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Forts Race - great weekend of catamaran sailing at WYC!

Forts Race 2014 Abbi at the Forts Wow, what a great weekend for the Forts Race this year! Perfect conditions (NE F4) made for some excellent sailing and really close racing. Saturday saw 25 entrants into the main event, 13 of which were visiting boats. The main course took on four legs: Out to the Red Sands Forts and back; Out to the Vattenfall Wind Farm and back; Along the coast to Herne Bay Pier and back; and finally out to Spile Buoy and back to Whitstable Yacht Club. The Short Course just did the first two legs (still an epic 36 miles!). Full results will be posted to the website shortly, but Grant Piggott and Simon Farren from Weston Sailing Club sailing an F18 took the overall prize, as well as the Dewhirst Cup (for the Forts leg) and the Vattenfall prize for the Wind Farm leg. First placed Whitstable boat was sailed by Ghislain Melaine and Greg Crease. The winner of the Short Course Race was Robert Govier and Ruta Nakrosyte on a Dart 18.
On Sunday an single race was sailed off Whitstable, which was won by Grant Piggott and Simon Farren.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this event happen, including the Race Officer Jon Silk, Assistant Race Officer John Cooper, Recording and Results by Jill Fagg, Andrea Oliver and Coral France, Land Bridge by John and Frances Mulhall, all the Safety Drivers and Crew, and many more! Dart at the Windfarm

WYC on Facebook

As well as this news feed, Whitstable Yacht Club has a few other places where you can catch up on the latest news and information. If you're on Facebook, the main WYC page is at facebook.com/WhitstableYC. There's also a page dedicated to the Forts Race at facebook.com/FortsRace, a group for the Laser class, a group for the catamarans and a new one created for windsurfing at Whitstable.

The Vampire Flies

Forts Race 2014
Foiling Vampire At Whitstable Yacht Club we've grown used to seeing the 11 foot International Moth flying across the water on it's advanced foils, with a few of the development class boats sailed regularly at the club. The Vatenfall Forts Race on 13/14 September will see the next phase of extreme foiling boats take to the water, with the highly experimental 20 foot foiling Vampire catamaran owned by William Sunnucks making its race debut in the UK’s premier catamaran long distance race.
The Vampire, originally an M20 from Marstrom Composites in Sweden, is 20 foot long and 12 foot wide sporting a 27sqm rig, and a further 27sqm spinnaker. It sails downwind consistently at over 20 knots, peaking at around 26 knots, and is the first catamaran to be fitted with canted T foils. For more information on the boat, click here, and to find out more about the Forts Race, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race.

Auction 23rd August

We had a very successful auction in aid of the new Committee Boat on Saturday 23rd August, with a good turn out or members despite the unseasonable bank holiday weekend weather. The silent Auction made £423 whilst the main Auction raised £1020. Many thanks to all the companies, club members & staff who donated items (see list below).
Thank you for all the donations for the Committee Boat to date. Donated so far £2745 with gift aid £3400. We are still looking to raise about £2100 so if you would like to donate, please fill in a gift aid form & return it to the office. Total raised so far, including Auction, Donations & Gift Aid £4843. More ›

Artist’s Open Houses at Whitstable Yacht Club

Artists Open Houses 2014 As part of the Canterbury Festival WYC will exhibit work of members and local artists in the upstairs rooms at the Clubhouse. More than 15 artists will be exhibiting their works so there be a complete variety of work on display from keen amateur to professional artists. The exhibition is open to club members and non-members from 11 am -5pm each weekend for 3 weekends from 18th October. Most items will be available for purchase during the exhibition. The club will also be hosting a launch evening on Friday 17th October from 6.30pm to get an early view of the art on show, and meet some of the artists. Click more to see details of all the artists showing. More ›

Man of Kent - 21st September

This year's Man of Kent race will be held at Hampton Pier Yacht Club, just down the coast from WYC on 21st September. This is a great opportunity to sail at this event, being so close to WYC, and to pit your sailing skills against other sailors from around Kent! For full details, see www.hpyc.org.uk/.

