PUSH THE BOAT OUT OPEN DAY

Come along and try Sailing on Sunday 13th May.

The Club opens its boat park and invites you to  visit to find out what the club has to offer adults, families and young persons who want to find out what dinghy sailing is all about. Information about the RYA Training courses on offer, what you can expect if you become a member is provided by club members  making themselves available on the day to talk to visitors.

We offer  for the sum of £10 per group / boat a sail  around the lake  for approximately 40 minutes with an experienced sailor. Feel the power of the wind moving the dinghy through the water and try some of the controls under supervision.

To avoid queuing, we reserve you a  hour  time slot in which you are shown around the club, provided  with information  by a club member and taken for dinghy sail on the lake. All  equipment provided.

Suitable for adults and children aged 4 years  plus

To book a time slot – 11am or 12noon or 1pm or 2pm  contact The secretary :

secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  Tel: 0208 405 9959  or  text  mob : 07913808969 – find us on facebook and send a message.

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June Calendar 2017

Here’s  our planned events this month.

Wed 14th June  Go sailing    Beachmaster – PH

Fri 16th June  Progress Your sailing – informal training especially for those new to double handers  – Instructors JB & AA   Beachmaster  JH

Sunday 18th June   Summer Series  races  at  10:15  11:15  & 12:15  Duty officers PG  & TW

Wed 21st June  Go sailing   Beachmaster GSE  &  MSC

Friday 23- 25th Tollesbury weekend – coastal sailing and camping

Sunday 25th June  Charity Pursuit race in aid of the Norwood lakes Playground Fund  Duty Officer  JP   & AK

Wed 28th June  Go sailing  Beachmaster DL

Friday  30th June   Progress Your Sailing -informal training  – Instructors JB   Beachmaster  KR

Sunday 2nd July  Summer Series races  at  10:15  11:15  & 12:15  Duty officers  RS  & WB

Wed 5th July  Go sailing  Beachmaster  KK  & MR

Friday 7th July Progress Your Sailing -informal training  – Instructors JB   Beachmaster  PM

Sunday 9th July Summer Series  races  at  10:15  11:15  & 12:15  Duty officers  CG  & TL

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY :   29TH JULY RIDE LONDON CSC MEMBERS MEET  AT 10:30AM  OUTSIDE WH SMITH VICTORIA STATION

 

Breezy Sunday Racing

Only 9 intrepid boats ventured out into the Force 4- 5 winds with gusts to Force 6 that caused many a capsize.

The heron dinghy may be old but its stable.

            

The lasers,  having  a larger sail area, took many a capsize but our sailing secretary didn’t get wet  unlike a new member who survived at least 6 wet capsizes – trying to get to grips with his laser – a big change from picos in which he trained for RYA level 2  last year ” Yes, but I am having a great time  out here today “.

     

Racing has become popular this summer with newly trained members having a go, so the club is currently trialling 3 races each week to cope with demand, but yesterday there was a lower than usual turn out due to the strong gusts pushing across the lake and swirling around the north perimeter where most capsizes took place.

Thanks to Phil (professional photographer) for taking these action shots to record the spectacle.

The winner of the first race in his Byte CII stayed out of the water, finding the sport enjoyable but exhausting.

 

MAY SAILING CALENDAR

May is a busy month for the club  at the start of the season with a lot of training  organised.

To help members get out on the water here is a summary of the times sailing is taking place this month

 Friday 28th April GO SAILING (informal training) from 5:30pm  Informal training for families and adults

Bank Holiday weekend Sat 29th April  & Sunday 30th April RYA Level 1  Training Course 9:30-5pm  NO RACING

May Day BH Monday 1st May  RACING (Summer Series) 11:00 Arrive 10am to prepare your dinghy  Duty Officers GC   &  PMC

Wed 3rd May GO SAILING (free sailing) From 6pm to sunset  Duty Officer AM & NW

Sunday 7th May RACING (Summer Series) 11:00    Duty Officers  BB & MB

Wed 10th May  GO SAILING (informal training) 6pm to Sunset  Duty Officer RN  & JD

Sunday 14th May PUSH THE BOAT OUT DAY – 11-3pm  members arrive 10am to prepare taster sails pre-booked for non-members

Wed 17th May GO SAILING (free sailing) 6pm Duty officers PMC

Fri 19th May GO SAILING (informal training) from 5:30pm  Informal training for families and adults  with Andy

