News at Whitstable Yacht Club
CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES AT THE YACHT CLUB
Posted: Monday, 09 December, 2013
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.
Posted: Friday, 06 December, 2013
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.
Posted: Friday, 06 December, 2013
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.
HELP REQUIRED TO MAKE CLUBHOUSE LOOK FESTIVE!
Posted: Monday, 02 December, 2013
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!
Posted: Thursday, 28 November, 2013
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 http://www.mapmytracks.com/explore/segment/1294163
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THIS SUNDAY
Posted: Tuesday, 26 November, 2013
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.
Whitstable Yacht Club - Club Manager
Posted: Monday, 25 November, 2013
One of the oldest and largest sailing clubs in England is recruiting a new club manager. This is a position crucial to the day-to-day running of the club and represents an opportunity for a challenging and interesting role that is well rewarded. The Club Manager will join a team in a well-established organisation run by and for its members. We are looking for a proactive and dynamic individual to manage the team of staff and support club officials in driving through an ambitious vision for the future. Applicants will have experience of staff management, supervision of catering operations and a licensed bar, computerised bookkeeping, administration and be able to work in a multi faceted organisation. The ideal candidate, will have an interest in sailing and an understanding of how a sports orientated membership club functions. A proven track record in leisure operations management and a strong commercial mindset are also considered important. In return for a salary of up to £18,500 for a 30 hour week, the candidate will be expected to work some weekends. There are also regular evening commitments. Application is by application form and a covering letter. The application form and full instructions to candidates can be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/WYC-Jobs Candidates must be available for interview on 19th or 20th December. Some evening interview times may be available.
WYC Tea Bar
Posted: Saturday, 23 November, 2013
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
Posted: Tuesday, 19 November, 2013
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
Posted: Monday, 18 November, 2013
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>.
Congratulations to the race winners
Posted: Monday, 18 November, 2013
Congratulations to all the prize winners for the 2013 sailing season so far. Thanks to everyone who attended the prize giving yesterday to pick up your cups, and to everyone who came to congratulate their fellow sailors. Thanks also to Tony and the Bar&Catering staff for putting on a fine spread of nibbles to keep us going! Click here for the full list of prize winners.
WINTER SERIES - LASERS
Posted: Sunday, 17 November, 2013
Just to clarify as per the 2013 Programme, the Winter Series will have a separate prize for Lasers. All other classes will compete for the handicap prize. Prizes will be awarded after the last race on Sunday 15 December.
Time Trials Update
Posted: Sunday, 10 November, 2013
As you will have seen below, we're planning on holding the rescheduled Time Trials event from the Forts Race on Saturday 16th November. This uses MapMyTracks technology, and to have your track recorded and in the running for the prizes, you'll need to sign up to the service and have the app running on your phone when you race the course, or alternatively, download the track from a GPS to the website when you come ashore). We do need everyone's MapMyTracks usernames and the boat they will be sailing before the event, so sign up at http://www.mapmytracks.com/ now, and email it to Rear Commodore Sailing before Saturday morning. For more details of how to set up MapMyTracks, click here
Time trials and try a cat day - Update
Posted: Tuesday, 05 November, 2013
On Saturday 16th November from 11am we will be holding an AC45 style time trial using MapMyTracks technology, and a try a catamaran session. The time trial will be open to all club members and boats, and the event will find the fastest boats on the water, both on raw speed and corrected time. Come along and see how your best time compares! For the details of the event, and instructions on setting up the MapMyTracks tracking, click more.
Speed Trial Instructions:
1 A yacht’s may start any time after earliest start time declared by ROD.
2 A yacht shall start by Crossing the start line between two cylindrical orange start buoys
3 A yacht shall finish by passing between the two cylindrical orange buoys marking the finish.
4 It is the competitor’s responsibility to record their time and load to Mapmytracks.
5 A yacht will be ranked based on her highest average speed for a run, measured by Mapmytracks.
6 A yacht’s may repeat the course any time till the course closure time declared by ROD
Prizes will be given for the fastest recorded speeds, the quickest run, and the corrected times for Dinghies and Catamarans.
