You might think that the major risk when sailing dinghies in cold weather is hypothermia, and while it is a significant concern, it takes a while to get into trouble and there are lots of signs.
You can die in less than 60 seconds from cold shock.
There are a few Cody Sailing Club sailors who, for the first time this year, are planning some daysails during the winter – if you are a member and interested in joining us, you know what to do. If you’re not a member and fancy a bit of fleet dinghy cruising in the beautiful waters of the Solent and local harbours, follow the “Join Now” link.
The excellent article with more information is from the RYA.
Cody Sailing Club are camping in Chichester Harbour this weekend. With the high pressure building the forecast was for no wind but this afternoon we have had a lovely couple of hours on the water in really gentle winds. If you just decide to go for it then sometimes it pays.
Cody are just back from their annual summer camp which this year was based in Salcombe harbour. Last Thursday saw us take to the water early. Alarms were set for 0530 so that we were on the water by 0600. This is not the normal hour to set out but the early start was made worthwhile on two counts. One the beautiful sunrise as we set off from Frogmore creek. The other was the dedication of a couple of other campers who also got up early to make us tea and bacon sandwiches for breakfast. Light early morning winds meant the catering team needed to be flexible and cooked us our splendid spread at North Sands. After being fed the winds built so we made our planned destination of Hope Cove, retuning after having had coffee and ice cream. Having been to 19 Cody camps this trip is up there for providing positive memories.
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After a poor weather start to the summer camp the weather has dramatically improved. Good sailing, good levels of relaxing on sandy beaches, great company.
Following weeks of hot weather, it’s a bit disappointing for the weather to deliver a wind of force 6 to 9 and 25mm of rain overnight. However, there’s every expectation of an outbreak of sailing this evening when the rain has stopped and the wind abates.
We launched from the public slipway near the RNLI station in Lymington, with six boats in the fleet. The cruise was a gentle straight line sail from Lymington, out to the Isle of Wight. Newton Creek is a beautiful place to sail to.
There were two possible lunch stops, either at the creek’s entrance/ picnic on the beach, or venturing further into the creek, landing at Shalfleet Quay. The decision was taken to go for the quay, landing with the boats nose-in to the shore. We then had a short walk to the pub for some lunch and local ale, before returning to Lymington. The weather was glorious, and a good time was had by all.
This is the photo finish at the end of one of the short races this evening. Lovely wind, clear blue sky and a perfect end to workday. One of the current RYA L1&2 students joined us earlier and sailed on a Comet Trio with her daughters.
If you’re a club member and would like to join us on a Thursday please get in touch with Simon or Steve.