Game Changer: Easter Monday Mashup

Free sports activities for young people age 14-25 on Easter Monday (17 April) from 12-4pm at the Waterside Centre and South Norwood Lake, South Norwood, SE25 4DX.

Croydon Sailing Club is participating in this event, offering a fun introduction to dinghy sailing on the lake with an instructor. Learn how to control the awesome power of the wind to sail a boat move across the lake and back to dry land. No experience needed and all necessary kit provided. Pre-booking is essential. email secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk Or phone 07913 808969

Other Activities you can take part in include:

Basketball with Croydon Cougars,

Boxing with Impact Boxing,

Bump and Shed Dance with BumpFitness,

Cricket with Thornton Heath Cricket Club,

Golf with Community Golf,

Karate with Invictus Karate Club,

Football with CPFC Foundation and Solid Rock Academy,

SamFit Axial-Crocus

 

Come and try sailing on Push The Boat Out day, 14th May 2017

Want to try sailing ? Come along to our Open Day where you can find out what  being a member of Croydon Sailing Club is all about .

We have information about beginner courses, RYA Level 1 and 2 courses   and our Progress Your Sailing Programme.

You can pre-book a taster sailing session  for which there is a charge of £10 per boat which is refunded off the cost of any courses paid for later in the year. Allow one hour for your introduction to sailing.

Contact info@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  to book your session either 11am, 12noon, 1pm or 2pm

Birdseye view, Fishes too!

Watch  the sailing club racers who  braved winds gusting  up to  35mph  yesterday from the top of the mast !

Thanks to Paul who managed to attach his camera to the mast  and didn’t have much time to prepare his dinghy sail  in time for the race start . The camera was well secured and survived the capsize .

Click link to watch this short video to see  the  near collisions, rounding the  buoy  and what the mast does  when you capsize !

 

 

Annual Dinner and Chess Night

Not been sailing this year as you don’ t like the cold? Stay in touch and come along to our social events  next month:

Chess Night
Thursday March 2nd at 7:30 pm at the Waterside Centre by the lake for our annual chess night to battle for the title of 2017 Chess King or Queen.
There is a £3 pound entrance charge this year to cover the room hire costs and if everyone brings their preferred drink it should be a inexpensive night.
Annual Dinner
Join us on Saturday 11th March 7:30 at The Crown at 28 Wickham Rd Croydon CRO 8BA for our annual dinner.
They offer a set menu of £9.49 or £11.49: the menu can be found on their website
A great night out in convivial company.
If you’re interested in either night, please contact Social Secretary, Robert.

2017 Training Programme

The dates have now been finalised for our RYA Level 1 and 2 courses!

The cost of a 2 day Level 1 course  is £180 per person, including 6 months single membership of CSC, course hand book and certificates logbook; add £10 if you would prefer to include 6 months family membership.

We can supply buoyancy aids if required. Temporary membership enables anyone completing the Start Sailing Course to use club dinghies to practise newly acquired skills at open sessions held at the club . There are 10 places available on each course, which runs from 9.30am to approximately 5:00pm using Laser Pico sailing dinghies at South Norwood Lake.

No previous sailing knowledge or experience is required to take join our RYA Level 1 courses.

The Level 2 course costs £150 to club members and priority for the 10 places is given to adults who have completed a level 1 course with the club.

Progress Your Sailing Sessions – During the Spring and Summer the Club  plans to run  regular sessions  with a coach, specifically designed to help  increase the  confidence  and  skills of  those members who started sailing  recently.   The aim is to help new sailors progress and get out on the water with other members  to take up regular sailing.

29 & 30 April SAT & SUN  RYA LEVEL 1 Start Sailing
14 May Push The Boat Out Day –  11am – 3pm

Thinking of taking a course to learn to sail a  dinghy? Book a taster sail at our open day  before committing to  a 2 day course .

Cost £10 (refunded when you book a training course).

