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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.

Wednesday Nights - Pool League Games

From 8pm - Pool league games played by WYC pool teams. Feel free to come and support, or enquire at the bar to join a team!

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.

Thursday Night - Open Pool Nights

From 7pm - open pool night. All over 16’s welcome. Free table, winner stays on unless players present want to change.

The Nautical Niblick

Date: Thu 26/05/2022
The Nautical Niblick is back – Thursday 26th May WYC Golf day playing for the Nautical Niblick trophy played at Whitstable & Seasalter as an 18-hole Stableford competition for all abilities. Places are limited so you will need to book your place with Kellie Gray at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at a cost of £25 and includes a breakfast roll / hot drink on arrival and 18 holes of golf.

WYC Family Jubilee Street Party

Date: Sun 05/06/2022
Sunday 5th June, bring your own picnic, from 14.00- 15.30hrs and join in the fun on the deck. The club bar will be open for soft drink and alcohol, tea and coffee will be available from Keith’s coffee hut.

Annual Prize Giving

Date: Sat 12/11/2022

Meeting of Sailors 2022

Date: Sun 20/11/2022
The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 20th November at approximately 1pm (or as soon as possible after the day's racing). 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

Tasar & Merlin Rocket Open Meeting

Event start: 14/05/2022
Tasar & Merlin Rocket Open Meeting on 14th & 15th May. To enter, please follow this link:
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Forts Race 2022

Event start: 28/05/2022
28th and 29th May 2022. For more information go to
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Club Championships 2022

Event start: 02/06/2022
2022 WYC Club Championships - 8 races over the four day late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Wanderer Open

Event start: 25/06/2022
Wanderer Open 2022 - Races on Saturday 25th, Cruise on Sunday 26th June. To enter please go to
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WYC LaserFest’22

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

Whitstable Week

Event start: 25/07/2022
Monday 25th to Friday 29th July. See for more information

Whitstable Town Regatta

Event start: 13/08/2022
13th and 14th August - The 228th Whitstable Town Regatta races at Whitstable Yacht Club.

B14 European and UK National Championships 2022

Event start: 01/09/2022
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th September - The B14 European and UK National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club (note: only 2nd, 3rd and 4th September will count towards the UK National Championships).

More Sailing Events

Whitstable Yacht Club news

Whitstable Yacht Club Discover Sailing Day - Report on Y&Y

Whitstable Yacht Club held its annual open day under the RYA’s Discover Sailing banner on Saturday May 21st. The weather was warm and sunny with light winds making conditions ideal for the 96 guests who had signed up online to experience sailing and WYC, many for the first time… To read more go to
If you weren’t able to attend, but still want to try out sailing check out out Training page at, or to join go to


Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open at WYC - Report on Y&Y

28 Merlin Rockets arrived at Whitstable Yacht Club to bright sunshine but very little wind on the morning of Saturday 14th May for the next round of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller. However, as forecast the wind filled in nicely, meaning just a short delay to the start time. Race 1 began in 12 kts, with the tide just beginning to build, pushing you upwind. Will & Alex Warren started well & led early on, before Christian Birrell & Sam Breary took the lead…
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Forts Race Weekend - Call for volunteers

Its the Forts Race in less than 2 weeks time on 28th & 29th May and we still need a few more Safety Boat volunteers (Drivers and Crews). There’s no experience needed to be a Safety Boat crew, you just need to be physically able and willing! We need people for both days (Saturday afternoon from midday, and Sunday from 9am to mid-afternoon). If you can help, please contact Sam Turner at


Tasar Open at WYC - Report on Y&Y

On the 14th & 15th May the Tasar fleet gathered for their first Open Meeting of the year at Whitstable Yacht Club hosted in conjunction with the Merlin Rocket class. Arrivals on Saturday were greeted with warm sunshine and little wind; but whilst rigging the sea breeze filled in and a great day’s sailing was ahead…
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Updated guide to doing a Race Officer duty

The club’s guide for doing a Race Officer Duty (or assisting as an Assistant Race Officer) has been updated to make doing your duty even easier! As well as the RO guide, the page has information for Safety Boat crews, as well as links to the Sailing Instructions, Racing Rules of Sailing and other useful information. It’s well worth a read, even if you don’t have a duty this year, as there’s lots of useful information on courses and start sequences that can help improve your understanding of club racing. Go to to download the documents.


Derek Emery

We regret to report that Derek Emery passed away on 6th May.
Derek was a keen competitive National 12 sailor from 1960 to 1980, and a member of the club for 40 years. He was the centre of the clubs wilder social activities during this era and loved to party. In his later years he built a cruiser in his back garden called Mystere and afterwards bought his yacht called Minx and sailed with his beloved wife Barbara. He and enjoyed competitive racing and cruising in company. Derek like nothing better than anchoring or mooring up after a long day’s cruising, opening the wine box and inviting fellow cruising members over for an evening of laughter and fun.
Our thoughts are with his family Ian, Philip, and Alison.


Why not try something different at the bar this weekend?

The Bar now has on draught Strongbow cloudy apple cider (ABV 4%), and from Saturday 14th Gadd’s Seasider Amber Ale (ABV 4.3%).


WYC Pool Nights are Changing!

Wednesday Nights - Pool League Games: From 8pm - Pool league games played by WYC pool teams. Feel free to come and support, or enquire at the bar to join a team!
Thursday Night - Open Pool Nights: From 7pm - open pool night. All over 16’s welcome. Free table, winner stays on unless players present want to change.


Dinghy Cruise Report - Saturday April 30th, or “How Fef got back to sailing and won the day”

David Blakey (Hartley 15, 1539), Fef and Dave Marsh (Wanderer 890, Oops-a-Daisy), Richard and Sarah Heap (Wanderer 1561, Giggle) had a lovely day sailing around the bay. We met at 10 am. It was a cold, grey, almost windless morning. Not at all promising, but we planned bravely, if unwisely, to sail across to Pollard Spit, run with the NE breeze and incoming tide to Faversham creek, tie up on the bank for lunch at the Shipwrights, and then sail back on the ebb. This never happened… for the rest of the report, download it here:


The Committee Boat is back!

Slotty, WYC’s Colne Cat Committee Boat, is back on her summer mooring off the club, and ready to go for this weekend’s long weekend of racing. Thanks to the Committee Boat team who’ve worked over the winter doing all the regular maintenance jobs to keep her running well. Welcome home Slotty, we look forward to racing from you again this year.


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