No sailing this Sunday! (It’s on Monday instead)

With our training schedule now in full flow, South Norwood Lake will host the first Level 1 course of 2015 this weekend meaning that there’s no racing this Sunday, 3 May. BUT DON’T PANIC! Our regular race session has simply be re-scheduled to Monday, 4 May instead.

The next training session is scheduled for the late May bank holiday weekend, 23-24 May, meaning racing will move to Monday, 25 May, then too.

See you there!

6 refreshed at CSC!

Last Saturday saw a flying start to Croydon Sailing Club’s 2015 training schedule when instructors Janice and Neil kicked things off with a one day refresher course for six rusty sailors.

The course started with land-based simulator work (practising manoeuvres in a Pico raised up on tyres) and quickly progressed to the lake to put that practice into action through a series of progressively more challenging exercises, with a short break for lunch and reminder of the 5 essentials.

You could see the confidence levels rising rapidly throughout the day, so we’re looking forward to seeing our newly refreshed members regularly during the rest of the Summer season!


Introducing the Croydon Yardstick

The start of the new Summer season on 12 April also sees the start of new innovation: the Croydon Yardstick (CY).

Why are Croydon Sailing Club (CSC) introducing CY?

Anyone that’s sailed at South Norwood Lake would probably agree that it is a unique sailing experience, so while the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) has served us well for many years, it was felt that, like many other sailing clubs across the country, CSC’s yardstick should be more representative of the particular features and circumstances of our club and its location.

What is CY intended to do?

Much like a golf handicap, but calculated using classes of dinghy not individuals, CY is as an evolution of PY that will make it slightly more challenging for classes of dinghy that have performed above reasonable expectation over recent seasons and open up opportunities for classes of dinghy that have consistently underperformed over an extended period.

CY is purely intended to ensure a more level playing field for all CSC members and is not designed in any way to penalise or benefit any individual or individuals over any other.

How was it calculated?

CY is based on two of the 3 methods recommended by the RYA: manual calculations, based on recent race results, plus common sense.

In the future, we hope to bring in additional data from the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Race Analysis Website, the third method suggested by RYA, which was not available to us this time around due to an RYA system upgrade.

How do the changes affect me?

With each class of dinghy sailed at CSC now allocated a Croydon Number (CN) rather than a Portsmouth Number (PN), the exact effect will depend on the class on dinghy you sail at CSC.

Here’s how PNs compare to CNs for the most popular dinghy classes at CSC:

Class PN CN
Byte 1190 1190
Byte C2 1146 1129
Comet 1190 1190
Enterprise 1097 1097
Firebird 1256 1256
Heron 1345 1365
Laser 1087 1103
Mirror 1385 1390
Pico 1300 1300
Topper 1313 1313

In a typical race, this means that a Byte C2 will have to gain an additional 20-30 second advantage over a Comet to win during the Summer season, and that the rest of the fleet will have to make up an additional minute on a Heron in a pursuit.

Will CY ever change?

Yes: to ensure that it remains fair to all members and dinghy classes, CY will be reviewed at the end of each season to take into account the most recent race results and changes in the make up of the CSC fleet.

CY will not change mid-season unless their are exceptional circumstances.

Mainsail on CNN

If the sailing news on this website just isn’t enough for you, one of our members has suggested taking a look at Mainsail, a regular news programme available on CNN International.

At the time of writing, CNN International is only available on satellite and cable TV in the UK, but if you don’t have either of those, don’t worry: you can watch it on the Mainsail website any time you like.


Wednesday evening’s are back on 13th May

With the weather rapidly improving and days growing longer, we’re pleased to announce that Wednesday evening sailing will be back in just three weeks time.

This year we’ll be making the lake available to members on Wednesday evening’s from 13th May until 12 August, inclusive, between 6pm and 9pm or  dusk when then park closes  earlier  as   evenings get darker in late summer.

All members are welcome.