Chipstead Sailing Club

Welcome to Chipstead Sailing Club

Newcomers of all ages, of any experience or none, are welcome

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Chipstead Lake, Chipstead near Sevenoaks, KENT TN13 2SD [Google Maps]
* Dinghy Class and Handicap Racing *
* RYA Training Courses: Sailing and Powerboats *

* Junior and Youth Training and Racing *
* Social Events *
* Radio Sailing *



5th November 2020



Dear Members,

As you will be aware the Government has announced a period of Lockdown restrictions to take effect in England as from Thursday 5th November 2020.

As a result of clarification now received on the effect of these restrictions on Sailing Clubs and boating provided to the RYA by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and advice received from the RYA yesterday evening, the General Committee has decided that, with immediate effect, the Club and all its operations will be physically closed until further notice.

It is clear that Outdoor Sports centres and amenities (which includes Sailing Clubs and water sports centres) must close. Therefore the Clubhouse including the galley, bar, changing rooms and toilets will be shut as from today with no part of the Club buildings being accessible for members or guests.

As no Organised amateur sport will be allowed from 5th November, in those circumstances, we must cancel the Winter Series of Sunday races.

The closure of the Club and all its operations referred to above encompasses all activity on the Lake (including, for the avoidance of doubt, independent sailing, radio controlled yachting, paddleboarding and canoeing).

These decisions will be reviewed in the light of further advices, as and when received, from H.M.Government and/or the RYA.

Other matters

  • Weekly inspections will be undertaken of the Club facilities, including the Clubhouse.
  • The RYA has clarified that attendance at the Club for essential maintenance is allowed, but only if the work cannot wait until the end of the Lockdown period (currently 2nd December). It is felt highly unlikely that qualification will be met in relation to members’ boats.
  • The Christmas Pudding Race scheduled for Sunday 13th December will remain in the calendar, subject to Government restrictions in place at the time.
  • Anyone with any symptoms of Covid-19 should stay away from the Club for the appropriate period of self-isolation.


Steve McCann
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For the Chipstead Sailing Club General Committee