Bosham Camps 2021

Bosham Camps in 2021

Wednesday 8th to Sunday 13th June 2021 Cody Club members only
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September with CCCA members

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.

Our fleet at East Head

This rally offers family camping on an attractive site with all-tide launching facilities, with the option of using the site for launching only. Launching is limited to boats of 16 ft or under, and 486 lbs (Wayfarer weight) or under, but larger or heavier boats could be launched at Bosham, Itchenor, or other sites and sailed there. There is soft mud to the North of the slip where boats can safely take the ground, although some thought needs to be given about how to access such. The camping and launching fees are very reasonable, but respect for the landowner’s regular tenants’ rights is essential. For non-sailors there are excellent walks to be had on the South Downs or by the harbour, a cycle hire shop at Fishbourne (5 miles) as well as Fishbourne Roman Palace. Chichester town centre has excellent shops, and there are numerous interesting museums in the area. 

Daysail planning

A consensus will emerge each day as to the best destination to sail towards. You are welcome to join others doing this or to choose to sail to your own favoured place.

Chichester Harbour Dues

Boats over 3m are subject to harbour dues, plaques can be obtained from the harbour masters office at Itchenor (PO20 7AW). Tel 01243 512301 open 9am-5pm M-F and 9am – 1pm Sat. If you contact the office with a week to go, they can take your payment and post you a validation sticker, which must be attached to the Port side stern of the vessel.

Sometimes, only an ice-cream will do – the fleet at Bosham on a falling tide, while comestibles were fetched.
The fleet being anchored at Dell Quay
And when the tide came in, our fleet at anchor from the deck of Dell Quay Sailing Club, a lovely destination for a cruise.

Tides – May

Tides September

You will notice that the May camp is during Spring tides, and the September one is during Neap tides, so that we get the opportunity to sail from Bosham experiencing both tidal phases.

Food Shops

The nearest food shop is the Co-op just north of the roundabout at Bosham. On the roadtowards Old Bosham and the harbour there is a farm shop. There is also a Co-op and an excellent Farm Shop at Southbourne. There is a very large Asda and Tescos in Havant.

Pubs and restaurants

Accessible by Water:

  • Hayling Island Sailing Club, 023 9246 3768 lunch 12:30 -14:30 dinner 19:00-21:00
  • The Anchor Bleu, High Street, Bosham, PO18 8LS, 01243 573956 (food until 9pm)
  • The Royal Oak, 19 Langstone High St, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1RY (02392) 483125 
  • The Crown and Anchor, Dell Quay, Dell Quay Road, Apuldram,PO20 7EE, Tel. (01243) 781712 
  • The Ship Inn, Langstone Road, PO9 1RD (02392) 471719  – by Langstone Bridge.
  • The Ship Inn, The Street, Itchenor PO20 7AH (01243 612294)
  • Coal Exchange 21 South Street, Emsworth, PO107EG 01243 372866 
  • Lord Raglan 35 Queen Street Emsworth, PO107BH 01243 372587

Accessible by Road:

  • The Old House at Home, Cot Lane, Chidham, PO18 8SU (01243) 572477
  • The Bosham Inn, Main Road, Bosham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 8PW, 01243 575027
  • The Berkley Arms, Bosham, PO18 8HG 01243 573167

Camping Arrangements

Area Available to Campers

  • The leader must make sure all campers are familiar with the site boundaries and access arrangements. A site map will be provided to all participants.
  • Access to the footpath round the seawall south of the Hard is via the public footpath going through the Dinghy Park.  The area between the Dinghy Park and the boathouse, including that part of the foreshore, is for the use of the Beale family only. 
  • Campers have access to our private woodland path, to the west of the Camp field, that leads South to the Point. It’s a beautiful little woodland, and a quiet conservation area – please keep to paths and glades to protect wildlife and new growth, and ensure kids get the message too – no cycling or rampaging! 
  • Please keep clear of agricultural land and observe the Country Code.


  • Please park in the camp field only (permits are required for the car park, and checks are made). 
  • Any extra Visiting Cars are required to pay £3 per visit. If more than 4 extra cars are visiting your group, please obtain prior permission from the landowner first.


  • There are two standpipes; one by each entrance to the Camp field; the other is immediately west of the wellhead hut.  All water is drinking quality..
  • Please make sure taps are always fully turned off and water is not wasted


  • We aim for this camping location to be a place of excellence re environmental practice, so please recycle everything you can: in the car park there are wheely bins for tins and plastic bottles (they go in together), for green, brown and clear glass. 
  • Refuse for collection by the dustman must be in sealed plastic bags and placed in one of the large refuse bins near the house.  
  • Before you leave, do inspect the site to ensure no litter is left.


