2023 Centenary Year Programme

The Solent Sunbeam class intends to mark 2023, its Centenary year, in a number of ways; there will be a Centenary Regatta at ISC in June followed by the Centenary Party, racing at Itchenor Keelboat Week, also in June and a strong attendance at Cowes Week, which the Class first visited 100 years ago. A logo to mark the 100 years since the first fleet raced at Cowes will be provided for all Sunbeam mainsails and some new Centenary-themed merchandising is being produced for class members to wear.

One event that deserves early attention is the Centenary Regatta on 7, 8 and 9 June 2023, when we plan on at least one day to have all Itchenor-based Solent Sunbeams out sailing for a cruise in company around the harbour, hopefully with some Falmouth Sunbeams joining us. If you are a boat owner but unable to attend, you are encouraged to allow an experienced Sunbeam helm to take your boat out to participate in this event, which will only be sailed if the weather is appropriate. The Class is creating a list of helms for any boats that may need them and will also help find crew for those who feel their normal team needs an extra hand on the day. More on this in a later post.

The outline programme for 2023 is shown below. Please scroll down to see the dates and events.


2023 Solent Sunbeam Centenary Programme Highlights

Fri 7 AprNormal Club Racing
Sat 8 AprNormal Club Racing
Sun 9 AprEaster SundayNormal Club Racing
Sat 29 AprHenry Chisholm Weekend
Sun 30 AprHenry Chisholm WeekendHC Dinner at ISC
Mon 1 MayMay BH
Sat 27 MayChittagong Cup
Sun 28 MayChittagong Cup
Mon 29 MayLate May BH
Sat 3 JuneNormal ISC Racing
Sun 4 JuneNormal ISC Racing
Wed 7 JuneSunbeam Centenary Regatta
Thur 8 JuneSunbeam Centenary Regatta
Fri 9 JuneSunbeam Centenary RegattaCentenary Party
Sat 10 JuneNormal ISC Racing
Sun 11 JuneNormal ISC Racing
Sat 17 JuneNormal ISC Racing
Sun 18 JuneNormal ISC Racing
Mon 19 JuneIKWHaines Drinks
Tue 20 JuneIKW
Wed 21 JuneIKWSunbeam Event
Thur 22 JuneIKW
Fri 23 JuneIKWISC Prizegiving
Mon 10 JulyCCW
Tue 11 JulyCCW
Wed 12 JulyCCW
Thur 13 JulyCCW
Fri 14 JulyCCW
Sat 22 JulyHDYC Regatta Cowes
Sun 23 JulyRYS Regatta Cowes
Thur 27 JulyDainty Dish Race
Fri 28 JulyDainty Dish Race Reserve DayDainty Dish Dinner
Sat 29 JulyCowes Week
Sun 30 JulyCowes Week
Mon 31 JulyCowes WeekCC Drinks
Tues 1 AugCowes Week
Wed 2 AugCowes WeekDrinks RYS
Thur 3 AugCowes Week
Fri 4 AugCowes WeekInformal BBQ
Sat 5 AugCrews Race Home
Thu 31 Aug (tbc)Sunbeam Championships Falmouth
Fri 1 Sept (tbc)Sunbeam Championships Falmouth
Sat 2 Sept (tbc)Sunbeam Championships Falmouth