Mid-Summer Regatta 2017 schedule announced

This year’s Mid-Summer Regatta will take place on Sunday, 23 July 2016, beginning with racing, then breaking for lunch before the fun and games begin in our afternoon of novice and family events.

Time Description
10:00 Arrive at the boat park

We’re aiming to have everything ready and on the water by 10:30, so anyone wishing to take part should arrive at the boat park no later than 10:00 to help get everything ready and ensure they sign up early. Places are limited, so don’t be late!

11:00 RACE: Double handed

With teams and boat allocation drawn from a hat, the first race is aimed at regular racers and adult novicesand will see new and novice members paired up with our experience racers in two person teams

*** If you’re a member with a double handed dinghy that won’t be taking part, please can we borrow it? (please let Neil, Richard or Janice know)

12:00 RACE: Pico Tag-team

Giving all of our members a chance to get to know each other better, the fun mixed ability tag team race always proves to be a lot of fun, so whether you’re a regular racer, a new recruit or a novice/family member, this is the race for you.

With mixed ability teams of 2 or 3 (depending on turnout) once again drawn from a hat, this is a Le Mans style race starting from the Jetty. When the whistle blows, the first member of the team jumps into their Pico, completes a lap of the course and returns to the Jetty to swap places. The first team to complete the course, return to the Jetty and touch it with their hand are the winners!

13:00 Lunch & Awards

Once the morning racing is complete, we’ll be heading back to the boat park for a cold buffet and general socialising. All members are welcome and please bring any food, drinks, snacks or cakes you’d like to share.

With the day’s racing complete, awards are presented and we handover the lake to novice and family events from 14:00.

14:00 Family fun

Our novice and family events will begin at around 14:00 and will consist of a number of activities lasting approximately 30-45 minutes each.

The exact details are still being confirmed, but I think we can all be assured that it will be a fantastic afternoon!

 

Summer Sailing Sessions for 2017

With lots of new members joining us after this year’s RYA level 1 courses, we’re often asked which of CSC’s sailing session are the most appropriate for which members, so here’s a quick summary of the sessions that will be available during Summer 2017, and which members they target; Go Sailing indicates a leisure or informal training session; Racing indicates a race session.

NEW! Wednesday Afternoons: Racing (Ancient Mariners)

Target members: Adults

From 5 July, if you’re an adult member lucky enough to be available on Wednesday afternoons, our Ancient Mariners racing session might just be the one for you.

Open to adults only, this season starts at 14:00 (subject to confirmation via WhatsApp at 10:00) and is currently scheduled to run every week until the end of August.

Wednesday Evenings: Go Sailing

Target members: Everyone

Whether you’re a racer refining your 5 essentials, a new member building up your confidence or a family member wanting to take your partner or children on a gentle potter around the lake on a sunny Summer evening, then CSC’s unstructured Wednesday evening Go Sailing sessions are the one for you, offering the perfect environment for practice and leisure sailing.

Wednesday evening sessions run every week from 18:00 to dusk until the end of August.

Friday Evenings: Go Sailing

Target members: Novice & family members

Friday evening’s give members the opportunity to benefit from the experience of instructors Andrew and Janice during a friendly, informal training session.

Due to its popularity, you may need to book in advance for this session, so keep an eye on the WhatsApp group for start times and individual session details.

Sunday Morning: Racing (Sunday League)

Target members: Adults

Between 10:00 and 14:00 on Sunday mornings, South Norwood Lake plays host to our 52-week-a-year race sessions. We aim to have the A series (morning) race underway at 10:15 and the B series (afternoon) race at around 12:00.

Any members with at least RYA level 1 or equivalent experience are welcome, all that we ask is that you join in the race to the best of your ability.

New members often tell us they’re worried about getting in the way, but there really isn’t anything to worry about. Our racers are a friendly bunch and even those who now regularly finish near the top of the table started out getting stuck on buoys, caught in headers and inexplicably going backwards.