  • The changing rooms with showers is available to the group.  Access to it is via a door with a code lock. Participants will be given the door code. We must ensure that we keep the door closed and do not disclose this code to others. Please note that the facility is for people who keep their boats here and is not open to most campers.
  • The camp leader must ensure that children are closely supervised, and that the facilities are left clean and tidy
  • We also have use of the toilet block opposite, which should be unlocked ready for us.
  • There is a wet pit in the wood to the west of the Camp where chemical loos may be emptied (see map once provided).


  • Dinghies can be kept in the Camp field or in the car park (but not left resting on the railings). 
  • Trolleys and trailers must be returned to the car park. No trolleys at any time to be left on South side of slipway. Cars are not allowed beyond the barrier.
  • If you have several boats, please always ensure that you leave good access to the foreshore, ramp and dinghy park for others, especially at peak times.
  • All boats must be insured and display Chichester Harbour Dues plaques – obtain them before going afloat from the Harbour Office at Itchenor (tel. 01243 512301) (See above).


  • There a Defibrillator for general use available 24/7. It’s location is made available to camp attendees. Take a phone with you, dial 999 and you will be told what to do and how to use it. 
  • St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester     01243 788122
  • Doctors:  Southbourne Surgery,  337 Main Road,  Southbourne 01243 388740
  • Vet:  Mrs Darling , 254 Main Road, Southbourne   01243 379955             


  • Camp fires are not allowed without prior permission.  
  • If you have a barbecue you must make sure that it does not scorch the turf.  We do not allow you to use “instant barbecues” – they tend to cause the most problems and are not recyclable!
  • No picnics or barbecues around the Dinghy Park and Hard area.
  • Fire extinguishers are located near the water taps and are shown on the map. Should you need to use them, please let us know the circumstances and then the landowner can order replacements.


  • We must be mindful of all the other users of the campsite, who come mainly for the peace and quiet.  Please keep noise and disturbance to a minimum.  Do not have loud music playing. If you are not sure what is acceptable, ask the landowner first.
  • No parties involving extra people coming on to the site (see notes re visiting cars).  
  • Noise to be kept at an absolute minimum from 10.30pm


  • The venue is a great place for kids to play freely in the outdoors and have loads of fun.  – Just make absolutely sure you assess risks such as mud, tides, tree-climbing and fires, and supervise them appropriately.
  • For the sake of all visitors and residents, make sure kids know where they are allowed to play. See the map provided to participants.


  • Swimming from the slipway is relatively safe on the flood tide and is best on the last two hours of the flood.  The ebb runs more strongly and is dangerous, even for strong swimmers.  BUT: for safety reasons, do not swim when races are being started, or when the Hard is very busy, and ONLY swim North of the slipway, leaving the South side clear for boats to come in and out.
  • Campers are entirely responsible for their own safety.  


  • Do bring bicycles, but no cycling along the seawall footpaths, on the Hard, or through the woods and caravan fields.   And fishing from the slipway is not allowed


  • A dog is only welcome providing it doesn’t bark a lot and that you keep it under control at all times, particularly near the sheep and other users. If in doubt, keep it on a lead.  
  • Clean up after your dog! There is a special dog waste bin in the car park, by the footpath
  • We have a wonderful array of birdlife, and are involved in conservation work to encourage certain species of ground-nesting birds. In the breeding season (April to July) please keep your dog well controlled, and on a lead through the wooded areas.                                         


Summer 2021. We have booked Mid Park and part of Pump Field for camping.

If you are a member of the CCCA, and wish to join this event, please make contact in the first instance with the cruising coordinator at this very address.

Please note that there is a cap on numbers, so if you are even slightly minded to join, get in touch as soon as conveniently possible,

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Chichester Harbour Daysail – Sunday 18th July

The forecast was for glorious sunny and hot weather, but light winds. With the prospect of a nice sea breeze due to the warm weather, six Cody sailors headed down to Chichester harbour for a sail from Itchenor to see where the wind took us. The one thing that was predictable was the tide. A late morning low allowed for a sail (or a possible drift) out to towards the harbour entrance and back with the tide.

David Gradwell and new member James fresh from the Level 1&2 training course at Frensham sailed in the Clubs shiny White Trio. Keith and Louis in a Sport 14 and Anna and Simon in Simons not quite so shiny Brown trio (was originally red once before it got a sun tan!)

Due to the hot weather the road to east head was packed and so was the carpark at Itchenor but we just got the last few car park spaces, phew! It was a relief to finally get on the water after a very hot time setting up. The sea breeze kicked in nicely on cue and it was a lovely sail. We stopped at the Hayling sailing club for lunch which was very pleasant and then sailed out of the harbour not quite making it to the bar with the wind dropping and tide turning, before returning on a broad reach back to Itchenor. It was a nice day out, Chichester harbour is lovely, and it was good to see the Club white trio have an outing and enjoy the sunny weather. Itchenor is a good place to launch but best to get there early on a weekend in summer with good weather.