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Photos of Whitstable Week, August Regatta & Forts Race

Photos taken by Nick Champion at Whitstable Week, the August Regatta and the Forts Race are now available for view and purchase at http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/.

Forts Race Weekend 2017 report on Yachts&Yachting

Photo by John BoormanThe 22nd Forts Race Weekend was held on 9th and 10th September at Whitstable Yacht Club. The long-distance catamaran race, sponsored this year by NeilPryde Sailing and Whitstable Marine, was a weekend of two weather extremes! Read the full report the Yachts&Yachting website at http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/198427/22nd-Forts-Race-at-Whitstable.
Thanks again to all of the volunteers at Whitstable Yacht Club who made the event possible
Prize Winners

Committee Boat

The team of volunteers who maintain and drive the WYC Committee Boat have discovered an issue with the boat's mooring in front of the club. An attempt was made to wade out and resolve the problem on Saturday morning at low tide, but the anchor was still too far underwater to be able to fix it. The next set of very low tides, which should allow enough access to the mooring, are in March next year, so the decision has been made to move the boat to her winter moorings at Conyer, rather than risk loosing her. This means that racing will be sailed off the club line from the race hut, rather than Committee Boat starts for the remainder of the season, with the exceptions of Bart's Bash (including Autumn Series 5) this Sunday (17th September), and the Laser European Qualifier event on 21st and 22nd October.
Thanks to the Committee Boat team for doing what they could to try and resolve the issue, and for their continuing support in maintaining and driving the boat.

WYC are now offering Windsurfing lessons!

We are now able to offer windsurfing at Whitstable yacht club! We have some dates in mind, 30th September 12:30 - 3:30 or the 1st of October 1:30 - 4:30. We can offer an afternoon as a taster session then if you want to progress to a level then we will go from there.
The price for one afternoon taster session is £65 for three hours, however not all if this time is spend on the water. There is some theory before you get on the water. If there is time left over at the end your instructor will go over tides or more theory. This taster then will make up the first session out of 4 for a start windsurfing course, if you wish to continue.
We can provide wetsuits, shoes and buoyancy aids.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
Kind regards, Ruth
WYC Training Administrator. Training@wyc.org.uk

Free WiFi at WYC

The free WiFi in the club has been upgraded to provide more speed and better coverage. You may need to re-add your device to continue using it: search and connect to "WYCFree" and accept the T&Cs when they pop up.

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
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