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.

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.

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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Cobnor Summer Camp

This year we held a long weekend summer Cobnor camp and were fortunate to have excellent sunny weather. Thirteen families turned up and enjoyed sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking. The evenings were spend in sunshine chatting and barbequing. A diary of this long weekend is given below.

Wednesday June 10th

08:30 and Sarah Louise and Steve arrived, got Sarah’s Trio rigged and launched into a rising tide and the barest wisps of wind in blue skies and full sun. The drive down had been foggy, the IOW was obscured by fog, and yet just along the strip of coast the sun blazed down. We took 90 minutes of sneaky shallows sailing to make Chalkdock against the flood, and with an hour to go turned for Dell Quay. The SW F1-2 became a southerly F2-3 along the Itchenor reach and we then broad reached to the pub.

The pub required us to sit down and be served, and so we sat on an outdoor sofa which overlooked the water. We had a lovely chat with two canoe paddlers who were randomly assigned the sofa next to us. I’d say more salty than all of us; several transatlantic crossings in a Contessa32, and many salty adventures around the Bahamas.

Soon after the tide turned, we began the beat home in a F2-3, reached the Itchenor channel, and met Adri and Anna coming back from Bosham, where we returned to, took in Ice Creams and headed home in a sporty F4 for a bit of camping. Ginny and Phil arrived and camped.

Thursday June 11th

The plan was for Dell Quay for lunch and Bosham for afternoon ice cream, a tried and trusted crowd pleaser.

The plan unfolded as expected, we were in no hurry to launch as the overcast skies would lead to no sea breeze and the forecast was for more wind in the afternoon. Ginny in her Scow, John and Phil in Phil’s Versa, Anna and Adri in the club Versa and Sarah-Louise and Steve in Sarah’s Trio left the hard at 10:30, headed up-tide and got to Park (beyond Roman Transit) before turning at 11:10 for Dell Quay. We were making a good headway and were about 90 minutes off East Head as we continued onwards.

The broad reach, reach and run saw the fleet at the pub at about 12:15, and we got adjacent outdoor tables where beer, chips and cheesy chips were enjoyed before repairing to the beach for our sandwiches.

The ebb spurred us to action, the beat was good with the tide beneath us, the reach gusty, the run to Bosham slightly eventful. A patch of weed tripped the rudder on the Trio, and we gybed into a broach; fortunately, nothing was there to broach into.

The ice creams at Bosham were good. While I was holding all the boats I was interrogated by a Conservancy Officer regarding a lack of Conservancy stickers, and fortunately we had all phoned in and got a 5-day permit (for which no sticker is issued). Also note that BSC charge if you land on their slipway, but I was holding the boats while still in the water so apparently that does not count. (Also note that even if you have a conservancy sticker, it’s a further £7 per day to launch a dinghy from Itchenor).

The return to Cobnor was a challenging beat with the raging ebb, we reefed just to make it more handleable.

And now the sun has finally come out.

Friday June 12th

Overnight, Ged, Archie and Lisbeth arrived.

The crew were Steve and Lisbeth, Sarah and Ginny in Trios, Phil and John, Anna and Adri in Versas and Ged and Archie in the Storm17.

We launched at 10am into a SW F3 overcast and drizzling, and beat against the flooding tide to East Head where we stopped briefly at 11:15.

The journey to Mengeham Rythe crossed the incoming flood, and then we were carried by it and through the first moorings. It gets tight on the way to My Lord’s Pond, with boats in bow to stern trots and a dead end to avoid. All made it handsomely on the beat there, many tight tacks, and we settled in the now bright sunshine on the North shore for an hour of siesta, lunch and snoozing.

The start of the ebb jolted us into action, and we made our way out which was much easier on the broad reach and run. When we made North of HISC the VHF came alive with a hail from Cody members who have a yacht; Jenny and Roy had sailed to East Head on a whim, so we sailed over and said hello.

We stopped to regroup on Pilsey, passing the deep water Port Hand post the correct side, and just for fun sailed to “Star” racing mark before turning home. Ginny had her racing head on, and Sarah’s Trio was uncatchable. Some had interesting gybes on the way home, some sat majestically running dead downwind without a care in the world, upon cushions.

We arrived home about 1530.

Saturday Sailing

The fleet set off at about 11am after investing some time in working out the club Versa spinnaker.

