Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award programme.

The club is very pleased to announce that the Jack Petchey Foundation has decided to include Croydon Sailing Club in their Achievement Award programme.An award winner, who must be a young person aged 11 to 25, is selected by their peers three times a year based on their achievement in the activity of the club.  As well as the winner receiving a congratulatory certificate, plus Jack Petchey’s own ‘Notes from Sir Jack Petchey CBE’ booklet, a pin badge and medallion, the winner will decide how the £250 award will be spent for the benefit of the club.  They will also have the opportunity to attend an award ceremony put on by the Jack Petchey Foundation, with their family. The club will therefore be reaching out via email to eligible young people during October in order to select our first Achievement Award winner.  The young person must have gained the stage 2 or level 2 certificate and be a club member to be considered for the award. If you have not heard from the club by the 20th October and think you or your child/ward should be considered for the award please let us know. The Jack Petchey Foundation
Sir Jack Petchey CBE created the Jack Petchey Foundation to inspire young people and recognise the amazing contributions they make to society. To do this the Foundation has invested over £124m in programmes that benefit young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. More is available on the Jack Petchey Foundation website https://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/

Duty Rota Starts from 17th May 2021 following Government road map easing

All, welcome back to the eagerly anticipated Regular Sunday Racing!

For those that have not been before, it is friendly whilst still being competitive, new people very welcome.

Please sign up the week before using the google sheet.

Arrive at the boat park at 10 am in time for a 10.30 race start. 

Changing rooms will be open, but better to arrive dressed and ready for a prompt start..

There will be a tea/coffee break and debrief before a second race.

Duty Officer/Assistant Duty Officer duties will also be restarting

There is a separate google sheet with these duties listed and there will also be an email reminder. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wcUSOjItlIK20V9DrHjqkgOvoeSGUcRAt2wmrmAktmw/edit#gid=466923951

We look forward to seeing you on the water soon!

Return to Regular Sunday Racing and Duty Rota from 17th May 2021

All, welcome back to the eagerly anticipated Regular Sunday Racing!

For those that have not been before, it is friendly whilst still being competitive, new people very welcome.

Please sign up the week before using the google sheet as before but this time limit on sailors on water is 12 boats and sign up for a club boat also https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VpKgcIAcf4GCtdWao4n3VH04jtXNS3hLZFAfRcY6WCs/edit?pli=1#gid=0

Arrive at the boat park at 10 am in time for a 10.30 race start. 

Changing rooms will be open, but better to arrive dressed and ready for a prompt start..

There will be a tea/coffee break and debrief before a second race.

Duty Officer/Assistant Duty Officer duties will also be restarting. 

There is a separate google sheet with these duties listed and there will also be a reminder email  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wcUSOjItlIK20V9DrHjqkgOvoeSGUcRAt2wmrmAktmw/edit?usp=sharing

We look forward to seeing you on the water soon!

Richard, Sailing Secretary

12 April- 17th May 2021 Members Required to Book your session

From 12th April to 17th May 2021 according to the Government Copvid 19 Road Map for return to outdoor sports only a maximum of 6 persons or two households are permitted to take part in outdoor sports at one time. Hence we run timed sessions with a gap between to ensure we adher to the rules. Changing rooms may now be used but only one hosehold or bubble allowed at a time in each room.

The club requires members to book a session, either Sunday or Wednesday until 17th May when new rules may come into place . Times are on the spreadsheet.

Please use this link to the google spreadsheet to state which session you would like to attend and if you would like to reserve a club boat .


Return to Sailing Notice to Members 29th March 2021

I am sure you are keen to get back on the water and we write now to give clarity to the arrangements and Covid rules that the club must follow as the Government’s Road map plans come into play .

The RYA has produced a sailing road map to help guide clubs as they re-start sailing; which you can read here https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/current-affairs/Pages/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

In summary, the parts that apply to us from 29th March are detailed below and on our website Covid Update 29th March:

