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.https://goo.gl/maps/7m7gxpiL4Vr

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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