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Ramp Fund: #RampItUp!

We have now raised over £1000 in our ramp fund raising. A great milestone, but we have a long way to go and you can help: Just donate £100 towards a plank! Just think how much easier it will be to pull your boat up and down the beach when the ramp is complete, or how much clearer your beach will be with the other boats on the ramp!
You can donate over the bar, we accept cash, cheques or cards! Or download and complete the form and drop it into the office.
We also need auction prizes and other ideas for fundraising!
Let’s ramp it up!

WYC RAMP WORKS. SAFETY NOTICE

You may have noticed that the contractors have started works on the ramp and have set up a site compound. They will generally be working Monday to Friday, particularly around low tides.
If you are around during the week please be aware of the contractors plant & equipment manoeuvres and take notice of any temporary barriers / cones or tape put in place.

Great LaserFest Herne Bay write-up in Yachts and Yachting Mag by Steve Gray!

https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/206494/Laserfest-Tri-Series-at-Herne-Bay
For more information on the series, and the next event at WYC on July 14th and 15th, see https://www.laserfest18.com.

RAMP IT UP!

Looking for an unusual gift? What about a plank?!
Most of you know that the cost of repairing the ramp has more than trebled and the club has had to borrow money to pay for the work, leaving us short of funds for anything else. So here’s the thing – if every member donated for a plank for £100 we’d raise £35,000 which would make a huge difference.
It’s an ideal gift and you don’t need to worry about wrapping, delivery or where to put it – simply commit to £100 and your name will be on the plank board in the club house, soon to be unveiled. If cadets or university members want to pool their contributions to buy a plank or two between them, that’s fine and of course if anyone has deep pocketed friends, companies or potential sponsors, we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can donate over the bar, we accept cash, cheques or cards! Or download and complete the form and drop it into the office.
We also need auction prizes and other ideas for fundraising!
Let’s ramp it up!

Club Championships 2018

Club Championships 2018 Prize Winners
Well done to everyone who took part in the Club Championships over the Bank Holiday weekend, thank you to all the members who worked hard to make the weekend a success, and congratulations to the prize winners, particularly Julie and James who came first overall in their Merlin Rocket! More ›

Ramp repair to commence

Work to restore the ramp will commence on June 18th and is expected to run through until July 27th. Periods of activity will be determined by the tides, but sailing will not be interrupted as work will not take place during weekends. Wednesday evening sailing will also be maintained. The contractor will establish a small secure compound in the rigging area next to the landward end of the ramp but access to the usual launch areas will be maintained. A few boats in the catamaran and Laser classes will need to be moved but regular sailors in those classes will not be displaced. If you have any questions regarding the activity please contact your Class Captain or the Beachmaster.

Gorrell Tank Car Park closed for 5 weeks

Gorrell Tank closure signUnfortunately, Southern Water has announced that it is closing the Gorrell Tank car park (the largest car part in Whitstable, to the south west of the Harbour) in Whitstable for the next five weeks due to health and safety reasons. We suggest that you plan additional time to travel into and park in Whitstable, or use alternative transportation (don't forget that Whitstable Railway Station is less than 15 minutes from the club!).

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

No Parking SignAs we get into the busy season at Whitstable Yacht Club, members and visitors are reminded that car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay unless you're working on club business (which needs permission to be agreed in advance with the office or a Flag Officer). If you need to drive onto the Beach or West Quay areas for drop off or pick up, please drive carefully, do not block any boats, stay with or near your vehicle at all times, and move it out of the area as soon as possible.

Place an order for your WYC clothing!

John & Wizz are now producing and selling Polo Shirts, Sweat Tops and Hoodies embroidered with the WYC logo. Place your order by emailing johncrickmere@yahoo.co.uk.
(i) The current options are Polo Shirts, Sweat Tops and Hoodies.
(ii) Size options can range from Small to 4XL.
(iii) Garment colour options are Navy, Black, Silver Grey and Red.
Prices start at :- Polo Shirts - £13.99; Sweat Tops - £21.99; or Hoodies - £25.99
For just an additional £3.00 per garment they are happy to add one further embroidery on a sleeve eg "Recorder", "Bar Team", Boat Name, Class Logo, Personal Name etc.
There's a sample in the bar by the pool table if you want to look before you buy!