  • You can go boating. Outdoor sports facilities including sailing clubs can reopen.
  • Will it be possible for people from different households to sail together in the same dinghy?  Yes, provided this activity is organised by an RYA club, qualified instructor, and follows RYA guidance
  • Sailing with mixed households is possible as part of activity that is not organised activity e.g Go Sailing, but this must conform with the wider social contact regulations, which include social distancing and the Rule of 6/two households. So, CSC needs to regulate who turns up for sailing by organising through whats app chat
  • Can we organise on the water activity such as racing events? Activity organised by an RYA club, qualified instructor, and follows National Governing Body (NGB) guidance can resume and will not be subject to the legal gathering limits. This is because the organising body has considered the risks and set out ways to mitigate them so people can participate safely
  • Organised sport participation events such as regattas can take place outdoors and are exempt from legal gathering limits. If the activity is not organised by one of these groups it is considered to be informal or self organised sport and is subject to the Rule of 6/two households. CSC will start by having informal racing on Wednesdays and Sundays where members can agree a course, pursuit time delay starts are agreed, and one member agrees to blow the whistle for start and finish of the race. PB2 qualified helms can volunteer to organise a race from the powerboat on the water. There is no requirement for members attending to join in.
  • Gatherings that are not part of the boating activity are subject to the rule of 6/two households. Participants should adhere to social distancing when not actively participating (e.g. around the boat park). Social interaction before boating activity should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 6 people or two households
  • Can indoor facilities and changing rooms open? Indoor facilities and changing rooms, should not be used at this time apart from by persons with a disability or in the case of an emergency. If the changing facilities are being used in either of these circumstances, users should be informed that these are areas of increased risk and they should minimise time spent inside. Toilet facilities can be accessed.
  • Are we able to provide support to other people, even if that means close contact? Yes. Social distancing should be maintained where possible, but in some circumstances, people will need physical assistance to be active. It is important to discuss this with the people involved and consider everyone’s needs and preferences. This is covered in the RYA Guidance referred to above and was informed by existing guidance from Government and organisations working with blind people.

The principles are to:

  • Check with everyone involved that they are happy to proceed
  • In the first place, offer support from within the same household or support bubble; if that is not possible try offering verbal instructions or provide equipment that reduces the need for support
  • If you do need to offer and receive support between people from different households then seek reassurance that everyone involved is symptom free, come up with a plan, limit the time spent at less than 2m, avoid face to face contact as much as possible, reduce the number of contacts people have and consider face coverings

Finally our Covid Risk Assessment asks that you sanitise your hands before opening padlocks and door keys and also wash hands afterwards. Limit the number of persons handling the keys and padlocks.

Club boats to be used by only one person per day. If a 3 day interval between use cannot be achieved (e.g pico used for training) the boat should be cleaned, using anti viral spray kept in kitchen cupboards down the corridor from toilets. 

Follow signs for social distancing when using the toilets

One person to prepare jetty and one person to close the jetty

Max. 2 persons on the jetty at any one time. After launching, prepare your boat and sail off jetty so another boat can be launched. Aim to rig your dinghy in an area where you can socially distance from other sailors.

Session times allow for members to pack away boats and leave the boat park before the next group arrives.

Where numbers of requests to sail exceeds rule of 6; the Sailing Secretary (Sunday) and Ancient Mariners Secretary (Wednesday) will make a decision as to who it is fair to accept/reject aiming to spread opportunities to sail as fairly as possible.

Wednesday Night Go Sailing will recommence on 12th May from 5:30pm after the weekly Adult training course has completed on 5th May.

Get Afloat Croydon

This is the poster that has been sent out to Community Groups
working with young people in Croydon . Only referrals can book these taster sessions

The RYA Training Centre is getting prepared for a time when organised outdoor sports can be resumed which we hope will co-incide with Spring and the Easter school holidays. Our first priority is to offer try sailing sessions for young persons living in Croydon referred to us by Community groups. These young persons will have been identified as not having had the opportunity or means to take part in water sports before .

These sessions can ONLY be booked for young persons referred to the Centre by groups taking part in the project . If parents are looking to book general learn to sail sessions then they will have to wait a while longer.

General youth beginner training will start once our committment to completing Get Afloat Croydon has been completed and will be advertised on the Learn To Sail web page.

Covid-19 Update: 5th November 2020

Croydon Sailing Club is now closed until 2nd December 2020 .


The RYA has provided the club with clarification as to how the Government restrictions affect our club members and sailing activities as follows :

Croydon sailing Club must close its grounds and facilities.

Sporting activity at a club venue is not permitted.

Recreation is only permitted in an outdoor public space ( the lake, public slipways and parkland) but members are not permitted to access the boat boat park to rig and launch a dinghy on the lake.

Only esssental maintenance may take place – something that can not wait – such as preventing a boat from being damaged after the wind has removed the cover or it has blown over off a trolley.

Whilst travel to do recreation exercise is permitted – you may not travel to the boat park to remove a dinghy to your home or to take to another location to launch from a public slipway and sail.

