As offered during the Solent DCA Social on Saturday 3rd Feb 2018, Cody Sailing Club offer the opportunity for members of the Dinghy Cruising Association to join us on our 41st Poole Camp this year. The camp runs during the Hampshire Summer half term, May 26th to June 3rd.
In order to encourage participation in dinghy cruising we have extended free temporary membership to members of the DCA for just this camp.
The campsite is a commercial camp site run only for groups, and has a commercial nightly fee of £5 (to be confirmed for this year) per person. There is a flat £4 per person charge (irrespective of the number of nights you choose to stay with us) that Cody charge for using the waste facilities that we hire in. Tents only, no caravans or motor homes are allowed. Water is available from a tap in the field, and we hire in a waste tank. If you want to share a club portaloo in a loo tent you need to let me know. Nearest shops are in Corfe Castle and Wareham. Detailed directions will be sent to those who have expressed an interest.
We enjoy fleet dinghy cruising, and it is well known that members of the DCA are much more used to individual sailing.
There is no requirement or expectation that members of the DCA join in with our fleet cruising. You are welcome to join us, and not as you wish.
We sail as a fleet (or two separate fleets) and in order to sail together we need a fleet to have boats of roughly the same speed. If you wish to join us on our ‘Gold Fleet’, you’d need a vessel that is no slower than a Wanderer. We may also run a “Silver Fleet” if there is enough interest for slower boats and single handers, which will have a closer destination.
For close destinations we typically sail as a single fleet – Pottery Pier and Arne are places where we don’t split up – there’s enough fun to be had in the faster boats along the way that we’ll sail as a fleet and arrive at the same time.
Locations we like to daysail to include Swanage, Shell Bay Marine (for ice creams), round Brownsea, threading the islands, Rockley Point, Wareham, Studland (for ice creams), Bournemouth (for ice creams), Jazz Cafe (for ice creams) – there is a theme here…
In the evenings we sometimes gather as a single group and have a communal cook-up on individual BBQs which turns into a camp fire, and we sit around and chat, or we’ll invade each other’s tents and chat if the weather is wet. We might go out for one evening to a local pub as a group.
In common with the DCA we do not run a safety boat. Many of us carry VHF Radios, mobile phones and orange smoke flares for attracting the attention of emergency services if we need to. Sailing as a fleet, mostly with 2 or 3 crew means that if there is someone in difficulty we generally rally round to help. We also help each other with launching and recovery.
Launching and tides
In order to launch conventional dinghies such as a Laser 2000, GP14 or Comet Trio, we need a minimum tide height of 1.65m. Note that this means that for some parts of the lunar cycle it is not possible to launch at convenient times from the site.
On this Spring tide day, for instance, we could launch at about 9am, and sail until 1pm, or sneak in on the second tide at 4pm.
However, with a Neap tide tidal prediction, we could launch for 8am and get back at 8pm, and would have to me mindful of the atmospheric pressure – a High pressure might suppress this tide and there be insufficient tidal height to launch.
We are expecting decent enough tides for good sails every day, the top of the Spring tide is the middle Wednesday of the half term week.
If you are a member of dinghysolent please feel free to contact the commodore of Cody SC directly – you have my contact details. If you are from another DCA area and wish to join, please contact me at (and you need to manually correct this email address as I’m hiding it from spammers).
I look forward to welcoming you to the camp.
Commodore Cody SC.