Ancient Mariners is our league for those lucky enough to be able to sail on a Wednesday afternoon, typically starting just after Easter and continuing until it gets too dark/cold to carry on some time in October or November, consisting of two 30 or 45 minute pursuit races each week.
With over 40 races this year, results are calculated using the best 20 scores, or all races if <20 were entered, subject to agreed personal handicaps.
And the winner is…
So, Congratulations to John M, this years champion Ancient Mariner!
Croydon Sailing Club’s racing year runs from October to October, divided at Easter into Winter and Summer seasons and then into an “A” (morning race at 10:30) and “B” series ( afternoon race at 12:00), with stand-alone cup races roughly once a month throughout the year, with awards presented at the annual AGM.
However, with this year’s AGM moved from Winter to a more member friendly date in the Spring and then cancelled due to COVID-19, the 2018/19 results are being announced a little later than usual, but I’m sure you’ll agree they were well worth the wait!
Results for each series are based on top 10 scores or all scores if <10 raced, subject to agreed personal handicap.
The Winter season that ran from October 2018 to Easter 2019.
The first race of the day, at 10:30:
The second race of the day, at 12:00, after the tea break.
The Summer season that ran from Easter to October 2019.
The first race of the day, at 10:30.
The second race of the day, at 12:00, after the tea break.
The All Seasons prize goes to the member who performed best across both Winter and Summer seasons and the A and B series, and this year it couldn’t have been closer!
So, congratulations to all our deserving winners, and I hope to see you back at the club once the COVID-19 pandemic is over to give you all your prizes!
Full league tables are being made web ready as I type, and we’re aiming to have them online soon.
With forecast wind speeds of 20mph+ and gusts of nearly 40mph at South Norwood Lake, today’s race was the first to implement CSC’s new adverse weather guidelines for DOs.
On this occasion, despite the forecast, the race went ahead and 7 adventurous members had a fantastic first race (even if 3 did retire), and 4 even decided to continue battling mother nature in a second, with many choosing to take advantage of the club Picos and Hartley 12.2s. And judging by the messages on the racing WhatsApp group, it was almost as much fun to watch as to take part!
A massive thank you to Kathy (DO), Maria & Carl (ADOs), and Robert for an enjoyable day and all your help in the safety boat.
So, what are these new guidelines?
With the possible exception of an extreme weather warning or very heavy rain on the day of the race, CSC recommend that any decision regarding whether a race should go ahead by a duty officer (DO) should be made at the lake, taking into account factors including:
Based on the conditions at the lake on the day of the race, are you confident that you will, with the help of your ADO or ADOs, be able to assist any member who gets into difficulty during the race? (No = no go); and
Are all of the members wishing to take part in the race experienced enough to handle the conditions? (No = politely tell them that they can’t take part, it’s better for a member to be disappointed once than be put off for life by a bad experience)
Races should go ahead wherever possible, but do not feel pressured into going ahead with a race if you are not confident that it can be run safely.
The Comet Cup is a short knockout tournament, with 2 semi-finals, a final and a race off*, with each race lasting around 25 minutes and (as the name suggests) all participants racing in Comet class dinghies.
If you’re a member of CSC and would like to take part, please arrive at the boat park by 10:00 to help set-up and for a pre-race briefing by the duty officer.
On 23rd June, more that 20 members headed down to South Norwood Lake for our annual Mid-Summer Regatta, with 15 taking part in the on water activities, including families and juniors, regular Go Sailing attendees and racers.
The first event was a triple-hander, with teams of three sailing three laps of the lake, swapping helm at the end of each lap.
After a short pit-stop for a cup of tea, the second race was our popular Pico Tag event, this year seeing 5 teams of 2, with each member doing 2 laps each, swapping after each lap.
And with everyone refuelled after lunch (a big thanks to everyone who contributed something), the final event of the day saw three teams of 4 taking part in another “tag” event, this time with 2 members doing a lap each of the lake in Picos, with the remaining members of the team (plus one of the Pico sailors as crew) doing 2 laps in the Hartleys, with each lap helmed by a different team member.
With all 3 races complete, we added up the scores (using the racing system of 0 for 1st, 3 for second, 5.7 for third and so on) for everyone that took part in all 3 events and the top 5 was:
=1st (8.7) – Danny
=1st (8.7) – Paul
3rd (9) – Andy
4th (13) – John M
5th (13.7) – Dirk
A fantastic day had by all, and a big thanks to co-DOs Richard and Neil for making it such a great success.
