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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - June

Wanderer Open Report

Sailors from across England gathered at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday (15th June) in honour of veteran champion dinghy sailor, Gavin Barr, and to compete in the Wanderer Open.
Whitstable YC Club President Larry Lamberton MBE presented a new trophy in the form of a scaled down 14 : 1 model of a Wanderer. Crafted in stainless steel by Whitstable blacksmith Rob Pitman, the trophy captures the sails’ shape from Gavin’s match winning boat, “Thistle”.
Event organiser Richard Maltby said, “Sailing for this beautiful trophy is part of putting the Wanderer Open firmly in Whitstable’s events programme. For the inaugural race to be won in Gavin Barr’s boat by his son Tim with Mark Skipper (Gavin’s usual crew) could not have been a more perfect result, though that now makes Tim the new helm to beat.”
Following a BBQ, Gavin entertained the gathering with his guitar and a few songs including the now infamous Pirate song, “Where does a pirate go shopping? Aaarghos. “What is a pirate’s favourite Christmas carol?” We Three Kings of Orient, Aaargh.
For a full report on the event, see

This weekend: Saturday night Party, Merlin&Tasar open, Cadet sailing, Club racing and Social Sailing

We're looking forward to welcoming the Tasar and Merlin Rocket fleets to WYC this weekend to take part in the joint Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open. If you haven't already, you can download the NoR here.
There's also lots of club sailing planned. The weekend starts with a Cadets and Families session on Friday evening, then there's the first Summer Saturdays Series race on Saturday afternoon, and the first Summer Sundays Race on Sunday afternoon (both 3pm race starts). There's also a Social Sunday sail for those sailors who don't want to race.
As well as a great weekend of sailing (the forecast is looking promising!), there's also the Saturday night party! WYC club band Merlin and the Rockets will be putting on a show, and all WYC members and competitors are invited. There'll also be a guest ale £3 a pint!
See you this weekend at Whitstable Yacht Club.

Special offer for WYC golfers

Whitstable and Seasalter Golf ClubWhitstable and Seasalter Golf Club are kindly offering discounted green fees to WYC members. The discounts are £3 per round for up to 3 players, or 4 players for 3. To take advantage of the offer members will need to produce a WYC green fee discount card, the cards will placed at the end of the bar over the next week. The cards are single use and will be given up to the golf club when arriving for a game. This is a new initiative for both clubs and we are both keen for it to succeed, any feedback from members will be most welcome.

Coming Soon: WYC LaserFest’19

A brief public service message from Capt Mike:
Saturday 13th July.
•13:00 hrs There will be some Laser sailing.
•There will be some drinking.
•17.00 – 19.00 hrs there will be some eating, bring and share B B Q.
•There will be some more drinking.
•20.30 – 23.00 hrs live band ‘Sold on Soul’
•There will be some sleeping.
Sunday 14th July.
•11:00 hrs There will be more Laser sailing.
•There will be some prizegiving.
•There may be some more drinking!
All members invited to Laser sail and/or socialise.

For the latest information, see the LaserFest website or follow the event on social on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
WYC LaserFest

Reclaimed WYC ramp wood used in winning Chelsea Flower Show garden!

Joe Perkins DesignWood that was stripped off the WYC ramp during repairs last year has been recycled into a gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by Joe Perkins Design! The wood was reclaimed by Ashwells Reclaimed Timber and then used in the garden "Beyond the Screen" which was awarded a gold medal in the Best Space to Grow category.
Read more on Kent Online at, or check out the Joe Perkins Design website at

It’s never too late to learn to sail!

"On 20th May Ruth Oliver, bless her, took her life in her hands to give the ‘oldest beginners’ at the club their first sailing lesson. She risked life and limb to guide us through our two day RYA level 1!! Ruth’s patience and wonderful instruction helped us achieve our aim and despite Barbara suffering from sea sickness and Tizzie having chronic indigestion on day 1 we were awarded our certificate at the end of day two - whoopee! We have now learned lots of sailing ‘terminology and tied loads of knots - hope our ancient brains can remember it all!
We will be taking level 2 with Ruth in September, if she can put up with us again!
A massive thanks to Ruth and Whitstable Yacht Club."

Tizzie and Barbara
If you'd like to learn to sail, go to for information and contact details.