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.


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


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:

Summer is here!

It’s the first day of the CSC Summer season today and it’s great to see so many people making it down to the lake: