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Listening to your views - opportunity for discussion with the Commodore and members of the GC

The General Committee is keen to hear what members think about the direction that the club is taking, and our progress against initiatives we are working on to update and improve Whitstable Yacht Club, and attract new members whilst retaining our existing members. As promised in our newsletter published in June, we will be holding two sessions in Whitstable Week to hear your views. The first will be at 6pm on Thursday (31st) and the second at 11am on Friday (1st) in the Sea Room of the club house. Don't worry, if you can't make these sessions we will be holding more in the future, and the members of the General Committee always welcome your feedback. If you want to know who represents you on the committee, you can see a full list here:

Exciting start to Whitstable Week

WWeek Banner Whitstable Week 2014 kicked off yesterday with a challenging day of racing on choppy seas. Although the promised rain held off, the wind maintained a good Northerly force 3-5, with plenty of chop, creating some exciting conditions. Over 35 boats have entered so far, with visiting boats from Broadstairs SC, Wilsonians SC, Worthing SC, Hayling Island SC, Hampton Pier YC and Tankerton Bay SC, and the day saw close racing across the fleets. With lighter winds and a sunny blue sky forecast for today, the positions throughout the fleets are likely to change, making for some interesting changes in positions! Full results can be found at
Today (Tuesday) we two races, with the first start at 2pm, then this evening 'General Recall', the WYC house band will be playing. Wednesday is Cadet and Family day, with fun on and off the water for all ages, then quiz night in the evening.

NSSA National Youth Regatta

The National Schools Sailing Association National Youth Regatta was held at Downs Sailing Club in Deal last week, which saw several hundred children on the water competing at a national level at this 5 day event. Congratulations to Whitstable cadets Conor Lamb and Issie Bruton who represented Kent in the Topper class, and came in 7th and 26th respectively in the 70 strong Topper fleet. Whitstable Yacht Club was also represented on the water in the Safety Boat fleet, with one of the Whitstable Safety Boats on the water, manned by volunteers from WYC. Thanks to Ian Embry and John Cooper for spending the week on the water, laying courses and keeping the fleet safe. On shore, the White Horses Whitstable Floating Gallery Art Laser Sails were prominently displayed in the main pavilion, and WYC Commodore Richard Earland gave a talk on the subject as part of the week.
Art Sails on display at Downs

Fancy getting an up-close view of racing during Whitstable Week?

There are still opportunities join our race team during Whitstable Week (28th July to 1st August) as safety boat crew. No experience is necessary, you just have to be over 16, and happy to blast around the bay in a rib. You can do just one or two days in the week, or join a rib crew for the whole week. This is an ideal opportunity for non-sailors, friends and family to get involved in a fun week. Contact the Robert Govier if you want to give it a go ( or 07733 260 879)

Jamie Reynolds - Funeral Arrangements

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday 5th August at 12.30pm at All Saints Church, Whitstable followed by her burial at Whitstable Cemetery. Huw, Emma and Lucy would be happy to see all those who wish to attend, and then afterwards at Jojo's.

One week to go!

Until Whitstable Week 2014 - Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August WW 2014 Programme More ›

Whitstable sailor swaps sails for oars for Atlantic Challenge

In December of next year, friend of WYC Dan Parsons (pictured sailing in the Merlin Nationals at Whitstable with Hamish Kilburn) and teammate Olly Clark will start on an epic trip to row the 3000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. As part of the campaign they're also looking to support two very deserving charities, Prostate Cancer UK and ABF, the Soldier's Charity.
To find out more, and to keep updated with their progress, see the website at, Facebook at or twitter at @RowAtlantic2015.
Dan has been a member of the club for 20 years... More ›

Bar and Catering Manager

At a special meeting of the General Committee on 8th July, very careful consideration was given to the financial position of the club and the paid staff structure. The minutes of that meeting are posted in the Sea Room at WYC.
After an appropriate process of consultation and consideration of all the issues it is with regret that the club management have decided to make the post of Bar and Catering Manager redundant with immediate effect. Anthony Harris has been involved in the consultation and he is aware of the outcome of this decision.
I wish to publicly record the thanks of the club. It’s members and visitors for the very good work Tony has done over the last 22 months. We all wish him the very best of luck for the future.
The Bar and Catering facilities and opening times will continue as previously promulgated.

Droning on…

After the success of the aerial photography from a plane and helicopter in 2012, there's another experiment in the works in the skies over Whitstable. Whitstable resident Barry Thompson has recently taken to the skies with a camera mounted on a drone, and the first of his videos of sailing off Whitstable Yacht Club can be found here: Barry's keen to work with the club, so hopefully we'll see more of our sailing at this interesting angle in future!

Jamie Reynolds

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Jamie Reynolds, wife of Hugh Reynolds, after a long and dignified battle with breast cancer peacefully on Tuesday 8th July. Funeral arrangements will be announced when arranged. All at Whitstable Yacht club would like to pass on condolences to Hugh, family and friends.

Whitstable Week 2014 - Two weeks to go!

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It's two weeks to go until the start of Whitstable Week! There's a great programme of racing, social and family events planned every day with something for everyone. For the full programme and more information, see

B14 Nationals

Two B14 teams from WYC attended the B14 Nationals at Paignton over last week. Team Whitstable Marine (Chris Lewns/Tom Pygall) finished a strong 5th with a race win and 2nd under their belt on day 3 of the series. Seavolution (Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver) moved up through the fleet throughout the series, contending for top 3 in the last 2 races of the series and coming 8th overall. Over the 11 race series, P&B South (Ben McGrane/Ollie Vidal) won at the end of a hotly contested final race. There was depth and talent throughout the top 10 of the 28 contenders, with all bar a few stragglers fighting it out as a compact group after a minimum 45 minutes of racing. With the return of the other front end WYC team, Team Harken (Simon Hadley/Nikki Hadley), these 3 teams will be attending the inlands at Datchet in early September to hopefully see 1 maybe 2 of the teams fighting for the podium positions.

Food Hygiene Rating 5

After a recent unannounced inspection WYC kitchen scored a Food Hygiene Rating of 5. This is the highest possible score from the Food Standards Agency. WYC would like to thank all the catering staff for keeping standards to the highest levels, with a special thanks to Wiz for all her hard work.

B14 Nationals

Many of you may have seen 2 B14s training off of Whitstable in the last few weeks. Well Whitstable Yacht Club will be seeing the 2 teams, The Dinghy Store (Whitstable)/Chris Lewns (Chris Lewns/Tom Pygall) GBR 761 and Seavolution/North Sails (Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver) GBR 788 heading down to Paignton for the start of the Nationals on Thursday running through till Sunday. With approx. 30 teams making to event, it will be a tight series consisting of 10 races with 8 to count. Both teams are seen a possibility for podium positions. To add spice to the challenge, this is Ruth's first senior fleet nationals. To follow their progress, either log on to or

Member success at the A-Class Catamaran European Championships

Well done to new WYC member Chris Field who came 13th of 106 entries to the A-Class European Championships at Cercle Voile Bordeaux last week, and was the top placed British boat! The A-Class catamaran is a relatively new boat to Whitstable Yacht Club, but the numbers are growing, and Whitstable is one of the few coastal clubs suitable for the high performance carbon fibre development class boats, so we look forward to seeing them sailing with the Big Cat class. For a write up of the event see, and for the full results go to

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