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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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Please note that the club's phone lines and voicemail are not currently being monitored. Please use email as the primary contact method until further notice. For more contact options, see wyc.org.uk/contact.
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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.

WYC LaserFest’20

Event start: 11/07/2020
11th and 12th July 2020 POSTPONED. We're hoping to be able to reschedule this event for later in the year. Check back for details.

Whitstable Week

Event start: 03/08/2020
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August. See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

Sprint 15 National Championships

Event start: 22/08/2020
Sprint 15 National Championships - Saturday 22nd August to Monday 24th August 2020. For more information, see the UK Sprint 15 Class Association website: www.sprint15.com

Tornado National Championships 2020

Event start: 19/09/2020
19th & 20th September 2020.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Tuesday 30th June

Friends and members,
The General Committee is reviewing RYA and government guidance with the aim to commence the reopening of parts of the club and the restarting of some organised sailing activities where possible. From Saturday 4th July:

  • The club bar will be open for members on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday to 4pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm.  We will be serving bottled/canned produce only to start (NO DRAFT), and we will not yet be able to provide any glassware. Paper straws will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own glasses. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt.
  • Limited toilet facilities will be open for members using the bar.
  • In line with RYA guidance, the WYC Training Centre is re-starting with a limited amount of courses for small groups. Please contact the Training team for more information: www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training.
  • 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.

The following restrictions remain in place:

  • The club house, including the changing rooms, (with the exception of the bar serving area and toilet during bar opening hours) remain closed until further notice, except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative.
  • The club phones and voicemail are not being regularly monitored. To contact the club, please email office@wyc.org.uk.
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.
  • No formal racing will take place until further notice.
  • All sailing open events in the WYC calendar for May, June and July are cancelled (or postponed where possible)
  • Duty commitments are temporarily suspended.
  • See wyc.org.uk/news/wyc-agm-update-and-general-committee for a statement on the AGM and continuation of the General Committee.

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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Coronavirus update from the General Committee

As the Government restrictions and RYA advice change we are working to re-enable club activities where possible. Updates on progress below:
WYC Training: Ruth has been un-furloughed and training is restarted, outdoors only and with smaller course sizes to enable Social Distancing. For now powerboat training is not feasible, but adult and cadet sailing courses are now available. See the WYC Training pages for more information and available dates: wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training.   
Cadet Sessions: Cadet sessions are restarting from 10th July. For now, these are limited to children who are at RYA Stage 3 sailing ability, with restricted numbers to meet government guidelines. Parents should have received an email from Ruth with the details, but if they haven’t, please contact her.       
WYC Bar: From 4th July the club bar will be open for members on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday to 4pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm.  We will be serving bottled/canned produce only to start (NO DRAFT), and we will not yet be able to provide any glassware. Paper straws will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own glasses. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt.       
Toilet Facilities: Limited toilet facilities will be available when supported sailing is scheduled, the bar is open, and when training courses are running. This will be a unisex toilet using the external entrance to the female changing rooms. It will be one in, one out, and for members only.       
Supported Sailing: We’ll have a support boat on the water (weather permitting) to support member’s sailing this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to midday. The support boat will provide an additional level of safety cover and support above the free sailing that has taken place since lock-down restrictions were lifted. If this works, the aim will be to move to limited racing from mid-late July.       
Whitstable Week: We’re still aiming to run Whitstable Week on Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, although the programme will be limited for obvious reasons. Our aim will be to put on two races per afternoon, from the club line. There will be no organised social events, but we hope to open the club bar in the evenings where possible.  More updates on this will be posted nearer the time.       
Covid Safe procedure for accessing WYC: A comprehensive sanitising plan has been developed for the club, following government and industry guidelines. Hand sanitiser dispensers are located at or close to all building entrances, sanitiser sprays around the buildings, anti-bacterial soaps and paper towels at wash basins, and disinfectant for use on the ribs and support/safety/training equipment. For more details, see the doc here.   
Return to Operations Matrix: The club’s Covid-19 Sub-Committee is still meeting weekly to review guidance and update procedures. A summary of the detailed planning matrix can be viewed here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Commodore.       

