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Watch Whitstable Yacht Club on the BBC!

Wendy and Gavin A little closer to home, Monday night's Inside Out for the Southeast featured Whitstable sailors Gavin Barr and Wendy Fitzpatrick. Gavin proved that you can still sail into your 80s, and do it on a budget, and Wendy demonstrated the merits of a second career after retirement as an Instructor at Wild Times Sailing & Windsurfing School. Inspirational stories from both about keeping active in your later years! The show will be available for another 4 days on the BBC iPlayer, so catch it while you can at bbc.in/1qX9J7g.

Watch ISAF Sailing World Championships on the BBC!

All this week, top international dinghy sailors, including Whitstable Yacht Club Olympic hopefuls Alicia Clifford and Tom Bruton, have been battling the conditions at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain, in a bid for medal glory and all-important country qualification in the ten classes for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As the competition reaches its critical stage, with the medal deciders starting on Thursday 18 September, you can catch all the medal race action on the BBC. Medal races will be broadcast on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website at the following times (UK viewers only, all times in BST):
Thursday 18 September 13:00 - 15:00 [Laser Radial/Laser]
Friday 19 September 13:00 - 15:00 [RSX Men/RSX Women]
Saturday 20 September 13:00 - 15:00 [470 Women/470 Men]
Sunday 21 September 11:00 - 15:00 [49er FX/49er/Finn/Nacra 17]
Viewers outside of the UK will be able to watch via the ISAF Youtube Channel
You can also catch up on our journey since London 2012, and throughout the Santander World Championships, and meet some of the British Sailing Team's Olympic hopefuls in a one-hour documentary programme to be aired on Saturday 27 September, at 13:00 on BBC One.

Bart’s Bash 21st September

Barts Bash The Bart's Bash will be joining together thousands of worldwide sailors in a race to set a new Guinness World Record, raise money for charity and remember Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, Gold & Silver Olympic medalist & America's Cup sailor. Race starts at 11 on Sunday. Suggested donation £5. More ›

Forts Race Photos

Forts Race 2014 Photos taken on Saturday of the Forts Race by Nick Champion from Champion Marine Photography are now available to view and order on his website: championmarinephotography.co.uk

Forts Race Drone

Forts Race 2014 We were lucky enough to have Barry Thompson out on a Safety Boat for the Forts Race this year, using his pair of drones to capture footage of the boats around the Forts towers. Have a watch for some beautiful footage of the catamarans against the backdrop of these World War 2 artefacts.

Forts Race - great weekend of catamaran sailing at WYC!

Forts Race 2014 Abbi at the Forts Wow, what a great weekend for the Forts Race this year! Perfect conditions (NE F4) made for some excellent sailing and really close racing. Saturday saw 25 entrants into the main event, 13 of which were visiting boats. The main course took on four legs: Out to the Red Sands Forts and back; Out to the Vattenfall Wind Farm and back; Along the coast to Herne Bay Pier and back; and finally out to Spile Buoy and back to Whitstable Yacht Club. The Short Course just did the first two legs (still an epic 36 miles!). Full results will be posted to the website shortly, but Grant Piggott and Simon Farren from Weston Sailing Club sailing an F18 took the overall prize, as well as the Dewhirst Cup (for the Forts leg) and the Vattenfall prize for the Wind Farm leg. First placed Whitstable boat was sailed by Ghislain Melaine and Greg Crease. The winner of the Short Course Race was Robert Govier and Ruta Nakrosyte on a Dart 18.
On Sunday an single race was sailed off Whitstable, which was won by Grant Piggott and Simon Farren.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this event happen, including the Race Officer Jon Silk, Assistant Race Officer John Cooper, Recording and Results by Jill Fagg, Andrea Oliver and Coral France, Land Bridge by John and Frances Mulhall, all the Safety Drivers and Crew, and many more! Dart at the Windfarm

WYC on Facebook

As well as this news feed, Whitstable Yacht Club has a few other places where you can catch up on the latest news and information. If you're on Facebook, the main WYC page is at facebook.com/WhitstableYC. There's also a page dedicated to the Forts Race at facebook.com/FortsRace, a group for the Laser class, a group for the catamarans and a new one created for windsurfing at Whitstable.

