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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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Upcoming WYC events

The Forts Race Weekend 2015

Event start: 12/09/2015
The UK's premier catamaran long distance race, now in it's 20th year. More information here

Bart’s Bash

Event start: 20/09/2015
Be part of The World's Largest Sailing Race at Whitstable Yacht Club. See the Notice Of Race and Sailing Instructions for details of the global event. The WYC race will be run under WYC standard Sailing Instructions for an Average Lap race. There will be a briefing at 1300 on the day of the race, and the first race Warning Signal will be no earlier than 13.54hrs on Sunday 20th September 2015. There is a suggested donation of £5 per entry towards the Andrew Simpson Sailing Charity, which can be paid to the club on race day, or online at the Bart's Bash sign up page

Contact Us

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

Whitstable Yacht Club news

20 days to go!

Bart's Bash 2015Wow, it's now just 20 days until Bart's Bash on 20th September 2015!! There are already 1112 sailors signed up from 377 clubs in over 48 countries, covering all inhabited continents, but by the time you read this, the figures will be out of date because each day the numbers signing up are increasing! Sign up for the race at Whitstable Yacht Club at to tell everyone you're going to be sailing, and come down to the club on 20th September to be part of the World's Largest Sailing Race! For more information, see
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Reminder: 3pm race starts this weekend

The Autumn Series starts this weekend (5th & 6th September), and due to the late tides, the start time for both races is 3pm. More ›

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Final Day #MerlinRocket

Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015 Friday saw the final day of racing in the 70th Merlin Rocket National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club, and Whitstable turned on the glamour, with bright sunshine and a breeze building to force four providing champagne sailing conditions! Congratulations to Ben Saxton and George Yeoman from Grafham Water Sailing Club who came in first position overall for the week, with a strong 12 point lead over the second place. Tom Pygall was the first WYC sailor, crewing with Stuart Bithell from Hollingworth Lake in 15th place overall, and Mark Barnes and Phillippa Daniels were the first WYC boat at 27th overall. Thanks to all 71 boats who took part in the week, and to all the WYC staff and volunteers who made the week a success! You can see the full write up from today at Yachts&Yachting, and the photos from today here. Day 6 More ›

A bit of Merlin Rocket history at Whitstable Yacht Club

Ian Wild and Richard Davis It's the 70th Merlin Rocket National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club this week, and there's a strong history of the Merlin Rocket dinghy at the club. Ian Wild and Richard Davis sailed together in the first ever "Champagne Race" at the Merlin Rocket Championships in 1967. Here they are together again launching for this year's Ranelagh Trophy on Thursday. They are sailing Richard's 33 year old "Herbie" (3315) which he has had since new. Both Ian and Richard have been Commodores of Whitstable Yacht Club, and Richard was one of the top Merlin Rocket sailors in the 1970s, taking 3rd place twice in the days of racing in 150 boat fleets. More ›

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Day 4&5

Merlin Rocket Nats Day 5. Photo by Alex Cheshire
After racing was abandoned on Wednesday in 30 knot winds, the competitors were presented with a full day of sailing on Thursday. Two races were sailing, including the 'long distance' champagne race sponsored by Winder Boats. Conditions were perfect with a SW Force 3-5 with sufficient shifts to ensure it was not a one-way track. Yachts&Yachting have the full reports for Day 4 and Day 5, and photos from Thursday can be viewed here.
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Special General Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday 10th October

The General Committee will be holding a Special General Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday 10th October at 2.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to ask the membership to vote on a resolution to move forward with funding for the club's development plans. All voting members of the club are encouraged to attend this meeting to be part of this important decision. More details of the resolution, and the impact of a vote for or against will be distributed to the membership before the meeting. More ›

Congratulations to the Yacht Club B Pool team

Congratulations to the Yacht Club B Pool team who have just won the Division 2 Whitstable Pool League to gain promotion to Division 1 next season with a game to spare. The last game of the season is this evening, Wednesday, against the Yacht Club A team so come along and have a drink, a sing on the Karaoke with the Merlins and enjoy some exhibition Pool! Well done to Robin and the team. More ›

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Day 3

Merlin Rocket Nationals Day 3
Another great day on the water for the Merlin Rockets at Whitstable Yacht Club, and this time they even got some sun! See the full write up on Yachts&Yachting, and check out the photos from today here.
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Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Days 1&2

Day 1
It's been an eventful start to the Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015 at Whitstable Yacht Club, but the competitors have taken it in their stride, and the 144 sailors from 72 boats entered are having a great time on and off the water, despite the unseasonable weather! Yachts&Yachting have all the details and latest results in the reports from day 1 and day 2, and you can see the photos taken by Alex Cheshire on the course on day 1 and day 2.
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Forts Race Weekend - Only three weeks to go

Forts Race 2015 It's only three weeks to go until the 2015 Forts Race weekend (12&13th September), and there's only 10 days left to take advantage of the early bird entry offer to save £20, thanks to our sponsors at Vattenfall. Once the discounted entries are gone, or after 31st August, the full price entries will be at a (still very well priced!) £60. We're looking forward to our best Forts Race ever, so make sure you're there. See the Forts Race web page for full details at More ›

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