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New Years Eve at Whitstable Yacht Club

The club bar will be open from 5.30pm on New Years eve. There's nothing formal planned, but if you want to come in for pre-party drinks, a relaxing drink in good company, or an opportunity to relive the excitement of 2013 and welcome in 2014, WYC is the place to be.
And don't forget, if you need something to wake you back up on New Years Day, the bar will be open from midday to 5pm!

Christmas bar opening times at Whitstable Yacht Club

WYC in snow
WYC kicks off Christmas in style this year, with band Left Of The Dial playing at the club on Christmas Eve from 5pm. There's also the Boxing Day Football Match, and the bar is open throughout the festive period, with the only exception being Christmas Day. Come and celebrate the season with us! Bar opening times:
Monday 23rd - Midday - 9pm
Christmas Eve - Midday - 9pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Midday - 6pm
Friday 27th - Midday - 2.30pm, then 5.30 - 9pm
Saturday 28th - Midday - 9pm
Sunday 29th - Midday - 9pm
Monday 30th - Midday - 2.30pm, then 5.30 - 9pm
New Years Eve - Midday - 2.30pm, then 5.30 - Midnight
New Years Day - Midday to 5pm
Thursday 2nd January - Normal Opening Hours

Committee Boat Progress

More good news for Whitstable Yacht Club this week: In line with the plans agreed with the General and Sailing Committees, developed in consultation with the members, the subgroup formed to purchase a new Committee Boat has this week signed off plans and placed an order for a new Colne Catamaran CC7. There's still a lot of work to be done, but the new boat is expected to be in use for the 2014 sailing season. Until then, Perry will still be available for any events requiring Committee Boat starts before the new boat is delivered.
Thanks to Ian Wild, Stuart France, Jason Wild, John Cooper, Jull Fagg and Richard Earland for their hard work getting to this significant milestone!
Colne Cat CC7 top view

New Club Manager

After a lot of good responses to our advertisements for a new club manager, we are pleased to announce that JEFFERY EMERSON has accepted the post having made a very creditable performance through the selection process. Jeffery lives locally, (near faversham), has extensive experience of large catering and social club management and is a keen sailor. He has been a water sports centre manager for Mark Warner, a windsurfing instructor and holds an RYA Level 2 power boat qualification. He will start with the club on 7th January, and I am sure you will all wish to make him feel welcome. Thanks to Richard Earland, Jill Fagg and Maureen Bush for conducting the candidate selection and interviews.

Winter series final race, Prize Giving and masts

It's the final race of the 2014 season this Sunday, with Winter Series Race 8 starting at 11am. The battle for the Laser class is a close one, with 3 boats vying for 1st place with only 3 points separating them. Will it be the current leader Steve Gray, Mark Holweger who won the first race of the series, or Charles Campion, just back from competing at the Laser Masters Worlds in Oman?
Following the race we'll be holding the prize giving for the Winter Series, so please come along to congratulate the sailors who braved the winter weather! And now we're firmly into Winter, can all members please drop the masts on their boats. As well as being a club rule for masts to be down over Winter, we've had a few storms already, with boats moving on the beach, and it's only going to get worse as the season moves on. To protect your equipment, and that of your neighbours it's important to make sure all masts are dropped and boats well tied down. If you are expecting to sail over Winter, so want to keep your mast up, please contact Sally in the office

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sue Cannon on 30 November 2013.

Funeral Arrangements: The service will be held at 10.20am, Bluebell Hill, Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham, Kent ME5 9QT on Friday 13 December 2013. This will be followed by drinks at Whitstable Yacht Club at approximately 12 noon. A number of friends will be assembling at Whitstable Harbour at 0910 to travel to Bluebell Hill.


To help you get in the festive mood, WYC has a couple of important dates for your calendar. This Sunday, the children's Christmas Party will be from 1pm to 3pm with guest appearance by "Father Christmas" who will be handing out presents to our younger members. Then on Christmas Eve, we have a live band "Left of the Dial" playing from 5pm to 8pm. So please come on down and enjoy a drink with friends and family. As always, the Yacht Club will be open daily, only closing for Christmas Day.


A daggerboard, rudder, carbon fibre tiller and a dark blue combi bag have gone missing or been stolen from Laser 184156. If anyone has seen these items could they please contact the office. Thank you. Sailing Sec.


Following yesterday's flood tide, I am happy to report that the clubhouse and buildings are all undamaged. However, the sea came up very high and affected a small number of dinghies and catamarans, (the owners have been notified). If you have a boat parked on the beach, it would be prudent to come and check it for any damage at the earliest opportunity. Many thanks to all those members who came down and helped secure and identify affected boats. Sailing Sec.


From 11am on Saturday 7 December, tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied for any members who turn up and help decorate the bar and sea room. Surely an offer you can't refuse!

Time Trials - Final Run!

Time Trial Map We now have a final opportunity to go for the prize for the fastest boat in Whitstable! A new course has been loaded to MapMyTracks, along the shore West to East, and will be in place until December 31st. All you need to do to take part is to send your MapMyTracks Username and boat type to Rear Commodore Sailing, then sail the course while tracking with yor phone or GPS. There will be prizes for the fastest boats, both on handicap and on raw time. Are you the fastest boat in town? For more details of how to set up MapMyTracks, click here, and to see the leader board go to


A number of volunteers are needed to help clear away debris etc from underneath the veranda decking. If you are coming down to the club that morning, possibly to race, it would be nice if you could spare a moment to help out. Many hands make light work! Many thanks. WYC Office.

WYC Tea Bar

From this weekend and up to the end of the sailing season the Tea Bar will open on Sundays only - for morning sailing 9am to 2pm and for afternoon sailing from midday to 5pm - and will close on 15th December until next season, unless we can have a rota of volunteers to keep the Tea bar running during the winter months.  Anyone interested in volunteering please contact the office.  Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available every day from the Bar during opening times.

Notes from the November 2013 Meeting of Sailors

Thanks to everyone who attended the Meeting of Sailors on Sunday. Click here to read the notes made at the meeting.

WYC winners at the 2013 RYA Autumn Olympic Classes National Ranking Series

Well done for WYC sailors Alicia Clifford and Tom Bruton, who won the Nacra 17 class at the third and final 2013 RYA Autumn Olympic Classes National Ranking Series event last weekend! For a full write up, see the RYA post here.

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