For details of how to set up MapMyTracks, click here
A fishy tale from the Laser event
Posted: Monday, 04 November, 2013
What happens when you cross a Laser with a fishing boat... http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/173220/A-Fishy-Tale
November 2013 Meeting of Sailors
Posted: Wednesday, 30 October, 2013
The Annual Meeting of Sailors will be at 2pm on Sunday 17 November, and will be followed by the Prizegiving at 4pm. We highly recommend you attend the meeting, as this is your chance to have your say on the sailing available at Whitstable Yacht Club. Click more for the agenda and the notes from the previous meeting in May.
• Club programme 2013, 2014, 2015
• Events Policy and 2014 events
• Sailing Development
• Cadet Sailing
• Committee Boat Update
• Volunteering and vacant sailing committee positions
• Any Other Business
Notes from the meeting in May: Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_2013_05_18_FINAL.doc
Time trials and try a cat day - Saturday 16th November
Posted: Wednesday, 16 October, 2013
WYC will be hosting a time trial event on Saturday 16th November. Open to all club members and boats, this event will find the fastest boats on the water, both on raw speed and corrected time, using the MapMyTracks tracking technology. In parallel the small and big catamaran classes will be holding a 'try a cat' day, so if you've ever wanted to see if two hulls really are better than one, come along and experience a different type of sailing! Both events will kick off from 11am, and more details will be posted nearer the day.
Laser Qualifier - Report and thanks!
Posted: Wednesday, 16 October, 2013
WYC put on a fine performance hosting 130 Lasers for their Qualifier despite some challenges from both weather and tides. A large number of volunteers ensured that things went as smoothly as possible and two races were completed each day. However conditions on Saturday were light with no chance of a 3rd race in a dying wind, whilst on Sunday driving rain and a moderate breeze greeted the fleet. Many commented on the relative youth of both the Radial and Standard fleets with the small Whitstable contingent bringing up the average age considerably! So well done to Charlie Campion for coming 16th in the standard fleet and Max Hunt for coming 29th in the Radials. Also mention should be made of the other WYC sailors Rosie Tribe, Mark Howleger, Kevin Hall and Jamie Pope for giving it a go with the youngsters. The front of the fleet was dominated by Team GBR and youth squad sailors – the standards being won by Lorenzo Chiavarini counting 3 wins and the huge radial fleet won by John Booth. Many thanks should go to all the many volunteers who made the event such a success, with a special mention of Peter Gowing who pulled it all together. Well done! For a full write up, see the Yachts&Yachting report at http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/172890/Noble-Marine-Autumn-Qualifier-2
Whitstable: Art-on-Sea survey
Posted: Thursday, 10 October, 2013
Please can you help us by casting your mind back to the warm days of August, and telling us what you thought of the Art-on-Sea floating exhibition? This link will take you to a short survey where you can give us some feedback: https://survey.canterbury.ac.uk/art-on-sea-evaluation/. If you came to the event with other people who might not see this, please do forward this link on to them. The more feedback we get, the more likely we are to be able to plan future events. Thank you from Richard Earland, Andy Jackson and Tracey Falcon, the White Horses Whitstable team.
WYC LASER SUCCESS & NOMINATION FOR SPORTS AWARD
Posted: Monday, 07 October, 2013
In light and very shifty conditions at the Laser Masters Inland championships at Grafham Water over the weekend Max Hunt finished 3rd overall and 1st Grand Master. Max also finished 1st Grand Master in the overall 2013 Radial Masters series. Max has also been nominated for the Canterbury and District Sports Award 2013 (Senior Sports Performer category) and will be attending the ceremony on Friday 18 October - good luck Max - we will let you know if he wins!
Membership Renewals - Change to road trailer storage fees
Posted: Sunday, 06 October, 2013
Members will have received their membership renewal packs by post over the last few weeks. Membership fees are due by 31st October, so if you have not received your pack, please contact the office. One item of note is a change to road trailer storage fees. As we have lost the use of the Chalet Park this year, which was always provided at a relatively low cost to the club, we will have to bring storage fees in line with the space they take up on the beach or West Quay. The new policy for 2014 is for any boat stored on top of it's trailer (not taking up significantly more room than the boat without the trailer) will pay no additional trailer fees. However, a trailer stored separately will cost the same as the boat for which it was designed to transport. Any questions on this new policy, please contact the office.
