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A bit of Merlin Rocket history at Whitstable Yacht Club

Ian Wild and Richard Davis It's the 70th Merlin Rocket National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club this week, and there's a strong history of the Merlin Rocket dinghy at the club. Ian Wild and Richard Davis sailed together in the first ever "Champagne Race" at the Merlin Rocket Championships in 1967. Here they are together again launching for this year's Ranelagh Trophy on Thursday. They are sailing Richard's 33 year old "Herbie" (3315) which he has had since new. Both Ian and Richard have been Commodores of Whitstable Yacht Club, and Richard was one of the top Merlin Rocket sailors in the 1970s, taking 3rd place twice in the days of racing in 150 boat fleets.

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Day 4&5

Merlin Rocket Nats Day 5. Photo by Alex Cheshire
After racing was abandoned on Wednesday in 30 knot winds, the competitors were presented with a full day of sailing on Thursday. Two races were sailing, including the 'long distance' champagne race sponsored by Winder Boats. Conditions were perfect with a SW Force 3-5 with sufficient shifts to ensure it was not a one-way track. Yachts&Yachting have the full reports for Day 4 and Day 5, and photos from Thursday can be viewed here.

Congratulations to the Yacht Club B Pool team

Congratulations to the Yacht Club B Pool team who have just won the Division 2 Whitstable Pool League to gain promotion to Division 1 next season with a game to spare. The last game of the season is this evening, Wednesday, against the Yacht Club A team so come along and have a drink, a sing on the Karaoke with the Merlins and enjoy some exhibition Pool! Well done to Robin and the team.

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Day 3

Merlin Rocket Nationals Day 3
Another great day on the water for the Merlin Rockets at Whitstable Yacht Club, and this time they even got some sun! See the full write up on Yachts&Yachting, and check out the photos from today here.

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Days 1&2

Day 1
It's been an eventful start to the Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015 at Whitstable Yacht Club, but the competitors have taken it in their stride, and the 144 sailors from 72 boats entered are having a great time on and off the water, despite the unseasonable weather! Yachts&Yachting have all the details and latest results in the reports from day 1 and day 2, and you can see the photos taken by Alex Cheshire on the course on day 1 and day 2.
Day 2

Forts Race Weekend - Only three weeks to go

Forts Race 2015 It's only three weeks to go until the 2015 Forts Race weekend (12&13th September), and there's only 10 days left to take advantage of the early bird entry offer to save £20, thanks to our sponsors at Vattenfall. Once the discounted entries are gone, or after 31st August, the full price entries will be at a (still very well priced!) £60. We're looking forward to our best Forts Race ever, so make sure you're there. See the Forts Race web page for full details at

Topaz Uno Nationals - New photos!

We had photographer Nick Champion from Champion Marine Photography out with us on the Sunday of the Topaz Uno Nationals, and he took some great shots. See the full set at

BBQ Monday 31st cancelled

Due to lack of volunteers the BBQ on Monday is cancelled. Sorry

Show off your Art at WYC’s 2015 Artists’ Open House Exhibition

Artists' Open Houses 2015 at Whitstable Yacht Club
WYC is thrilled to announce that more than 16 local artists have so far signed up for the 2015 Artists’ Open Houses exhibition at the WYC clubhouse in the autumn. Last year over 1000 visitors attended our first show with many artists selling their works during the exhibition.
We still have space for few more artists to join in this year’s exhibition and welcome submissions from Club members, families and friends (including non-members). Works of art can be submitted in many different mediums and formats.
The exhibition is held in association with The Canterbury Festival, and takes place over the last 3 weekends in October -17/18th October, 24/25thOctober and 31st October/1st November 2015.
There is a small entry cost, plus a commission going to WYC on work sold during the exhibition.
If you wish to take part please contact Jeff Emerson, Club Manager, as soon as you (deadline is Sunday 13th September 2015) as space will be on a first come, first serve basis. 01227 272942
Artists' Open Houses 2015 at Whitstable Yacht Club

Whitstable Town Regatta and the Topaz Uno Nationals

Town Regatta and Topaz Nationals
Prize Winners
What a great weekend at Whitstable Yacht Club, Well done to everyone who took part in the Town Regatta and the inaugural Topper Topaz Nationals! Although it was a weekend of light wind sailing, there was enough to hold four good races, two on Saturday off Tankerton slopes and two on Sunday off Whitstable.
In the Town Regatta fleet there was some close racing between the top boats. Olly Turner and Hamish Kilburn in a Merlin Rocket won the event overall with four firsts, but the fight for second place was very close with only one point separating the second, third and forth place. Mark Barnes and Philippa Daniels took the second place in their Merlin Rocket, with Steve Gray and Mark Holweger taking third and forth respectively in their Lasers. Christopher Jarrett came in fifth place in his Laser, and in six was Bill Edmondson, also in a Laser. Top placed cadet was Tom Oliver in his Topper. Full results here
Racing was equally competitive in the Topaz Uno Nationals, with . With a mix of rigs (Race or White sail, with or without a Jib), and a mix of regular Topaz sailors and racers from other classes, there was a good spread of ages, abilities and boats. At the front of the fleet there was a consistent battle between 13 year old Max Sellar and WYC Vice Commodore Andrew Jackson, both with Race rigs, regularly swapping positions and chasing each other around the course. In the end, Max won the event with a very decisive three first places and a second, whilst Andrew Jackson could only manage a first, two seconds and a third place to come in second overall. Max also took the prize for the first placed cadet, and first Race rig. In another close battle, Abby Zambinski beat Ali Nicholson to third place by one point, and also won the prize for the first White Sail rig. Despite a spectacular capsize just a few metres from the finishing line at the end of the third race, Ali managed to beat Mark Fagg into fifth place by just one point. A special mention should also go to Mark Freeman, who runs the Topper dealership in Abu Dhabi, and flew all the way from the United Arab Emirates to take part! Full results for the weekend can be found here.
The event was very generously supported by Topper and Wild Times, for providing a fleet of loan boats, and by Ronstan and Musto Clothing for providing prizes. We also could not have run the event without the volunteers who gave up their time to support the event, including our Race Officer John Boorman, Recorders Coral France and Fiona Clarke, Committee Boat Drivers Ian Wild, Howard Patterson and Peter King, Ian Embry and the Safety Boat Team, Jill Fagg and Sally Gostelow for the Results, and finally Dick Ledger and Robin South for organising and coordinating the event!
Topaz from a kite

Beach clearance for Merlin Rocket national championship

We are expecting over 70 entries for the Merlin championships from 22 - 28 August so we will need to clear more space than usual to make way for visitors. We therefore need to clear the Laser, Tasar, Merlin and General Handicap/Cadet rows up to the first groyne. We also need to move the two rows of Big cats nearest the ramp. Dick Ledger will make arrangements for this to be done with the Big Cats concerned. Will owners of boats on the other beach please move their boats after sailing this weekend. If you are planning to sail on Wednesday evening that's fine, please move them after that as we need to mark out the beach on Thursday afternoon and visitors will start arriving on Friday. A working party has been arranged to clear any remaining boats on Thursday. The way the boats were moved before the Merlin open in June was fantastic, and it would be much appreciated if you could do the same again. Thank you very much. John Cooper Event Organiser

Whitstable Week Photos Now Available!

General Class Start
Photos from Whitstable Week are now available to view. Photos from Mondays sailing are available on, and photos from Friday will be available shortly. Photos from the Cadets and Families session on Wednesday are also available here.

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.

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