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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - March

Lord Mayor’s visit to WYC

Lord Mayor of Canterbury and WYC CommodoreThe Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Rosemary Doyle, visited Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday March 17 to help celebrate the start of the Club’s new sailing season.
Plans for her to join in the start and management of the first race had to be abandoned when this was cancelled due to the potentially unsafe weather conditions – snow, freezing temperatures and winds gusting to gale force. Nevertheless the visit provided an opportunity for the Lord Mayor to visit and be updated on the Club’s facilities and resources and meet many of the members, including the Commodore Richard Bradburn, the Rear-Commodore (Sailing) Robert Govier, and the Training Centre Manager Richard Maltby.
The Lord Mayor’s own experience and appreciation of coastal sailing helped the Club ensure this was a very practical visit to important activities within the Club, and especially its very successful and rapidly developing Training Centre, which is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association and has links to complementary organisations such as the Kent Schools Sailing Association.
The Lord Mayor’s visit culminated with a very sociable meeting with members in the clubhouse overlooking the beach. A plan was proposed for her to return to participate in managing a race later in the season, with hopefully more positive weather conditions.

Boat parking moves

At the Working Party on Saturday all dinghy classes were realigned to their respective rows in accordance with the Beach Plan, a copy of which can be seen on the club notice board. A copy will also be attached to the March Sailing Committee notes which can be accessed via the web site. There have been some minor changes to the row allocations but they are broadly the same as last year. As in previous years the rows nearest the club house have been prioritised to the most regular sailors within each class. The beach plan and allocations will be monitored during the year to ensure we are correctly managing the available space. The same applies to the boat parking on West Quay. If you have any queries regarding the Beach Plan and/or the allocation of space for your dinghy please contact your Class Captain or the Beachmaster.

Working party: Job done!

Thanks to everyone who came to the club on Saturday morning for the working party. We got a lot done, and the club is looking ready for the start of the sailing season next weekend! Also, thanks to Keith at the Coffee Hut for supplying sandwiches and coffee to the volunteers!

Slow Handicap Dinghy Class Captain wanted

We have an opening on the Sailing Committee for a Slow Handicap Dinghy Class Captain. The Class Captains represent the interests of the sailors in their class, by welcoming new members, helping with any queries related to the boats in the class, representing the sailors views at Sailing Committee Meetings, and being a contact point for members. The Sailing Committee meet once a month, usually at 7.30pm on the 2nd Monday of the month, and the role shouldn't take up more than a few hours of time a month. The Slow Handicap Class includes boats with a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1180 and slower, and includes the Topper, Topaz, Mirror, RS Aero, RS Tera, Byte, and Solo dinghies. If you're interested in the role, please contact Robert Govier at or 07733260879

Peter Griffin

We have received the sad news that Peter Griffin, beloved husband of Fef, constant helper and supporter and friend to the Cadet fleet and their parents, passed away yesterday. Peter was a constant, benign and immensely supportive presence not only at Cadet evenings, but also on weekend sailing where he drove and crewed safety boats and turned his hand to anything where help was needed. He will be greatly missed by us all.
Richard Bradburn
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club