Poole Harbour Camp 2021

7 day camp on the edge of Poole Harbour
Adventurous and local dinghy sailing, weather permitting

May 24th to May 31st

Deadline for letting us know of your plans to attend is Wednesday May 19th

Camping at Poole Camp

The camp runs the week before the Hampshire Summer half term, 24th May to 31st May, primarily because that’s the period for the Spring Tides and allows us to launch from the camping field.

The campsite is a commercial camp site run only for groups and to join us you need to be a member of Cody SC.

The camping in 2021 has a fee of £8.50 per person, £5 for children which includes the use of hired in waste services for disposal of wastewater.

Tents or motor homes are allowed. No caravans allowed. Water is available from a tap in the field. There is no launch fee or local fee to pay to sail in Poole Harbour.

If you want to share a club Portaloo in a loo tent you need to let me know. Nearest shops are in Corfe Castle and Wareham. Detailed directions will be sent to those who have expressed an interest.

Dinghy Cruising and Independent Sailing

The launch beach

We sail as a fleet (or two separate fleets) and in order to sail together we need a fleet to have boats of roughly the same speed. If you wish to join us on our ‘Gold Fleet’, you’d need a vessel that is no slower than a Wanderer. We may also run a “Silver Fleet” if there is enough interest for slower boats and single handers, which will have a closer destination.

For close destinations we typically sail as a single fleet – Pottery Pier and Arne are places where we don’t split up – there’s enough fun to be had in the faster boats along the way that we’ll sail as a fleet and arrive at the same time.

Adventurous daysails include Swanage, Shell Bay Marine, round Brownsea, threading the islands, Rockley Point, Wareham, Studland, Bournemouth, Jazz Cafe Sandbanks and so on…

There is no expectation that you have to sail as a fleet – if you want to head off on your own you are welcome to do so.

Social

In the evenings we sometimes gather as a single group and have a communal cook-up on individual BBQs which turns into a camp fire, and we sit around and chat, or we’ll invade each other’s tents (in non-Covid times) and chat if the weather is wet. We might go out for one evening to a local pub as a group.

Daysail to Bournemouth Pier

Safety

In common with the many dinghy cruising organisations we do not run a safety boat. Many of us carry VHF Radios, mobile phones and orange smoke flares for attracting the attention of emergency services if we need to. Sailing as a fleet, mostly with 2 or 3 crew means that if there is someone in difficulty we generally rally round to help. We also help each other with launching and recovery. We expect you to have sufficient experience and a sufficiently seaworthy vessel to manage the risks of a given cruise yourself, and we have published recommended minimum standards for your competency and equipment.

The fleet in Poole on a quiet cruise, coming back from Rockley Point

Launching and tides

Over the past 43 years that Cody has been using this venue, the creek that we launch into has gently silted up. On neaps, if there is a meteorological very high pressure, or strong winds from the West to suppress the height of the tide, on some days the water no longer gets high enough to allow dinghies to launch. During the height of Spring Tides there is plenty of water.

The tidal prediction for the week is running to Springs then through to Neaps through the week. We expect the camp to close on Monday 31st as there will be insufficient tidal height to launch into.

Sailing in the evening on Monday 24th
Early morning sail / paddle and get back for 13:00, leave the boat on the mud if a bit late, and then sail in the evening on Tuesday
Morning sail, back by 14:00 and leave the boat to recover in the evening, late sail on Wednesday
Morning sail 8am to 15:00 on Thursday
Water all day until 16:00 on Friday
Saturday, the first day of sailing for the weekend attendees, there is water 09:30 to 17:00 for sailing.
Sunday is a day where, if we get a high pressure or a lot of wind it’s the first day where there’s a chance that the water will barely come up. If it’s a normal day of atmospherics, and normal wind there will be water 10am to 18:00 but the 3pm dip will mean the creek dries.
Monday is a definitely marginal day and the tide might come up by noon. On this day the second high becomes more useful, but it’s at the end of the day.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the address below.

We will send you full details of the location and other finer details, including full details of how to approach the camp.

If you have any questions, and would like to know more, please let us know your phone number or skype address and we’re very happy to talk to you, so that you can get the best from the event.

We will only go if the weather is not forecasted to be torrential continuous rain and gales for the week. We go only if there’s every chance of sailing and the camping is not a test of continuous tent waterproofing.

If you want to talk to the organisers, and for more info please contact us on the address below.

More Information

Poole Camp is held annually over the Spring Bank Holiday. The camp is on the northen shore of the Isle of Purbeck and has easy access three hours either side of high water to the Harbour which is an ideal venue for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. The site has no facilities other than a standpipe for water and the field itself is flat.

Launching into Poole, with spectators as it looked a bit windy…

For those who want a rest from watersports, there is plenty on offer in the area. There are good walks around Studland Heath or along the Dorset Coast Path and a walk is usually planned during the weekends activities. For the more adventuous there is the seaside town of Swange a short drive away or the the ferry to Poole and Bournmouth.

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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.

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