28 & 29 May SUN & BH MON  RYA  LEVEL 1 Start Sailing
 October  SAT & SUN  RYA  Level 2  Basic Skills

 

2017 Calendar

7th April Friday 3.30pm onwards – Go sailing led by Andy Ktenas – a session to improve your skills and get out on the water –  a fun activities planned – a game of tag on the water.
8th April

 

10am  –  Spring Clean Saturday and DUTY OFFICER  training

 

14th April GOOD FRIDAY Easter Egg Cup Race  11AM

Family Fun  Activities in the Afternoon from 2 -4 pm

 

 Sat  22nd  April   Refresher  Workshop  and Shakedown afternoon from 1pm  –  A workshop to help sort out issues on your own dinghy, refresh rigging a heron or pico,  tacking , gybing techniques  or to helm / crew on a double hander  if you have not sailed for a while.

If your boat has not moved all winter; come down to get it rigged and take for a sail to  check it out, ask advice from an experienced member.

14th  May Push The Boat Out Day  – an open day with taster sails on the lake

 

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September Programme

Here  is  a list of sailing events for racers and recreational sailors for the rest of the month:

SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER – DUTY OFFICER GEOFF

9 AM  TO 11 AM RECREATIONAL SAILING  WITH INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT – WORKSHOP ON RACE STARTS FROM 10.15 AM

11AM  SUMMER SERIES RACE 1 START- (HANDICAP RACE)

12.45PM SUMMER SERIES RACE 2 START – (HANDICAP RACE)

2PM – 3PM FAMILY SAILING  WITH INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT ( PLEASE ARRIVE BY 1.45 OR PRE-BOOK SO RIGGED BOATS CAN BE LEFT ON THE WATER FOR YOU- pre-book by email secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  or text 07913808969). Competition to collect the balls from 2.30.

 

SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER- DUTY OFFICER JOHN

9.30AM TO 11AM RECREATIONAL SAILING

11AM BRIEFING FOR MINI PURSUIT CUP RACE – A RACE THAT STARTS WITH THE SLOWEST BOATS FIRST( TOPPERS AND PICOS SET OFF FIRST AND THE FASTER BOATS SET OFF LATER HAVING TO CATCH UP  AND OVERTAKE )- 6OMINS

 

SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER – DUTY OFFICER RAY

9AM TO 11AM FAMILY  ONLY SAILING  WITH INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT – CHILDREN AND PARENTS WHO HAVE UNDERTAKEN OUR COURSES CAN HAVE A REFRESHER  AND chilren have priority over Picos so they can be encouraged to sail on their own .

11AM  SUMMER SERIES RACE 1 START- (HANDICAP RACE)

12.45PM SUMMER SERIES RACE 2 START – (HANDICAP RACE)

1PM -2PM  RECREATIONAL SAILORS AND NEW MEMBERS SOCIAL LUNCH – BRING A PICNIC OR JOIN IN AN ORDER FOR A PIZZA DELIVERY

2PM TEAM PICO RELAY RACE followed  by  a  NOVICE RACE 

 

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER – NO RACING OR RECREATIONAL SAILING AS THE LAKE IS BEING USED FOR LEVEL 2 TRAINING 

WHY NOT TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT GREENWICH YACHT CLUB FOR THE LONDON REGATTA

Dinghy racing will take place on a series of courses marked out in the River Thames between the Thames Barrier and the Emirates Cable Car.

This is the day the Thames Barrier will operate its annual full closure test from 08.25 to 18.25. The River Thames will temporarily be a non-tidal waterway and commercial traffic will be unable to sail up and down it. This makes it a unique and safe day once a year for dinghy sailors race on this stretch of the Thames in a great festival atmosphere.

 ANYONE WISHING TO TAKE PART SHOULD CONTACT Andy  AT cROROYDON SAILING CLUB  TO REGISTER  AS YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR OWN BOATS

SEE  : www.greenwichyachtclub.co.uk/

 

 

 

Two places left on this weekends RYA Level 1 Course

Due to  recent cancellations there are 2 places left on the    RYA Level  Start Sailing Course .

The course is taught in single-hander Laser Picos.  Those new to sailing learn how to prepare a boat for sailing  followed by sailing maneovre technique practise  in a  dinghy simulator before taking to the water . By the second day  novice sailors  should be able to sail a triangular course and return to the jetty. Those keen to carry out a capsize exercise can do dso at the end of the course.

