So you are thinking about trying out Illusions? – FAQ
Yes, we keep 2 club boats available for aspiring illusionists. To book them out e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We try to keep them in good condition although inevitably most sailors who try them move on to their own boats with their own sails etc. in the long run. We ask for a small donation each day you sail a boat – it is suggested at £10 per day
We sail from and under the race management of Bembridge Sailing Club in Bembridge Harbour. When conditions permit we sail outside Bembridge
A number of reasons:
A dry suit is vital for any regular sailors in mid-winter. It’s fine to try it out in oilies or a wet suit for the first few times but cold gets to you quickly. Illusions are surprisingly wet, particularly in a blow and dry suits stop you getting wet then cold. You need a lifejacket and race watch. Some sailors wear gloves, many don’t as the spinnaker sheets can be fiddly to hold in gloves. One sailor swears by his Marigolds
Let us know when you want to come race with us and we can probably work something out!
I think we will give you a run for your money!
Probably not. Club dinghy or big boat racing is probably a solid platform to start illusion sailing.
This isn’t the place to learn but we would love to see you once you have mastered the basics
We don’t limit it but you will probably get addicted to illusion sailing long before it becomes a problem. You will then have to choose between a new one (the boat maker is Mark Downer -email@example.com or you can buy a second hand one. Most of the top helmsman sail old boats that they have put their own controls where they want them, painted them with desired finish etc. some of the top boats are surprisingly elderly and the general consensus is that new boats are not faster than old boats.
No, if you own and store a boat at BSC you need to be a member of the Illusion club that pays for boat storage and race management for its illusion members. If you are already a member of BSC then there is a reduce rate for boat parking.
A new boat is c. £5,800 plus VAT Second hand ones start at £1,500 or so. Contact the Class Treasurer (currently Mike Toogood – firstname.lastname@example.org who keeps a list of buyers and sellers. A new set of sails will likely cost you £580 (main, genoa and spinnaker and will last 1 season for top sailors and 3 or more for ordinary mortals). Class subscription including boat parking, race management fees and sub is £190 pa currently if you are not a Bembridge Sailing Club members or £170pa if you are. Most additional costs relate to modifications of boats and gear failure
You will find the class friendly but fiercely competitive. Harsh words on the water quickly become banter in the bar. The requirement to assist each other get boats in and out of the water quickly results in us all getting to know each other very quickly
Racing takes the format normally of 3 races Saturday and 3 races Sunday. Bembridge has a tidal window of about 4 hours and we crane the boats in and out as soon as we are able to maximise time on the water. Everybody helps everybody else get the boats in and out before retiring to the bar for a warm-up. Turn-outs vary. There are nearly 50 boats on the quay and numbers on the line vary between 10 and 30. Racing is from a committee boat line with windward leeward courses with an offset mark and leeward gate. Rule 31 is amended to allow Illusions to hit marks as long as they are rounded.
If it doesn’t improve your subsequent summer racing results you will be most unusual!
Yes one of the leading sailors in the fleet is happy to provide training on a commercial basis – please contact email@example.com
16 – 80 (although these is some flexibility at both ends). Please note that concessionary membership fees may be applicable to genuine cases for under 23 year olds. Please contact the Treasurer –firstname.lastname@example.org
The fleet has many of both and we hope will continue that way as the boats are mentally demanding and not physically demanding.
We hope this gives you a brief overview of the ILLUSION and look forward to welcoming you on the water. If you also want to come and watch come down and make yourself known when we are sailing and we can show you round.