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Wandererfest 2014 set for June at Cobnor

by David Davies 26 Jan 2014 11:47 GMT 26-29 June 2014

The Wanderer Class Owners' Association ensures that its activities, both on and off the water, provide all the very best that dinghy sailing can offer.

With a 14ft, superbly designed and stable boat, owners can enjoy its great versatility, whether they want to sail, row or use it with an outboard motor. With all this in mind, the Committee decided to organise for the first time this year, an opportunity to enjoy a jamboree of activities, which it's calling 'Wandererfest'. Every Wanderer owner and their families are welcome, here are the details...

Location: Cobnor, Chidham, Chichester PO18 8TE

Camping Rates:

  • Adult Campers - £6 per head per night to include use of showers and toilets
  • Campers under 18 years - £3 per head per night
  • Dogs: £2 per weekend
  • Wanderer Dinghies: £8 per weekend
The above charges will be collected from you on site. No deposits are required in advance. However, please let us know as soon as possible when you're likely to be arriving, how many there will be and ages, and when you'll be departing, so we can plan our activities appropriately.

BBQ's will be supplied, as we shall encourage everyone to join us in the marquee for their meal on Saturday evening, bringing with them their own ingredients. Other evening meals may be available such as a 'fish and chip van' and Indian takeaway. You're obviously welcome to make your own arrangements if you prefer.

There will be a briefing at 10.00am each morning, when the day's activities will be discussed. We hope to be on the water for the cruises within Chichester Harbour no later than 11.30am.


Seasoned sailors and racers will be on hand to share their skills and ideas. Ian Porter who has been a great inspiration in recent years when leading our Cobnor training events, will be around for a while to answer your questions either on Thursday or Friday.

Racing in the Bosham Sailing Club Regatta will be encouraged on Saturday and Club Racing on the Sunday. More details to follow, but no advance registration is required. Robin Gabbitas will fully brief you on the days, if you would like to participate.

Cobnor Activities Centre

Children and adults may choose to use the facilities at the adjoining Cobnor Activities Centre. A sea kayaking session will be held on Saturday morning for two hours at £10 per head for anyone interested. Other options include mountain biking and archery dependent on interest. A minimum of eight people will make these sessions viable at £19 per head for 1/2 day and £38 per head for a full day. All equipment / bicycles / transport supplied.


The Cobnor Centre also offers accommodation in their Jubilee Hut in bunk beds. Rooms of two to eight at £17 per head. (Contact Miranda or Liz on 01243 572791).

Canute Cottages - four cottages can be rented by the week sleeping up to six people. For more information:

Musicians required!

If you play a musical instrument and would like to lead some singing at Wandererfest during the evenings, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Or, you may have other talents to entertain us?? Please don't be shy in coming forward.

We plan to arrange rounders, boules (Pétanque) matches and other games should your competitive urges still need to be satisfied off the water. If you have a set of boules, please bring them along.

So, the message is simple. Come along and sail, relax and enjoy fellow Wanderer's company in a wonderful harbour and adjacent campsite. Easy launching and recovery at all states of the tide!

We'd like to know of your intentions in advance but latecomers welcomed!

Contact David Davies - Tel: 01803 731006 - () or Robin Gabbitas () if you've got queries or want to register your interest.

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