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 that is owned, skippered or crewed by a Civil Engineer (member of ICE), including students in the Little Britain regatta. This will be administered by CEC and further details about entry can be obtained from David Hardcastle ([email protected]).

The 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 Little Britain Challenge Cup is an annual regatta for the construction and property industry held every year in September.

Last year’s winner of the Sir John Coode trophy was Andy Hamilton of R&W.

The Round Island Race was held in 2021 (after a year’s break) and we are pleased to announce that David Greenhalgh won the Telford trophy.

The Sir John Coode Trophy

I am pleased to advise that Chris Jones won the Elvera Trophy for 2021 for the third year running (he was the only entrant) for his most interesting log in the year’s very compressed season.  Click on the link below to read it:

White Knight Log 2021

For his winning log of the previous year, click on the link below:

White Knight Log 2020

Here is a photo of Chris holding the Elvera Cup:


There are four 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 3 July 2021.

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 awarded for the most interesting log of a cruise in the current year by a member of the Club.

The Sir John Coode Trophy is awarded in honour of the famous Civil Engineer of that name who specialised in Harbour Works.

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 2021

Saturday 3 July 2021: Round the Island Race for the Telford and Smeaton Trophies.

Friday/Saturday 10-11 September: Little Britain Challenge for the Sir John Coode Trophy.

December 31st Elvera Trophy for most entertaining log of a cruise in 2021.