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Performance Bursary for young Chipstead sailor

Performance Bursary for young Chipstead sailor

Aspiring young sailor Mim Asker (14) from Lewisham has received a Performance Bursary from the RYA London and South East Youth Training Fund.


Photo – Mim on the water, credit Jon Bentman

The bursaries provide modest financial support to young sailors to help fulfil their recognised racing or coaching potential. In return, recipients pass on their experience and enthusiasm to help inspire others through their club and regional training events.

Starting and progressing…

Mim learned to sail at Chipstead Sailing Club (CSC) in an Optimist dinghy and has been an active member of the club since her first session on the water.
Over the years she has sailed and raced regularly at CSC, taken part in Kent School Sailing Association (KSSA) events, some regional International Optimist
Class Association events and the RYA Regional Junior Championships.

In 2021 she progressed to sailing a Topper dinghy – initially a 4.2 – which she sailed as part of the Kent team at National School Sailing Association event in Plymouth and received the Endeavour trophy. Mim was selected for the International Topper Class Association 4.2 squad 2021/22, although she missed out on some of the training due to breaking her wrist.

Moving up……

Since summer 2022, Mim has sailed a Topper 5.3 in a range of CSC race series including the Commodore’s Cup in which she came first, the Junior mid-Summer Regatta (1st girl), and the Junior Handicap series 2022 (1st girl).

For the past two seasons she has crewed on one of the Heron dinghies at the club in the Sunday afternoon Heron series. The first time Mim took the helm of the Heron was for the Novice’s Cup event in 2022 which she won. She has been asked by one of the other juniors to sail with him in the Feva Nationals in 2024 and is looking forward to this.


The awards depend on the winner’s commitment to contribute to their club or class association. Mim trained as an Assistant Instructor and coached the beginners on Saturday mornings throughout the 2023 season as well as during the Chipmates summer camp. She intends to continue doing this and is keen to get involved with the development of double-handed sailing within the Juniors Class.

She is a regular volunteer at Wealden Sailability based at Chipstead and Tideway Sailability in Surrey Docks so
development of her skills will also benefit these organisations.

Mim has recently been awarded the Ian Walker trophy at CSC. The trophy was given by twice Olympic silver medallist and Volvo Ocean Race winner Ian Walker, MBE, for a junior sailor who makes a significant contribution to sailing and the club through teaching, coaching and encouraging less able sailors to sail.

What’s next…..

Jenny Johnson, Vice Commodore of KSSA, said in nominating Mim: “She has really developed a love of all aspects of sailing
despite a few challenges this year, and would really benefit from some specific Feva coaching to develop her skills further. She has great enthusiasm for the
sport and very keen to develop her racing ability.”

Mim will use the award to fund some Feva coaching, ideally on tidal water, to develop her skills and to better prepare her to participate in the Feva Nationals 2024

From Mim….

Mim said of receiving her bursary: “It was a lovely surprise to learn I’d been awarded the bursary which I’m planning to use on some double-handed coaching.

“No-one else in my family sails so I didn’t really have any experience of double-handed sailing until I was paired up with Carol, one of the older Heron sailors at Chipstead. I’ve crewed for Carol for the past two seasons and have learned a lot about double-handed sailing from her, and I’m hoping to go to the Feva Nationals with one of the other Juniors in May so the bursary will benefit both of us.”


Photo – Mim receives her award from Rob Brown, Junior Class Captain

From the Youth Training Fund….

Dave Ellis, Chairman of the Youth Training Fund, says: “It’s fantastic for young sailors to be able to experience a range of opportunities, both in the UK and internationally, during their development as they learn so much. But the costs of travel, accommodation, food etc. all quickly mount up and the bursaries provide some assistance to our young sailors as they develop their sailing careers”.

“We have an abundance of talent in the region and we want to give our young sailors, whether destined for ‘podiums’ or as coaches, the best chance to realise their ambitions.”

Might you be eligible for a bursary? Find out more

KSSA Events and 2024 Programme

KSSA Events and 2024 Programme

Please see details below for KSSA training and events. Anyone at a school or Sailing Club in Kent is eligible to attend. For most events you will need to take your own boat but sometimes hire boats are available.

Entry is now open for the first KSSA race coaching event at Bough Beech sailing club on 27 January. This is the first of 3 early season training events which offer a fantastic chance to get some coaching before the traditional start of club sailing and events in the spring. 


KSSA Pre-Season Training 1 – Sat 27 January – Bough Beech SC
Full details and online entry are available on the KSSA website.

Click here for further information

Full KSSA 2024 Sailing Programme
Most of the 2024 KSSA events are now finalised. Click here to see the full programme on the KSSA website. 

Image of sailing shed with masts rolled neatly down the left-hand side. Central storage area for rudders and daggerboards has been organised by dinghy type. There is one set of foils per slot.

