Keyhaven Camp 2020

Cody Camp at Keyhaven, Easter 2020 has been cancelled

We are planning a family camping and dinghy cruising camp, hosted by Keyhaven YC, over the Easter Bank Holiday period.

Keyhaven YC are nestled in the crook of the Western Solent, behind the marshes between Hurst Point and Lymington, in a visually beautiful Hampshire village.

They hold an annual four day racing event over the Easter Weekend, and they have extended their invitation to us to help us camp and cruise from Keyhaven.

A local landowner has a 2 acre field about 400m walk from the Club and has made arrangements to permit up to maximum of 20 individual camping units to use the field. The constraint is the number of dinghies we can take, which is capped at 8 for space reasons.

We will keep our boats on combi trolleys at Keyhaven for the duration of the camp, and the road bases, tents and camper vans on their flat, freshly mown camping field.
For KYC’s Easter Regatta we are free to cruise on our own, are welcome to join the racing. Outside of sailing there are walks around and bird watching on the marshes or walk into Milford or Lymington and also ferry trips to Hurst Castle and the spit.  Keyhaven YC can liaise with us to create a food menu to help support our visit and have invited us to a special dinner on one night so that they can formally welcome us to their club.

Dinghy Cruising from Keyhaven

It will always be Spring Tides for this camp, because Easter is a religious festival based on the phase of the moon.

Good places to cruise to will be to the east of Keyhaven, and include Newtown Creek, Beaulieu River and Lymington. In the morning the Spring tide will flood until lunchtime, and then ebb in the afternoon. Only if the wind is strong can we expect to get over the raging flood tide to Yarmouth. If we wanted to take an evening cruise through to Alum Bay, we could leave about 17:00 and expect to be back at 21:00

We need about 1M to launch and land on, although it is possible (but difficult) to recover a boat at MLWS, but only by dragging it up a riverbed and physically carrying it out of the water. The tidal prediction looks like this for the Easter weekend. (And will always look like this).

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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.