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.

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.

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.

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.

Pond Pounders Pot 2018: The Results

With strong winds, 40mph gusts and near freezing temperatures, the Pond Pounders Pot took on an extra “P” this year to become the Pond Pounders Pot in Picos, with 4 brave members taking on mother nature to battle it out in the opening race of 2018.

Having had a great start, Ray looked to have taken an early lead, only to misread the course and briefly head off in the wrong direction, leaving Richard to take first place, closely followed by Neil and Janice.

Over the next few laps, Richard’s decision to reef his sail appeared to have paid off, giving him greater control as the powerful gusts swept the lake, but as the race entered the final quarter, the extra power of Neil’s unreefed sail proved decisive, as he overtook Richard on the way to Jetty and never looked back.

So, congratulations to Neil, winner of Pond Pounders Pot 2018!

Results

# Name
1 Neil
2 Richard
3 Ray
4 Janice

Comet Cup 2017 Race Report

We’ve just received the race report from Richard, DO for our inaugural Comet Cup race:

Nine racers joined us for today’s hotly contested Comet Cup in cold, sunny and blustery conditions.

After three hard fought laps, Ray won the first heat, with Rob overtaking Tony at the last possible moment to beat him by a nose and secure the second slot in the final.

In the second heat, John managed to go from first to last and then back to first, with Janice pipping Luke to second after a nip and tuck battle to secure her place in the final.

Five racers who hadn’t finished in the first two in either heat then raced again over two laps, with the top two making the final. This time Luke won, with a fast finishing Geoff beating Tony, Tim and Neil to the line.

With the northerly wind dropping, but still remaining blustery, the course was changed and lengthened. After a very congested start Ray and Rob got away to what looked like an insurmountable lead, ahead by the length of a mark after the first lap. Unfortunately they both went round Island the wrong way. By the time they had corrected their mistake the fleet had caught up and five boats in a line arrived at Island, Hermit and shortly afterwards at Bog all together. Eventually, Rob managed to pull away to win from Luke, John and Geoff with Janice beating Ray on the line.

So congratulations to Rob: Croydon Sailing Club’s for winner of the Comet Cup!

Thank you to everyone for arriving promptly and helping out especially Peter and Phil.

Why the 5m (fishing) rule is so important

With South Norwood Lake attracting fishermen from across Europe, it has become increasingly common in recent weeks to see lines cast out across the lake by fisherman that are apparently unaware of the so-called “5 metre rule” that ensures all fishing lines are submerged under the water within 5m / 15ft of the side of the lake, weighted wherever possible, and in return that we do not sail closer than 5m / 15ft from the edge.

This rule works well at least 90% of the time, but today we had a great example of the damage that can be caused by fisherman ignoring the rules, with a fisherman casting his line from a fishing platform close to the club house across the lake to a point close to centre, resulting in around 30m / 100ft of fishing line becoming wrapped around various parts of at least 3 dinghies, complete with hooks and, not for the first time, cutting two 5cm slots all the way through one of our member’s solid fibre glass dagger boards in the process (see above): imagine if this had been an arm or leg!

So, if you’re DO and you see any fishing lines projecting out into the lake, please do everything you can to explain the rules and protect the fleet from rogue lines; we appreciate that there’s often a language barrier, so will be preparing a multilingual, illustrated sheet you can show fisherman in the future.

 

Mid-Summer Regatta 2017 schedule announced

This year’s Mid-Summer Regatta will take place on Sunday, 23 July 2016, beginning with racing, then breaking for lunch before the fun and games begin in our afternoon of novice and family events.

Time Description
10:00 Arrive at the boat park

We’re aiming to have everything ready and on the water by 10:30, so anyone wishing to take part should arrive at the boat park no later than 10:00 to help get everything ready and ensure they sign up early. Places are limited, so don’t be late!