Band confirmed for Saturday 13th September at WYC

Back due to popular demand, Project F are confirmed to play Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday 13th September as part of the Forts Race Weekend. This excellent band, who played a great closing set for Whitstable Week this year will be back at the club once more, in an event open to all club members and visiting sailors. Make sure you're there from 8pm for what promises to be a great night!
Project F!

Well done to Alastair Gould

Regular WYC sailor Alastair Gould took part in the Musto Skiff Nationals last weekend. His practice in all weathers at Whitstable obviously paid off as out of the 59 entries, he was one of the few competitors to complete all 10 races, in especially testing conditions. Alastair ended up in 45th place overall, a respectable position given the strong national and international competition! For the full results and write up head to musto.com/our-world/blog/harken-musto-skiff-nationals-2014-stokes-bay-sailing-club-14-17-aug

Congratulations Tom Pygall - Merlin Rocket National Champion

WYC member, Tom Pygall sailing with Olympic Silver medalist Stu Bithell, has won a very windy Merlin Rocket National championship at Looe. Day by day reports of the racing, together with some stunning videos can be seen on the Yachts and Yachting website. The videos are essential viewing for anyone interested in dinghy racing. This is the second time Tom had been champion, having won the title with Andy "Taxi" Davis at Hayling Island in 2011. Well sailed Tom, we are proud of you.

August Regatta

It's going to be a great Bank Holiday Weekend!
August Regatta Programme

Sale of Lost Property

Sale of lost property 23rd & 24th August. All proceeds to club funds.If you have lost any items please leave details with the office or bar and we will try to identify them before the sale. Items unclaimed or unsold by 1st September will be removed from the premises.

Harbour Day Thanks

Did you visit Whitstable Harbour Day on Saturday? Whitstable Yacht Club was well represented with a stand on the East Quay with an F18, Tasar, Topaz and Lasers on display, as well as a few of the White Horses Whitstable Floating Gallery Art Laser Sails. We had a good amount of interest, speaking with interested members of the public, including some potential new members, and had a great time representing WYC at this great Whitstable event. Thanks to all the volunteers from the club who helped with this event, including Stephen & Mei Baker Francis Stileman, Dick Ledger, Abby & Chris Zambinski, Andy and Evo Jackson, Peter Johnson, Paul Kelly, John & Phillipa Bloyce, Robert Govier, Richard Earland, Theresa Page, Patty & Todd Baker, Harvey & Mary Williams, Tom Bruton Jnr and Jason Wild. Harbour Day Harbour Day

Whitstable Week Images

Photographs of the sailing during Whitstable Week may be viewed and purchased at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk. Sailing Sec.

Small Cat Sailing Development

Great sailing development session with the Dart 18 sailors on Saturday. Thanks to Richard Earland for laying the course and driving the rib, and to Abby and Dick Ledger for the tips on the beach. And nice to see our Commodore giving two hulls a try in the strong wind after the session!Small cat training

Whitstable Week 2014 - What a week!

WWeek Banner What an amazing week! Over 60 boats took part in the week's racing, and all of the scheduled races were sailed, under a very wide range of wind and sea scapes. The week started with strong northerly winds and a lumpy sea. Tuesday saw a swing to the west and a drop to almost nothing, then Thursday gave us a light but gusty southerly, raising to a strong southerly on Friday. The changing conditions kept it close at the top of the fleets, with only a few points between boats. We also had a fantastic and very enthusiastic turnout on Wednesday for Families and Cadets day, with lots of fun on and off the water. The club was kept busy into the evenings with a great selection of social events, with a stand out performance by Project F on the decking on Friday (don't forget to like their Facebook page!).
The week couldn't have happened without the hard work of many people in the club. Special thanks to John Boorman (Principle Race Officer), Ian Wild (Assistant Race Officer and Committee Boat Driver), Ian Embry and his team of Safety Boat Drivers and Crew, Jill Fagg and Katie Burgess (Race Recorders), Sally Gostelow (Race Results and prizes), Margaret Winn (Beach Radio Liason), Tom Bruton Jnr and the Cadet Committee (organising Family and Cadet day), the Kitchen, Tea Bar and Bar staff, Club Manager Jeff Emerson, and finally Robert Govier and the Sailing Committee for organising the week. More ›

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