Wanderer Inlands - WYC Success!
Posted: Wednesday, 02 October, 2013
The Wanderer Inland Championships were held at Bewl Valley SC over the weekend 28th/29th September. WYC sailors Liz North and Paul Yeadon, sailing W1282 "Thistle" came 3rd, Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper in W1626 "Surprise" were 4th, and Patrick Duffy and Tony McShane, W1492 "Mistral" came 5th. Well done to all three boats, great result!
Thanks to WYC from the Cat Squads
Posted: Wednesday, 02 October, 2013
Last weekend, Whitstable Yacht Club hosted a training session for the Youth Spitfire catamaran squad and the new Olympic catamaran Nacra17 class boats. We had 4 visiting Spitfires plus 1 visiting Nacra17 alongside our 2 club Nacras (sailed by Alicia Clifford, Tom Bruton, Abby Zambinski and Sam Breary) sailing in some strong winds and low tides. Despite the conditions they managed to get two good days on the water for both fleets, with lots of capsize practice! Thanks to the WYC Safety team, and to Paul Clifford and Dick Ledger for supporting the session.
Forts Race: Results, Report and Photos
Posted: Sunday, 29 September, 2013
Thanks to everyone at the club who contributed towards the smooth running of the Forts Race weekend last weekend, especially our headline sponsor Vattenfall! Despite the complete lack of wind on Sunday forcing the cancellation of the Time Trials, the weekend was a success, once again showing that Whitstable can put on a premier race event. For the full results, see the results page. For photos from the official photographer, see Champion Marine Photography and for the write up of the event, see Yachts&Yachting!
Farewell to Jane, WYC Club Manager.
Posted: Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
I am sorry to have to give the news that Jane Robinson, our club manager, has decided that it is time to move on from WYC. I would like to thank Jane for her hard work and support over the last two and a half years, and I hope you will join with me in wishing her all the best for the future. We have made arrangements to provide short term cover for the office, so please bear with us during this time of transition as we may have to reduce the office opening hours. We will post an amended office schedule shortly. David Lowes, Commodore.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE SAILING PROGRAMME
Posted: Monday, 19 August, 2013
The sailing committee has agreed some important changes to the sailing programme between now and the end of the season.
All races between now and the end of September (with two exceptions - see below) will be run from the committee boat “Perry”. Race Officers, AROs and recorders should therefore come prepared to go afloat. As “Perry” has limited space the second AROs rostered each day have been stood down and should already have been notified by the sailing secretary. Competitors are reminded to launch in plenty of time as races will not be delayed for tardy arrivals.
The exceptions are that on 7th and 8th September “Perry” is not available and the races will be run from the club line.
All club races in October will be run from the club line although “Perry” will be available for the Laser Qualifier on 12/13 October.
Dart 18 Youth National Champions
Posted: Sunday, 18 August, 2013
Well done to Alicia Clifford and Tom Bruton who were the top placed Youth boat at the Dart 18 National Championships at Netley Sailing Club that finished this weekend! Taking a break from their usual boat, the Olympic class Nacra 17, they came 18th overall out of 73 Dart 18s entered, taking the prize for 1st British Lady helm, and 2nd Newcomers as well! You can see the full results here and read more about them on their blog here.
Whitstable’s Floating gallery launches this weekend
Posted: Wednesday, 07 August, 2013
It's the official launch of Whitstable: Art-on-Sea this Sunday, with the new Art sails revealed to the public at Whitstable Yacht Club, then taking part in the last race of the Whitstable Town Regatta. For more details, see the write up on the Yachts&Yachting website! http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/171401
Well done to WYC Laser sailors Max Hunt and Charles Campion!
Posted: Saturday, 03 August, 2013
This time we've had it confirmed! The European Laser Master Championship 2013 held in Sweden has finished, and two Whitstable Sailors have great results. Max Hunt won the Men's Grand Master Laser Radial class, and Charles Campion came 9th in the Grand Master Laser Standard class. Well done to both sailors. Click through for a full write up of the event by Max.