Contact Janice on 07913808969 or 0208 405 9959 for details  or email secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk

Hurry whilst  places left – this is the last level 1 this year and level 2 planned for 1/2 October weekend .

 

Summer Non-Racing Sessions

As many members who volunteer time to run these sessions are on Summer holiday, listed below are the next sessions when the boat park will be open and safety cover operational.

All members welcome, including those who recently completed our Start Sailing courses.

Date Time
Wed, 29th July 6pm to 9pm
Wed, 5th August 6pm to 9pm
Sun, 9th August 1.30pm to 4pm
Wed, 12th August 6pm to 8.30pm

Push the Boat Out Event proves very popular.

Yet again, when the Club opened its gates  and launched club boats for free taster sails, there was no shortage of beginners wanting to take to the water.

The day highlights were challenging strong winds that made sailing exhilaraiting for those persons and children trying sailing for the first time. We even had  our first capsize and rescue at an open day – the children who were briefly in the water thought, ” it  was very exciting and can we do it again !”

Numbers taken for a short sail were 135 and the Club hopes the experience has generated  an interest in sailing for all those who participated.

 

Start Sailing Course begins Spring Season Training

Last Bank Holiday weekend  the club trained 6 new sailors  on the lake over 2 days in very windy and gusty conditions. All six students were keen to give their new skills a go out on the water.

” Super course, well organised – I learnt  a lot “, was the feedback from one student.

” A warm welcome,  from the club and enthusiastic support when students are wavering. Clear practical instruction in the theory  section followed by simulation exercises was a great help. To be recommended”,  a quote from another student beginner. on the course.

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PUSH THE BOAT OUT DAY SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

  • Interested in sailing?
  • Thinking about learning to sail?
  • Want to know more about your local Sailing Club ?
  • adults and families welcome – suitable for children from ages 6 years and above in light winds under parental supervision in the boats.

Then Come On Down !

WE OPEN OUR GATES TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10.30AM  TO 3PM

TASTER SAILS ON THE WATER – please email : secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  with names and ages and preferred time  to visit so a timed taster sail can be allocated to you and save  some queueing.

A SIMULATOR BOAT  SET UP IN THE BOAT PARK  FOR YOU TO TRY  USING THE CONTROLS.

NAME PARTS OF THE BOAT COMPETITION AND MAKE A MODEL SAIL  BOAT FROM JUNK COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN

BBQ FOOD ON SALE PROVIDED BY COMPETENT CHEF OF LUNCH CLUB AT THE WATERSIDE CENTRE

A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL!

 

2015 Learn to Sail Courses


The Club will be running these courses in the spring for club members.

Persons who are new to sailing and the club  are offered an introductory temporary 6 month membership rate of  £30 single individual and  £40 family group rate; see the membership page for more details.

This entitles  a new member to undertake  courses this summer and come along to club clinics held on Wednesday and fortnightly Sunday afternoons throughout the summer- that’s a possible 20 sailing  sessions averaging £1.50 a time with use of club boats – its great value!

Training costs are very competitive compared to other London clubs. RYA trained instructors run the courses and we use our new Sport England Funded Laser Picos for  single hander training.

 

Dates:

RYA Level 1 certificate – 2 Day course- course- Sat 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May

RYA Level 1 certificate – 2 Day course- course  Sat 23rd May and Sunday 24th May.

RYA Level 2 certificate – 2 Day course – course  Sat 20th June  and  Sunday 21st June

RYA Level 1 certificate – 2 Day course- course- Sat 11th  and Sunday 12th July

from 9.30 to 5.30pm each day –   cost £100,  so please register your interest.

 

 

 

For all courses email : secretary@croydonsailingclub.co.uk  giving your name, age and course preference.

Picos prove popular boats in gusty winds

Its  the 11th January; its cold, around 5 degrees Celsius  and the winds forecast to  gust up to 27 miles per hour,  that’s force 6 !

Club members, looking forward to a sail but not a ducking in the water,  decided to take out club  picos instead of their own dinghies as they are very stable.

