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.
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Upcoming WYC events
Club Race Officer Training
Event start: 31/01/2015
A one day course run by RYA National Race Officer Ted Temple will be held at WYC on 31st January. The course is free and ideal for individuals with little or no Race Officer experienceor as good refresher for those wanting to brush up on their Race Officer skills. wyc.org.uk/news/race-officer-training-saturday-31st-january-2015
Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
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Whitstable Yacht Club news
CLUB MIRROR DINGHIES - OPPORTUNITY TO HIRE FOR 2015 SEASON
Posted: Tuesday, 27 January , 2015
The club has 3 Mirror dinghies for hire this season. They are an ideal family dinghy and a great way to introduce children to sailing. The cost will be £80 for the whole season, which includes boat parking and insurance. They come with the proviso that they be made available for cadet sessions, 13 in total throughout the season (dates will be advertised on the website and in the sailing programme). Please contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hiring one this season.
Posted: Friday, 16 January , 2015
After a B14 from Whitstable Yacht Club won the Australian B14 Nationals at the end of December, we had high hopes for the B14 Worlds held a few days later at McCrae Yacht Club near Melbourne. After 10 races of close racing, Whitstable boat GBR761 sailed by Chris Lewns and Tom Pygall missed out on a podium position by only a few points, coming in 4th place. GBR788 sailed by Mark Barnes and Alica Clifford came in 9th, and GBR770 sailed by Simon Hadley and Nikki Hadley came in 12th of the 40 boats competing. A good result for boats sailing over 10,000 miles from home! Click more for a full race report from Mark Barnes. More
Boat Parking Changes
Posted: Friday, 09 January , 2015
In response to member feedback regarding boat movement during events, and as part of a general review of the utilisation of the beach and West Quay with respect to the parking of boats and trailers, some changes to the current boat parking arrangements are planned from next season. Broadly the current class allocations will remain the same, however a small number of boats will be moved from current positions in order to:
* provide some space for the temporary parking of WYC boats required to move when the club is host to major events
* create an area for cadet boat storage nearer the club house
* ensure that where practical the most regular sailors, racing and casual, are located nearest to the launch/retrieval areas
* generally tidy the beach and West Quay
* ensure only paid up kit is occupying our valuable storage space
The main changes on the beach will be the area in front of the refreshment hut where positions towards the seaward end of the beach will be allocated for temporary parking during events. Most of the boats currently at the seaward end will remain within the same part of the beach but some boats not regularly used will be moved to other areas within their class. Boats regularly used by cadets will be allocated space on the beach are in front of the club. The beach area towards Reeves will also be tidied to try and keep classes together. The owners of any boats moved will be advised by their respective Class Captain.
Details of the planned changes can be obtained from the Beachmaster or Class Captains and we will be aiming to complete the moves in February, weather conditions permitting. The Sailing Committee will be asking for volunteers to help with the activity as the details are finalised and activity dates are confirmed so if you can help please do come along.
Finally, a reminder to ensure any due membership subscriptions for next year are paid as any unregistered kit will be moved.
Winter Windsurf’n'Turf BBQ and Bonfire, Saturday 10th January
Posted: Friday, 02 January , 2015
The WYC Windsurfers are a hardy bunch... they don't stop for a Winter break like the dinghy sailors, a few were even out on Christmas Day! To celebrate January, they're planning a BBQ, so come along and join in on Saturday, January 10, 2015 for a beach BBQ in front of the club! Bring your own food to grill, drinks, and, if you like, a side dish to share. We hope to have a bonfire going, so please bring any scrap wood to add to the pile. The BBQs will be ready for cooking around 4pm. Any questions, please contact Boards Class Captain Todd Mei (email@example.com). And if you want to get involved with the Windsurfing at WYC, check out the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/304168759765182/
Posted: Wednesday, 31 December , 2014
Three Whitstable Yacht Club boats are currently out in Melbourne, Australia, for the B14 World Championships. As a warm up event, they've taken part in the Austrailian National Championships and beaten the locals to the top rankings! Chris Lewns and Tom Pygall came first overall after the four races, with Mark Barnes and Alicia Clifford in third place, and Simon and Nikki Hadley in 17th place, out of a total of 39 boats. The World Championships start on Friday for five days, so lets hope the Whitstable boats do as well in the main event. Click through for a write up from Mark Barnes and a link to the full results. More
Dates for your diary - draft WYC 2015 Programme!
Posted: Wednesday, 24 December , 2014
The Whitstable Yacht Club 2015 programme is now having it's final drafts done before being sent to the printers. The final sailing schedule will be posted to the website early in the new year, and the paper copy will be sent out to members with the AGM papers, but to get an early view of the full racing and sailing schedule, download a draft copy here. We have a great programme of events planned in 2015, a sample of which are listed below.
Race Officer Training, Saturday 31st January 2015
Posted: Wednesday, 10 December , 2014
CLUB RACE OFFICER CERTIFICATE SYLLABUS
This one day course run by RYA National Race Officer Ted Temple will be held at WYC for members on 31st January. The course is free and ideal for individuals with little or no Race Officer experience. Additionally it would be a good refresher for those who find the annual duty a little bit daunting or would like to brush up on the above skills. Aim:
1. To provide a basic syllabus for club race management courses that can be adapted to a club’s needs.
2. To achieve a minimum standard of race management within a club.
3. To teach basic signalling, course laying, the basic routines of starting, managing and finishing races and safety.
Please email Peter Gowing to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Series 2014
Posted: Sunday, 07 December , 2014
The General Handicap had a Merlin top three, with Mark Barnes and Alicia Clifford in first place, John Cooper and crews in second place, and Phil Emery and crews in Third place. In the Laser fleet Nick Stephens was first, with Christian Brewer in second in the full rigs, while John Phelan was the first Laser Radial. For the full results, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Notes from the 2014 Meeting of Sailors
Posted: Tuesday, 25 November , 2014
Click below to download the notes taken at the Meeting of Sailors held on 16th November. Thanks to everyone who attended. Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_16_November_2014.pdf
Prize Giving 2014
Posted: Sunday, 16 November , 2014
Congratulations to all the prize winners for the series raced so far in 2014 at Whitstable Yacht Club! For the full list of winners, click here. If you did not make it down to pick up your prize, please contact the Sailing Secretary at email@example.com. The Winter Series prize giving will be held after the last race on Sunday 7th December.
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