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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 Bill's Barrel 2022
Post racing quiz decides any tied placings
Posted on 24 Jan
Bembridge Illusion January Jacket 2022
High turnout despite the light to non-existent wind
Posted on 17 Jan
Bembridge Illusion Icebreaker 2021-2022
Early start on New Year's Day due to early tides brushes away the cobwebs
Posted on 3 Jan
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
Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar & Guy Fawkes Trophies
No shortage of water with big spring tides
Posted on 25 Oct 2021
Bembridge Illusion Picnic Hamper & Invitational
October sunshine and a fickle breeze in the harbour
Posted on 11 Oct 2021
Final 2020-21 weekend for the Bembridge Illusions
St George's Day, Woodford Long Distance Race and Bill's Barrel
Posted on 3 May 2021
Bembridge Illusion Stratton Memorial Trophy
Another excellent turnout for the penultimate weekend's racing
Posted on 26 Apr 2021
Bembridge Illusion Prince Philip Memorial Trophy
A four race no discard regatta sailed on Sunday afternoon
Posted on 19 Apr 2021
Bembridge Illusion Spring Plate 2021
Another good turnout for the Island-based helms
Posted on 12 Apr 2021
Explore. Dream. Discover.
The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many
Posted on 6 Apr 2021
Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021
Great to be able to get back on the water again!
Posted on 5 Apr 2021
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