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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
office@wyc.org.uk

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

Tuesday Nights - Games Evening

From 7pm, Mexican Train Dominoes - come and join us! Bit of luck, bit of skill, bit of a laugh, bit of wine!! Or bring your own game.

Wednesday Nights - Pool Nights

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

1st Wednesday evening of the month - Craft Night

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.

Keith's Fish & Chip Supper

Date: Fri 22/11/2019
Fantastic fresh fish and chips, served from 6pm, only £7.

Meeting of Sailors 2019

Date: Sun 24/11/2019
The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 24th 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.

Thanksgiving Supper

Date: Fri 29/11/2019
Join us for Thanksgiving Supper on Friday 29th November to celebrate with our American members! Traditional supper with all the trimmings, only £16. Book with the bar.

WYC Christmas Lunch

Date: Sun 08/12/2019
Christmas lunch - turkey with all the trimmings! Tickets on sale behind the bar soon!

Whitstable Maritime Christmas Carol Concert at WYC

Date: Thu 12/12/2019
Carols and other seasonal favourites courtesy of the Herne Bay Community Singers. Thursday 12th December 2019, 7-9 PM. £5 per adult, pay at the door. Accompanied children free.

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

B14 Open

Event start: 09/05/2020
B14 Open - 9th and 10th May 2020

Forts Race 2020

Event start: 23/05/2020
23rd to 25th May 2020. wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiler 2020

Event start: 20/06/2020
20th and 21st June.

WYC LaserFest’20

Event start: 11/07/2020
11th and 12th July 2020

Whitstable Week

Event start: 03/08/2020
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Draft WYC 2020 Sailing Schedule

The draft sailing schedule is now available to download here. Some race times and events may change, but this version is 90% complete. If you have any feedback on the planned schedule, please come along to the Meeting of Sailors on 24th November, or contact the Rear Commodore Sailing or your Class Captain.

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Reminder - WYC Meeting of Sailors 2019 on Sunday

Reminder: The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 24th 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. 
The agenda will be as follows: 
1. Welcome
2. WYC Club Racing Programme 2019 and 2020
3. 2019 Events, Events Policy, and 2020 Events
4. WYC Cadets, Training and Social Sailing
5. Volunteering and Duty
6. AOB
You can view the minutes from the meeting last year here: wyc.org.uk/about/Meeting_Minutes

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Men’s changing rooms

Apologies for the ongoing work in the men’s changing rooms. This was caused by the necessity to have remedial works carried out in the store room off the changing rooms. They should be back to normal by the end of November. The changing rooms are usable while the work is carried out, but space will be slightly reduced.

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Race Recorders needed for the 2020 season - No experience necessary!

Fed up with sitting on the beach waiting for sailing to finish? Want to get involved, but don’t wish to sail? Interested in meeting more people in the club?
We need you, join the team, become a Race Recorder!
No experience necessary! Full Training provided, plus an ongoing support system. Free Social membership available for Recorders.
Call or email the Club Office for more information, and contact details of current Recorder team for a chat.

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Prize Giving 2019 - Congratulations Prize Winners!

Congratulations to all of the prize winners who collected their trophies on Saturday night, and thank you to everyone who came along to support them, and who gave up their time to help set up for the evening!
In particular, congratulations to this year’s winners of the special awards for significant accomplishments in 2019:
The Jo Edmondson Cup for the Most Deserving Lady went to Tizzie Lambert;
The Len Sharp Trophy for Good Sportsmanship went to Andrew Guerin (Laser);
The Gaye Woolven Trophy for the Largest Cat Turnout for the year went to Robert Govier & David Figgis (F18/Tornado);
The Hamlin Trophy for Perseverance went to Todd Mei (Windsurfer);
The Richard Hollis trophy for the Highest Turnout went to Kevin Hall (Laser);
The Whitstable Salt Bowl for the Highest Merlin turnout went to John Cooper (Merlin Rocket);
The Merlin Helmsman Trophy for the Merlin Helmsman of the Year went to Huw Reynolds (Merlin Rocket);
The John Griffiths Trophy for the Best Merlin Crew went to Pheobe Paine (Merlin Rocket);
The Oades Cadet Trophy for the Best All Round Cadet went to Harry Wilson;
The Tony & Liz Love Trophy for Cadet Participation in club racing went to Tom Oliver (Laser);
The General Purpose Dinghy Trophy for the General Purpose Dinghy Trophy went to Richard Maltby (Wanderer);
The Allan Barnes Trophy for the Allan Barnes “Contribution to Sailing” Award went to John Berrington; and
The John Day Trophy for the John Day “Laser Sailor of the Year” Award went to Tony Clements.
For the full list of winners, download them here: 2019_prizegivingV3.pdf
Don’t forget, there’s still the Winter Series to race, every Sunday until 15th December, and the Winter Series Prize Giving on 15th December after racing.

