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.


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

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: 01483 273 138


Sailing programme for 2018

The provisional programme for 2017 is shown below.

Saturday July 8th: Round the Island Race for the Telford and Smeaton Trophies

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

Other events to be advised later.