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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.

Contact Us

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Please note that the club's phone lines and voicemail are not currently being monitored. Please use email as the primary contact method until further notice. For more contact options, see wyc.org.uk/contact.
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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

[CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] 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

[CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] 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

[CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] 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.

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

WYC Coronavirus Update for Events

Event start:
The Sailing Committee is working with event organisers and class associations to assess the impact of Coronavirus. For now, the below events remain in the calendar, and we will make decisions on each event nearer the time, based on government and RYA advice, and WYC's ability to support the events. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Govier, Rear Commodore Sailing.

Forts Race 2020

Event start: 23/05/2020
CANCELLED: wyc.org.uk/news/may-and-june-sailing-open-events-cancelled. 23rd to 25th May 2020. wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race

Wanderer Open

Event start: 06/06/2020
CANCELLED: wyc.org.uk/news/may-and-june-sailing-open-events-cancelled. Wanderer Open 2020 - Races on Saturday 6th, Cruise on Sunday 7th June.

Tasar National Championships 2020

Event start: 20/06/2020
CANCELLED: wyc.org.uk/news/may-and-june-sailing-open-events-cancelled. 20th and 21st.June.

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiler 2020

Event start: 20/06/2020
CANCELLED: wyc.org.uk/news/may-and-june-sailing-open-events-cancelled. 20th and 21st June.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Tuesday 12th May

Friends and members,
In line with RYA and government guidance, the WYC General Committee have agreed that the clubhouse will be closed and all organised sailing and social activities will be cancelled with immediate effect:

  • The club and deck area are closed until further notice, except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative.
  • From Wednesday 13th May, people can go out on the water. Members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible. If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. Please respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports.
  • The club phones and voicemail are not being regularly monitored. To contact the club, please email office@wyc.org.uk.
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.
  • No formal racing or organised sailing will take place until further notice.
  • All sailing open events in the WYC calendar for May and June are cancelled: B14 Open, the Forts Race Weekend, the Wanderer Open, the Tasar National Championships and the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiler.
  • Training courses will be postponed to later in the year. Please contact the training team to reschedule if you have a booking.
  • Duty commitments are temporarily suspended.
  • See wyc.org.uk/news/wyc-agm-update-and-general-committee for a statement on the AGM and continuation of the General Committee.

Thank you for your support in making this happen. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media with the aim to resume normal club activities as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

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WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Thursday 21st May

The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. Following guidance from the RYA, we have created a draft Return to Operations Matrix. This is a living document and will be updated as Government advice changes. Some operations may take time to restart once restrictions are lifted, but by using this matrix, and the significant additional level of detail that feeds into it, WYC should be on the front foot when changes come through. The draft matrix can be downloaded from the website here.

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Access to locker storage within the club

Based on the new Government guidance, from Wednesday 13th May, people can go out on the water. The club building remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities, but some members may still have equipment stored in the changing room and lockers. If you need access, on a one time basis to retrieve kit stored within the clubhouse, please contact Robert Govier at rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk to arrange a convenient time.
Note that members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. Please respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports.

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Virtual Racer - Results and next races

Well done to Tom Oliver who came 8th overall in the RYA eSailing Club Championship London & South East Final. There were over 500 entrants in the championships from across London and the South East, so this is quite an achievement!
In club eSailing, Kevin Dutch has won the Spring Series with a strong lead after 30 races over 10 Saturdays and Sundays. Second place was Tom Oliver, and third was Robert Govier. The final results can be found here.
As the weather is getting better and some restrictions on getting out and about, and sailing in real life have been lifted, we are stopping weekend eSailing for now, but we can bring it back if there’s the demand! Evening racing on Tuesday (8pm) and Thursdays (8.15pm) will carry on, so please log on and join in!

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Found in the archive - rare colour documentary on the 1967 Admiral’s Cup

One of several reels of film found in the club archives,showing a rare colour documentary on the 1967 Admiral’s Cup. We think that this was a film that was sent to select Yacht Clubs by the sponsor of the event to be shown to members, and Whitstable was lucky enough to receive a copy and store it in our archives. Go to the WYC Youtube channel to see the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt5ToIUWkogM.

