Croydon Sailing Club meets almost every Sunday of the year at 10:00 for our regular race sessions, with additional Go Sailing (practice) and Progressive Sailing (informal training) sessions for non-racers throughout the Summer months (preregistration required). It is developing a group that meets regularly as family sailing to support young persons aged 8 years + who are learning to sail.
Croydon Sailing Club is one of the few clubs within London where there is an opportunity to sail with other enthusiasts with the emphasis on friendly competitive racing. By agreement with the London Borough of Croydon, the club uses South Norwood Lake, six acres of former canal reservoir situated between Crystal Palace and Norwood. There is a boat park and a small clubhouse. The main classes of dinghy sailed are Bytes, Toppers, Comets, Herons and Lasers but any boat with a Portsmouth Yardstick rating and under 14’6” in length is acceptable.The club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005 and has a clubhouse situated along the south side of the lake where it operates race control. Boats are launched from a small slipway on the west side of the lake. Sailing starts from a floating jetty. In 2014 with funding from Sport England ,Croydon Council and Croydon Voluntary Action it became a RYA Training Centre.
Racing on a handicap basis is organised on Sunday mornings all year round and is open to all adult members with at least RYA Level 1, or equivalent sailing experience. A list of racing events is found in the calendar section. There are winter and summer series races all year, with the first race starting at 10.30am and the second at around 12 noon, which are interspersed with one off event races for which trophies are awarded. Members launch their boats kept in the boat park using a short ramp into the water and then they are tied up onto a pontoon known as the jetty. Wet or dry suits must be worn between the months of November and April to protect against the cold water in case of capsize in strong winds.
There is a boat park for members boats and a number of club boats. Club boats are available for use at its Go Sailing, Go Racing , Progress My Sailing and Family Sailing for club members who pay an additional charge of £25 annually.
Members, who are competent sailors, are able to sail independently on Wednesday evenings from mid-May to mid-August from 6pm, when a duty officer arrives to open the boat park, until sundown (which varies from 9pm in June to 8pm in August). This is an opportunity to practise skills, alter rigging or try out other members or club boats.
Please note that due to high demand, preregistration may be required from 2018. Keep an eye on this website and WhatsApps groups for details.
The club is offering a learn to sail programme which comprising of 4 half-days over 2 consecutive weekends to teach the basics sailing skills. Once the course is completed , these beginners will have the opportunity to practise their new skills on Wednesday and Friday evenings during the summer months. Often persons new to sailing have already undertaken a course of instruction whilst on holiday or a local RYA centre and are now keen to continue their learning by joining our club and using club boats and can then start racing. The club arranges talks on the racing rules, offers Start Racing Coaching sessions and also encourages those new to racing to enter novice races and when confident to join in Sunday racing.
There are a growing number of families who want to introduce their children to sailing who have joined our club. We plan to organise Family Sailing on Saturday afternoons with an instructor offering youth coaching fortnightly. For these members we offer less competitive sailing so families can sail together in their own or club boats, enjoy a picnic together and take part in activities e.g. a quiz, fastest person to rig a boat, sail around certain buoys to collect tokens; helping children to learn the language of sailing and improve confidence on the water.
Social Activities & Events
During the year members can take part in non-sailing activities organise by our social secretary. During recent years, members had the opportunity to get together at a evening chess competition, theatre night out, private viewing of Crystal Palace museum, mini golf, Ride London and the annual dinner.