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 *



 
Summer Programme has now started - outdoor table service from the kitchen and the bar
 

CHIPSTEAD SAILING CLUB – RE-OPENING

The really great news is that the current guidance allows us to run our summer programme in its entirety! Unsurprisingly there will be restrictions applying to the use of the Clubhouse (especially changing rooms), Bar and Catering Facilities.  The Government’s rules on Social Distancing and group size must be obeyed at all times, but we must hope that their hope of total relaxation by late June is realised.

The highlights are:

  • From Monday 29th March independent activity is allowed
  • Saturday 3rd April we start the published Summer Programme
  • On Saturday 17th April we plan to open the Bar on the basis of external seating and table service (please note that we shall need volunteers to assist with this). We are in discussion with our caterers regarding what level of catering may be viable at this stage.
  • From Saturday 22nd May both Bar and Catering facilities will be open. Table service, but can be inside or out.

Here are two documents giving details:

  1. A more detailed timetable showing what can be done each week here.
  2. The Operating Protocol, which lays out in detail the basis on which we will operate. It is important that you read it as it shows how we must operate to keep within the Government’s guidelines and/or rules here.

We expect that TriSwim and Bromley Canoe Club will also recommence operation at the lake, as laid out in our Programme.

Steve McCann

Commodore
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For the Chipstead Sailing Club General Committee

I thought I would take this opportunity to provide an overview of the Junior Class plans moving forward this year.

We are aware that everyone is keen to return to sailing and we are still on track as per the clubs sailing programme to resume Junior Class activities from 3rd April 2021 (see below and here).

Due to being in Lockdown the club has not been able to undertake the usual Winter Working Parties, for us this means that the Junior/Training end of the boat park requires some work to be undertaken. Initially this includes preparing the boats within the Training Fleet, these are the club boats used by the Junior Class on a weekly basis.

Junior Class events heavily rely on parents/guardians attending to get involved, you do not need to know about sailing to help, we will show you the ropes. Please be prepared to assist as Patrol Boat crew or in the race box assisting the Junior OOD.

Please note: If we cannot provide enough safety cover on the water restrictions will have to be put in place to reduce the number of junior helms allowed onto the water during the session.

As a reminder Young Guns 2020 will take place Saturday 3rd April (see here).

Junior Class 2021

All being well we are intending to start Chipmates Saturday Club on Saturday 10th April, we will be returning to our normal training/race programme (pre-Covid19 – see below) as follows.

From 10th April we will be running the following groups only;

Main Fleet (Formerly known as the racing group), this fleet is for junior helms that can confidently sail a triangular course and are proficient in tacking and gybing.

And the

Regatta Fleet (Formerly known as the Offshore Group), this fleet is for those that can confidently sail to and from the pontoon and want to practice sailing in a larger area of water to increase their sailing knowledge and ability.   

From 21st June we will be looking to reintroduce the

Beginners Fleet, this fleet is for those new to sailing and consists of land drills to familiarise themselves with the boat prior to taking that first step in learning how to launch their boat and sail out to a buoy a short distance from the pontoon.

We will continue to review this date and where possible look to reintroduce beginners before this date.

As a reminder parental presence on club premises (in the vicinity of the clubhouse) is required at all times while your children are attending Saturday Club. 

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Please see here for more detail.

Regards

Ian Cobb

Junior Class Captain

 

On behalf of the Junior Class Committee