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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.

Contact Us

Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942
office@wyc.org.uk

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

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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.

Whitstable Week - BYO Vinyl Night

Date: Mon 26/07/2021
See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more info.

Whitstable Week Tuesday - Pool Competition

Date: Tue 27/07/2021
For the first time since March 2020 the WYC Pool table will be wheeled out for a challenge competition. See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more info.

Whitstable Week Wednesday - Ian and Phil's laid back quiz night

Date: Wed 28/07/2021
See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more info.

Whitstable Week Thursday - Cocktails with the Commodore

Date: Thu 29/07/2021
See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more info.

Discover Sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club

Date: Sat 07/08/2021
Whether you’re completely new to the sailing, looking to get back on the water or just want to give it a go, here’s your perfect chance. Come along to the WYC Open Day on 7th August to try sailing with us! For more information, see wyc.org.uk/site/OpenDay

Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper

Date: Sat 06/11/2021
Prize Giving from 7pm, Dinner from 8pm. Dinner tickets available soon!

Meeting of Sailors 2021

Date: Sun 14/11/2021
The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 14th November at 1pm (or as soon as possible after sailing, whichever is later). Please come along to share your views on sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, and help shape our future direction. All members welcome.

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

Whitstable Week

Event start: 26/07/2021
Monday 26th to Friday 30th July. See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week or Book online

Tornado Catamaran UK National Championships 2021

Event start: 18/09/2021
18th & 19th September 2021 (in conjunction with the F18 National Championships). Download the Notice of Race [25/06/2021] and
Book online

F18 Catamaran UK National Championships 2021

Event start: 18/09/2021
18th & 19th September 2021 (in conjunction with the Tornado National Championships). Download the Notice of Race [25/06/2021] and
Book online

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Saturday 14th July

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 are now open. Please enter and exit from the external doors. We recommend that you continue to the club changed or change on the beach if at all possible, and only use the changing rooms and showers if essential.
  • Organised sailing, Cadets and Family sessions and Sailing and Powerboat training courses have resumed and are running to the normal schedule.
  • The bar will be open for service (cashless is still preferred but not mandatory). Once served members will be asked to leave the bar serving area. Table service will continue to be available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Preventative measures such as increased ventilation and protective screens will remain in place.
  • All members should 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.
  • Members and visitors are requested to wear face masks when moving around the club buildings, unless exempt. The QR Test and Trace registration requirement will also continue.
  • 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

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Whitstable Week Tuesday Social - The pool table is back!

In an update to the Whitstable Week Social Schedule, a Tuesday Night Pool Competition has been added! For the first time since March 2020 the WYC Pool table will be wheeled out for a challenge competition. For each game, the winner will stay on and the next Challenger will play for the next round. Who’ll be left at the end of the night? Add your name to the Challenger List on the bar!
As a reminder Whitstable Week is next week, from 26th to 30th July: Monday night is BYO Vinyl Night - Show off your record collection on the WYC turntable; Tuesday night is Pool Night; Wednesday Night sees the return of Ian and Phil’s Laid Back Quiz Night; On Thursday Night our Commodore will be hosting the Whitstable Week Cocktail Party accompanied by live music from Betty Baker and the Swingtones (featuring WYC’s Andy Jackson on upright bass!); and Friday night is the big Funky Finale with Prize Giving, BBQ and band Project F! Don’t forget to book your BBQ food in advance at https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents/e/ev-schu-20210730183000.
There’s also sailing all week, with 2 back to back races Monday to Thursday, and the RNLI Pursuit Race on Friday. Enter online here (£5 from every adult entry will be donated to the RNLI): https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents/e/ev-s0hh-20210726000000.

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SAILING WATCH

If any sailor is missing a sailing watch from last weekend (17/18 July) - please contact Sally giving a description of it. Email: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk

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Update to WYC Bar opening hours and prices

Thank you to our Bar Manager Magda for all the extra hours she has put in recently to get our new staff trained up. This has enabled us to extend the bar’s hours from the end of this week. We’ll be open every day from 11 to 11 during Whitstable Week, and open every lunch time and later evenings Wednesday to Sunday from the beginning of August. The updated opening hours are on the website at www.wyc.org.uk/about/social
Our new bar top is being fitted this week, and should be in place by Wednesday evening. We are planning to open as usual on Wednesday, but please be aware that there may be some minor disruption to service and product availability depending on how quickly it dries!
Unfortunately our suppliers have increased some of their prices, so we have had to make some minor changes. The amendments are highlighted in red in the price list available on the website.
Just a reminder that, while we are relaxing some Covid-19 related measures in line with Government guidelines, cashless is still preferred but not mandatory, and once served members will be asked to leave the bar serving area. Table service will continue to be available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and preventative measures such as increased ventilation and protective screens will remain in place.  Members and visitors are requested to wear face masks when moving around inside the club buildings, unless exempt.
Thanks again to Magda, and also Dickie Ledger, for all their hard work organising the bar during this particularly tricky time!