Participation of under 18s (other than as crew) is at the discretion of the duty officer (DO).

Sunday Afternoons: Go Sailing

Target members: Novice & family members

Sunday afternoon sessions are a mix of unstructured and informal training sessions that take place once or twice each month throughout the Summer, from around 14:00.

As these sessions are not available every week, keep an eye on the CSC website and Go Sailing WhatsApp group for dates and other details.

 

Commodore’s Cup 2017: we have a winner! (Gallery)

Today’s Commodore’s Cup was not only the best attended race events of the season so far but also the most competitive, with with just 14 seconds separating 1st from 5th and less than two minutes separating the top 8 in the first race of the day.

In the first race, Richard (Laser) took an early lead and, with a few momentary exceptions, was able to stay at the front of the pack throughout, but he just couldn’t shake off the Comet fleet that remained hot on his heals right up to the last second, with Robert, John, Steven and Peter all pipping him to the post to take 1st to fourth once the CY numbers were applied.

The second race, which was almost as close as the first, with under half a lap separating the top 6, saw Valeria slice her way through the field after a poor start and into the leading pack, but it just wasn’t enough to keep Robert from taking his second victory and with it the Commodore’s Cup for 2017.

Top 10

# Name Dinghy Class Points
1 Robert Comet 0.0
2 Steven Byte 8.7
3 John Comet 11.0
4 Peter Comet 13.7
5= Tim Comet 21.7
5= Valeria Byte CII 21.7
7 Richard Laser 27.0
8 Phil & Paul Comet Duo 29.0
9 Tony Byte CII 32.0
10 Hilary’s Crew Firebird 34.0

Cup races are scored using the low points bonus system.

Gallery

Icicle Trophy 2017 – we have a winner!

The Icicle Trophy certainly lived up to its name this year, with large sheets of ice present on most of the dinghies in the boat park as we arrived at CSC this morning, but that wasn’t enough to dissuade our hardy members from rigging up and getting out on the lake ready to race.

In a change from the usual format, this year’s Icicle Trophy was made up of 3 short races of ~20 minutes, with a 1 minute countdown (instead of 5) and a short break of just a 3-4 minutes between each to keep down time to a minimum in the near freezing conditions.

Showing just how competitive racing is at CSC, there was barely 6 seconds (with CY applied) between 1st and 3rd place in each of the races, but it was Richard who managed to overtake Neil at the last possible moment to win the third race by a nose to take this years trophy with two firsts and a third.

Congratulations Richard, our 2017 Icicle Trophy champion!

Pond Pounders Pot 2017 – we have a winner!

Last Sunday was the first race meeting of 2017 at Croydon Sailing Club, which of course meant it was time for the Pond Pounders Pot!

The lower wind conditions meant that mastery of the 5 essentials was, well, essential, in gaining an advantage over other members, and after just over an hour of racing it was Tony (Byte CII) who showed he had what it takes, taking first place ahead of Derek (Comet) in second and Neil (Laser) in third.

So, congratulations to Tony and a happy new year from everyone at CSC.

Mid-Summer Regatta 2016: We have a winner (and lots of great photos)!

With this year’s Mid-Summer Regatta seeing the introduction of three new events, there had been a lot of excitement leading up to one of the biggest events on CSC’s Summer calendar, and I think everyone that took part would agree that it was well worth the wait.

The double hander race saw 8 two-person crews take to the lake in a mixture of Comet Duo, Enterprise, Heron and Firebird dinghies, and after 5 closely contested laps Robert and Dirk showed that they had almost telepathic team-working skills, sailing the club Firebird into first place.

The second race saw seven Comets competing in our first official Comet class race. The first few laps saw several members vying for first place, but as the race continued, Valeria broke away from the pack and never looked back, taking a well deserved win.