Further information this can be found on the RYA website https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/current-affairs/Pages/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

Covid-19 Update: 13 July 2020

Dear Members, 

Well done those of you who have become accustomed to booking Eventbrite time slots and club boat use which is now into its 6th week- so welcome back to many club boat user members – remember any member who is thinking of coming back now to club sailing must arrange a COVID Procedures briefing( zoom ) with The Secretary before booking on Eventbrite. The Covid committee  has reviewed government easing of restrictions and how we are social distancing at the club so the club is able to make some adjustments as follows : 

  1. To support family/ youth  members who have not sailed in a long while and may be reluctant to get back on the water without a rescue boat, Josh Dumbrill, dinghy instructor, will be supporting wednesday afternoons over the next few weeks by patrolling in the rescue boat providing on water instruction and a briefing session for a group of 6 family/ youth members. Safety boat guidance from the RYA;  those who have had proper training  can  support members by using   following safety measures : powerboat  helm  can help those  who have capsized by providing verbal advice from a safe distance as to how to right a boat; powerboat helm can  lift the top of the mast to help right the boat, can tow a dinghy from the rear horse rope  and in case of emergency only- can  rescue  a sailor in medical difficulty on the water  follow RYA Guidance as to how get a person out of the water and ashore at arms length. rya guidance video The strop example of a step we will investigate whether we can fit one to our coaching boat and will provide a box of masks as shown . 
  2. RYA Guidance advises that we can have groups of 6 at the same time provided they do not mix and social distancing is maintained on and off the water. As a result, you will now  see  2 sessions for family and youth  3:30 to 5:30 and 5;30 to 8pm plus  2 sessions for adults only at these times. Social distancing in the boat park will therefore become more challenging  and we will monitor whether this can be achieved over the next few weeks. 
  3. Ancient Mariners do not need to book on eventbrite for a time slot between  10-12 or 12:30 – 3pm as this is now organised by John Prideaux on Ancient Mariners whats app chat  and is available to any member who can attend wed daytime  and no starting adult age – SO THESE TIME SLOTS HAVE NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM EVENTBRITE. HOWEVER ANCIENT MARINERS USING CLUB BOATS MUST BOOK A BOAT ON EVENTBRITE.
  4. The Waterside Centre has fitted a hand sanitiser to the wall outside the disabled toilet. Be Aware that on Sundays Cricket has resumed but they will use toilets only and not changing rooms.  
  5.  Members may organise a race informally – e.g. Ancient Mariners arrange  a  pursuit race.  Example -members can agree a course then set stopwatch  to time  say 3 laps from leaving jetty to return-, setting off at intervals and comparing  finish times. 
  6. Other Lake Users .Fishing returned on 15th July so take in the jetty mark after your racing session . There is a notice  put up by Croydon to make it clear that  kayaking. paddleboarding  and free swimming is not permitted – this is because the water quality is not checked weekly by the Council so they cannot permit these activities. green algae is building up so the Club has agreed to purchase more vegetable dye to block sunlight and this will be topped up on wednesday evening. 
  7. The club is admitting new members who are competent sailors– they must complete an induction / Covid Briefing session on site before sailing.
  8. No beginner training will take place during 2020. 

Covid-19 Update: 5th June 2020

Dear members,  The Covid 19 committee have reviewed procedures  and risk assessments in the light of Government changes to restrictions on outdoor  exercise;  Government update 01/06/202  You may gather with up to 5 others in groups providing social distancing is maintained. and competitive sport can take place but  is restricted to elite Teams e.g Olympic sailors-  so no  official  organised racing  should take place.   Following on from the clubs previous notice,   there are the following changes :-

  1. Sunday and Wednesday sailing with now be divided into  two sessions limiting numbers attending to 6 persons
  2. Club boats may be booked to be used by only one household per day ( i.e. a pico number 1 can not be sailed at 10-12 am by one adult and then sailed by another person 12;30-2:30).
  3. A club boat that has  been sailed must be packed away and labelled indicating that it cannot be used for 72hours. 
  4. Members wishing to sail to comply with maximum of 6 gathering  must book a time slot using Eventbrite – which will open 1 week before session and close one hour before first session of the day concerned. Whats App will not be use to reserve a time slot or a club boat.

