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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.

Contact Us

Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942

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Upcoming WYC events

Dawes Cup

Event start: 30/07/2017
Dawes Cup - Sunday 30th July

B14 GUL National and Open Championships

Event start: 03/08/2017
B14 GUL National and Open Championships - Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August. Enter online at
Sailing Instructions, Notice of Race and Entry Form

Whitstable Week 2017

Event start: 07/08/2017
Whitstable Week 2017 Whitstable Week - Monday 7th to Friday 11th August. See for more information.

Town Regatta 2017

Event start: 12/08/2017
Whitstable Town Regatta - 12th & 13th August. Notice of Race.

Wanderer Open

Event start: 19/08/2017
Wanderer Open - 19th & 20th August. Download the Notice of Race and Entry Form

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

Special General Meeting

Date: 23/07/2017 - 13:00
A Special General Meeting of the Whitstable Yacht Club to decide on a proposition to raise funds. Please contact the Club Manager for more details.

B14 Nationals Band Night and Whitstable Week Warm Up - Mampama

Date: 05/08/2017 - 19:30
WYC are pleased to announce that Mampama will be playing at the club on Saturday 5th August for the Whitstable Week Warm Up and B14 Nationals social. All members welcome!

Whitstable Week Monday - Games Night

Date: 07/08/2017 - 19:00
Games Night – Bring your favourite board games for an off the water challenge!

Whitstable Week Tuesday - 60s&70s Vinyl Night

Date: 08/08/2017 - 19:00
Greetings Pop Pickers, it’s the 60s and 70s vinyl night. Not ‘Arf!

Whitstable Week Wednesday - Quiz Night

Date: 09/08/2017 - 19:00
Quiz Night!Back by popular demand, it’s Ian and Phil’s laid back quiz night!

Whitstable Week Thursday - BYO BBQ

Date: 10/08/2017 - 18:00
Time to chill out, watch the sunset and cook some meat (or veg)! Bring your own food, club supplies the barbeque!

Whitstable Week Friday - Prize Giving and band: Crisis

Date: 11/08/2017 - 19:00
Band CrisisThe Whitstable Week Finale! Prize Giving at 7pm, followed by the band Crisis!

Autumn Working Party

Date: 29/10/2017 - 12:00
Autumn Working Party

Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper

Date: 11/11/2017 - 19:00
Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper

Meeting of Sailors

Date: 12/11/2017 - 12:00
Meeting of Sailors

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Cadets and Families Session, Friday 28th July.  Sailing and Races at Herne Bay SC, Friday 4th August

This week’s Programme: Friday 28 July Start 18.00 HW 17.02
If you are coming this week please reply by email to by 9 pm on Thursday 27 July with the following details:
• Your name.
• Can you sail independently or are you a Learner ?
• Sailing your own boat? Please state type of dinghy.
• Or request use of a club boat?
• Sailing single handed or double handed (as helm or crew)?
• Any other comments.
Club boats will be allocated with every endeavour to accommodate preferences. Participants should arrive 45 minutes in advance to check the information on the white board posted in the forecourt, rig boats, and be changed ready to launch for the general briefing at 6 pm. Cadets must be accompanied by a parent.

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SGM Sunday - Thank you

Thank you for all those who attended the meeting and those that sent in their postal votes. It was an amazing turnout with over 150 members in attendance and the vote was as follows, including postal votes.
Yes 163
No 1
Abstain 3
The motion was carried and further details will follow shortly. Share›

Whitstable Week 2017 - Social Schedule

Whitstable Week Social Schedule
We're pleased to announce the Whitstable Week 2017 Social Schedule!
Starting with a warm up on Saturday 5th August (and also to celebrate the B14 Nationals), band MAMPAMA will be providing the entertainment. On Monday it's Games Night, so bring your favourite board game and see who's fastest off the water! On Tuesday we have a 60s and 70s Vinyl night (Not 'Arf!), and on Wednesday we have the traditional Ian and Phil's Laid Back Quiz Night! Thursday is a Bring Your Own Barbeque (you bring the food, we supply the barbeque). To round the week off, we have Prize Giving followed by the band Crisis for a mixture of Americana, Cajun, Bluegrass & Blues with an emphasis on music you can dance to!
For more information about the week, including the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, see

Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix at WYC - Report

The fourth and final RS Feva Grand Prix took place at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th and 9th July. The report is now available at, and photos from the event are at
Thanks to all the volunteers from WYC who helped out with this event!

