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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.

Contact Us

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

Club Championships 2018

Event start: 26/05/2018
Club Championships 2018 - 6 races over the three day late May Bank Holiday weekend! Download the NOR_club_champs_2018.pdf

Laser Training Day

Event start: 02/06/2018
Laser Class
Max Hunt, our very own International Laser competitor, has kindly offered, with the assistance of Ruth Oliver, WYC Training Administrator, to carry out a Laser training session on Saturday 2nd June 2018.
Brief outline of the day :-
The focus of classroom work, participate in the club racing from 2.00 pm or some free sailing with on the water coaching, maybe some on the water videos during racing, and then a post race debrief:
10.30 part rig
11.00 classroom until 12.30
12.30-13.00 break
13.30 On the water
16.00 debrief
If you are interested please contact Laser@wyc.org.uk or Training@wyc.org.uk

Wanderer Open

Event start: 02/06/2018
Wanderer Open - 2nd & 3rd June 2018. Download the Notice of Race, Entry Form and Barbecue booking information.

Merlin Rocket Open

Event start: 23/06/2018
Merlin Rocket Open 2018, 23rd and 24th June.
Download the Notice of Race and Draft Sailing Instructions (updated 24th May)

WYC LaserFest18

Event start: 14/07/2018
LaserFest'18 Poster
Two days of great Laser racing and social events at WYC on 14th&15th July as part of the East Kent LaserFest series.
Compete at all three clubs (Herne Bay Sailing Club, Whitstable Yacht Club and Broadstairs Sailing Club), join in for selected races or just come along for the social events, BBQs, prizes and music!
For the latest information, follow the event on social onTwitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

LaserFest Party - Squeeze Gut Alley

Date: 14/07/2018 - 20:00
Squeez Gut Alley Squeeze Gut Alley will play the LaserFest party on 14th July. All members welcome!

Harbour Day 2018 on Saturday 11th August

Date: 11/08/2018 - 10:30
Harbour Day 2018Harbour Day on Saturday 11th August promises to be the best ever. A full day’s programme, starting at 10.30 am, includes brass bands, a children’s drama, a choir and fancy dress with traditional barges and smacks racing offshore!

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Ramp repair to commence

Work to restore the ramp will commence on June 18th and is expected to run through until July 27th. Periods of activity will be determined by the tides, but sailing will not be interrupted as work will not take place during weekends. Wednesday evening sailing will also be maintained. The contractor will establish a small secure compound in the rigging area next to the landward end of the ramp but access to the usual launch areas will be maintained. A few boats in the catamaran and Laser classes will need to be moved but regular sailors in those classes will not be displaced. If you have any questions regarding the activity please contact your Class Captain or the Beachmaster. Share›

Gorrell Tank Car Park closed for 5 weeks

Gorrell Tank closure signUnfortunately, Southern Water has announced that it is closing the Gorrell Tank car park (the largest car part in Whitstable, to the south west of the Harbour) in Whitstable for the next five weeks due to health and safety reasons. We suggest that you plan additional time to travel into and park in Whitstable, or use alternative transportation (don't forget that Whitstable Railway Station is less than 15 minutes from the club!). Share›

Cancelled: RYA First Aid Course - 2nd June

Unfortunately the RYA First Aid Course scheduled for 2nd June has been cancelled due to lack of interest. If you would like RYA First Aid training, please contact our Training Administrator, Ruth Oliver, for details of other courses. Share›

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

No Parking SignAs we get into the busy season at Whitstable Yacht Club, members and visitors are reminded that car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay unless you're working on club business (which needs permission to be agreed in advance with the office or a Flag Officer). If you need to drive onto the Beach or West Quay areas for drop off or pick up, please drive carefully, do not block any boats, stay with or near your vehicle at all times, and move it out of the area as soon as possible. Share›

Working party - 16th June

We need a few willing painters to creosote the Rigden Shed steps and paint the metal staircase on Saturday 16th June from 10am (should be finished by 1pm). Materials supplied plus a lunch, and a coffee on arrival. If you can help out, please contact the office or Ian Hay!
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Place an order for your WYC clothing!

John & Wizz are now producing and selling Polo Shirts, Sweat Tops and Hoodies embroidered with the WYC logo. Place your order by emailing johncrickmere@yahoo.co.uk.
(i) The current options are Polo Shirts, Sweat Tops and Hoodies.
(ii) Size options can range from Small to 4XL.
(iii) Garment colour options are Navy, Black, Silver Grey and Red.
Prices start at :- Polo Shirts - £13.99; Sweat Tops - £21.99; or Hoodies - £25.99
For just an additional £3.00 per garment they are happy to add one further embroidery on a sleeve eg "Recorder", "Bar Team", Boat Name, Class Logo, Personal Name etc.
There's a sample in the bar by the pool table if you want to look before you buy!
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Reminder: RYA First Aid Course - 2nd June

The WYC Training Team have organised another RYA First Aid Course for WYC members on 2nd June. Contact Ruth Oliver at training@wyc.org.uk or 07796 696190 for more information. Share›

A very successful Open Day for 2018!

Open Day 2018
We had our open day on Saturday. Did you miss it? Not to worry, have a look at wyc.org.uk/members/New_Members for membership information, or wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training for training courses!

RYA Push The Boat Out 2018WYC has always responded to national 'try a boat' and 'push the boat out' days and over the years has been rewarded with an encouraging amount of interest and some very loyal new members. This year's event was probably the best yet: nearly 90 visitors took up our offer of a taster sail and they all came ashore wearing big smiles; 9 new memberships were taken out on the day; and many more took away information about our club and courses. We were delighted to include the Lord Mayor accompanied by the Lady Mayoress of Canterbury among that number - did you know that she owns a T shirt with the mayoral gold chain screen-printed across the front?
We could not have asked for better weather. A warm, sunny day with a gentle to medium breeze is the perfect recipe for winning over cautious novices and that is exactly what we had. Our visitors spanned a wide age range from 8 to we're-not-going-to-ask-you-sir. Full marks to our older cadets for giving the youngsters a taste of excitement in the club's Fevas and very many thanks to Wanderer, Miracle, Dart 18 and Tasar owners for providing a variety of platforms for the adults.
An impressive number of WYC members devoted their day to oiling the organisational wheels. The onus falls not only on boat owners: reception desks must be manned, queries answered, the mini-boat show ashore organised, buoyancy loaned, visitors escorted to the boats, boats held in the water while changeovers are made, safety-boat cover provided and much, much more. Thank you to everyone who gave willingly of their time and effort to make it happen and run so smoothly.
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505 National Championships photos now available

Photo by Nick ChampionAll the photos from last week's 505 National Championships are now available on the Champion Marine Photography website. Share›

Update: WOFC application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable

WOFC have made an application for a lawful Development Certificate for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable. The Commodore has made a formal comment to object to the proposal, which can be viewed here: WYC_Oyster_Trestle_Planning_Application_comment_Final.pdf. So far there has been over 130 comments made, mostly objecting to the application, but any member wishing to add their own views should do so before the deadline of 11 May. See https://publicaccess.canterbury.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_CANTE_DCAPR_117205 for the details of the application, and how to make a comment. Share›

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