The Civil Engineers' Club
Institution of Civil Engineers


Taking part

The Club organizes events to promote sailing and engineering for a range of sailing skills and aspirations. The centre of activity is around the Solent and members’ boats range from trailer sailors to ocean-going yachts.

Sailing has been an important sphere of Club activities for the past 35 years and has led to many friendships as well as providing much enjoyment to members, families and friends.

Any member of the Institution is most welcome to join our rallies.

Look over the programme and see what type of event would suit you best and come and see if you enjoy it.

New Sailing opportunity:

Our Sailing Secretary David Hardcastle wishes to inform Civil Engineers’ Club members of a Sailing opportunity in the coming months.

The Little Britain organisation has a Saturday Sail Club in association with Sunsail events where sailors with little or no experience can have a day on the water. Dates are 25th  May, 1st June, 8th June, 22nd June and 6th July. Expenses are shared and the estimated cost is £36 pp plus vat.

Further details can be found on the website

Scroll down to “Saturday Sail Club 2019”


Events include day sails, nautical quests, rallies and dinners, largely arranged around the Solent area.

The Civil Engineers’ Club in association with The Little Britain Challenge Cup are pleased to announce the award of a new Trophy to the highest placed civil engineering boat each year in the Little Britain regatta.

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is an annual regatta for the construction and property industry held every year in September (14-15th September 2018). To find out more about the regatta visit

The CEC Trophy will be called the Sir John Coode Trophy in honour of the famous Civil Engineer who specialised in Harbour Works. His achievements include Portland Harbour (UK), plus Colombo Harbour (Sri Lanka), Cape Town and Victoria Dock, Melbourne. He also designed the first lighthouse made of reinforced concrete at La Corbiere, Jersey.

The trophy will be awarded annually to the highest placed boat that is owned, skippered or crewed by a Civil Engineer (member of ICE), including students. This will be administered by CEC and further details about entry can be obtained from David Hardcastle ([email protected]).

The Sir John Coode Trophy

For more information closer to September, watch this webpage.

The Club has recently had cruises to Dorset and to Normandy and regularly cruises the Channel Islands meeting members of CIGPE and inspecting many of the engineering works and places of interest in the Islands.

Other activities have included cruises to St Katherine’s Dock in London, to Normandy and Brittany and to the West Country.

In the past it has had joint rallies with the REYC and the Offshore Cruising Club to Antwerp and the Normandy Landing Sites.

Club members have crossed the Atlantic and Pacific, visited St Petersburg and cruised the Mediterranean, as well as the coast of Britain and Ireland. Several members have their boats in Greece and France.

Voyage Vache

For many years, the final event of the season has been on the first weekend in December. The Club has sailed to Cowes on the ‘’Voyage Vaches” where we have traditionally joined the Ingenieures de France for a joint dinner at the Island Sailing Club.


There are three trophies.

The Smeaton Trophy and the Telford Goblet are for members and staff of the ICE who enter or skipper a yacht competing in the Round the Island Race. The Smeaton Trophy is awarded by the Club to the yacht, which has the lowest quotient determined by dividing the boats finishing position in its class or sub-class by the number of starters in that class or sub-class. The Telford Goblet is awarded by the Island Sailing Club to the highest placed yacht in the IRC class.

The Elvera Cup is for the most interesting log of a cruise in the current year by a member of the Club.

David Hardcastle is pleased to announce the results of last year’s Trophies for the round the Island Race:

Telford Goblet

1-      Knightbuild – James Chalmers

2-      Jellylorum

3-      Roller Coaster

Smeaton Trophy

1 – Mailys – David Tarrant

2-  Fulmar

Knightbuild also won her class (IRC 2A) which is a great achievement.






Further information

If you need any further information on any matter, but particularly on crewing opportunities, how to enter for trophies or the programme generally, please contact David Hardcastle or Roger Hyde.

David Hardcastle

Tel: 07973 368647

email: [email protected]

Sailing programme for 2018

The provisional programme for 2018 is shown below.

Saturday July 7th: Round the Island Race for the Telford and Smeaton Trophies

Friday/Saturday 14-15th September 2018: Little Britain Challenge for the Sir John Coode Trophy

December 31st Elvera Trophy for most entertaining log of a cruise in 2017.

Other events to be advised later.