Now that most of the 140 boats stored over the winter for owners have been launched, normal sailing season work is underway which includes scrubbing the Itchenor SC keelboat fleets on a two week rotation. In between scrubbing those keelboats, we can do one off scrubs such as this one for Curlew, one of several Statement Marine PTS 26 motor launches berthed in Chichester Harbour.
Published 09:09 on 8 May 2023
The 98 year-old Solent Sunbeam Class is delighted to announce the launch of the latest Sunbeam, V71 Tiffany on Wednesday the 16th June. Tiffany is the second new boat to be launched in 2021 and she joins the ever-growing, Solent Sunbeam Class which are based at Itchenor Sailing Club. This historic and much admired fleet now number 33 boats regularly competing in competitive and sociable weekend regattas, Thursday evening harbour racing and
Published 14:10 on 13 Jul 2021
The Solent Sunbeam Class is excited to announce the latest addition to the fleet with the launch of V72, 'Serendipity' at Itchenor on the 30th March. The latest addition to this 98 year old classic keelboat class is the eleventh GRP Solent Sunbeam to be launched and the ever-growing fleet, sailing from Itchenor Sailing Club, now comprises 23 traditional wooden boats and 10 GRP versions, all racing together on an equal basis. The
Published 13:51 on 16 Apr 2021
The winter maintenance schedule is in full swing and includes the usual shipwright repairs and customary winter painting and varnishing maintenance. There is also the fit out of two new GRP Sunbeams.
Published 11:30 on 27 Oct 2020
Solent Sunbeam hull number one 'Dainty' regularly joins the 'grand dames' of classic yachts at La Belle Classe, Regates Royales and Voiles de St Tropez regattas in the South of France. What started 15 years ago as an unusual and challenging adventure for Dainty's owner, Bosham-based Peter Nicholson, has become not only an annual event, but one that has created life-enhancing memories, incredible sailing experiences, lifelong friendships, prestigious awards and a few headaches along the
Published 11:26 on 27 Oct 2020
The 96-year-old Solent Sunbeam class welcomed a brand new yacht to its fleet with the launching of V70 Minty which took place at Itchenor, the base for this historic and much-admired classic keel-boat fleet. Minty's hull was built on the Isle of Wight by Mark Downer's AM Structures, a GRP and composites specialist who has built eleven of the new GRP yachts. Minty was fitted out by wooden boat specialists Haines Boatyard based at Itchenor.
Published 09:56 on 27 Oct 2020
Solent Sunbeams have recently adopted a major modernisation aimed at maintaining the appeal of the yacht. Wooden hulls may now be externally epoxy coated with the incorporation of a single layer of fibreglass woven scrim for extra strength and resistance to impact damage. Haines are proud to have been part of the team included in developing a GRP Sunbeam that emulates the original wooden boats in every detail possible. The success of V61, Betty,
Published 18:49 on 26 Oct 2020
Haines Boatyard, nestled on the foreshore at Itchenor, is well known for its highly skilled wooden keelboat and GRP dinghy repair and boatyard services. Recently the company has been undertaking some more unusual work in renovating and maintaining wooden and GRP rowing boats. The full range of skills and experience of the in-house shipwrights have been engaged in the renovation of a Solent Galley. Originally built for racing in Portsmouth Harbour and its environs,
Published 19:05 on 25 Oct 2020