Congratulations go to Derek, who just pipped Tim to because this year’s winner of the Easter Egg Cup!
With winds of force 2-3, gusting 4, the first race was won by Derek (Comet), closely followed by Tim (Comet).
Tim came close to reversing that result in the second, leading the race for 6 laps until Derek took advantage of a change in wind direction as they neared the finishing line and, in what was very nearly a photo finish, took first place by less than half a boat length.
Living up to its name, this year’s Icicle Cup was delayed by a week due to the lake freezing over, but it was well worth the wait! Here’s the race report from DO Richard:
With blustery weather and winds of 17mph gusting to 26 (mainly NW, but switching to N and W at times to keep racers on their toes), we got off to a slow start as it wasn’t clear how many would be racing. In the end 7 for the first race and 8 for the second.
After an epic battle with Ray, the first race was won by Tim, who got a flying start and eventually won by overtaking Ray between Bog and Hermit on the final lap to win, with Steve a steady third and Martin (Pico), Andrew (Byte) and John (sailing the Hartley 10 single handed) making up the chasing pack.
Geoff had an eventful first race, going the wrong way at least once, snagging a fishing line three times (!) and seemingly using Brownian motion to plot his way around the course finishing last.
Dennis (Heron) joined in the second race, with Bog mark switched out for Centre to take account of changes in wind conditions. This time, it looked like Geoff was in for a complete reversal of fortune after a stunning start, but he couldn’t hold off Ray, who was able to reel him in to take first place, with Steve once again third and Tim, unable to repeat his earlier performance, leading the chasing pack of John, Andrew, Martin and Dennis.
So, after 2 races with Croydon Yardstick and cup point applied, the results were:
Thank you to Rob and Patrick for helping with ADO duties.
Despite temperatures dropping below 1°C and many of us having to scrape ice off our dinghies before we could get set up, 13 intrepid members turned up for last Sunday’s Winter season race, a record turnout for a January race (at least since I’ve been Sailing Secretary).
It was certainly chilly, but otherwise a beautiful winter sunshine day with light but consistent winds throughout (by South Norwood Lake standards anyway).
Images courtesy of members Phil (top) and Luke (bottom).
Results are calculated using each participant’s best 10 results, where 14 points are given for 1st place, 13 for 2nd and so on.
“A” series races are the ones starting at 10:30 and “B” series those starting just after midday.
Highlighted dates indicate races or events that are not part of the Sunday League calendar, for example cup races (gold), training (red) or free sailing (green); the Summer season was shortened due to blue-green algae.
Just a quick reminder that we’ll be starting a little later than usual this weekend, following a 1 minute silence at 11:00 to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
So, please make sure you get to the boat park in plenty of time to ensure that everything’s setup and ready to go by 11 o’clock, and we’ll get the first race underway as soon as possible afterwards.
After several months of algae stops play, we are pleased to announce that racing will re-commence this Sunday, 14 October 2018!
After weeks of uncertainty, we’re looking for volunteers to be DO and ADO for the first race back (it doesn’t have to be the same person for both), and a new rota will be sent out in the coming days with duty allocations from 21 October onward, with wetsuit season starting on 4 November this year.
As we sit down for a cup of tea between races every Sunday, one of the hot topics is almost always the rules, so if you ever need to resolve a dispute, just head over to the comprehensive Racing Rules of Sailing website where all will be explained.
I’m sure we’ll still end up with as many interpretations as there are members present, but at least it’ll be based on fact, rather than what someone told you at the pub 😉
Whether you’re new to sailing or have years of dinghy experience, we all have questions about what things are called or what the rules are in particular circumstances.
Thankfully, the nice people at InstructorToolkit.co.uk have put together a selection of free PDFs that may well have the answers. While most are geared towards instructors, there’s plenty of information for anyone interested in sailing and I’d urge any members that come down for Sunday racing to read the Basic Racing Rules! 😉
The Commodore’s Cup is our annual cup race in which the Commodore (or most senior committee member taking part) gets a 60 second head start over the rest of the fleet, who try to catch the Commodore and deprive them of their namesake prize.
This year, Janice (Club Secretary) gallantly stood in as honorary commodore, giving her a 1 minute head start in each of the two (roughly) 35min cup races.
