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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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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.

Discover Sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club

Date: Sat 07/08/2021
Whether you’re completely new to the sailing, looking to get back on the water or just want to give it a go, here’s your perfect chance. Come along to the WYC Open Day on 7th August to try sailing with us! For more information, see wyc.org.uk/site/OpenDay

Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper

Date: Sat 06/11/2021
Prize Giving from 7pm, Dinner from 8pm. Dinner tickets available soon!

Meeting of Sailors 2021

Date: Sun 14/11/2021
The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 14th November at 1pm (or as soon as possible after sailing, whichever is later). 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

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.

B14 Open

Event start: 08/05/2021
[CANCELLED] Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions that will be in place at this time. B14 Open - 8th and 9th May 2021

The Forts Race Weekend 2021

Event start: 29/05/2021
[CANCELLED] Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions that will be in place at this time. The UK’s premier catamaran long distance race, now part of the Allen Endurance Series. 29th and 30th May 2021

Spring Regatta

Event start: 30/05/2021
Replacing the Forts Race on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May this year, we have a one off Spring Regatta! The plan is for 2 races per day, with the first start at 3pm each day. There will be up to 3 starts, depending on fleet sizes. Start times and courses will be described at the briefing and displayed on the course board. There will be class racing for Lasers, Laser Radials, Tasars, Merlins, Asymmetric Dinghies, and Handicap racing for General Handicap (PY 1179 and faster), Slow Handicap Dinghies (PY1180 and slower), Catamarans and Cadets (optionally for sailors under 18). Review the Notice of Race here

Tasar National Championships 2021

Event start: 05/06/2021
5th and 6th June, (note: combined with the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open). Download the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.
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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Tuesday 20th April

Friends and members,
The General Committee is continuing to take RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. In line with the latest RYA guidance:

  • The club’s changing rooms are now open. Both will be accessible from the external doors only, and maximum capacity will be 6 people and only 1 shower in each. We recommend that you continue to the club changed or change on the beach if at all possible, and only use the changing rooms and showers if essential.
  • Organised sailing and racing has restarted and is following the published racing schedule.
  • Cadets and Family sessions have restarted and is following the published Cadet Events schedule.
  • Sailing and Powerboat training courses have resumed. They must be booked online. For more details visit the Training Page
  • The bar is open for outdoor, cashless table service only on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
  • Members continue to have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden 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. The clubhouse remains closed, apart from those who require access to work within the premises
  • All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.
  • The NHS QR code for Test and Trace purposes is displayed on all building entrances.
  • We recommend that everyone visiting the club should be symptom-free tested regularly to protect yourselves and others.

The RYA is providing us with updates as it continues to receive and interpret the implication of the Government rules on clubs, and the Covid sub group will update the News and Social Media channels with updates as we receive them from the RYA.
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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WYC Bar Staff Required

We are unfortunately unable to extend bar opening hours until we have more staff. If you know anyone over 17 who is able to do a couple of shifts a week please ask them to email office@wyc.org.uk or pop their details through the Club letterbox 3-4 Sea Wall. Full training given.

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Youth sailors represent WYC at the KSSA Opening Splash event

On Saturday 9 Cadets from WYC took a trip to Downs Sailing Club in Deal for the Kent Schools Sailing Association Opening Splash. This the first event that KSSA has held since the beginning of the pandemic so it was great to see so many youth sailors from Kent on the water. There was a light breeze which was perfect for a few of our sailors who are new to racing. WYC had a large presence at the event and it just shows how much the junior section of the club has grown over the past couple years to produce some really good sailors.
We had some good results from our sailors: Harry Newton came second overall and first Laser, Tom Oliver and Harry Wilson were 2nd double hander in their RS500, and Tom Blunt and George Blunt were 3rd double hander in their 420. In a fleet of 32 I think we can agree they did a great job.
Overall WYC cadets represented WYC well across the field and it was a great start to the season for all.  In 2 weeks time, 3 teams from WYC will be racing in the KSSA Topper team racing event at Westbere Lakes so wish them all the best. The full event results can be found at kssa.co.uk/results-awards/.
Report by the Cadet Class Captain, Tom Oliver.

