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Please complete our questionnaire on Sailing Development!

The club would appreciate a few moments of your time to complete our questionnaire. The aim of the questionnaire is to collect information/ideas from club members as to the area of sailing development that, (1), you would like to see happening within the club, (2), would be of particular interest, and, (3), that you would be willing to assist with as a volunteer. The answers to the questionnaire will also help us target and apply for grant funding.
It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes of your time, just go to https://goo.gl/9bpfjQ.
Please complete the questionnaire as soon as possible, but by 4th March 2017 at the latest. Any queries can be addressed to Richard Maltby.

St Patrick’s day, 17th March - Book now!

Celebrate St Patrick's day at the Yacht Club with a fabulous 2 course dinner, by Christina Brewer, only £11pp book your space at the bar.
Homemade Beef & Guinness pie, Irish Champ potatoes and Cabbage
Baileys Creme Brulee

Start your season with a visit to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on Saturday 4th March!

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017 What better way to start the sailing season than by a visit to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on Saturday 4th March? Cadets under 16 go free, and there's always plenty to interest the whole family, from starter boat options to the latest in performance dinghies, and from repair workshops to holidays! If you're thinking about investing in a new boat, make sure you check out our list of recommended boats at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/classes to make sure you get a good option for sailing at WYC. And when you're planning your visit, don't forget that we'd like to see you at the club working party on Sunday 5th March!

2017 Sailing Season starts on 11th March!

It's only a few weeks until the start of the 2017 sailing season! Time to dig out your sailing gear, finish off those winter jobs and get ready for another great year of sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club! The sailing schedule is on the website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule and your 2017 programme is in the post - if you don't get it within the next week, please contact the office to check they have your correct address and membership status. And don't forget to add the schedule to your phone or laptop calendar by following the instructions on the Schedule page of the website.
See you on the water soon! WYC Presents the 2017 Sailing Season

Reminder: Club Race Officer Training

RYAThere's still places available on the Race Officer Training Course on Saturday 25th Feb. Please email Peter Gowing to book a place: laser@wyc.org.uk.
This one day course run by RYA National Race Officer Ted Temple will be held at WYC for members on 25th February starting at 10am. The course is free, and ideal for individuals with little or no Race Officer experience. Additionally it would be a good refresher for those who find the annual duty a little bit daunting or would like to brush up on the above skills.
Aim:
1. To provide a basic syllabus for club race management courses that can be adapted to a club’s needs.
2. To achieve a minimum standard of race management within a club.
3. To teach basic signalling, course laying, the basic routines of starting, managing and finishing races and safety.
Please email Peter Gowing to book a place: laser@wyc.org.uk.

Bar price increases

As from Tuesday 7th February there will be a small increase in some products due to increase costs in bar operation.

Watch RBS 6Nations Matches at WYC!

RBS 6Nations 2017Watch all the games at Whitstable Yacht Club!
11th Feb - Italy v Ireland at 2:25pm, then Wales v England at 4:50pm.
12th Feb - France v Scotland at 3:00pm.
25th Feb - Scotland v Wales at 2:25pm, then Ireland v France at 4:50pm.
26th Feb - England v Italy at 3:00pm.
10th Mar - Wales v Ireland at 8:05pm.
11th Mar - Italy v France at 1:30pm, then England v Scotland at 4:00pm.
18th Mar - Scotland v Italy at 12:30pm, then France v Wales at 2:45pm. A recording of the Ireland v England game will be played following the WYC AGM.

TV Donation

Larry has kindly bought the Club a new TV for the bar area for all the support he has received since his beloved wife passed away recently.

Bob Long (updated)

We regret to report that Bob Long passed away on Wednesday. Bob was a very active member of the Merlin Rocket Class, particularly in the early days of the class in the 50s and 60s, although he was actively sailing them at Whitstable until around 2007. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. His funeral will be on Friday 10th February at 12 noon at Charing Crematorium. Donations to the British Heart Foundation or via John Kemp Funeral Directors, 26 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH.

WYC Cadets Easter Sailing Courses

Places are selling fast for the amazing value courses for the Easter Sailing courses at Westbere lake.
Week one 4-6 April only one space left.
Week two 11-13 April only a few spaces left
We are pleased to confirm dates for bookings so far received. From now on please book the second week to have more chance of getting a place.
These courses are incredible value at just £65 for the 3 day courses. Please call the office or Richard Maltby, the Club Principal, for more details.

Safety Boat and Power Boat courses

Oyster Coast Water Sports on the East side of the Harbour will be running an RYA Safety Boat Course on 1st and 2nd April, and WYC members can get a significant discount on the price! An RYA Power Boat Level 2 is a pre-requisite requirement for the course, but they'll also be running PB2 courses this year. Contact them at info@oystercoastwatersports.co.uk for more information, and mention you're a WYC member!

Diane Lamberton

We regret to report that Diane Lamberton passed away last Wednesday. Our deepest condolences. A very great loss not only for Larry and for Diane's family, but also for the RNLI and Whitstable communities, who she loved and who loved her in return. She will be greatly missed by all of us at WYC. Diane’s funeral will be at Barham Crematorium on Tuesday 31st January at 3.20pm.

Storm damage to the club ramp

Ramp damage
Many members will already have seen, either in person or from the photos on social media, that the WYC club ramp has suffered significant damage in the storms on Friday. A group of club members, including those with experience in construction and marine engineering, have been working to enact repairs and maintenance on the ramp. However as the phrase goes, "no plan survives contact with the enemy", and unfortunately the sea has acted quicker to destruct the ramp, than we could apply the fixes to strengthen the ramp! A small team, (thanks David, Phil, Ian and Robert!) spent Saturday morning recovering a large section of the ramp and ensuring that it is not lost, and can't do further damage, but more of the ramp is loose and will need further repair.
We will be assessing the ramp over the coming week, and doing further work to dismantle the section covered by water to understand how much of the structure is sound, and how much will need to be replaced. We will provide further information when we know more.
Please do not use or walk on the section of the ramp covered by the tide at this time as it is dangerous.

Birds eye view - Drone video footage of Winter Series Race 5

Great footage shot by B14 sailor Mark Barnes and edited by Laser sailor Paul Kelly showing highlights from the Winter Series Race 5 on 27th November last year. Seeing the racing from this angle really brings a new dimension to the sport, thanks Mark and Paul!

Laser by Drone from Paul Kelly on Vimeo.

Club Race Officer Training

RYAThis one day course run by RYA National Race Officer Ted Temple will be held at WYC for members on 25th February starting at 10am. The course is free, and ideal for individuals with little or no Race Officer experience. Additionally it would be a good refresher for those who find the annual duty a little bit daunting or would like to brush up on the above skills.
Aim:
1. To provide a basic syllabus for club race management courses that can be adapted to a club’s needs.
2. To achieve a minimum standard of race management within a club.
3. To teach basic signalling, course laying, the basic routines of starting, managing and finishing races and safety.
Please email Peter Gowing to book a place: laser@wyc.org.uk.

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