Winter Working Parties 2024

Winter Working Parties 2024

Sunday January 7th – Sunday February 11th  from 10.00 until 1300


Note There is one Working Party on Saturday February 3rd 2024


Happy New Year to you all.

We shall be carrying out our annual Winter Working Parties to do the routine maintenance around the sailing club.

All the work we carry out helps to keep the club looking good, functioning well and it helps to reduce our costs in running the club.

1. There will be a blackboard inside the club house with a signing on sheet and details of the tasks which each fleet has been assigned to do. If you are in any doubt please speak to your class captain or myself.

2. Bring your own tools, strimmers and equipment plus boots, gloves etc.along with the appropriate P.P.E. to wear.

3. There will be a notice to advise you of the First Aider on site each week.

4. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available during the work party.

5. We have our own compost system, so please bring some bags if you wish to take some away. It is sited at the end of the Comet dinghy park

I look forward to welcoming you to this season’s activities at Winter Working Parties 2024


Jane Marshall
Administration Secretary

Young Guns Trophy and Junior Class AGM – 28th October 2023

This coming Saturday 28th October is our Young Guns 2023 Trophy competition.

This event will consist of two races, with both races to count.  

The Start time is the same as for Saturday Club 09:00 sharp for a target 9:30 race briefing (changed and rigged). The first start is planned for 10:00am. The second is planned for approx.11:00 finishing at approx. 12:00.

The event is open to all CSC Junior and Youth sailors, with on the water coaching for the less experienced sailors – however you must be able to sail a triangular course.  

Please remember that you must book for this event via Eventbrite Registration is open https://young-guns23.eventbrite.co.uk/  – Club boats are available for this event (bookable on Eventbrite). 

CSC Junior Class AGM and Prizegiving

After the racing we will be holding the Junior Class AGM. Come along and see what members of the Junior class have been doing during 2023 and see what is also planned for the Juniors during for 2024. After the AGM there will be the Junior Class prize giving, this is a chance to recognise the effort put in by our Juniors throughout the 2023 season.

Chipstead Laser & ILCA Open Sunday 21st May

Hello Laser sailors

This years laser & ILCA open is scheduled for all day Sunday 21st May.  All laser helms welcome, including visitors.


4 races throughout the day giving everyone an opportunity to be successful! 


All Laser rigs welcome, 4.7, Radial & Standard, and the similar ILCA classes, ILCA 4, ILCA 6 & ILCA 7.


Many prizes for all levels available inc junior & youth.


Only £15 entry on the day, or £10 for 18 years & younger.


Please see attached, and forward on to anyone that may be interested.


Kind regards

Russell Levermore

Laser 218252

Topper Class Junior Race series

Commodores Cup 2023

Young Guns 2022 – Results

Having been postponed from October 2022 due a lack of wind, it was looking doubtful as to whether the Young Guns competition would make it to the water due to (wait for it) a lack of wind.

With the Postponement Flag raised we all stared at the lake in the hope that any ripple on the surface wasn’t the effect from a passing fish.

A decision was made, and all junior helms were advised at the race briefing that 11.00 would be the go/no-go deadline for the first race (at this point a single race would be gladly welcomed).

As the wind started to fill-in across the lake at 10:45 there was a scramble to launch all dinghies in the hope that they would make it to the start line in time for the 11:00 start.

With discussions in the race box speculating on whether a second lap would be a lap to far a decision was made to go for two laps and the shorten course was issued (A good call by our Race OOD for the morning).

With race two in progress a decision to repeat the format of the first race was made to shorten course at two laps.

Well done to all of our Junior and Youth helms who participated in the Young Guns competition.
1st Place – Izzy Cobb,
2nd Place – Alex Yeates and Dan Hebditch,
3rd Place – Adam Gillow,
4th Place – Izzy and Sophia Johnson.

For the full results please visit  Results – Young Guns 2022

Thank you to Simon our Race OOD for running  this event and to everyone that helped with the planning prior to Young Guns and those who undertook duties on the day to make this event a success.

Chipmates 15th & 22nd April 2023

Chipmates Topper Team Racing – Sat 15th April and 22nd April. 
No knowledge needed about team racing, it’s a great, fun skill to learn that will advance your sailing skills.  The event will be sailed in Club Topper 5.3 or 4.2 subject to weather conditions and size of the children.  No boat hire fees.  Open to all main fleet sailors who can sail a topper in a triangular course. Please enter on Eventbrite and more details to follow.  

OOD Training (running junior racing) – Sat 15th April. 
Whilst the children are on the water Simon Yeates will be running an OOD training session to teach parents how to run the racing from the box.  PLEASE attend if you can, we can only
continue running Chipmates if parents volunteer and learn these roles.