Members  who wish to sail club boats should join in a zoom meeting to be briefed about procedures before attending their first session on the lake. A zoom meeting is planned for Friday  8pm and saturday 10am  . Please email me  if you wish to attend so I can send you a link to join the zoom meeting .Here is a link to the first event booking on Eventbrite Sunday 7th June booking

Covid-19 Update: Keep safe, stay at home and carry on training

The club has kept members in touch and connected through the lockdown period – “Stay at home, protect the NHS. Save lives period” through weekly Wednesday night Virtual Quiz sessions and 4 weekly training sessions run virtually by Kimbell Coaching .

Ben Kimbell received lots of praise from members who logged into a webinar on Refresher sailing on Monday nights and Racing tips and tricks on Tuesday nights. It has improved our knowledge and enthusiasm for dinghy sailing and helped members stay connected with the Club. Sadly some members could not join in as they have been working long hours from home but we hope to see them soon on the water and practise some of the exercises suggested by Ben by holding instructor workshops.

Covid-19 Update: 21st May 2020

COVID-19: Return to Sailing Phase 1 
  Dear Members,   

The Committee is working hard to bring about as swift a return to sailing and club  activities as soon as possible, while taking into consideration both Government and  RYA guidance. We must balance our responsibilities towards the safety of our  members with the aim of enabling sailing to take place, albeit limited in its scope. We  must ensure our actions and the actions of all members are in line with the latest  guidance and do not put Club members or other park users at increased risk.  

  Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 12th May, and further information  published recently regarding the release of water activities practiced on open  waterways, we are pleased to be able to initiate a gentle return to activities.   

Croydon Sailing Club will be adhering to the following RYA Guiding Principles: 

1. We will always follow Government guidance 

2. We will take a considerate and conservative approach: 

a. Considerate:​ be mindful of the potential impact you could have on other  water users, and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the emergency  services. 

  b. Conservative​: help to minimise risk by taking an extra-conservative  approach to your boating. 

  The club plans to introduce a phased return to club activities:  Phase 1: ​Go Sailing to start for members who have their own boats. The maximum  number of boats/households on the water subject to further review, currently a  maximum of ten. Club dinghies are not available for use by members at the current  time as the club needs to clarify Government/ RYA guidance on cleaning the dinghies  and the period to put them in quarantine until safe to be used by another sailor . 

Phase 2: ​Club boats will be made available for members to use during Go Sailing,  subject to review by the CSC COVID-19 Committee.    Phase 3: ​This will involve the introduction of some form of organised sailing.    Therefore, in accordance with our Phase 1 plan, the boat park will be open from ​Sunday  24th May​ to allow members to sail their own boats.    In line with Government guidance, members ​should​ ​not attend the Club ​if:  ● They have displayed COVID-19 symptoms in the past seven days.  ● Anyone in their household has displayed symptoms in the past fourteen days.  ● They have been advised to shield by the NHS or by their GP.  ● They are in a vulnerable group.  More information can be found on the NHS website:  www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms /    At this stage, the Club is unable to provide organised sailing (including racing) or safety  boat cover. You must, therefore, sail within your limits and be able to self-rescue. ​Any  water activities are therefore undertaken at your own risk​. We ask that you please 
sail in a safe and considerate manner, taking into consideration your own ability, and  the wind strength and direction.

Phase 1:  Go Sailing will initially take place ​only​ on Wednesdays from 2pm till close of park and  on Sunday mornings from 10am-2pm, with an additional session for Bank Holiday  Monday 10am-2pm (subject to interest). Please note that Avenue Road is blocked off for  through traffic.    Please inform the Secretary either by email or via WhatsApp or secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk) if you are intending to visit the site  and go sailing.

The COVID-19 Committee will be organising an virtual briefing to inform  members of new procedures that have been put in place. This briefing will be  compulsory for any members wishing to visit the site. If you cannot access Google Meet  please ring the secretary for other arrangements to be made. 

  Members are requested to always follow the Government guidelines regarding social  distancing, both on and off the water, to help protect your fellow members. The  Government guidelines can be found here: ​https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus​. 

New procedures in place at Croydon Sailing Club:  

  Note: There will be no safety boat cover   

1. Current restrictions mean that members will only be permitted to sail their own  dinghy with members of your own household in Phase 1. This may unfortunately  restrict some members’ access to the water. We will keep all members informed  of any updates to Government guidance. 

  2. Sailing ​will not​ be permitted where the wind strength is forecast as gusting  Force 5 or above, marked in yellow, orange, red etc according to  XCWeather.co.uk for South Norwood Lake. 

