Camps

Sailing Club Camps

An aerial view of the campsite at the Helford River.

The Club runs a number of camps through the summer season usually held in out of the way locations on coastal esturies, harbours or larger inland waters. These camps have proved very popular with our members over many years and offer a combination of good sailing in supurb locations with additional social activities.

The foreshore at camp

The foreshore at camp

The camps scheduled for this year will be listed in the Programme, but below are some of the favourites. Most camps will have one or more of the Club Boats for members to sail. As with all our events the camps will have and Advanced Organiser listed in the programme.If you are interested in joining in any of activities make sure you contact the AO plenty of time in advance.

Poole Camp

PooleCamp

Poole Camp is a combined event with the Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club held annually over the Spring Bank Holiday. The camp is on the northen shore of the Isle of Purbeck and has easy access three hours either side of high water to the Harbour which is an ideal venue for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. The site has no facilities other than a standpipe for water and the field itself is flat.

Launching at Poole

The launching area at Poole Camp

Camping at Poole

Camping at Poole

 

For those who want a rest from watersports, there is plenty on offer in the area. There are good walks around Studland Heath or along the Dorset Coast Path and a walk is usually planned during the weekends activities. For the more adventuous there is the seaside town of Swange a short drive away or the the ferry to Poole and Bournmouth.

View from above, Cody Summer Holiday campsite in full sun.

View from above, Cody Summer Holiday campsite in full sun.

Summer Camp

Our main event in the Summer Programme is a two week camping/sailing holiday usually held in the West Country during August. Previous Summer Camps have been at Poole Harbour, Salcombe, Plymouth, Carrick Roads, Helford River and Milford Heaven.

An essential part of a family sailing holiday is making sailing and water sports fun for kids.

An essential part of a family sailing holiday is making sailing and water sports fun for kids.

Pirates Breakfast ends with a water fight - super soakers at the ready!

Pirates Breakfast ends with a water fight – super soakers at the ready!

Sailing a Cat in Helford

Sailing a Mirror in Helford. The area of the water by Frenshmans Creek is a lovely safe area for kids to learn to sail without adults in the boat.

This is the sort of things that we get up to on camp – none of these things can be done at a single location, but these are the sorts of things our family camping programme tends to offer.

Day Activity
1 Set up camp. Local sailing PM
2 Shakedown Sail – local fleet sail to nearby destination
3 Long fleet sail – 20 to 26 miles, experienced adventurers only. Local sailing for families
4 Long fleet sail – meet families who have travelled there by car
5 Pirates Breakfast – early morning adventure for kids under 8, followed by a waterfight for all. Afternoon paddle to local venue
6 Family walk, local sailing
7 Day out at the beach, sand castle competition, body boarding
8 Fleet sail to a local beach with kids and picnic.
9 Long fleet sail – over 20 miles
10 Fleet sail with families for brunch at a local town. Fun games on the field for all ages, including egg and spoon and egg sandwich, welly throwing, tug of war, ridiculous games where everyone gets wet.
11 Late evening fleet sail and paddle to a pub, night sail and paddle back in absolute pitch black looking for phosphorescence in the water, navigation lights are a good idea
12 Regatta – series of sailing races culminating in an all-in swimming / canoeing / sailing relay race. Camp fire in the evening.
13 Sail to a pub for ice-cream
14 Chicken Run – a sailing game where the aim is to arrive at the finish line at a particular given time. Pub lunch.
15 Treasure Hunt, Walk, Local sailing
16 Camp closes
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Camp Fire

Rutland Camp

In 2004 about a dozen CSC members spent a very enjoyable long weekend sailing and camping at Rutland – In 2005 Rutland was formally included in the CSC programme of activities.

Rutland Water is approx 2.5 to 3hrs drive from the Farnborough area. Rutland Water is said to be Europe’s largest man made lake with over 3000 acres with 23 miles of shore (ie somewhat bigger than Frensham). Being inland, the water is obviously non tidal, not too choppy and, other than other dinghies and windsurfers, virtually traffic free – so lots of space to master that spinnaker.The Club launches from and uses the facilities of Rutland Sailing Club – and they offer good facilities (firm smooth launching ramps, a pleasant clubhouse with food & drink, changing rooms showers etc). Their dinghy/trailer parking is also reasonably secure for overnight parking.Launch fees are approx £12.50 per day per boat. The camp site is a flat field with water standpoints and chemical loo emptying facilities – but unlike the usual CSC Summer and Poole camps it is a public site so we will have to share the field. The camp site is immediately adjacent to sailing club and, with the club facilities opening from around 0800-1800hrs each day, the chemical loos are only needed at night. The cost is a very reasonable £4 per night per pitch/tent Edith-Weston is a lovely old-world village a short walk away (with a good food serving pub), but these is not much else (shopping wise) in the village.The area probably has many B&B offerings for those of you who don’t fancy sleeping under canvas – but I’ll leave you to sort that out. For the walkers or cyclists I am told there is an excellent network of paths and bridleways – including a bridleway right around the water (19 or 23 miles) – so if the wind doesn’t behave we have some alternative activity options.

Terra

Rutland is a good place for a first taste of sailing…

 

Javelin

This is a Javelin using a GP14 main as a reduced rig.

