Chipstead Sailing Club

Duties? What duties?

As a condition of membership members and their families are required to perform four half day duties per year. These are not in any way onerous and will be based on your experience and ability. Duties include Officer of the Day (OOD), Assistant AOD, Patrol boat helm or crew and serving tea/coffee in the kitchen.

How often are we let down?

Not an issue of Unicorn appears, I am willing to bet, without at least a mention about duties. Invariably, it is one, more or all of the class captains requesting those who cannot make a day allocated to them to ensure that they swap with another class member, inform their class captain and also the respective OODs involved of the change. Now here is another one!

How many times, I wonder, has an OOD when checking with those due to turn up with him (or her), been greeted with one of these responses?

A. "I did a swap with, eh, what’s his name, for, uhm, some time later this year, I’ve forgotten the exact date, and I don’t seem to have made a note of it. Didn’t he (she) tell you?"B. " No, I can’t make it. A few minutes later and you wouldn’t have got me, as we’re just off on holiday for a couple of weeks. No, I haven’t had time to get a substitute. Must dash!"

C. "I’ve left the club. No, I didn’t tell anybody. Is there a problem?"

D. "I don’t do duties on Sundays (or Wednesday evenings, or Saturdays). I only sail during the week".

E. "I don’t do duties. No, I’ve not got a medical condition, I just don’t do duties!"

F. " What duty? What list? When did that go out? Who sent it? The class captain? Well, I never got it ! Everybody else in the class got it? Well, I tell you I never got it. No, I can’t manage a week on Sunday".

G. "Yes, that’s fine, I’ll be there at 9.30. No problem." And they don’t turn up!

I have experienced all of these scenarios at one time or another, but luckily have been able, at short notice, to get a member willing to help out, even although they know that they will not "get a swap" for one of their scheduled stints later in the year, and my grateful thanks to those who stepped into the breach.

Glancing through the Race Results book, it is apparent from the notes appended that I have not been the only one to suffer from these situations. Fortunately, those members who flout the club byelaw that they are expected to carry out duties towards the racing programme, are in the minority. But I think it fair to say that they are potentially ruining a racing session for the majority and, even more seriously, could put members’ lives in danger by not turning out. Shame on them!

The late John Shapley (Rear Commodore)

CSC Membership Fees 2018

Joining Fee One off sum payable upon joining Chipstead Sailing Club. (excluding Social and Model Yachting membership)



Full (standard) Member, Spouse/Partner and their children up to 18 years of age at 1 Jan 2018 (up to 23 years of age for full-time Student).


Family Junior Member, Spouse/Partner with only their children aged 7 to 18 having Sailing Rights.


Young Adult Young single adults over 18 and under 25 years of age at 1 Jan 2018.


Social Social membership with No Sailing Rights. Member, Spouse/Partner and their children up to 18 years of age at 1 Jan 2018.


Model Yachting Model Yachting membership with No Sailing Rights other than model yachts for all family members and their children up to 18 years. Model Yachting is open to all Full, Junior and Young Adult members with no further payment


Boat Fees

 Full (standard)  First boat £155 (subsequent boats £124), may be sailed by any member with owner's permission.


 Junior Per boat, to be sailed exclusively by Junior Members.



Chipstead Sailing Club is volunteer-run and has in excess of 400 memberships, many including a couple, or a couple and their children. Active membership spans an age range from 7 years old to over 80, although many younger children also enjoy being down there. Most members have their own boats.

We are an RYA Training Establishment and courses are run each year. Details can be found through the web site or by picking up a leaflet at the club.

Junior sailing is concentrated on Saturday mornings from early April to late October with the main club races spread over Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. There is racing on Sunday mornings in the winter with the exception of the first six when we all take part in working parties.

Our group members can be seen in action Monday to Friday, together with our own model yachting class, participate in canoeing and rowing as well as sailing. The disabled group is well supported.

You are very welcome to come down and visit the club and meet people. It is best to do this on a Sunday, or a summer Saturday. If you have no idea who to approach, asking if there is a committee member around is a good start. During the week the club house may not be open and members of groups may not be in a position to answer your questions.

Our Open Day is the first Monday Bank Holiday in May.

I am generally at the club on Saturdays and for the winter working parties as that is the time to sort out renewal issues. I would be happy to meet you.

Current membership fees can be viewed here.

For information on how to join the club please look here.


Sue Wilson

Membership Secretary

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Mrs Sue Wilson, 84 Albert Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4EL
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