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August Regatta - Safety Boat Crew volunteers needed

We need volunteers for Safety Boat Crew this weekend, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August. Two races each day starting at 2pm, so you'd need to be at the club from about 12.30 to 5pm. You'll be paired with an experienced Safety Boat Helm, so no experience needed, but you do need to be able to get into and out of, and move about the boat. If you can help, please contact Robert Govier on 07733260879 or rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk

European and World Laser Qualifiers at WYC - 21st and 22nd October - volunteers needed

The European and World Laser Qualifiers is being held at Whitstable Yacht Club on the 21st-22nd October 2017 and we need some willing volunteers to help. Lots of them! As there's no club racing for this weekend, what better way to enjoy your time than helping support your club run this prestigious event! The club is expecting approximately 130 Laser sailors, which hopefully will also include British Olympic squad members, and we require the volunteers for the following roles:
Beach Clearance Team:
Thursday 19th October (Evening).
Greeters:
Friday 20th (late afternoon/early evening) to welcome our early arrivals and supervise car and boat parking.
Safety Boat Crews:
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd. What better way to see big fleet racing than up close and personal?!
Harbour Team & Trolley Dollies:
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd - Meeting and greeting our visitors and helping with boat and trailer parking, helping with launching and recovery of boat trolleys.
Protest Committee:
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd.
Please respond to Peter Gowing at laser@wyc.org.uk

Missing RS Tera boom, mainsheet and kicker

One of the booms, kicker and mainsheet for the club's RS Teras has gone missing. Have you seen it? Please check on your racks and on your boats in case you've packed it away by mistake. If anyone know's it's whereabouts, please contact Richard or Ruth.

Cadetfest Week 2017 - Supported by Barton Marine

Cadetfest Week 2017 starts on Monday 21st August, and runs for 5 days with the aim of providing safe and fun sailing activities for Whitstable Yacht Club cadets. The week will include a cruise to Seasalter Sailing Club, a get together day with Herne Bay Sailing Club cadets for sailing activities and races, and a behind the scenes tour of the Barton Marine Factory! All this for only £55 for the week or £15 per day! To take part, please complete and return the joining form ASAP.
Barton MarineTo help Whitstable Yacht Club put on such an exciting cadet week, we're being generously supported by Barton Marine. If you don't already know, Barton Marine are a Whitstable based company, who've had a world wide reputation for marine equipment for almost 80 years, supplying everything from blocks and cleats to replica Laser kits and carbon tiller extensions. Suzanne Blaustone, Chief Executive of Barton Marine, commented “Barton Marine has a keen interest in encouraging young people to get out on the water and try sailing. By supporting initiatives like the Whitstable Yacht Club Cadetfest, we hope that more people will enjoy and take up the sport. Here’s to a great week of sailing and fun for everyone involved!”
To find out more about Barton Marine, go to their website at http://www.bartonmarine.com, or pop into Whitstable Marine!

Alex Holliday

Members may have read of the tragic death of Alex Holliday while on a school visit to Cuba. Alex was the son of WYC members Mike Phipps and Sarah Holliday and brother to Ellie, to whom we send our deepest sympathies.
Alex died peacefully in his sleep while on a school trip to Cuba to study marine ecology. It is understood he suffered what was described as “a medical episode”. He was a year 10 student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham, and lived in Tankerton. Sarah described him as “the gentlest, kindest boy” who had touched so many people’s lives. He was adored by his sister Ellie and by all who knew him.

Try our new Wine menu!

Come along on Friday 25th August from 7pm to try our new wine menu. We have new white Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre, rose Casal Mendes and Grenache, and red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Valpolucella Montresor. Free cheese and biscuits will be served!

Whitstable Week 2017

Whitstable Week 2017 - The year of all or nothing with the weather! Little wind on Monday, no wind on Tuesday, strong northerly winds and large waves for Wednesday and Thursday, then one good day of fairly flat water and F3-4 South Westerly on Friday to round the week off. Seems like August has let us down! But, we did get 7 of the 10 races in, and Tom Bruton did a great job as Race Officer to get sailing in when he could. Almost 50 boats took part, with some good close racing across all classes when we were able to sail. Thanks to the Race team, Safety team, Social team and everyone who helped out to make the week a success. Full results are available on http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results, but the summary and special prize winners were:

