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. The Little Britain Challenge Cup is an annual regatta for the construction and property industry held every year in September. This will be administered by CEC and further details about entry can be obtained from David Hardcastle (

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.

Unfortunately the Sir John Coode trophy attracted no entrants for the Little Britain Challenge Cup and so was not awarded. This is surprising as there are usually a number of civil engineering boats competing in this regatta.

The Telford Cup  in the summer is awarded to the highest placed Civil Engineering boat competing in the Round Island Race ( Isle of Wight) competing in IRC classes. There were 5 entrants for this cup and the winner was Lulu Wallis on ‘Expressly Forbidden.‘

There were no entries for the Smeaton Trophy which is awarded  for non-IRC entrants to the RIR.

The Sir John Coode Trophy

I am pleased to report that Chris Jones won the Elvera Trophy yet again in 2022 for the fourth year running for his most interesting log of the year. Full of drama and incidents it is well worth a read. It includes how two teenagers Elin and Lou competed in the round Britain and Ireland Yacht Race and won one of the legs. Click on the link below to read it:

White Knight Log 2022

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

White Knight Log 2021

Further, 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.

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


Sailing programme for 2023

Saturday 1 July: Round the Island Race for the Telford and Smeaton Trophies.

Friday/Saturday 8/9 September: Little Britain Challenge for the Sir John Coode Trophy.

December 31st: Closing date for the Elvera Trophy for the most entertaining log of a cruise in 2023.