Dell Quay Sailing Club Presents:

The ‘Legendary’ Cobnor Camp (2019)


21th-23th June


It must be summer! its nearly time for: COBNOR CAMP 2019!


If you have been before then I know you will want to come again and if you haven't then now is your chance to join in! This is a club event that never fails to provide bucket loads of fun! Come and see what happens when lots of like-minded people spend time on the water and time in a field with a large rope and a football (more on that later)!


Details as follows (please also see/read carefully the attached information sheet provided by Cobnor Estate):
NB. members are invited to take part in the whole weekend but if you would like to join in only part of it you are equally welcome.


Dates: 21-23rd June (nearly Midsummer's day)
Venue: North Woods Camping field, Cobnor Estate, Chidham. PO18 8TE
Camping Costs (only pay for the nights you stay): PPPN £6.50 Adult, £3.50 Child (Payable on sunday morning or when you depart)
Leader: Jon Wilburn m. 07740 252058 e. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Proposed Itinerary: (flexible as always according to the desires of the participants)


Friday 21st June: (HW 1542)
Optional sail to Cobnor from DQSC (I intend to do this weather permitting with camping gear and family) plus patrol boat (ably skippered by the handsome Steve P) aiming to depart at 5pm
5pm onwards: pitch camp, BYO food/drink, games (new for 2019: Holly W will lead on 'ultimate frisbee' and Alex W on a wide game: 'capture the flag' style) , music, relax
Campfire/music till late (bring an instrument if you have one)


Saturday 22nd June: (HW 1602)
Optional early morning swim club for the hardy.
Approx 10am: Sail to East Head for picnic/beach games
Optional additional sail back to Bosham for ice cream around HW or return to camp


5pm onwards: BYO BBQ/drinks plus annual (now legendary) adults vs kids Tug O war and football match plus other games (see above)
Campfire/music till late


Sunday 23rd June: (HW 1642)
Strike camp
Sail to Pilsey Island for picnic lunch
Return sail to DQSC approx. 1530-1600 for tea and cake in the clubhouse


Other important info: All sailing will be supported with a patrol boat but members sail at their own risk and they are responsible for checking that boats are seaworthy and equipped with oars, anchor and a tow rope. If you cannot lift your boat out easily you will also need some long lines to run ashore on the beach at Cobnor overnight.


Lets see if we can beat the record of 80 people!
Please sign up using the link under dinghy cruising on the website so I have a better idea of numbers.


Hope to see lots of you there!
Jon Wilburn (07740 252058)


Please Register (if you have not already) so we can plan accordingly


NB The itinery is flexible and you are welcome to pick and choose as you wish, Cobnor is our base for the weekend.


We will collect camping/boat money (bring cash please) on Sunday morning (or Saturday if you are only staying friday).
Any concerns or questions before or during the event please call me on 07740 252058 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .






Adult Campers

£6.50 per head per night (includes use of showers / toilets)

Children – 2 to 18 years

£3.50 per head per night (includes use of showers/toilets)

Other Charges

£ Per Weekend

£ Per Week







Boats 12’(3.7 m.) or under



Boats 14’ (4.3m) or under



Boats 16’ (4.9m) or under



Any extra Visiting Cars

£3 per car N.B. Over 4 cars - permission required



  • The leader must make sure all campers are familiar with the site boundaries and access arrangements. A site map is attached to these notes. Note there is no access to the hatched areas on the map.
  • Access to the footpath round the seawall south of the Hard is via the public footpath going through the Dinghy Park.  The area between the Dinghy Park and the boathouse, including that part of the foreshore, is for the use of the Beale family only.
  • Campers have access to our private woodland path, to the west of the Camp field, that leads South to Cobnor Point. It’s a beautiful little woodland, and a quiet conservation area - please keep to paths and glades to protect wildlife and new growth, and ensure kids get the message too – no cycling or rampaging!
  • Please keep clear of agricultural land and observe the Country Code.


  • Please park in the camp field only (permits are required for the car park, and checks are made).
  • Visiting Cars are required to pay £3 per visit. If more than 4 extra cars are visiting your group, please obtain prior permission from me first.


  • There are two standpipes; one by each entrance to the Camp field; the other is immediately west of the wellhead hut.  And please note that the tap by the slipway is not drinking water. Please make sure taps are always fully turned off and water is not wasted


  • We aim for Cobnor to be a place of excellence re environmental practice, so please recycle everything you can: in the car park there are wheely bins for tins and plastic bottles (they go in together), for green, brown and clear glass.
  • Refuse for collection by the dustman must be in sealed plastic bags and placed in one of the large refuse bins near Cobnor House.  
  • Before you leave, do inspect the site to ensure no litter is left.


