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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 Cowes Classics Week 2018 just four weeks away
Regatta on course to attract over 150 yachts
Posted on 23 Jun
Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club
A festival of classic keelboat racing
Posted on 18 Jun
Chichester Yacht Club Regatta
A definite change in pace after the months of light winds
Posted on 17 Jun
Itchenor Keelboat Points Week preview
A tradition that goes back many decades
Posted on 3 Jun
Sunbeams celebrate 95 years of racing
Excellent sailing conditions in Chichester Harbour
Posted on 29 May
95th anniversary Solent Sunbeam class celebrations
This weekend at Itchenor Sailing Club
Posted on 22 May
Solent Sunbeam Henry Chisholm Weekend
Sun shines on the fleet at Itchenor
Posted on 8 May
Sunbeam Chisholm Weekend at Itchenor preview
So who was Sir Henry Chisholm?
Posted on 20 Apr
Lendy Cowes Week Notice of Regatta now live
Notice of Regatta is now available to view
Posted on 13 Apr
Cowes Classics Week 2018 opens for entries
With the launch this week of the new 2018 website
Posted on 9 Apr
95th anniversary of the Solent Sunbeam class
A special regatta weekend of racing and an anniversary party has been planned
Posted on 8 Feb
New Regatta Director joins Cowes Week Ltd
Laurence is no stranger to the regatta, having raced in his first Cowes Week in 1982
Posted on 12 Jan
Lendy Cowes Week 2018 - Entries open
World famous lendy cowes week regatta entries opened
Posted on 3 Dec 2017
David Gower named new Chairman
Of Cowes Classics Week
Posted on 1 Nov 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 8
Whooper confirmed as the overall winner
Posted on 5 Aug 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 7
Return to gloriously sunny weather
Posted on 4 Aug 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 6
Big winds for the largest yachts
Posted on 3 Aug 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 5
Fast, furious and wet action in the Solent
Posted on 2 Aug 2017
Annabel Vose scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy
At Lendy Cowes Week 2017
Posted on 2 Aug 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 4
Racing in a classic south-westerly breeze
Posted on 2 Aug 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 3
More racing in blazing sun and a perfect south westerly
Posted on 31 Jul 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 2
Gusts top 25 knots in the Solent
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
Lendy Cowes Week day 1
Intensely tactical racing required persistence and bravery
Posted on 29 Jul 2017
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week overall
Vintage boats and young winners
Posted on 21 Jul 2017
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week day 3
Tight racing for vintage classes
Posted on 19 Jul 2017
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week day 2
Black flags versus clean starts on Henri Lloyd Race Day
Posted on 18 Jul 2017
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week day 1
Mixed fortunes on the opening day
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Musto launches Pimp my Ride competition
For young sailors at Lendy Cowes Week
Posted on 20 Jun 2017
Itchenor Points Week
A tradition that goes back many decades
Posted on 19 Jun 2017
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week preview
Defending champions and new faces prepare
Posted on 15 Jun 2017
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Solent Sunbeams 95th anniversary party
© Rupert Peace
Solent Sunbeams 95th anniversary
© Solent Sunbeam class
Itchenor Sailing Club host the 95th anniversary celebrations for the Solent Sunbeam class
© Mary Pudney
Chisholm Weekend at Itchenor Sailing Club
© Sunbeam class
Solent Sunbeam Chisholm Weekend
© Mary Pudney
95th anniversary celebrations for the Solent Sunbeam class
© Juliette Leach
Betty convincingly leads the Solent Sunbeam class on day 2 at Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week
© Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com
Danny on day 7 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
© Paul Wyeth / www.pwpictures.com
Chichester Yacht Club Regatta
© Chris Hatton
Sunbeams and a Swallow on day 7 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
© Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com
Melody - The winning Solent Sunbeam at Itchenor SC's Points Week
© Kirsty Bang
John Ford steering Melody to victory at Itchenor SC's Points Week
© Kirsty Bang
Sunbeam Wendy under restoration
© Mylor Yacht Harbour
Sunbeams racing in Falmouth
© Cornwall Marine Network
Roger Graffy sailing Milly
© Cornwall Marine Network
Solent Sunbeams at Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week
© Tim Jeffreys Photography
Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week 2014
© Jake Sugden
Day 1 of Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week
© Jake Sugden
Mike MacIntyre during the Solent Sunbeam Invitational
© Chris Hatton
Solent Sunbeam Invitational race 2 start
© Chris Hatton
Douglas Pattison during the Solent Sunbeam Invitational
© Chris Hatton
Sunbeams sailing from Itchenor
© Sue Kent
Solent Sunbeam on the Cowes promenade
© Solent Sunbeam class
Chichester Yacht Club Regatta 2013
© Gayle Palmer
Chichester Yacht Club Regatta 2013
© Gayle Palmer
Sunbeam class Open Day at Itchenor
© Solent Sunbeam Class
Sunbeam class Open Day at Itchenor
© Solent Sunbeam Class
The Solent Sunbeams celebrate 90 years
© Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com
The Solent Sunbeams are holding an open day at Itchenor Sailing Club on Saturday 18th May
© Solent Sunbeam class