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Working Party 27th April - Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who turned out to help on the Working Party on a somewhat blustery morning. The beach has been tidied and rubbish removed with some unpaid or abandoned kit being placed on Reeves beach pending recovery or disposal. A significant number of boats without tie downs were also secured, please help us to maintain and improve the appearance and safety of the beach by ensuring boats (and covers) are tied down and stored correctly. The ramp was also thoroughly cleaned along the whole of one side. Ramp cleaning will be an ongoing activity to minimise marine growth so more volunteers will be most welcome, please let your Class Captain know if you can help. Thank you.

Video of WYC needed

We're planning to make some promotional videos of WYC to show off all that is great about the club! A lot of you have GoPros and other cameras, so if you have any footage that you think would be good for our videos, please get in contact. We want footage of sailing as well as shore based activities, from the top racers to the cadets learning to sail. Ideally, all footage should be raw (original, unedited), and be of at least HD quality. Due to the size of files, we can work out the best way of getting them from you (dropbox, USB stick, etc). If you have something of use, please contact Paul Kelly (PK) at paulrkelly@gmail.com

Heather Scott

It is with great regret pass on the news that Heather Scott, a long standing member of WYC, has died.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Friday May 3rd at All Saints’ church.
A reception will follow at Whitstable Yacht Club at 13.30pm.

Congratulations to our cadets on their successful RYA Dinghy Instructor Course!

Madeleine Bryan, Hugo Eaton-Baudains, Harry Newton, Tom Oliver, Alex Wilson, Craig Windridge (BSC).
The Cadets were very fortunate to have in HBSC member Laurie Dengate an excellent RYA coach for the five day course. This followed two prerequisite training and practical assessment days which Laurie also directed in November and December. The standard was set high, the candidates worked tremendously hard throughout the week, generally not finishing until 7.30 pm, and were assessed on the final day by RYA development officer Sam Rowe. At the young age of 16-17 their success, individually and as a team, is particularly impressive.
One of the six candidates is a Broadstairs SC Cadet. Graham Silsbury, BSC Principal has written, "We are thrilled with Craig's success. Thanks to WYC . . .for running the DI course and I'm delighted we have got this group of young DI's in our sailing area. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned."

MISLAID ITEM

One of our members has mislaid a RIB grab-bag containing essential safety items. The dry bag is royal blue and approximately 60cm tall. If anyone has come across it or knows where it has been stored, could they please contact the office by email to sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk.

Message from the Commodore

New WYC Commodore Kelvin TolsonMy first job as Commodore is to thank Richard Bradburn for all he has done in undertaking the role for the last 3 years. I look forward to working with club members, the volunteers on the various committees and the Flag Officers in maintaining and growing the success of the club. This Sunday (7th April) I will be at the club in the morning as well as before and after sailing, please take the opportunity to stop for a chat about anything to do with the club.
My move into the Commodore role does create a Beachmaster vacancy, please contact Robert Govier or me if you’d be interested in volunteering for that activity.
Thank you, Kelvin Toulson.

New WYC Commodore: Kelvin Tolson.

Retiring Commodore Richard BradburnThe WYC AGM was held on Saturday 23rd March. Richard Bradburn retired from his role as Commodore:
“I retired as Commodore at the WYC Annual General Meeting on Saturday. I am very pleased to inform you that I have been succeeded by Kelvin Tolson, who I believe will be an excellent successor.
I thank all Flag Officers, Committee members and the many Club members who have contributed so much during my term as Commodore.”New WYC Commodore Kelvin Tolson

As well as the new Commodore Kelvin Tolson, the following Flag Officers and members of the General Committee were voted in:
Vice Commodore Jo Phillips,
Rear Commodore – Sailing Robert Govier,
Rear Commodore – House Mike Oliver,
Hon Treasurer Martin Muirhead,
General Committee members: Maureen Bush, Terry Davis, Fef Griffin, David Figgis, Tizzie Lambert, Richard Ledger, Richard Maltby and Ian Wild.

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!

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!

CLEAR OUT OF RIGDEN SHED ROOF RAFTERS - SATURDAY 9 MARCH

All equipment in the Rigden Shed roof rafters will be removed and placed outside ready for disposal on Saturday 9 March. If you think you own any item, please collect as soon as possible.

2019 WYC Information and Programme booklet sent to printers!


The 2019 WYC Information and Programme booklet has been sent to printers, and will be posted to members shortly. If you want a preview, you can view an online copy here: wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/2019_WYC_Programme_FINAL.pdf

2019 Sailing and Cadet programme now available in Google Calendar and iCalendar format!

WYC Presents 2019You can now add the 2019 Sailing programme and the Cadets & Families programme to your phone or computer's calendar. Both are now available to add from Google Calendar or download in iCal format. Head to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule or wyc.org.uk/cadets/Events for details.
Thanks to Richard Jones for creating the files!
Note: if you added the WYC calendars to your google calendar last year, you may not need to do anything! Check to see if the 2019 events (first race on 10th March!) have appeared on your phone!

2019 Sailing Schedule now online!

WYC Presents 2019It's only 5 weeks to go until the start of Whitstable Yacht Club's 2019 sailing programme! The paper programmes are being printed and will be sent shortly, and the online schedule is now available on the website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule.
Please check and note your 2019 duty. If you have any questions about your allocated duty, please contact your Class Captain (wyc.org.uk/contact/Committee-Members).
See you on the water soon!

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