Introduction

HISTORY

The Club was founded in 1948, to promote the association of RAE and attached personnel, having a common interest in sailing and seamanship. It continues to operate in a similar role today offering many of the same benefits to its members. The club is now open to anyone.

What does CODY stand for?

We get this question a lot – and the name of the club is derived from the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough’s employees’ Sports and Social Club, which is called the Cody Sports and Social Club, in memory of the pioneer of commercial aviation Samuel Franklin Cody. Naturally, when one of the subsidiary sports clubs was formed as a sailing club, it was called Cody Sailing Club. Rumours that it stands for Cruising Of Dinghies and Yachts are completely unfounded, yet uncannily accurate.

ACTIVITIES

Amongst our members, currently numbering over 50, there are the usual widely divergent interests, from the really keen racing helms, through to the non-boat owner, who nevertheless likes to come and talk boats and sailing at our winter meetings. We try to offer something for everyone with the following Activities:

Dinghy Racing

The members of the Dinghy Section can join the existing racing using club boats at Frensham Pond SC and Southampton Sailing Club.

Dinghy Cruising

One of the most popular features of the Club’s activities is the programme of  dinghy cruises and beach days which take place in the Solent and surrounding waters. The dinghy cruising programme usually includes camping weekends (e.g. at Poole Harbour, Chichester Harbour and Rutland Water) and an extended camping and sailing holiday somewhat further afield, such as the West Country, Wales or Scotland. These events are always extremely popular with members and offer a pleasant mix of sailing and social activities.

Nearly all the weekend cruises are on the Solent where the wind is less fluky than at Frensham Pond and waves and tides add an extra dimension.

The number of boats being taken is sometimes limited by the number of towbars, so if you have one on your car, you may be in demand. People that aren’t towing boats usually pile into the towing cars to share the cost of petrol and make the event more sociable. Really keen sailors spend the whole journey listening for weather forecasts and trying to tune into Radio Solent for the local outlook, while the rest of us just prepare for the coming day of  events! As long as the wind is not too strong, the cruise generally goes ahead as planned, but if the forecast is bad the previous evening or the forecast changes overnight then all participants are informed that the sail is off.

A set of waterproofs is required by everyone. Wetsuits, drysuits and special boots etc are worn by some, but they are not essential during Summer months. The essentials are: packed lunch including plenty of water/squash/hot drink, soft-soled shoes (e.g. deck strollers, trainers etc), a set of spare clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun-cream, and a small amount of money for petrol sharing and drinks at the pub/ice creams on the beach. If you are planning to sail with us when the waters are cold we will strongly recommend that you protect yourself from Co0ld Shock by wearing the appropriate clothing.

Once down at the coast, everybody wakes up again and the boats are rigged; this is a good exercise for learning the ropes as the boats are completely dismantled for the journey and the skippers invariably refer to every bit of string by its proper name. There are usually four or more boats and enough sailors to warrant three to a boat on most occasions; this leads to a more sociable sail, especially if you change boats for the return trip. There are a variety of dinghies owned by Club members providing opportunity to sail, and Club Comet Trios (an exciting sail with an asymmetric spinnaker) and possibly some others too. Once the crews are organised so everyone is happy, the Officer of the Day gets the charts and tidal atlas out to explain to everyone exactly where we are planning to cruise to. At this stage of the proceedings the mood and capability of all the participants, the latest weather forecast, and the prevailing weather conditions help to tailor the goals of the day.

We will facilitate the daysail, in that we will organise a group of people together who may choose to make the independent choice to sail from the same location at roughly the same time to the same destination, and then return together. At all times the skipper of the vessel is responsible for the vessel itself and has a duty of care to their crew. They take the decision to sail for themselves.

We will look out for each other, and if someone gets in difficulty we will all stop, gather together, and render assistance as proportionate to the situation. We may provide direct assistance to others, and help to ensure that the right decisions are taken to maximise safety.