WYC’s Max Hunt and Charles Campion were in Sweden last week for the Laser Masters European championship. Nine races over four days were held in challengingly light and shifty conditions combined with very unpredictable currents in the waters between Sweden and Denmark. Consistency was particularly difficult but Max pulled clear of the Grand Master Radial group at the end of day one and held onto a reducing lead at the end of day 3. A 3rd place finish out of the 70 plus overall radial fleet in race 8 would have been enough to secure victory but Max had jumped the gun by a fraction and was black flagged. With the second discard coming in with the 9th race all was not lost and a solid finish against his nearest rival in the last race of the series gave Max his first ever championship win by a slender 3 point margin. In the full-rig Charles was up against stiff competition and finished in a solid 9th. Charles commented that more practice was required! Next stop is the worlds in Oman in late November. The full results can be found here
WYC boats at the B14 Worlds in Plerin France
Posted: Friday, 26 July, 2013
Two WYC B14s Seavolution GBR788 (Mark Barnes/Jeremy Williamson) and Team Harken GBR770 (Simon Hadley/Nikki Hadley) attended the recent B14 Worlds in Plerin France. The event was hot and very light with very close racing seeing both teams mixing it at the front and leading several races between them. Seavolution was joint second mid way through, finishing a solid 4th and Team Harken finishing 13th with a best result of 4th from a race they led most of the way. The B14s will be back at WYC looking to compete in the Forts Race in September. Click for Results and Photos.
Have you seen this poster?
Posted: Thursday, 25 July, 2013
Going up at railway stations around Kent, this is the poster advertising the launch of the White Horses Whitstable floating exhibition, which will set sail from the yacht club on the 11th and 17th August.
Part art show, part boat race, these events will offer a unique and inspiring experience for spectators on the beach, and these posters will ensure that the events bring Whitstable Yacht Club and the sport of Sailing to a new audience.
White Horses Whitstable is a collaboration between Whitstable’s sailing community and Kent Artists. The project, developed by local artists Tracey Falcon and Andy Evans, and yacht club members Richard Earland and Andy Jackson, involves original artwork designed by local artists being printed onto Laser sails.
Feel free to ask Richard or Andy questions about White Horses Whitstable, visit the website: whitehorseswhitstable.co.uk, post on our Facebook page: facebook.com/whitehorseswhitstable, or tweet about the project here: @whitehorseswhit.
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the project:
How did the project start? The project was initiated by the organisers of the Canterbury Festival, and developed by an arts group called Prosper. White Horses Whitstable is one of five initiatives selected by Prosper that will be seen around East Kent this summer. Find out more here: www.prospertogether.co.uk.
How is the project funded? The project is funded by an Arts Council England grant secured by the Canterbury Festival in order to develop new models of sustainable creative practice across East Kent. White Horses Whitstable is also supported by Canterbury Christ Church University, who are a major sponsor, and the project benefits from the generosity of a number of private sponsors. There has been no financial cost to the yacht club.
Who will be sailing the boats? The art will be printed onto a fleet of Laser sails for the floating exhibition, and we have been fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of the club’s Laser fleet. The Laser helms will be sailing a series of exhibition races, with the art sails on their boats. The sails will belong to White Horses Whitstable, but we expect some sailors will also use the art sails in occasional club races.
Who benefits from this? This is a valuable profile raising event for the club, and we expect to get good local and even national media coverage. Many visitors and residents of Whitstable will become more aware of our activity on the water, and we may even get some new members. It is also an opportunity for both artists and sailors to become more aware of each other’s worlds, and it will enrich our experience of sailing, and of using the club.
Death of Nick Dewhirst
Posted: Saturday, 20 July, 2013It is with much sadness that we pass on the news of the death of Nick Dewhirst on Friday 19th July 2013. Our thoughts are with his wife Sissy and sons Oliver and Benedict at this difficult time.
Nick was a very active member of Whitstable Yacht Club and a champion of the sport of sailing, (catamaran sailing in particular). Over the years he held a number of positions at Whitstable Yacht Club, including Beach Master, Class Captain and organiser of the Forts Race. He was President of the World Council on International Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System, Chairman of UK Catamaran Racing Association, Chairman of the Sprint 15 Class Association, and was a key campaigner in the successful bid for the return of a catamaran class to the Olympic Games.
Nick will be missed at Whitstable Yacht Club, where he was always willing to give advice to new sailors, and always pushing for a better quality of racing across the fleet.