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Spring Regatta 2021

Replacing the Forts Race on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May this year, we have a one off Spring Regatta! The plan is for 2 races per day, with the first start at 3pm each day. There will be up to 3 starts, depending on fleet sizes. Start times and courses will be described at the briefing and displayed on the course board. There will be class racing for Lasers, Laser Radials, Tasars, Merlins, Asymmetric Dinghies, and Handicap racing for General Handicap (PY 1179 and faster), Slow Handicap Dinghies (PY1180 and slower), Catamarans and Cadets (optionally for sailors under 18). Review the Notice of Race here

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WYC is delighted to be hosting the Tasar Class National Championships and Merlin Rocket Open Meeting on 5th & 6th June 2021

WYC and its members are delighted to be able to resume open events after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Open sailing events and championships have not been possible due to lock down restrictions and as one of the UKs premier sailing clubs this has reduced the scope of activities for WYC over the past year. Now the limitations on these events are lifting, WYC is opening its doors again to some of the UKs best dinghy sailors for the Tasar Dinghy National Championships and the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller open on 5th & 6th June. Covid-19 guidelines will still limit the scope of the competition and as such the number of entries will be limited to keep the shore side operations compliant with guidelines, but this will not diminish the intensity of competition on the water. The Notice of Race is now available, and entries are being taken on-line. Entries are limited to 25 boats per class so competitors are encouraged to enter ASAP to avoid disappointment. Go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/events for more information.

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Cellar chiller

Unfortunately we cannot currently serve any draught bitter or lager as the cellar chiller has finally decided to give up the ghost. In the short term, while we wait for the replacement, we will attempt to tempt you with a bottled or can alterative! For the latest bar opening hours, please see wyc.org.uk/about/social

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Reminder - please ensure incidents or near misses are logged with the Club Manager

Members are reminded that they should log any incidents or near misses that occur when taking part in watersports from the club, for example when boats cross into the buoyed hazard area around the oyster trestles or if an injury is sustained. If in doubt, it’s best to report it so that we can keep a record and learn from these occurrences. To report an incident, please email or call the Club Manager.

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Tea bar hatch - Update

Unfortunately the planned opening of the Tea Bar Hatch to serve members with drink and food orders that was planned for this weekend will not be possible due to a delay on replacement parts for the coffee machine. Instead Keith will be operating a separate queue from the Coffee Hut to serve members and reduce wait times. We’ll provide a further update when the Tea Bar Hatch can be opened.

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Reminder: Notes for Race Duties and Upper Rigdens Shed door

Reminder: If you are scheduled for a duty, please review the Notes for Race Duties on the website at wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules. There’s a checklist to prep for an RO or ARO duty, a detailed guide to running a race, guidance notes for Safety Boat crews, and other important information. It’s especially important to review this in advance given the need for social distancing on the day of your duty. Most members are scheduled for at least one duty per year (with the exception of Social members), so please review schedule at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule to check if/when your duty is this year. If you can’t make the allocated date, please contact your Class Captain or the Sailing and Membership Secretary with as much notice as possible.
Members are also reminded that the door to Upper Rigdens Shed and other storage areas should be kept closed. Please make sure you close the door behind you after accessing your equipment. If you don’t have the key code to access your equipment, contact your Class Captain or the Sailing and Membership Secretary.

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WYC - Back on the water, and next steps in reopening

WYC sailors were back racing over the Easter weekend, with 29 members taking to the water for the 3 out of 4 scheduled races sailed. It was great to see the organised racing restart, and to have such a good turnout despite the cold and windy conditions on Friday and Saturday, and then warm but very light winds on Monday! Thanks to all the members who helped make the racing happen, including the rostered Race Officers, Assistant Race Officers, Safety Boat Drivers & Crews, and those members who’ve worked hard over the last few weeks and months to prep the club to open for the new season.
In line with the lifting of government restrictions, the club’s changing rooms will be opened from Monday 12th April. Both will be accessible from the external doors only, and maximum capacity will be 6 people and only 1 shower in each. We recommend that you continue to the club changed or change on the beach if at all possible, and only use the changing rooms and showers if essential. Please note that there are still some ongoing maintenance works in the men’s changing rooms, so please take care and do not move any of the barriers.
Following feedback from members, the queuing system for Keith’s Coffee is being revised, and the club’s external tea bar hatch will be opened during busy times on weekends from 17th April to serve club members with drink and food orders, which should reduce some of wait times for members. The club’s bar will also be opening from Saturday 17th April for outdoor table service for members, (see http://www.wyc.org.uk/about/social for full opening hours).
Masks must continue to be worn when inside the race hut, changing rooms or toilets, and the Race Office and Recorders should limit their use of the inside of the club to for collecting and returning the Race Hut key only. The toilets on the internal stairs should not be used. Only the designated toilets with external access are currently open for member’s use.

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