Cody Daysailing Recommendations

These guidelines are provided to assist you in ensuring that your boat and experience match the kind of daysail that we are planning.

Note that these are guidelines only, drawn from best practice and practical experience in the Solent and beyond.

The skipper of a sailing dinghy has a legal responsibility for the safety of their crew, and nothing here changes that


Level 1 – Eg, Inland, beach days, local sailing at camp.

Local sailing (in high winds) at Plymouth

Boat
Should have suitable buoyancy so that it will float in the event of a capsize
£3,000,000 liability insurance

Helm
Should be able to manoeuvre boat in forecast conditions without risk of collision.
Be aware of collision avoidance rules – ‘rights of way’
Be able to right boat after capsizing.

Equipment
Buoyancy aids, bailer, paddle, suitable clothing.

If skippering a club boat, a minimum expected competency of  RYA Level 2 or a qualification of equivalent standard, plus regular skippering to maintain skills.


Sailing while reefed on the Solent – Stokes Bay

Level 2 – Eg. Day sailing (anything that involves going somewhere for lunch and then sailing back), inside the bar at Chichester, Salcombe, Helford and Solent from Hurst to Ryde

Boat–
Must be able to be reefed easily whilst afloat. So you can alter the sail area easily to match the conditions.

Helm
Safely handle the boat in F5 winds and moderate sea conditions
Has the knowledge and confidence to reef the boat quickly whilst afloat.
Know where you are and where you need to go by being able to read charts and maps.
Know where on the water to sail to take the most advantage of and to avoid difficulties caused by tides.
Can keep the vessel safe and away from the shore by the proper use of an anchor.

Essential Equipment
Passage plan– In order to know where you are going independently of the OOD briefing, in case an emergency occurs, or you find yourself separated from the rest of the fleet
Proper anchor(not grapnel) of a suitable size with 2m chain and 30m of rode – So you can hold the vessel away from the shore
Whistle– So that you can raise an alarm
Knife– So you can cut ropes in an emergency, also cake and cheese.
Waterproofs and Spare clothingin dry bag – to stay safe and comfortable ina variety of changing weather conditions
Food, Water / hot drinks– maintain morale, energy levels and hydration.
Sun cream
Oars and rowlocks and/or outboard and/or tow rope – 
so you can propel the boat to safety in the event of no wind.
Sturdy bucket  attached to boat on lanyard – So you can empty the boat of water in the event of capsize (applies to non-self-draining vessels)

Consider additional equipment
Mobile phone in waterproof bag – in order to contact emergency services if required
Basic First aid kit
Basic spares for boat – So the boat can remain seaworthy if something breaks or goes wrong
Orienteering compass – So you know roughly the direction home if visibility is suddenly lost
Map/chart – So you know where you are, and can avoid hazards
Basic outboard spares – So you can repair the outboard if it stops working.


If skippering a club boat on Level 2 and more adventurous day-sailing, a minimum expected competency of a recently taken RYA Seamanship Certificate or qualification of equivalent standard, plus regular sailing to keep the experience fresh.


Level 3 – Eg. Open water sailing, eg beyond Hurst point and Ryde, outside the bar at Chichester, Salcombe, Helford

Everything for level 1 and 2 plus:

Boat
Be able to sail at the same speed or faster than a well helmed Wanderer (PY1190) – So that you can keep up with the fleet

Helm
Ability to navigate using charts and compass – So you can independently figure out the way home if there is an emergency or you get separated from the fleet

Essential Equipment
Mobile phone in waterproof bag  – in order to contact emergency services if required
Basic First aid kit
Basic spares for boat
– So the boat can remain seaworthy if something breaks or goes wrong
Orienteering compass– So you know roughly the direction home if visibility is suddenly lost
Map/chart– So you know where you are, and can avoid hazards

Consider Additional equipment
Waterproof VHF – So you can contact maritime emergency services
Waterproof torch – So you can show a light if the cruise runs over the expected time
Survival bag – So you can keep a crew member warm in the event of an emergency
Emergency Services Guides – Throw-over-the-side Orange Smoke / Flares / LED Flare– So you can guide emergency services to the scene of an emergency
Emergency rations – So you can survive an emergency for 12 hours

If skippering a club boat on Level 2 and more adventurous day-sailing, a minimum expected competency of a recently taken RYA Seamanship Certificate or qualification of equivalent standard, plus regular sailing to keep the experience fresh.


Level 4 – Multi-day sailing

Essential Equipment
Everything for level 3 plus:
Proper Fenders and Mooring warps, two long and two short – So  you can moor against a pontoon

Consider additional equipment
Second anchor, chain and rode – So you can hold the vessel securely in position
Comprehensive spares/repair kit – So you can mend common issues with equipment

Your personal fitness, the fitness of your crew, the quality of your equipment and vessel need to be proportionate to the risk on your passage plan, and you would be following best practices for multi-day dinghy cruises that are beyond the scope of this document.

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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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