REMINDER: Pico Match Racing – 3 March 2019

To mark the end of wetsuit season, it’s time for our annual Pico Match Racing event! For those of you who haven’t taken part before, here’s an introduction from DO John:

Next Sunday (3rd March) is the annual Pico Match Racing trophy for which I’m DO. The normal race format is suspended for the day and only the four Picos being used for the races (2 racing and 2 getting ready for the next race) will be allowed on the lake.

Pico Match Racing will ideally be a round robin tournament (everyone races everyone else once) but if turnout is too high then the default will be that everyone has the same number of races.

The winner of the trophy will be the member who wins the most races — if it’s a tie, the overall winner is the person who won when they raced each other; if they haven’t raced, there will be a final race off.

The course will be short, with just 2 or 3 buoys and a single lap. There will be a one minute start (three short blows will warn of the imminent one minute start whistle so that you can set your stop watches and the next whistle will be the start).

After the race is over, please get the boats back to the jetty ASAP for handover so the next race can be started without delay.

In order to fit in as many races as possible I hope to start the first race by 10:30am, so please can participants turn up by 10am and rig up 4 Picos – just main sails, no jibs.

See you on Sunday!

Icicle Cup 2019 – Race Report

Living up to its name, this year’s Icicle Cup was delayed by a week due to the lake freezing over, but it was well worth the wait! Here’s the race report from DO Richard:

With blustery weather and winds of 17mph gusting to 26 (mainly NW, but switching to N and W at times to keep racers on their toes), we got off to a slow start as it wasn’t clear how many would be racing. In the end 7 for the first race and 8 for the second.

After an epic battle with Ray, the first race was won by Tim, who got a flying start and eventually won by overtaking Ray between Bog and Hermit on the final lap to win, with Steve a steady third and Martin (Pico), Andrew (Byte) and John (sailing the Hartley 10 single handed) making up the chasing pack.

Geoff had an eventful first race, going the wrong way at least once, snagging a fishing line three times (!) and seemingly using Brownian motion to plot his way around the course finishing last.

Dennis (Heron) joined in the second race, with Bog mark switched out for Centre to take account of changes in wind conditions. This time, it looked like Geoff was in for a complete reversal of fortune after a stunning start, but he couldn’t hold off Ray, who was able to reel him in to take first place, with Steve once again third and Tim, unable to repeat his earlier performance, leading the chasing pack of John, Andrew, Martin and Dennis.

So, after 2 races with Croydon Yardstick and cup point applied, the results were:

  1. Ray
  2. Tim
  3. Steve

Thank you to Rob and Patrick for helping with ADO duties.

Temperatures down, attendance up!

Despite temperatures dropping below 1°C and many of us having to scrape ice off our dinghies before we could get set up, 13 intrepid members turned up for last Sunday’s Winter season race, a record turnout for a January race (at least since I’ve been Sailing Secretary).

It was certainly chilly, but otherwise a beautiful winter sunshine day with light but consistent winds throughout (by South Norwood Lake standards anyway).

Images courtesy of members Phil (top) and Luke (bottom).

Sunday League 2017-18 – Results

For anyone that wasn’t at the AGM last week, here are the Sunday League results for 2017-18:

Winter 2017-18

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Summer 2018

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Notes

Results are calculated using each participant’s best 10 results, where 14 points are given for 1st place, 13 for 2nd and so on.

“A” series races are the ones starting at 10:30 and “B” series those starting just after midday.

Highlighted dates indicate races or events that are not part of the Sunday League calendar, for example cup races (gold), training (red) or free sailing (green); the Summer season was shortened due to blue-green algae.

 

Ancient Mariners 2018 – Results

Despite the lake being closed for several months due to blue-green algae, our Wednesday afternoon Ancient Mariners league managed 25 races this season, with just 9 points separating the top 3:

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Final results were calculated using the same system as our Sunday leagues, with each participant’s score based on their best 10 results, where 14 points are given for 1st place, 13 for 2nd and so on.

REMINDER: Remembrance Sunday, 11/11/2018

Just a quick reminder that we’ll be starting a little later than usual this weekend, following a 1 minute silence at 11:00 to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

So, please make sure you get to the boat park in plenty of time to ensure that everything’s setup and ready to go by 11 o’clock, and we’ll get the first race underway as soon as possible afterwards.

Wet or dry suits REQUIRED from 4 November 2018

Don’t forget that all on-water participants at CSC will require a wet or dry suit from 4 November 2018 until 24 February 2019.

If you’re looking to buy a new wet or dry suit for the Winter, there are lots of bargains to be had online right now at sites like Amazon and Wetsuit Outlet, but it’s important to make sure you get one that’s suitable for the conditions.

