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

Whitstable Yacht Club news

Merlin National Championship - Video operator required

Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015 We are seeking an enthusiast who would be prepared to video all the races at the championships to be held at WYC from 23 - 28 August. We will provide a RIB and driver but need a cameraman/woman with the appropriate kit to video the starts and other aspects of the event. If you have seen the spectacular footage of last years champs you will know what we are after! For more details please contact John Cooper either at the club or on 07973 149037

Less than 2 weeks to go until the first race of the 2015 sailing season!

The winter break is nearly over, and the WYC 2015 sailing season officially starts on Sunday 15th March. The first race, April Showers 1, starts at 2pm, and we're looking forward to another great season of sailing off Whitstable. The full programme is on the website at, and members will get the paper programme through their letter box in the next few days if it hasn't already arrived. Don't forget to check the schedule for your duty!

Discount at the RYA shop for WYC members

Thinking of buying any RYA books to help you with your sailing this year? Navigation Aids? Charts? Rule Books? Children's Activity Books? Or any of the great range of RYA ebooks? Then use discount code DS15CC before 31st March in the checkout at and you can save yourself 20%!

Forts Race Weekend - Super Early Entry Discount Announced

Forts Race 2015 It's a long way off, but are you planning to enter the Forts Race this year? If so, now's the time to take advantage of our Super Early entry fee discount thanks to our sponsors at Vattenfall. There are ten entries available at only £20. Once those are gone, the standard Early Bird price of £40 applies if booked before the end of June, and for regular entries the full price is £60. So book now, and save £40. See the Forts Race web page for full details at

The UK’s First Topaz Uno National Championship, at Whitstable Yacht Club in 2015!

Topaz Nationals Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting the first ever Topaz Uno National Championships this year, on 15th and 16th August. The event is being launched this weekend at the |RYA Dinghy Show by Topper International, and will be co-sponsored by Ronstan and Musto Clothing. For all the latest information about the event, see our dedicated Topaz Nationals page at

Come and help make the club look good for the start of the sailing season!

The annual working party is scheduled for Saturday 14th March, from 10am. There's free Tea, Coffee and Lunch for everyone who comes along to help out, and there are plenty of jobs to do!

  • Ramp - Pressure wash the weed away.
  • Beach clean - General clean of beach and boat sheds, and removal of rubbish.
  • Boat Moves - Move any remaining unpaid kit on the beach or West Quay.
  • Painting - walls in bar area, skirting boards, outside steps, outside railings, white shed and shelter, tally board boxes.
  • Cleaning & Tidying - changing rooms (including emptying scran bins), forecourt.
  • Polishing - brass and trophies.
  • Carpentry - repairing sail racks, removing part of flat kitchen and building shelves.
  • Plumbing - replumbing washing machine in flat.
  • Gardening - removal of ivy and tidying of plants in forecourt, plus if any green fingered members have spare planters/plants that can be used to improve the look of the forecourt please let the club know.
  • Finishing touches - rehanging remaining pictures and trophies
Plus much much more! If you want to volunteer for a specific job in advance, please contact Jill Fagg at


Artists' Open House Whitstable Yacht Club is pleased to announce that, following last year’s highly successful Artist’s Open House exhibition at the Clubhouse, we are looking to run the exhibition again in Autumn 2015 and we welcome hearing from individual members interested in taking charge of the event. Robin South launched the event last year with the help of many volunteers, and he is happy to assist those who would like to take on the role for 2015. Please contact: The Club Manager at

Boat Parking - update on changes

The proposed changes in boat parking notified in the news item posted in January have now been implemented. Full details are available from the Beachmaster or from your Class Captain but in brief, we have:
- Tidied all areas of the beach and West Quay. Further activity is planned to move and dispose of any unpaid and/or unidentified kit in accordance with the club’s membership conditions and the recognised RYA process.
- Created space for temporary boat parking nearer the clubhouse for WYC boats required to move when the club hosts major events created an area for cadet boat storage nearer the club house.
- Tried to ensure there is space near to the launch/retrieval area for the most regular sailors, and where possible have consolidated class areas on the beach and quay.
As a result a small number of boats and trailers have been moved, most within the existing class areas. If your boat is one of those moved to a different area of the beach or quay your Class Captain will be able to tell you where it is now situated. An updated class allocation diagram will be available later this month. The beach and West Quay utilisation will be monitored and ‘ fine tuned’ if necessary during the season.
Many thanks from the Sailing Committee to those club members who volunteered their help over the last two weekends to implement the changes.
Finally, if you have not yet placed your 2015 sticker on your boat (and/or trailer where appropriate) please can you do so by the end of this month.

2015 sailing schedule now available

The 2015 sailing schedule is now available on the club website and to add to your computer or phone calendar! WYC Presents poster

New WYC e-cigarette byelaw

Whitstable Yacht Club has introduced a new byelaw to extend the ban on smoking in enclosed spaces on club premises to include the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
UK law states that the use of e-cigarettes in buildings is at the discretion of the management. WYC, as a sporting venue, has decided that in line with guidelines from the WHO and BMA e-cigarettes are now banned in enclosed areas at the Club in line with the restrictions on tobacco based smoking products.
“Smoking” e-cigarettes reinforce the normality of smoking behavior. The industry is unregulated and some products produce levels of toxins in a range of that produced by some cigarettes, others may produce lower levels of exhaled aerosol toxicants, but this does not mean that these levels are acceptable to involuntarily exposed bystanders

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