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.

Our instructors just keep getting better!

Not content to rest on their laurels, Croydon Sailing Club instructors Neil and Janice, along with prospective instructor Valeria, headed out to Queen Mary reservoir to attend a one day seamanship skills course as part of the RYA’s Instructor Professional Development CPD programme.

Running from 09:30 until just after 18:00 in force 4-5 winds, senior instructor Steve Baverstock put all the attendees through their paces, working through all the important seamanship skills, from man overboard to rudderless sailing via lee shore landings, punctuated with amazing opportunities to throw open the spinnakers and take advantage of the fantastic conditions to plane across the wide open spaces the reservoir has to offer. And practice the occasional, impromptu capsize drill.

A fantastic time had by all, so a big thanks to Steve and Queen Mary Sailing Club for hosting a great day’s sailing.

Throwing open the spinnakers

There are more pictures from the course on Facebook and, if you’re an instructor, or training to be one, you can find out more about the RYA’s CPD training days by clicking here.

CSC vs. Hurricane Bertha

When most people woke up this morning and heard that Hurricane Bertha was making its way across south London at 60mph, they promptly decided it was time to make a cup of tea and go back to bed. But then, they’re clearly not members of Croydon Sailing Club.

So, while others were sat in bed sipping hot drinks, thunder booming, rain lashing and the wind growing ever more fearsome, Tommy, Neil, John and a brand new member decided it was time to sail, and with Gordon and Dominic as DO and ADO, that’s just what they did. Twice.

With some impressive aquatic acrobatics along the way, our four intrepid sailors took on mother nature and won, taking on everything she could throw at them to complete 2 races. Some might say, ten of the most courageous and energetic laps ever completed at South Norwood Lake.