From the RORC website: “Australia returned down under with renewed vigour towards the event. Sir Robert Crighton-Brown commissioned Balandra, built to the same design as Quiver IV, while Bob Miller collaborated with Ted Kaufman to design Mercedes III. These joined Caprice of Huon for her second attempt. In Britain, Firebrand, after modifications, rejoined the team with Noryema V and Prospect of Whitby. 10 years after the first event, there were now eight teams – it was the first time both Finland and Spain had fielded entries alongside Holland, France, Germany and the USA. In the Channel Race, France took the overall lead with solo star Eric Tabarly on Pen Duick III, but Australia took the team lead, 26 points ahead of Britain. In the Britannia Cup a series of almost farcical events by the French and US handed the Australian team further points although only one more than the competitive British team. In the New York Yacht Club Cup, the USA regained some pride to win but the universally strong performance of the Australians took them 17 points ahead of Britain and the USA. In the Fastnet Race Pen Duick III took the win but the Australian team continued to perform to win the race on points and take home the Admiral’s Cup for the first time with an overall margin of 107 points.” For more information, see http://www.rorc.org/admiral-s-cup

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WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Tuesday 12th May

Based on the new Government guidance, from Wednesday 13th May, people can go out on the water. The club remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities. The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. We are following the guidance of the RYA, RNLI and the Government. 
Members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. Please respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports.

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Found in the archive - Amateur colour footage of the 1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at WYC

One of several reels of film found in the club archives, we think that this amateur colour footage shows sailing during FD Week held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1959. It was run in conjunction with the FD World Championships and there is brief footage of this event. It was the year before the Rome Olympics and attracted competitors from across the world. Most notably it was the first time competitors from Russia, Poland and East Germany had competed this side of the Iron Curtain. There were also two boats from South Africa.
Competitors were in two fleets sailing Olympic courses of a triangle, loop and beat. The World Championships with one competitor from each country went first and the FD Week, which was open to anyone, went 15 minutes later. Local sailor “Slotty” Dawes (K36) who features prominently in this film, won FD Week and went on to represent GB at Rome where he finished 7th. Five Whitstable crews competed in FD Week.
The Flying Dutchman was a new Olympic class in 1960 and had been introduced into the UK by “Slotty” Dawes. “Slotty” was President of the International FD Class Association. Whitstable was the centre of UK FD sailing and went on to run many international events including the Europeans.
The cream coloured motor boat used for finishing belonged to local builder and Club member, Jack Philpott. Note also the marks which were black square or triangular top marks mounted on old Fairey duckling dinghies or old carley floats that the Club had bought in bulk.
Note the film has been reversed on the reel and sail numbers read from right to left! https://youtu.be/ANXc836AQGs

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An update from the Commodore. 30th April 2020

On behalf of General Committee I’d like to thank all members for their support as the lock-down continues with all club activities, organised and non organised, suspended. Although the club is closed and we are all in lock-down, background activity continues (remotely and via online meetings) with committee members continuing to manage the impact of the current restrictions on our employees (now furloughed), our members, future events and club finances.
Whilst there is no sign of an immediate end to the current restrictions we have started to consider and plan for how the club could operate in what will be a very different and challenging environment, determined by any ongoing measures necessary to comply with the letter and spirit of Government directives. As the situation changes we will provide further briefings. Meanwhile, thank you for your ongoing support and as always, keep safe. 
Kelvin Tolson - WYC Commodore.

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Found in the archive - Film of the 1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at WYC

One of several reels of film found in the club archives, this short video shows black and white footage of the Flying Dutchman World Championship and FD Week held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1959. It was the year before the Rome Olympics and attracted competitors from across the world. Most notably it was the first time competitors from Russia, Poland and East Germany had competed this side of the Iron Curtain. There were also two boats from South Africa. It attracted a lot of media interest, and The local paper even reported what the Russians had for breakfast they seemed so alien at the time!
Competitors were in two fleets sailing Olympic courses of a triangle, loop and beat. The World Championships with one competitor from each country went first and the FD Week, which was open to anyone, went 15 minutes later. The World Championship was won by Mario Capio of Italy, followed by Adrian Jardine (K17) of Great Britain. FD Week was won by local sailor “Slotty” Dawes (K36) who represented GB at Rome where he finished 7 th. The Flying Dutchman was a new Olympic class in 1960 and had been introduced into the UK by WYC sailor “Slotty” Dawes. “Slotty” was President of the International FD Class Association. Whitstable was the centre of UK FD sailing and went on to run many international events including the Europeans.

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RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships - WYC qualifying round winner!

Well done to Tom Oliver, who beat 5 other WYC sailors in the WYC qualifying round of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships in some very close racing. After 5 races the results were a tie, with Tom beating Andrew Guerin once RRS A8 was applied. Ali Nicolson was only 2 points behind the leaders to come in third place, with Robert Govier just getting forth place despite tieing on points with Jonny Musgrove, and Ruth Oliver came in 6th only place 10 points behind the leaders.
Tom now goes through to the South East Regional qualifying round, and if successful, through to the Nationals! There are over 230 clubs taking part, so that’s a lot of competition!

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