The trip over to the Isle of Wight takes between 40 minutes (on a force 4 beam reach from Wooton Creek to Stokes Bay) to typically 2-3 hours, maybe less in a good wind or much longer in a poor one, and there is usually a pub with easy access by boat. We all bask in the sun for an hour, eat and drink (not too much), and laugh with anyone who capsized. Depending on the timing of lunch and factors previously outlined, the dinghies then head straight home or on an indirect cruise via some other point of interest (getting an ice cream from Ryde has been attempted and failed due to localised Doldrums). Once back on land the boats are packed up ready for the return journey, and everybody gets changed into clean dry clothes. On the return journey, a stop at a Public House is mostly essential, especially in nice weather, and a cool beverage may be all it takes to knock you out at the end of the day. By 10pm everybody is home, in the bath (but not necessarily all together!).

Cruising

There are a number of cruiser owners in the Club and we currently run 2 or 3 cruising events per year, ranging from a one day social occasion to a weekend cross-channel cruise. For non-cruiser owners, there are many opportunities for crewing during the course of a season.

Other Watersports

A number of members own windsurfers, canoes, ribs, catamarans etc. These tend to sailed mainly on the camps and join the dinghies on beach days rather than organising their own events (although you are welcome to if you are interested!)

Winter Activities

During the winter season, the Club has a wide variety of activities, which can be seen on the Events section of the site.

DINGHY SECTION

This is a special section of the Club for which members pay a supplement to the annual subscription. Members of the Dinghy Section are entitled to use the Club’s sailing dinghies (Comet Trios, Comet Versa, Laser). All the boats are normally kept at Frensham Pond SC and Southampton SC, where members may use them freely. The Club has group membership of both Frensham Pond SC and Southampton SC, for the benefit of the dinghy section; the boats can be used elsewhere by special arrangement.

To make this clear, if you have a seaworthy dinghy of your own, you do not need to subscribe to the Dinghy Section Membership – if you use your own boat, and it is seaworthy then you are set. Only if you don’t have a dinghy of your own, or your dinghy is not strong, equipped well enough or not suitable for adventurous sea cruising (or you just fancy using the Club Boats) do you need to subscribe to this.

In order to skipper one of the Club dinghies on non-tidal waters, a member must be approved and is required to have obtained at least an RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing Certificate.

In order to skipper one of the Club dinghies on tidal waters, a member must be approved and is required to have obtained at least an RYA Seamanship Sailing Certificate. If a skipper is prepared to let someone helm a club boat, they may. The skipper retains full responsibility for the vessel and has a duty of care to the crew.

In order to keep costs down, all dinghy section members assist in the maintenance of the dinghies – this usually takes place during the winter months, is sociable and seldom arduous. Membership of the Dinghy Section does not give any entitlement to sail a member’s boat on Frensham Pond or from Southampton SC. 

TROPHIES

Each year there are three trophies that can be awarded to Club members during the AGM

Peter Martin Memorial Trophy

The Peter Martin Memorial Trophy is awarded to a member for outstanding sailing achievement during the year.

YearNameReason for award
1965Ann & Blade Penoyre
1966Philip J Bateman
1967Jock McIlroy
1969Frank Fairfoul
1970Brian Grant
1971Dick Allen
1973Dick Allen
1974Derrick Higton
1976John Beasley
1979Dick Faulder
1982Slade Penoyre
1983Les Mayhew
1989Mike Childs
1990Alan Jones
1994Malcolm Arthur
2000Keith BannisterWinning the Comet Trio Nationals
2004Mike ForrestTransatlantic Sailing
2010Paul McLeodBuilding his own boat “Frenzy”
2012Hannah ComfortBeing in the National Topper Squad
2014Jenny & Roy CLong yacht cruise to Isles of Scilly
2018Jenny & Roy CLong yacht cruise to beyond Morbihan
2019Ged KennettParticipation in Sail Caledonia and awarded the
“Highlander trophy ” for completing the event
unsupported.
2020Ged KennettAdventures in Western Scotland

Commodores Cup

  • The Commodores Cup is awarded for achievement in training.
YearWinnerTraining Accomplishment
2020Anna and AdriPassing Seamanship under difficult Covid conditions
2021James P All in this single year, James did the RYA L1&2, then joined Cody, has taken part in daysails and sails the Laser regularly on Frensham. He has made very good progress in learning to sail, attended the Outboard workshop and got fully involved and is learning around the subject.