Sunday 21st May RACING (Commodore’s Cup) 11:00 Duty officers  NR  & JA

Wed 24th May GO SAILING (free sailing) 6pm Duty officers  NB  & DW

Fri 26th May GO SAILING (informal training) from 5:30pm  Informal training for families and adults  with Janice

Bank Holiday weekend  Sunday 28th April & BH Mon 29th May RYA Level 1  Training Course 9:30-5pm  NO RACING ON SUNDAY

Other Friday GO SAILING (informal training) sessions to be advised by WhatsApp to members

 

Game Changer: Easter Monday Mashup

Free sports activities for young people age 14-25 on Easter Monday (17 April) from 12-4pm at the Waterside Centre and South Norwood Lake, South Norwood, SE25 4DX.

Croydon Sailing Club is participating in this event, offering a fun introduction to dinghy sailing on the lake with an instructor. Learn how to control the awesome power of the wind to sail a boat move across the lake and back to dry land. No experience needed and all necessary kit provided. Pre-booking is essential. email secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk Or phone 07913 808969

Other Activities you can take part in include:

Basketball with Croydon Cougars,

Boxing with Impact Boxing,

Bump and Shed Dance with BumpFitness,

Cricket with Thornton Heath Cricket Club,

Golf with Community Golf,

Karate with Invictus Karate Club,

Football with CPFC Foundation and Solid Rock Academy,

SamFit Axial-Crocus

 

Come and try sailing on Push The Boat Out day, 14th May 2017

Want to try sailing ? Come along to our Open Day where you can find out what  being a member of Croydon Sailing Club is all about .

We have information about beginner courses, RYA Level 1 and 2 courses   and our Progress Your Sailing Programme.

You can pre-book a taster sailing session  for which there is a charge of £10 per boat which is refunded off the cost of any courses paid for later in the year. Allow one hour for your introduction to sailing.

Contact info@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  to book your session either 11am, 12noon, 1pm or 2pm

Birdseye view, Fishes too!

Watch  the sailing club racers who  braved winds gusting  up to  35mph  yesterday from the top of the mast !

Thanks to Paul who managed to attach his camera to the mast  and didn’t have much time to prepare his dinghy sail  in time for the race start . The camera was well secured and survived the capsize .

Click link to watch this short video to see  the  near collisions, rounding the  buoy  and what the mast does  when you capsize !

 

 

Annual Dinner and Chess Night

Not been sailing this year as you don’ t like the cold? Stay in touch and come along to our social events  next month:

Chess Night
Thursday March 2nd at 7:30 pm at the Waterside Centre by the lake for our annual chess night to battle for the title of 2017 Chess King or Queen.
There is a £3 pound entrance charge this year to cover the room hire costs and if everyone brings their preferred drink it should be a inexpensive night.
Annual Dinner
Join us on Saturday 11th March 7:30 at The Crown at 28 Wickham Rd Croydon CRO 8BA for our annual dinner.
They offer a set menu of £9.49 or £11.49: the menu can be found on their website
A great night out in convivial company.
If you’re interested in either night, please contact Social Secretary, Robert.

2017 Training Programme

The dates have now been finalised for our RYA Level 1 and 2 courses!

The cost of a 2 day Level 1 course  is £180 per person, including 6 months single membership of CSC, course hand book and certificates logbook; add £10 if you would prefer to include 6 months family membership.

We can supply buoyancy aids if required. Temporary membership enables anyone completing the Start Sailing Course to use club dinghies to practise newly acquired skills at open sessions held at the club . There are 10 places available on each course, which runs from 9.30am to approximately 5:00pm using Laser Pico sailing dinghies at South Norwood Lake.

No previous sailing knowledge or experience is required to take join our RYA Level 1 courses.

The Level 2 course costs £150 to club members and priority for the 10 places is given to adults who have completed a level 1 course with the club.

Progress Your Sailing Sessions – During the Spring and Summer the Club  plans to run  regular sessions  with a coach, specifically designed to help  increase the  confidence  and  skills of  those members who started sailing  recently.   The aim is to help new sailors progress and get out on the water with other members  to take up regular sailing.

29 & 30 April SAT & SUN  RYA LEVEL 1 Start Sailing
14 May Push The Boat Out Day –  11am – 3pm

Thinking of taking a course to learn to sail a  dinghy? Book a taster sail at our open day  before committing to  a 2 day course .

