Illusion Class


Illusion Open Meeting WKSC

The Illusion OD singlehanded keelboat is based on a scaled down (12foot) version of “Lionheart” the British America’s Cup contender. The Illusion was designed by Jo Richards and Neil Graham in 1981 to provide close tactical racing for Solent based yachting stars during the winter. Like any keelboat the Illusion has a ballast keel so capsizing is not an issue- extra lead is added so that every helm’s weight is equalised at 100 kilos. Boats are equipped with a standard main, roller furling genoa and a spinnaker. These boats offer superb racing in nearly any conditions, for sailors of all weights ages and abilities in wind strengths even up to Force 6.
At West Kirby we sail normally round the cans racing in the summer but in the winter we sail a windward -leeward Americas Cup style course, sailing short ten-twelve minute races doing usually five or six races in a session depending on the outside temperature. We have our own floating electric starting system.

Socially, we are active particularly during the winter when we have a lunch for sailors and their partners each month.

We are always looking for new members to join our very sociable group.

Class association –

Other Clubs sailing Illusions

Bembridge S.C.
Aldenham S.C.
Boat builder – Advanced Marine structures-

For further information please contact David Pilling (0151 625 1011) or Peter Skinner (0151 625 8806)

January News

After a splendid lunch on Sunday I thought I would update people as to what is going on – perhaps largely for those who weren’t around to hear it for themselves.

As most will know we are indebted to Alan (and Catriona) for a most enjoyable scotch broth, to Barbara (and Richard) for a notable Steak and Newcastle Brown Ale Pie and to Heather (and Gordon) for an excellent meringue and fruit Desert. Alan Irving also supplied a suitably unpleasant looking liqueur in a most elegant bottle. Some members spoilt the tradition by requesting a second glass of it due to its high chocolate content.

Rob is going to be away for the next lunch on 24 February but will be requesting volunteers to provide the various courses. If any would like to volunteer in advance I am sure he would appreciate it.

The final lunch will be on 24 March and volunteers are needed for that day as well.

WKSC has a new web site ( which is worth a look.

With regards to the potential sails order I currently have had requests for 2 mains and 1 jib so if anyone else is interested it may help us to get a better deal if we order together.

It was brought to my notice by some non sailors that Wirral Borough Council are talking about reducing the maintenance on the bowling greens which might affect our use on Tuesdays. Peter S. feels that he would perhaps join the Bowling Club at Victoria Park as a means of helping them but others may feel it would help to express their concerns by letter or e mail to the Council Leisure Services department.

David Pilling