Alan Jones Trophy

  • The most recent trophy is the Alan Jones Trophy which is awarded in recognition for services to the Club.
YearNameAchievement
2003 D J Nicholls
2004M T Arthur
2005A P Mills
2006G E Keyte
2007J Austin
2008R Chilvers
2009V A StocksOrganising 60th Anniversary Celebration
2010I Hiscocks
2011S Millington
2012D Mills
2013S WhiteInternet Presence Re-platforming
2014S Millington
2015G BaileyMaintenance of club equipment
2016J Austin
2017S White
2018G BaileyMaintenance of club equipment
2019V Stocks & S JeffriesOrganising 70th Anniversary Celebration
2021T GillespieSterling work as the Club Secretary over 4 years, including agreeing to carry on for a 4th year when there were no volunteers for this post last year.

The Overall Winner

The Winner of the Overall is the person who wins the annual handicap race at Summer Camp.

YearWinner of the Overall
1999John Hall
2000Andrew Brocklehurst
2001Alan Whitehead
2002Mike Forrest
2003Jamie Keyte
2004Colin Waters
2005Chris Reid
2006Ian Scott
2007Jamie Keyte
2008Jamie Keyte
2009Roy Chilvers
2010Jamie Keyte
2011Hannah Comfort
2012David Brand
2013Roy Chilvers
2014Gordon Keyte
2015Roy Chilvers
2016Ginny Harvey
2017Andy Stocks
2018Steve White
2019Regatta not conducted – Unsuitable Weather Conditions
2020Regatta not conducted – Coronavirus

Other cups include the Asymmetric Cup, the Mirror Cup (for the winner of the small boat race), the GP14 Trophy, the Ladies Helm and the Chicken Run Trophy which are awarded at Summer Camp.

Recent Posts

Weir Quay Sailing Camp 2022

Weir Quay was a small camp for those particularly interested in dinghy sailing on an adventurous river. Weir Quay is on the Tamar River, and to the North the river is rural and narrow, with the gusty and flukey winds that rivers have; to the south the river opens wider, and there’s a lovely sail to be had to Plymouth Harbour and beyond. We were hosted by Weir Quay Sailing Club, and we were made to feel very welcome. WQSC Committee Members facilitated arrangements with local landowners to allow us to hold this camp, and we are very grateful to them for allowing us the opportunity to share this beautiful and interesting part of Devon with us.

This report with photos was created by pretty much all the members of the club who attended the camp – thanks to them for their photos and words.

Day 1 Friday

Many of us arrived, pitched our tents and joined Weir Quay Sailing Club for their Friday evening sail.

There were loads of both adults and youth waiting to sail and we stood back to let them have a fair crack at the slipway before we launched. There was a lovely moment when they introduced us and apparently the way of introducing new members is they find the name and then everybody shouts “hello Mel, hello Steve” and so on. It was really nicely done. The sail was quite brisk and a sort of north-westerly force three-slightly-four and an ebbing tide which made for chaos and gentle, brilliantly enjoyable fun on the water with people ending up on the shore as either side with some people needing to be pulled into deeper water by the safety boat. When we noticed that we couldn’t sail fully across the channel against the tide anymore because the tide was ebbing so strongly, we struck for up-river and tack tack tacked up the side, out of the main force of the tide, up to the corner where the wind died and we gently sailed back to the slipway. We walked up and said hello to the people at the club, they were all very busy putting engines away and sorting the kids out and drinking hot chocolate, so we just saw what a beautifully organised sailing club it was and came back to our field to socialise for the evening.

Rob arrived overnight and bivvied up under a clear dark stary sky for the rest of the night, seeing some fantastic shooting stars to round off the trip down.  He was the first to meet “Kevin”, who wondered what this mound of moving Goretex on the field was. More on Kevin later.

