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Congratulations to Harvey and Mary Williams, sailing a Vago, won the closed General Handicap class at the Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club Annual Regatta in Malaysia over the weekend of 3/4 December. They completed 7 races over 2 days in perfect sailing weather. Sailing Sec.


The club ramp has been damaged and is unsafe. Please DO NOT use until further notice - Rear Commodore Sailing

A Big Thank You

Thank you to Alex Grantham, Phil Emery, John Boorman, Richard, John Pollitt & Anthony Keam for all their hard work on the new urinals.


Twenty years on and WYC member, Andy Gibson was again part of the winning team at this year's London Windsurfing Association's Icebreaker series. This time he was accompanied by his daughter Jenna, one of WYC's cadet members. Back in 1991, WYC windsurfers won this prestigious event with a team consisting of a couple of ex-Commodores, Andy and a number of other well known faces from the club! Well done to both Andy and Jenna for flying the flag for WYC once again. Sailing Sec.


Please double-check that your boats are tied down securely as winter gales are forecast for all this week. Sailing Sec.

New Member of Staff

Many of you have already met Kellie Litchfield, the latest addition to our staff. Kellie begins with us officially as Club Bar & Catering Supervisor on Monday 5th December. We’re pleased to have Kellie permanently on board!


Please remember that annual subscriptions were due on 31st October. If you have not renewed, can you do so as soon as possible please. Many thanks, Membership Secretary.

Galley Opening Times

grin Shopping in Whitstable at the weekend? Why not pop in for lunch? More ›


After several years John Boorman has decided to give up his role as club race officer so he can do more sailing. There is therefore a vacancy for a volunteer to take over the role of club race officer. This involves a commitment to do at least 10 duties a year (often including major club events). Free membership will be offered to a suitable candidate. We also require race recorders to join the existing team who would also be willing to commit to no fewer than 10 duties and would be able to go on the Committee Boat. If you are interested please contact Sally in the office for more details.


Images from the Forts Race can now be viewed at

WYC at the Kent Schools Sailing Association Regatta

Congratulations to Meia and Elin Harnett, sailing a 420, for finishing 2nd in the KSSA 50th Anniversary Regatta at Deal. They tied on points with the winner but lost on count back. More ›


If you have a boat stored on the beach or on the West Quay, please ensure that it is securely tied down as the autumn gales appear to have arrived already! Sailing Sec.

WYC Honours Board - Help required

We are about to update the honours board in the club bar as it only goes up to 2007. The criteria for entry on the board is to be a winner and a WYC member at the time (either as helm or crew), of a national, european or world championship. As the present board if full we are about to make a new one. Club records show the following are eligible for entry since 2007: 2008 - Christian Brewer (XOD) and Mel Rogers (Dart 18) 2009 - Mark Barnes (Australian B14 Nationals), Sophie Mackley (National 12) 2010 - Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper (Wanderer), Mel Rogers (Dutch Dart 18 Nationals), Chris Lewns & Tom Pygall (Cherub) 2011 - Tom Pygall (Merlin Rocket) If we have missed anyone please let the Sailing Secretary know.


A big thank you to John Boorman and his team of helpers for running a very successful Club Championships last weekend. Also thanks to Ian Embry and his safety team. Without these volunteers it would not be possible to run events such as this. Thank you all very much indeed your efforts are very much appreciated. For a full list of results please see the results page on this website.

Congratulations Tom Pygall - Merlin Rocket National Champion crew

WYC member Tom Pygall, crewing for Andy "Taxi" Davis, won the Merlin championships at Hayling Island today. Well done Tom. Phil and Karen Emery and Rien Zilvold and Julie Nuttall finished 26th and 46th respectively in what was a very challenging week

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