Whitstable Yacht Club LaserFest 17 Report

LaserFest was conceived as a weekend of tight Laser racing and great socials with the objective of getting as many WYC Lasers on the water as possible. Looking back on a great weekend of racing, an amazing BBQ and some amusing banter its mission was accomplished – and in some style.
With a turnout of 38 boats over the two days, we welcomed 6 visitors to add to 32 WYC boats – the envy of some of our other club fleets. PRO Mark Barnes ran a tight ship, with long accurate courses to take on Saturday’s brisk conditions and shorter challenge to match Sunday’s softer breeze.
We were privileged to recently receive a legacy from long time WYC and international Laser sailor Peter Raymer, and his trophy was awarded to the best WYC boat by his son John. When the sums were done it was apparent that youth had triumphed with James Goodfellow the most consistent in both strong and lighter conditions to become overall winner and 1st WYC boat – well done Baby Spice!
Runner up was Niall Martin thanks to his 4,1 on day 2 pushing Nigel Brown down to 3rd with radial Jeff Loosemore taking 4th – we are glad he’s joining WYC so we can learn just a few of his secrets (and get trashed again).
Prizes were awarded throughout the fleet with special awards for first lady, Ruth Oliver, first cadet radial Tom Oliver and especially for 10 year old Christopher Marsh from Thailand who finished every race in his 4.7.
For the event report on Yachts&Yachting, see
Laserfest 17 was a successful event on every level – 38 boats was above expectations, and so great to see WYC Lasers who’ve struggled to race this year due to family commitments having a go at big fleet racing. Let’s hope it stimulates even better turnouts for the rest of the season and encourages the rest of WYC to do the same.
Thanks to the WYC Laser Fleet for organising the event, Race Office Mark Barnes and the rest of the Safety and Support team, Steve Gray for the report, and Katerina Kelly for the photos!

B14 Nationals and Whitstable Week - Volunteers needed

We have two big, back to back, events coming up in August: The B14 Nationals from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th; and Whitstable Week from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August. To support these events, we need some volunteers including Safety Boat Crew for every day of both events, and Assistant Race Officer and Land Bridge for Whitstable Week. If you're able to help on any of the days, please contact Share›

New Appointment - Training Administrator

Ruth OliverThe club has created a new part-time post of Training Administrator and I am sure everyone will be delighted that Ruth Oliver has been appointed to the post. Ruth has been sailing at Whitstable since she was 8, and won the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award for the South East region in 2012. She has been helping people learn to sail since she was 14, and has experience at training centres both in the UK and abroad.
Her role marks a significant extension of the training team in line with the increasing volume and variety of training and course activities that we have recently taken on for both children and adults. This week for instance between Monday 10th July and Sunday 16th we are running three courses for cadets and two courses for adults, with requests coming in every day. If as a cadet or adult you would like to book a RYA course or individual tuition or for any other sail training activity please contact Ruth at Share›

SGM Sunday 23rd July at 1pm

The Flag Officers and General Committee have called a Special General Meeting for Sunday 23 July. I am writing to you to give you some further information about the purpose of this meeting and the resolution on which you will be asked to vote. Please remember only full adult members can vote, but all are welcome to attend.
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Sorry about the quality of the bitter, we think it has 'cooked' on the delivery & storage during the hot weather. We have ordered a new batch, so hopefully that will be fine. If not we will look at other reasons for the poor quality and hopefully provide the quality of beer in the near future. Share›

It’s under a week to go until the RS Feva Volvo GP4 and RS Tera Open at WYC

RS Feva and RS Tera OpenWhitstable Yacht Club are hosting the RS Feva Volvo GP4 alongside an RS Tera Open on 8th and 9th July. The event is a 6 race series over the 2 days, and we're looking forward to welcoming lots of keen young sailors and their families to the club for the weekend! There's still time to enter online, and you can download the race documents from our website:
RS Tera: RS Tera Notice of Race, details on the RS Tera website, and online entry at
RS Feva:RS Feva Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions & Event Specific SI Appendix. Event details and online entry on the RS Feva website Share›

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