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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

Merlin Rocket Open

Event start: 13/06/2015
Merlin Rocket Open at Whitstable Yacht Club - 13th and 14th June. Notice Of Race

B14 Open

Event start: 18/07/2015
B14 Open at Whitstable Yacht Club on 18th and 19th July. Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race

Whitstable Week 2015

Event start: 03/08/2015
Competitive 8 race series, cadet and family activities, live music and entertainment. Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August. More details here

Town Regatta 2015 and Topaz National Championships

Event start: 15/08/2015
Four race series over two days combining the Town Regatta and the Topaz National Championships. Day one sailed off Tankerton Bay Sailing Club, day two off Whitstable Yacht Club. Town Regatta Notice Of Race (updated 19/07/2015)

Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015

Event start: 22/08/2015
22nd -28th August. 7 says of competitive sailing and social events. For more information, see the Merlin Rocket Owners Association

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

Contact Us

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

Whitstable Yacht Club news

Club Development - Additional Document

In addition to the plans in the post yesterday, you can view some background information on the plans here More ›

Club Development - Member consultation

Earlier in the season we held our first consultation sessions for members to contribute to the evolving plans for the improvements to the club's facilities. We have taken your views on board, and as promised there is now an opportunity during Whitstable Week to discuss the updated plans. Our team of Architects, Adam Roake and Louisa Clifford, will be on hand to answer questions and receive suggestions this coming Wednesday afternoon (5th August) between 3.00 and 6.00, and also the following Saturday 8th August at the same times. The drawings and plans will remain on display at the club between these dates. The plans can be downloaded here, along with a consolidated list of comments here. We look forward to hearing the views of as many members a possible. If you can't make it to the club between Wednesday and Saturday, please send your comments to More ›

Whitstable Week - Day 1

What a great first day for this year's Whitstable Week! We had 35 boats take part in the racing, and there was great competition across all classes. The windy conditions proved a challenge, but the race team did a great job with both races. We also had cadets out practising close to shore in the RS Fevas, and the smaller children had a fun time on the bouncy castle! Day 2 on Tuesday sees the bouncy castle back on shore, more cadet sailing along the beach, and races 3 and 4 for the competitors. In the evening, the club will be hosting a Wine Tasting with Durrants Fine Wines. On Wednesday, get into the Pirate state of mind, with plenty of family fun on and off the water during the day, and the regular club Wednesday Evening race in the evening.
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Wine Tasting Tuesday 7pm.

Come along and help choose the new wines to be sold behind the bar. The wine is free and there are plates of nibbles at £2.50/plate (limited numbers). See website for all events during Whitstable Week. More ›

Two great band nights planned for Whitstable Week

General Recall and Nagasaki 3 We have two great band nights planned for Whitstable Week this year. On Monday evening, club band General Recall will take the stage from 7pm, and on Friday evening we're welcoming back popular band The Nagasaki 3 to close the week from 8pm. Don't miss out on this year's Whitstable Week, which is planned to be bigger and better than ever! More ›

Event report: B14 Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

B14s by Alex Cheshire
Event report by Mark Barnes:
The 4th installment of the B14 National TT circuit took place at WYC on the weekend of the 18 - 19th July. Local favourites going into the event were Seavolution North Sails (Mark Barnes/Charlotte Jones).
Saturday was a testing day for both the fleet and Race Officer Richard Ledger (with Assistant R/O Abby Ledger), as the wind seemed to come from every direction in varying strength. Overnight leaders were Flying Donkey (Mark Watts/Clare Stubbs).
Sunday dawned and a rip raring south-westerly force 5 - 6 greeted the fleet after a night of Turbo Pimms and beer. Through the fog of recovery, a sober fleet hit the water and headed out to do battle. Some of these high powered skiffs headed for the shore as the breeze built, but the contenders had a gladiatorial battle over 3 races with little to chose from Flying Donkey and Seavolution North Sails. with a 1, 2 a piece it all came down to the last race. With the lead changing several times on the first beat, then into the downwind whilst holding a slight lead, Flying Donkey gybed in a monster gust and was flattened so ending their challenge assuming nothing happened to the new leader, Seavolution North Sails put the peddle down and never looked back, taking out the event with a win, captured on video by the committee boat:
Richard and Abby did a great job running their first event, just wish we had more time between races to refuel (joke). Bruised and battered the conditions on Sunday were perfect. Thanks to all the support crew, and to Alex Cheshire, who photographed the event (see her pictures here and here). Full results can be found at
Next event for the B14s is the Europeans at Rock Sailing Club in Cornwall on the 5th - 8th September. There should be 3 WYC teams attending the event with daily reports on Y&Y. More ›

Whitstable Week - Volunteers needed

Are you planning on sailing every day for during Whitstable Week? If not, you can still take part! We need Safety Boat crew and Land Bridge volunteers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Safety Boat crew will be matched with an experienced Driver, and will be on the water from approximately 1pm to 5pm. Land Bridge volunteers will provide a radio link from the clubhouse and shore to the boats on the water during the racing. Neither positions need any experience, so if you're interested, please contact Robert Govier at More ›


There are a number of windsurf boards for which fees have not been paid and the original owners cannot be traced. It is the intention of the Sailing Committee to dispose of this equipment no sooner than 3 months from the date of this notice, in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Royal Yachting Association. If you think that you are the owner of any of these pieces of equipment, please contact Sally Gostelow as soon as possible via the office, on email ( or phone on 01227272942.
The boards are as follows (see here for details and photographs):
1. NAISH 115L Freestyle Board (Formerly Upper Rigdens 8)
2. FANATIC 145L Shark (Formerly Upper Rigdens 13)
3. STARBOARD 111L Carve (Formerly Lower Stroud)
4. FANATIC 105L Gecko (Formerly Upper Rigdens 12)
5. F2 188L Phoenix (Formerly Upper Rigdens 9)
6. F2 133L Xantos (Formerly Lower Stroud) More ›

Two weeks to go until Whitstable Week 2015!

Whitstable Week 2015 Programme Get all the information at More ›

Whitstable Oyster Festival: Thursday 23rd July - Sunday 2nd August

The Whitstable Oyster Festival starts on 23rd July. This is a popular event in the town, with a growing profile! The town can get very busy, so we recommend that members allow extra time to travel to the club, and avoid travelling by car where possible (the roads around town and carparks will be very busy). We will also be checking people's membership when they use the club to ensure that our facilities remain open and available to members. You will still be able to sign guests in through the guest book, but please do not be offended if your name is checked against a membership list when you visit. Please also need to take extra care when moving boats and equipment around the beach, and when launching and recovering! The club's space on the West Quay will also not be available during the Oyster Festival.
Saturday 25th July - This is traditionally the busiest day of the festival. Based on lessons learned from previous years, there is no club racing scheduled. The club premises will be open as usual for members, but access will only be available from the West side of the decking area. The club will also be selling food and providing club/membership information to the public through the Sea Wall entrance to maximise the benefit to WYC from the day. map of access Sunday 26th July - Club racing as usual, but beware that this is a 10am race start. Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July - Club open as usual to members. Saturday 1st August - Cadet and General Sailing from 10am. Club Long Distance Race starting at 1pm. Evening BBQ at WYC (weather dependant), watch the Frestival fireworks from the comfort of the club. Sunday 2nd August - Dawes Cup, starting at 2pm. Monday 3rd August - Whitstable Week starts! More ›

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