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Saturday 7th May: General Fleet Cruise to Faversham Town Quay

Members are welcome to join this Saturday’s cruise to Faversham Town Quay. Double handed boats are probably the most suitable and the plan is to sail in convoy with lunch in Faversham or at The Shipwright’s Arms.
· 09.30 Meet at the club for 10.00 departure. Return about 16.00.
· Sailing out on the flood tide and return with the ebb.
· Three boats carrying outboard engines can act as support / tow boats if required.
· Weather permitting – subject to local forecast at 09.00 on Friday 6th May and conditions on the day. It is looking good.
For full details please see the Passage Information sheet by clicking here or contact Richard Maltby on richard.maltby9@gmail.com .

Cadets Programme for Friday May 6th 18.00 - 20.00

Please note as from this week Cadet sessions are now scheduled for Fridays at 6.00 pm. Unfortunately this Friday the session time coincides with low water which precludes organised sailing with RIB support. With the forecast of pleasant weather the committee has decided instead to hold a Bar-B-Q with beach activities for cadets, parents and all the family.
Congratulations to the 17 Cadets and Instructors who did so well to sail in the challenging conditions last Saturday afternoon after the club race. More ›

RYA PUSH THE BOAT OUT - Open Day 15th May 2016

RYA Push The Boat Out 2016 at WYC on 15th MayWhitstable Yacht Club is offering anyone interested in sailing and windsurfing an afternoon to visit the club on Sunday 15th of May from 2:00-5:00 PM. We welcome the novice, who has never sailed, to the experienced sailor/windsurfer, to come along and try sailing a dinghy or stepping foot on a board. We encourage anyone from age 8 upwards to give these activities a try.

Our club has weekend dinghy racing from March to December and hosts national sailing events. Fun sailing, training events and day cruising run from April to December; while windsurfing goes on throughout the year. Social memberships are also available for the landlubber who enjoys a drink by the sea.

On Sunday the 15th of May from 2:00-5:00 PM we will open the club for a variety of events: sailing and windsurfing, class captains will be available to talk about the boats and boards commonly sailed, a barbecue, and tours around our clubhouse. We also have an active children’s cadet class and, starting this year, we are beginning our Ladies who Launch sailing and social events for women and girls.

Anyone interested in trying sailing and windsurfing is welcome to sign-up for a go with one of our experienced sailors. Perhaps take the helm, assist in crewing or learn basic windsurfing skills. We strongly recommend signing-up by emailing pushtheboatout@wyc.org.uk to take part in these activities, as we cannot guarantee a space for those who show up on the day. All activities are subject to weather conditions.

The 2016 Tasar National Championships

Tasar Nationals PosterFriday 8th July – Sunday 10th July 2016
Whitstable Yacht Club is proud to be hosting 2016 Tasar National Championships. Whitstable Yacht Club has one of the largest fleets of Tasars in the UK and the club has a long tradition of organising events at Club, National and International Levels. Eight championship races will be held in Whitstable Bay over three days, and there will be an accompanying programme of social events.
Whitstable offers some of the best sailing conditions in the south-east, and the town is also a great holiday destination for shopping, restaurants, and pubs. There's plenty of space to park your boat, a large chandlery right next door, and you can find details of accommodation here.
You can enter online here, and there are discounts for early-bird entries. The championship documents will be loaded to the WYC website shortly; please check back for the Notice of Race and Programme of Events. You can also stay up to date with the preparations on the Tasar Nationals Facebook page

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

No Parking Sign Reminder - car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay without the express permission from the Club Manager. If you need to drive onto the Beach or West Quay areas for drop off or pick up, please drive carefully, do not block any boats or other vehicles, and stay with or near your vehicle at all times.

Reminder: Topaz for sale

Topaz Uno - Photo by Nick Champion Do you want a new boat for the new sailing season? The Topaz Uno demonstration boats that Wild Times have been using are now 2 years old, and Topper are selling them off at a very good discount. There are 5 boats to sell, all of which have been well maintained by Topper and Wild Times, and so are in excellent condition. The selling price represents a discount of almost half the price of a similar spec'ed new boat, so these are a very good deal! The details and pricing can be downloaded here, and if you're interested please contact Russ at Topper at russ.dent@toppersailboats.com or 07775 923655.

Bar Opening Hours

On Saturdays the bar will be open until 11pm from 19th March until winter this year, Tuesday & Thursday evening will remain 9pm close and will be extended to 11pm in early summer.

Great start to the 2016 season!

