Catapult  TT at Calshot 2013

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    The Catapult fleet plans a 2013 return to Calshot Sailing Club (a popular venue in past years) probably late June.

    Confirmation and more details will follow

 (Below: rigging in the sunshine beside the sailing club, looking back down Southampton Water)

  Likely Costs:  The Club will charge us 5 per boat per day, on top of which will be the 5 CCA levy, making 15 for the weekend.

    Parking is extra and is payable to Calshot Activities Centre or New Forest District Council depending on which side of the Activities Centre fence you park. The Activities Centre charges 5 per day for vehicles under 7m and 10 per day for vehicles over 7m.


Camping on Calshot Spit can be arranged for a group with the Activities Centre. The cost is 13 per pitch per night for caravans and campervans and 5.90 per person per night for those in tents. Members wanting to camp at the Activities Centre should contact Stuart Ede (, 01904 738158) as soon as possible.

Or there is camping at nearby sites, which you can arrange direct. One recommended by the Club is Stonehill Farm Campsite at Fawley:

For those who want a roof over their heads there are plenty of B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels listed on the New Forest official visitor website at

   (Below: Calshot regular Cliff Antill pierces some Solent waves. Behind him on the spit are the castle and the naval hangar, see below)

catamaran sailing uk: calshot cliff


The Club shares the mile-long shingle spit with Calshot Castle  (built by Henry VIII in 1539 to protect Southampton from attack by France or Spain) and the buildings of Calshot Naval Station, a flying-boat base for 40 years

 Calshot was the venue in 1929 and 1931 for the Schneider Trophy international air race for seaplanes.

The club looks out across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and Cowes, with the continuous Solent sea traffic, commercial and leisure. The view the other way is across a sheltered lagoon to the Hamble River and up Southampton Water

   Other attractions

Calshot could form the nucleus of a great family break in the New Forest. In addition to the lovely woodland scenery and the New Forest ponies, there's the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu (and the house itself), Breamore House, gardens at Exbury, Furzey and Spinners (just outside Lymington), and the Alice In Wonderland Theme Park at Hurn near Bournemouth. More nautical sightseeing attractions include the picturesque anchorages at Bucklers Hard, Lymington and Christchurch. Bucklers Hard also preserves a fascinating shipwrights village for building ships of the line in the Napoleonic wars

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