Cost £10 (refunded when you book a training course).

28 & 29 May SUN & BH MON  RYA  LEVEL 1 Start Sailing
 October  SAT & SUN  RYA  Level 2  Basic Skills

 

2017 Calendar

7th April Friday 3.30pm onwards – Go sailing led by Andy Ktenas – a session to improve your skills and get out on the water –  a fun activities planned – a game of tag on the water.
8th April

 

10am  –  Spring Clean Saturday and DUTY OFFICER  training

 

14th April GOOD FRIDAY Easter Egg Cup Race  11AM

Family Fun  Activities in the Afternoon from 2 -4 pm

 

 Sat  22nd  April   Refresher  Workshop  and Shakedown afternoon from 1pm  –  A workshop to help sort out issues on your own dinghy, refresh rigging a heron or pico,  tacking , gybing techniques  or to helm / crew on a double hander  if you have not sailed for a while.

If your boat has not moved all winter; come down to get it rigged and take for a sail to  check it out, ask advice from an experienced member.

14th  May Push The Boat Out Day  – an open day with taster sails on the lake

 

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September Programme

Here  is  a list of sailing events for racers and recreational sailors for the rest of the month:

SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER – DUTY OFFICER GEOFF

9 AM  TO 11 AM RECREATIONAL SAILING  WITH INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT – WORKSHOP ON RACE STARTS FROM 10.15 AM

11AM  SUMMER SERIES RACE 1 START- (HANDICAP RACE)

12.45PM SUMMER SERIES RACE 2 START – (HANDICAP RACE)

2PM – 3PM FAMILY SAILING  WITH INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT ( PLEASE ARRIVE BY 1.45 OR PRE-BOOK SO RIGGED BOATS CAN BE LEFT ON THE WATER FOR YOU- pre-book by email secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  or text 07913808969). Competition to collect the balls from 2.30.

 

SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER- DUTY OFFICER JOHN

9.30AM TO 11AM RECREATIONAL SAILING

11AM BRIEFING FOR MINI PURSUIT CUP RACE – A RACE THAT STARTS WITH THE SLOWEST BOATS FIRST( TOPPERS AND PICOS SET OFF FIRST AND THE FASTER BOATS SET OFF LATER HAVING TO CATCH UP  AND OVERTAKE )- 6OMINS

 

SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER – DUTY OFFICER RAY

9AM TO 11AM FAMILY  ONLY SAILING  WITH INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT – CHILDREN AND PARENTS WHO HAVE UNDERTAKEN OUR COURSES CAN HAVE A REFRESHER  AND chilren have priority over Picos so they can be encouraged to sail on their own .

11AM  SUMMER SERIES RACE 1 START- (HANDICAP RACE)

12.45PM SUMMER SERIES RACE 2 START – (HANDICAP RACE)

1PM -2PM  RECREATIONAL SAILORS AND NEW MEMBERS SOCIAL LUNCH – BRING A PICNIC OR JOIN IN AN ORDER FOR A PIZZA DELIVERY

2PM TEAM PICO RELAY RACE followed  by  a  NOVICE RACE 

 

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER – NO RACING OR RECREATIONAL SAILING AS THE LAKE IS BEING USED FOR LEVEL 2 TRAINING 

WHY NOT TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT GREENWICH YACHT CLUB FOR THE LONDON REGATTA

Dinghy racing will take place on a series of courses marked out in the River Thames between the Thames Barrier and the Emirates Cable Car.

This is the day the Thames Barrier will operate its annual full closure test from 08.25 to 18.25. The River Thames will temporarily be a non-tidal waterway and commercial traffic will be unable to sail up and down it. This makes it a unique and safe day once a year for dinghy sailors race on this stretch of the Thames in a great festival atmosphere.

 ANYONE WISHING TO TAKE PART SHOULD CONTACT Andy  AT cROROYDON SAILING CLUB  TO REGISTER  AS YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR OWN BOATS

SEE  : www.greenwichyachtclub.co.uk/

 

 

 

Two places left on this weekends RYA Level 1 Course

Due to  recent cancellations there are 2 places left on the    RYA Level  Start Sailing Course .

The course is taught in single-hander Laser Picos.  Those new to sailing learn how to prepare a boat for sailing  followed by sailing maneovre technique practise  in a  dinghy simulator before taking to the water . By the second day  novice sailors  should be able to sail a triangular course and return to the jetty. Those keen to carry out a capsize exercise can do dso at the end of the course.

