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John Day - Funeral

John Day's funeral will be held at Vinters Park Crematorium in Maidstone on the 2nd June at 2:45pm, followed by a wake at the George Inn in Leeds village.
Rather than flowers, John's family have asked for donations to Cancer Research, given as a cheque to the funeral director. More ›

Cadets and Families Session, Saturday 27th May at 12.00, and Cadetfest, August 21-25.

The main group is for cadets and parents who can sail a triangular course and wish to improve their sailing and/or racing expertise. If you are a beginner or not yet able to sail a triangular course the learner group is for you.

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Cadets far from Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea

WYC CadetsCaptured in this photo taken from the Rigden balcony, ten of 19 cadet boats on the water last Friday (May 19) sailing in light airs. Congratulations to Margot Ali and Clara Taylor who successfully completed their RYA Stage two certificates, and to all 21 cadets and the four cadet instructors (out of view but in close support) on a very good session.

WYC Cadets go Topper Team Racing!

8 Whitstable Yacht Club cadets had a great time on Saturday 13th May, taking part in the KSSA Topper Team Racing at Redoubt Sailing Club. George Grove provided the following report on the action:
On Saturday we went to a Topper Team Racing competition. It was the windiest sail I have ever had! We all capsized (including the other teams) except Seb, who did really well simply keeping his boat upright! They thought that they may have to call it off as it was so windy. My Dad said it's not often you see waves of that size on a lake. Unfortunately, we did not win but it was a good sail!
The plucky sailors were:
Whitstable YC(A)
Seb Bamford (13), Hugo Eaton-Baudains (15), Iggy McNally (capt) (11) and Wilf Taylor (12)
Whitstable YC (B)
Thea Eaton-Baudains (11), Francesca Edler-Maidment (8), George Groves (12) and Lucas Groves (13)
WYC Cadet Team
For more photos, see the club's Facebook page

Book your meal for 26th May

Book at bar just £13pp
Menu
Garlic bread
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Lasagne
Tomato and mozzarella salad
Italian salad
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Strawberries and meringues

Price £13 per head

Club Championships - Safety Boat Crew Needed

Are you free on the Saturday or Monday of the late May Bank Holiday (27-29 May), and fancy getting on the water? We need Safety Boat Crews to support the Saturday and Monday races (2pm race start times, so you'll need to be down at the club at least an hour earlier). If you can help out, please contact wycraceresults@wyc.org.uk.

John Day

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that John Day died on Saturday 13th May. Most recently a keen Laser sailor (shown in the photos below sailing his Laser, and receiving the WYC Laser Sailor of the year award in 2016), he has a history with the club going back to the 1960's. He will be greatly missed. Below is a personal reflection on John's sailing career by Charlie Campion.
John Day
John first visited Whitstable Yacht Club in the 1960’s. He had gone for a ride on his Triumph motorcycle, a marque he owned all his adult life in preference to the Japanese offerings, & almost by chance ended up in Whitstable. As he was walking past Whitstable Yacht Club he spotted a notice advertising for crews which he enquired into. I am not quite sure of the ensuing conversation but later that day John was on the water with Derick Emery in a National 12 competing in a club race in quite windy weather. Derick was an accomplished National 12 sailor in pre Laser days when there were a limited number of dinghy classes & WYC was pretty much all National 12’s & Merlin Rockets. Derick & John won the race but what really impressed John was Derrick’s boat handling when coming ashore. Anyway, soon after... More ›

Push The Boat Out Success - Thank you!

PTBO at WYCOur Push the Boat Out event on Saturday 13th May was a big success, despite the strong winds which kept all our visitors safely on the shore. We met some delightful new friends and look forward to welcoming them back to the club for a taster sail in more benign conditions. A very big thank you to everyone who helped, in whatever capacity. Your enthusiasm was impressive and we needed every one of you!

