Whitstable Yacht Club
Welcome to the WYC
Whitstable Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest sailing clubs in England. The Club is situated on the north coast of Kent where the Thames Estuary meets the North Sea. WYC offers sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tide for catamarans, dinghies, and windsurfers with yachts in nearby creeks which dry out.
Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942
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Event start: 01/10/2016
The last event of the 40th year of Dart 18 sailing, and the start of the next 40 years! Enter online at dart18wyc2016.eventbrite.co.uk. Download the Notice of Race (updated 30th Aug) and Sailing Instructions
Whitstable Yacht Club news
Chairs - Free to a good home!
Do you need some chairs? Want to own a bit of club history? Fond memories of Committee Meetings? Then contact the club office or Wendy Fitzpatrick! We have 8 padded, semi-stacking, meeting room chairs that need to go as soon as possible to free up some space. A little worn, but in good repair. More
The Magnificent Seven – Wanderer Cruise to Conyer on Sunday 18th September
Saturday’s gales had meant a day’s postponement but we were blessed with perfect conditions for Sunday’s cruise to Conyer. The Swale sail had been advertised to the Wanderer Class Association and two visiting boats joined the hard core WYC Wanderers, making seven who set off about 11.00 on a flooding tide with favourable winds towards the mouth of the Swale, Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper leading the fleet.
Making steady passage and mindful of the many oyster beds, obstructions and wrecks of the Pollard Spit we beat offshore until assembling for a broad reach to sail up the Swale channel. Avoiding the shallows of Horse Sands, we resisted the temptation of The Shipwrights at Hollow Shore and continued towards Conyer Creek, past Fowley Island and into the marked channel. Seals were spotted and there were seabirds flocking around the island. Only the sound of the sea, the birds and nature all bathed in that wonderful autumn light.
Cruising like this always raises the question of whether or not to bring outboard engines – there are obvious pros and cons. The two people stuck on a speed boat initially with its engine stuck in astern, then becoming a very dead engine, must have been mightily relieved that we’d plumped for taking outboards as the fleet circled and made a rescue plan. Ian started the tow before Richard downed sails and took over, delivering the stranded pair and their noisome craft safely to Swale Marina. Having – as we were later told - also raised the alarm with the Coastguard, our rescued speedboat friend forgot to cancel his emergency. The staff and guests at Swale Marina were soon joined by Whitstable RNLI inshore lifeboat, who were less-than-pleased that their search was in vain.
By this stage other Wanderer crews had gathered to enjoy their packed lunches and most wonderful cake produced by Kate in the pretty surroundings of Swale Marina. By now, the wind had decreased but with some spinnakers flying we were greeted by Allan and Laura on the WYC RIB. A couple of boats touched ground on the Horse Sands opposite Faversham Creek, where they were entertained by feeding time for a pod of grey seals.
All enjoyed a pleasant, if slightly slower than ideal, passage home. Returning to the beach after a fine day of Bart’s Bash sailing, the Wanderers felt that we had put up a good effort for the wider sailing community. With a falling tide, the efforts of Mick and Ian using the dumper to drag boats up the beach were much appreciated.
Probably the last Wanderer cruise of this year but another great success and a perfect way to spend a warm autumn Sunday.
Report by Jo Phillips and Wanderer visitor Tim Last, photos by Laura Carney and Kate Ahern. More
Dart 18 Open - Safety Boat crews needed!
It's the Dart 18 Open at Whitstable Yacht Club in just over 2 weeks time, and we need some volunteers for crewing the Safety Boats. This is a great opportunity to see these exciting catamarans racing up close, and as we're expecting up to 40 boats to take part, it will be quite the show! If you're interested, you'll be needed from ~11.30am to 5pm on Saturday 1st, and/or from ~9.30am to 4pm on Sunday 2nd October. If you can help, please contact Robert Govier on 07733260879 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KSSA Regatta 2016 Report
Last Saturday (10th September), Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Kent Schools Sailing Association Regatta. The windy conditions ranging around force 4 made it a challenging yet great experience! The number of cadets from around Kent who came to our club made the sea front bustle with excitement. KSSA arranged four races, the fourth of which was cancelled due to the high wind strength. When we returned to shore, the KSSA organisation and the food provided by Cadet committee was excellent.
Our cadets achieved some impressive results, taking three of the prizes:
Max Sellar - Laser - Royal Temple YC trophy, 1st overall and 1st singlehanded.
Alexander Wilson and Madeleine Byran - WYC RS Feva - Cranbrook trophy for 1st school or club owned boat.
Emily Blaxhill - Topaz - Prelude Plaque for first sailor in the competition of entrants sailing in the Regatta for the first time.
Altogether ten WYC cadet sailors sailing nine boats were placed in the finishing order of 26 boats. All sailed well, raced well and showed great spirit and determination in the strengthening wind. The full results can be seen at kssa.co.uk/91Results/old_results/2016/KssaRegatta2016.htm.
I personally learnt a lot from the day and would recommend more cadets from Whitstable try the regatta next year.
Report by WYC Cadet Emily Blaxill, Photos by Nick Champion of Champion Marine Photography.
Reminder Mid-Season Ball
Be quick and book your place at the Ball, if you wait you may be disappointed as space is limited.
