Chipstead Sailing Club

Chipstead Sailing Club

A Guide to Duties

Chipstead Sailing Club is run entirely by volunteers. To enable the race programme to be run and the Club facilities to be maintained, adult family members are required as a condition of Club membership to undertake four duties each year, and also to participate in two winter working parties. Social members are also welcome to join in and assist with duties. Responsible adults for Junior Members are asked to assist with four duties for the junior Class. Duties should be enjoyable and a great way to meet and learn from other club members.

All adult family members may choose which Class they wish to join. Duties are organised at the start of the year by each Class. Any unallocated duties are rostered centrally. The trained RIB squad is also rostered centrally to improve safety cover. The duty roster for the year is available on the Dutyman system accessible through the Club website.

It is the responsibility of each member to arrange a swop if he or she is unable to fulfil their allocated duty. If you need further guidance on what is required do please contact the OOD a week before your duty.

Duty teams should assemble one hour before the start of racing.

Depending on the race programme, Saturday afternoon teams are normally required to run races from either 12.55 or 13.00. Sunday morning racing normally starts at 1030 and Sunday afternoon racing normally starts at 1410. Depending on the race programme on the day, Sunday morning duty teams are required at times additionally to run races from 13.00 and Sunday afternoon duty teams are required at times additionally to run single handed races from 16.10.

The categories of club duties are:

  • Officer of the Day (OOD)
    The OOD is an experienced person who has the responsibility of organising their team to run the racing according to the race programme.

    The OOD will set the race course and organise the other officers in the race box. It is their responsibility to oversee the efficient and safe running of the racing both on and off the water, and to ensure that the results are correctly recorded.

    The Club organises training sessions for new OODs as well as providing refresher training. Further guidance on running races is provided on the Club website.

  • Assistant Officer of the Day (AOD)
    The role of AOD is that of supporting the OOD on the day of the race. Usually there are two AODs who assist in starting and finishing the racing by raising and lowering flags as well as recording the position of competitors in the different races. They also help to enter these results on to the club computer. It can be helpful for AODs to read through the guidance on the website for running races in advance of their duties.

  • Power Boat Helm
    There are usually two patrol boats on the water during racing to assist members who may require assistance during a race.

    A club RIB will only be helmed by trained members of the RIB squad. The orange Commando patrol boat may be helmed by club members who have sufficient skills. We recommend that anyone helming these boats completes the FREE Chipstead course. Details of the Club’s training programme are available on the website.

  • Power Boat Crew
    Members allocated to the role of patrol boat crew can be in either the RIB or in the Commando patrol boats. Their role is to assist in recovery of members during a race or to recover boats after racing has finished. Patrol boat crews should be expected to enter the water if necessary to assist with a recovery.

    Again it is recommended that members taking part in this duty participate in the Club’s FREE training course to help them carry out these duties effectively.

  • Tea Duty
    This duty entails providing welcome refreshments to sailors after racing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and on Sunday mornings.

    Approved by the Sailing Committee
    23 July 2018

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

Please fill in the online membership application form available here:


contact CSC Membership Secretary
Mrs Sue Wilson, 84 Albert Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4EL
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Telephone: 01372 740155