Bosham Camp

Half way along the Bosham Channel in Chichester Harbour is a camping field (only open to groups), with access to the water at all states of the tide. The club camps there and takes advantage of the inland tidal estuary to enjoy long cruises in the area. Depending on weather and tide conditions, the cruises can include sailing around Hayling Island, as well as cruises in the harbour to the Hayling bridge (and Royal Oak pub), Dell Quay, East Head, Bosham and Emsworth.

Family Camping

The club welcomes children of all ages and encourages them to participate in water-based activities with their parents. However, parents remain responsible for their own children at all times and the club cannot accept responsibility for them.

Children enjoy many of the CSC events. So much so that several current members originally came to camps and other events as children and now bring their own children or grandchildren. Older children may accompany parents on trips if they consider it suitable, but only if the Officer On Duty (OOD) also allows it.

Events, especially Summer Camp, are organised with activities for children to complement the more demanding adult cruises. The sites are on river estuaries so that there is an expanse of calm water in sight of the tents so that older children can enjoy themselves on the water on their own but in safe water. The age range is not restricted, sometimes there have been babies on site, right up to late teenagers.

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Group Cycling – Three Reports

Havant to Ferry Boat Inn – December 27th

The day began cold and misty, one of those days that you hope the sun will burn through and that then it will be a bright day. We set off for the coast and as we travelled there were a few fog patches but the weather gradually improved and it became sunny. Rob had asked us to delay our start for a few minutes so that he could catch the train and meet us at Havant Station which he did. We set off along the lovely cycle path to Hayling thinking about what it must have been like when this was a steam railway line and what must fun it would have been to travel it. British Railways surely missed a great marketing opportunity here. If this line had been kept in steam hundreds of thousands of people a year would probably use it for the pleasure of travelling to the Hayling beaches on it. The restored steam line at Swanage shows what can be done and no doubt what could have been done at Hayling given some vision. The views over the harbour from the cycle path were lovely with the Spinnaker Tower clear in the distance and also Portsdown Hill. Lunch in the Ferry Inn was good pub food and Rob took the opportunity to plug his electric bike battery in for a charge. No payment required for this! As he explained he lives on the top of the South Downs so he likes a bit of help with the last few miles to get home. On the way back Stephen got a slow puncture so he had to stop and pump up his tyre every couple of miles or so, but he made it back without having to do a repair on the side of the track. This was a very pleasant ride in good company. Jacki and Stephen stopped on the way home for a mini picnic overlooking Frensham Great Pond which looked lovely in the setting sun. This was a fine day to add to the Cody Social programme memories.

Hampton Court – 31 December

We set off from a free car park on the bank of the Thames in Weybridge and cycled eastwards towards London. The towpath is in good condition and is a mixture of tarmac, gravel and some muddy bits. It is also flat which is welcome for cyclists!

There were lots of interesting sights as we cycled along. We were surprised by how many rowing and sailing clubs there are on the river and we did see a few rowers out practising. There are also some very nice houses on the river side and we were impressed by the undoubted cost of many of these. Lunch was at the Anglers pub at Teddington Lock which served very good food. A curiosity: all the men had the same lunch and all the women had a different but same lunch and all this was done without any consultation! What big psychological processes were at work here? This was pub food at a very high standard. On the way back just before we got to the cars, we took a ferry over the Thames to a café on the other side for tea and buns. We just had to do something nautical since this was a Cody SC social outing!

The Hampton Court cyclists

West Dean Cycle to Chichester Marina – January 4th

Saturday 5th January was cold and dry with only a light breeze and therefore good for a day’s cycling by Cody members. There were five of us including Joshua, aged six, who was riding as the “stoker” to his Dad who was in front of the tag along assembly pedalling away aided by Joshua. Joshua was man of the cycle ride since he kept going really well even though his toes got a bit cold!

It really was a lovely ride, we went down the old railway line from West Dean and eventually found the Chichester Ship Canal basin where we transferred to the towpath. Chichester was pretty as usual and we were treated to some, wonky, bell practice as we cycled slowly past the Cathedral. Nevertheless, the bells added to the City atmosphere. The Ship Canal towpath is a bit bumpy in places but we all managed to get safely to the café at Chichester Marina for some hot soup. We tried a slightly different route back, cutting out the Canal and travelling on the Salterns Way cycle route which we found very useful. Steam trains had to climb over the South Downs and although the incline upwards was only perhaps 5 degrees of so we did notice it as we cycled up the old track. Getting rid of mince pies eaten over Christmas was a big motivator at this point. We found an extra two miles of cycle railway line as we neared West Dean that took us almost directly to the quiet spot where we had parked the cars. Then, a glorious find, a tea shop just around the corner from where we had parked. Not only a tea shop, but a tea shop with a log fire! We sat in front of it for probably an hour or more putting the world to rights and warming up after our chilly ride. This was such a lovely day that we all agreed that we would like to do it again soon and that we could use our newly discovered better route to get to West Wittering beach café next time. (All Cody cycle rides revolve around cafes…)
Cody and friends are welcome to join these social rides. The rides are really great fun and not too physically taxing. No special bike is required, just one that works ok and has strong tyres. Buying some padded cycle shorts to go under trousers and some padded cycle gloves adds to the enjoyment.

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