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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.

Burns Night

Date: Sat 25/01/2020
Saturday 25th January is Burns Night! Haggis, neaps, tatties and ‘a wee dram of Scotch’. ONLY £6!! Come and join us. There’s a booking list behind the bar so please get you names down ASAP to avoid disappointment!

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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

Updates to WYC Data Privacy Notice

WYC’s Data Privacy Notice has been updated. The minor updates which have been applied are to dates in the document, the retention period of membership and training data, use of social media, and the contact details within the document. You can download and read the Data Privacy Notice on the website at wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules.

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Burns Night at WYC

Saturday 25th January is Burns Night! Last year we celebrated it with Haggis, neaps, tatties and ‘a wee dram of Scotch’. It was a great success and very popular - even better the price remains the same - ONLY £6!! Remarkable. Come and join us. There’s a booking list behind the bar so please get you names down ASAP to avoid disappointment!
Looking forward to February? Six Nations Rugby is back - starting the 1st February. We have a guest ale and lager for only £2.50 a pint - WOW! £2.50 a pint on the guest drink is available on ALL MATCH DAYS. Watch the matches in the bar/sea room and enjoy some bargain ale/lager too. Brings your friends and make WYC the venue to watch the games!

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Updated WYC Sailing Instructions for 2020

The WYC Sailing Instructions for club races have been updated for 2020. The two changes made are to clarify that the entry for a series shall be the boat and one sailor, who must sail on the boat for every race as helm or crew to be awarded an entry for those races (rule 2.1), and that a boat shall not be awarded a prize unless it has started at least two races and finished at least one (rule 17.1). To download a copy, go to wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules

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Margaret Winn

We are sorry to announce that Margaret Winn sadly passed away on Christmas morning following a short illness at the age of 89.  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 each weekend recording the race results.  Her funeral service will be held at St Alphege Church, High Street, Whitstable, on Thursday 30th January at 1.30pm to which all are welcome, afterwards the family will attend a short service of committal at Barham Crematorium at 3.20pm to which anyone who would like to attend is also welcome. Donations in her memory to go to the Whitstable branch of the RNLI. Please send to John Kemp Funeral Service, 26 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH.

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Saturday bar opening hours - Minor change for the Winter

The WYC bar opening hours on Saturdays will now be from midday to 11pm for the winter period. For full details of the opening hours, see wyc.org.uk/about/social

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Message from the Commodore

As this season comes to a close I’d like to say a huge thank you the safety boat drivers, crews, race officers, race result recorders, committee boat drivers, event organisers, training team, the office team, various committees and the many others who work behind the scenes to make it possible for us to run the programme. And of course, thank you to everyone who took part in the scheduled racing and events. Whilst the variability in weather kept down the percentage of scheduled races sailed, we still had good turn outs, not forgetting of course the windsurfers who take to the water on the windier days! 
Looking forward to next year, preparations are already under way for both on and off the water activities. The draft programme has been published and the Sailing Committee is reviewing where we need to recruit volunteers to help run it. The most urgent need is for more Race Recorders, an essential role that also attracts free Social Membership for a commitment of at least 10 events. If you know anyone who would be interested in the ‘dry side’ of sailing then please put them in touch with Robert Govier or Joceline Davis
Next year’s off the water activities promise to be significantly challenging with our beach lease renewal negotiations running alongside the ongoing inquiry into the presence and growth of the oyster beds. More updates will be provided on both of these nearer the time. 
Also off the water but on a more positive note we are introducing an on-line booking capability for courses and cadet events early in the New Year. When that implementation has taken place we’ll also be undertaking a small trial on an on-line Duty Allocation Application which if successful should make it easier to allocate, manage and change duties across the various support activities. 
There is more to come about next year’s on and off the water activities so please look out for items on the usual News and Social pages. 
Finally, a reminder that all masts should be taken down for the winter and boats checked to ensure they are securely tied down. 
On behalf of the General Committee I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. 
Kelvin Tolson 
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club.

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Last Race of the Winter Series, and Winter Series Prize Giving

It was the last race of the year today on Sunday. Rather windy and gusty, so just 7 hardy Laser sailors took to the water for a blast around the course! The results of that race cemented the result for the Winter Series for the Lasers, with Christian Brewer taking his forth 1st place of the series to take the overall Winter Series win. Kevin Hall took third place in the race to make 2nd overall in the series, and Steve Gray kept his 3rd place in the series.
For the All In Handicap for the Winter Series, John Cooper and Hilary Bradshaw took 1st for the series in their Merlin Rocket. Jon and Philippa Bloice took 2nd in their Merlin Rocket, and Luke Swain took 3rd on his A-Class. Alex Wilson took the prize for the highest place Laser Radial.
Congratulations to the winners, and all 69 members who braved the elements to take part in the Winter Series. Just under 3 months off club racing now before the start of the 2020 season at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th March!

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Goodbye Laurette!

We’re sorry to announce that our Bar Manager, Laurette Dawson, is leaving WYC after moving away from Whitstable. Although Laurette has officially done her last day, she has kindly agreed to come in Mondays to help training the new Bar Supervisor who will be starting in new year.
There will be a thank-you presentation on the 9th dec at 11.45 by Bar committee. Thank you to Laurette for looking after us and pulling many pints over the last few years, enjoy your new home and best wishes for the future!

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Roy Hamilton

We’re saddened to announce the passing of WYC member Roy Hamilton after a brief illness.
His first foray into the world of sailing ended ignominiously when he and his friend Reg managed to sink a dinghy off Harty Ferry! His first sailing club was Rye Harbour, but his sailing career really took off when he discovered catamarans and Seasalter Sailing Club, where he helped to build the clubhouse that still stands today. Roy sailed and built a number of Swifts, also building some for others, progressing on to Condors and then Hurricanes.
It was with a Hurricane that he first joined Whitstable Yacht Club, Seasalter’s loss being very much WYC’s gain. He progressed on to a Tornado with which he ended his sailing career, much of the time partnered by his friend Karen Ludgate.
Roy took part in many local, national and international sailing competitions and it is a measure of the regard with which he was held that, even after his retirement from sailing in his seventies, well-known cat sailors came to pay their respects to him. These included David Williams, Ian Rhodes, Kevin Dutch, Grant Piggott, Will Sunnucks and Simon Northrop. He was always on hand to give advice and practical assistance to other sailors, making sure that borrowed tools were always returned!
He was an active social member of both the Seasalter and Whitstable clubs, even after he had stopped sailing in the case of WYC, being a regular at the coffee mornings otherwise known as the ‘Grumpy Old Gits Club”.
For those who were privileged to meet him he was a kind, generous and dignified man with a ready and mischievous sense of humour and fair play. To say he will be missed is to put it mildly. He was a legend.

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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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