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Welcome to 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.

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


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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

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Tuesday Nights - Games Evening

Every Tuesday from 7pm, Mexican train dominoes, cribbage or bring your own - come and join us! Bit of luck, bit of skill, bit of a laugh, bit of wine!! Or bring your own game.

WYC Craft Night

Meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm. Calling all our “crafty” members! Please come along and bring whatever project you are working on whether it’s knitting, crochet, weaving or something else. Contact: Andrea Oliver: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WYC Book Club

Meets on the second Wednesday of the month. If you're interested in joining the WYC Book Club please get in touch with Kellie Gray on 079 6604 6693, we currently have 12 members and it’s a lovely way to meet new members whether you’re a sailor or a social member.

Wednesday Nights - Pool Nights

From 7pm - club pool night. Players and non-players are welcomed, come along and support the Whitstable Yacht Club team.

Christmas Lights Switch On and Winter Series Prize Giving

Date: Sun 05/12/2021
The first Sunday in December sees the last club race in the 2021 season - Winter Series 7 at 11am. Following the race, we'll be awarding the prizes for the Winter Series, and switching on the WYC Christmas Lights! Come along at 1pm (or as soon as possible after the race, whichever is later!) for mulled wine, mince pies, and to support the event!

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller

Event start: 14/05/2022
14th and 15th May, (note: combined with the Tasar Open Meeting).

Tasar Open

Event start: 14/05/2022
14th and 15th May, (note: combined with the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open).

Forts Race 2022

Event start: 28/05/2022
28th and 29th May 2022.

Wanderer Open

Event start: 25/06/2022
Wanderer Open 2022 - Races on Saturday 25th, Cruise on Sunday 26th June.

WYC LaserFest’22

Event start: 02/07/2022
2nd and 3rd July 2022. For more information see

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated 17th August

Friends and members,
The General Committee is continuing to take RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. In line with the latest government guidance:

  • The club’s changing rooms remain fully open. Please enter and exit from the external doors.
  • The club bar remains open however seating in the service area is limited (cashless is still preferred but not mandatory). Please see for the current bar opening hours.  Preventative measures such as increased ventilation and protective screens will remain in place.
  • All members should continue to take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.
  • We recommend that everyone visiting the club should be symptom-free tested regularly to protect yourselves and others.

Thank you for your continued support. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club



If you would like to advertise your business in WYC’s 2022 Club Programme, please contact Sally Gostelow for more details ( by 19 December 2021.


Christmas Lights Switch On and Winter Series Prize Giving - Sunday 5th December

The first Sunday in December sees the last club race in the 2021 season - Winter Series 7 at 11am. Following the race, we’ll be awarding the prizes for the Winter Series, and switching on the WYC Christmas Lights! Come along at 1pm (or as soon as possible after the race, whichever is later!) for mulled wine, mince pies, and to support the event!


Steve’s Racing Rules OK - slides and thanks!

Steve Gray lead a discussion on the most important rules covering the latest from the RYA’s Racing Rules of Sailing on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who attended to make this a worthwhile session, and a big thank you to Steve Gray for leading the session! If you missed it, or want to review what you learned, the slides Steve presented can be downloaded here.


Larry Lamberton

We regret to report that our Honorary Club President, Larry Lamberton MBE, passed away last night. Our deepest condolences. A very great loss not only for Larry’s family, but also for the RNLI and Whitstable communities, who he loved and supported, and who loved him in return. He will be greatly missed by all of us at WYC.


Reminder - Mast down over winter, equipment labelling and Lower Rigdens Shed

We’ve got three races left in the 2021 sailing season. If you have boats or other equipment at the club, you should be thinking about securing it for the winter if you haven’t already.
In line with WYC Boat Parking and Equipment Storage Policy, masts must be taken down at the end of the Winter Series, which finishes on Sunday 5th December. If members are planning to keep their mast up over winter to allow them to continue free sailing, they should let their Class Captain or the Sailing Secretary know, and ensure that their boat is tied down securely and checked regularly.
All boats should be checked and additional tie downs added if in doubt… we have experienced flying Lasers in storms in the past, so make sure it’s well held down!
Equipment stored at the club must be clearly identifiable with the owners name and/or boat details attached to it. This includes items stored at the club such as masts when they’re not attached to the boat, but also sail bags, rudders, etc. Equipment not labelled may be moved or removed during winter working parties. Please check that everything you have stored is clearly identifiable.
Member’s equipment must not be stored in Lower Rigdens Shed (the Safety Boat shed). This is to comply with our insurance, and also health and safety for those working in Lower Rigdens. If you have equipment in this area, please arrange for it to be moved as soon as possible.


Meeting of Sailors and Prize Giving

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Prize Giving and Meeting of Sailors on Sunday. Congratulations to all the series and Special Award winners for the 2021 season. If you weren’t able to attend, you can view the list of prize winners 2021_prizegiving.pdf, and if you did win a prize and weren’t able to collect, please contact the Sailing Secretary. And if you would like to read the notes from the Meeting Of Sailors, they’re available at


Draft 2022 Sailing Schedule

We have the Meeting of Sailors on Sunday, and as is traditional for this time of year, the DRAFT 2022 sailing schedule is now available to view here:2022_Programme_Draft_v2.2.pdf.
If you have any suggestions or comments on the draft schedule, please come along to the meeting on Sunday, or contact me or your Class Captain.
Robert Govier - Rear Commodore Sailing.


Change to bar opening hours

By popular request from our regulars, we will now be opening the bar on Mondays from 17.00 20.00. For the full bar opening times, see



A gentle reminder for those who have not renewed as yet, membership renewals are due by the end of this month.  Where possible, please pay via bank transfer using your name as the reference.  Payment details are included on the renewal form, if you require another form, please download from our website (  Please email me at if you require any assistance or have a query with your renewal.  Membership Sec.


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