Details of any funeral arrangements will be posted here when known.
505 Open - Report and thanks!
Posted: Monday, 08 July, 2013
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the 505 class for an Open event on 6th and 7th July, with the event run in glorious sunshine and brisk sea breezes on the Saturday and Sunday. Visiting sailors came from Belgium, Nottingham, Rock (Cornwall), Harwich, Herne Bay and Isle of Sheppey to join the four Whitstable boats. An event of this kind cannot be run without volunteers from the club, so thank you to those who gave up some of their weekend to help out. As usual they didn't disappoint, with the Laser Class providing the majority of the helping hands! A special note of thanks to Mike Fitzpatrick for organising the event. Results are available here, and click more for additional details on the class.
The 505 racing dinghies are a recent addition to Whitstable Yacht Club and the boats have attracted 9 or ten of our most keen and successful sailors from several other classes. The 505 is so called as it is 5.05 metres in length. They are large and rather heavy but often described as beautiful. They look very modern with their sweeping curves, yet they were designed in the mid 1950s by an Englishman to replace a dying French class and they have grown steadily all over the world since. The 505 is very fast but stable and rewarding when driven by two strong and experienced people, but no place for the faint hearted. We now have 3 modern 505s plus 1 elderly “Classic” model. The helms and crews are all former helms from other classes. If you want to try sailing a 505, please contact Mike Fitzpatrick who’ll be pleased to show you round a boat!
WYC Success at the Olympic Classes National Ranking Series for the Nacra 17 at Weymouth!
Posted: Monday, 08 July, 2013
Congratulations to Alicia Clifford/Tom Bruton who came 1st, and Abby Zambinski/Sam Brearey who came 2nd at the first of the Olympic National Ranking Series at Weymouth this weekend (6th and 7th July). Both teams were sailing their new Nacra 17 catamarans, and were tied on points, but team Clifford/Bruton took the series with a race win in the final race. With two Whitstable Yacht Club boats at the top of the ranking for the Olympic catamaran class, the road to Rio in 2016 looks like it will be an exciting one! You can follow Alicia and Tom's sailing on their blog at gbrnacrateam.com/.
Notes from the Spring Meeting of Sailors
Posted: Monday, 10 June, 2013
Click here for the notes taken at the Spring Meeting of Sailors on 18th May.
Club Championships Official Results
Posted: Wednesday, 29 May, 2013
Unfortunately there has been an error in the results for the club championships last weekend. The final official results are shown on the the Results page of this site. Although this has not altered the top two positions there are some changes to other leading positions and to the winners of the Tasar, Laser, Laser Radial and the Ladies trophies. The sailing secretary is trying to contact all those that have been affected.
We are very sorry for this error and apologise to those who have been disappointed by the changes. Procedures are now being changed to ensure that a similar mistake does not happen again.
Rear commodore (Sailing)
Open Day Poster
Posted: Tuesday, 28 May, 2013
Have you seen this poster around Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay? We're trying to advertise the club Open Day on Saturday 8th June as widely as possible to get people through the door to see what Whitstable Yacht Club can offer!
How can you help?
Spread the word... tell your friends, relatives and neighbours about the Open Day. If they've ever been curious as to what you do on the weekend, now's their chance to find out!
Volunteer... we need members to be at the club on the Saturday to answer questions and show people around. Don't worry if your not sure about details about the club... we'll be providing a briefing sheet with all you need to know, and there'll be officers of the club available all day. All you need to do is smile and be positive! If you're available, tell your Class Captain or put your name on the list at the bar.
Go sailing... If you're not able to volunteer, head out onto the water. The more people using the club, the better the impression that the visitors will take away of our club!
For more details, go to wyc.org.uk/gosailing
Posted: Thursday, 23 May, 2013
UKC student, Luke Higgins is available as a crew. If you would like to get in touch with him please call 07590 644921 or email: email@example.com. Sailing Sec.
WYC Club Card
Posted: Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
New to the Whitstable Yacht Club bar - the WYC Loyalty Card! Get your card stamped every time you spend £5 the bar, then exchange a card with 10 stamps for £5 off your next round! Pick your card up from the bar - limited number available. Over 18s only, Ts&Cs apply.