  • 1st Overall - Christian Brewer (Laser Standard).
  • 1st Under 18 - Tom Oliver.
  • Laser - 1st Christian Brewer, 2nd Mark Grinter.
  • Laser Radial - 1st Ruth Oliver, 2nd Tom Oliver.
  • Merlin - 1st James Goodfellow/Julie Nuttall, 2nd Rien Zilvold/Liz North.
  • Tasar - 1st Stephen Nation/Julie Puckett, 2nd Tessa Lancaster/Nick Lancaster.
  • General Handicap - 1st David Connor (Lightning), 2nd Peter Heyes (Streaker).
  • General Classification (Wanderer) - 1st Richard Maltby/John Hope.
  • Slow Handicap - 1st Alex Wilson/Harry Wilson (RS Feva).
  • Catamarans - 1st Tony & Julie Dod (Dart 18), 2nd Robert Govier (Dart 18).
  • Loudest competitor - Tom Oliver.
  • Spirit of Whitstable Week - Martin Akers & John Gibbons (Merlin).
Photo by Samuel Turner.

B14 National Championships Report


Read the reports from the B14 Nationals at Yachts and Yachting:
Day 1&2http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197617/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-2.
Day 3http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197633/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-3.
Day 4 http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197680/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-overall.
And see the results in detail at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Photo credit: Tom Bradley.

CADET ACTIVITIES

The next round of Cadet activities resumes after Whitstable Week on Monday 14th August with the fifth and last Cadets' training course of the season, followed by a Cadets and Families session on Friday 18th, and the Cadetfest week Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. The course is fully booked but places are available for Cadetfest - a great opportunity to practice and develop all the skills learned from the courses. A Joining Form is attached. More ›

Calling all catamaran sailors - It’s just over a month to go until the Forts Race Weekend!

Forts Race 2017It's just over a month until the 2017 Forts Race Weekend on 9th and 10th September!
We're pleased to announce our primary sponsor as NeilPryde Sailing for the 2017 WYC Forts Race Weekend. NeilPryde Sailing will be providing some great additions to the entry packs and prize pot, making this year's event well worth entering! This year, we're also being supported by Whitstable Marine, the chandlery next door to Whitstable Yacht Club, and the best place to buy your NeilPryde Sailing kit!
After consultation with the visiting sailors, and a review of our procedures, we've decided to schedule the Forts Race itself on the Sunday. Saturday will be a more relaxed affair, starting at 2pm to allow more time to prep boats, with a medium-distance shake down race to make sure the boats are ready for the long distance on Sunday. The full Forts Race will start on Sunday at around midday (to allow for recovery from the Saturday night party!).
The NOR and SIs have been confirmed and posted to the Whitstable Yacht Club website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race. Have a look to make sure you're familiar with the unique requirements for this long distance race. It's particularly important that you carry the appropriate safety equipment.
See you in September!

Change to the Chair of the Bar, Social and Catering Committee

Alex Grantham has informed me that he is stepping down as Chair of the Bar, Social and Catering Committee. Alex has achieved during his term as Chair, including organising and managing a complete turnaround in bar and catering finances. He has worked constantly behind the scenes, and behind the bar, to create a better bar environment and a livelier atmosphere. He has now decided to take a well-deserved break, and he leaves with the gratitude and appreciation of the Flag Officers and General Committee. Laura Jean Carney has agreed to take over as Chair of the Bar, Social and Catering Committee, and she is currently recruiting new members for that Committee. You will be hearing more from Laura over the coming weeks.
Richard Bradburn
Commodore

Found in the archive - Film of ‘Black Thursday’ in 1961

One of several reels of film recently found in the club archives, this short video shows footage of the Prince of Wales Cup race held on the Thursday of the International 14ft Dinghy Class championships held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1961. It became known as “Black Thursday” as the fleet was decimated by high winds. Ian Wild, who was 17 at the time, was there: “If I remember it correctly I was helping on the committee boat which was “Cod” Kelsey’s shrimping trawler from the harbour. I jumped into one boat we were rescuing to help bail it out as the crew were exhausted.”

https://youtu.be/dc-N8ioR_uM
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SGM Sunday - Thank you

Thank you for all those who attended the meeting and those that sent in their postal votes. It was an amazing turnout with over 150 members in attendance and the vote was as follows, including postal votes.
Yes 163
No 1
Abstain 3
The motion was carried and further details will follow shortly.

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 www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197238/RS-Fevas-at-Whitstable, and photos from the event are at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk.
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 www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197223/Whitstable-Yacht-Club-LaserFest-17.
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!

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