Our next sail this Sunday is from Stokes Bay to the IOW. With the temperature looking good for this weekend, let’s hope that the wind is good enough for a sail, and a sea breeze could build if the sun is out – fingers crossed…
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…
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
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.
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Just letting you know that the RYA Level 1 and 2 training for FPSC is available for booking now. There are spaces on the Adult L1/2 Saturday Morning course, and the August course, using the Bahia and GP training boats.. Their contact email address is in the poster.
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.
The RNLI are launching (pun intended) a campaign on how to deal with cold-water shock. www.respectthewater.com/
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!
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!