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RVYC Illusion Class

lllusion racing at the RVYC on Wootton Creek, and in the warm summer months, is quite unique. Although the sailboat has a very low freeboard, you can race without drysuits and in the relative comfort of a spray top.

Surrounded by the wooded foreshore on the west side of the creek and the ferry channel on the east side, the racing area is varied, scenic and atmospheric.

Racing follows the simple yet successful format of windward leeward courses, ideal for the 12 foot Illusion, (a scaled down 12 meter), with its long and heavy keel.

Racing an Illusion is a busy affair, steering with your feet, creating a well balanced main and jib, hoisting and dropping a spinnaker. The saving grace is there is no spinnaker pole and you fly her with the lines in your hands.

The boats are launched from the crane. There are 3 races a race day and club volunteers act as race officers. 7 Illusions raced last year and it was characteristically close up and down the racecourse and the leaderboard .

The apres on the lawn, outside the club, is one of the highlights of club life. Banter, beer and a meal from the Galley, with one of the island favourite backdrops, what more could you ask for?

The season splits between the Spring /Early Summer Season and Summer Autumn Series. The final race of the Summer Autumn series doubles up as an Open event . Cups and prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Dates for 2024 are below and NORS will follow in due course.

For more information contact Phil Russell (send email) and/or request to join the 'RVYC Illusion fleet' whatsapp group.

Illusion Calendar 2024

Date Day HW Height Start Time Race Number
08-May-24 Wednesday 1206 4.7m 1100 1
22-May-24 Wednesday 1146 4.3m 1100 2
29-May-24 Wednesday 1655 4.3m 1500 3
05-Jun-24 Wednesday 1101 4.5m 1030 4
19-Jun-24 Wednesday 1037 4.0m 1000 5
26-Jun-24 Wednesday 1547 4.6m 1400 6
03-Jul-24 Wednesday 0956 4.2m 1000 7
10-Jul-24 Wednesday 1533 4.4m 1330 8
24-Jul-24 Wednesday 1436 4.8m 1230 9
21-Aug-24 Wednesday 1326 4.9m 1130 10
04-Sep-24 Wednesday 1317 4.6m 1130 11
11-Sep-24 Wednesday 1721 3.9m 1530 12

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Last updated 09:03 on 15 May 2024

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