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.
Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942
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Upcoming WYC events
Event start: 14/04/2017
Easter Nip - 14th to 17th April
Event start: 01/05/2017
RNLI PURSUIT RACE 2017 3PM MONDAY 1 MAY
RO: TOM BRUTON Snr
The course will be in Whitstable Bay North West of WYC and will be displayed on the course board. The race will have a committee boat start, with the boat flying an Orange flag, and the finish will be after 90 minutes, the location being indicated by a RIB flying a blue flag. The first start will be no earlier than 13.00 hrs and will be normal 6-3-Go sequence with class flag being G, each subsequent start a red flag will be raised 15 seconds before and lowered at each start time. Audible signals will be at 6, 3, 0 then at each start. The list of starts will be displayed at the club on Monday morning, and each start number relates to time after first start and will be displayed on the CB.
All competitors are asked to make a donation to the RNLI.
Event start: 27/05/2017
The WYC Club Championships - 27th, 28th & 29th May
Event start: 10/06/2017
Man Of Kent 2017 at Whitstable Yacht Club. Download the Notice Of Race, Sailing Instructions and Course Charts. Enter online here for a discount manofkent2017.eventbrite.co.uk!
Event start: 24/06/2017
Merlin Rocket Open - 24th & 25th June
Upcoming WYC Social Events
Date: 29/10/2017 - 12:00
Autumn Working Party
Date: 11/11/2017 - 19:00
Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper
Date: 12/11/2017 - 12:00
Meeting of Sailors
Date: 17/12/2017 - 13:00
Winter Series Prize Giving
Whitstable Yacht Club news
RNLI Pursuit Race this Bank Holiday Monday
RNLI PURSUIT RACE 2017 3PM MONDAY 1ST MAY. RO: TOM BRUTON
It's the RNLI Pursuit Race this Monday: A chance to test your boat and your sailing against your rating. Boats start times are based on their expected speed, so if everyone sails to their handicap, they should all cross the finish line at the same time. Sounds like a good challenge!
The course will be in Whitstable Bay North West of WYC and will be displayed on the course board. The race will have a committee boat start, with the boat flying an Orange flag, and the finish will be after 90 minutes, the location being indicated by a RIB flying a blue flag. The first start will be no earlier than 15.00 hrs and will be normal 6-3-Go sequence with class flag being G, each subsequent start a red flag will be raised 15 seconds before and lowered at each start time. The list of starts will be displayed at the club on Monday morning, and each start number relates to time after first start and will be displayed on the CB. All competitors are asked to make a donation to the RNLI.
Download the draft start times here.
Want to try sailing? Push The Boat Out on May 13th, 2-4pm!
As part of the nationwide RYA event, Whitstable Yacht Club is holding an open day.
If you’re an individual or family and want to see what sailing has to offer, or have friends and family who've always wanted to try it out, head to Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday May 13th between 2pm and 5pm. There will be a range of boats to check out, seasoned sailors to offer advice and answer all your questions on sailing, plus free taster sessions to get out on the water.
Taster sessions available 2 – 4pm. Book at: email@example.com.
Note: Taster sessions are weather-dependant, and open to participants age 8 years old and up.
Starting Wednesday May 3 and continuing through the summer in parallel with the Wednesday evening race series, members of the club's training section will be offering the opportunity for members to develop their sailing skills. If interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday May 1st.
This week’s Programme: Saturday 29th April. Start 12.00. HW 15.45.
The main group is for cadets and parents who can sail a triangular course and wish to improve their sailing and/or racing expertise. If you are a beginner or not yet able to sail a triangular course the learner group is for you. If you are coming this Saturday...
We regret to report that David Johnson passed away on Tuesday 11th April. He was for a long time a member of the club having joined in the mid 60s. He initially sailed a National 12 and then had a Merlin 691 Tease (at one time this was owned by Phil Emery's father Len - it had been designed and built by Roy Rigden in the mid 50s). David then built from scratch together with Robin Wilson Merlin 2991 Teasmade. For a time he was the Sailing Secretary at the club. In very recent years he has lived in Devon. He suffered from cancer for the last few weeks. His funeral will be held on 25th April at 10.30am at Meavy Church, and the funeral directors are Morris Brothers of Tavistock. More
Please close the barrier onto the beach from the harbour
The RNLI have reported a few incidents recently of people driving onto the beach and parking in the area in front of the RNLI station, potentially blocking their ability to launch. They've requested that the barrier onto the beach is kept down at all times to discourage people parking on the beach. If you're moving equipment or boats onto the beach from the harbour area, please close the barrier behind you, and if you see the barrier open, please close it. More
Message from the Commodore.
"It is with great regret that I pass on the news to members that Allan Barnes has died. Allan has suffered for the last eighteen months with cancer, and passed away peacefully at his home in Canterbury last week. Allan was an immensely skilled and popular member of the Safety Boat team, with strong links to the Merlin Class at Wembley Sailing Club. He had driven safety boats during Merlin Week in Salcombe for many years. It was there that John Cooper recognised him as a newly joined member of the WYC Laser fleet and suggested he should join the team at Whitstable. In the few years that he was with us, Allan endeared himself to sailors and safety boat team members alike for his good humour, quiet competence and great skills afloat and onshore. He had a mischievous sense of fun, and was one of the principal players in some legendary evenings on the WYC deck during the Merlin Nationals and other events. Last year he donated his Laser to the club. He will be greatly missed."
Update: The funeral will take place on Friday 21st April at Barham Crematorium. The service will start at 13.20pm. Rather than flowers, Alan's family will be taking donations for the Pilgrim’s Hospice and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. If you would like to donate then they will have a collection and can take cash or cheques. Both are worthy causes and they are obviously close to the family's hearts so please be generous. More
Asymmetric and Catamaran Fleet Racing
After consultation with the members of the classes, and confirmation at the March Sailing Committee meeting we will be trialing the combination of the Asymmetric, Small and Big Catamaran classes into a single fleet, with one start, and average lap racing on a windward/leeward course. This will mean that the Asymmetric class will start with on the third start with the Catamarans, and the Small Catamarans will race windward/leeward courses. Where there are no boats racing from the Asymmetric and Big Cat fleets, the Small Cats may choose to race a triangle course with the agreement of the Race Officer. This change will start from the beginning of the Easter Nip series. Any questions or comments on this change, please contact your Class Captain, or the Rear Commodore Sailing. More
Ramp repairs and hazard awareness
The first phase of work on the club ramp following the storm damage has now been completed. It has been necessary to remove much of the lower section of the ramp leaving the sub-structure exposed until the rebuilding activity takes place. Members are reminded to keep well clear of the line of the ramp when leaving and returning to the beach. As the plans for rebuilding the ramp are finalised a further update will be provided regarding the expected return to use. More
Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay
As we start the new sailing season at Whitstable Yacht Club members and visitors are reminded that car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay without the express permission from the Club Manager. 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, and stay with or near your vehicle at all times. More
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