Winter programme

Hello Cody sailors, this is an advanced calling notice for November 2019…(it seems a bit odd sending this email today, as we head into a hot and sunny bank holiday weekend, but we need to plan ahead!)
On Saturday the 23rd November, the plan is for a three-part day/evening activity:
1) Day sail in Chichester Harbour 2) Evening meal in Chichester 3) Southdowns Planetarium (SDP)
Participation can be any combination of the above, eg if you don’t want to day sail, but would like to join the evening meal and SDP event that’s fine (or any combination that works for you).
The critical item right now is getting booked for the planetarium event: this is a one hour show starting at 1930, explaining the Northern Lights. Bookings need to be made directly with the SDP (website link below). Tickets are £7 (adults), £5 children (6-15).
There are approximately 90 seats in the planetarium, so book now to avoid disappointment. (I have already booked my ticket.)
Information for the day has been posted on the events section of the Cody website; this will be edited/updated as more details become available. In the meantime, please me know which parts of the day you are interested in, eg all three activity, day sail only etc.
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, and hopefully see you soon.


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.

Langstone Harbour

A small Cody fleet sailed from Tudor SC today; we had light winds to begin with, picking up at the end of the afternoon. We landed at the western tip of Hayling Island, on the beach next to the Ferry Boat Inn for a cheeky beer. Thanks to Tudor SC for use of their slipway and club house.

Media coverage

We were in the news again last week, this time in the Chichester Observer. The article covered the club’s weekend event in Chichester Harbour, May 4-7 (as per the posting below – May 7).

Sunday 22 April – Stokes Bay to the Isle of Wight

A great day out on Sunday, sailing from Stokes Bay to the Isle of Wight. We had favourable winds and tides, accompanied by good weather in general. We stopped at two lovely beaches on the island for lunch and then afternoon ice cream, before returning back to Stokes Bay. Looking forwards to the next sailing event.

March 17/18 sailing event cancelled

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…

First cruise of the season!

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