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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.

Contact Us

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 events

B14 GUL National and Open Championships

Event start: 03/08/2017
B14 GUL National and Open Championships - Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August. Enter online at b14nats2017.eventbrite.co.uk.
Sailing Instructions, Notice of Race and Entry Form

Whitstable Week 2017

Event start: 07/08/2017
Whitstable Week 2017 Whitstable Week - Monday 7th to Friday 11th August. See http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more information.

Town Regatta 2017

Event start: 12/08/2017
Whitstable Town Regatta - 12th & 13th August. Notice of Race.

Wanderer Open

Event start: 19/08/2017
Wanderer Open - 19th & 20th August. Download the Notice of Race and Entry Form

Cadetfest Week 2017

Event start: 21/08/2017
Cadet fest week runs for five days from 21st to 25th August. It includes a get together day with Herne Bay SC cadets for sailing activities and races (Aug 23rd). The aim of Cadetfest is safe sailing and to have fun. Activities will be led by our cadet instructors. Parent helpers are welcome. Charge: £55 for the Cadetfest week 21-25 August or £15 per day. (There is no charge for the Aug 4th Awayday when we are guests of HBSC). Participants need to be cadet members of Whitstable YC (either as a Cadet Member, or part of an Adult/Family membership). To take part, complete and return the Joining Form.

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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

Try our new wine menu

Date: 25/08/2017 - 19:00
A new selection of wines available to try at the bar. Free cheese and biscuits served!

Autumn Working Party

Date: 29/10/2017 - 12:00
Autumn Working Party

Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper

Date: 11/11/2017 - 19:00
Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper

Meeting of Sailors

Date: 12/11/2017 - 12:00
Meeting of Sailors

Winter Series Prize Giving

Date: 17/12/2017 - 13:00
Winter Series Prize Giving

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Try our new Wine menu!

Come along on Friday 25th August from 7pm to try our new wine menu. We have new white Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre, rose Casal Mendes and Grenache, and red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Valpolucella Montresor. Free cheese and biscuits will be served! Share›

Programme for WYC Cadets this week and how parents can help with Cadetfest

This week we are running the fifth Cadets Training Week of the season with courses for 16 cadets Monday to Wednesday. A Cadets and Families session is scheduled for Friday evening. Next week is Cadetfest week.Read More› Share›

Whitstable Week 2017

Whitstable Week 2017 - The year of all or nothing with the weather! Little wind on Monday, no wind on Tuesday, strong northerly winds and large waves for Wednesday and Thursday, then one good day of fairly flat water and F3-4 South Westerly on Friday to round the week off. Seems like August has let us down! But, we did get 7 of the 10 races in, and Tom Bruton did a great job as Race Officer to get sailing in when he could. Almost 50 boats took part, with some good close racing across all classes when we were able to sail. Thanks to the Race team, Safety team, Social team and everyone who helped out to make the week a success. Full results are available on http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results, but the summary and special prize winners were:

  • 1st Overall - Christian Brewer (Laser Standard).
  • 1st Under 18 - Tom Oliver.
  • Laser - 1st Christian Brewer, 2nd Mark Grinter.
  • Laser Radial - 1st Ruth Oliver, 2nd Tom Oliver.
  • Merlin - 1st James Goodfellow/Julie Nuttall, 2nd Rien Zilvold/Liz North.
  • Tasar - 1st Stephen Nation/Julie Puckett, 2nd Tessa Lancaster/Nick Lancaster.
  • General Handicap - 1st David Connor (Lightning), 2nd Peter Heyes (Streaker).
  • General Classification (Wanderer) - 1st Richard Maltby/John Hope.
  • Slow Handicap - 1st Alex Wilson/Harry Wilson (RS Feva).
  • Catamarans - 1st Tony & Julie Dod (Dart 18), 2nd Robert Govier (Dart 18).
  • Loudest competitor - Tom Oliver.
  • Spirit of Whitstable Week - Martin Akers & John Gibbons (Merlin).
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B14 National Championships Report


Read the reports from the B14 Nationals at Yachts and Yachting:
Day 1&2http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197617/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-2.
Day 3http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197633/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-3.
Day 4 http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197680/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-overall.
And see the results in detail at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Photo credit: Tom Bradley.
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CADET ACTIVITIES

The next round of Cadet activities resumes after Whitstable Week on Monday 14th August with the fifth and last Cadets' training course of the season, followed by a Cadets and Families session on Friday 18th, and the Cadetfest week Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. The course is fully booked but places are available for Cadetfest - a great opportunity to practice and develop all the skills learned from the courses. A Joining Form is attached.Read More› Share›

Calling all catamaran sailors - It’s just over a month to go until the Forts Race Weekend!

Forts Race 2017It's just over a month until the 2017 Forts Race Weekend on 9th and 10th September!
We're pleased to announce our primary sponsor as NeilPryde Sailing for the 2017 WYC Forts Race Weekend. NeilPryde Sailing will be providing some great additions to the entry packs and prize pot, making this year's event well worth entering! This year, we're also being supported by Whitstable Marine, the chandlery next door to Whitstable Yacht Club, and the best place to buy your NeilPryde Sailing kit!
After consultation with the visiting sailors, and a review of our procedures, we've decided to schedule the Forts Race itself on the Sunday. Saturday will be a more relaxed affair, starting at 2pm to allow more time to prep boats, with a medium-distance shake down race to make sure the boats are ready for the long distance on Sunday. The full Forts Race will start on Sunday at around midday (to allow for recovery from the Saturday night party!).
The NOR and SIs have been confirmed and posted to the Whitstable Yacht Club website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race. Have a look to make sure you're familiar with the unique requirements for this long distance race. It's particularly important that you carry the appropriate safety equipment.
See you in September!
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Change to the Chair of the Bar, Social and Catering Committee

Alex Grantham has informed me that he is stepping down as Chair of the Bar, Social and Catering Committee. Alex has achieved during his term as Chair, including organising and managing a complete turnaround in bar and catering finances. He has worked constantly behind the scenes, and behind the bar, to create a better bar environment and a livelier atmosphere. He has now decided to take a well-deserved break, and he leaves with the gratitude and appreciation of the Flag Officers and General Committee. Laura Jean Carney has agreed to take over as Chair of the Bar, Social and Catering Committee, and she is currently recruiting new members for that Committee. You will be hearing more from Laura over the coming weeks.
Richard Bradburn
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Found in the archive - Film of ‘Black Thursday’ in 1961

One of several reels of film recently found in the club archives, this short video shows footage of the Prince of Wales Cup race held on the Thursday of the International 14ft Dinghy Class championships held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1961. It became known as “Black Thursday” as the fleet was decimated by high winds. Ian Wild, who was 17 at the time, was there: “If I remember it correctly I was helping on the committee boat which was “Cod” Kelsey’s shrimping trawler from the harbour. I jumped into one boat we were rescuing to help bail it out as the crew were exhausted.”

https://youtu.be/dc-N8ioR_uM
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SGM Sunday - Thank you

Thank you for all those who attended the meeting and those that sent in their postal votes. It was an amazing turnout with over 150 members in attendance and the vote was as follows, including postal votes.
Yes 163
No 1
Abstain 3
The motion was carried and further details will follow shortly. Share›

Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix at WYC - Report


The fourth and final RS Feva Grand Prix took place at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th and 9th July. The report is now available at www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197238/RS-Fevas-at-Whitstable, and photos from the event are at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk.
Thanks to all the volunteers from WYC who helped out with this event!
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