After lunch (a big thanks to everyone that donated something!) more of our novice and family members had arrived ready to join the festivities and it was time for CSC’s inaugural Pico Tag race. With 6 teams of 3 selected and tactics decided, the horn blew the first members were off! Two legs complete, there was still everything to play for as Dirk arrived back at the Jetty for Team 3, followed just a few boat lengths later by Arthur for Team 2, but despite his best efforts, Neil just couldn’t quite catch Valeria, and all Team 2 could do was watch as she placed her hand on the Jetty, securing first place for Team 3.

And with novice and family events continuing well into the evening, a fantastic day had by all.

A massive thanks to Kathy and Ian for agreeing to be our DO and ADO for the day.

Top 3

# Name Double Comet Pico Tag
1 Valeria 5 1 1
2 Robert 1 3 3
3 Dirk 1 6 1

Photos

A big thanks to Phil for the photos!

See us in action!

Photos not enough for you? Check out the GoPro footage Paul put together for us:

Mid-Summer Regatta 2016 schedule announced

This year’s Mid-Summer Regatta will take place on Sunday, 24 July 2016, beginning with racing, then breaking for lunch before the fun and games begin in our afternoon of novice and family events.

Morning: Racing

The morning is aimed at our regular racers, and we’re aiming to everything ready and on the water by 10:30, so anyone wishing to take part in this year’s Mid-Summer Regatta racing should arrive at the boat park by 10:00 to help get everything ready and ensure they sign up early. Places are limited, so don’t be late!

In a change to our usual line up, there will be three new and exciting races this year, each lasting approximately 45 minutes, with a short break between each for a briefing and any necessary preparation:

Time Description
11:00 Double handed: Racing pairs and dinghy allocation will be drawn from a hat in in CSC’s first offical double handed race! If you’re a member with a double handed dinghy that won’t be taking part, please can we borrow it? (please let Neil or Janice know)
12:00 Comets only: With Comet now the most popular class of dingy at CSC, we’ve decided it’s time to find out who the club’s top Comet sailor is in another first for CSC. If you’re a member with a Comet that won’t be taking part and would be happy to lend it to another member, please let us know!

Lunch

Once the morning racing is complete, we’ll be heading back to the boat park for a cold buffet and general socialising.

Time Description
13:00 Lunch

All members are welcome and please don’t hesitate to bring any food, drinks, snacks or cakes you’d like to share.

Afternoon 1/2: All members race

Whether you’re a regular racer, a new recruit or a novice/family member, this is the race for you. To give all of our members a chance to get to know each other better, we’re introducing a fun mixed ability tag team even this year and we expect it to be a lot of fun!

Time Description
14:00 Pico Tag-team: With mixed ability teams of 2 or 3 (depending on turnout) once again drawn from a hat, this is a Le Mans style race starting from the Jetty. When the whistle blows, the first member of the team jumps into their Pico, completes a lap of the course and returns to the Jetty to swap places. The first team to complete the course, return to the Jetty and touch it with their hand are the winners!
14:50 Awards: With the day’s racing complete, awards are presented and we handover the lake to the novice and family events

Afternoon 2/2: Novice & Family Events

Assuming everything’s running on time (!), our novice and family events will begin at around 15:00 and will consist of a number of activities lasting approximately 30-45 minutes each.

The exact details are still being confirmed, but I think we can all be assured that it will be a fantastic afternoon!

Time Description
15:00 Novice & family event 1
16:00 Novice & family event 2

Look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to sail during a race: join the race!

With two or more opportunities for free/non-race sailing currently available every week at CSC, we now ask that any members that would like to sail during a race join the race.

New and novice members have nothing to worry about: CSC’s racers are a friendly bunch and always happy to offer hints and tips to anyone that asks, and remember that you’re under no obligation to win, all we ask is that you do your best to follow the course and the basic race rules. Joining a race is a great way to hone your skills and learn from more experienced members and if you get stuck at bog and get in everyone’s way, that’s fine, we’ve all been there and it’s all part of the unique racing experience here at CSC.

DOs, don’t forget to ask (politely, of course) all non-racing members to head back to the jetty before the race begins.

