Whitstable Yacht Club
Seven reasons to sail at Whitstable
- Superb sailing - It is not by chance that Whitstable was one of the earliest places where sailing developed as a sport, nor that it has bred a number of Olympic competitors. Situated at the mouth of the Swale estuary, the sailing waters are only directly exposed to severe winds from the North East. Shallow sandy flats for miles all round and the Street (a one mile long bar stretching out to sea on the East) keep the waves down . These also reduce tidal flow across the bay. This geography makes Whitstable uniquely well placed for long distance events and cruising in cats or dinghies.
- Strong fleets - With 650 members, we organise something for every sailor. There is an active cadet section that sails Toppers. Lasers offer keen competition for single-handers. The Tasar is our dominant one-design dinghy and we have the largest fleet in the country. Our main development class is the Merlin Rocket. New this season is also an asymmetric dinghy class. Cat lovers will meet a competitive fleet of Darts and big cat fans will find good action in Hurricanes as well as Britain's largest Tornado fleet. If the wind is too strong for racing, then out come the boards for a blast across the waves. For yachts, there are moorings off the club or sheltered facilities up the Swale. Wanderers are the most popular boat for our cruising members.
- Sailing school - WYC is a rarity. It is a club with its own integrated sailing school, run by a past Commodore. We are interested in those who want to become experts, be it on cats, dinghies or windsurfers. Thinking of sailing, but not yet committed? Come along for a taster session. Find out if sailing is for you, which boat is for you, if this is the place for you and if we are the people for you. Take your chance to try anything from beginners boards to advanced asymmetrics. You will be surprised how quickly you can feel at home here.
- Sixty minutes from London - Since the M2 was extended, WYC is easily accessible for those living throughout the South-East. Whitstable is just 60 minutes drive from the fringes of London, and only 45 minutes from the M25 and Dartford Tunnel so it . In addition Victoria or Cannon Street train stations are less than 90 minutes, including the 10 minutes walk from the club to the railway station. For visitors from abroad, Whitstable is around 45 minutes drive from the ferry at Dover or the Channel tunnel exit.
- Socialise throughout the year - We party at least every month! Starting with New Year, then on to Championships, Forts Race, Whitstable Week or other excuses throughout the sailing season, before wrapping it up with a succession of Laying-Up Suppers for different tastes and ending with the traditional Christmas celebrations. Last year's investment in a marquee means we can host as many as 200 people for these events or private parties. We pride ourselves in being one of the few sailing clubs whose bar is open during drinking hours throughout the week.
- Somewhere to escape - You can use Whitstable as your base if you simply want to get away from it all. Just potter along the shore if you wish, drop in at nearby clubs and pubs, cruise up the Swale, round Sheppey or sail over to Southend. It is all doable in a day and whenever you come back, you know you can get ashore at any stage of the tide. Afterwards you can relax in the club, admiring the sunset that Turner made famous.
- Support services nearby - To meet your sailing needs there are specialist services within walking distance, including the Dinghy Store next door, rigging service and sailmaking. For the non-sailor a wide range of antique, clothes and gift shops are just a stroll down the High Street. Gourmets take note; As befits the home of oysters, there are three specialist seafood restaurants in town. Should anything go wrong, the RNLI is literally next door and the Health Centre is only 300 yards away. As for accommodation, you can stay at the club itself, or pick from the local accommodation.
Interested in becoming a member?
If you would like to join WYC, feel free to visit the club and ask for the Secretary or Steward who will be happy to introduce you to someone with similar interests. Ready to join? Get your application form for membership here.
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