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Updated lunchtime bar opening hours

The bar lunch hours, Monday to Friday, will be 12-2pm starting Monday 5th March.

Former member Jerry Smith. 9 March 1939 - 18 February 2018


Jerry Smith and his young family joined the Yacht Club in 1973, when they moved to Whitstable. They brought with them a home-built Mirror dinghy, and Jerry was soon made Mirror Class Captain. He was an active member until 1978, when his work in shipping took him to a new career in New York. His children, Anna and Daniel, went on sailing the Mirror dinghy for many years and Jerry continued to visit the Club and the town on his frequent trips back to the UK.

Jerry died peacefully in Hudson, New York State, after a long period of illness, surrounded by his extensive family.


Liane and Julian Blades.

Jeff Emerson, Club Manager - Resignation

Jeff EmersonIt is with great regret that I must announce the departure of Jeff Emerson, our Club Manager, on Friday 16th February after four years of excellent service to Whitstable Yacht Club. We owe Jeff much gratitude for his constant and committed service, and he will be greatly missed in the Club and the local community.
Jeff is moving back to Dorset, to be closer to his family, although we hope he will call in and see us whenever he returns to this area. He is here this week, and next Thursday and Friday, so please take the opportunity to visit the Club or contact him at office@wyc.org.uk to thank him for all he has done, say goodbye and wish him well.
Following his departure, the office email, phone and procedures will be monitored and processed by volunteers from the membership and other staff. More details of a longer term plan for Jeff's replacement will be communicated later.
Richard J Bradburn
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

2018 Sailing Schedule now available on the WYC website

WYC Presents the 2018 Sailing Season
Check out this year's sailing schedule at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule (and take note of your duty!).
Key dates:

  • Working Party - Saturday 10th March;
  • First race of the season - Saturday 17th March;
  • Annual General Meeting - Saturday 24th March;
  • First Cadets & Families session of the year - Saturday 31st March;
  • Whitstable Week - 30th July to 3rd August; and
  • Annual Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper - Saturday 10th November.
We look forward to seeing you on the water for another great season of sailing!

Ramp repair - update

The design and implementation plan for the restoration of the ramp have been finalised, the club now awaits completion of the loan and the release of funds. As the money is not yet available it does mean the planned completion date of early March will not now be achieved. As soon as the club has received the necessary funds we will provide a further update on a planned start and completion date.

Bar price rises - a message from the Commodore

I am writing to inform you that we will shortly be increasing bar prices. We have to do this, reluctantly, in order to cover cost increases in both supplies and bar operations. We are spreading the increases evenly across all categories and brands, so that no one group of Bar users is disadvantaged in comparison to another.

The staff and the ad hoc Bar Committee (of which I am a member) are reviewing all our options to ensure that the Club continues to provide the best possible value for money for our bar users. If anyone has suggestions for improvement, please raise these with Laurette, Jeff or Alex

AUCTION OF ABANDONED WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT

The following list of windsurfing equipment is to be auctioned in accordance with RYA guidelines on the disposal of abandoned equipment. To view the equipment please contact Sally Gostelow and to place a bid email sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk by close on Friday 23 February 2018 clearly indicating which board and Lot Number you are bidding on.
Winning bidders will be notified by email from Tuesday 27 February 2018 and will be required to remove the board from WYC or arrange to pay for storage by 10 March 2018. Sailing Secretary
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Mike Scott funeral arrangements

Mike Scott's funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium at midday on Monday 19th February with a wake held at Whitstable Yacht Club. Flowers from family only and in place for anyone who wishes donations to Cancer Research or Alzheimer's Society.

Mike Scott

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that Mike Scott died on Monday, peacefully. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Heather, their children and all Mike’s friends. Further details will be posted once dates are known, but the wake will be held at the yacht club.

Boats - strong winds

After the very strong winds some boats have been damaged, boat No 433 & 133, please ensure your boat is secure and all masts are taken down.

RACE RECORDER OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for more race recorders to join our dedicated team. The season is fast approaching and we would like to recruit more recorders to help support club racing. It’s a great way to get involved with your club and to get to know other members and see club racing and events close up. Please contact Sally Gostelow (sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk) if you are interested. Free social membership is offered to those who are willing to commit to 10 duties or more. Sailing Sec.

Training and Sailing Development Programme

Did you know that WYC has an in house RYA recognised training centre to help with you and your family's sail training and development needs? Formal tuition is available for adult and youth sailing, as well as windsurfing, and there's a programme of adult improver sessions from late spring to early autumn. For children there's also a programme of Cadet and Family sessions, Cadet Races, and the annual CadetFest to keep them safe and entertained on the water, whilst helping hem develop their sailing abilities.
The 2018 schedule of adult and youth sailing courses has now been published, along with more information on the available courses and events at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training. More information on the full programme of Cadet and Family sessions will be published in the 2018 Programme due out shortly.

Workparty 28th January & clearance of changing room.

The new fire proof ceiling is been fitted in February. We need a number of people to help in dismantling the cages around boilers and take down some lockers to prepare the space for the contractors to start in February.
Please contact the office if you are able to help on Sunday 28th January. Also all personal items, need to be removed by Monday 22nd January from the changing area, including all hanging up wetsuits. The shower area can still be used and everything in lockers can be left, unless you have been contacted by the office.

Draft WYC 2018 Sailing Schedule

The 2018 Sailing Programme will be going to press in the new year, and will be delivered to members before the start of the sailing season. Key dates for member's new diaries are:
First race: April Showers 1 on Saturday 17th March
• 505 Nationals – 26-29th April
• B14 Open – 19th & 20th May
• Wanderer Open – 2nd & 3rd June
• Merlin Rocket Open – 23rd & 24th June
• Laser Fest – 14th & 15th July
Whitstable Week - 30th July to 3rd August
CadetFest - 20th August to 24th August
• Forts Race – 9th September
• Dart 18 Open – 20th & 21st October
Last race: Winter Series 7
Download a full copy of the draft sailing schedule by clicking Read More. Any comments on the schedule to rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk before 1st Jan.
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First Aid Course at WYC

Oyster Coast Water Sports have offered members of WYC a good deal on a First Aid Course. There are three possible dates, 25th Feb, 25th March or 21st April - perfect timing to get your First Aid skills reviewed and up to date before the summer! The price will be £50 per member if more than 8 members join the course, which is a significant discount on what you'd pay if you went elsewhere! If you're interested, please contact Ruth Oliver at ruth.oliver@wyc.org.uk, and let her know your preferred date.

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