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Whitstable Week - One week to go!

Whitstable Week is only one week away! Get set for a great week of sailing and social. This year we have racing scheduled for every day, bands on Monday and Friday evening, and the return of Ian and Phil's Laid Back Quiz Night on Wednesday evening. Thursday is Pirate Day, with fancy dress sailing for the main races (prizes for the best dressed boat and sailors!), and a a Cadet fast boat fest from 5pm!
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Bar Opening Times

Due to the summer nights the bar will stay open until 11pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays as with other nights, except Sundays which closes at 9pm. Come and watch the sunsets from the terrace.

Tasar National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club report

Tasar Prize Winners 2016
Strong winds and gusts of up to 35 knots proved challenging for the 52 sailors who braved the water for the 2016 Tasar National at Whitstable Yacht Club last weekend (8-10 July). However, a little determination and a lot of impromptu on the water repairs saw 26 boats battle it out in a fast and furious 3 day weekend of sailing.
The event was won by Rod & Maureen Porteous from Hayling Island Sailing Club, and the first Whitstable boat was Stephen Nation and Julie Puckett in 5th place. See the full write up on Yachts & Yachting at Thanks to all the volunteers at Whitstable Yacht Club for helping to make the event run smoothly, especially Race Officer Tom Bruton, organisers Andy and Fee Clarke, and the WYC Safety Boat Team!

Save the date: Whitstable Yacht Club’s Summer Ball on 24th September!

Save the date for the highlight of your social calendar: the Whitstable Yacht Club Summer Ball on Saturday 24th September! More details will be released soon, but we can announce that Whitstable's famous Soul, Blues and RocknRoll band Squeeze Gut Alley will be playing!

Help Needed to set up for the Oyster Festival Open Day

The club will be open to the public for the first day of the Oyster Festival on Saturday 23rd July. We will be raising funds for the club by selling refreshments to the public from the decking on the busiest day of the year, and need a small working party in the morning to help set up the bar and club for the day. If you can help out on 23rd July at 8am, please contact Alex Grantham on 07958439941 or

Whitstable Week 2016 - Volunteers needed

Whitstable Week 2016Are you planning on sailing every day for during Whitstable Week? If not, you can still take part! We need Safety Boat crew and Land Bridge volunteers on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (1st-5th August). The Safety Boat crew will be matched with an experienced Driver, and will be on the water from approximately 1pm to 5pm. Land Bridge volunteers will provide a radio link from the clubhouse and shore to the boats on the water during the racing. Neither positions need any experience, so if you're interested, please contact Robert Govier at

Reminder: Safety Advice For Free Sailing

Members are reminded to review the Safety Advice For Free Sailing, particularly when sailing outside of club organised sailing activities. The advice can be found on the website, in the back of the club programme, or click more to read. More ›

Ramp back in use

A big thanks to Ricky & his team for getting the ramp back in action. Ricky & family are relatively new members and their enthusiasm and willingness to help is what the club is all about. A more permanent fix will take place after the main sailing season. The ramp has not been jet washed yet so please take care.

Tasar Nationals

Wiz is back in the Teabar for breakfasts Saturday 08.30-11.00 & Sunday 08.00-11.00. The bar will be open Friday 12.00-23.00, Saturday 11.00-24.00, Sunday 12.00-21.00.

First Aiders.

Could anyone with a valid 1st Aid certificate please let Jeff, in the office, know the expiry day. We are compiling a list of all members & staff who are 1st Aiders. If possible could you provide a copy of your certificate, feel free to use the office photocopier.

West Quay - Temporary Clearance

This year WYC has again agreed to support the Whitstable Oyster Festival, part of which utilises the West Quay storage area.

As a result West Quay will need to be cleared of all boats and equipment on or by Friday of 15th July, you can move them from 9th July.. As noted previously it is recognised this causes some inconvenience however it does provide additional income to the club. We will again have access to the central compound on West Quay so boats and equipment will just need to be moved from the end of the quay to the centre area.

The Oyster Festival is scheduled from July 23rd to July 31st, boats and equipment can be moved back from August 5th, earlier if the Oyster Festival equipment is dismantled sooner (note this is also Whitstable Week).
Could you please ensure the boats are stored near our compound and NOT spread across the whole compound.

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Ladies who Launch

To all women interested in sailing and windsurfing, Please come along to the inaugural meeting for Whitstable Yacht Club's Ladies who Launch Sailing and Windsurfing group on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 15:00 (after the morning races) . The aim of the group is to promote women's sailing and windsurfing through training, racing, and social events. The meeting is for welcoming members and discussing ideas. A new Facebook group has also been created to promote events. The group is called "Ladies Who Launch Whitstable Yacht Club". Please contact Patty Baker if you have any questions or suggestions:

Whitstable Week 2016 - 7 weeks to go!

Whitstable Week 2016
Whitstable Week 2016 is seven weeks away! This year will see 10 races over 5 days, and 5 nights of great social events. Our Friday Night Band, Ben Russell and the Charmers play their 'warm up' gig at the Glastonbury festival at the end of June!
Entry fee is only £60 for the week, with a 50% discount for young persons (18-25), and cadets (under 18s) can race for only £5 for the whole week! The Notice Of Race and Draft Sailing Instructions can now be downloaded from the website.

No Parking on the Beach

There is strictly no parking on the beach, unless unloading or on club business (which you must inform & get permission from the office). As we are now in to the busy time of year the barrier must be closed at all times. Parking on the beach encourages the general public to do so which can restrict emergency services access. Don't do it otherwise you may be locked in!

Wanderer Nationals 2016 at Whitstable Yacht Club

Wanderer Nationals 2016
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Wanderer Nationals on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June. 3 of 4 races were sailed, and 2 visiting boats competed with 9 club boats. The event was won by Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden from Salcombe Sailing Club, with Ian Simpson and Dave Bardwell from Tudor Sailing Club in second, and our very own Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper in third. Click more for a full write up of the event by Shelagh O'Riordan, and check out the photos by Laura Jean Carney on the Facebook page.
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