Day 2 Saturday

The weather on Saturday was an extraordinarily clear blue sky from horizon to horizon, full sun, warm and with a gentle breeze initially from the north. Ged arrived with his Storm in tow in time for the afternoon sail. We waited until 1 o’clock, when the flood tide started, for a 5 mile sail to Cotehele and we beat into the wind all the way there.

Boats tied to the shore

Unfortunately earlier on in the sail Andy and Vanessa capsized on one of the second or third tacks of the day. They were able to get their boat up but Vanessa’s dry suit was leaky and so Vanessa was quite damp for the journey to a destination. There were moments of river sailing where there was no wind at all so we drifted a little bit and there were eddies and we enjoyed the variable winds that came at us.

Drying in the sun

Mel and Steve saw a squirrel swimming across the river. Mike, Rob and Adri saw an otter. When we arrived at the National Trust property the tide was a couple of hours before high. We beached the boats on the mud and tied them to the shore and enjoyed ice cream, millionaire shortbread, more ice cream, some beers and lounged around in the Sun while Vanessa dried herself in the sun.

Day 3 Sunday

The weather was windless and wet, apart from a f5 for 20 mins while we were enjoying breakfast at the boatyard. While Rob went into Plymouth to do his shopping and run some errands for Steve and Mike, we went for a walk with Rosie around Cotts Loop and had an invite from a senior gardener to his beautiful garden. That set the tone for Rosie getting us invited to many other people’s houses, and we went into a huge barn, and the industrial landscape of a smelting works for silver, lead and tin, now landscaped beautifully into an impressive garden.

Later that afternoon we drove to Morwhellham quay and enjoyed cheese scones and tea and coffee. Bistromathics was in full effect, and the number of scones we asked for, the number that arrived, the number on the bill and what we actually paid were all different. The scones were hot from being baked just for us and were delicious.

Day 4 Monday

The overnight dense fog lifted to a cloudy day with no wind being reported on XCWeather below Milton Keynes, no wind anywhere in the south. The clouds built while stationary and then the gentle movement of wind from the west drove the rain over us. Lisbeth arrived. The forecast every hour looked like it would stop raining shortly, so much sleeping and resting occurred until about 5pm when the rain finally stopped leaving barely a whisper of wind. Adri, Lisbeth, Mike, Andy and Vanessa took to the river and drifted about, Ged then rowed up river solo and when a gentle breeze of wind arrived Mel and Steve launched and headed up-river against the spring ebb. Rob then solo-sailed his Trio, and we all gave up when the tide was stronger than the wind. Martin and Ben arrived. We had a late night campfire which everyone attended, we enjoyed a conversation about favourite foods (in the style of Off Menu Podcast)  and repaired to bed at 2330.

Day 5 Tuesday 

The day started cold. Kevin Duck was fed. The forecast was for wind at 09:00 with showers, then bubbly clouds and sunny. We left in very light airs, Storm17 Ged Ben Lisbeth, Trio Rob Adri, Trio Mel Steve, GP Mike Debbie, Vision Vanessa Andy. 

Launching at the public slipway

Just at launching and soon after leaving we were hit by cold rain which killed the wind and we drifted south. People had got cold so we stopped on a horrible muddy, rocky lee shore at the Ferry House Inn and the Tamar River Sailing Club (TRSC) just south of the bridges. However, we were greeted by a very hospitable chap by the name of Graham who saw us landing from his house and came out to welcome us. He turned out to be a member of the TRSC, living in the house next door to the club and with his yacht moored within sight of his sitting room off the beach (some life!). He gave Andy and Vanessa (fellow yacht owners now) his details, and we chatted about Cody and mentioned our Helford Camp, which he may drop in on us from his yacht which he will be sailing to Helford over the summer from the Tamar.The pub served us well with hot drinks and lunch. When the tide turned we carried beached boats to the water and beat back in a gusty F4, with the fast moving tidal current under us, to our slipway, in sunshine interrupted by bubbly clouds. Some landed on the slipway in a controlled manner with their mainsails down… some approached on a broad reach, both sails pulling!  It took us about 1 3/4 hours from the bridges to the slipway but it seemed much faster.