11:00 RACE: Double handed

With teams and boat allocation drawn from a hat, the first race is aimed at regular racers and adult novicesand will see new and novice members paired up with our experience racers in two person teams

*** If you’re a member with a double handed dinghy that won’t be taking part, please can we borrow it? (please let Neil, Richard or Janice know)

12:00 RACE: Pico Tag-team

Giving all of our members a chance to get to know each other better, the fun mixed ability tag team race always proves to be a lot of fun, so whether you’re a regular racer, a new recruit or a novice/family member, this is the race for you.

With mixed ability teams of 2 or 3 (depending on turnout) once again drawn from a hat, this is a Le Mans style race starting from the Jetty. When the whistle blows, the first member of the team jumps into their Pico, completes a lap of the course and returns to the Jetty to swap places. The first team to complete the course, return to the Jetty and touch it with their hand are the winners!

13:00 Lunch & Awards

Once the morning racing is complete, we’ll be heading back to the boat park for a cold buffet and general socialising. All members are welcome and please bring any food, drinks, snacks or cakes you’d like to share.

With the day’s racing complete, awards are presented and we handover the lake to novice and family events from 14:00.

14:00 Family fun

Our novice and family events will begin at around 14:00 and will consist of a number of activities lasting approximately 30-45 minutes each.

The exact details are still being confirmed, but I think we can all be assured that it will be a fantastic afternoon!

 

Summer Sailing Sessions for 2017

With lots of new members joining us after this year’s RYA level 1 courses, we’re often asked which of CSC’s sailing session are the most appropriate for which members, so here’s a quick summary of the sessions that will be available during Summer 2017, and which members they target; Go Sailing indicates a leisure or informal training session; Racing indicates a race session.

NEW! Wednesday Afternoons: Racing (Ancient Mariners)

Target members: Adults

From 5 July, if you’re an adult member lucky enough to be available on Wednesday afternoons, our Ancient Mariners racing session might just be the one for you.

Open to adults only, this season starts at 14:00 (subject to confirmation via WhatsApp at 10:00) and is currently scheduled to run every week until the end of August.

Wednesday Evenings: Go Sailing

Target members: Everyone

Whether you’re a racer refining your 5 essentials, a new member building up your confidence or a family member wanting to take your partner or children on a gentle potter around the lake on a sunny Summer evening, then CSC’s unstructured Wednesday evening Go Sailing sessions are the one for you, offering the perfect environment for practice and leisure sailing.

Wednesday evening sessions run every week from 18:00 to dusk until the end of August.

Friday Evenings: Go Sailing

Target members: Novice & family members

Friday evening’s give members the opportunity to benefit from the experience of instructors Andrew and Janice during a friendly, informal training session.

Due to its popularity, you may need to book in advance for this session, so keep an eye on the WhatsApp group for start times and individual session details.

Sunday Morning: Racing (Sunday League)

Target members: Adults

Between 10:00 and 14:00 on Sunday mornings, South Norwood Lake plays host to our 52-week-a-year race sessions. We aim to have the A series (morning) race underway at 10:15 and the B series (afternoon) race at around 12:00.

Any members with at least RYA level 1 or equivalent experience are welcome, all that we ask is that you join in the race to the best of your ability.

New members often tell us they’re worried about getting in the way, but there really isn’t anything to worry about. Our racers are a friendly bunch and even those who now regularly finish near the top of the table started out getting stuck on buoys, caught in headers and inexplicably going backwards.

Participation of under 18s (other than as crew) is at the discretion of the duty officer (DO).

Sunday Afternoons: Go Sailing

Target members: Novice & family members

Sunday afternoon sessions are a mix of unstructured and informal training sessions that take place once or twice each month throughout the Summer, from around 14:00.

As these sessions are not available every week, keep an eye on the CSC website and Go Sailing WhatsApp group for dates and other details.

 

Commodore’s Cup 2017: we have a winner! (Gallery)

Today’s Commodore’s Cup was not only the best attended race events of the season so far but also the most competitive, with with just 14 seconds separating 1st from 5th and less than two minutes separating the top 8 in the first race of the day.

In the first race, Richard (Laser) took an early lead and, with a few momentary exceptions, was able to stay at the front of the pack throughout, but he just couldn’t shake off the Comet fleet that remained hot on his heals right up to the last second, with Robert, John, Steven and Peter all pipping him to the post to take 1st to fourth once the CY numbers were applied.