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Whitstable Week - Sailing and Social

It’s not long now until Whitstable Week starts on 26th July, and we have a welcome return of the classic Whitstable Week programme - 5 days of sailing and social events! 
There’s 2 races per day planned Monday to Thursday, and the RNLI Pursuit Race on Friday. Racing starts at 2pm Mon-Wed, with a later start of 3pm on Thursday and Friday.  As we’re running the RNLI Pursuit Race on Friday, we’re pleased to announce that £5 from every adult entry will be donated to the RNLI! Also, don’t forget that entry for under 18s is only £5 for the whole week, so great value for the youth sailors. Enter online now at https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents/e/ev-s0hh-20210726000000.
The club bar is open every evening until 11pm. Monday and Tuesday will be relaxed evenings at the club. The club record player will be available if you want to show off your music collection with some favourite vinyl, and why not bring a take away to eat on the decking while enjoying a drink from the bar? 
Wednesday sees the welcome return of Ian and Phil’s Laid Back Quiz Night so team up to test your knowledge. Will you mastermind your success, or be universally challenged? 
On Thursday our Commodore will be hosting a cocktail party at the club, with live music from Betty Baker and the Swingtones, co-starring WYC’s Andy ‘Jacko’ Jackson on the upright bass. Dress to impress with cocktail dresses or club ties, or come as you are! 
Finally Friday brings the much anticipated Funky Friday Finale Party featuring the band Project F, as well as Prize Giving and a BBQ by Keith. Make sure you book your BBQ food in advance by going to https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents/e/ev-schu-20210730183000
We’re looking for a great week at WYC! 

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WYC Book Club

The WYC Book Club is now up and running and meets on the second Wednesday of the month. We currently have 12 members and it’s a lovely way to meet new members, whether you’re a sailor or a social member.
If you’re interested in joining the WYC Book Club please get in touch with Kellie Gray on 07966046693!

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WYC Coronavirus Update - 14th July

Following the government announcement regarding the easing of the Covid restrictions from July 19th, the WYC Covid sub group have reviewed how the club will be affected. WYC will broadly adopt the approach to the lifting of restrictions regarding social distancing and gatherings. Members and visitors are requested to wear face masks when moving around the club buildings, unless exempt. The QR Test and Trace registration requirement will also continue.
Showers and changing rooms will no longer have capacity limits but members are requested to come changed for sailing where possible. Members are asked to use their judgement as to whether it is necessary to use the showers or changing rooms and access should always be via the external doors, not through the sea room.
All toilet facilities will reopen.
The bar will be open for service (cashless is still preferred but not mandatory). Once served members will be asked to leave the bar serving area. Table service will continue to be available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Preventative measures such as increased ventilation and protective screens will remain in place.
As previously, members and visitors are requested not to visit the club if they have any Covid symptoms or have been advised to isolate. Members are also reminded to follow any ongoing government advice and also take personal responsibility for doing so when using the club facilities or when going on the water.

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Bar opening hours updated

Bar opening hours on Saturday have been extended to 9pm from this week. The current bar opening hours are below, and can also be found at wyc.org.uk/about/social
Monday:  Closed. 
Tuesday:  Closed. 
Wednesday:  17.00-21.00. 
Thursday:  17.00-19.00. 
Friday:  17.00-21.00. 
Saturday:  12.00-21:00. 
Sunday:  12.00-18:00. 
We’re also pleased to confirm that the bar will be open midday to 11pm every day of Whitstable Week (Monday 26th to Friday 30th July)!

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Tornado and F18 catamaran UK National Championships at WYC in September

We’re pleased to announce that WYC will be hosting the joint Tornado and F18 National Championships in September. The event will draw the top UK catamaran sailors to Whitstable for a great test of sailing skill over two days on our fantastic sailing waters on 18th & 19th September. The Notice of Race has been published and bookings are already open! See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/events for more information.

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Tri Hard!

It’s not all about sailing… WYC and Canterbury Harriers team-up to lead field in returning local Oysterman Triathlon.
Whitstable’s now firm Triathlon favourite returned last weekend and provided the opportunity for the Yacht Club to join with Canterbury Harriers to take on all-comers in the Oysterman Team Relay event.  Luke Swain (WYC) led the team out with a fantastic sea swim in near-perfect conditions, but with a Covid-proofed staggered start that made placing on the course hard to track.  Neither Luke’s late-placed start - nor his previous day’s massive splosh around the Solent in Bournemouth’s two piers swim – delayed him in dispatching his 500m swim in a remarkable 7 minutes 47 seconds.  He handed over to Paul Moore (WYC and Harriers) to pick up pace on the bike leg, time-trialling the new 20K Herne/Greenhill course in 33 minutes 12 seconds.  On return to Tankerton Slopes, the baton handed on to Alex Horsley (Harriers) who gave his all – confidently reeling in remaining Relay Team runners on the 5K course, despite the staggered start, in just 19 minutes 44 seconds. 
With transitions, the combined WYC and Harriers team completed the course in 1 hour 03 minutes and 09 seconds – earning first place honours for both local clubs in the Team Relay by a clear 06 minutes!
Coming off the bike, Moore was heard to quote the redoubtable Dickie Ledger after his massive three-sail reach back from the Forts in the 2019 distance race …. ‘if they want to go faster than that then they’re welcome to it!’. 
Selection trials for next year’s team are planned to begin in January 2022.

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