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Francis John Rigden.

I respectfully make this contact with you to inform you and your members of the following facts:
My partners late father was Mr Francis John Rigden, who was born on 30th December 1930. Sadly I inform you of his death, following the third of three strokes, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 24th August 2017, aged 86 years.
Mr Rigden was born in Whitstable and was formally an apprentice and then shipwright at Anderson Rigden and Perkins Boatyard, of Island Wall, Whitstable. He retired to Peacehaven in Sussex, with his wife Pamela, his widow who still lives there. He had three sons and a daughter as well as an extended family.
His funeral will take place at All Saints Church, Whitstable, at 1130am on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Former friends and acquaintances would be most welcome to attend. Donations in Mr Rigden's memory to the Whitstable Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
I respectfully ask you to publish this information in any club newsletter and on your bulletin board.
Kind regards, Lysa Jephcott (daughter)

WYC CadetFest 2017 Report!

CadetFest 2017Some 30 WYC cadets, led by Alex Harwood, Ruth Oliver and a brilliant team of young instructors and parent helpers, took part each day in the Cadetfest week, August 21-25, sailing a range of 20 dinghies, with two day sails to Seasalter SC and Shellness, a mini Olympics series, a friendly with Herne Bay SC cadets, and lots of fun activities. The reports attached, two from cadets and one by a parent, capture the achievement and fun.
Thanks to Barton Marine Equipment for generously supporting the event!
Download the report here.

Report from the Wanderer Open at Whitstable Yacht Club, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August

Wander Open 2017This was a weekend of two contrasting days. The first day, scheduled for races, was blown out by a horrible SW near gale. The second, scheduled for a cruise, provided near perfect conditions for a combined race and cruise day. Saturday saw ten Wanderers (8 WYC boats, and 2 visitors) confronted by a fierce wind, steep, angry waves and a general consensus not to race. Paul and Liz entered the club race to be the only double hander to finish, despite the committee boat dragging its anchor and the leeward mark fast disappearing towards the wind farm. The Wanderers however are a happy band and 23 Wandering brothers and sisters later reconvened at the club for a greatly appreciated barbecue. Saturday evening was excellent with Richard, Gavin and Ian providing the entertainment. We had poems, funny nautical songs, especially Gavin’s Saga one, and Ian told a shaggy cod story.
Conditions on Sunday could not have been better from everyone’s perspective... More ›

Missing RS Tera boom, mainsheet and kicker

One of the booms, kicker and mainsheet for the club's RS Teras has gone missing. Have you seen it? Please check on your racks and on your boats in case you've packed it away by mistake. If anyone know's it's whereabouts, please contact Richard or Ruth.

Cadetfest Week 2017 - Supported by Barton Marine

Cadetfest Week 2017 starts on Monday 21st August, and runs for 5 days with the aim of providing safe and fun sailing activities for Whitstable Yacht Club cadets. The week will include a cruise to Seasalter Sailing Club, a get together day with Herne Bay Sailing Club cadets for sailing activities and races, and a behind the scenes tour of the Barton Marine Factory! All this for only £55 for the week or £15 per day! To take part, please complete and return the joining form ASAP.
Barton MarineTo help Whitstable Yacht Club put on such an exciting cadet week, we're being generously supported by Barton Marine. If you don't already know, Barton Marine are a Whitstable based company, who've had a world wide reputation for marine equipment for almost 80 years, supplying everything from blocks and cleats to replica Laser kits and carbon tiller extensions. Suzanne Blaustone, Chief Executive of Barton Marine, commented “Barton Marine has a keen interest in encouraging young people to get out on the water and try sailing. By supporting initiatives like the Whitstable Yacht Club Cadetfest, we hope that more people will enjoy and take up the sport. Here’s to a great week of sailing and fun for everyone involved!”
To find out more about Barton Marine, go to their website at http://www.bartonmarine.com, or pop into Whitstable Marine!

Alex Holliday

Members may have read of the tragic death of Alex Holliday while on a school visit to Cuba. Alex was the son of WYC members Mike Phipps and Sarah Holliday and brother to Ellie, to whom we send our deepest sympathies.
Alex died peacefully in his sleep while on a school trip to Cuba to study marine ecology. It is understood he suffered what was described as “a medical episode”. He was a year 10 student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham, and lived in Tankerton. Sarah described him as “the gentlest, kindest boy” who had touched so many people’s lives. He was adored by his sister Ellie and by all who knew him.

Whitstable Week 2017

Whitstable Week 2017 - The year of all or nothing with the weather! Little wind on Monday, no wind on Tuesday, strong northerly winds and large waves for Wednesday and Thursday, then one good day of fairly flat water and F3-4 South Westerly on Friday to round the week off. Seems like August has let us down! But, we did get 7 of the 10 races in, and Tom Bruton did a great job as Race Officer to get sailing in when he could. Almost 50 boats took part, with some good close racing across all classes when we were able to sail. Thanks to the Race team, Safety team, Social team and everyone who helped out to make the week a success. Full results are available on http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results, but the summary and special prize winners were:

