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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - December

Fancy dress Christmas Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament!

Come along and try your hand at Texas Hold'em Poker on 29th December. The WYC poker night will be played as a Texas hold’em tournament, your entry will give you a set amount of WYC gaming chips (we're not playing for cash!). Want a head start? Then come in Fancy dress for a chance to win extra WYC gaming chips! Fancy dress judging 19:30.
Tournament start 20:00 game time 2 hours with 30 min break at 21:00. Blinds to be set and upped by the evening TO.
£10 to play’n’eat, £5 to just watch’n’eat. Limited to 30 players. Please enter behind bar.

Greta Christmas Party, Benny’s Leaving Do, Christmas Eve Party and the Christmas Raffle

This Friday it's the Greta's Christmas Party, combined with Benny's Leaving Drinks from 7pm. Come and raise a glass to our friend Benny, and enjoy some delicious Indian street food thanks to David Lowes, while enjoying a very Greta Christmas!
In case you've missed all the hints, next Tuesday is Christmas Day, so Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting our traditional Christmas Eve party on Monday December 24th. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later! Light bar nosh will be served from 3pm until we run out, and the bar is open until 9pm.
The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at around 3.30pm on Christmas Eve, so there's still time to buy your tickets from the bar and be in with a chance of winning one of our amazing prizes! Thanks to our supporters from Wey Street Farm, Kent Gliding Centre, White Stuff, and many individual members for their generous prize donations.
And, for last minute Christmas gifts, what about donating for a plank in someone's name? Long lasting, only £100 and no need for wrapping paper!!

Updated Bar opening times and events over the Christmas period

Thursday 13th December - bar closed after 6.30pm for the WYC staff Christmas meal!
Sunday 16th December - 5pm - Whitstable Maritime Christmas Drinks (all welcome).
Friday 21st December - 7pm - WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.
Saturday 22nd December - Bar closes at 9pm
Monday 24th December - WYC Christmas Eve Party. Bar open midday to 9pm. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later!
Updated Christmas opening times below. Thanks to Alex Gantham for volunteering to man the bar on Boxing Day!
Tuesday 25th December - Bar closed all day for Christmas Day.
Wednesday 26th December - Midday to 4pm (thanks Alex!)
Saturday 29th December - 7pm - Texas Hold'em Poker Night! Supper and Poker for only £10. Prizes for the best fancy dress!
Monday 31st December - Bar open midday to midnight to celebrate New Years Eve!
Tuesday 1st January - Bar closed all day for New Years Day.
Bar open as usual for all other days. See wyc.org.uk/about/social for bar opening times.

Abandoned/lost kit?

These trolleys and covers are situated at the seaward end of row 21 (the row next to Reeves Beach). They appear to be abandoned, if you own one of the trolleys and/or covers please contact the Beachmaster. If the items are not claimed by their owners they will be moved to Reeves Beach awaiting disposal through the process defined in the WYC Storage Policy.

Bar opening times and events over the Christmas period

Thursday 13th December - bar closed after 6.30pm for the WYC staff Christmas meal!
Sunday 16th December - 5pm - Whitstable Maritime Christmas Drinks (all welcome).
Friday 21st December - 7pm - WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.
Saturday 22nd December - Bar closes at 9pm
Monday 24th December - WYC Christmas Eve Party. Bar open midday to 9pm. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later!
Tuesday 25th December - Bar closed all day for Christmas Day.
Wednesday 26th December - Bar closed all day for Boxing Day.
Saturday 29th December - 7pm - Texas Hold'em Poker Night! Supper and Poker for only £10. Prizes for the best fancy dress!
Monday 31st December - Bar open midday to midnight to celebrate New Years Eve!
Tuesday 1st January - Bar closed all day for New Years Day.
Bar open as usual for all other days. See wyc.org.uk/about/social for bar opening times.

Well done to the Winter Series Prize Winners!

Sunday saw the last scheduled race of the 2018 club racing programme. Unfortunately do to a combination of a very high tide (and flood warning), rough see and cold conditions the racing was called, off, but those who came down were still entertained by some hardy Laser sailors who braved the rough launch conditions to go for a blast! Onshore we were treated to a buffet, courtesy of Charlie Campion (thanks Charlie!) and Prize Giving for the Winter Series. Congratulations to Christian Brewer who won the Laser class, followed by Niall Martin in 2nd and Steve Gray in third. Congratulations to Dickie Ledger and John Berrington on their Dart 18 for winning the General class, followed by Robert Govier and David Figgis on their Tornado in second, and Luke Swain in third on his A-class.
The 2019 season isn't far off, with the first race scheduled for Sunday 10th March. In the mean time, please take your mast down if you haven't already (or let Sally in the office know if you're planning to keep it up for the winter)!

Performance Bursary award

Congratulations to Tom Oliver who has been successful in his application to the RYA SE Youth Training Fund for a Performance Bursary. The Bursary is awarded based on merit, and is targeted to support young sailors in their sailing, be that in competitions, training, clothing or equipment. Tom is a regular sailor in the Laser fleet, and has been active within WYC Training, supporting courses and cadet sessions this year. It's great to see another of our young sailor's potential being recognised in this way by the RYA!