Chipstead Sailing Club


Chipstead Sailing Club caters for absolute novices to national champions - kids to grandparents. It's a small lake but a big hearted club.

Courses and sail training lessons are held throughout the season. Instruction and theory takes place in the club house followed by practical application on the lake. Courses can be tailored to individual needs but generally take place on Saturday mornings. There are also races for novices. Other members are always willing to give advice or practical help in making you feel at home on the water.

Chipstead Sailing Club has eleven classes of boats, plus a section for Schools, Youth Groups and Charities.

One-design classes are:

  • Comet
  • Enterprise
  • Firefly
  • Graduate
  • Heron
  • Laser
  • Mirror
  • Optimist
  • Scorpion
  • Solo
  • Topper

There is also a Fast Handicap class for other boats with a PY rating between 1020/1193 and a maximum overall length of 15 ft. Trapeze may NOT be used at any time.

Comets, Lasers and Toppers are one-person craft. Other classes are usually sailed by a helm and crew - except for single handed races. Optimists are for youngsters and are sailed single-handed.

There is a noticeboard in the Clubhouse giving details of boats or equipment for sale or wanted by individual members. On occasions the Club may dispose of abandoned boats in sealed-bid auctions.

Any time of day during day-light hours. The Summer Race Series lasts from April until November with racing taking place on Saturday and Sundays and on mid-summer Wednesday evenings. The Winter Series follows on Sundays, but is interrupted during January and early February for the Winter Working Parties, when renovations and improvements to the Clubhouse and boat parking areas are carried out by members.

Chipstead S.C. practises a strict code of safety.

  • A CLUB MEMBER must be in each boat.
  • BUOYANCY AIDS must be worn at all times.
  • WET OR DRY SUITS must be worn during the winter period - 25 December to 31 March.
  • PATROL BOATS are always on duty during races and organised sailing. Their priority is getting PEOPLE out of the water - capsized boats are retrieved later.
  • FIRST AID is available at the Clubhouse and if necessary at the Chipstead Cheshire Home behind the Clubhouse.
  • IF THE WEATHER WORSENS during a race, courses may be shortened or racing abandoned at the discretion of the OOD.
  • THE CLUB continually revises safety and updates facilities accordingly.

As a condition of membership members and their families (excluding Social membership) 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.

Yes, hot and cold lunches are served on most Saturdays and Sundays at a reasonable cost. Tea and coffee is available from the kitchen, normally without charge. The bar is open at weekends (NOT during races) and after the Wednesday Evenings Series.

There's always plenty of social activity at the Club. Classes hold darts evenings, barbecues, barn dances, karaoke nights and we hold a Laying-Up dinner-dance in November and there is a Christmas Lunch, a Carol Evening and a New Year's Eve Dance. The Social Secretary will be pleased to tell you more and make use of any entertaining talents you may possess.

There is sailing for the disabled each Thursday and a group of helpers are on hand to assist.

Talk to an official or Committee member to discover more about the Club and to obtain an application form, which should be submitted to the Membership Secretary.

There is an entrance fee (except for Social membership); an annual membership fee, which varies for different categories; and a fee for each boat. Membership categories are: Family; Students; Optimists; Groups and Schools; Retired; Non-Boat Owners and Social with No Sailing Rights. There is normally a reduction for early payment and the full fee structure is laid out on the application form.