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 40 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.

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 Civil Engineers’ Club Trophy is 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 in the Little Britain Challenge Cup regatta 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 Little Britain Challenge Cup is an annual regatta for the construction and property industry held every year in September. This year’s will be on 11-12th September 2020).

The winner of the Sir John Coode trophy in 2019 was Jamie Chalmers of Knight Build in Happy Daize. Congratulations to him and his crew in winning this and the top LBCC prize.

Second was Alastair Muir Wood of Wood Thilsted in Sunsail 4004.

Third was Alex Gregory in Specific Interiors, R&R Associates.

Fourth was Howard Hutchinson in R&W

Fifth was John Quigley in R&W Jolly Jellyfish.

Sixth was Miles Delap in Lyra of London.

An excellent competition sailed in great conditions.

I look forward to another great competition next year .


David Hardcastle

The Sir John Coode Trophy


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. This is due to be held next on 26 September 2020.

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. The winner for the best log in 2019 was Chris Jones. Here is the proud winner:

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.

David Hardcastle

Tel: 07973 368647

email: [email protected]

Sailing programme for 2020

Saturday 30 May: Round the Island Race for the Telford and Smeaton Trophies

Friday/Saturday 11-12th September: Little Britain Challenge for the Sir John Coode Trophy

December 31st Elvera Trophy for most entertaining log of a cruise in 2020.