The annual Working Party was held on Saturday and the first race on Sunday, and we had a cracking weekend for it! Lots of members came along on Saturday to give the club a spring clean and get it ready for the new year. Thanks to everyone who took part and made light work of all the jobs!
On Sunday we had a great turn out for April Showers 1. 18 boats were on the start line, from Wanderers to F18 catamarans for the first race. Despite the higher than forecast wind, everyone had a great time on the water. Race results will be published shortly.
If we can get more weekends like this, we'll have a great 2016 season! Next weekend we have races on Saturday and Sunday, both with 11am starts.

Show off your Art at WYC’s Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2016

Artists' Open House 2016
By popular demand Whitstable Yacht Club will again be holding Artist’s Open House exhibition at the Clubhouse in October 2016. We are now for looking artists to exhibit their art and the first 16 artists who sign up the will have the opportunity to have their details and an image of work featured in the 2016 East Kent Artists’ Open House Brochure. As before, Club members, families and friends including non-members can participate and can submit art work in many different mediums. The exhibition will be held over the last 3 weekends in October. There is a small entry cost, plus a commission going to the Club on work sold during the exhibition. Space will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you wish to take part please contact Jeff, WYC Club Manager at office@wyc.org.uk or Robin South at RobinSouth@ymail.com
Deadline for entries is Saturday 26th March 2016 for those wanting to be featured in this year’s East Kent Artist’s Open brochure, (Your work will not need to be submitted until early October).

Forts Race Weekend - Discounted Early Bird Entry now available

Forts Race Weekend 2016
Discounted Early Bird entry to the 2016 Forts Race is now available online. Buy your entry before the end of July (or while the limited number of entries at this price last) and save £20. The Forts Race Weekend, one of the premier Catamaran events in the UK, will be held on 3rd and 4th September, and is open to two handed catamarans from the Dart 18 and faster. For more information, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race.

Working Party Reminder

The annual Working Party to prepare the club for the 2016 season is in a weeks time, on Saturday 12th March from 10am. Please come along to help tidy up the club for the start of the new sailing season. Tasks will include cleaning and tidying the interior of the club, including the changing rooms, jet washing the decking, moving some boats on the beach, digging in some new chains and tyres, clearing up the weeds and litter on the beach, and more! There'll be free tea, coffee and snacks for all volunteers.

Dinghy Instructors Required for Cadet and Sailing Development Sessions

If you have a current RYA Dinghy or Assistant Dinghy Instructor certificate, your club cadet fleet needs you to help out with training sessions. You'd be working under the guidance of a Senior Sailing Instructor and filling in on a ad-hoc basis, to cover gaps in the rota. Please email Peter Gowing if you're interested: sailing.development.officer@wyc.org.uk.

Wine & Wisdom Well Done!

Wine&Wisdom
Over 80 people took part in the Wine & Wisdom on Saturday night at Whitstable Yacht Club. The Sea Room was packed with tables, and a lot of cheese was eaten to support the brains of the competitors who answered some tricky questions! Highlight of the night was the Cadet table beating their parents, but everyone who took part had fun. We also raised £160 for the Cadets from the raffle! Thanks to organisers and quiz masters Phil Emery, Ian Hender and Alex Grantham!

Recuiting Race Recorders

Maybe you're a husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/parent/child of a sailor? Maybe you can't sail as much as you would like but still want to be involved?
Come and join the WYC Race Recording team! We can't promise you won't get wet as you bounce over the waves in a rib out to the committee boat, but we can promise a close up view of club racing and good company!
Full Training given, and free Social membership if you commit to a minimum of 10 duties per year. Contact Jill Fagg (brownings.oast@gmail.com) for more information.

Do you want to be part of the WYC General Committee?

The AGM is coming up in early April. At the AGM we vote in the members of the General Committee. A number of GC members are stepping down, or changing positions, so we have vacancies.
The General Committee meets once a month, in the evening of the 3rd Monday of the month, and is there to administer and manage the club. Being on the General Committee is the best way to influence the future direction of the club, and a great way to give something back to your club.
Members of the General Committee can either have specific roles, relating to Officer positions or sub committees, or be 'ordinary members' without specific responsibilities or duties, there to act as representatives of the membership at large, and to provide support and advice.
We have specific vacancies in the positions of Treasurer, Rear Commodore House and Vice Commodore, and open positions for ordinary members.
If you'd like to be a part of the General Committee for the 2016 season, please contact Jeff in the office for a nomination form, which need to be submitted at least 2 weeks before the AGM. If you have any questions about the General Committee, any of the current members would be happy to help.

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