A very successful Open Day for 2018!

Open Day 2018
We had our open day on Saturday. Did you miss it? Not to worry, have a look at wyc.org.uk/members/New_Members for membership information, or wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training for training courses!

RYA Push The Boat Out 2018WYC has always responded to national 'try a boat' and 'push the boat out' days and over the years has been rewarded with an encouraging amount of interest and some very loyal new members. This year's event was probably the best yet: nearly 90 visitors took up our offer of a taster sail and they all came ashore wearing big smiles; 9 new memberships were taken out on the day; and many more took away information about our club and courses. We were delighted to include the Lord Mayor accompanied by the Lady Mayoress of Canterbury among that number - did you know that she owns a T shirt with the mayoral gold chain screen-printed across the front?
We could not have asked for better weather. A warm, sunny day with a gentle to medium breeze is the perfect recipe for winning over cautious novices and that is exactly what we had. Our visitors spanned a wide age range from 8 to we're-not-going-to-ask-you-sir. Full marks to our older cadets for giving the youngsters a taste of excitement in the club's Fevas and very many thanks to Wanderer, Miracle, Dart 18 and Tasar owners for providing a variety of platforms for the adults.
An impressive number of WYC members devoted their day to oiling the organisational wheels. The onus falls not only on boat owners: reception desks must be manned, queries answered, the mini-boat show ashore organised, buoyancy loaned, visitors escorted to the boats, boats held in the water while changeovers are made, safety-boat cover provided and much, much more. Thank you to everyone who gave willingly of their time and effort to make it happen and run so smoothly.
Same time next year?

505 National Championships photos now available

Photo by Nick ChampionAll the photos from last week's 505 National Championships are now available on the Champion Marine Photography website.

Update: WOFC application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable

WOFC have made an application for a lawful Development Certificate for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable. The Commodore has made a formal comment to object to the proposal, which can be viewed here: WYC_Oyster_Trestle_Planning_Application_comment_Final.pdf. So far there has been over 130 comments made, mostly objecting to the application, but any member wishing to add their own views should do so before the deadline of 11 May. See https://publicaccess.canterbury.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_CANTE_DCAPR_117205 for the details of the application, and how to make a comment.

505 Nationals reports and results

Photo by Nick Champion
An exciting four days of weather gave the 505 sailors a challenge for the 2018 National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club. 27 boats took part, including visitors from USA, France and Australia! The event was won by Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel from Santa Cruz Yacht Club, with Philippe Boite and Fountaine from Club Voile St Quentin in second place, and Nathan Bachelor and Sam Pascoe from Tynemouth Sailing Club in third place. The highest place Whitstable Yacht Club boat was Chris Lewns and Jack Kilburn in twelth place.
Well done to all of the sailors, and thank you to all the volunteers from Whitstable Yacht Club and Oyster Coast Watersports who worked hard to make the event a success. The 505 fleet now move on to the European Cup on Lake Garda next week.
For more detailed reports, go to:
Final day and overall report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204798/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-overall
Day 3 report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204647/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-3
Day 2 report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204612/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-2
Day 1 report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204588/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-1
Full Results: http://www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results/2018
Photo by Nick Champion at Champion Marine Photography.

TV donations - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to the fund to replace the broken TV in the Sea Room. We reached our target, and now have a brand new TV on the wall!
Thanks also to Thommo who generously donated his old TV for the use of the club's Training Centre.

Auction of abandoned equipment - 2018 (Dinghies, Trailers and Kayak)

Abandoned equipment
The list of equipment, which can be downloaded here, is to be auctioned in accordance with RYA guidelines on the disposal of abandoned equipment.
All Lots are clearly labelled and can be viewed on Reeves Beach in Rows 22/22a/23. To place a bid please email sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk by close on Sunday 20 May 2018 clearly indicating which Lot Number you are bidding on.
Winning bidders will be notified by email from Monday 21 May 2018 and will be required to remove the equipment from WYC or arrange to pay for storage by end of May 2018.

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