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Photos from Saturday’s race

Were you out on Saturday 30th May for the Wanderer Open or Spring Series 9? If so, you may be in one of Alex Cheshire's photos! Check out the full set here Line of Wanderers Bosun Ian Embry Ian Hender and Mark Fagg sailing a Wanderer

Club Champions!

Club Championships 2015 Well done to everyone who sailed in the Club Championships this weekend. Almost 60 boats took part, and the racing was very close throughout the fleet, from the A-Class catamaran to the Topper 4.2s! Thanks as ever to Race Officer John Boorman and his recording and results team, Ian Embry and the Safety Boat team, and the bar and catering staff, all of whom helped put together a great weekend of sailing. The Trophy winners were:

  • Dawes Trophy – for the overall club champion - Mark Barnes & Ruth Oliver sailing a B14
  • 2nd Place overall - John Cooper & Hilary Bradshaw sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • 3rd place overall - Rein Zilvold & Phil Scott sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • 4th place overall - Phil Emery & Karen Emery sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • 5th place overall - Charles Campion sailing a Laser
  • 6th place overall - Kevin Hall sailing a Laser
  • Ladies Cup – for first Lady helm overall - Sarah Hodges sailing a Laser Radial
  • Tom Bourne Trophy – for first cadet (u 18) overall - Conor Lamb sailing a Laser Radial
  • WYC Racing Shield – for first Big Cat - Steve Pimblet & Francesca Delacey sailing a Hurricane
  • Sales Trophy – for first Small Cat - Robert Govier sailing a Dart 18
  • Castle Cup – for first Asymmetric Skiff - Mark Barnes sailing a B14
  • Johnson Cup – for first Merlin Rocket - John Cooper & Hilary Bradshaw sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • Tasar Trophy – for first Tasar - Paul McNally & Julie Puckett sailing a Tasar
  • General Handicap Prize – for first General Handicap boat - Mali Harnett & crew sailing a 420
  • Yachting & Boating Trophy – for first Laser - Charles Campion sailing a Laser
  • Laser Radial Prize – for first Laser Radial - Conor Lamb sailing a Laser Radial
  • Babbington Hill Trophy – for first Slow Handicap dinghy - Robin South sailing a Topaz Uno
Full results will be posted to the website shortly. Club Championships prizes

Missing Trophies

We're missing two Club Championships Trophies (Club Championships Slow Handicap Trophy, and the Yachting and Boating Laser Trophy) that were issued to members in the last 5 years. The last person who won these trophies does not have them, so can you check your trophy cabinets, mantelpieces, cupboards and under your beds in case you have them, or have been given them in error.

Bar Staff volunteers

We are looking for some bar volunteers to be trained up and cover the occasional shift or help out during busy times. If you have any spare time and would like to help out please contact the office. We are planning a training evening Wednesday 27th May.

REMOVAL OF ABANDONED AND UNPAID KIT

Following the recent tidy of the beach and quay, where boats and trailers appear to have been abandoned or where the appropriate storage fees have not been paid, the kit has been labelled with reminders for payment. Most of the labelled kit has now been moved to either Reeves Beach (rows 22 and 22a) or row 1 on West Quay. Where apparently abandoned kit remains unclaimed or where appropriate fees continue to remain unpaid, the recognised RYA disposal process will be initiated, in accordance with the WYC boat parking and equipment storage policy. If you believe you may have kit falling into either category (abandoned or unpaid), please contact either the Sailing Secretary or the Hon Beachmaster. Contact details to be found on this website or in the programme.

WYC Laser success in the French Euro Masters event

Over the weekend of 1st to 3rd May, WYC sailor Charles Campion sailed into 3rd place overall, and 1st in the Grand Master category (full results)! Well done Charles.

WYC Laser Radial success in the Belgium Euro Masters event

In light winds in Nieuwpoort Belgium yesterday, in a closely fought competition, WYC sailor Max Hunt clinched first place overall in the latest Euro Masters series event to become Belgium Laser Radial Masters National Champion! Well done Max. Sailing Sec

Bar Staff Volunteer

We are looking for some bar volunteers to be trained up and cover the occasional shift or help out during busy times. If you have any spare time and would like to help out please contact the office. We are planning a training evening Wednesday 27th May.