For a wetsuit, that means a 5mm or thicker full length suit, which includes suits labelled “3/5mm”, “4/5mm” or similar, meaning they have slightly thinner arms to help you to move more freely.

You may also want to consider buying a rash vest to go underneath, which not only prevent your wetsuit rubbing and chafing, but also help keep you just a little bit warmer.

No wet or dry suit means no sailing, no exceptions.

Cold feet?

We often have lots of members complaining about getting cold feet around this time of year, so if you’re suffering from chilly toes, we highly recommend getting yourself some neoprene wetsuit socks like these.

WE’RE BACK! Racing starts again this Sunday, 14 October 2018

After several months of algae stops play, we are pleased to announce that racing will re-commence this Sunday, 14 October 2018!

After weeks of uncertainty, we’re looking for volunteers to be DO and ADO for the first race back (it doesn’t have to be the same person for both), and a new rota will be sent out in the coming days with duty allocations from 21 October onward, with wetsuit season starting on 4 November this year.

LAKE CLOSED due to Blue Green Algae

We have just received news that the Environment Agency (EA) have today confirmed the presence of Blue Green Algae at South Norwood Lake and that they have established that the presence exceeds the limit for public health.

South Norwood Lake is therefore CLOSED for any recreational activity until further notice and  signage to that effect will go up first thing tomorrow morning.

The lake is being monitored by Croydon Council in partnership with the EA on a regular basis, so please keep your eye on the CSC website, Twitter, Facebook and/or WhatsApp groups for updates as soon as we have them.

[UPDATE 28/08/2018] The situation is improving, but although blue-green algae is no longer visible on the lake, EA have reported that the toxin levels (created by the algae) are still too high for the lake to be opened up to recreational use. Nearly there. Watch this space for further updates!

 

Charity Pursuit raises £100 for King’s Health Partnership

A big thanks to everyone who took part in, or donated towards, this year’s Charity Pursuit race, which raised £100 for King’s Health Partnership in memory of John Moxom, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Following our donation, we received a touching thank you letter from the King’s College London Fundraising Team:

On behalf of King’s College London, I would like to offer my condolences, and let you know that we truly appreciate that you have chosen to support us at this time.

I’d like to thank you for your kind in memory gift. Your gift will make a big difference to the students and staff at King’s College London, and I hope that you are able to take some comfort in this knowledge.

Your in memory donation of £100.00 will be directed to the Neuroscience & Mental Health Fund which enables us to continue our world-leading research into understanding and treating conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, motor neurone disease and epilepsy.

Thank you again for thinking of us at this time.

 

Blue-Green Algae guidance

Some of you may have spotted the recent appearance of blue-green algae on the lake, which the Environment Agency has advised us has the potential to cause harm over the coming weeks, but the lake is still open and sailing will continue.

The RYA has issued guidance, which we recommend all participants should read. A few important points are:

  • Duty officers (DOs and ADOs) should assess lake conditions before commencing any sailing activity and warn participants of worst affected areas, setting a course that avoids these areas if appropriate
  • Participants should be made aware of the facts on blue-green algae; the council has posted notices around the boat park to facilitate this
  • Capsized participants should not remain unduly long in the water and should (as always) avoid ingesting lake water
  • Participants should wash hands thoroughly before eating and remove scum or algae from clothes and equipment before storing it or entering the changing room
  • Non-participants should not be allowed to walk or play at the water’s edge

We will of course post updates here, and via our Facebook and Twitter pages, if circumstances change.

Racing Rules of Sailing

As we sit down for a cup of tea between races every Sunday, one of the hot topics is almost always the rules, so if you ever need to resolve a dispute, just head over to the comprehensive Racing Rules of Sailing website where all will be explained.

I’m sure we’ll still end up with as many interpretations as there are members present, but at least it’ll be based on fact, rather than what someone told you at the pub 😉

 

Useful downloads (including Basic Race Rules)

Whether you’re new to sailing or have years of dinghy experience, we all have questions about what things are called or what the rules are in particular circumstances.

Thankfully, the nice people at InstructorToolkit.co.uk have put together a selection of free PDFs that may well have the answers. While most are geared towards instructors, there’s plenty of information for anyone interested in sailing and I’d urge any members that come down for Sunday racing to read the Basic Racing Rules! 😉

The rest of the PDFs can be found here.

Charity Pursuit 2018 – Race report

This year’s Charity Pursuit, in aid of King’s Health Partnership, saw a great turn out and winds of 10mph gusting nearer to 20, so was definitely going to keep members on their toes!

The fleet was made up of around a dozen dinghies, including Comets, a Byte CII (starting a little over 5 minutes later) and a Laser (around 3 minutes after that).