There were 3 capsizes, but the  dinghies are easy to right and  so the sailors were back  in the race.

Congratulations to Michael our winner  and all  six competitors who defied the weather .

“It was great fun, I enjoyed it”, commented Tony. ” I will definitely take a pico out again when there are  in strong winds on the lake”.

The Club now plans to have  a special Pico race event in March .

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New weather forecasting tool from Windguru

A ‘Spot’ for South Norwood Lake

Trying to work out the weather forecast to go sailing can be quite a challenge as there is a lot of information about. To make it simpler use these two steps:

  1. A general forecast – what kind of day is it looking like?
  2. A more detailed wind forecast. – wind direction and speed, gusts, variation over the time you will be out.
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It is a good idea to get a general forecast from www.bbc.co.uk which will give you an overview for the weather in general.

A good chance the lake will be frozen!

If you search for ’SE19′ you will get a more specific forecast.

A lovely day for sailing but bring a hat and sunscreen.

Now for more detail on the wind.

Try  www.windguru.cz   and search for South Norwood lake.

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Or better still     http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=515293

 

This is a specific forecast ‘spot’ for South Norwood Lake.

 

Both these sites are also available as Apps for smartphones.

Did you know that the word ‘forecast’ was first used by Robert Fitzroy, Captain of HMS Beagle (he invited Charles Darwin along as a travelling companion ) and founding  director of the Met Office – the world’s first full time professional weather forecaster. Fitzroy lived in nearby Church Road and is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Upper Norwood SE19.

Thanks Denis  for contacting Windguru and arranging this.

RYA magazine feature promotes our Open Day Success

When the RYA publicity team asked if they could come along to our May Open Day we naturally said “Yes” as were keen to show them what our small but friendly club does each year when it opens the boat park gates and takes local residents for a taster sail.

They took lots of photos, praised us for a fantastic turnout and for being a club with great diversity.

They included our quotes on their monthly news bulletins to sailing clubs on their website along with one picture  and that was it, we thought. But…little did we know they were planning on producing a major article in their magazine  about Push the Boat Out Days across  Sailing Clubs nationwide  and  were using their great shots in the article.

Even more surprising is how the photos taken on 18th May at South Norwood lake dominate the feature with Croydon having 4 out of the 7 published.

A great tribute to the volunteer members who worked hard that day to run the event. View the magazine at the Club hut when you drop in for Sunday morning Coffee time or even better become a RYA member and enjoy your own copy of their quarterly magazine.

 

 

 

Le Nouveau est arrivé

Janice Ian putting Pico together Adam and Nei with his dad    First Picos on the water

Our final Wednesday evening sail turned into a PICO NIGHT when  club  members help rig and launch our new club boats for training and sailing skills development thanks to a Sport England Grant.

Club members who are new to sailing and do not have their own  boat have a wider range of club boats available to sail at either  recreational, family or racing events on our calendar.

During September it is planned to have family sailing afternoons to encourage those who have recently learnt to sail through our  summer programmes to continue to get out on the water to practise their skills and to take part in a novice race as an introduction to racing.

5 picos on the water_edited-1 The unpacking and rigging of the 6 Laser Picos are the start of a new chapter in the club’s history  with the introduction of a different class of boat and for once having start of the art club boats to offer to non boat owning members. Next year the club will be able to use the boats for Push the boat Out  open day events and for start sailing courses  with support from the RYA.

Family Fun A First at Regatta

After the serious racing in the morning , family members gathered to take part in a Novice Race and Treasure Hunt on the water.

Sailing Secretary Neil commented that, ” so many new sailors who had recently undertaken our learn to sail course had joined in  and  enjoyed displaying their new skills to family members”. The Novice race was won by Anna, (learn to sail participant) who crossed the finish line just seconds after  Russ (rusty sailor course attendee)  on handicap points.

After the Novice Race enthusiastic sailors boarded their dinghies to collect as many plastic balls as possible which had been released. It was so much fun that the Club ran it again a second time. One parent  exclaimed that his daughter was rather nervous  taking to the water in the dinghy with him but once she began collecting the balls as part of the competition she stopped worrying about falling in -“it was great!”