Dinghy Cruise Reports

Itchenor Dinghy Cruise Report

Itchenor dinghy cruise …or 15 knots of fun!

We had a good turnout for the scheduled Itchenor Dinghy cruise on Saturday the 15th July, with seven boats poised for action. Unfortunately cruise leader Jon “Sanchez” Wilburn was unable to lead at last minute, due to problems with his inflatable. However a few phone calls and money changing hands led to the appointment of Mark Moranne as deputy.
The wind was SW at around F4 gusting F5 with a gentle mist of rain on occasion.

Following a short briefing, which was attended by nearly all of the participants, the gallant crews departed from Dell quay at around 15:40 hrs, apart from one boat who delayed their departure due to a misinterpretation of the concept of time keeping. It was noted that the same skipper also retired from the Dell Quay regatta several years ago… due to irony.

The safety boat Alfie, provided cover, ably crewed by Dave & Neil who, almost as soon as the boats had departed, were called into action at DQ4  to assist Keith who was solo in his Wanderer.
Mark, sailing a Wayfarer, by this time was with the rest of the fleet nearing Copperas West, also on board was the owner & two charming ladies who were enjoying the salty offerings that the day provided.

It soon became apparent that the beat to Itchenor would be quite taxing in the conditions & the decision was made to divert the fleet to CYC for safety, the promise of coffee & ice cream being a much more agreeable prospect. Keith, however was unable to join the rest of the fleet due to a slight case of water ingress, so he returned to Dell Quay.

The remaining sailors by this time had safely moored up at the floating pontoon at CYC only to be treated to an impromptu close quarters demonstration of a classic downwind capsize to windward, skilfully executed with seasoned precision by Phil Scott. We all learned a few things from this and are grateful to Phillip for sharing the experience with us.
Coffee, Ice cream & biscuits were enjoyed, courtesy of The Boathouse followed by a lively return sail to Dell Quay on a broad reach for most of the way in a stable 15 knots. Jean in her scow took the record for the speedy return trip in just under 15 minutes. All returned safe & sound by 17:50 hrs.




Cobnor Camp 2017

Wow! Where to start? I knew it would be a good one as 10 boats (which also included Cobnor ‘first-timers’) of all shapes and sizes sailed off in the evening  sun from Dell Quay just after six in a steady SSW force 2-3. Captains ‘hats off’ to two of the crews (both Wanderers) who had loaded all their camping gear and supplies for an overnight stay on the Friday.  Thanks to Angus and Antonia Panton the crews where safe in the knowledge that they had a Dell Bouy coming up the rear. Helped by the ebb tide the crews did well and most (very) happily made Cobnor just after 7pm. The draw of the water was too much for the junior contingent and lots took a cheeky sundowner dip (see photos).

It was time to pitch camp after that and the now familiar scene of Dell Quay club members colonising the majority of the northern corner of wood park was the usual Friday evening tonic. Food (thanks Rach P for feeding the masses with a never ending pot of Chilli!), drinks (plus a few more drinks), games and a campfire drew the evening to a relaxed conclusion.

Dawn on Saturday saw a hardy few take an early swim off the shore at Cobnor ( a delight repeated by a greater number on Sunday at the same time). Fry-up pans washed up it was time for many of the gang to sail to East Head in the blazing sun and light breezes. Some had work, school fetes (do they not realise that its the Cobnor Camp weekend!?) and other less desirable tasks to see to before returning late afternoon to squeeze in a sail to Bosham for an ice cream.

Saturday night at a DQSC camp really is a blend of the highland games and Glastonbury! True to form we had the electrifying kids v adults footy match (I think it was called a draw but more adults had injuries than kids so I reckon they have taken this year). I also think I saw the Commodore taking part but I may have dreamt it! Prior to that we also witnessed the inaugural Kids v adults tug ‘o war, a rare sight to see! It must have been 30 plus a side and it really is incredible how these things bring out the competitive streak in the most unsuspecting of members! I think the other campers were glad when that one ended and the racket abated!

The evening brought BBQs, drinks and the campfire ukulele jam! Yee ha! to that and massive thanks to Paula and Rach for ‘leading’ the tunes. Perhaps we will do the full Hawaiian thing next year to go with it?

After striking camp on Sunday morning lots of dinghies, kayaks and paddleboards enjoyed a cruise up to Pilsey Island. The rising tide allowed us to enter the Thorney channel without drawing too much mud as we cut the corner! After a picnic lunch and loads of fun in the water with the paddle boards and kayaks we flew back to Dell Quay on the tide.

Thanks to all who came and I hope to see even more ‘first-timers’ next year to add to the regulars!

Jon Wilburn
June 2017


East Head Cruise 2017

A Classic Day Out!

Blue sky, force 3 breeze, clear water, dusty white sands, ten sailing dinghies, two spare RIBS, several BBQs and lots of smiling faces… just some of the ingredients that made the latest club dinghy cruise a true classic.

Chichester Harbour and mother nature delivered a fantastic day out for the ten crews who took part in the cruise on Sunday 21st may. The sailors and support boats departed the sailing club shores at 09:30 bound for East Head and enjoyed a leisurely cruise in the light SE wind. As the boats approached Cobnor point the wind became cleaner and a little closer to force 3 which made for a fun upwind leg to East Head.

On the beach all sailors enjoyed picnic/BBQ lunches on the soft sand under clear blue sky. Those with energy played beach boule and many of the younger members played in the water or tried windsurfing.

With the tide returning fast during the latter part of the afternoon it was time to re-launch the vessels and begin the homeward sail. With the fresher wind and flood tide all the boats made quick ground back to Cobnor point. This was followed by an exhilarating beat up Itchenor reach which then gave way to a more relaxed fetch past Chichester Yacht Club and home to Dell Qquay at 18:00.

Thanks go out to our fantastic shore based helpers, safety boat crews and to all those who took part!

Roll on Cobnor Camp, 16-18th June.

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DQSC Bosham Cruise Sunday 24th April 2016

A grand total of seven boats (3 wayfarers, three laser 2k’s and RS Tera) set off for Bosham at 1300  Sunday 24th April. Brisk north-westerly wind was the order of the day on this maiden dinghy cruise of 2016. The harbour gods looked down kindly and allowed a virtually perfect ‘three tack’ cruise to Bosham (see satellite track image) in little over an hour. The crews and patrol boat crew enjoyed the hospitality of the Anchor Bleu, ice cream van and the Mariners café! Once refreshed we all had another lovely sail home in slightly lighter breeze with many of the boats making good use of three sails.

Massive thanks to the ‘David’s’ (Edgar and Swift) who ably supported us in Fred West (I think they may have enjoyed it also!).

***Forthcoming dinghy cruising events***: Itchenor on the 8th May followed swiftly by the legendary DQSC ‘Cobnor camp’ on the 20-22nd May. Please sign up online now!!

Jonathan Wilburn

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