CHARLES CAMPION FINISHES 1st GRAND MASTER AT DUTCH LASER MASTERS NATIONALS
Posted: Tuesday, 14 May, 2013
Max Hunt and Charles Campion ventured across the channel to take part in the four day Dutch Laser Masters Nationals event at Braassemermeer last weekend. Read on...
One day of racing was lost due to extreme conditions but 8 races over the three remaining days resulted in some challenging racing in very windy, gusty and shifty conditions on the large lake. An OCS in Race 2 didn’t help Max’s chances and a capsize on the first downwind leg in Race 5 whilst in second place was also costly, and Max finished 13th overall out of the 44 Radials and just outside podium as 4th Grand Master. In the full rig, Charlie fared much better podium wise, with consistent results that gave him 15th overall in the 39 strong fleet and 1st in the Grand Master category. Well done Charlie!
Next stop on the European tour is Sweden for the Masters Europeans at the end of July.
Ullman Sails B14 Nationals - Final Results
Posted: Sunday, 12 May, 2013
Congratulations to Mike Bees and Martin Worth from Brightlingsea Sailing Club who won the Ullman Sails B14 Nationals at Whitstable Yacht Club this weekend. With three firsts and three seconds the pair were over 10 points ahead of the second placed boat of Mark Watts and Chris Bishop of Team Ullman Sails from Weston Sailing Club, who beat the third placed boat of Tim Harrison and Jonny Ratcliffe by only a point! 25 boats sailed in the 3 races on Friday and 4 races on Sunday, with competitors coming from as far away as La Rochelle to sail at the Whitstable event. Good luck to all of the B14 sailors heading out to the Worlds in Plérin, France in just under 2 months time! Many thanks to the Whitstable Yacht Club volunteers and staff who helped the event run smoothly. For the full results click here.
Posted: Friday, 10 May, 2013
Many of us have been sailing for a long time, but few reach the pinnacle of winning an Olympic medal. Some of us have been lucky enough to meet British sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson and found him the most modest of Olympians. Sadly he died yesterday whilst training on the AC72 Artemis in San Francisco Bay. The members of Whitstable Yacht Club send our condolences to his family at this sad time.
Spring Meeting Of Sailors
Posted: Sunday, 05 May, 2013
The Spring Meeting of Sailors will take place on Sunday 19th May, at 2pm (or as soon after that as club racing allows). The meeting is an opportunity for sailors to discuss the sailing and racing at Whitstable Yacht Club and have their views aired. The meeting will be chaired by the Rear Commodore (Sailing), and we encourage anyone who sails to come along and have their say. Click through for the agenda.
WYC club racing Programme 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Events Policy and 2013 events
Committee Boat Update
Volunteering and Open SC Positions
Updated - Spring Series Results
Posted: Tuesday, 30 April, 2013
*Updated with the results from race 3&4*
Click here for the latest Spring Series results.
Committee boat starts for club racing
Posted: Sunday, 28 April, 2013
Members should note that we will be using our new temporary committee boat with effect from next Saturday 4 May. As the tide will be low the course will be laid well offshore to avoid shallows so sailors should allow more time to get to the start line. The starting sequence will be as normal (see club sailing instructions)
** Advanced Warning of Drainage Works To Be Carried Out At WYC **
Posted: Wednesday, 24 April, 2013
To commence TUESDAY 28 May 9am for approximately 1 week. The work is to replace drainage piping along side of the club. This will thankfully mean very little inconvenience to WYC. So the ladies toilets & showers will be ok to use. I have confirmed this with the company carrying out the work. Any disruptions will be advised of on the day.
Updated - April Showers - Final Results
Posted: Monday, 15 April, 2013
*Correction: An error in the Big Cat results has been fixed*
The April Showers series has now finished for the year and the results are in. Well done to helms Mark Barnes,
Alicia Clifford Peter King, Stephen Gauld, Steve Gray, John Cooper, Chris Jarrett, Jason Wild, Robert Govier and Paul McNally for first places in their classes! Click through for the full results.