The second race, which was almost as close as the first, with under half a lap separating the top 6, saw Valeria slice her way through the field after a poor start and into the leading pack, but it just wasn’t enough to keep Robert from taking his second victory and with it the Commodore’s Cup for 2017.

Top 10

# Name Dinghy Class Points
1 Robert Comet 0.0
2 Steven Byte 8.7
3 John Comet 11.0
4 Peter Comet 13.7
5= Tim Comet 21.7
5= Valeria Byte CII 21.7
7 Richard Laser 27.0
8 Phil & Paul Comet Duo 29.0
9 Tony Byte CII 32.0
10 Hilary’s Crew Firebird 34.0

Cup races are scored using the low points bonus system.

Gallery

Icicle Trophy 2017 – we have a winner!

The Icicle Trophy certainly lived up to its name this year, with large sheets of ice present on most of the dinghies in the boat park as we arrived at CSC this morning, but that wasn’t enough to dissuade our hardy members from rigging up and getting out on the lake ready to race.

In a change from the usual format, this year’s Icicle Trophy was made up of 3 short races of ~20 minutes, with a 1 minute countdown (instead of 5) and a short break of just a 3-4 minutes between each to keep down time to a minimum in the near freezing conditions.

Showing just how competitive racing is at CSC, there was barely 6 seconds (with CY applied) between 1st and 3rd place in each of the races, but it was Richard who managed to overtake Neil at the last possible moment to win the third race by a nose to take this years trophy with two firsts and a third.

Congratulations Richard, our 2017 Icicle Trophy champion!

Pond Pounders Pot 2017 – we have a winner!

Last Sunday was the first race meeting of 2017 at Croydon Sailing Club, which of course meant it was time for the Pond Pounders Pot!

The lower wind conditions meant that mastery of the 5 essentials was, well, essential, in gaining an advantage over other members, and after just over an hour of racing it was Tony (Byte CII) who showed he had what it takes, taking first place ahead of Derek (Comet) in second and Neil (Laser) in third.

So, congratulations to Tony and a happy new year from everyone at CSC.

Mid-Summer Regatta 2016: We have a winner (and lots of great photos)!

With this year’s Mid-Summer Regatta seeing the introduction of three new events, there had been a lot of excitement leading up to one of the biggest events on CSC’s Summer calendar, and I think everyone that took part would agree that it was well worth the wait.

The double hander race saw 8 two-person crews take to the lake in a mixture of Comet Duo, Enterprise, Heron and Firebird dinghies, and after 5 closely contested laps Robert and Dirk showed that they had almost telepathic team-working skills, sailing the club Firebird into first place.

The second race saw seven Comets competing in our first official Comet class race. The first few laps saw several members vying for first place, but as the race continued, Valeria broke away from the pack and never looked back, taking a well deserved win.

After lunch (a big thanks to everyone that donated something!) more of our novice and family members had arrived ready to join the festivities and it was time for CSC’s inaugural Pico Tag race. With 6 teams of 3 selected and tactics decided, the horn blew the first members were off! Two legs complete, there was still everything to play for as Dirk arrived back at the Jetty for Team 3, followed just a few boat lengths later by Arthur for Team 2, but despite his best efforts, Neil just couldn’t quite catch Valeria, and all Team 2 could do was watch as she placed her hand on the Jetty, securing first place for Team 3.

And with novice and family events continuing well into the evening, a fantastic day had by all.

A massive thanks to Kathy and Ian for agreeing to be our DO and ADO for the day.

Top 3

# Name Double Comet Pico Tag
1 Valeria 5 1 1
2 Robert 1 3 3
3 Dirk 1 6 1

Photos

A big thanks to Phil for the photos!

See us in action!

Photos not enough for you? Check out the GoPro footage Paul put together for us:

Mid-Summer Regatta 2016 schedule announced

This year’s Mid-Summer Regatta will take place on Sunday, 24 July 2016, beginning with racing, then breaking for lunch before the fun and games begin in our afternoon of novice and family events.