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Supported Sailing restarts this weekend

We’ll have a support boat on the water (weather permitting) to support member’s sailing on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to midday. The support boat will provide an additional level of safety cover and support above the free sailing that has taken place since lockdown restrictions were lifted. We’ll be taking support boat volunteer drivers and crews from household groups to avoid social distancing issues. Whilst they will provide full support if needed, the aim will be to provide zero or minimum contact, so please act responsibly, and please continue to follow Government guidelines while at the club, including not gathering in groups on the beach.
If this works, the aim will be to move to limited racing in the coming weeks, however we’re obviously restricted by the number of driver and crews from household groups, and other government restrictions, so we will proceed with caution! Please note that the changing rooms and club house remain closed, so members should come to the club dressed to sail, or change on the beach. The Upper Rigden’s Shed should not be used as a changing room.

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WYC Bar Opening for members from Saturday 4th July

The easing of the COVID-19 Government restriction this week will allow the Club Bar to start a limited reopening from Saturday 4th July. Planned opening times initially are Fridays to Sundays, from midday to 4pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm.
Access will be to and from the sea room only. Strict social distancing will be in place so please follow onsite signage directing you into and out of the bar ordering and collection area safely. We will be serving bottled/canned produce only to start (NO DRAFT), and we will not yet be able to provide any glassware. Paper straws will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own glasses. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt (drinks bought from the bar should not be consumed on the beach).
The rest of the club house (changing rooms etc) will remain closed with the exception of limited toilet facilities for members using the bar.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation, and we hope to slowly extend the club facilities as soon as safe to do so. (UPDATES TO FOLLOW)

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Increase in size of the Oyster Trestle site

Water users should be aware that the Oyster Trestle site off Whitstable has been significantly increased in size, out to sea and at the western end. Whilst the area by the club is well buoyed, the seaward and western edges have very wide buoy spacing of up to a quarter mile, so please be careful when on the water in that area that you do not accidentally cross into the hazardous area.

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Update: Access to the West Quay

Due to a recent spate of anti-social behaviour on the West Quay, a new gate has been put up on the land end of the access road to prevent cars from driving up the quay. The barrier has a combination lock, so if you need access to get boats and equipment in or out of the club compound, please contact Robert Govier on rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk or 07733 260 879 for the code. Please also note that cars should not be parked on the West Quay, even within the club’s compound for the time being.
If you experience any anti-social behaviour on the West Quay or beach, please report it to the police.

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Reminder: No car parking on the beach

Members are reminded that cars should not be parked on the beach.

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Virtual Racer - May/June Evening Results and the Cat & Mono Cups

Well done to Kevin Dutch who won the May/June Evening Series of virtual racing with a strong lead. The 10 evening, 30 race series saw some very competitive racing, with Rick Perkins in 2nd place, Tom Oliver in 3rd and Steve Gray in 4th! Next week we start something a little different on Virtual Racer, with Tuesdays being the ‘Cat Cup’ and Thursdays being the ‘Mono Cup’. Both will last for 6 weeks, sailing across the range of catamarans and mono-hulls twice in that period. The third race on each day will be ‘open’ (no code) to give the WYC racers some extra competition.
The full schedule can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/vvd2j5p and the results spreadsheet at https://tinyurl.com/tb72wjq.

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LaserFest Postponed

The LaserFest team have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event, which was scheduled for 11th and 12th July. The date for the event will be dependent on how the Government restrictions around Covid-19 change, but we hope to be able to reschedule for September.

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Beach Lease and Forge licensing application

The General Committee is aware that an application has been made by the Whitstable Oyster Company Limited for a Variation of Premises Licence at the Forge. WYC will make the relevant representations to the Licensing Panel. Individual club members are also able and encouraged to make their own representations to the Licensing Panel.
The GC has also commenced the legal process of serving Notice to Renew our Lease on the beach. We have received our first formal response to the Notice and there are elements of the response that may align to the License Variation request. As Serving the Notice is part of a legal process we have engaged the club’s solicitors to manage it and represent us, we will take advice from them on the timing and content of our briefings to members in order that we do not prejudice the proceedings.

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