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Forts Race Weekend - Super Early Entry Discount Announced

Forts Race 2015 It's a long way off, but are you planning to enter the Forts Race this year? If so, now's the time to take advantage of our Super Early entry fee discount thanks to our sponsors at Vattenfall. There are ten entries available at only £20. Once those are gone, the standard Early Bird price of £40 applies if booked before the end of June, and for regular entries the full price is £60. So book now, and save £40. See the Forts Race web page for full details at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race

The UK’s First Topaz Uno National Championship, at Whitstable Yacht Club in 2015!

Topaz Nationals Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting the first ever Topaz Uno National Championships this year, on 15th and 16th August. The event is being launched this weekend at the |RYA Dinghy Show by Topper International, and will be co-sponsored by Ronstan and Musto Clothing. For all the latest information about the event, see our dedicated Topaz Nationals page at wyc.org.uk/site/Topaz_Nationals.

Come and help make the club look good for the start of the sailing season!

The annual working party is scheduled for Saturday 14th March, from 10am. There's free Tea, Coffee and Lunch for everyone who comes along to help out, and there are plenty of jobs to do!

  • Ramp - Pressure wash the weed away.
  • Beach clean - General clean of beach and boat sheds, and removal of rubbish.
  • Boat Moves - Move any remaining unpaid kit on the beach or West Quay.
  • Painting - walls in bar area, skirting boards, outside steps, outside railings, white shed and shelter, tally board boxes.
  • Cleaning & Tidying - changing rooms (including emptying scran bins), forecourt.
  • Polishing - brass and trophies.
  • Carpentry - repairing sail racks, removing part of flat kitchen and building shelves.
  • Plumbing - replumbing washing machine in flat.
  • Gardening - removal of ivy and tidying of plants in forecourt, plus if any green fingered members have spare planters/plants that can be used to improve the look of the forecourt please let the club know.
  • Finishing touches - rehanging remaining pictures and trophies
Plus much much more! If you want to volunteer for a specific job in advance, please contact Jill Fagg at rear.comm.house@wyc.org.uk

ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSE EXHIBITION 2015@WYC

Artists' Open House Whitstable Yacht Club is pleased to announce that, following last year’s highly successful Artist’s Open House exhibition at the Clubhouse, we are looking to run the exhibition again in Autumn 2015 and we welcome hearing from individual members interested in taking charge of the event. Robin South launched the event last year with the help of many volunteers, and he is happy to assist those who would like to take on the role for 2015. Please contact: The Club Manager at office@wyc.org.uk

Boat Parking - update on changes

The proposed changes in boat parking notified in the news item posted in January have now been implemented. Full details are available from the Beachmaster or from your Class Captain but in brief, we have:
- Tidied all areas of the beach and West Quay. Further activity is planned to move and dispose of any unpaid and/or unidentified kit in accordance with the club’s membership conditions and the recognised RYA process.
- Created space for temporary boat parking nearer the clubhouse for WYC boats required to move when the club hosts major events created an area for cadet boat storage nearer the club house.
- Tried to ensure there is space near to the launch/retrieval area for the most regular sailors, and where possible have consolidated class areas on the beach and quay.
As a result a small number of boats and trailers have been moved, most within the existing class areas. If your boat is one of those moved to a different area of the beach or quay your Class Captain will be able to tell you where it is now situated. An updated class allocation diagram will be available later this month. The beach and West Quay utilisation will be monitored and ‘ fine tuned’ if necessary during the season.
Many thanks from the Sailing Committee to those club members who volunteered their help over the last two weekends to implement the changes.
Finally, if you have not yet placed your 2015 sticker on your boat (and/or trailer where appropriate) please can you do so by the end of this month.

2015 sailing schedule now available

The 2015 sailing schedule is now available on the club website and to add to your computer or phone calendar! WYC Presents poster

New WYC e-cigarette byelaw

Whitstable Yacht Club has introduced a new byelaw to extend the ban on smoking in enclosed spaces on club premises to include the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
UK law states that the use of e-cigarettes in buildings is at the discretion of the management. WYC, as a sporting venue, has decided that in line with guidelines from the WHO and BMA e-cigarettes are now banned in enclosed areas at the Club in line with the restrictions on tobacco based smoking products.
“Smoking” e-cigarettes reinforce the normality of smoking behavior. The industry is unregulated and some products produce levels of toxins in a range of that produced by some cigarettes, others may produce lower levels of exhaled aerosol toxicants, but this does not mean that these levels are acceptable to involuntarily exposed bystanders

Successful Race Officer Course

Thanks to Ted Temple, RYA National Race Officer, 24 WYC club members and 4 from Hampton Pier Yacht Club had an enjoyable day learning about the role of the Race Officer on Saturday 31st January. It was a really informative session and even those that are competent race officers learnt a trick or two! Well done to Peter Gowing for setting this event up!

