Mid Summer Regatta Results

Superb weather and a record attendance made this event a memorable one for the Club.

Three races were organised by the sailing secretary, with a mid-morning break for coffee and sailing club logo cup cakes (thanks Vicky!) to refuel the racers. Thanks to Peter beating a rival in the third race, Ray pipped Robert to the post to become the overall winner… by a margin of just half-a-point!

Club Celebrates Sport England Small Grant Award

The Club  has received good news that its application for a Sport England Small Grant, funded by the Lottery, has been approved. The grant of £10,000 will enable the club to proceed with its plan to purchase 6  club boats for training very soon.

“We have been functioning with old club and borrowed members boats up to now; so running a regular proper training  programme has become a reality,” said the Commodore.  The club secretary advised the RYA recently that she has so many applicants who wanted to  undertake a sailing course. “We were hoping that  the Club’s bid would be positively received, so that the club can eventually become an RYA training Centre to fulfil the increasing demand,” she explained.

The fantastic news was announced yesterday at the Regatta to the group of families and regular racers who attended a social BBQ  and races.  ” We have have 26 new members who have joined to undertake some form of training to get into sailing at the lake here at South Norwood and with this new funding we can extend the  range of club boats  available for this purpose and for subsequent use  by members who want to sail  on the water with their friends and families”, commented the Secretary.

6th July Summer Regatta is here

Winds look favourable for our Annual Mid-Summer Regatta which comprises of races and a BBQ social event.

This year we plan to :-

  • Run 3 races for our regular sailors to win prizes and a trophy.
  • Hold a novice race in the afternoon: 2pm
  • Organise silly things to do for family sailors ( treasure hunt on the water)
  • Meet and chat over burgers and hot dogs cooked at the boat park grill.


See you there ….


New Safety Boat a Bonus !

Thanks to Phill, former Sailing secretary,  for  donating his spare yacht tender to use as a safety boat for the learn to sail course.” I love it”,  exclaimed Neil, ” as its so quiet you can actually speak to trainee sailors without the noise of a petrol engine in the background.” At least six members have completed powerboat training in order to use the boat to assist dinghy sailors in the water or provide coaching whilst motoring alongside anyone on the water practising skills.It gives new members the  confidence that they can assisted in the event of  experiencing difficulties on the lake. Our long term plan is to obtain funding for a conventional style RYA approved safety boat. This is a good boat to use in the  interim as it towed a heron and 2  persons to shore  easily last week.






First Learn to Sail Course a Success !

Six adults took part in the Clubs first training course for beginners using a combination of club and members boats over a period of four half days on two consecutive weekends. This period enabled racing to continue as normal and to take advantage of varying wind conditions so they had maximum time on the water.  Our six adults can now come and use club boats on Wednesday evenings or join in Sunday racing  as they can independently rig the club boats and control the dinghy on all points of sailing.  On the last afternoon they undertook a follow my leader exercise followed by a short race. The leading boats had two metres distance apart at the finish line and screams of excitement were heard when the bell was rung. One happy novice responded ,” I would like to say thank you to Janice, Neil, Mike and Denis who made the course both totally accessible to all of us and also huge fun.  We have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are very grateful to all the time you have given up for us.”

We look forward to seeing our new members joining in Wednesday and Sunday activities from now on.

Push the Boat Out Day success

Thanks to the Push the Boat Out promotion
and favourable weather conditions  we had an amazing turnout – 110% increase on last years attendance for a one day event.
Club members took an astounding 131 persons out for a taster sail on our lake. 50% were children and young persons including some 17 under fives! “They all just want to have a go and experience what it is like out on the water. It was a  positive experience for all young families who we hope will keep coming back  so that when they are older they will want to undertake water sports”.
Felicity who had never sailed before, had a go in a topper and had an unexpected dip in the water, “it was such fun, I had a fantastic time, want to learn to sail and do this again” .
Push the boat out day is an opportunity to make the local community aware of the club’s existence and the fact that they can join our club to sail a dinghy within London.
It was a combined effort all round. Once members saw the huge desire for the public to have a go, they kept launching more boats. Whilst the Elderly Day Centre based on the site provided a tasty snack for all concerned;  other club members supervised the model boat building competition. At one stage I turned around and saw a row parents and their kids totally engaged in constructing their boats. A mum was ensuring her son took care using a hacksaw to cut a dowel for the mast and dads hunted around for sticks as supplies ran out. Many came off the water elated!
One lady said she had lived in Crystal Palace for 15 years and said, “I  never knew there was a sailing club and lake here!”
Some adults admitted they had undertaken courses before in their youth and the Open Day had spurred them into action to get back on the water , Sam said, “If I join now , when can I come and take a dinghy out, I can’t wait!”.
Many women showed a keen interest this year and we took out some persons with disabilities. Families with children in the 7-11 age group formed the bulk of persons showing  an interest and were asking whether the club had the  facilities for them to sail together  We were able to demonstrate to our funders that we are aiming to make dinghy sailing accessible to all and continue to move forward to expand our facilities and club boats, we to  enable as many people as possible to enjoy sailing and enjoy  the  friendship that exists amongst club members  here on South Norwood Lake.