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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
office@wyc.org.uk

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

Tuesday Nights - Games Evening

[CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] From 7pm, Mexican Train Dominoes - 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 Nights

[CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] From 7pm - club pool night. Players and non-players are welcomed, come along and support the Whitstable Yacht Club team.

1st Wednesday evening of the month - Craft Night

[CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] 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.

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

WYC Coronavirus Update for Events

Event start:
The Sailing Committee is working with event organisers and class associations to assess the impact of Coronavirus. For now, the below events remain in the calendar, and we will make decisions on each event nearer the time, based on government and RYA advice, and WYC's ability to support the events. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Govier, Rear Commodore Sailing.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Friday 6th November

Friends and members,
The General Committee is reviewing RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. From 5th November:

  • The bar, clubhouse, toilets, changing rooms and lower Rigden shed will be closed from November 5th apart from those who require access to work within the premises. Members requiring access to their lockers should do so before the planned closure
  • Sailing, windsurfing and other watersports are permitted under the current lockdown restrictions, so long as you’re doing so: on your own; with the people you live with (your household); with your support bubble; or on your own and with one person from another household. All racing and supported sailing is cancelled until further notice. The club will not be able to provide support cover, if you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions and ensure that they follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Watersports (http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Safety_Advice) if they go on the water.
  • Members have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch wherever possible. If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk.
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.
  • See wyc.org.uk/news/wyc-agm-update-and-general-committee for a statement on the AGM and continuation of the General Committee.

We await further guidance from the RYA on sailing and windsurfing activities, this is expected on Wednesday when a further update will be issued.
Thank you for your support in making this happen. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media with the aim to resume normal club activities as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

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Draft 2021 Sailing Schedule

In our original 2020 schedule we had the annual Meeting of Sailors planned for this weekend. Sadly, with Lockdown 2, and the Coronavirus restrictions before and likely continuing after, we won’t be able to hold the meeting this year. However, as is traditional for this time of year, the DRAFT 2021 sailing schedule is now available to view here: 2021_Programme_Draft_v4.pdf
We’re planning a full schedule of club and open events for the 2021 season, starting in early March, and running until December. This will allow a level of flexibility based on the availability of a vaccine and/or continued Coronavirus related restrictions. I’m optimistic and hopeful that we’ll be able to run something resembling a ‘normal’ sailing schedule for next year! 
If you have any suggestions or comments that you would have raised at the Meeting of Sailors, or about the draft schedule, please contact me or your Class Captain. Stay safe, and I hope to see you at the club or on the water soon! 
Robert Govier - Rear Commodore Sailing.

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Coronavirus update - Impact of latest restrictions on sailing

The latest guidance from the RYA and Sport England is that sailing, windsurfing and other watersports are permitted under the current lockdown restrictions, so long as you’re doing so:

  • on your own; 
  • with the people you live with (your household); 
  • with your support bubble; or  
  • on your own and with one person from another household. 

However, based on current guidance, as of 5th November all racing and supported sailing is cancelled until further notice. The club will not be able to provide support cover, and the club house, changing rooms and toilets are now closed until further notice. If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions and ensure that they follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Watersports (http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Safety_Advice) if they go on the water.

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Impact of the latest restrictions

In line with the latest government announcements the bar will be closed from Thursday November 5th. The clubhouse, changing rooms and Lower Rigden shed will also be closed from November 5th, apart from those who require access to work within the premises. Members requiring access to their lockers should do so before the planned closure. The Stroud and Upper Rigden sheds can continue to be accessed, please remember to use the hand sanitisers prior to entry.
We await further guidance from the RYA on sailing and windsurfing activities, this is expected on Wednesday when a further update will be issued.

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Whitstable Yacht Club will feature in upcoming TV Drama

WYC is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the filming of the new TV crime drama based on Whitstable author Julie Wassmer’s books! Julie’s novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare have been commissioned to become a new British crime drama. Work on building the set will commence this week and will involve some cosmetic changes to the Rigden Shed.
Sailing and windsurfing activities are not expected to be disrupted however access to equipment in the shed will be limited when the set is being built and while filming takes place. Details have been emailed to members.
You can find out more about the books that the TV drama will be based on here: juliewassmer.com and you can read more about the filming at kentonline.co.uk/whitstable/news/town-to-star-in-tv-crime-drama-235172/

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Visitors to WYC

The temporary limitation of one visitor per member per day has been withdrawn and the usual criteria for visitors apply. Members are reminded that all visitors must also either scan in the covid QR or register their details with the bar team in addition to being signed in.

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Bar discount cards

Some good news - Bar discount cards are now available to all who have paid their membership renewal!
Your card gives a 10% discount on all bar purchases if preloaded with sufficient funds to cover your purchase or 5% if insufficient funds on your card. You can load your card with any amount with your debit/credit card or cash at the bar.
If you renew your membership by the end of October, your card will have £10 preloaded on it as a small thank you for your patience in these very trying times (one £10 credit per membership. Additional adults on a family membership will be provided with a card without the pre-load). Your card(s) can be collected/used during bar opening hours.
Thanks to Barton Marine and Whitstable Marine for sponsoring the cards.
Looking forward to seeing you at the club.
Magda - Bar Manager, and the bar elves.

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Brian Barnes

We are sorry to announce that Brian Barnes passed away on Monday morning, peacefully in his sleep. Brian started sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club in the Flying Dutchmen in the late 1950s and moved on to Merlin Rockets in the 1960s and fireball in the early 1970s. He worked within the ship conference system ending his career running the Europe Indonesia Freight Conference, and travelled extensively throughout the Far East, being known for always being well dressed in bespoke suits made in Hong Kong. When the Berlin wall came down and reunification, he was involved in sorting the East German shipping for the commercial world. By the 1980s he was a prominent member of the cruiser class and had his much loved Eruption at the Club. In later life he was heavily involved in the administration of All Saints church and Swalecliffe school, where the school named the new library in his honour shortly before his retirement. He held the position of Commodore from 1981 to 1983.

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WYC changing rooms opening from this Saturday

The WYC changing rooms will be available from this Saturday October 3rd, however members are encouraged to follow government guidance and arrive ready for their activity and shower at home afterwards.
There will be a one way system in place for each of the male and female changing rooms, entry will be via the Sea Room. There should be no more than 6 in the male changing rooms at any time and no more than 6 in the female changing rooms. Only one shower will be available in each of the male and female facilities, and members are again encouraged to follow government advice and only use the showers if absolutely necessary, for example if suffering from cold or if there are special needs.
If using the changing room please do not leave anything out when you leave to take part in your activity. Belongings should be placed in lockers, if you do not have a locker then items should be placed in a bag and the bag left on hooks or taken out of the changing rooms. Nothing should be left in the changing rooms overnight unless it’s stored in a closed locker. The drying rail facility will not be available and items should not be left to dry in the changing rooms. Cleaning will take place daily and any articles found in the changing rooms will be placed in the respective scran bins.

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Bar hours for October

The bar hours have been updated for October. This is based on the usage patterns that we have been seeing, government Covid-19 restrictions, and the need to manage our cost while the bar is not busy. We’ll monitor usage and feedback and amend the hours in the future accordingly.
From today, the bar will be open from midday to 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and from 2pm to 7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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