“Little Lady” V6 and Ian Palmer – the early history

Built in 1924 for the Falmouth fleet and named Little Lady, she was originally numbered No. 16, although she was one of the first 6 boats in the fleet. She won the first season with her owner Capt. Wilcox. It seems that he then became ill, and she had been hit at some...

Cowes Week report

14 Sunbeams enjoyed a fabulous week of racing at Cowes with a wide variety of conditions in which to celebrate the Class’ 95th anniversary of racing at Cowes. On day 1 the new start line caught out a number of boats. V26 Danny had the best start and led V62 Firefly to...

Cowes Week video footage

Each day there's some excellent video footage of the starts of each of the classes filmed from the land, sea and air. Visit these links to watch the Sunbeam starts. Sat 4 Aug - Day 1 footage of start of the Solent Sunbeam class - starts at 1 hour 47 minutes of...

Cowes Classics Week report

Also see "Cowes Classics Week 2018 Overall - Patience and perseverance" in Yachts and Yachting. Sarah Pearson writes: Cowes Classics Week started on Monday with a nice breeze of 12 knots. The five Sunbeams headed to a buoy off Lee-on-Solent for the first race of the...

The background to the Dainty Dish trophy

One particularly special Solent Sunbeam award is named after Sunbeam Dainty (no. 1); it was brought into existence by the yacht’s former owner, Paul Brauner, who recognised the importance of combining good racing with fine wine and dining. When Paul noticed a lower...

Results updated

Please see https://solentsunbeam.co.uk/results where the results tables to 19 August have been updated.

“Sunbeam in the Channel” article – Yachting World June 2018

In these extracts, two sailors recount windy cross-Channel passages in a Sunbeam one-design. Written by Tom Cunliffe. "The Sunbeam day racer is perhaps the prettiest of all the designs produced in the 1920s and 1930s by Westmacott for building originally at Woodnutts...

Peter Taylor – A life of sailing Sunbeams

Peter Taylor MBE is Chairman of Cowes Week Limited and has recently purchased a Solent Sunbeam. He tells his story. “I am excited to have come into the Class in its 95th year. It’s significant that Sunbeams have raced at Cowes Week every year since 1923 (with the...

Gallery of Points Week 2018 images

Please see https://solentsunbeam.co.uk/gallery and scroll down the page. High res images are available on request. © Karen Bornhoft

Points Week 2018 report

Seventeen Solent Sunbeams largely enjoyed light winds for the five-race Strutt & Parker Keelboat Points Week at Itchenor. Racing in a large fleet at high tide meant that, in the absence of the usual strong Chichester Harbour tides, good results were often dependent on...