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Wanderer Open 30th & 31st May

Wanderer Open 30th & 31st May. All members are welcome to join the Wanderers supper after the FA Cup final. £15/head. Please pay at the bar by Wednesday 27th. Come and watch the match and have supper at the Club afterwards.

Next WYC Wannabee (Cadets and Families) session this Friday at 6pm

WYC Wannabees - Cadet and Family Sailing at WYC

Following on from the last successful “Wannabee” session, the next one is scheduled for this Friday, 22 May, with the aim to be on the water for 6pm. Don’t worry if you haven’t attended before, just turn up in good time and get involved – we would love to see you.

On the day, please try and turn up as early as possible, have your boat rigged and ready and meet up in Wildtimes sailing school. If you are borrowing a boat, please assist with the rigging of it and give yourself enough time to get changed and ready to go on the water for 6pm. We hope to have a briefing session at approx 5.30pm to allocate boats etc. For those borrowing club and/or school boats, please be prepared to also assist with de-rigging following sailing.

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WYC Facilities Development Open Consultation on 6th and 7th June 2015

WYC club house from aboveAt the AGM earlier this year we outlined our desire to develop WYC’s facilities. In a changing and competitive world we need to continue to move the club facilities forward in a way that is both realistic and affordable. Our vision for developing the club is to:

  • Improve club facilities to address your concerns;
  • More effectively integrate training within the club;
  • Make the club more attractive to a broader community to help us attract new members.
Last year we surveyed members regarding what you liked and didn't like about our buildings, and since then we have been looking at what could realistically be done and its affordability. As part of our continuing consultation and engagement with members we will be displaying some initial concepts to you to look at and comment upon. Our architect and WYC Committee Members will be on hand to discuss and capture your comments and thoughts.

Your inputs will help us refine our initial concepts and develop the more detailed and costed plans for your approval by September before we seek the grant funding that, if we are successful in winning, will enable us to move forward. So please come along at any time between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday or Sunday the 6th and 7th June and be a part of this new phase in WYC’s journey.

This weekend - 2015 Club Championships and the Nagasaki 3

Club Championships 2015There's a lot going on this weekend at Whitstable Yacht Club. The Club Championships runs over the three day weekend, with two races back to back per day, races starting at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 3pm on Monday. This event is open to all sailors at the club, and is an all in race, so you can pit yourself against every boat in the club, as well as those in your class. Nagasaki 3 There's an overall trophy, and a prize for the top six boats, as well as prizes for all the fleets sailed at the club. Prizes will be awarded after the last race on Monday. See the Notice Of Race for the details. And on Saturday night we have a band on. The popular Nagasaki 3 will be coming back to the club for an evening of 50's Rock and Roll, Surf Rock and Rockabilly starting at 8pm.

Missing Trophies

We're missing two Club Championships Trophies (Club Championships Slow Handicap Trophy, and the Yachting and Boating Laser Trophy) that were issued to members in the last 5 years. The last person who won these trophies does not have them, so can you check your trophy cabinets, mantelpieces, cupboards and under your beds in case you have them, or have been given them in error.

Bar Staff volunteers

We are looking for some bar volunteers to be trained up and cover the occasional shift or help out during busy times. If you have any spare time and would like to help out please contact the office. We are planning a training evening Wednesday 27th May.

Saturday 23rd May 8pm - Come down to Whitstable Yacht Club to boogie along to the band Nagasaki 3

Saturday 23rd May - Come down to Whitstable Yacht Club next Saturday to boogie along to the band Nagasaki 3 who will be playing at the yacht club from 8pm.


Following the recent tidy of the beach and quay, where boats and trailers appear to have been abandoned or where the appropriate storage fees have not been paid, the kit has been labelled with reminders for payment. Most of the labelled kit has now been moved to either Reeves Beach (rows 22 and 22a) or row 1 on West Quay. Where apparently abandoned kit remains unclaimed or where appropriate fees continue to remain unpaid, the recognised RYA disposal process will be initiated, in accordance with the WYC boat parking and equipment storage policy. If you believe you may have kit falling into either category (abandoned or unpaid), please contact either the Sailing Secretary or the Hon Beachmaster. Contact details to be found on this website or in the programme.

WYC Laser success in the French Euro Masters event

Over the weekend of 1st to 3rd May, WYC sailor Charles Campion sailed into 3rd place overall, and 1st in the Grand Master category (full results)! Well done Charles.

WYC Laser Radial success in the Belgium Euro Masters event

In light winds in Nieuwpoort Belgium yesterday, in a closely fought competition, WYC sailor Max Hunt clinched first place overall in the latest Euro Masters series event to become Belgium Laser Radial Masters National Champion! Well done Max. Sailing Sec

Bar Staff Volunteer

We are looking for some bar volunteers to be trained up and cover the occasional shift or help out during busy times. If you have any spare time and would like to help out please contact the office. We are planning a training evening Wednesday 27th May.

Extra club races on 30th and 31st May

As we will already have the course, race officials and support boats out for two races per day for the Wander Open, the Sailing Committee has decided to run an additional club race on 30th and 31st May. The races will be run back to back with the existing Spring Series 9 & 10, but will not count against any of the existing club series. If popular, we may add additional races to other weekends over the year.

Whitstable Week 2015 - Entry Fees announced

Whitstable Week 2015 Whitstable Week is only 3 months away, and we're preparing for another great event! This year the Sailing Committee has been able to fix the full week price to a bargain of only £50, and we've reduced the full week Cadet price to only £5! Great value compared to other Open and National events. The Notice of Race, draft Sailing Instructions and Entry Form have just been released, so check out the details at

Merlin Rocket Open - 13th and 14th June

The Notice Of Race has been published for the Merlin Rocket Open Meeting 13th and 14th June.

£128 raised for the RNLI!

RNLI The RNLI Pursuit Race was sailed on Monday 4th May. 28 boats took part in this race to see who can best sail to their handicap, which was sailed in challengingly gusty conditions! The race was a close one, with a wide mix of boats finishing very close to each other. The top boat was a Merlin Rocket sailed by John Cooper and Phil Emery, closely pursued by a Nacra F18 sailed by Dick Ledger and Tom Bruton, a 505 helmed by Tudor Owen, a Tasar helmed by Stephen Nation, a Laser Radial sailed by Peter Gowing, and in sixth place a Laser sailed by Nigel Brown. Every boat made a donation to the RNLI on entry, which raised over £128 for our local station! Thanks to John Boorman, Race Officer, who coordinated the event and did the complicated math on the Portsmouth Yardstick for each boat competing!

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