Morning: Racing

The morning is aimed at our regular racers, and we’re aiming to everything ready and on the water by 10:30, so anyone wishing to take part in this year’s Mid-Summer Regatta racing should arrive at the boat park by 10:00 to help get everything ready and ensure they sign up early. Places are limited, so don’t be late!

In a change to our usual line up, there will be three new and exciting races this year, each lasting approximately 45 minutes, with a short break between each for a briefing and any necessary preparation:

Time Description
11:00 Double handed: Racing pairs and dinghy allocation will be drawn from a hat in in CSC’s first offical double handed race! If you’re a member with a double handed dinghy that won’t be taking part, please can we borrow it? (please let Neil or Janice know)
12:00 Comets only: With Comet now the most popular class of dingy at CSC, we’ve decided it’s time to find out who the club’s top Comet sailor is in another first for CSC. If you’re a member with a Comet that won’t be taking part and would be happy to lend it to another member, please let us know!

Lunch

Once the morning racing is complete, we’ll be heading back to the boat park for a cold buffet and general socialising.

Time Description
13:00 Lunch

All members are welcome and please don’t hesitate to bring any food, drinks, snacks or cakes you’d like to share.

Afternoon 1/2: All members race

Whether you’re a regular racer, a new recruit or a novice/family member, this is the race for you. To give all of our members a chance to get to know each other better, we’re introducing a fun mixed ability tag team even this year and we expect it to be a lot of fun!

Time Description
14:00 Pico Tag-team: With mixed ability teams of 2 or 3 (depending on turnout) once again drawn from a hat, this is a Le Mans style race starting from the Jetty. When the whistle blows, the first member of the team jumps into their Pico, completes a lap of the course and returns to the Jetty to swap places. The first team to complete the course, return to the Jetty and touch it with their hand are the winners!
14:50 Awards: With the day’s racing complete, awards are presented and we handover the lake to the novice and family events

Afternoon 2/2: Novice & Family Events

Assuming everything’s running on time (!), our novice and family events will begin at around 15:00 and will consist of a number of activities lasting approximately 30-45 minutes each.

The exact details are still being confirmed, but I think we can all be assured that it will be a fantastic afternoon!

Time Description
15:00 Novice & family event 1
16:00 Novice & family event 2

Look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to sail during a race: join the race!

With two or more opportunities for free/non-race sailing currently available every week at CSC, we now ask that any members that would like to sail during a race join the race.

New and novice members have nothing to worry about: CSC’s racers are a friendly bunch and always happy to offer hints and tips to anyone that asks, and remember that you’re under no obligation to win, all we ask is that you do your best to follow the course and the basic race rules. Joining a race is a great way to hone your skills and learn from more experienced members and if you get stuck at bog and get in everyone’s way, that’s fine, we’ve all been there and it’s all part of the unique racing experience here at CSC.

DOs, don’t forget to ask (politely, of course) all non-racing members to head back to the jetty before the race begins.

Commodore’s Cup: We have a winner!

Last Sunday, 08/05/2016, saw a full house with 14 members competing for Croydon Sailing Club’s much sought after Commodore’s Cup.

After the second race, DO Janice announced that we had members in joint first, joint third and joint fifth places, so nerves were kept on edge for a few moments longer while tie breaker calculations were worked out (combined times for both races), and the results were:

  1. Neil (Laser)
  2. Ray (Comet)
  3. Richard (Laser)
  4. Tony (Byte CII)
  5. Robert (Comet)
  6. Geoff (Comet)

So, congratulations to Neil, 2016’s proud winner of Commodore’s Cup!

Storm Imogen 5 – 2 CSC

Despite forecasts of 40mph+ gusts, seven brave members took to the water yesterday to take on the might of hurricane Imogen, but only 2 had the mettle to complete the race and take those well deserved points: so, congratulations to Neil for staying the course and Joe on his first ever win at CSC!

We’d also like to say a special thanks to Peter, who took on the rather fraught job of DO, and Janice, who spent the race in the rescue boat and fished considerably more out of the lake than any of the fisherman.