Day 6 Wednesday

The forecast showed no wind all day which turned out to be Not True, however we found other things to do, so we walked the Tamar Trail to Bere Ferrers and enjoyed a late lunch at The Old Plough. Some shuttled in cars home. Some sailing was snatched at the very end of the day, along with a visit to the Stannery Arms pub in Tavistock to listen to and join in with some local Shanty Singers having their rehearsals which was much enjoyed by Mike and the rest of us. Rob left with his boat that evening for Jubilee celebrations at home, to be replaced by Morgan and Simon arriving that evening and the following morning respectively.

Kevin joined us for porridge.

This is Kevin. He is Very Bold. If you don’t feed him he’ll nip your legs.

Kevin was an unexpected treat; a very tame and yet wild duck who visited us each day for food. He’s been being fed by the locals for a long time, and he knows what the sound of a crisp packet means. If you don’t feed him he’ll nip at your shins. Adri led the way with providing Kevin with porridge oats and water, and he was a very happy duck.

Day 7 Thursday 

Glorious sail to Bovisand in full sun and a F3 from the East.

We decided to go sailing whatever the forecast because the forecasts had been inaccurate all week. 

Launching at the public slipway
  • Trio Mel Steve 
  • Storm Ged Debbie
  • Versa Martin Ben 
  • Trio Simon Morgan 
  • GP14 Mike Adri
  • Vision Andy Vanessa

Having got to Cremyll in a very good time, the Easterly caused us a challenge; every landing place nearby was a lee shore. We decided to sail across Plymouth Sound to Bovisand, which was full of swimmers and a beach just to the south was ok for beaching dinghies.

On the beach south of Bovisand

We beached, had our lunch, got cake and drinks from the shop and waited for the tide to come back. The return journey was downwind and with the tide with us we made it back in a couple of hours. Nearly 24 miles of daysailing and a lovely lunch stop made this a special day. 

Day 8 Friday

We were invited to join Weir Quay for a sail to Drakes Island, for which Steve from Weir Quay SC had gained permission from the QHM. It was a fairly windless sunny day. We had to hide from the incoming navy vessel and spent a while in a wind hole. The destination was excellent and felt remote and exclusive apart from all the other people also on the island.

On the beach at Drakes Island

The return was punctuated with wind holes and rowing or outboards were used to get over the drifting bits. 

  • Trio Steve Mel Ben 
  • Trio Simon Steph Morgan 
  • Vision Andy Adri 
  • Storm Ged Vanessa Martin 
  • GP14 Mike Lisbeth 
  • Bosun Alan Debbie

The day was superbly organised and we were made very welcome. Thank you.

We attended the WQ boatyard BBQ in the evening, as guests of WQSC, and enjoyed music and burgers and sausage and ice cream, and chatting to the locals. WQ Boatyard featured prominently in breakfasting and in hiding from the rain, and we were made very welcome. Thank you.

At the Jubilee Celebrations at WQ Boatyard.

Day 9 Saturday 

Rain from 2am and thunder in the distance welcomed Saturday and the rain cleared mid morning. The forecast was still solidly F6 although there was less wind across the camp. We mobbed Weir Quay Boatyard for breakfast and watched the wind increase.

This is why we did not go sailing on Saturday…

Day 10 Sunday

We sailed from 10am up river until the tide stopped us making progress in light airs. At 14:00 we sailed for two hours downriver as far as just before the Torcross ferries and then sailed home. Steph and Alan’s boat lost a jib fairlead and sailed half the upwind leg on main alone. 

Sailing under the bridges

All but Adri, Mike, Mel and Steve left, and we shared a curry and cakes. 

Day 11 Monday

After a heavy dew wetted everything the sun came out and mostly dried the tents off. We simply packed up, said our goodbyes and left for either home, or as Adri did, an additional extension to the holiday for another night.