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2019-2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE BY 31ST OCTOBER 2019

Dear Members, a reminder that membership renewals are due by the end of this month, 31st October.  Renewal documents were sent in early September via email, if you did not receive this information and would like help with renewing, please contact Sally Gostelow either by email: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk or by phone (Monday or Tuesday only: 01227 272942).

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Report from the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta

Report on the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta by WYC Cadet Tom Oliver:
“After winning the Kent Schools Sailing Association topper team racing event earlier this year we were invited to represent Kent at the NSSA Single Handed Team Racing Event. The WYC cadets took a team of 3 sailors to Fairlop Waters on the 5th of October 2019. There were 21 teams of 3 people from all over the country ranging from school teams to regional champions, as well as the team of 3 from WYC - Tom Oliver, Alex Wilson and Wilf Taylor accompanied by their team manager - Ruth Oliver. There were 7 rounds on Saturday and the Whitstable team won 5 of the 7 putting them in 5th place after Saturday and in with a chance of reaching the semifinals on Sunday. Unfortunately, the first 2 races on Sunday were against the top 2 teams and we lost them. Moving on we lost another race and it came down to the final race as to whether the WYC team would be in the semi final playoffs or not. Unfortunately we lost this round and our final position was 12th out of 21, but we represented Kent and WYC with dignity and honour.”
Well done to the WYC Cadet team for getting to the National event and representing Kent well!

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Glenda Nevill

We’re saddened to announce the passing of WYC member and Wanderer sailor Glenda Nevill, who died in a car accident on 31st July. Sailing with her husband Ian, Glenda enjoyed venturing out for a free cruise sail, and their advice and hand drawn charts of the places they sailed to,could not have been more useful for Wanderer cruises. Richard Maltby, WYC Club Principal and General Class Captain remembers that “Glenda and Ian were models of good, capable seamanship. I well recall the lesson given to fellow Wanderers as to how to get off the lee shore bank at Shipwrights without use of an engine, and also the tactical demonstration of reefing the mainsail while afloat in choppy F4 waters mid Swale. Her death on 31 July would have been only a short time after their 2019 RO duty and last visit to the club.”
Her funeral will be held at 12:30 on Monday 7th October at Hawkinge Crematorium, see the funeral notice for more information.

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KSSA Annual Regatta 2019 at Whitstable Yacht Club on 14th September 2019 - Report

A gloriously sunny day, 40+ boats, 60+ young sailors and a host of willing volunteers all held up by the disappointing lack of wind. However Race Officer, Tom Bruton’s wise decision to have an early lunch was rewarded. The afternoon saw 3 races and some great sailing, with kites flying well and trapezes in use by several boats. Whitstable was well represented by our cadets sailing 14 boats of whom 4 finished in the top 20. A few learned a tough lesson about black flags but won themselves a prize of a plastic duck. Congratulations to all our young sailors, you did us proud.
None of this would have been possible without a significant volunteer effort. KSSA’s excellent organisation, ably supported by Richard Maltby and his willing team of volunteers produced a superb event. Many thanks to everyone who helped produce such a brilliant day, we couldn’t have done it without you!
For a full report on the event, see www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/222222, and for the full results for the event see kssa.co.uk/results-awards.

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Whitstable Marine Environment Group

We’re pleased to announce that WYC will be supporting Whitstable’s Marine Environment Group by providing storage space for their beach cleaning equipment. Reducing rubbish and making the beach and sea safer and cleaner for all is a cause close to our hearts, and we’re looking forward to working with the Marine Environment Group in the future. If you’re interested in finding out more, or joining their monthly beach clean activities, see their Facebook page at facebook.com/MarineEnvironmentGroup/.

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