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Return of boats temporarily moved from West Quay

Thank you again to those members of the club who have had their boats moved to accommodate the Oyster Festival marquee. Boats can be returned to the quay from August 29th onwards (when the Merlin Rocket Nationals have finished). It is not planned to have working parties to move the boats, except for those boats parked in the Chalet Park where a group will be arranged, but if you need assistance in moving your boat please contact your class captain or the beach master. The rows and bays on the quay are being re-marked to help with managing the available capacity and bays will be allocated by the relevant class captains, so before you return your boat please contact them.

Reminder - Notify the race team if you retire from a race

Please remember that if you retire from a race, especially one run from the Committee Boat, you should always try and let the team on the Committee Boat or Safety Boats know that you are retiring. If that is not possible, please make it a priority to sign in on the sheet when you come ashore.

Topaz Nationals - Exclusive ex-demo Topaz Uno offer

Topaz OfferAlongside the first ever Topaz Uno Nationals, to be held at Whitstable Yacht Club, next weekend, Topper have launched an exclusive offer for WYC friends and members on demo boats. If you want a nearly new Topaz Uno Plus, or Topaz Uno Race Plus, you can save up to £989, and get discounted or free 2016 membership and boat parking (terms and conditions apply). The Topaz Uno is a great boat for families and beginners, and there's a growing fleet at Whitstable, but don't leave it too late as there are limited numbers of boats at these great prices. Talk to Jeff in the WYC office, or contact Topper sales to place your order.

Whitstable Week - Day 5

Prize Winners
Friday was the final day of this year's Whitstable Week at Whitstable Yacht Club, and it was a great final day. Two races were held on the water, in slightly stronger winds than predicted, but at a Force 2-3 it made a nice change from the wind earlier in the week, and also gave the younger cadets (and some of the parents!) an opportunity to go for a sail close to shore. The sailors came back to shore to a BBQ, and prize giving was held at 7pm, followed by the closing band The Nagasaki 3.
This year's Whitstable Week saw 54 boats entering the racing, and 83 sailors taking part. On the Wednesday, we had 14 cadet boats on the water, with 22 cadets taking part. The overall winner of the week was Charles Campion, sailing his Laser in a very competitive fleet.
The week couldn't have happened without a large number of volunteers coming forward to help out. Click through the link below for a full list of the prize winners and thanks, or see the detailed results at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results. More ›

Whitstable Week - Day 3 & 4

Wednesday was cadets and families day, with a pirate theme. We had a great turn out of cadets, who got on the water for a fun race in a wide range of boats, from RS Fevas and Topper Topaz Unos, to Dart 18s and a Wanderer! In the light but gusty winds everyone had a great time sailing, then returned to shore for some fun and games at the waters edge. Thanks to Connor and Alex for organising the racing, and Nia for the briefing and shore games.
In the evening we had the regular Wednesday Evening Series racing, and despite the wind dropping to almost nothing, most of the fleet managed to get around the course, with the race ending as the sun set.
Wednesday evening sunset
Thursday saw a return to the strong winds seen at the beginning of the week. Three races were held round a short course to catch up in the series, but the high wind resulted in a large number of retirements. Jon Bloice deserves a mention for capsize of the day after doing a full 360 spin then capsize on the line after a starboard call, much to the amusement of the other sailors!
Quiz night on Thursday evening saw 4 teams compete for glory, in a close test of knowledge, raising £60 for the RNLI. Thanks to Sarah and Richard for compering, and Suzanne and Andrew for putting the questions together. Friday sees the final two races of Whitstable Week, followed by a BBQ, Prize Giving at 7pm and The Nagasaki 3 on from 8pm.

Whitstable Week - Day 2

Tuesday started very windy, with a great showing from the Windsurf members of the club in the morning, who had a great time on the water. Unfortunately the wind didn't let up, and racing was reluctantly cancelled after an hours postponement, although a few Lasers got out for a blast. This means an extra race on Thursday to catch up in the series. The evening saw a lot of wine tasted and cheese eaten!
Wednesday is Pirate day, with a Cadet race at 1400, and general fun on the water for all the family. Don't forget there's also a Wednesday Evening race at 1900. Make sure you order your Fish and Chip supper before the race, as it will be ready and waiting when you come ashore!

Club Development - Additional Document

In addition to the plans in the post yesterday, you can view some background information on the plans here

Club Development - Member consultation

Earlier in the season we held our first consultation sessions for members to contribute to the evolving plans for the improvements to the club's facilities. We have taken your views on board, and as promised there is now an opportunity during Whitstable Week to discuss the updated plans. Our team of Architects, Adam Roake and Louisa Clifford, will be on hand to answer questions and receive suggestions this coming Wednesday afternoon (5th August) between 3.00 and 6.00, and also the following Saturday 8th August at the same times. The drawings and plans will remain on display at the club between these dates. The plans can be downloaded here, along with a consolidated list of comments here. We look forward to hearing the views of as many members a possible. If you can't make it to the club between Wednesday and Saturday, please send your comments to office@wyc.org.uk

Whitstable Week - Day 1

What a great first day for this year's Whitstable Week! We had 35 boats take part in the racing, and there was great competition across all classes. The windy conditions proved a challenge, but the race team did a great job with both races. We also had cadets out practising close to shore in the RS Fevas, and the smaller children had a fun time on the bouncy castle! Day 2 on Tuesday sees the bouncy castle back on shore, more cadet sailing along the beach, and races 3 and 4 for the competitors. In the evening, the club will be hosting a Wine Tasting with Durrants Fine Wines. On Wednesday, get into the Pirate state of mind, with plenty of family fun on and off the water during the day, and the regular club Wednesday Evening race in the evening.
For more information, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

Wine Tasting Tuesday 7pm.