  • Our loo blocks (2 ladies' loo's, one gents plus 1 urinal) is available to campers.
  • The camp leader must ensure that they are left clean and tidy
  • If portaloos are being delivered, liaise with us first to agree siting and to ensure the lorry doesn’t get stuck in the field if it’s wet!
  • There is a wet pit in the wood to the west of the Camp where chemical loos may be emptied (see map).


  • Dinghies can be kept in the Camp field or in the car park (but not left resting on the railings).
  • Trolleys and trailers must be returned to the car park. No trolleys at any time to be left on South side of slipway. Cars are not allowed beyond the barrier.
  • If you have several boats, please always ensure that you leave good access to the foreshore, ramp and dinghy park for others, especially at peak times.
  • All boats must be insured and display Chichester Harbour Dues plaques - obtain them before going afloat from the Harbour Office at Itchenor (tel. 01243 512301).

THE WINCH   Power machinery is dangerous - please take great care.

  • Children should not operate the winch unless properly supervised.
  • Do not take more than 3 turns on the drum and NEVER let the rope wind up.
  • In an emergency press the red cut-off button.
  • If the winch is not working, check that the cut-off button is not stuck down.  If it is stuck, wiggle it to release it.  
  • If the winch still does not work please let us know immediately.


  • There is now a Defibrillator for general use available 24/7. It is located in the Cobnor Activity Centre car park on the corner of the building, just along the footpath from the dinghy park. Take a phone with you, dial 999 and you will be told what to do and how to use it.
  • The nearest public call box is up Chidham Lane 1k from here, on the left.  In case of emergency, call at Cobnor House or Cobnor Flat (at the back of the House).
  •     St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester     01243 788122
  •     Doctors:  Southbourne Surgery,  337 Main Road,  Southbourne  01243 388740    
  •     Vet:  Mrs Darling , 254 Main Road, Southbourne    01243 379955             


  • Camp fires are not allowed without prior permission and agreement to a strict code of practice.  
  • If you have a barbecue you must make sure that it does not scorch the turf.  We do not allow you to use “instant barbecues” – they tend to cause the most problems and are not recyclable!
  • No picnics or barbecues around the Dinghy Park and Hard area.
  • Fire extinguishers are located near the water taps and also in Mid Park and are shown on the map. Should you need to use them, please let us know the circumstances and then we can order replacements.


  • We want your group to enjoy themselves together but to be mindful of all the other users of Cobnor, who come mainly for the peace and quiet.  Please keep noise and disturbance to a minimum.  Do not have loud music playing. If you are not sure what is acceptable, ask us first.
  • No parties involving extra people coming on to the site (see notes re visiting cars).  
  • Noise to be kept at an absolute minimum from 10.30pm


  • Cobnor is a great place for kids to play freely in the outdoors and have loads of fun.  – Just make absolutely sure you assess risks such as mud, tides, tree-climbing and fires, and supervise them appropriately.
  • For the sake of all Cobnor visitors and residents, make sure kids know where they are allowed to play. e.g. not in the caravan fields or in private areas by Cobnor House.


  • Swimming from the Hard is relatively safe on the flood tide and is best on the last two hours of the flood.  The ebb runs more strongly and is dangerous, even for strong swimmers.  BUT: for safety reasons, do not swim when races are being started, or when the Hard is very busy, and ONLY swim North of the slipway (Bosham side), leaving the South side clear for boats to come in and out.
  • Campers are entirely responsible for their own safety.  


  • Do bring bicycles, but no cycling along the seawall footpaths, on the Hard, or through the woods and caravan fields.   And fishing from Cobnor Hard is not allowed


  • A dog is only welcome providing it doesn’t bark a lot and that you keep it under control at all times, particularly near the sheep and other users. If in doubt, keep it on a lead.  
  • Clean up after your dog! There is a special dog waste bin in the car park, by the footpath
  • We have a wonderful array of birdlife at Cobnor, and are involved in conservation work to encourage certain species of ground-nesting birds. In the breeding season (April to July) please keep your dog well controlled, and on a lead through the wooded areas.

CANCELLATIONS with less than one month’s notice - a fee of £50 for part field bookings and £100 for whole field bookings applies.

There has been a wonderful tradition of youth and sailing camps here, with many coming for decades.  Very occasionally, we have had problems with rubbish, noise, damage to the woodland or whatever ….our policy now is to reserve the right to charge a deposit, returnable after site inspection by Mike Bulpett or myself.  

If you have any queries or problems, do come and find me at Cobnor House (come to the front door) or leave a message.  We very much welcome all feedback and any ideas you have for improvements.
We hope you have an excellent time here.


 Map of Cobnor camp area and facilities

cobnor map