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.

CSC takes it to the next level!

Congratulations to Rainer, Gabi, David, Cathy, Mark, Paul, Joe, Amea, Anneliese and Brian: the first ever graduates of an official RYA Level 2 training course at Croydon Sailing Club!

After gaining recognition as an RYA Training Centre last year, instructors Denis and Neil, with senior instructor Simon Harding, put 10 CSC members through their paces over the May bank holiday weekend, refining the techniques they learned at Level 1 and teaching useful new skills including picking up a bouey (tying your dinghy to a fixed object), coming alongside (e.g. parking next to the safety boat) and man overboard (rescuing a person or object from the lake).

It was fantastic to see the amazing progression over the two-day course and a great weekend had by all.

Interested in taking an RYA Level 1 or 2 training course at CSC? Click here

A big thanks to Rainer for the photos.

Our instructors just keep getting better!

Not content to rest on their laurels, Croydon Sailing Club instructors Neil and Janice, along with prospective instructor Valeria, headed out to Queen Mary reservoir to attend a one day seamanship skills course as part of the RYA’s Instructor Professional Development CPD programme.

Running from 09:30 until just after 18:00 in force 4-5 winds, senior instructor Steve Baverstock put all the attendees through their paces, working through all the important seamanship skills, from man overboard to rudderless sailing via lee shore landings, punctuated with amazing opportunities to throw open the spinnakers and take advantage of the fantastic conditions to plane across the wide open spaces the reservoir has to offer. And practice the occasional, impromptu capsize drill.

A fantastic time had by all, so a big thanks to Steve and Queen Mary Sailing Club for hosting a great day’s sailing.

Throwing open the spinnakers

There are more pictures from the course on Facebook and, if you’re an instructor, or training to be one, you can find out more about the RYA’s CPD training days by clicking here.