News at Whitstable Yacht Club
Bob Long (updated)
Posted: Thursday, 26 January, 2017
We regret to report that Bob Long passed away on Wednesday. Bob was a very active member of the Merlin Rocket Class, particularly in the early days of the class in the 50s and 60s, although he was actively sailing them at Whitstable until around 2007. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. His funeral will be on Friday 10th February at 12 noon at Charing Crematorium. Donations to the British Heart Foundation or via John Kemp Funeral Directors, 26 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH.
Posted: Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
We regret to report that Diane Lamberton passed away last Wednesday. Our deepest condolences. A very great loss not only for Larry and for Diane's family, but also for the RNLI and Whitstable communities, who she loved and who loved her in return. She will be greatly missed by all of us at WYC. Diane’s funeral will be at Barham Crematorium on Tuesday 31st January at 3.20pm.
Storm damage to the club ramp
Posted: Saturday, 14 January, 2017
Many members will already have seen, either in person or from the photos on social media, that the WYC club ramp has suffered significant damage in the storms on Friday. A group of club members, including those with experience in construction and marine engineering, have been working to enact repairs and maintenance on the ramp. However as the phrase goes, "no plan survives contact with the enemy", and unfortunately the sea has acted quicker to destruct the ramp, than we could apply the fixes to strengthen the ramp! A small team, (thanks David, Phil, Ian and Robert!) spent Saturday morning recovering a large section of the ramp and ensuring that it is not lost, and can't do further damage, but more of the ramp is loose and will need further repair.
We will be assessing the ramp over the coming week, and doing further work to dismantle the section covered by water to understand how much of the structure is sound, and how much will need to be replaced. We will provide further information when we know more.
Please do not use or walk on the section of the ramp covered by the tide at this time as it is dangerous.
Birds eye view - Drone video footage of Winter Series Race 5
Posted: Wednesday, 04 January, 2017
Great footage shot by B14 sailor Mark Barnes and edited by Laser sailor Paul Kelly showing highlights from the Winter Series Race 5 on 27th November last year. Seeing the racing from this angle really brings a new dimension to the sport, thanks Mark and Paul!
Laser by Drone from Paul Kelly on Vimeo.
Club Race Officer Training
Posted: Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
This one day course run by RYA National Race Officer Ted Temple will be held at WYC for members on 25th February starting at 10am. The course is free, and ideal for individuals with little or no Race Officer experience. Additionally it would be a good refresher for those who find the annual duty a little bit daunting or would like to brush up on the above skills.
1. To provide a basic syllabus for club race management courses that can be adapted to a club’s needs.
2. To achieve a minimum standard of race management within a club.
3. To teach basic signalling, course laying, the basic routines of starting, managing and finishing races and safety.
Please email Peter Gowing to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRAFT WYC 2017 WYC Sailing Programme
Posted: Tuesday, 20 December, 2016
The 2017 Programme will be going to print early in the new year, and will be sent out to members with the AGM papers in February. This year we've managed to schedule even more races and events, and we're looking forward to another excellent year of sailing. The season kicks off with the first race on Saturday 11th March, and concludes with the end of the Winter Series on 17th December. Between those dates we have 75 club races, 34 club cups and special races, 6 cruises and 7 Open and Nationals events! Highlights of the programme include an RS Feva/Terra Open on 8&9th July, the B14 Nationals between 3rd and 6th August, Whitstable Week from 7th to 11th August, and a Laser European Qualifier event on 21st&22nd October . You can download the full draft list of events here. Any comments or questions, please contact the email@example.com.
Winter Series Results and full list of 2016 winners
Posted: Sunday, 11 December, 2016
Congratulations to Phil Emery in his Merlin Rocket, Steve Grey in his Laser and John Gibbons in his Laser Radial who came first in their classes in the 2016 Winter Series. Prizes were awarded after the final race on Sunday 11th December. For all of the Prizes awarded in 2016, including this years Special Awards, download the list here, or checkout the detail results at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results/2016.
Notes from the 2016 Meeting of Sailors
Posted: Saturday, 10 December, 2016
Click below to download the notes taken at the Meeting of Sailors held on 27th November 2016. Thanks to everyone who attended.
“You haven’t won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors”*
Posted: Thursday, 08 December, 2016
Older members and followers of Olympic sailing will be sad to hear that Paul Elvstrom died at his home in Hellerup, Denmark, yesterday (7th December) at the age of 88. Not unreasonably dubbed The Great Dane by far too many journalists, Elvstrom was one of the Great Names in sailing history.