Whitstable Week 2015 - Entry Fees announced

Whitstable Week 2015 Whitstable Week is only 3 months away, and we're preparing for another great event! This year the Sailing Committee has been able to fix the full week price to a bargain of only £50, and we've reduced the full week Cadet price to only £5! Great value compared to other Open and National events. The Notice of Race, draft Sailing Instructions and Entry Form have just been released, so check out the details at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week.

Merlin Rocket Open - 13th and 14th June

The Notice Of Race has been published for the Merlin Rocket Open Meeting 13th and 14th June. wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/events

£128 raised for the RNLI!

RNLI The RNLI Pursuit Race was sailed on Monday 4th May. 28 boats took part in this race to see who can best sail to their handicap, which was sailed in challengingly gusty conditions! The race was a close one, with a wide mix of boats finishing very close to each other. The top boat was a Merlin Rocket sailed by John Cooper and Phil Emery, closely pursued by a Nacra F18 sailed by Dick Ledger and Tom Bruton, a 505 helmed by Tudor Owen, a Tasar helmed by Stephen Nation, a Laser Radial sailed by Peter Gowing, and in sixth place a Laser sailed by Nigel Brown. Every boat made a donation to the RNLI on entry, which raised over £128 for our local station! Thanks to John Boorman, Race Officer, who coordinated the event and did the complicated math on the Portsmouth Yardstick for each boat competing!

WYC Wanderer success in the Nationals at Langstone Harbour Race Weekend

Congratulations to WYC sailors Paul Yeadon and Liz North, who won the Wanderer Nationals at Langstone Harbour Race Weekend over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, with three firsts, a third and a fifth place in the fleet of 8 boats. Full results can be found here, and photos of the weekend here. The Wanderer class will be visiting Whitstable on 30th and 31st May for the WYC Open wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/events.

WYC Cadet success at KSSA “Opening Splash” at Medway Yacht Club

Two WYC juniors competed in the KSSA “Opening Splash” at Medway Yacht Club on Saturday in challenging Medway conditions – windy and very shifty. Lots of capsizes and lots of retirements. There was an entry of over 30 Kent youth sailors and Conor Lamb, sailing a Laser Radial was lying 5th after the first two races. Conditions worsened in the afternoon but Conor finished with a very creditable 11th despite having no sailing gloves! Iggy McNally retired unhurt after the 3rd race and was awarded KSSA Race Officer’s Prize For Outstanding Young Sailor.

For more information about Cadet and Family sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, see wyc.org.uk/about/cadets

WYC B14 Success at the Stokes Bay TT

B14 Seavolution/North GBR 788 Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver from Whitstable Yacht Club won the Stokes Bay B14 TT this weekend, their first event since sailing together at the B14 inlands at Queen Mary last October where they finished 3rd. For Ruth this is her first senior race win and to top it off, the first TT win in her sailing career! They raced against some of the top B14 sailors in the country in testing conditions, so this was an especially good result.

The B14 Nationals is next month the week, also at Stokes Bay, where there will be four Whitstable boats (Leaky Pipes, Team Harken, Whitstable Marine and Seavolution North) all with a chance of a podium position. Follow online to see who comes out on top!

Fitting Out Supper - Now 16th May

Fitting Out Supper - 16th May

WYC fitting out supper is finally here! Saturday 16th May.

Starting at 6pm for cocktail happy hour with a WYC special from in-house mixologist Haidee.

From 7pm Bring Your Own vinyl to spin on our vintage record player. 7 or 14 inch options are good to go. Delve into your record collections, bring along some retro tunes from your favourite decade, give it a spin!

Food at 7.30ish from our very own Chef de la Maison, Wiz. Two and a half courses of delicious local food

Book your tickets on eventbrite, or behind the bar by 10th May.

And don't worry. If you bought tickets for the last date, they're still valid!

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whitstable-yacht-club-fitting-out-supper-16th-may-2015-tickets-16724343963

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