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Cadets and Families Session, Friday 30 June

Cadets and Families Session, Friday 30 June, and Bookings for Summer holiday Courses July 31 - August 2 and Cadet fest August 21-25 More ›

West Quay boat parking - new fence and lock

To help improve the security of the West Quay boat parking area the club has installed fencing with a locked gate. The gate is secured with a combination lock, so if you need access, please contact the club office or bar for the code. Thanks to Dickie, Kelvin, Ian, Dave, Robert and Alex for installing the fencing on Saturday morning, and Kelvin for organising.

EYKA Man of Kent 2017 Photos

Close starts!
The photos (over 100!) from the Man of Kent 2017 are now available to view and buy at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk. Thanks to Nick Champion for coming out on a rough and windy day to take such great shots!
For more information, report and results for the event, see wyc.org.uk/news/eyka-man-of-kent-2017-report

Well done to WYC Cadet Thea!

WYC cadet Thea Eaton-Baudains put in a blistering performance in the KSSA New Racers event at Redoubt Sailing Club on 10th June and came in 4th after 4 races in the Topper fleet! A great result for her first event. Full results are at www.kssa.co.uk/91Results/old_results/2017/NewRacers.htm.

EYKA Man of Kent 2017 report

Close starts!
The 2017 Man of Kent regatta was held on Saturday 10th June, hosted this year by Whitstable Yacht Club. Tom Coley from Hythe & Saltwood SC won the event and the Man of Kent trophy with two firsts and a second. That pushed Peter Noble from Broadstairs SC into second with two seconds and a first. Nigel Brown from Whitstable YC in his Laser maintained consistent throughout the racing to take third overall with three third places. Alex Head from Downs SC in his Topper took the Junior trophy in 9th place overall, and junior sailors Hanna Mumford and Tara Head from Downs SC took the Ladies trophy in their RS200 with 13th place overall. The Team trophy was handed to Broadstairs Sailing Club, with Whitstable Yacht Club coming in second. For the full report and more photos, see www.yachtsandyachting.com.
Photos by Nick Champion at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

Yacht Club Yoga

WYC Yoga
The first Yacht Club Yoga session took place this week on a beautiful Whitstable evening, and all the participants felt supple and relaxed after their class. This will now be a regular Tuesday evening session at the club, from 6.30 - 7.45, and costs £6 per class (payable on the night). The session is suitable for beginners and is run by Yacht Club member Yvo Meredith, who is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. Places are limited, so if you would like to join the class please email Yvo on: yvo.meredith@btopenworld.com to book your place.

RYA RTC inspection

Our RYA recognised training centre inspection took place Wednesday evening. After careful inspection of our procedures/paperwork the inspector looked at our equipment and activities on the water, including instruction. There was no action required and we passed with flying colours!
A very special thanks must be made to our Principal, Richard Maltby. Thanks also to our chief instructor and to all the instructors and volunteers who help with training. Richard is a true professional and he has a great team supporting him.

Bar product increase

Due to price increases a couple of products have gone up.
Guinness Surger now £3.20
Hendricks Gin now £2.10

All other prices are unchanged.

New engine for WYC Patrol Boat

A WYC Patrol Boat in action
The General Committee have approved the purchase of a new engine for one of the club patrol boats, to replace the engine that is beyond economic repair. The engine is expected to be delivered and installed before the Man of Kent regatta on 10th June, and will be funded by the generous bequests provided by the estates of Peter Raymer and Dianne Lamberton. The club would like to thank Peter and Dianne's families for providing such generous support for the club.
In addition, the General Committee have approved in principle the purchase of two more engines to replace the other two patrol boat engines, both of which have reached the end of their expected working life. This is subject to funds being raised, more details of which will follow shortly.

Martin Newton funeral arrangements

Martin’s funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham, Kent CT4 6QU on Thursday 22nd June at 13.20. Afterwards we will go to the Whitstable & Seasalter Golf Club, Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1EB.
No flowers. Donations to The Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury via C W Lyons funeral directors, 51 – 53 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB.
Could anyone who plans to attend let me know on my contact details below.
Kind regards.
Patrick
Patrick McDonnell
51 Albert Street
Whitstable, Kent
CT5 1HS
Tel: 01227 261422
Mob: 07780 683925
Em Home: magnoman@sky.com

Wanderer Nationals

Wanderer Nationals
Paul Yeadon and Liz North of WYC won the Wanderer Nationals in testing conditions at Tudor SC, Langstone Harbour on 27/28 May, sailing W1626 "Surprise". Only two races were sailed, on the Saturday, and on Sunday racing was cancelled due to lack of wind. Paul and Liz won on count back from Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden. Their spinnaker work and downwind speed ensured their victory.

Martin Newton

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that Martin Newton died today, peacefully. He has been a member since the 70's and will be greatly missed. He volunteered on the rescue boats and worked behind the bar. He moved from London to Whitstable to enjoy his golf, sailing and a slower pace of life. We will post his funeral arrangements when we know them.

Cadets far from Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea

WYC CadetsCaptured in this photo taken from the Rigden balcony, ten of 19 cadet boats on the water last Friday (May 19) sailing in light airs. Congratulations to Margot Ali and Clara Taylor who successfully completed their RYA Stage two certificates, and to all 21 cadets and the four cadet instructors (out of view but in close support) on a very good session.

WYC Cadets go Topper Team Racing!

8 Whitstable Yacht Club cadets had a great time on Saturday 13th May, taking part in the KSSA Topper Team Racing at Redoubt Sailing Club. George Grove provided the following report on the action:
On Saturday we went to a Topper Team Racing competition. It was the windiest sail I have ever had! We all capsized (including the other teams) except Seb, who did really well simply keeping his boat upright! They thought that they may have to call it off as it was so windy. My Dad said it's not often you see waves of that size on a lake. Unfortunately, we did not win but it was a good sail!
The plucky sailors were:
Whitstable YC(A)
Seb Bamford (13), Hugo Eaton-Baudains (15), Iggy McNally (capt) (11) and Wilf Taylor (12)
Whitstable YC (B)
Thea Eaton-Baudains (11), Francesca Edler-Maidment (8), George Groves (12) and Lucas Groves (13)
WYC Cadet Team
For more photos, see the club's Facebook page

John Day

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that John Day died on Saturday 13th May. Most recently a keen Laser sailor (shown in the photos below sailing his Laser, and receiving the WYC Laser Sailor of the year award in 2016), he has a history with the club going back to the 1960's. He will be greatly missed. Below is a personal reflection on John's sailing career by Charlie Campion.
John Day
John first visited Whitstable Yacht Club in the 1960’s. He had gone for a ride on his Triumph motorcycle, a marque he owned all his adult life in preference to the Japanese offerings, & almost by chance ended up in Whitstable. As he was walking past Whitstable Yacht Club he spotted a notice advertising for crews which he enquired into. I am not quite sure of the ensuing conversation but later that day John was on the water with Derick Emery in a National 12 competing in a club race in quite windy weather. Derick was an accomplished National 12 sailor in pre Laser days when there were a limited number of dinghy classes & WYC was pretty much all National 12’s & Merlin Rockets. Derick & John won the race but what really impressed John was Derrick’s boat handling when coming ashore. Anyway, soon after... More ›

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