WYC Wannabees - New Cadets&Families page and programme!

WYC Wannabees - Cadet and Family Sailing at WYC Our updated Cadets and Families page is now live in time for the 2015 season. Check it out for all the latest information about sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club with children, teenagers and families!

B14 Worlds in Austrailia - Report from the WYC boats

After a B14 from Whitstable Yacht Club won the Australian B14 Nationals at the end of December, we had high hopes for the B14 Worlds held a few days later at McCrae Yacht Club near Melbourne. After 10 races of close racing, Whitstable boat GBR761 sailed by Chris Lewns and Tom Pygall missed out on a podium position by only a few points, coming in 4th place. GBR788 sailed by Mark Barnes and Alica Clifford came in 9th, and GBR770 sailed by Simon Hadley and Nikki Hadley came in 12th of the 40 boats competing. A good result for boats sailing over 10,000 miles from home! Click more for a full race report from Mark Barnes. More ›

Boat Parking Changes

In response to member feedback regarding boat movement during events, and as part of a general review of the utilisation of the beach and West Quay with respect to the parking of boats and trailers, some changes to the current boat parking arrangements are planned from next season. Broadly the current class allocations will remain the same, however a small number of boats will be moved from current positions in order to:
* provide some space for the temporary parking of WYC boats required to move when the club is host to major events
* create an area for cadet boat storage nearer the club house
* ensure that where practical the most regular sailors, racing and casual, are located nearest to the launch/retrieval areas
* generally tidy the beach and West Quay
* ensure only paid up kit is occupying our valuable storage space

The main changes on the beach will be the area in front of the refreshment hut where positions towards the seaward end of the beach will be allocated for temporary parking during events. Most of the boats currently at the seaward end will remain within the same part of the beach but some boats not regularly used will be moved to other areas within their class. Boats regularly used by cadets will be allocated space on the beach are in front of the club. The beach area towards Reeves will also be tidied to try and keep classes together. The owners of any boats moved will be advised by their respective Class Captain.

Details of the planned changes can be obtained from the Beachmaster or Class Captains and we will be aiming to complete the moves in February, weather conditions permitting. The Sailing Committee will be asking for volunteers to help with the activity as the details are finalised and activity dates are confirmed so if you can help please do come along.

Finally, a reminder to ensure any due membership subscriptions for next year are paid as any unregistered kit will be moved.

Winter Windsurf’n'Turf BBQ and Bonfire, Saturday 10th January

WYC Windsurfing The WYC Windsurfers are a hardy bunch... they don't stop for a Winter break like the dinghy sailors, a few were even out on Christmas Day! To celebrate January, they're planning a BBQ, so come along and join in on Saturday, January 10, 2015 for a beach BBQ in front of the club! Bring your own food to grill, drinks, and, if you like, a side dish to share. We hope to have a bonfire going, so please bring any scrap wood to add to the pile. The BBQs will be ready for cooking around 4pm. Any questions, please contact Boards Class Captain Todd Mei (ponsomp@gmail.com). And if you want to get involved with the Windsurfing at WYC, check out the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/304168759765182/

Whitstable boat wins the B14 Austrailian National Championships!

Three Whitstable Yacht Club boats are currently out in Melbourne, Australia, for the B14 World Championships. As a warm up event, they've taken part in the Austrailian National Championships and beaten the locals to the top rankings! Chris Lewns and Tom Pygall came first overall after the four races, with Mark Barnes and Alicia Clifford in third place, and Simon and Nikki Hadley in 17th place, out of a total of 39 boats. The World Championships start on Friday for five days, so lets hope the Whitstable boats do as well in the main event. Click through for a write up from Mark Barnes and a link to the full results. More ›

Dates for your diary - draft WYC 2015 Programme!

The Whitstable Yacht Club 2015 programme is now having it's final drafts done before being sent to the printers. The final sailing schedule will be posted to the website early in the new year, and the paper copy will be sent out to members with the AGM papers, but to get an early view of the full racing and sailing schedule, download a draft copy here. We have a great programme of events planned in 2015, a sample of which are listed below. WYC 2015 Events

Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Series 2014

The General Handicap had a Merlin top three, with Mark Barnes and Alicia Clifford in first place, John Cooper and crews in second place, and Phil Emery and crews in Third place. In the Laser fleet Nick Stephens was first, with Christian Brewer in second in the full rigs, while John Phelan was the first Laser Radial. For the full results, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.

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