Contact Janice on 07913808969 or 0208 405 9959 for details  or email secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk

Hurry whilst  places left – this is the last level 1 this year and level 2 planned for 1/2 October weekend .

 

Summer Non-Racing Sessions

As many members who volunteer time to run these sessions are on Summer holiday, listed below are the next sessions when the boat park will be open and safety cover operational.

All members welcome, including those who recently completed our Start Sailing courses.

Date Time
Wed, 29th July 6pm to 9pm
Wed, 5th August 6pm to 9pm
Sun, 9th August 1.30pm to 4pm
Wed, 12th August 6pm to 8.30pm

Push the Boat Out Event proves very popular.

Yet again, when the Club opened its gates  and launched club boats for free taster sails, there was no shortage of beginners wanting to take to the water.

The day highlights were challenging strong winds that made sailing exhilaraiting for those persons and children trying sailing for the first time. We even had  our first capsize and rescue at an open day – the children who were briefly in the water thought, ” it  was very exciting and can we do it again !”

Numbers taken for a short sail were 135 and the Club hopes the experience has generated  an interest in sailing for all those who participated.

 

Start Sailing Course begins Spring Season Training

Last Bank Holiday weekend  the club trained 6 new sailors  on the lake over 2 days in very windy and gusty conditions. All six students were keen to give their new skills a go out on the water.

” Super course, well organised – I learnt  a lot “, was the feedback from one student.

” A warm welcome,  from the club and enthusiastic support when students are wavering. Clear practical instruction in the theory  section followed by simulation exercises was a great help. To be recommended”,  a quote from another student beginner. on the course.

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PUSH THE BOAT OUT DAY SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

  • Interested in sailing?
  • Thinking about learning to sail?
  • Want to know more about your local Sailing Club ?
  • adults and families welcome – suitable for children from ages 6 years and above in light winds under parental supervision in the boats.

Then Come On Down !

WE OPEN OUR GATES TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10.30AM  TO 3PM

TASTER SAILS ON THE WATER – please email : secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  with names and ages and preferred time  to visit so a timed taster sail can be allocated to you and save  some queueing.

A SIMULATOR BOAT  SET UP IN THE BOAT PARK  FOR YOU TO TRY  USING THE CONTROLS.

NAME PARTS OF THE BOAT COMPETITION AND MAKE A MODEL SAIL  BOAT FROM JUNK COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN

BBQ FOOD ON SALE PROVIDED BY COMPETENT CHEF OF LUNCH CLUB AT THE WATERSIDE CENTRE

A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL!

 

2015 Learn to Sail Courses


The Club will be running these courses in the spring for club members.

Persons who are new to sailing and the club  are offered an introductory temporary 6 month membership rate of  £30 single individual and  £40 family group rate; see the membership page for more details.

This entitles  a new member to undertake  courses this summer and come along to club clinics held on Wednesday and fortnightly Sunday afternoons throughout the summer- that’s a possible 20 sailing  sessions averaging £1.50 a time with use of club boats – its great value!

Training costs are very competitive compared to other London clubs. RYA trained instructors run the courses and we use our new Sport England Funded Laser Picos for  single hander training.

 

Dates:

RYA Level 1 certificate – 2 Day course- course- Sat 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May

RYA Level 1 certificate – 2 Day course- course  Sat 23rd May and Sunday 24th May.

RYA Level 2 certificate – 2 Day course – course  Sat 20th June  and  Sunday 21st June

RYA Level 1 certificate – 2 Day course- course- Sat 11th  and Sunday 12th July

from 9.30 to 5.30pm each day –   cost £100,  so please register your interest.

 

 

 

For all courses email : secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  giving your name, age and course preference.

Picos prove popular boats in gusty winds

Its  the 11th January; its cold, around 5 degrees Celsius  and the winds forecast to  gust up to 27 miles per hour,  that’s force 6 !

Club members, looking forward to a sail but not a ducking in the water,  decided to take out club  picos instead of their own dinghies as they are very stable.

There were 3 capsizes, but the  dinghies are easy to right and  so the sailors were back  in the race.

Congratulations to Michael our winner  and all  six competitors who defied the weather .

“It was great fun, I enjoyed it”, commented Tony. ” I will definitely take a pico out again when there are  in strong winds on the lake”.

The Club now plans to have  a special Pico race event in March .

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