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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!

Club Development

Club Development A month ago we held our first consultation sessions for members to comment on, and contribute to the evolving design of the proposed improvements to the club's facilities. Many thanks to everyone for your inputs which were overwhelmingly constructive and positive. The next opportunity for members to view and contribute to these evolving plans will be during Whitstable Week so please come along and give us your comments and continue to help us take the club forward.

Beer Quality Audit passed with flying Colours

Shepherd Neame carried out a random Beer Quality Audit which we passed in all areas. Congratulations to all the bar staff ensuring everything is correct and running well, keep up the good work.

Report from the Oysterman Triathlon on 28th June.

Oysterman, photo from Wild Times On Sunday 28th June, Whitstable Yacht Club and the Wild Times Sailing School hosted the registration and the swimming section of the Activelife Whitstable Oysterman Triathlon. Over 100 competitors took part, including some members of Whitstable Yacht Club. Thanks to all the volunteers from the club and school who came together to support the event on and off the water, and keep everyone safe. Below is a report from Paul Moore (competitor #051). More ›

West Quay clearance - kayak and trailer

The West Quay is being cleared for use by the Oyster Festival. Thanks to the volunteers who turned out yesterday afternoon to move a significant amount of the large boats and trailers to Reeves Beach and the Chalet Park.
There is a trailer and a yellow kayak secured to railings on the quay, if you own either item please can you move them by the end of this weekend at the latest as any item left on the quay will be removed.

Topaz Nationals at WYC - Early Bird entry off extended!

Topaz Nationals The inaugural Topaz Nationals are being held at Whitstable Yacht Club on 15th and 16th August. Topper are offering a free jib to all Topaz owners who compete, and there will some great prizes from the event sponsors.
The discounted pre-entry offer of only £35 per boat has now been extended to the end of July, so now's a great time to enter. For more information, and to enter, all the details are at
Topper and WildTimes are also making a limited number of Topaz dinghies available to WYC club members who want to take part. If you're interested, contact Peter Gowing.

Missing keys

A set of keys has gone missing from the Race Officer Cupboard in the Committee Room. If you have been part of the race team over the last few weeks (used the race tower or Committee Boat) and may have moved them, can you please check pockets and bags, or cast your mind back to see if you remember leaving them anywhere. If you have the keys, or any knowledge of where they may be, please contact

Quiz & Chips Friday 19th June.

Fish & Chip supper with a quiz! Order your food from the bar by Thursday 18th June, Fish & Chips from 7pm on Friday 19th. Proceeds to Support Dan Parson and his Atlantic challenge.

Merlin Rocket Open 2015 - Report, photos and results

photo by Alex Cheshire There's a report from last weekend's Merlin Rocket Open at Whitstable Yacht Club on Yachts&Yachting, photos from the event taken by Alex Cheshire here, and all the results at!

Thank you from the Merlin Rocket class

A big thank you from the Merlin fleet to all the club members and staff who helped make the weekend such a success. Thanks also to the Laser and Tasar fleet for putting up with the inconvenience of having to move their boats. Thank you all very much indeed John Cooper - Merlin Class Captain

WYC and the Whitstable Oyster Festival

In support of the Whitstable Oyster Festival WYC has agreed with the organisers to make West Quay available for their use. Whilst this will mean disruption to the West Quay storage facility there will be a financial contribution and significant benefits to the club.
The festival organisers will require access to the quay before, during and after the festival. All boats and kit stored on the quay will be moved on or before July 11th, after which it will not be available for approximately 4 weeks. Planning is currently under way to allocate space for the affected boats and other equipment (trailers for example) on the club’s estate, owners will be contacted separately to advise them of the expected allocations.
Whilst the boats and equipment mainly affected will be in the CAT and General classes there is an overall benefit to the club, and the Sailing Committee representatives will be seeking volunteers to provide support in moving equipment. The majority of the equipment is expected to be moved after the day’s racing on July 11th (11am. start). If you can be available on that day please contact your class captain and let them know. Tasks to be completed will include moving equipment and securing it in the temporarily allocated spaces.
Thank you for your support.

Beach clearance for the Merlin Open next weekend

We need to clear the Laser and Tasar beaches to accommodate the visiting Merlins next weekend. Would owners please move their boats after the evening race on Wednesday. A working party has been arranged to move those boats that are still there on Friday evening. Many thanks for your help with this.

Extra club race on Saturday 4th July, before Summer Saturday 5

Following the positive feedback on the additional races held after the club races on 30th and 31st May, the Sailing Committee has decided to run an additional club race on Saturday 4th July at 1pm. The race will be an Average Lap race, and will be held before the normal scheduled race (Summer Saturdays 5 at 2pm). The additional race will not count against any of the existing club series.

WYC B14 Crew success at the UK Nationals

Whitstable Yacht Club member Tom Pygall crewed on the winning B14 at the Seavolution B14 Nationals last weekend. Crewing on B14 Whitstable Marine, for help Nick Craig, they came in first in some very testing conditions. WYC boat Seavolution North Sails, sailed by Mark Barnes and Ruth Oliver came in 6th overall, and WYC boat Team Harken, sailed by Simon ad Nikki Hadley came in 15th. More ›

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

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