Man of Kent at Whitstable Yacht Club

Man Of Kent at WYC - 10th June 2017It's less than a month until Whitstable Yacht Club hosts this year's Man of Kent regatta on Saturday 10th June. The event consists of 3 all-in handicap average lap races on 3 courses to provide competition across all classes. The racing starts at 11am, and entry is open to any member of a club affiliated to the East Kent Yachting Association with a sailing dinghy or multihull listed in the RYA Portsmouth Number List 2017. You can race individually or as a team. To qualify for the team prize teams should consist of 3 boats, one 1071 or above and one 1070 or below, with at least 150 points between the highest and lowest, plus any other boat. Download the Notice Of Race, Sailing Instructions and Course Charts. Enter online for a discount at manofkent2017.eventbrite.co.uk!

Updated bar opening hours

Updated bar opening times from this week, with later opening until 10pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For the full bar opening times see wyc.org.uk/about/social

David Johnson

We regret to report that David Johnson passed away on Tuesday 11th April. He was for a long time a member of the club having joined in the mid 60s. He initially sailed a National 12 and then had a Merlin 691 Tease (at one time this was owned by Phil Emery's father Len - it had been designed and built by Roy Rigden in the mid 50s). David then built from scratch together with Robin Wilson Merlin 2991 Teasmade. For a time he was the Sailing Secretary at the club. In very recent years he has lived in Devon. He suffered from cancer for the last few weeks. His funeral will be held on 25th April at 10.30am at Meavy Church, and the funeral directors are Morris Brothers of Tavistock.

Please close the barrier onto the beach from the harbour

The RNLI have reported a few incidents recently of people driving onto the beach and parking in the area in front of the RNLI station, potentially blocking their ability to launch. They've requested that the barrier onto the beach is kept down at all times to discourage people parking on the beach. If you're moving equipment or boats onto the beach from the harbour area, please close the barrier behind you, and if you see the barrier open, please close it.

Message from the Commodore.

"It is with great regret that I pass on the news to members that Allan Barnes has died. Allan has suffered for the last eighteen months with cancer, and passed away peacefully at his home in Canterbury last week. Allan was an immensely skilled and popular member of the Safety Boat team, with strong links to the Merlin Class at Wembley Sailing Club. He had driven safety boats during Merlin Week in Salcombe for many years. It was there that John Cooper recognised him as a newly joined member of the WYC Laser fleet and suggested he should join the team at Whitstable. In the few years that he was with us, Allan endeared himself to sailors and safety boat team members alike for his good humour, quiet competence and great skills afloat and onshore. He had a mischievous sense of fun, and was one of the principal players in some legendary evenings on the WYC deck during the Merlin Nationals and other events. Last year he donated his Laser to the club. He will be greatly missed."
Update: The funeral will take place on Friday 21st April at Barham Crematorium. The service will start at 13.20pm. Rather than flowers, Alan's family will be taking donations for the Pilgrim’s Hospice and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. If you would like to donate then they will have a collection and can take cash or cheques. Both are worthy causes and they are obviously close to the family's hearts so please be generous.

Asymmetric and Catamaran Fleet Racing

After consultation with the members of the classes, and confirmation at the March Sailing Committee meeting we will be trialing the combination of the Asymmetric, Small and Big Catamaran classes into a single fleet, with one start, and average lap racing on a windward/leeward course. This will mean that the Asymmetric class will start with on the third start with the Catamarans, and the Small Catamarans will race windward/leeward courses. Where there are no boats racing from the Asymmetric and Big Cat fleets, the Small Cats may choose to race a triangle course with the agreement of the Race Officer. This change will start from the beginning of the Easter Nip series. Any questions or comments on this change, please contact your Class Captain, or the Rear Commodore Sailing.

Ramp repairs and hazard awareness

The first phase of work on the club ramp following the storm damage has now been completed. It has been necessary to remove much of the lower section of the ramp leaving the sub-structure exposed until the rebuilding activity takes place. Members are reminded to keep well clear of the line of the ramp when leaving and returning to the beach. As the plans for rebuilding the ramp are finalised a further update will be provided regarding the expected return to use.

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