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Welcome to 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


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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

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Tuesday Nights - Games Evening

Every Tuesday from 7pm, Mexican train dominoes, cribbage or bring your own - come and join us! Bit of luck, bit of skill, bit of a laugh, bit of wine!! Or bring your own game.

WYC Craft Night

Meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm. Calling all our “crafty” members! Please come along and bring whatever project you are working on whether it’s knitting, crochet, weaving or something else. Contact: Andrea Oliver: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WYC Book Club

Meets on the second Wednesday of the month. If you're interested in joining the WYC Book Club please get in touch with Kellie Gray on 079 6604 6693, we currently have 12 members and it’s a lovely way to meet new members whether you’re a sailor or a social member.

Wednesday Nights - Pool Nights

From 7pm - club pool night. Players and non-players are welcomed, come along and support the Whitstable Yacht Club team.

Laying Up Supper

Date: Sat 06/11/2021
The Laying Up Supper will be a seated three course meal, served from 7pm, and must be booked in advance as there are limited spaces available. Supper tickets are £13.50 and can be booked at the bar, or online at

Annual Prize Giving

Date: Sun 07/11/2021
In a change to the published programme, the Annual Prize Giving will be moved from the evening of Saturday 6th November to Sunday 7th November at 1pm or as soon as possible after that day's race (whichever is later)

Meeting of Sailors 2021

Date: Sun 14/11/2021
The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 14th November at 1pm (or as soon as possible after sailing, whichever is later). Please come along to share your views on sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, and help shape our future direction. All members welcome.

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WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated 17th August

Friends and members,
The General Committee is continuing to take RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. In line with the latest government guidance:

  • The club’s changing rooms remain fully open. Please enter and exit from the external doors.
  • The club bar remains open however seating in the service area is limited (cashless is still preferred but not mandatory). Please see for the current bar opening hours.  Preventative measures such as increased ventilation and protective screens will remain in place.
  • All members should continue to take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.
  • We recommend that everyone visiting the club should be symptom-free tested regularly to protect yourselves and others.

Thank you for your continued support. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club


Winter (Series) is coming!

We’re now at that time of year where the air starts to get a little colder, the nights draw in, and the Winter Series starts at WYC! Sunday only racing from now on, but there’s still 7 races left this year, running to December 5th. This year the Winter Series starts rather unusually with a Committee Boat start, after which Slotty will be returned to her winter mooring next week. The Winter Series is all-in racing, with the exception of the Lasers who get their own start and results. It’s often some of the most competitive racing, so don’t let the time of year put you off, come and join the fun! See you on the water.


Positive Covid result for cadet - Saturday 16th October

A cadet who attended the Advanced Cadet Sailing Session at WYC on Saturday 16th October has had a positive result from a lateral flow test this morning. The cadet did not go into the club house or changing rooms, but was on the beach and sailing. If you were at the club on Saturday and may have come into contact with the young sailors attending the Cadet session, please take the appropriate precautions, including taking a test.


The funeral of Caroline Barr

The funeral of Caroline Barr, long-standing club member and wife of the late Gavin Barr, will take place on Friday 29th October at 2pm at the Vale Crematorium, Pershore, Worcestershire. This will be followed by a reception at The Anchor Inn, Pershore. See below for addresses and details on how to attend via webcast.

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Bar Prices

The Bar committee are sorry to announce a few further price increases, mainly in soft drinks and snacks, as of midnight Monday 18 Oct.


Annual Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper

In a change to the published programme, the Annual Prize Giving will be moved from the evening of Saturday 6th November to Sunday 7th November at 1pm or as soon as possible after that day’s race (whichever is later). The Laying Up Supper will go ahead on Saturday 6th November at 7pm. This is to avoid any potential clash with the KSSA event on 6th November, and also to allow more space and flexibility for both.
The Laying Up Supper will be a seated three course meal, served from 7pm, and must be booked in advance as there are limited spaces available. Tickets are £13.50 and can be booked at the bar, or online at


Caroline Barr

We’re sorry to pass on the news that Caroline Barr, long-standing club member and wife of the late Gavin Barr, passed away on Tuesday.


Margaret Winn final farewell

Many of us will remember Margaret Winn, who passed away in early 2020. She was a long term member of the Yacht Club and was made an Honorary Member in 2010.  For many years she was the Minutes Secretary to the Sailing Committee, but she will best be remembered for her invaluable help in the Race Hut where she could be found most weekends recording the race results.
On Saturday a small group of Margaret’s relatives and friends visited the club to spread Margaret’s ashes at sea as she had requested. After her ashes were spread near to ‘Slotty’, the group visited the race hut to see where Margaret had spent so many weekends as race recorder. An emotional moment for all.
A big thank you to John Crickmere for driving the support boat and Alex Grantham for using his vehicle to get it launched as well as others who arrived to help.


Tornado and F18 UK National Championships - Report and thank you!

WYC hosted the Tornado and Formula 18 catamaran UK National Championships on 18th and 19th September. The club, members and staff were universally praised by the competitors for allowing them to come and sail at the club, and for putting on such a great and well run event. Thank you to everyone who helped out over the weekend, and to everyone who’s sailing may have been disrupted. It’s events like these that keep our club on the map! 
There’s a report on the event over on Yachts&Yachting Online at, and credit for the photos above, below and on the report goes to Nicky Whatley.


Congratulations to the club champions!

The Club Championships was raced over the August Bank Holiday weekend in testing conditions of big waves and some strong shifty winds. Over 65 sailors in 49 boats took part, across the full range of classes sailed at WYC. The winner of the very competitive racing was up and coming 15 year old Laser Radial sailor Chris Marsh, narrowly beating experienced sailors and Tasar National Champions Rick and Sarah Perkins into 2nd place by only 2 points. Another young sailor, 18 year old Harry Newton in his Laser took third place, beating veteran Merlin Rocket sailor Phil Emery by only a point.
Honourable mention goes to Tom Oliver who suffered gear failure on his Laser in the first lap of the first race, sailed to shore, swapped his rig to a new hull, then finished the race, albeit several laps behind the rest of the sailors, to avoid a DNF. It’s rare that anyone outside the catamaran fleet finishes a race on two hulls!
Great to see another example at Whitstable Yacht Club of how sailing and the Portsmouth Number handicap system creates a level playing field across age, experience and physical ability to allow young and old, male and female to compete with one another, whilst enjoying interacting with nature and the great outdoors!


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