Whitstable Yacht Club is proud to present the Grand Mid-Season Ball on Saturday 24th September 2016. All adults are welcome, so why not get a group of friends together and come down to the club to have a great social evening. Supper is included, and there will be music & dancing courtesy of Whitstable favourite Squeeze Gut Alley. Tickets are available from behind the bar at £17.50, and don't forget to dress in your Black Tie or Best More
WYC Bake Off!
Thank you for all the delicious cakes entered for the WYC Cadet Bake Off on Saturday. After a lot of cake and deliberation by our guest judges Cllr Tom Gates and Marion Gates, the winners were -
Parent category, Rachel Watson for her scrumptious Courgette, Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake.
Cadet category, William & Madeline Olivier for their fabulous very light cupcakes adorned with sea butter icing and wonderful sails.
There were no soggy bottoms in the tea bar at at least!! Thank you again for your contributions which were sold to raise funds for the Cadet sailing! More
Forts Race 2016 Report
The Forts Race was sailed on Saturday 3rd September, and once again produced proved why it's the UK's premier catamaran long distance race, with top national helms showing up to prove themselves and their boats over the course around the Thames Estuary. 18 boats took part this year, from the extreme end of the catamaran racing scene of Will Sunnocks' Vampire Project foiling custom build, to the 40-year-old class Dart 18 catamarans! Will Sunnucks and Mark Smith on the Vampire Project took line honours, despite gear failure reducing it's ability to foil to a single tack, and the overall winner on handicap was Simon Northrop and Aaron Reynolds on an F18. In the Short Course results, Whitstable Yacht Club's Mark Holweger and Max Sellar took first place on their Dart 18. For the full report, see catsailingnews.com/2016/09/the-forts-race-2016-whitstable-yacht.html, and check out the Forts Race Facebook Page for more photos.
KSSA Annual Regatta at WYC on 10th September
Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting the Kent School Sailing Association's Annual Regatta on Saturday 10th September. The event is open to any young sailor (up to the age of 18 years), and is a valuable sailing experience for novices through to National standards in a fun, friendly, welcoming, safe environment. The event includes 2 races before lunch and 2 races after lunch, with the first start at 11am. If you or your children are interested in taking part, please pre-register at kssa.co.uk/1entryform/Event07/Event_07.php. Pre-registration is not binding, but it gives the organisers an idea of numbers. If you have any questions, please contact WYC organiser Paul McNally. More
Topaz Uno Nationals report - a wild ride!
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Topaz Uno Nationals last weekend (20th and 21st August). 15 boats entered, with sailors travelling from as far as the Noukhada Adventure Company in Abu Dhabi!
Saturday saw very high winds, gusting up to a force 7 or 8! Needless to say, racing was cancelled and only the hardiest of windsurfers got on the water for the day! On Sunday, the winds were still on the high side, but sailable, so the Race Officer scheduled 3 races close to shore. In the gusty conditions, the Topaz Unos proved a fast and exciting ride, with a kick on the downwind legs! 14 of the boats made it onto the water, but a third didn't manage to finish the first race, with lots of spectacular capsizes, especially on the downwind legs. 6 boats managed to finish all 3 races, with exciting racing throughout. In 6 place, lightweight WYC cadet Tom Oliver did well to finish all three races with a forth place in the second race, battling places with experienced sailor Mark Freeman from the Noukhada Adventure Company. Top placed double handed boat, sailed by Aaron and Mark Middleton from Lee & Solent SC came in forth, narrowly beaten by Jonathan Drake from Sandwich Bay Sailing & Waterski Club. At the front of the fleet, last year's National Champion and WYC cadet Max Sellar, battled with Morgan Archer, a cadet from Blue Circle Sailing Club. After using his local knowledge to get a first in race one, Max couldn't manage to maintain the lead, falling into second behind Morgan for the second and third races, with Morgan winning overall by one point. Both Max and Morgan did very well to sail into the top two positions in such challenging conditions, and against a strong adult field! Full results are on the website at wyc.org.uk/results/Topaz_Nationals_2016.html
As this year's National Champion, Morgan Archer won a Topaz Uno Mylar Race Main provided by Topper International, worth £400, as well as other prizes including a sailing watch from event sponsor Ronstan.
Thanks to event sponsors Topper International and Ronstan, and to Topper and the Whitstable Watersports Centre for providing loan boats to the competitors. In addition, thanks to WYC volunteers Patty Baker and Tony Clements who put a lot of work in to organise the event, Race Officer John Boorman for getting a quality event sailed despite the weather, and all of the Safety Boat drivers & crew, recorders, Committee Boat drivers and onshore support volunteers who worked together to make this happen.
Forts Race Weekend - 2 weeks to go!
This year's Forts Race Weekend is on 3rd and 4th September, and we have the usual exciting and challenging racing planned! Now in it's 21st year, our Long Distance catamaran race has evolved into a well-balanced test of catamaran racing skills, attracting top national helms as well as experienced club racers and international entries. The format allows for a shorter course for smaller/slower catamarans, and a full course of up to 85km for the fastest boats. Previous winners include Dart 18, Viper, F18, Hurricane, Tornado and M20, and the racing is open to two-handed and sports catamarans rated at 1.217 or faster under the SCHRS measurement system.
The Notice Of Race, Sailing Instructions, Mark GPS Points and more are on the dedicated Forts Race page at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race.
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