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Notes from the 2015 Meeting of Sailors

Click below to download the notes taken at the Meeting of Sailors held on 22nd November. Thanks to everyone who attended. Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_2015_11_22a.pdf

Saturday 28th November

Due to a members planned event in the committee room the club will be open until 11pm on Saturday 28th November. Hope you will enjoy the later closing time.

Whitstable Marine - Black Friday Sale

Whitstable Marine Black Friday Sale Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the sailor in your life? Pop down to the Dinghy Store (next door to WYC) this Friday and Saturday for their Black Friday Sale event, and get up to 50% off clothing, and 10% off everything else! And if you can't make it this weekend, but have an American Express card, then they're also taking part in the 'Shop Small' scheme from 5th to 20th December, which gets you £5 cashback on £10 spend!

Application to Sports England

Our application to Sports England for a grant to improve the club has now been submitted. There have been many hours spent on this complex application process, and special thanks to go the following people who helped to put the bid together: Andy Jackson, Max Hunt, Adam Roake, Louisa Clifford, Terry Davis, Sarah Wren, Dick Bradburn, Jeff Emerson, Robert Govier, and Jill Fagg. We will find out if we have been successful in this first round in January.

Congratulations to Nia Crockford

Nia Crockford We're pleased to announce that Nia Crockford has been selected by the Trustees of the RYA SE Youth Training Fund to be awarded a Coaching Bursary to continue her instructor training. The bursary will fund Nia to obtain her Race Coach Level 2 qualification. Nia (pictured above at Pirate Day during Whitstable Week) has been a popular feature of the Cadet and Family sailing sessions this year, coaching and entertaining the WYC cadets, and has been a key driver in the increase of young people taking part over the year. We wish her luck with her training, and look forward to seeing her putting the skills to good use at the club in 2016!

Atlantic Row - Less than 40 days to go!

Atlantic Row Friends of WYC, Dan Parsons and Olly Clark, will be setting off to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in less than 40 days time! Their campaign has come along way since their boat launch at Whitstable Yacht Club in May, but still need help to meet their funding goal of £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. You can help! From entering the sweepstake, donating just £1 through Virgin Money Giving, cake sales, sponsored walks, to joining the 100 Club and having an image or logo of your choice on our website and boat, or even organising your own event, please do get involved – and ask your friends, families and colleagues to do the same. You can see some fundraising ideas here. Good luck Dan and Olly!

Bar – Essential cellar work

The bar will back to selling Cask Ale & Keg Lager from 18.00 on Saturday 7th November. The Cellar has been painted throughout and has a new levelled floor.

Bonfire night at WYC on Friday 6th November

Bonfire night at WYC on Friday 6th November Come down to the club on Friday 6th November from 6.30pm for Guy Fawkes, and enjoy the fireworks around the bay. The Cadet Committee will be serving hot food, and there may be some surprises in store on the beach!


Please note that membership renewals were due on 31 October 2015. If you have not already done so, please return your form with payment to the office. Membership Sec.

Bar - Essential cellar work

Due to essential cellar work the bar will not be able to sell cask ales or lagers from Monday 2nd November until the end of the work, hopefully Friday 6th November. There will be bottle lager/ale for sale and other drinks as normal.

2015 Prize Giving and Laying up Supper

2015 Prize Giving We had a great turnout for the Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper on Saturday evening. Trophies and prizes were awarded for the years sailing so far, up to the Autumn Series, and for the Special Awards decided by the Sailing Committee, then dinner was served in the Sea Room. Well done to all the prize winners, and thanks to everyone who came along to the event. For a full list of prize winners, click through. More ›

Meeting of Sailors 2015 - Sun 22nd Nov

The 2015 Whitstable Yacht Club Meeting Of Sailors will be held on Sunday 22nd November, at midday or following the day's race (whichever is later). This is your chance to come along and influence the direction that sailing takes in 2016 and future years, and also comment on the 2015 sailing season so far. The agenda for the meeting will be:
1. Welcome
2. WYC Club Racing Programme 2015 and 2016
3. Events Policy and 2016 Events
4. Sailing Development and Cadet Sailing
5. Encouraging new members and sailors
6. Volunteering and Duties
7. Any Other Business

Bar Opening times for Winter

After careful consideration, by the GC, and looking into bar takings the following winter Bar opening times will be as follows. More ›

Dear Members of Whitstable Yacht Club

At Monday night's General Committee meeting, Commodore Richard Earland announced his decision to step down with immediate effect. Handover arrangements are in place, and it has been agreed by the General Committee that Vice-Commodore Andrew Jackson will be acting Commodore and Chair of the General Committee between now and the Annual General Meeting in March 2016.
A letter from Richard to the members of Whitstable Yacht Club can be read here.
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Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving 2015 - 24th October

Have you got your ticket for the Laying Up Supper yet? If not, there's still time, but be quick as there are limited tickets available. The Annual Prizegiving & Laying Up Supper will be held on the evening of the 24th October. Prize Giving will be at 7pm, with the supper starting at 8pm. Tickets for the supper, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, are on sale from the bar, or you can order online at

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