March 17/18 sailing event cancelled

The sailing event planned for the weekend of March 17/18 has been cancelled due to the forecast. Referring to the Met Office’s inshore waters forecast (for coastal waters up to 12 miles offshore) issued on Friday morning…”*the general situation is that very cold air and some snow are expected to spread gradually from the northeast; strong winds, variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 5 to 7 later; sea state slight or moderate, becoming rough; rain, then snow for a time; visibility moderate or good, occasionally very poor”**.* Referring to the synoptic charts, and general outlook, this forecast is unlikely to improve; club policy is not to sail if there is a force 6 in the forecast. As the saying goes, it’s better to be ashore wishing you were at sea, rather than being at sea wishing you were ashore…

First cruise of the season!

Notification has just been sent out to Cody members for the first dinghy cruising event of the year on Saturday 17th March; this is a day-sail from Itchenor to Dell Quay in Chichester Harbour.
This is a popular club event in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; it’s also a good opportunity for a “shakedown” sail in the sheltered waters of this picturesque natural harbour.
Part of Cody’s process is to appoint an Advanced Organizer (AO) for specific sailing events. The AO is responsible for organizing who is going on the event, which boats are available, and levels of sailing experience to match a range of abilities in the fleet. The AO coordinates with the Officer of the Day (OOD), the latter taking overall responsibility for the event on the day.
David Wyatt Advanced Organiser

Daysail cruising with Exe Sailing Club

I was having a lovely conversation during the Comet Trio Nationals last year with Nick, the Cruising Captain of Exe SC. He has just forwarded me their cruising calendar, and invited us to join them for a daysail.

Exe Sailing Club are in a beautiful location at the mouth of the Exe river in Exmouth, and without traffic it’s about three and a half hours from the Hampshire area.
They run dinghy cruises from the sailing club to local destinations which they pick depending on weather conditions.
He writes “Following our discussions at the Trio Nationals last year, I have pleasure in forwarding you attached this year’s programme and would be delighted if you would like to join us on any of the outings. The sea outings could be either to Teignmouth or Budleigh Salterton / Sidmouth depending on wind direction (with the exception of the Torquay endurance trip on August bank holiday Sunday).
Of course, you may wish to take advantage of the river trips as indicated in the programme, going up to Topsham / The Turf Pub before high tide and returning with the tide. It can make for an interesting 3 to 4 hour trip.
We now have a fleet of up to three Hawks, providing the necessary mother boat cover.”
To save him from spam, I’ve put  redirection on our site for his personal email address, which you can find at the bottom of this page. Feel free to contact Nick directly.
Dinghy and Hawk Cruising Programme 2018
Date Day Tide Height(m) Launch Destination Notes
7-Apr sat 11:18 2.9 10:00 river
14-Apr sat 12:28 0.5 11:30 sea
21-Apr sat 11:05 3.5 10:00 river
28-Apr sat 12:32 0.2 11:30 sea
5-May sat 10:55 3 9:30 river
13-May sun 11:48 0.5 11:00 sea Int 14s Nationals
20-May sun 11:02 3.5 9:30 river
27-May sun 12:02 0.4 11:00 sea
2-Jun sat 9:31 3.5 8:30 river
9-Jun sat 15:25 2.9 14:00 river RS200 Open
17-Jun sun 10:10 3.8 9:00 river
23/24jun sat/sun tba tba Exe Regatta
1-Jul sun 15:24 0.7 14:30 sea
7-Jul sat 13:22 2.8 12:00 river
15-Jul sun 15:21 0.1 14:00 sea
21-Jul sat 14:00 2.9 12:30 river Trio Nationals
29-Jul sun 14:39 0.6 13:30 sea Enterprise Nationals
4-Aug sat 11:53 3 10:30 river
12-Aug sun 14:22 0.1 13:30 sea
18-Aug sat 12:12 3.1 10:30 river
26-Aug sun 7:30 3.6 9:00 sea Lambrini Challenge to Torquay
1-Sep sat 10:48 3.4 9:30 river
9-Sep sun 13:12 0.2 12:12 sea
16-Sep sun 11:22 3.2 tba tba Barts Bash
23-Sep sun 12:29 0.7 11:30 sea
29-Sep sat 9:56 3.7 9:00 river
7-Oct sun 11:59 0.5 11:00 sea

RYA Dinghy Show – thanks

As the 2018 RYA Dinghy Show draws to a close, we would like to extend our thanks to all the volunteers who manned our stand over the weekend.

We’d also like to thank everyone who came to visit us. We hope you liked what we do and if you didn’t join on the day, will do so! Please feel free to get in touch with us should you have any further questions.

Safe travels everyone.

Hayling cycle ride

I have heard people say that the period between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a dead time. The answer, obviously, is to organise a Cody social event then and to start a tradition!
Hence the plan to cycle the old puffing billy railway track on Hayling Island.
The day before I looked out of the window and saw snow, sleet and a howling gale. It did not look good for a cycle.
However, there was a weather window, the first for days, forecast on our chosen ride day. The forecast was right and the day was sunny, bright and a bit nippy. The visibility was exceptional and we had great views of Langstone Harbour and the hills above Portsmouth.
Nine of us cycled to the Ferry Inn pub at the mouth of Langstone Harbour and we were we were joined by half a dozen of the non- cycling shore party for lunch. (Some of us walked most of the way! – Ed)
On the way there we broke the ice on several of the puddles as we rode through them on the excellent off-road cycle track. There was snow or frost on the fields in places and it was beautiful.
It was very nice to meet friends and to chat over lunch. The wind was behind us on the way back and we pottered our way back to the cars. This was a lovely day in a period of poor weather that was worth grabbing and not spending in front of the fire or in post-Christmas shopping. Seize the day!

Cody Sailing Club 70th Anniversary

Seventy years ago, a few scientists at the Royal Aircraft Establishment met to form a sailing club with the aim of using one of the RAF Yacht Club’s 50 sq.m. ‘windfall’ yachts – previously owned by the German air force. The first meeting was on 10th November 1948 with a subscription fixed at 10 shillings (50p) and an agreement to help with maintenance of the yacht. This inaugural meeting was followed by talks on seamanship, yacht husbandry, navigation and (since many members were scientists) on the aerodynamics of sailing!
Later, many members bought or built their own yachts and the windfall yachts moved to other organisations (such as the Offshore Cruising Club). Later still, the RAESC (as it was then) acquired one or two sailing dinghies and began a small dinghy section, which started a unique programme of dinghy cruises. The RAESC became a group member of the Frensham Pond Sailing Club where the dinghies were kept and where sailing tuition was provided to new members. (In winter the plywood dinghies were moved to RAE and stored and maintained in a disused aircraft hangar!)
By the end of the century much of the RAE had become privatised and the club changed its name to the Cody Sailing Club, in recognition of its association with Farnborough airfield and the first UK aviator, Samuel Cody. The club also drew its membership from over a much wider area and now welcomes any with a passion for sailing. The club continues to maintain a fleet of dinghies at Frensham and has a vigorous programme of dinghy cruises including several events for yachts.
This year we will be celebrating the club’s 70th Anniversary – the key event will be the Anniversary Dinner on 10th November 2018 – exactly 70 years to the day!
The dinner is not the only celebratory event; there will also be a beach day, regatta and BBQ at Stokes Bay on the 20th May, with the aim of also supporting the RYA ‘Push the Boat Out’. There will also be celebratory activities at other events, especially during the camps!