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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - March

New chart in the bar - Thanks to A D Grantham Property and Boat Maintenance!

We have a new Edition 2018 corrected January 2019 chart of the Whitstable Approaches in the bar, donated and fitted by A D Grantham Property and Boat Maintenance. Thanks Alex!

Working Party - Thank You!

A big thank you to all of our members who came down to help out at the Working Party last weekend. Despite the rather windy conditions we got a lot done, including filling in the 'step' at the bottom of the ramp, cleaning out the rafters of Upper Rigdens Shed, and cleaning the inside and outside of the club!

RYA Discover Coaching at WYC

The RYA has launched a program called ‘Discover Coaching’ – it’s a simple 3hr session for volunteers to help them determine if instructing or coaching is for them. The club has been selected as a venue for the first session. This will be led by Sam Rowe, RYA Kent and SE Development Officer, on Thursday 9 May at 18.00. The plan is for a mix of activity on the water and shorebased. Eight places are available and participants can book online by using the link rya.eventsair.com/discover-coaching-instructing-whitstable-yc/dciwyc-may19/Site/Register

Launch of the 2019 Allen Endurance Series, including the Forts Race, at the RYA Dinghy Show

UK performance sailing hardware manufacturer Allen Brothers announced this year's Allen Endurance Series at the Dinghy Show today, which will include the Forts Race at Whitstable Yacht Club. The sailing series is designed to test crews and equipment in extreme contests of skill and endurance, combining established events into a format which Allen Brothers believes will increase participation and competition, enhancing the endurance element of small boat racing in the UK.
The format of this year's Forts Race has been updated to provide racing across a wider range of craft. Monohulls and single handed catamarans will now be able to enter, with the unique hub and spoke format of the Forts Race providing a range of course options and lengths, with the safety aspect of a regular 'check in' through a gate at the Whitstable Yacht Club. More details of the event will be published shortly, and you can stay in touch through the WYC website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race or by following the Forts Facebook page at facebook.com/FortsRace.
The Allen Endurance Series combines the Whitstable Yacht Club Forts Race, the East Coast Piers Race, the Round Sheppey Race and the Solent Towers Race into a series with overall winner(s), who will receive an Allen Voucher worth £500, as well as £100 vouchers for the winners of each individual event and other prizes for classes and legs.
The dates now published are:
Whitstable Forts Race Weekend: 18/19 May 2019, wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race;
Solent Forts Race: Sun, 09/06/2019 - 10:30, www.hfsc.org.uk/solent-forts-race-2019/2019-race;
East Coast Piers Race: 7th July 2019 www.eastcoastpiersrace.com/; and
Sheppey Round The Island Race: August 31st / 1st September 2019, www.iossc.org.uk/islandrace/.

Date for your diary - Harbour Day 2019

On Saturday 3rd August, 200 volunteers will help Whitstable Maritime present a full day’s entertainment and experiences on land and sea with 50 local and national organisations (including Whitstable Yacht Club!) already booked for Whitstable Harbour Day. 10,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the fun.
Craft filling the harbour will range from a Bronze Age replica boat to the latest high-tech racing dinghy. Visitors will be able to board vessels varying in size from a 250 foot coaster to a 20 foot lugger that you could trail behind a car. Visiting boats include powerful 60 foot patrol boats belonging to the Border Force and Inshore Fisheries Conservation; the Margate All Weather Lifeboat; several Thames barges and Old Gaffers, and the local fishing fleet. A 45 foot ex-naval launch belonging to the Maritime Volunteer Service is due
to offer boat rides.
Whitstable Maritime is currently restoring the town’s iconic Oyster Yawl, the Gamecock. In their marquee you will be able to learn more about this project, and the interactive coastal trail they are creating between Whitstable and Faversham. On the beach, local Bodgers will be demonstrating how to build a coracle, and in the Emergency Services Zone you will find the Coastguards and
RNLI displaying their equipment.
In the Marine Environment Zone, local groups will be encouraging you to help protect people and wildlife from different forms of pollution. Others will be keen to help you identify the marine life and their habitats. Whilst the Heritage Zone will be offering expertise in discovering past boats, boat-building, railways and shipping.
A firm favourite with children (and grandparents) is the boating pond and the hand-crafted radio-controlled model boats, not to mention a ride on the model steam train along the quay.
Bands, live performances, children’s drama, good food, nautical souvenirs and local crafts help to complete this celebration of Whitstable’s maritime past, present and future.
All making for a perfect family day out: and it is free!