Croydon Sailing Club meets almost every Sunday of the year from 10:00 for our regular race sessions, with additional social sailing sessions throughout the Summer months on Wednesday evenings from 18:00 and Sunday afternoons.
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 .
Racing on a handicap basis is organised on Sunday mornings all year round. A list of racing events is found in the calendar section. There are winter and summer series races all year, starting at 10.30am and 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 by club members at no additional charge.
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.
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 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 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 Fun Sunday afternoons for these members for 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 boats to collect tokens; to help children 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 2013 members had tohe opportunity to get to gether at a evening chess competition, theatre night out, private viewing of Crystal Palace museum and the annual dinner.