Come along and help choose the new wines to be sold behind the bar. The wine is free and there are plates of nibbles at £2.50/plate (limited numbers). See website for all events during Whitstable Week.

Two great band nights planned for Whitstable Week

General Recall and Nagasaki 3 We have two great band nights planned for Whitstable Week this year. On Monday evening, club band General Recall will take the stage from 7pm, and on Friday evening we're welcoming back popular band The Nagasaki 3 to close the week from 8pm. Don't miss out on this year's Whitstable Week, which is planned to be bigger and better than ever!

Event report: B14 Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

B14s by Alex Cheshire
Event report by Mark Barnes:
The 4th installment of the B14 National TT circuit took place at WYC on the weekend of the 18 - 19th July. Local favourites going into the event were Seavolution North Sails (Mark Barnes/Charlotte Jones).
Saturday was a testing day for both the fleet and Race Officer Richard Ledger (with Assistant R/O Abby Ledger), as the wind seemed to come from every direction in varying strength. Overnight leaders were Flying Donkey (Mark Watts/Clare Stubbs).
Sunday dawned and a rip raring south-westerly force 5 - 6 greeted the fleet after a night of Turbo Pimms and beer. Through the fog of recovery, a sober fleet hit the water and headed out to do battle. Some of these high powered skiffs headed for the shore as the breeze built, but the contenders had a gladiatorial battle over 3 races with little to chose from Flying Donkey and Seavolution North Sails. with a 1, 2 a piece it all came down to the last race. With the lead changing several times on the first beat, then into the downwind whilst holding a slight lead, Flying Donkey gybed in a monster gust and was flattened so ending their challenge assuming nothing happened to the new leader, Seavolution North Sails put the peddle down and never looked back, taking out the event with a win, captured on video by the committee boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPUrjhYbcaw
Richard and Abby did a great job running their first event, just wish we had more time between races to refuel (joke). Bruised and battered the conditions on Sunday were perfect. Thanks to all the support crew, and to Alex Cheshire, who photographed the event (see her pictures here and here). Full results can be found at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Next event for the B14s is the Europeans at Rock Sailing Club in Cornwall on the 5th - 8th September. There should be 3 WYC teams attending the event with daily reports on Y&Y.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - DISPOSAL OF WINDSURF BOARDS JULY 2015

There are a number of windsurf boards for which fees have not been paid and the original owners cannot be traced. It is the intention of the Sailing Committee to dispose of this equipment no sooner than 3 months from the date of this notice, in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Royal Yachting Association. If you think that you are the owner of any of these pieces of equipment, please contact Sally Gostelow as soon as possible via the office, on email (sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk) or phone on 01227272942.
The boards are as follows (see here for details and photographs):
1. NAISH 115L Freestyle Board (Formerly Upper Rigdens 8)
2. FANATIC 145L Shark (Formerly Upper Rigdens 13)
3. STARBOARD 111L Carve (Formerly Lower Stroud)
4. FANATIC 105L Gecko (Formerly Upper Rigdens 12)
5. F2 188L Phoenix (Formerly Upper Rigdens 9)
6. F2 133L Xantos (Formerly Lower Stroud)

Two weeks to go until Whitstable Week 2015!

Whitstable Week 2015 Programme Get all the information at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

Whitstable Oyster Festival: Thursday 23rd July - Sunday 2nd August

The Whitstable Oyster Festival starts on 23rd July. This is a popular event in the town, with a growing profile! The town can get very busy, so we recommend that members allow extra time to travel to the club, and avoid travelling by car where possible (the roads around town and carparks will be very busy). We will also be checking people's membership when they use the club to ensure that our facilities remain open and available to members. You will still be able to sign guests in through the guest book, but please do not be offended if your name is checked against a membership list when you visit. Please also need to take extra care when moving boats and equipment around the beach, and when launching and recovering! The club's space on the West Quay will also not be available during the Oyster Festival.
Saturday 25th July - This is traditionally the busiest day of the festival. Based on lessons learned from previous years, there is no club racing scheduled. The club premises will be open as usual for members, but access will only be available from the West side of the decking area. The club will also be selling food and providing club/membership information to the public through the Sea Wall entrance to maximise the benefit to WYC from the day. map of access Sunday 26th July - Club racing as usual, but beware that this is a 10am race start. Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July - Club open as usual to members. Saturday 1st August - Cadet and General Sailing from 10am. Club Long Distance Race starting at 1pm. Evening BBQ at WYC (weather dependant), watch the Frestival fireworks from the comfort of the club. Sunday 2nd August - Dawes Cup, starting at 2pm. Monday 3rd August - Whitstable Week starts!

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