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Whitstable Week 2017 - Social Schedule

Whitstable Week Social Schedule
We're pleased to announce the Whitstable Week 2017 Social Schedule!
Starting with a warm up on Saturday 5th August (and also to celebrate the B14 Nationals), band MAMPAMA will be providing the entertainment. On Monday it's Games Night, so bring your favourite board game and see who's fastest off the water! On Tuesday we have a 60s and 70s Vinyl night (Not 'Arf!), and on Wednesday we have the traditional Ian and Phil's Laid Back Quiz Night! Thursday is a Bring Your Own Barbeque (you bring the food, we supply the barbeque). To round the week off, we have Prize Giving followed by the band Crisis for a mixture of Americana, Cajun, Bluegrass & Blues with an emphasis on music you can dance to!
For more information about the week, including the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, see

WYC - This weekend’s programme

There's a lot going on this weekend, and a bit of a change to the printed programme, so here's a reminder:
Friday 21st, 2.30pm - Deadline for postal votes for the Special General Meeting. Download a voting slip at Note - postal votes can only count if we get at least 50 voting members attending the SGM in person.
Friday 21st evening - Cadets and Families session - 6pm briefing and launch. See for more information.
Saturday 22nd - Additional race. Format TBC depending on the weather, who wants to sail, and getting enough volunteers to run the event! - midday race start. See for more information.
Sunday 23rd morning - Summer Sundays Nine race. Committee Boat Start - 10am race start.
Sunday 23rd afternoon - Special General Meeting - 1pm start. Please attend to ensure that we can vote on this important decision. See for more information.

Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix at WYC - Report

The fourth and final RS Feva Grand Prix took place at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th and 9th July. The report is now available at, and photos from the event are at
Thanks to all the volunteers from WYC who helped out with this event!

Whitstable Yacht Club LaserFest 17 Report

LaserFest was conceived as a weekend of tight Laser racing and great socials with the objective of getting as many WYC Lasers on the water as possible. Looking back on a great weekend of racing, an amazing BBQ and some amusing banter its mission was accomplished – and in some style.
With a turnout of 38 boats over the two days, we welcomed 6 visitors to add to 32 WYC boats – the envy of some of our other club fleets. PRO Mark Barnes ran a tight ship, with long accurate courses to take on Saturday’s brisk conditions and shorter challenge to match Sunday’s softer breeze.
We were privileged to recently receive a legacy from long time WYC and international Laser sailor Peter Raymer, and his trophy was awarded to the best WYC boat by his son John. When the sums were done it was apparent that youth had triumphed with James Goodfellow the most consistent in both strong and lighter conditions to become overall winner and 1st WYC boat – well done Baby Spice!
Runner up was Niall Martin thanks to his 4,1 on day 2 pushing Nigel Brown down to 3rd with radial Jeff Loosemore taking 4th – we are glad he’s joining WYC so we can learn just a few of his secrets (and get trashed again).
Prizes were awarded throughout the fleet with special awards for first lady, Ruth Oliver, first cadet radial Tom Oliver and especially for 10 year old Christopher Marsh from Thailand who finished every race in his 4.7.
For the event report on Yachts&Yachting, see
Laserfest 17 was a successful event on every level – 38 boats was above expectations, and so great to see WYC Lasers who’ve struggled to race this year due to family commitments having a go at big fleet racing. Let’s hope it stimulates even better turnouts for the rest of the season and encourages the rest of WYC to do the same.
Thanks to the WYC Laser Fleet for organising the event, Race Office Mark Barnes and the rest of the Safety and Support team, Steve Gray for the report, and Katerina Kelly for the photos!

Reminder : SGM on Sunday 23rd July at 1pm.

