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Bob Long

We regret to report that Bob Long passed away on Wednesday. Bob was a very active member of the Merlin Rocket Class, particularly in the early days of the class in the 50s and 60s, although he was actively sailing them at Whitstable until around 2007. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

WYC Cadets Easter Sailing Courses

Places are selling fast for the amazing value courses for the Easter Sailing courses at Westbere lake.
Week one 4-6 April only one space left.
Week two 11-13 April only a few spaces left
We are pleased to confirm dates for bookings so far received. From now on please book the second week to have more chance of getting a place.
These courses are incredible value at just £65 for the 3 day courses. Please call the office or Richard Maltby, the Club Principal, for more details.

Yacht Club Members showing at the Fish Slab Gallery

Two Whitstable Yacht Club members, Helen Wild and Robin South, along with Linda Karlsen have formed Saxon Shore Studios and the trio will be holding an exhibition at Fish Slab Art Gallery late January.
Each will be showing a variety of ten or more new works of art and the exhibition starts on Wednesday 25th and closes on Tuesday 31st January 2017.
FISH SLAB GALLERY, 11 Oxford Street, Whitstable. Open each day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. From 24th until 31st January 2017

Safety Boat and Power Boat courses

Oyster Coast Water Sports on the East side of the Harbour will be running an RYA Safety Boat Course on 1st and 2nd April, and WYC members can get a significant discount on the price! An RYA Power Boat Level 2 is a pre-requisite requirement for the course, but they'll also be running PB2 courses this year. Contact them at for more information, and mention you're a WYC member!

Bar - new range fitting

The bar will be closed Monday afternoon 30th January for the fitting of some new lines. it will be open as normal in the evening. Come and sample the new products.

Diane Lamberton

We regret to report that Diane Lamberton passed away last Wednesday. Our deepest condolences. A very great loss not only for Larry and for Diane's family, but also for the RNLI and Whitstable communities, who she loved and who loved her in return. She will be greatly missed by all of us at WYC. Diane’s funeral will be at Barham Crematorium on Tuesday 31st January at 3.20pm.

POSTPONED to 4th Feb: Ian and Phil’s Laid Back Quiz Night!

Laid Back Quizzing!
It's so laid back it's moved by 2 weeks!
Back by popular demand, it's Ian and Phil's Laid Back Quiz Night! Who's in your dream team? Pick 8 and be ready for 7.30pm on Saturday 4th February. Book a table with the bar!

Storm damage to the club ramp

Ramp damage
Many members will already have seen, either in person or from the photos on social media, that the WYC club ramp has suffered significant damage in the storms on Friday. A group of club members, including those with experience in construction and marine engineering, have been working to enact repairs and maintenance on the ramp. However as the phrase goes, "no plan survives contact with the enemy", and unfortunately the sea has acted quicker to destruct the ramp, than we could apply the fixes to strengthen the ramp! A small team, (thanks David, Phil, Ian and Robert!) spent Saturday morning recovering a large section of the ramp and ensuring that it is not lost, and can't do further damage, but more of the ramp is loose and will need further repair.
We will be assessing the ramp over the coming week, and doing further work to dismantle the section covered by water to understand how much of the structure is sound, and how much will need to be replaced. We will provide further information when we know more.
Please do not use or walk on the section of the ramp covered by the tide at this time as it is dangerous.

Birds eye view - Drone video footage of Winter Series Race 5

Great footage shot by B14 sailor Mark Barnes and edited by Laser sailor Paul Kelly showing highlights from the Winter Series Race 5 on 27th November last year. Seeing the racing from this angle really brings a new dimension to the sport, thanks Mark and Paul!

Laser by Drone from Paul Kelly on Vimeo.

Club Race Officer Training

RYAThis one day course run by RYA National Race Officer Ted Temple will be held at WYC for members on 25th February starting at 10am. The course is free, and ideal for individuals with little or no Race Officer experience. Additionally it would be a good refresher for those who find the annual duty a little bit daunting or would like to brush up on the above skills.
1. To provide a basic syllabus for club race management courses that can be adapted to a club’s needs.
2. To achieve a minimum standard of race management within a club.
3. To teach basic signalling, course laying, the basic routines of starting, managing and finishing races and safety.
Please email Peter Gowing to book a place:

DRAFT WYC 2017 WYC Sailing Programme

The 2017 Programme will be going to print early in the new year, and will be sent out to members with the AGM papers in February. This year we've managed to schedule even more races and events, and we're looking forward to another excellent year of sailing. The season kicks off with the first race on Saturday 11th March, and concludes with the end of the Winter Series on 17th December. Between those dates we have 75 club races, 34 club cups and special races, 6 cruises and 7 Open and Nationals events! Highlights of the programme include an RS Feva/Terra Open on 8&9th July, the B14 Nationals between 3rd and 6th August, Whitstable Week from 7th to 11th August, and a Laser European Qualifier event on 21st&22nd October . You can download the full draft list of events here. Any comments or questions, please contact the

Winter Series Results and full list of 2016 winners

Congratulations to Phil Emery in his Merlin Rocket, Steve Grey in his Laser and John Gibbons in his Laser Radial who came first in their classes in the 2016 Winter Series. Prizes were awarded after the final race on Sunday 11th December. For all of the Prizes awarded in 2016, including this years Special Awards, download the list here, or checkout the detail results at

Notes from the 2016 Meeting of Sailors

Click below to download the notes taken at the Meeting of Sailors held on 27th November 2016. Thanks to everyone who attended.

“You haven’t won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors”*

Older members and followers of Olympic sailing will be sad to hear that Paul Elvstrom died at his home in Hellerup, Denmark, yesterday (7th December) at the age of 88. Not unreasonably dubbed The Great Dane by far too many journalists, Elvstrom was one of the Great Names in sailing history.
He won four consecutive Olympic gold medals: Firefly in 1948 (the London Olympics, sailing in Torbay); Finn in 1952 (Helsinki), 1956 (Melbourne) and 1960 (Rome). Apocryphal or not, the story is told that he would train in his Finn during a snowstorm so that he could learn to read the windshifts. He was reserve for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 (where Keith Musto and Tony Morgan won Silver in the FD) and competed in the Star and Soling fleets in the next two Games without winning a medal. In 1984 and 1988 he competed in the Tornado class with his daughter Trine on the wire.
But if Olympic medals eluded him after those four wins, other victories were plentiful. He won eleven world championships - 505 (2), Finn (2), Snipe (1), Flying Dutchman (1), 5.5 Metre (1), Star (2), and Soling (2) and two Tornado European championships with Trine.
His books are still among the best sailing literature ever written, he founded the eponymous sail and boat building companies and he was a thoroughly nice guy.
*famous quote by Paul Elvstrom.

Digital Jukebox

The bar is trialing a new state of the art digital Jukebox. With millions of songs available at 50p a play or 3 for £1.00, or 7 for £2.00. It also show the latest news and sport results at no cost. Background music will also be provided at no cost.

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