WandererFest 2019

Thursday July 4th to Sunday 7th

Come for one, two, three, or all four days.

our days of cruising and social activities, based at Cobnor, on the shores of beautiful Chichester Harbour.

 The unmissable event of the year.

WandererFest  is located in a large sheltered field (with stunning sunsets) capable of supporting campervans, caravans or tents (though some of us prefer a decent mattress in a nearby hotel or B & B) on the private Cobnor Estate just by the hard at Cobnor Point where there is a prehistoric but reliable electric winch for recovery at low water.    We also have our much praised “luxury loos” with flush toilets onsite.  

We will be exploring Chichester Harbour with some short and some long cruises in company and with our own patrol boat.The real purpose of this gathering -  apart from having a darned good time on and off the water – is to meet a wide raft of varying needs of Wanderer helms and crews – from supporting new and inexperienced Wanderer owners wanting all sorts of tips and reassurance to those who want to sail independently or as a group knowing that there is a morning briefing to plan the day and evenings devoted to eating and drinking the barrels of Youngs Best Bitter (open 24/7) at £2 per pint.     On the Saturday evening we have the infamous mega  curry brought to the site from a bemused Indian restaurant on the main road which bypasses Bosham.

 Saturday night entertainment: the Portsmouth  Shantymen.

On arrival, you will see a marquee erected in Wood Park camping area of the field, furthest from the lane. This will be the focus for our social and evening activities. We are likely to have as many as forty people camping and you're welcome to select your own pitch. There are no hook-ups but a water tap is available in this area of the camp-site. We will be renting a luxurious, mobile loo-block with washbasins. We've hired these facilities to complement the facilities adjacent to the dinghy park.

Because of uncertainties surrounding the weather and the impact on attendance, it's appropriate for everyone to self-cater again this year. However, on Saturday evening, we have alerted an Indian takeaway (which is highly recommended) to prepare meals. We shall invite you to pre-order on Friday evening. We shall have BBQ's lit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings near the marquee, so those who want to bring their own meat or veggie burgers can use them from 6.00pm. Most importantly, throughout the four days, there will be real ale provided in the marquee, with pint plastic beer beakers, and you'll be invited to help yourself and contribute £2 per pint. For local grocery needs, there is a Co-op store in Delling Lane (PO18 8NN) which is found by turning off the A259 at the roundabout signposted Bosham. There is another Co-op in Station Road, Bosham, (PO18 8NG) just off the A259.

Programme of Events
Each day will start with a briefing at 10.00am. We'll outline the activities for the day - training / cruising destinations / racing arrangements etc. social activities / games etc. On some days, there will be two cruises - a longer and shorter one. A safety boat will accompany the cruises. The cruisers will generally aim to be on the water by 11.00am.

The slip at Cobnor is accessible at all states of the tide and there is a winch to aid recovery.

Training, Tuning & Rigging Tips
There will be plenty of experienced Wanderer owners on hand to provide help and support with any aspect of rigging, tuning and boat handling that you wish to raise.

Cruising will take place over the four days, subject to the weather.  Destinations: Dell Quay, Emsworth / Langstone, East Head, Prinstead / Thorney. Please bring appropriate picnic food to take with you each day.

This year…an added feature. Bosham SC is conducting its Bosham Masters three day regatta on Friday through Sunday. We could join one of the handicap fleet in any of the two back to back races each afternoon. If five Wanderers enter, we would have our own class results.
Location:  Cobnor House, Chidham, Chichester, West Sussex, South East.  PO18 8TE    Area Map 

Camping Charges and Site Information  HERE 

Accommodation:       Bosham

Tourist Information:  Visit Chichester & Bosham

Any questions about the event: contact Robin Gabbitas  robingabbitas@yahoo.co.uk Tel 07946 730314
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