Cruising and Camping at Cobnor 2018

Camping and Cruising dates for 2018

Dates for your Diary

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8th/9th/10th June 2018
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 20th/21st/22nd July 2018

There will be powerboat support on the SATURDAY but not on the Friday or Sunday

Following the success of last year's camping and cruising weekends, we are planning to run them again this year. The venue is Chichester Harbour and the camping will be in the fields owned by the Beale family on Cobnor point.  The facilities are basic but include access to toilets and showers.  The charges are reasonable.  Children are very welcome but are the responsibility of their parents at all times. Plan to arrive on the Friday evening, pitch your tent in the field and get your boat ready for sailing on the Saturday.  We plan to have powerboat support on the Saturdays.  Dinghies are launched from the slipway at Bosham Sailing Club, Cobnor Point.  Boats are required to display a valid harbour plaque. These are available from the Harbourmaster's office at Itchenor or online: 
If you are planning to come, please book with me (Beth Clark) as soon as possible as we need to know numbers well in advance of the camping/cruising weekends to secure the pitches.
If your partner is not a sailor then there's still lots to do.  There's great shopping and an Art Gallery a few miles drive away at Chichester; also there are lovely walks around the Chichester Harbour area.

And to give you an idea of what to expect...

Two Reports of Cobnor Camping Weekend 9th – 11th June 2017

The Mariners have a long tradition of camping and cruising. Chichester Harbour is without doubt the best venue for dinghy sailing in SE England. Sheltered waters, beautiful ever-changing scenery and plenty of places to which to sail depending on the direction of the tide. Cobnor House is right bang in the middle of paradise and it is only a short walk to the Bosham SC slipway to launch your boat.

The forecast mid-week was for F5 winds which may have deterred some Mariners. The plan was to meet on the Friday, put up the tents, socialise and then to sail on the Saturday with power boat support. The Sunday was up to individuals but no powerboat support was offered. There are numerous walks and cycle trails in the area.

A motley collection of Mariners and brigands assembled in the well field which we had to ourselves. The Clarks arrived with tent but sadly no boat. Lynne Pattle was there also. I was boat-less myself as my camper-van (with tow-bar) was in for repairs following a safety recall. All done now, good job. I did find a festival tent discarded by one of my offspring which sufficed as accommodation for myself and Isla (our cocker spaniel before you jump to the wrong conclusion!). Other mariners and ex-mariners arrived: Pete Taw and Jake, Dave Edgar, Paul Johnson, Malcolm and Barbara Cove.
The Clarks, Lynne and I adjourned to "The Old House at Home" for an excellent meal on the Friday evening.

 Russel and Mary arrived on the Saturday morning with their Miracle which they had wisely rigged with Mirror sails ready for the days sailing. Neil Thornhill and Graeme Tremaine came down with the CMYC Rib.  The wind was SW 4-5. Three boats set out for Bosham initially: Pete Taw, Jake, Isla and I in Pete's Topper Cruz Classic, PJ and Dave Edgar in a Comet Versa and Russel and Mary in their Miracle. Paul Hewitt also arrived and set off independently with Ian Pepper in Paul's Wanderer.

 We had a quick visit to Bosham then a beat against the incoming tide for the half mile or so back to Cobnor, then a turn left into the Itchenor channel and a fast reach with tide all the way up to Dell Quay. DQ Sailing Club were most hospitable and provided refreshments. We watched their Solo fleet open meeting from the veranda - lots of exciting racing including a number of capsizes.

We then set off after high water for the beat back to Cobnor. With the tide in our favour it did not take long and after a short stop for ice creams at Itchenor we all arrived back at Cobnor.

I packed up my tent at this stage as I was due to instruct on the Sunday at Hedgecourt.

I had warned Russel that sea sailing was different and that he was guaranteed a good night’s sleep. He emailed me the next day to say he woke up at ten. There you have it! The first guaranteed cure for insomnia: small boat sailing on the sea.

Remember we are doing it all again next month. 7th - 9th July.  Do send me an email if you would like to come.

Playing Swallows and Amazons really is jolly good fun.


If you haven’t been camping for a long time (or even if you have never camped) then Mrs Beale’s field at Cobnor is the place to go.  Having pitched out tents, we wandered off to find the facilities (perfectly adequate) and to find the sea… (photo)

Tea flowed and chairs were set up and we talked about all the things people do when down here (including sailing of course!).  Dave, Lynne and I decided to walk the footpath around Cobnor point the next day, all the way to Princetown Scout Hut for tea and cake, followed by a drink at the Old House and Home to break our journey back to camp.  Other campers who weren’t sailing, went off to visit museums and exhibitions in the area: Tangmere Aviation Museum, Novium Museum and Fishbourne Roman Palace are among the many places of interest in the area.

Whether sailing or not Cobnor is a great place to camp and to find something interesting to do.

If you haven’t tried it yet, come and do it with the cruising bunch who will gladly help you with your tent/boat/places to go – so your next chance is 7th - 9th July…!



How to book:

A reminder is sent out before each cruise. You phone or email me to book a place the Wednesday before, by 9pm. If you would like extra support; to crew for someone; someone to crew for you, let me know when you book. If you have booked on the cruise and it needs to be cancelled, you will be notified on the Friday before by 9pm.

What you need:

If you are new to Cruising please take time to read Safe Cruising with CMYC
Beth Clark
Cruising Co-ordinator
Tel: 01342 714599 / 07986 130735