He won four consecutive Olympic gold medals: Firefly in 1948 (the London Olympics, sailing in Torbay); Finn in 1952 (Helsinki), 1956 (Melbourne) and 1960 (Rome). Apocryphal or not, the story is told that he would train in his Finn during a snowstorm so that he could learn to read the windshifts. He was reserve for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 (where Keith Musto and Tony Morgan won Silver in the FD) and competed in the Star and Soling fleets in the next two Games without winning a medal. In 1984 and 1988 he competed in the Tornado class with his daughter Trine on the wire.
But if Olympic medals eluded him after those four wins, other victories were plentiful. He won eleven world championships - 505 (2), Finn (2), Snipe (1), Flying Dutchman (1), 5.5 Metre (1), Star (2), and Soling (2) and two Tornado European championships with Trine.
His books are still among the best sailing literature ever written, he founded the eponymous sail and boat building companies and he was a thoroughly nice guy.
*famous quote by Paul Elvstrom.
Posted: Wednesday, 30 November, 2016
The bar is trialing a new state of the art digital Jukebox. With millions of songs available at 50p a play or 3 for £1.00, or 7 for £2.00. It also show the latest news and sport results at no cost. Background music will also be provided at no cost.
Super Cadet Supper!
Posted: Wednesday, 23 November, 2016
53 dinners were served by the volunteers at the Cadet Laying Up Supper last weekend, and everyone had a great time, whilst raising over £200 towards the Cadet training, events and equipment for next year's season! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped organise and cater for the evening!
WYC CADET CAITIE ATKIN WINS THE MAGIC MARINE RS AERO UK NORTHERN CIRCUIT 2016
Posted: Monday, 14 November, 2016
WYC Cadet, Caitie Atkin finished 1st overall, 1st Youth and 1st Lady at the 2016 Magic Marine RS Aero UK Northern Circuit. Congratulations Caitie. Sailing Sec.
Whitstable Watersports Centre for 2017
Posted: Wednesday, 09 November, 2016
Whitstable Watersports Centre was established this summer, based at Whitstable Yacht Club. We had a lot to do initially in terms of starting up, getting equipment and marketing, but thanks to a great team we are now fully set up and ready to start the full season in March 2017.
The are three main sports that we are focusing on, they are sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. This year we teamed up with Topper and will be doing so next year as well, we have a range of brand new Topper boats in which to offer lessons, hire and also sell. Windsurfing has been reborn at WYC thanks to the boards class captain (Todd) and we are doing our part by training and bringing new windsurfers onto the scene. Our advanced windsurf clinics for windsurfers at WYC proved to be hugely popular this year, next year we will do even more. Stand up paddle boarding is the worlds fastest growing water sport, Whitstable is one of the UK's best locations for it due to the flat water and coastline lined with bars and cafe's.
In 2017 we will be getting even more paddle boards due to the increasing demand, we have kept prices for paddle board lessons and hire very low (well below average) so that we can promote this fantastic activity in the area. There is a RYA dinghy instructor course penciled in for the Easter holidays 2017, there will be more information upon confirmation. Remember that as a WYC member you get discount at WWC so please contact us next year to get involved with a new sport that perhaps you haven't tried yet!
For more information on all the activities, or to contact the centre, see the WWC website at whitstablewatersportscentre.com.
RYA SE Youth Training Fund Coaching Bursary Awarded to WYC Member
Posted: Sunday, 06 November, 2016
Congratulations to Whitstable Yacht Club member Alex Harwood (pictured here sailing a Tasar during Whitstable Week), who has been awarded a Coaching Bursary to fund a Racing Coach Level 2 (RCL2) course by the trustees of the RYA South East Youth Training Fund. 18 year old Alex Harwood, who has been sailing at WYC almost since he could walk, has recently been an active coach on the Cadet and Family sessions, as well as working for the Whitstable Watersports Centre as an instructor. He was nominated for the Bursary by WYC RYA Training Centre Principal Richard Maltby, and plans to use the qualification to help the club's cadets improve their racing and get more into national fleets, as well as encourage sailing at a grass-roots level. He's expecting to take the training early in the new year.
2016 so far in photos
Posted: Sunday, 06 November, 2016
As the weather is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, why not look back on the 2016 sailing year in photos! We had cameras on the water for many of the events - are there any of you?
Boxing Day sail: Facebook
B14 & 505 Open: Champion Marine Photography
Wanderer Nationals: Facebook
Tasar Nationals: Champion Marine Photography
Whitstable Week: Facebook & Champion Marine Photography
Topaz Uno Nationals: Champion Marine Photography
Forts Race: Facebook
Dart 18 Open: Champion Marine Photography
Bart's Bash: Facebook & Champion Marine Photography
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