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Sunbeam

The Solent Sunbeam - a classic keelboat with great performance

Few of today's one design classes are as long-lived or as successful as the Sunbeam, still racing hard after ninety-five years. Solent Sunbeams enjoy close competitive racing in Chichester harbour and in the Solent.

The key attributes of a Solent Sunbeam:

  • A classic keelboat, the largest of the Alfred Westmacott designs, the Solent Sunbeams at Itchenor range from 95 years of age to new all-GRP and newly epoxied yachts, yet all racing on level terms.
  • Highly competitive regular racing in a one-design fleet with no restrictions for tides on most weekends and Thursday evenings from March to October.
  • Beautiful lines with great handling across the whole wind spectrum.
  • Often just one crew member needed in boats that are suited to both men and women.
  • A well-organised crew/helm request system as well as training sessions and a welcoming attitude to new sailors.
  • Annual racing at Cowes Classic Week and Cowes Week with passage races
  • Sheltered moorings in beautiful Chichester harbour.
  • Great camaraderie and community spirit in the Class and Club with many social events.

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Show news Historic Solent Sunbeam fleet thriving
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic
Posted on 7 Oct
Itchenor mid-August keelboat regatta
Large fleets relish the stronger winds
Posted on 24 Aug
New dates announced for 2021 Cowes Classics Week
Now being held 3 - 9 July with racing from 5 July
Posted on 4 Jul
Cowes Classics Week reschedules to 2021
The safety of competitors, plus the large volunteer team, is paramount
Posted on 5 Jun
Henri-Lloyd announced as Regatta Clothing Partner
Cowes Classics Week set to take place from 25th to 31st July
Posted on 19 May
Calling all Solent Sunbeam owners, past & present
Input and photos required!
Posted on 28 Apr
Entries open for Cowes Classics Week 2020
Royal London YC intend to run the regatta as planned in July
Posted on 16 Apr
The Story of the GRP Solent Sunbeams
Informative illustrated account of the story behind the classic dayboats
Posted on 6 Apr
Cowes Week announces the Official Charity for 2020
Scaramouche Sailing Trust gets youngster from North London into sailing
Posted on 15 Dec 2019
Itchenor Solent Sunbeam at Classic Yacht Regattas
Peter Nicholson's 'Dainty' shone amongst the 'grand dames' of classic yachts
Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Classic Keelboat Syndication
And why you should try it
Posted on 20 Oct 2019
Peter Nicholson sets off for Regates Royales
The event sees the gathering of around 150 of the world's greatest classic yachts
Posted on 24 Sep 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 8
The final day's racing is for the Cowes Town Regatta
Posted on 17 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 7
Fridays's racing held in an increasing south-southwesterly breeze
Posted on 17 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 6
A breezy day on the Solent, with powerful gusts to 25 knots
Posted on 15 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 5
Very shifty southerly winds provide testing conditions
Posted on 14 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 4
Competitors enjoyed a classic day of Solent racing today
Posted on 13 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 3
A tricky day on the Solent threw up challenges of a different kind
Posted on 12 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 2
A fast and furious day provided close and exhilarating racing
Posted on 11 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 1
Winds of up to 50 knots lead to no racing
Posted on 10 Aug 2019
Cowes Week Weather Forecast on Saturday
Clearly unsuitable for racing small boats
Posted on 7 Aug 2019
Cowes Classics Week overall
Daring Dauntless takes the title
Posted on 3 Aug 2019
Cowes Classics Week day 4
Fluky winds and finished races
Posted on 1 Aug 2019
Cowes Classics Week day 3
A thrilling day with a cracking stiff breeze
Posted on 31 Jul 2019
Cowes Classics Week day 2
Gale interrupts the programme
Posted on 30 Jul 2019
Cowes Classics Week day 1
Sparkling Solent conditions
Posted on 29 Jul 2019
Cowes Classics ready for action
Some truly historic craft are assembling at Cowes
Posted on 25 Jul 2019
Strong Solent Sunbeams fleet lined up
13 booked for Cowes Classic Week at end of July
Posted on 13 Jul 2019
Cowes Week - Have you entered yet?
Standard entry still open!
Posted on 13 Jul 2019
Gearing up for Cowes Classics Week
Polishing up the 225-year-old cup
Posted on 5 Jul 2019