The Vampire Flies

Forts Race 2014
Foiling Vampire At Whitstable Yacht Club we've grown used to seeing the 11 foot International Moth flying across the water on it's advanced foils, with a few of the development class boats sailed regularly at the club. The Vatenfall Forts Race on 13/14 September will see the next phase of extreme foiling boats take to the water, with the highly experimental 20 foot foiling Vampire catamaran owned by William Sunnucks making its race debut in the UK’s premier catamaran long distance race.
The Vampire, originally an M20 from Marstrom Composites in Sweden, is 20 foot long and 12 foot wide sporting a 27sqm rig, and a further 27sqm spinnaker. It sails downwind consistently at over 20 knots, peaking at around 26 knots, and is the first catamaran to be fitted with canted T foils. For more information on the boat, click here, and to find out more about the Forts Race, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race.

Auction 23rd August

We had a very successful auction in aid of the new Committee Boat on Saturday 23rd August, with a good turn out or members despite the unseasonable bank holiday weekend weather. The silent Auction made £423 whilst the main Auction raised £1020. Many thanks to all the companies, club members & staff who donated items (see list below).
Thank you for all the donations for the Committee Boat to date. Donated so far £2745 with gift aid £3400. We are still looking to raise about £2100 so if you would like to donate, please fill in a gift aid form & return it to the office. Total raised so far, including Auction, Donations & Gift Aid £4843. More ›

Barts Bash - Sunday 21st September

Barts Bash The inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Each sailing club will sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location (with certain set requirements to meet a world record criteria) on Sunday 21 September 2014. It is the major fundraising event for the Foundation and we are asking people to raise money to support this charitable work. It is for this cause that they are suggesting people could pay a £5 donation to take part.
Whitstable Yacht Club will set the race details locally. We will use a normal Sunday morning race as our Bart’s Bash race - subject to any adjustments needed for the world record and event criteria.
Full details will be provided via a special briefing on the morning of the Race. The Briefing for all sailors will be at 10:00 on the decking prior to sign on, and the race will start at 11:00. WYC is registered for this event and further details can be found at the following link. bartsbash.co.uk/what-is-barts-bash
The club is keen to encourage the highest possible turnout so please make a special effort to sail in this unique and very special race. You are encouraged to sign on to the special on line web page before the race day. This helps the national organisers know how many people will be taking part. To be included as an individual participant in the world record attempt you must sign on at the link below. Signing up on the 21st September is allowed but there are obvious advantages in doing this early. Please sign up now if you will be taking part at bartsbash.co.uk/race-entries?combine=&field_boat_class_tid=&title=whitstable+Yacht+club&field_country_tid=All
Further details will be given nearer the event. Look out for notices about WYCs participation in Bart’s Bash.

Artist’s Open Houses at Whitstable Yacht Club

Artists Open Houses 2014 As part of the Canterbury Festival WYC will exhibit work of members and local artists in the upstairs rooms at the Clubhouse. More than 15 artists will be exhibiting their works so there be a complete variety of work on display from keen amateur to professional artists. The exhibition is open to club members and non-members from 11 am -5pm each weekend for 3 weekends from 18th October. Most items will be available for purchase during the exhibition. The club will also be hosting a launch evening on Friday 17th October from 6.30pm to get an early view of the art on show, and meet some of the artists. Click more to see details of all the artists showing. More ›

Man of Kent - 21st September

This year's Man of Kent race will be held at Hampton Pier Yacht Club, just down the coast from WYC on 21st September. This is a great opportunity to sail at this event, being so close to WYC, and to pit your sailing skills against other sailors from around Kent! For full details, see www.hpyc.org.uk/.

Band confirmed for Saturday 13th September at WYC

Back due to popular demand, Project F are confirmed to play Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday 13th September as part of the Forts Race Weekend. This excellent band, who played a great closing set for Whitstable Week this year will be back at the club once more, in an event open to all club members and visiting sailors. Make sure you're there from 8pm for what promises to be a great night!
Project F!

Well done to Alastair Gould

Regular WYC sailor Alastair Gould took part in the Musto Skiff Nationals last weekend. His practice in all weathers at Whitstable obviously paid off as out of the 59 entries, he was one of the few competitors to complete all 10 races, in especially testing conditions. Alastair ended up in 45th place overall, a respectable position given the strong national and international competition! For the full results and write up head to musto.com/our-world/blog/harken-musto-skiff-nationals-2014-stokes-bay-sailing-club-14-17-aug

Congratulations Tom Pygall - Merlin Rocket National Champion

WYC member, Tom Pygall sailing with Olympic Silver medalist Stu Bithell, has won a very windy Merlin Rocket National championship at Looe. Day by day reports of the racing, together with some stunning videos can be seen on the Yachts and Yachting website. The videos are essential viewing for anyone interested in dinghy racing. This is the second time Tom had been champion, having won the title with Andy "Taxi" Davis at Hayling Island in 2011. Well sailed Tom, we are proud of you.

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