Mel and Anna, Martin and Ben, Phil and Lisbeth in Versas, Edmund and Isabelle in their Trio, Ged and Archie in the Storm17 and Stephen and Jackie paddled canoes while John took his paddle board. Adri went for a walk, as did Andrea.

Wind was light and variable until Birdham Pool when the sea breeze set in. The sailing was good. The tide was still flooding, so the fleet was anchored. Dell Quay Sailing Club made us most welcome with legendary scones. The fleet left just after 14:00 into a S F3, which built to a F4 at times. In glorious sunshine we beat through Birdham Pool to a close reach along the channel past Itchenor. Steve and Simon joined the fleet for the Itchenor reach, then carried on to East Head for a play in the bigger winds as we broad reached with the spinnaker up home. Someone, not us, using the slipway was lowering their boat, having neglected attaching it to the trolley and the boat fell off the trolley pinning someone between the boat and the wall. We were fortunately out of the way and no major harm was done but it’s a reminder to keep the boat attached to the trolley.

Thanks to Phil for leading the daysail.

Saturday Paddling

Jackie and Stephen Deakin were in their sleek kayaks and John was on his 5th trip on his new Bluefin Cruise 10.8 (SUP).

The outbound leg was in ideal conditions; with the tidal current and in very light winds. The light winds meant that we took about the same time as the dinghies to reach Dell Quay.
By the time of our return the tide had turned and the sea breeze had set in at about 15kts which made for very different conditions. John decided to sit down on his board using the kayak seat that clips to his board, otherwise standing up would have been torturous. He also made use of the second paddle blade to make a double-ended set.

Overall we recorded a 7 mile round trip. It was only after we returned that Stephen noted Jackie was nearly an Olympic rower, which explains why she left Stephen and John far in her wake at times. Like any hard work it was a slog at times but a good achievement in retrospect.

Even in the windy conditions we made the return journey again in a similar time to the dinghies

Roll on future Cody paddling trips!

Sunday (14th) Paddlers

Phil on his kayak and John with his SUP set off from Cobnor at 0945, just before the slipway closed for the Oppy launching window. They had a very pleasant paddle to Bosham with the tidal current and the wind. Following the well established Cody tradition, they stopped at Bosham for an early ice cream. As the tide still had a way to rise and they didn’t fancy a long mud walk, they decided to chance the Bosham Sailing Club slipway and left their craft on the green.

Ice creams consumed, they returned to the green and were stealthily making their way to the slipway when a Bosham Quay staff member came out of his office to demand a fee (£5 each) for using the slipway. After relaunching they made their way further up the Bosham channel as far as they could go with the water available. As they turned to make their way back to Cobnor the tide was against them and there was a healthy breeze. It was hard going on his feet for John on his SUP, so he tried paddling from his knees. Using just the SUP one- ended paddle still made for slow progress, so he added the second blade. Not expecting a breeze John hadn’t taken his kayak seat for his SUP, so he had to sit back on his feet to paddle.

They made steady progress heading back to Cobnor, arriving about 1145 just as the Oppies were finishing their morning racing. It took John a while to be able to get his legs straight, but it was another valuable SUP journey to put in the experience bank.

Sunday Sailing

The weather on Sunday was light winds but gloriously sunny and hot. Seven Cody boats sailed from Cobnor to Dell quay late morning after a racing fleet of Optimists had launched. We found a bit of wind and it was a beat/reach to the pub

The weather on Sunday was light winds but gloriously sunny and hot. Seven Cody boats sailed from Cobnor to Dell quay late morning after a racing fleet of Optimists had launched. We found we needed to take into account the Open Meeting at Bosham SC where about 20 Mirrors and 35 Optimists were racing, so we left after the race fleets were on the water. Keith and Lois joined us from Itchenor in their Sport 14. Mel and Steve, Rob and Adri, Sarah and Simon and Lisbeth in Trios, Martin and Ben in their Versa and Ged and Archie in their Storm17.

We slightly entangled ourselves in the Optimist fleet, and mostly kept out of the way as the tiny humans battled with surprisingly different levels of ability to round their racing mark near Deep End. The clear blue sky did not lift a convincing sea breeze and we were left with puffs and patches of wind from the South as we took the flood to Dell Quay.

Lunch was taken both at the Pub, at the Sailing Club on their veranda and on the beach under the shade of a foreshore tree.

The return trip was uneventful, the wind dropping to barely allow us over the ebbing tide to Cobnor.
We packed up in a crowded carpark and headed home.

This posting was collectively created by the attendees of the camp.

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