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WandererFest 2021

July 8, 2021 - July 11, 2021


UPDATE: This event has been postponed, the date above is the new date.

This is the premier event of the Wanderer calendar and attracts the largest number of WCOA members and crew to Cobnor Field on the southern tip of the entrance to Bosham Channel. Come for a day or two or stay for the complete event – no problem.

The WandererFest site is on the private Cobnor Estate and a perfect location for our caravans, motor- homes, and tents. There are B & Bs and hotels nearby for those of us who prefer a decent mattress.

Daily cruises – choose from a shortish one to a longish one – are organised by Cruise Master Ray Tennant – with Emsworth, East Head, Prinstead, Dell Quay, and Bosham among the various destinations hopefully with a hostelry or ice cream stall nearby.

There are ample opportunities to exchange rigging and sailing tips and we hope Ian Porter will be able to return yet again with his own unique way of showing how to get the best out of your boat.

The culinary highlight is the Saturday night Curry’n’KormaFest prepared by a local restaurant and served up in Cobnor Field as the sun begins to set.

There is the WandererFest Coarse Boules knockout tournament in Cobnor Field which becomes increasingly tense as we approach the Grand Final. I hope Mike Powell will bring his telescope again; seeing Saturn’s rings is quite an experience.

Robin Gabbitas organises two splendid barrels of real beer (£2.50 a pint last time) and a wonderfully old fashioned marquee (supplied by Ray’s connections with Southbourne Sea Scouts) acts as our base. Putting it up and taking it down is part of the fun of WandererFest. WCOA spends a small fortune in hiring very smart Ladies and Gents flush loos which have been utterly reliable (or maybe not for this year).


July 8, 2021
July 11, 2021
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Robin Gabbitas


Cobnor House, Chidham
Chichester, PO18 8TE United States
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8 thoughts on “WandererFest 2021”

  • Bruce says:

    Hoping this weekend can go ahead as would love to join in. Covid willing, it sounds great.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Bruce, we have taken the decision to slip the dates a month to take advantage of any relaxation of rules. I hope you can still make it.

  • blanks-walden1744 says:

    Hi All, interested in the weekend but would appreciate a “discussion” about the likelihood of children being present with someone (we have a 6 year old son).

    • Editor says:

      Hi Ian, so sorry for the delayed response. I have consulted with the organisers and hoped they would reply directly… but I can say that we are an inclusive organisation and would very much welcome you attending with your son. All event participants will be sailing at their own risk, we will be providing safety briefs and a support boat, and there are always other members on hand to offer assistance and advice. Chichester harbour is a very safe environment to introduce young sailors so it would be perfect imo.

      We don’t know if anyone else is bringing any small peeps, but Beccy and I might attend with our 18mo and remain shore based… I’m not sure if she’s up to the beat to East Head just yet.

      Hope to see you there!

  • dufton1600 says:

    Hi, when it says “number of guests” on the RSVP, should that number include the named member?

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