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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

Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942


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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.

B14 Open

Event start: 09/05/2020
CANCELLED: B14 Open - 9th and 10th May 2020

Forts Race 2020

Event start: 23/05/2020
CANCELLED: 23rd to 25th May 2020.

Wanderer Open

Event start: 06/06/2020
CANCELLED: Wanderer Open 2020 - Races on Saturday 6th, Cruise on Sunday 7th June.

Tasar National Championships 2020

Event start: 20/06/2020
CANCELLED: 20th and 21st.June.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (CORVID-19) Response - Updated Sunday 5th April

Friends and members,
In line with RYA and government guidance, the WYC General Committee have agreed that the clubhouse will be closed and all organised sailing and social activities will be cancelled with immediate effect:

  • The clubhouse, changing rooms and deck area will be 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
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.
  • No formal racing or organised sailing will take place until further notice.
  • All sailing open events in the WYC calendar for May and June are cancelled: B14 Open, the Forts Race Weekend, the Wanderer Open, the Tasar National Championships and the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiler.
  • Training courses will be postponed to later in the year. Please contact the training team to reschedule if you have a booking.
  • Duty commitments are temporarily suspended.
  • See 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


WYC Racing on Virtual Regatta

Need get your sailing fix while Social Distancing or Self Isolating? The RYA has organised for Whitstable Yacht Club to get a free VIP pass to enable us to organise club racing online! We’ve had a few practice races, and the game is fun and easy to use from a laptop, tablet or phone. To get started, go to or download the Virtual Regatta Inshore game from your app store, create a free account, and do the simple training sessions. Then, join a WYC race! 
We’re putting together a schedule based on volunteer organiser’s availability, so check here for the race start times:  There’s a limit of 20 sailors per race, so we suggest you log in at least 10 mins before to join. To connect to the race, log in, go to Custom Race, in the Join tab click the green padlock button at the bottom and add the code from the schedule above. There’ll be 3 back to back races per session, so after each race, repeat the process to join the race with the same code.
Each race needs an organiser to open and start the race, so if you’d like to get involved with organising more races and races at different times, please contact Robert Govier.


May and June sailing Open Events cancelled

We’re sorry to announce the cancellation of all sailing open events in the WYC calendar for May and June. It’s inevitable that guidelines for social distancing in the UK will still be in place for May and probably June, and even if lifted the club will not be in a position (volunteers, equipment, etc) to these host events.
The cancelled events are the B14 Open, the Forts Race Weekend, the Wanderer Open, the Tasar National Championships and the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiler.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision on events from July onwards nearer the time.


WYC AGM Update and General Committee

As previously communicated, the Whitstable Yacht Club Annual General Meeting scheduled for 28th March has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. A Special General Meeting will be scheduled within 6 months, or as soon as reasonably possible to do so whilst meeting government guidelines. The General Committee has decided that, in line with RYA guidance, as there were no contested nominees for Flag Officer or General Committee member positions, and all General Committee Members were planning to re-stand (with the exception of Tizzie Lambert), the current General Committee will remain in place until the SGM can be held to avoid any potential disruption to the running of the club during this time.
The events and restrictions on movements are unprecedented in the club’s history, and as such not well catered for within the club’s rules. We hope that members will understand and support the General Committee’s position, but please raise any queries with the Commodore or a member of the GC.


Thank You Tizzie Lambert

Social event organiser Tizzie Lambert has decided to stand down from the General Committee. Tizzie did a great job over the last year in organising and supporting the social side of the club with a range of different activities and events. The WYC General Committee would like to thank Tizzie for the tremendous effort she put into organising and running those social activities, her input will be missed.


Full club closure

With immediate effect the clubhouse, changing rooms and deck area will be closed until further notice except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative. The GC is sure that members will understand and support the club in that decision. Hopefully the efforts we are all making will help things to return to normal sooner rather than later. As always, please continue to follow government advice and keep safe.


AGM Cancelled

Following the most recent government advice on stemming the spread of Covid-19, the AGM scheduled for March 28th will be cancelled. The General Committee will meet by virtual conferencing on Wednesday to decide what immediate and future contingency measures need be put in place as a result of government and RYA briefings and advice.


The Whitstable Forts Race Weekend 2020 - Entry now open!

The entry for the Whitstable Forts Race Weekend on 23rd and 24th May 2020 is now open! Go to to enter.
This year’s event has a change informat to enable even more people to take part. On the Saturday we have The Forts Race - a long distance race to the Red Sands Forts (approx 13km offshore) and back. This race is open to all dinghies and sports catamarans with a PY of 1000 or lower. For slower boats, we’ll hold The Bay Race with a shorter course off Whitstable Yacht Club. On Sunday we have the Endurance Race - A long distance race with radiating legs off Whitstable Yacht Club, east to Herne Bay Pier head, West up the Swale Estuary, and North to the channel markers off Sheppey. This race will be open to all dinghies and catamarans with a PY of 1270 and lower.
To encourage members to enter, there’s a special discounted rate of only £20 for the first 30 entries from Whitstable Yacht Club members! 
For all the information about the event, see


Colin Brown

We are sorry to announce that Colin Brown sadly passed away. A club member for many years, Laser sailor, windsurfer, and highly respected political journalist and author, Colin and his wife Mandy often stayed in the bunk rooms when in Whitstable. After getting the all clear from cancer, Colin took delivery of a new Laser last year and was looking forward to some expert tuition from Charlie Campion but sadly was taken ill while abroad, diagnosed with brain cancer and died earlier this week.  A popular, outgoing and generous man, Colin wore his considerable intellect and literary achievements lightly and along with sailing and windsurfing was a keen skier and football player.


Abandoned/mislaid sails

One of the jobs completed at the Working Party on Saturday was to clear out all of the vacant sail racks in Upper Rigden’s Shed. Sails found with identifying marks or sail numbers have been moved to temporary storage, and will be processed under RYA abandoned kit guidelines unless claimed. If any of the below list belongs to you, please contact Sally in the club office
Topaz Uno Sail 9726;
Sail 70233;
Laser Radial (4 sails) 177578;
Laser Sail 144279;
Laser Sail 179947;
Topper Sail 47859;
Sail 3463;
Laser Radial Sail (2) 159447;
Tasar Sail 2514;
Tasar Sail 2352;
Tasar Jib;
Tasar jib;
Laser Sail 198535;
A Class Sail GBR 067;
Laser sail 183304;
F18 jib “Maflin”;
Fireball/Blaze sail; and
Catamaran Kite (1 black & 1 white) 159.


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