Taking maximum advantage of her head start, Janice appeared to have an unassailable lead as the race reached the half way mark, but with the wind dropping, Steve stormed through in his Byte CII to win the first race comfortably from Ray, who lead home the fleet of Comets, despite going the wrong way, hitting Tim and capsizing. Tim was third, John fourth, Neil fifth in the Laser, losing out on handicap, Janice sixth and Richard seventh, with Jackie (Pico) and Dennis (Heron) bringing up the rear.
The second race, which took place in increasingly blustery conditions, saw Richard pull away from the pack to obliterate Janice’s lead within just a few short laps, taking the win from Steve, Ray, Neil and Tim. As the race came to a close, however, Janice’s biggest opponent turned out not to be the rest of the fleet, as she was finally defeated by an enormous gust, meaning she had to climb out of the lake having found it impossible to return to the jetty upright. It was a baptism of fire for new member Will who launched his new comet in fluky winds with all points of sail available on each beat.
When the overall points were totalled, Richard finished third (7th and 1st), Ray second (2nd and 3rd), and the Commodore’s Cup 2018 was won by Steve (1st and 2nd).
Big thanks to Rob for DO’ing and Phil and Arthur for assisting. Better luck to the Commodore next year.
With strong winds, 40mph gusts and near freezing temperatures, the Pond Pounders Pot took on an extra “P” this year to become the Pond Pounders Pot in Picos, with 4 brave members taking on mother nature to battle it out in the opening race of 2018.
Having had a great start, Ray looked to have taken an early lead, only to misread the course and briefly head off in the wrong direction, leaving Richard to take first place, closely followed by Neil and Janice.
Over the next few laps, Richard’s decision to reef his sail appeared to have paid off, giving him greater control as the powerful gusts swept the lake, but as the race entered the final quarter, the extra power of Neil’s unreefed sail proved decisive, as he overtook Richard on the way to Jetty and never looked back.
So, congratulations to Neil, winner of Pond Pounders Pot 2018!
We’ve just received the race report from Richard, DO for our inaugural Comet Cup race:
Nine racers joined us for today’s hotly contested Comet Cup in cold, sunny and blustery conditions.
After three hard fought laps, Ray won the first heat, with Rob overtaking Tony at the last possible moment to beat him by a nose and secure the second slot in the final.
In the second heat, John managed to go from first to last and then back to first, with Janice pipping Luke to second after a nip and tuck battle to secure her place in the final.
Five racers who hadn’t finished in the first two in either heat then raced again over two laps, with the top two making the final. This time Luke won, with a fast finishing Geoff beating Tony, Tim and Neil to the line.
With the northerly wind dropping, but still remaining blustery, the course was changed and lengthened. After a very congested start Ray and Rob got away to what looked like an insurmountable lead, ahead by the length of a mark after the first lap. Unfortunately they both went round Island the wrong way. By the time they had corrected their mistake the fleet had caught up and five boats in a line arrived at Island, Hermit and shortly afterwards at Bog all together. Eventually, Rob managed to pull away to win from Luke, John and Geoff with Janice beating Ray on the line.
So congratulations to Rob: Croydon Sailing Club’s for winner of the Comet Cup!
Thank you to everyone for arriving promptly and helping out especially Peter and Phil.
With South Norwood Lake attracting fishermen from across Europe, it has become increasingly common in recent weeks to see lines cast out across the lake by fisherman that are apparently unaware of the so-called “5 metre rule” that ensures all fishing lines are submerged under the water within 5m / 15ft of the side of the lake, weighted wherever possible, and in return that we do not sail closer than 5m / 15ft from the edge.
This rule works well at least 90% of the time, but today we had a great example of the damage that can be caused by fisherman ignoring the rules, with a fisherman casting his line from a fishing platform close to the club house across the lake to a point close to centre, resulting in around 30m / 100ft of fishing line becoming wrapped around various parts of at least 3 dinghies, complete with hooks and, not for the first time, cutting two 5cm slots all the way through one of our member’s solid fibre glass dagger boards in the process (see above): imagine if this had been an arm or leg!
So, if you’re DO and you see any fishing lines projecting out into the lake, please do everything you can to explain the rules and protect the fleet from rogue lines; we appreciate that there’s often a language barrier, so will be preparing a multilingual, illustrated sheet you can show fisherman in the future.