Dinghies Dinghy Racing Race Reports

Cobnor Cruise and Camp is Enjoyed by All

Dell quay sailing club dinghy cruisers made the most of the summer weather over the weekend of the 16-18th May during the much anticipated annual cruise and camp to Cobnor.

A total of 44 members enjoyed camping in the north woods area of the Cobnor estate. Sailors young and old (ish) came together to cook, light campfires, play football and enjoy the outdoors.

On Saturday two Mirrors, two Wayfarers, three Laser Pico’s, one Tinker, one Taz and one Wanderer launched from Dell Quay at 12:30 hours in a light southerly wind. The fleet successfully made their way against an incoming tide past Chichester Marina and down Itchenor reach towards Cobnor point.

On arrival at Cobnor the fleet split and a fully laden Sunny Lady (13 in a Wayfarer!) made her way to Bosham to purchase well-earned ice creams for the junior crews.

Back at camp firewood was gathered and BBQs lit in the sunset. After dark fire, juggling captivated us all thanks to Steve’s stash of circus toys (fully risk assessed of course!). A fine evening came to a close with traditional campfire songs to send us off to sleep.

After the obligatory bacon and eggs on Sunday morning crews de-camped and began to prepare their boats for a sail to Pilsey island in a force 1-2 south easterly breeze. The larger dinghies made Pilsey whilst smaller craft sailed close to Thorney channel before turning back towards Dell Quay. All boats then utilised the remainder of the flood tide to return to Dell Quay past the myriad of boats afloat in the Harbour.