Commodore’s Cup: We have a winner!

Last Sunday, 08/05/2016, saw a full house with 14 members competing for Croydon Sailing Club’s much sought after Commodore’s Cup.

After the second race, DO Janice announced that we had members in joint first, joint third and joint fifth places, so nerves were kept on edge for a few moments longer while tie breaker calculations were worked out (combined times for both races), and the results were:

  1. Neil (Laser)
  2. Ray (Comet)
  3. Richard (Laser)
  4. Tony (Byte CII)
  5. Robert (Comet)
  6. Geoff (Comet)

So, congratulations to Neil, 2016’s proud winner of Commodore’s Cup!

Storm Imogen 5 – 2 CSC

Despite forecasts of 40mph+ gusts, seven brave members took to the water yesterday to take on the might of hurricane Imogen, but only 2 had the mettle to complete the race and take those well deserved points: so, congratulations to Neil for staying the course and Joe on his first ever win at CSC!

We’d also like to say a special thanks to Peter, who took on the rather fraught job of DO, and Janice, who spent the race in the rescue boat and fished considerably more out of the lake than any of the fisherman.

82mph gusts? Pah!

With gusts of up to 82mph predicted, it would take a special kind of person to get in a 10-12′ dinghy and take it out racing on South Norwood Lake. CSC members are those people.

After being unable to sail last week, 5 members decided nothing was going to stop them getting on the water today, and I’m proud to say that every single one of them finished and even decided to go for a second race after the coffee break!

Tommy fought mother nature and won to take first place in race A in a Pico, and Neil was able to remain upright long enough to win race B, despite his Laser’s best efforts to throw him out.

Charity Pursuit

It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for our annual Charity Pursuit today.

Despite limited wind (force 1-2) at the beginning, first time racers Maria and Declan (club Picos) made excellent starts, putting themselves nearly a lap ahead by the time the Comets joined the race several minutes later, and managed to maintain their lead for several laps before finally being caught and overtaken by a breakaway group.

Tony (Byte CII) and Neil (Laser) joined a little later, but despite their valiant effort, just couldn’t close the gap on Geoff (Comet) and Phil (Comet), who were in a battle all of their own for first place.

Barely separated by more than a boat length the entire race, the dual between Geoff and Phil ran from start to finish with the lead changing hands again and again, but the defining moment came just a lap from the end when Geoff made what looked like an inspired manoeuvre to sneak past Phil on the inside at Island… only to hit the buoy! Phil took full advantage of Geoff’s 360 to win the race.

Congratulations Phil!

Have you made your donation?

This year’s charity is RNLI, who rely on donations to keep up their amazing work saving lives every day. So if you weren’t able to give your £5 donation to Phil (treasurer) today, don’t forget to give bring it with you next week, transfer it to the club’s bank account or click here to pay it now using PayPal (or a credit/debit card).

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.

Match Racing: we have a winner!

Congratulations to Neil, winner of the first ever Match Racing day at Croydon Sailing Club!

The day saw a series of closely fought 1-on-1 races around an Olympic-style course, with racers using a combination of their sailing skills and mastery (perhaps we won’t go that far) knowledge of the rules to out-sail and outsmart their opponent in any way they could, but after all the races were run, and despite some great sailing by all, Neil was able to stay just far enough ahead to remain undefeated and become our 2015 Match Racing champion!

A big thanks to Phill for taking up the role of Match Master (sounds much better than DO, right?!) and helping to make the day such a success.

Name Wins
Neil 3
Michael 2
Ray 1
Geoff 0

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REMINDER: Match Racing this Sunday!

Just a quick reminder that it’s our first ever Pico Match Racing day this Sunday, 15 March. Your chance to show your skills 1-on-1 with other members and take home the exclusive CSC Match Racing mug, to keep forever.

Match Racing is open to all members: just bring yourself and your wet/dry suit to take part, nothing else needed.

See you at 10:00 on Sunday!