  • 1st Overall - Christian Brewer (Laser Standard).
  • 1st Under 18 - Tom Oliver.
  • Laser - 1st Christian Brewer, 2nd Mark Grinter.
  • Laser Radial - 1st Ruth Oliver, 2nd Tom Oliver.
  • Merlin - 1st James Goodfellow/Julie Nuttall, 2nd Rien Zilvold/Liz North.
  • Tasar - 1st Stephen Nation/Julie Puckett, 2nd Tessa Lancaster/Nick Lancaster.
  • General Handicap - 1st David Connor (Lightning), 2nd Peter Heyes (Streaker).
  • General Classification (Wanderer) - 1st Richard Maltby/John Hope.
  • Slow Handicap - 1st Alex Wilson/Harry Wilson (RS Feva).
  • Catamarans - 1st Tony & Julie Dod (Dart 18), 2nd Robert Govier (Dart 18).
  • Loudest competitor - Tom Oliver.
  • Spirit of Whitstable Week - Martin Akers & John Gibbons (Merlin).
Photo by Samuel Turner.

B14 National Championships Report


Read the reports from the B14 Nationals at Yachts and Yachting:
Day 1&2http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197617/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-2.
Day 3http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197633/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-3.
Day 4 http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197680/Gul-B14-Nationals-at-Whitstable-overall.
And see the results in detail at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Photo credit: Tom Bradley.

CADET ACTIVITIES

The next round of Cadet activities resumes after Whitstable Week on Monday 14th August with the fifth and last Cadets' training course of the season, followed by a Cadets and Families session on Friday 18th, and the Cadetfest week Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. The course is fully booked but places are available for Cadetfest - a great opportunity to practice and develop all the skills learned from the courses. A Joining Form is attached. More ›

Found in the archive - Film of ‘Black Thursday’ in 1961

One of several reels of film recently found in the club archives, this short video shows footage of the Prince of Wales Cup race held on the Thursday of the International 14ft Dinghy Class championships held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1961. It became known as “Black Thursday” as the fleet was decimated by high winds. Ian Wild, who was 17 at the time, was there: “If I remember it correctly I was helping on the committee boat which was “Cod” Kelsey’s shrimping trawler from the harbour. I jumped into one boat we were rescuing to help bail it out as the crew were exhausted.”

https://youtu.be/dc-N8ioR_uM
More ›

SGM Sunday - Thank you

Thank you for all those who attended the meeting and those that sent in their postal votes. It was an amazing turnout with over 150 members in attendance and the vote was as follows, including postal votes.
Yes 163
No 1
Abstain 3
The motion was carried and further details will follow shortly.

Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix at WYC - Report


The fourth and final RS Feva Grand Prix took place at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th and 9th July. The report is now available at www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197238/RS-Fevas-at-Whitstable, and photos from the event are at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk.
Thanks to all the volunteers from WYC who helped out with this event!

Whitstable Yacht Club LaserFest 17 Report


LaserFest was conceived as a weekend of tight Laser racing and great socials with the objective of getting as many WYC Lasers on the water as possible. Looking back on a great weekend of racing, an amazing BBQ and some amusing banter its mission was accomplished – and in some style.
With a turnout of 38 boats over the two days, we welcomed 6 visitors to add to 32 WYC boats – the envy of some of our other club fleets. PRO Mark Barnes ran a tight ship, with long accurate courses to take on Saturday’s brisk conditions and shorter challenge to match Sunday’s softer breeze.
We were privileged to recently receive a legacy from long time WYC and international Laser sailor Peter Raymer, and his trophy was awarded to the best WYC boat by his son John. When the sums were done it was apparent that youth had triumphed with James Goodfellow the most consistent in both strong and lighter conditions to become overall winner and 1st WYC boat – well done Baby Spice!
Runner up was Niall Martin thanks to his 4,1 on day 2 pushing Nigel Brown down to 3rd with radial Jeff Loosemore taking 4th – we are glad he’s joining WYC so we can learn just a few of his secrets (and get trashed again).
Prizes were awarded throughout the fleet with special awards for first lady, Ruth Oliver, first cadet radial Tom Oliver and especially for 10 year old Christopher Marsh from Thailand who finished every race in his 4.7.
For the event report on Yachts&Yachting, see www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197223/Whitstable-Yacht-Club-LaserFest-17.
Laserfest 17 was a successful event on every level – 38 boats was above expectations, and so great to see WYC Lasers who’ve struggled to race this year due to family commitments having a go at big fleet racing. Let’s hope it stimulates even better turnouts for the rest of the season and encourages the rest of WYC to do the same.
Thanks to the WYC Laser Fleet for organising the event, Race Office Mark Barnes and the rest of the Safety and Support team, Steve Gray for the report, and Katerina Kelly for the photos!

New Appointment - Training Administrator

Ruth OliverThe club has created a new part-time post of Training Administrator and I am sure everyone will be delighted that Ruth Oliver has been appointed to the post. Ruth has been sailing at Whitstable since she was 8, and won the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award for the South East region in 2012. She has been helping people learn to sail since she was 14, and has experience at training centres both in the UK and abroad.
Her role marks a significant extension of the training team in line with the increasing volume and variety of training and course activities that we have recently taken on for both children and adults. This week for instance between Monday 10th July and Sunday 16th we are running three courses for cadets and two courses for adults, with requests coming in every day. If as a cadet or adult you would like to book a RYA course or individual tuition or for any other sail training activity please contact Ruth at training@wyc.org.uk.

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