal weather, family commitments and sore heads reduce the entry
Posted on 2 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Christmas Cracker
Not very wintery for the eighteen Illusionists on the harbour
Posted on 25 Dec 2017
Club house progress and informative writing
Recognised in Henri Lloyd Report of the Month
Posted on 18 Dec 2017
Illusions at Bembridge
A crisp weekend for the fleet
Posted on 18 Dec 2017
Illusion Bill's Barrel Trophy at Bembridge
The strangest weather changes
Posted on 11 Dec 2017
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper
Some cold racing on Saturday in the harbour
Posted on 4 Dec 2017
Illusion Inter Club Team Racing
Exciting racing for the eight teams at Bembridge
Posted on 27 Nov 2017
Illusion Bailey Bowl at Bembridge
A record number of sailors on Saturday
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy
Keen racing on both days over the weekend
Posted on 6 Nov 2017
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy
Storm Brian delays racing to Sunday
Posted on 23 Oct 2017
Illusion Flying Dutchman Trophy
2017-18 winter season starts at Bembridge
Posted on 9 Oct 2017
Bembridge Illusion season finale
St George's Day Trophy & Woodford Long Distance Race
Posted on 1 May 2017