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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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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 events

The Forts Race Weekend

Event start: 18/05/2019
The UK’s premier catamaran long distance race, now part of the Allen Endurance Series and open to monohulls and slower boats. 18th and 19th May 2019

B14 Open

Event start: 01/06/2019
B14 Open 2019, 1st and 2nd May. Contact Mark Barnes for more information.

Wanderer Open

Event start: 15/06/2019
Wanderer Open - 15th & 16th June 2018. Racing on the Saturday, Cruise on the Sunday!

Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open

Event start: 22/06/2019
Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open 2018, 22nd and 23rd June.

WYC LaserFest’19

Event start: 14/07/2019
Two days of great Laser racing and social events at WYC on 13th&14th July as part of the East Kent LaserFest series.
For the latest information, follow the event on social on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

Benny is leaving Whitstable, come along to give him a good send off!

Date: 21/12/2018 - 19:00
WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.

Christmas Eve at WYC

Date: 24/12/2018 - 15:00
Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting our traditional Christmas Eve party on Monday December 24th. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later! Light bar nosh will be served from 3pm until we run out, and the bar is open until 9pm.

Texas Hold'em Poker Night!

Date: 29/12/2018 - 19:00
WYC poker night will be played as a Texan hold’em tournament.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Fancy dress Christmas Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament!

Come along and try your hand at Texas Hold'em Poker on 29th December. The WYC poker night will be played as a Texas hold’em tournament, your entry will give you a set amount of WYC gaming chips (we're not playing for cash!). Want a head start? Then come in Fancy dress for a chance to win extra WYC gaming chips! Fancy dress judging 19:30.
Tournament start 20:00 game time 2 hours with 30 min break at 21:00. Blinds to be set and upped by the evening TO.
£10 to play’n’eat, £5 to just watch’n’eat. Limited to 30 players. Please enter behind bar. Share›

Greta Christmas Party, Benny’s Leaving Do, Christmas Eve Party and the Christmas Raffle

This Friday it's the Greta's Christmas Party, combined with Benny's Leaving Drinks from 7pm. Come and raise a glass to our friend Benny, and enjoy some delicious Indian street food thanks to David Lowes, while enjoying a very Greta Christmas!
In case you've missed all the hints, next Tuesday is Christmas Day, so Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting our traditional Christmas Eve party on Monday December 24th. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later! Light bar nosh will be served from 3pm until we run out, and the bar is open until 9pm.
The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at around 3.30pm on Christmas Eve, so there's still time to buy your tickets from the bar and be in with a chance of winning one of our amazing prizes! Thanks to our supporters from Wey Street Farm, Kent Gliding Centre, White Stuff, and many individual members for their generous prize donations.
And, for last minute Christmas gifts, what about donating for a plank in someone's name? Long lasting, only £100 and no need for wrapping paper!! Share›

Updated Bar opening times and events over the Christmas period

Thursday 13th December - bar closed after 6.30pm for the WYC staff Christmas meal!
Sunday 16th December - 5pm - Whitstable Maritime Christmas Drinks (all welcome).
Friday 21st December - 7pm - WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.
Saturday 22nd December - Bar closes at 9pm
Monday 24th December - WYC Christmas Eve Party. Bar open midday to 9pm. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later!
Updated Christmas opening times below. Thanks to Alex Gantham for volunteering to man the bar on Boxing Day!
Tuesday 25th December - Bar closed all day for Christmas Day.
Wednesday 26th December - Midday to 4pm (thanks Alex!)
Saturday 29th December - 7pm - Texas Hold'em Poker Night! Supper and Poker for only £10. Prizes for the best fancy dress!
Monday 31st December - Bar open midday to midnight to celebrate New Years Eve!
Tuesday 1st January - Bar closed all day for New Years Day.
Bar open as usual for all other days. See wyc.org.uk/about/social for bar opening times. Share›

Abandoned/lost kit?

These trolleys and covers are situated at the seaward end of row 21 (the row next to Reeves Beach). They appear to be abandoned, if you own one of the trolleys and/or covers please contact the Beachmaster. If the items are not claimed by their owners they will be moved to Reeves Beach awaiting disposal through the process defined in the WYC Storage Policy.
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Bar opening times and events over the Christmas period

Thursday 13th December - bar closed after 6.30pm for the WYC staff Christmas meal!
Sunday 16th December - 5pm - Whitstable Maritime Christmas Drinks (all welcome).
Friday 21st December - 7pm - WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.
Saturday 22nd December - Bar closes at 9pm
Monday 24th December - WYC Christmas Eve Party. Bar open midday to 9pm. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later!
Tuesday 25th December - Bar closed all day for Christmas Day.
Wednesday 26th December - Bar closed all day for Boxing Day.
Saturday 29th December - 7pm - Texas Hold'em Poker Night! Supper and Poker for only £10. Prizes for the best fancy dress!
Monday 31st December - Bar open midday to midnight to celebrate New Years Eve!
Tuesday 1st January - Bar closed all day for New Years Day.
Bar open as usual for all other days. See wyc.org.uk/about/social for bar opening times. Share›

Well done to the Winter Series Prize Winners!

Sunday saw the last scheduled race of the 2018 club racing programme. Unfortunately do to a combination of a very high tide (and flood warning), rough see and cold conditions the racing was called, off, but those who came down were still entertained by some hardy Laser sailors who braved the rough launch conditions to go for a blast! Onshore we were treated to a buffet, courtesy of Charlie Campion (thanks Charlie!) and Prize Giving for the Winter Series. Congratulations to Christian Brewer who won the Laser class, followed by Niall Martin in 2nd and Steve Gray in third. Congratulations to Dickie Ledger and John Berrington on their Dart 18 for winning the General class, followed by Robert Govier and David Figgis on their Tornado in second, and Luke Swain in third on his A-class.
The 2019 season isn't far off, with the first race scheduled for Sunday 10th March. In the mean time, please take your mast down if you haven't already (or let Sally in the office know if you're planning to keep it up for the winter)!
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Performance Bursary award

Congratulations to Tom Oliver who has been successful in his application to the RYA SE Youth Training Fund for a Performance Bursary. The Bursary is awarded based on merit, and is targeted to support young sailors in their sailing, be that in competitions, training, clothing or equipment. Tom is a regular sailor in the Laser fleet, and has been active within WYC Training, supporting courses and cadet sessions this year. It's great to see another of our young sailor's potential being recognised in this way by the RYA! Share›

WYC 2019 CLUB INFORMATION AND PROGRAMME - ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

The 2019 Club Programme is currently being compiled and there are opportunities to advertise within it. If you are able to help support WYC by placing an advert in the programme for a small fee, please contact Sally Gostelow: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk. Share›

Christmas craft fair thanks!

Thank you to organiser Andrea Oliver, and all of the members and friends who took stalls and sold cakes and raffle tickets on Saturday at the WYC Christmas Craft Fair. The event was a great success, raising £400 for the ramp fund! Share›

Notes from the Meeting of Sailors 2018

The notes from this year's Meeting of Sailors, held on Sunday 18th November, can be downloaded here: wyc.org.uk/about/Meeting_Minutes. Share›

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