  3. Sailing alone is not permitted under any circumstances – there must be a  minimum of two dinghies on the water. Members must organise a ‘buddy’ with  whom to sail – if there is no-one else is willing to sail at the same time as you, you  may not sail. You must therefore sail within your limits and be able to self-rescue. 

  4. Masthead floats will be compulsory for all sailors, to prevent inversion in the  event of a capsize. You will need to provide your own float. We will advise what  an appropriate masthead float will be at the online briefing.    

5. Buoyancy Aids remain compulsory for any member on the slipway, jetty or out  on the water; you should wear your own. We suggest that you consider wearing  a helmet. Members can be allocated a Helmet or Buoyancy Aid if they do not  have one -to keep for the duration of Phase 1 if requested. Please make this  request to the Secretary. You may wish to purchase your own buoyancy aid. 

    6. The Race Hut will remain closed until further notice, as will the changing areas of  the Waterside Centre. You must, therefore, arrive dressed ready to sail. Toilets  will be accessible provided members follow the Covid 19 hand washing  procedure (additional guidance provided at online briefing and signage). 

  7. Club members must be aware that you will be touching padlocks, gates etc. that  others may have touched before you and will touch after you, therefore you  must protect yourself and others. It is recommended that you wear gloves, wash  your hands after touching these areas and use hand sanitiser afterwards. 

8.  If you are planning to work on a dinghy, please undertake this at a time outside  those scheduled for sailing. 

    9. We will not be accepting any further dinghies into the boat park at this time. 

10. Anyone developing Covid 19 symptoms subsequently after visiting the club must  inform the secretary so that a clean can take place following Government  guidance.

It is ​your​ responsibility as members to ensure that these procedures are followed. The  Committee will not assume an ‘enforcement’ role. Please be mindful that the nature of  our premises is such that we are on display: the Lake and the boat park is visible to park  users, and there will be no shortage of people willing to make their own judgements  about whether we are, for instance, gathering in large groups or not adequately  distancing, and they may inform the local authorities. 

  The COVID-19 Committee has worked to produce a comprehensive risk assessment  which will be made available on the website, and is attached at the end of this letter.  Further guidance and updates will be published on the Club website on a new  COVID-19 page, and will be distributed to our members. The Committee will review the  operation of independent sailing on a weekly basis.    Finally, please be considerate of the fact that the Committee receives Government and  RYA advice and guidance only when it is made publicly available. We must take time to  ensure that the safety of our members and that of other park users is not put at  increased risk, and therefore must take a measured and careful approach. We ask that  you bear with us while we seek to provide sensible boundaries and protection for all  our members; we have all your interests at heart.    If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of our approach please do let  the Committee know.   

We look forward to being able to sail with you. 

  CSC COVID-19 Sub-Committee  21st May 2020 

Dates for Your Diary

PLEASE NOTE: All activities from 21st March onward are subject to cancellation or postponement due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday 7th March Racing Rules Advisory panel Members training

Sunday 8th March – Racing Forum 2-4pm . A presentation on racing, designed for both newcomers and those who want to brush up on their knowledge of the rules. This forum will also help anybody doing an ADO or DO duty as we will be covering race management.

Saturday 14th March First Aid Training

Saturday 21st March 5-9pm Club Social American Supper including AGM and Presentaion of Summer Programme

Friday March 27th Family Youth Fridays start -4:30-6:30pm

Saturday 4th April 10-4pm Volunteers Day . Refreshers sessions on rigging, sailing and launching; Powerboat helms refresher training and update; moving boats in boat park and repositioning of topper/ pico rack; install rack roof; site tidy grass cutting; boat cleaning.

Saturday 4th April First aid Training for Assistant Instructors and Members who are regular beach masters or Duty Officers

Thursday 16th / Fri 17th April Youth RYA training Start Sailing and Improvers 10-4pm

Weekend 25/ 26th April RYA Level 1 Start Sailing Course so no racing or Go sailing during training

Wednesday 29th April Wednesday, Friday Evening and Saturday Afternoons Sailing Starts.

Weekend 23/24th May RYA Level 1 Start Sailing Course so no racing during training

Sunday 14th June Try Sailing Taster Day 10-4pm All members support is needed to offer a taster sail to locals interested in sailing. We ask a donation £10 per boat to our efforts in organising this day and all funds raised go to chosen charities

Saturday June 28th Go Sailing Regatta for Adults and Youth Sailing members . From 2-8pm Fun and games for all on the water with shared picnic and barbecue.

