CAMSAIL is a club which meets monthly from October to March to enjoy a wide range of illustrated talks about sailing, given by invited speakers and club members, and provides an opportunity to socialise in a nautical atmosphere (albeit in central Cambridge!).
We also organise occasional trips, both on and off the water. These have included two trips on Thames Barges on the River Orwell, a trip in March 2018 to Harwich to be shown the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) at the Harwich Haven Authority and the Lightship LV18. In May 2019, a small flotilla of 3 boats owned by our members undertook a two day trip from Felixstowe, giving other members the chance to get afloat. Also in May, a group of 15 visited Kings Lynn, enjoying a guided tour round places of particular nautical interest; there was also the chance to sail on the Baden Powell, the only double ended cockle boat of her type still in existence. In September, a group of 11 enjoyed a day sail in the Solent on the Rona Sailing Project boat Rona II (a 68' ketch - used normally as a sail training vessel).
Due to the present circumstances, we have had to cancel our three proposed 2020 spring/autumn trips. We hope that we may be able to reschedule them for 2021:
i) visit to Orford Ness (May)
ii) flotilla from the Orwell (September)
iii) to Lowestoft (September or October)
We operate a small lending library of nautical books
We try to act as an informal crewing service, putting yacht skippers wanting crews in touch with crews wanting skippers!