The XOD's are beautiful 20ft classic wooden keel boats, many painted and some varnished. They sail two or three up from the end of March to the end of October in over 100 races a year using the whole of Chichester Harbour and sometimes the Solent.
The X fleet at Itchenor is one of six Solent clubs that race X's, culminating, if one wants, in racing at Cowes Week and Cowes Classic Week and lots of Solent racing in-between.
We are a very competitive fleet with the winner of Cowes for the last seven years coming from Itchenor!
There are 40 X boats at Itchenor (not all on the water at the same time) and we all race together, giving everyone the impetus to improve. Within the group are three fleets of different standards and success in each is recognised with one of 40 different cups and prizes.
Every Wednesday we sail a fun race in the harbour by ourselves, which is often the highlight of the week, in a beautiful empty harbour, with the setting sun and a glass or two in the bar with dinner afterwards, it's a great way to get to know us and join in the fun.
You can join us - we're very friendly - by being a boat tart (someone who crews on lots of different boats). It's a way of getting to know who we all are, whether you like us, and who you want to race with. Email Susie for more information.
Many boats encourage partnerships where maintenance costs are divided which keeps down the cost of owning an XOD. If you want to helm, this is a good way to get hold of the tiller and have great sailing, learn the tides and shallows of the fast moving water with a regular team as Chichester Harbour can be more challenging than the Solent. The XOD truly is the queen of racing.
If you want, we can arrange training by an XOD sailor or RYA instructor to help you get the best out of an X.
We have lots of news, race results, trophies and lots more information on our XOD website
For more details contact: Roger Yeoman, Class Captain
Last updated 11:00 on 16 May 2021