All members will have seen the notification that an SGM will be held on 23rd July at 1pm to vote on a proposal to increase borrowings to fund various important projects at the club. The club rules state that we need at least 50 voting members to attend in person at the meeting for the vote to count. If we do not get 50 voting members in attendance, none of the votes (postal or in person) will count. Please can all voting members make an effort to attend this important club meeting.
Voting members are both adults in a Full Family or Senior Family membership, and the adult in a Full or Senior Membership. If you're unsure whether you are eligible to vote, please contact the Club Manager or Membership Secretary.
For more information about the proposal see, and to download the proposal and postal vote forms, go to

B14 Nationals and Whitstable Week - Volunteers needed

We have two big, back to back, events coming up in August: The B14 Nationals from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th; and Whitstable Week from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August. To support these events, we need some volunteers including Safety Boat Crew for every day of both events, and Assistant Race Officer and Land Bridge for Whitstable Week. If you're able to help on any of the days, please contact

New Appointment - Training Administrator

Ruth OliverThe club has created a new part-time post of Training Administrator and I am sure everyone will be delighted that Ruth Oliver has been appointed to the post. Ruth has been sailing at Whitstable since she was 8, and won the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award for the South East region in 2012. She has been helping people learn to sail since she was 14, and has experience at training centres both in the UK and abroad.
Her role marks a significant extension of the training team in line with the increasing volume and variety of training and course activities that we have recently taken on for both children and adults. This week for instance between Monday 10th July and Sunday 16th we are running three courses for cadets and two courses for adults, with requests coming in every day. If as a cadet or adult you would like to book a RYA course or individual tuition or for any other sail training activity please contact Ruth at

BBQ Saturday 15th

The Laser fleet are having a BBQ on Saturday 15th July. All members are welcome. Book and pay at the bar £10pp. Numbers are filling up fast and last chance to book is this Thursday by 13.30.

SGM Sunday 23rd July at 1pm

The Flag Officers and General Committee have called a Special General Meeting for Sunday 23 July. I am writing to you to give you some further information about the purpose of this meeting and the resolution on which you will be asked to vote. Please remember only full adult members can vote, but all are welcome to attend.
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Sorry about the quality of the bitter, we think it has 'cooked' on the delivery & storage during the hot weather. We have ordered a new batch, so hopefully that will be fine. If not we will look at other reasons for the poor quality and hopefully provide the quality of beer in the near future.

Special General Meeting - Sunday 23rd July

A Special General Meeting of the Whitstable Yacht Club will be held at the Club at 1.00pm on Sunday 23rd July 2017. SGM’s are only arranged for important matters so if at all possible please try to attend. If you are unable to attend, you can use a postal voting slip, which must be received by the office no later than 14.30 on 21st July 2017. You can download the Agenda, Proposition to be discussed and the postal voting slip from the club website, or contact the Club Manager for more information.

It’s under a week to go until the RS Feva Volvo GP4 and RS Tera Open at WYC

RS Feva and RS Tera OpenWhitstable Yacht Club are hosting the RS Feva Volvo GP4 alongside an RS Tera Open on 8th and 9th July. The event is a 6 race series over the 2 days, and we're looking forward to welcoming lots of keen young sailors and their families to the club for the weekend! There's still time to enter online, and you can download the race documents from our website:
RS Tera: RS Tera Notice of Race, details on the RS Tera website, and online entry at
RS Feva:RS Feva Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions & Event Specific SI Appendix. Event details and online entry on the RS Feva website

Event Report: 2017 Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

Photo by Stuart France
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted its annual Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller event sponsored by Craftinsure over the weekend of 24th-25th June. The event report accompanied by photos is on the Yachts&Yachting website, and the full results are posted on the club results page.

Cadets and Families Session, Friday 30 June

Cadets and Families Session, Friday 30 June, and Bookings for Summer holiday Courses July 31 - August 2 and Cadet fest August 21-25 More ›

West Quay boat parking - new fence and lock

To help improve the security of the West Quay boat parking area the club has installed fencing with a locked gate. The gate is secured with a combination lock, so if you need access, please contact the club office or bar for the code. Thanks to Dickie, Kelvin, Ian, Dave, Robert and Alex for installing the fencing on Saturday morning, and Kelvin for organising.

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