Congratulations to Richard, who took on 6 other members (and Storm Angus) to take first place and the prestigious title of Firebug Pursuit champion for 2016!
It was a close race, and with just 20 minutes to go, it looked like Richard had thrown it all away, having finally managed to catch Will, who had retained the lead for almost the entire race to that point, only to capsize not just once but 4 times in as many minutes as he made his way from Hermit to Centre, falling behind Will (Pico) and Tim (Comet) in the process. But he was able to pick himself back up again and little by little he realed them back in, retaking first place on the final lap and winning the race by just a few short boat lengths.
And a special mention to Arthur, who would have won the race… if the winner was based on points awarded for acrobatics 😉
That’s right, Croydon Sailing Club’s Commodore, Geoff, was presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA, in recognition of his commitment to RYA London and South East Region.
In nominating Geoffrey for the award CSC said: “Geoff has been Commodore of CSC for the past 15 years. His infectious enthusiasm and determination to bring sailing to a wider audience have been the driving force for this small club.
“He helped to draw up the development plan that steered the club to RYA Recognised Training Centre status in 2015. Supporting the Club Officers throughout the lengthy process, he also spent long hours preparing documentation and carrying out maintenance in the boat park to help ready the club for its inspection.
“Since retiring, he has used his spare time for further maintenance and, as a proficient eBay seller, he successfully re-homes abandoned and old dinghies.
“Geoff has successfully developed club initiatives to provide instruction for people wanting to learn and runs taster sessions for local residents who would otherwise never have the opportunity to sail. He has also encouraged the involvement of scouting groups, injecting new energy into the club.
“Under Geoff’s leadership and clear vision, CSC has grown from a club primarily focused on a handful of sailors racing on a Sunday morning into an RYA Training Centre that attracts both experienced sailors and non-sailors, creating a diverse membership of all ages and abilities.“
Don’t forget that this Sunday, 20 November 2016, is the re-scheduled Firebug Pursuit race!
If you haven’t entered a pursuit race before, it’s slightly different to our regular races and works something like this…
Instead of everyone starting at the same time, and then using our CY numbers to work out the race positions at the end, a pursuit sees the start time of each class of dinghy set based on its CY number (i.e. how fast it is). So, if you’re sailing a Pico or a Heron, you’ll start first, with Comets starting several minutes later and Lasers quite a few minutes after that. The winner is the person at front after 90 minutes.
And, because we’re feeling generous, novice members will get an extra minute (or so) head start before we release the regulars.
The app uses your phone’s GPS to offer simple one touch recording and playback of your activity on South Norwood Lake, so if you want to keep track of your races, work out where it all went horribly wrong (or brilliantly right) or maybe just prove that you really did go around Jetty on the third lap (no matter what other racers may claim), then this is the app for you.
If members find it useful, we’re looking to add more features in the future and perhaps make it available for iPhones too, so if you have any suggestions have a chat with Neil when you see him on Sundays.