First out of the blocks, the Comets made a strong start, completing a full lap before the Tony’s CII even had a look in and coming up on their second by the time the horn blew for Neil in his Laser. As the race went on, the Comets began to spread out and as Robert took a commanding lead at the head of the pack, the Byte and Laser closed in at the back, and shortly after half time Neil was rapidly eating into his 8 minute deficit, having passed the rest of the fleet once, but with less than 45 minutes to go, could he do it again?

With a little less than 30 minutes to go, Neil managed to make his was up to 4th place, the Comets looked to have a tight grip at the front and Robert showed no sign of slowing down as he extended his lead over the others. But as the clock wound down, so did their lead, as one by one Neil managed to reel them in and with less than 10 minutes to go, took first place and didn’t look back.

So congratulations to Neil, this year’s winner of the CSC Charity Pursuit!

A big thanks to DO Kathy and ADO Will for a great race, and to everyone who’s given £5 to a great cause (even if they didn’t enter the race).

Charity Pursuit this Sunday, 17 June 2018

It’s that time of year again when we ask members to put there hand in their pocket and pull out a fiver to enter our annual Charity Pursuit cup race, with all proceeds from this year’s race will go to the King’s Health Partners, in honour of former member John Moxom, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

There’s no excuses now that five pound notes are waterproof, so why not put one in your buoyancy aid pocket today so you don’t forget?

See you on Sunday!

Push The Boat Out success!

Last Sunday, 13 May 2018, saw another fantastic Push The Boat Out open day at Croydon Sailing Club, with dozens of members of the public joining us to experience dinghy sailing for the first time.

The day was a great success, so thank you to all those members who gave up their time and ensure everything ran so smoothly, including those that turned up early to help set-up, our 9 helms carrying out familiarisation and letting beginners try the controls, the meet and greet team and those who stayed late to help pack up the site.

Photos by Arthur (using Janice’s camera).

Commodore’s Cup 2018 – Race Report

The Commodore’s Cup is our annual cup race in which the Commodore (or most senior committee member taking part) gets a 60 second head start over the rest of the fleet, who try to catch the Commodore and deprive them of their namesake prize.

This year, Janice (Club Secretary) gallantly stood in as honorary commodore, giving her a 1 minute head start in each of the two (roughly) 35min cup races.

Taking maximum advantage of her head start, Janice appeared to have an unassailable lead as the race reached the half way mark, but with the wind dropping, Steve stormed through in his Byte CII to win the first race comfortably from Ray, who lead home the fleet of Comets, despite going the wrong way, hitting Tim and capsizing. Tim was third, John fourth, Neil fifth in the Laser, losing out on handicap, Janice sixth and Richard seventh, with Jackie (Pico) and Dennis (Heron) bringing up the rear.

The second race, which took place in increasingly blustery conditions, saw Richard pull away from the pack to obliterate Janice’s lead within just a few short laps, taking the win from Steve, Ray, Neil and Tim. As the race came to a close, however, Janice’s biggest opponent turned out not to be the rest of the fleet, as she was finally defeated by an enormous gust, meaning she had to climb out of the lake having found it impossible to return to the jetty upright. It was a baptism of fire for new member Will who launched his new comet in fluky winds with all points of sail available on each beat.

When the overall points were totalled, Richard finished third (7th and 1st), Ray second (2nd and 3rd), and the Commodore’s Cup 2018 was won by Steve (1st and 2nd).

Big thanks to Rob for DO’ing and Phil and Arthur for assisting. Better luck to the Commodore next year.

Pico Match Racing 2018: The Results

Six competitors took part in today’s Pico Match Racing on a three mark race, using improvised buoys on the unfrozen part of the lake and with each sailor had 3 qualifying races, before progressing (or not) to the final two races to determine the top 4.

During the amazing final, Tony rested the lead from Rob to win by just 2 seconds. Denis and Steve took 3rd and 4th place respectively, with Arthur in 5th and Richard in 6th.

Race win times for the individual heats ranged from 3m 54s to a little over 9m, reflecting the even-more-than-usual changeability of the winds at South Norwood Lake.

 

Icicle Trophy Race 2018: The Results

With strong, bitterly cold winds gusting across the lake today, the Icicle Trophy pursuit race certainly lived up to its name.

Right from the start, this was clearly going to be a close 2 horse race, with Steve (Byte CII) taking an early lead and Neil (Laser) making clear inroads into Steve’s advantage with every lap that passed.

As the race entered the second half, Neil finally moved into first place as they rounded Hermit mark, maintaining his lead until, with Steve snapping at his heals, Neil succumbed to the pressure, misjudging a gust and giving Steve the opportunity he needed to retake the lead and take the win.

Congratulations Steve, you’re Icicle Trophy champion for 2018!