Club Social 21st March 2020 (CANCELLED)

UPDATE: This event has been postponed indefinitely due the COVID-19 pandemic

On 21st March 2020 at 5pm to 9pm in the Waterside Centre, beside the boat park, we are having a get together and presentation of 2020 Summer Sailing Season Events and opportunities to Progress Your Sailing explained.

Come along to have your questions answered:

When can I Go sailing? Should I re-join this year? When do other families go sailing ? How does the club spend its fee income ? Does the club run courses to improve my sailing skills ?

Members who have not sailed over the winter are especially welcome and its an ideal opportunity to connect with other club members, talk about what you want to get out of summer sailing at the club.

We are having an American Supper ( bring some food to share which can be eaten cold, warmed gently in a heated trolley or microwave) or if preferred join in an order for a pizza delivery£5 a head ). Soft drinks , tea and coffee available , or bring your own drinks.

Please start arriving at 5pm, (our AGM papers will have been sent out to members by email ), from 5:30pm our Commodore will present a short review of previous year and what the club programme for Spring/ Summer season. Whilst the social incorporates our AGM formal business this will be kept short and all talks will finish ready to eat by 6:30pm and do some mingling. Posters, handouts and duty lists will be available in the hall.

Most importantly the Committee would like to inspire all members to get out on the water this Spring and Summer – a year of another Olympics challenge from the UK Sailing Team. Its a great opportunity for our established members, family members and those who joined in 2019 to meet. Children especially welcome. Our club relies on its members to volunteer to keep our activities running smoothly and deal with looking after the site and equipment . To help us make best use of our members talents and not waste their time we will be starting Volunteering Bank of skills and time available. a list of tasks we need help with as well as Beachmaster and Race Duty lists will we available which we hope you can sign up for – so bring your diaries.

Get On Board

Croydon Sailing Club RYA Training Centre became a recognised Get On Board Club in April 2019. This means the Training Centre is aiming to offer more opportunities for young persons to get out on the water and acquire sailing skills. The Get On Board Programme is a learning and personal development plan to helps children and teenagers develop life skills through sailing training : Confidence; Teamwork; Creativity; Communication; Determination and Independence.

This is the second year that girls from Old Palace Of John Whitgift School have taken part in learn to sail training at the end of a school day at the lake.

Quote from pupil school sports report :” Over the course of five lessons we learned a lot stuff, for example: how to rig a boat, how to turn the boat, and how to move to the other side of the boat when turning. During the sessions I also made new friends from other years, this was because we were put into different groups with different people every time. The teachers were also very kind, on the last session of training we had the chance to practice capsizing but some of us didn’t want to capsize, Janice, our teacher encouraged us to try but didn’t force the ones who didn’t want to try to capsize. ”

Determination to have a go at capsize practice

New Members Start Sailing Courses April and May 2019

The club congratulated 11 adults on completing their RYA Level 1 Training course this Spring who have joined the club and continue to visit the lake at weekend and evening sessions to practise their new skills. Students The April course was visited by Storm Hannah but despite the strong winds all 5 students managed to get sufficient practice to finish off the weekend with short races and changing dinghies from single hander to double hander.

Ladies Nights

From the end of April Female Instructors have been running sessions on Wednesday Nights to encourage more Women members to get out on the water and to Start racing. These have been running for 10 weeks now with an average attendance of 6. We had hoped that teenage girls would be able to join in but with too much homework they do not have the time – hey teachers give them a break!

Regualr attendance has improved skills and well done Eva for obtaining many firsts past the finish line.


Come along and try Sailing on Sunday 13th May.

The Club opens its boat park and invites you to  visit to find out what the club has to offer adults, families and young persons who want to find out what dinghy sailing is all about. Information about the RYA Training courses on offer, what you can expect if you become a member is provided by club members  making themselves available on the day to talk to visitors.

We offer  for the sum of £10 per group / boat a sail  around the lake  for approximately 40 minutes with an experienced sailor. Feel the power of the wind moving the dinghy through the water and try some of the controls under supervision.

To avoid queuing, we reserve you a  hour  time slot in which you are shown around the club, provided  with information  by a club member and taken for dinghy sail on the lake. All  equipment provided.

Suitable for adults and children aged 4 years  plus

To book a time slot – 11am or 12noon or 1pm or 2pm  contact The secretary :

secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  Tel: 0208 405 9959  or  text  mob : 07913808969 – find us on facebook and send a message.