CLUB MIRROR DINGHIES
Posted: Tuesday, 02 April, 2013
The club has two Mirror dinghies available for syndication. For £80 a member can have the sole use until the end of the season. If interested, please contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Nip Results
Posted: Monday, 01 April, 2013
29 boats raced in the Easter Nip this weekend, despite the threat of snow and the cold breeze. Well done to everyone who got out, and a big thank you to the Race Tower and Safety Boat crews who made the weekend possible! Click more to see the results from the weekend.
Posted: Monday, 18 March, 2013
We're currently experiencing a minor issue with the website which is preventing 2013's results from showing on the results page. Please click More to see the results from Sunday's race
MEXICAN LASER MASTERS EVENT
Posted: Tuesday, 05 March, 2013
Well done to WYC member, Max Hunt, for finishing 2nd in the Mexican Laser Masters event last weekend. Sailing Sec.
2013 Sailing Schedule now available! - Update
Posted: Monday, 25 February, 2013
The full 2013 programme will be posted out to members shortly, but in the mean time you can plan your sailing year by looking at the 2013 sailing schedule, which is now available here: wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule. Update: Downloads to add the schedule to your iCal on MacOS X, Google Calendar or Outlook on Windows have just been added thanks to Dart 18 sailor Richard Jones!
Prosper Arts Project – Event at WYC, and a display at the RYA Dingy Show!
Posted: Wednesday, 13 February, 2013
There will be an opportunity to view the output of the experimental stage of the joint arts project between WYC and local artists Tracey Falcon and Andy Evans on Friday 22nd February from 1930 at Whitstable Yacht Club. As well as being another opportunity to view the photos taken from the helicopter and plane in 2012, there will be a projection of the material collected and collated since the collaboration began, with an artistic twist! The night will also be the first opportunity to see the Laser sail printed with artwork that was specially commissioned for the project. After it’s unveiling at the club, the sail will then be put on display on a stand at the RYA Dingy Show in Alexandra Palace on 2nd and 3rd of March.
The event will be open to club members, friends and guests on the February Friday evening, and you will be free to dip in and out of what is going on for as long or as short a period as you like. It will be a chance to discuss the Prosper project with Andy, Tracey and Richard, and explore the opportunities for this project to continue. Aerial pictures taken during the experiment will be available to view, and copies can be ordered for private purchase. Those who came to the event on 5th January and who have already said they would like additional copies of pictures will be able to purchase them on the night. If you would like to purchase specific pictures to take away on the evening, please let Richard Earland know by Tuesday 19th February so that they can be printed in advance. Call or text Richard on 07918175786
Barrier By RNLI
Posted: Tuesday, 29 January, 2013
Following a reminder from the Harbour Master I would like to remind you all that the barrier is to be placed down & locked after being used. A key is available from the office or the bar (when open).
YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year 2012 awards at the London Boat Show
Posted: Wednesday, 16 January, 2013
On Saturday 12th January Whitstable Yacht Club cadet sailor Ruth Oliver was treated to a VIP day at the London Boat Show, and was presented with her trophy for RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year for the South East region. During the day she was interviewed by the press and met with famous sailors including Ben Ainslie. Watch an interview with Ruth here
Whitstable Marine Freezer - New for March 2013!
Posted: Friday, 11 January, 2013
After the cancellation of this year's Hoo Freezer event in the Medway, Whitstable Yacht Club and Whitstable Marine have organised a new event for the 2013 WYC calendar: The Whitstable Marine Freezer!
To be held on the weekend of 9th and 10th March 2013, the event will consist of a practice race on the Saturday, and the main race on the Sunday, open to adult sailors in monohull dinghies. The event will be run with safety a priority, and provide a challenging race for sailors to compete against each other, and against the cold conditions of sea sailing very early in the season. For more information click here!
Posted: Friday, 11 January, 2013
Whitstable Yacht Club now has a new range of regalia available to club members. Smarten up your look with a WYC club tie, or dress for the sailing season in a Polo Shirt!
There is an example of the new design available in the club office, and a polo shirt in the bar. The club ties are on order, and will be delivered shortly, and the polo shirts are made to order. Both can be ordered by completing the order form attached to the polo shirt, or contact Jane in the office for more information. Jane also has a catelogue of clothing and sports items that can be ordered with a club logo, so if you want something unique, speak to her for details!
Prosper Arts Project News Flash – First Viewing of the aerial Pictures on Saturday 5th January
Posted: Sunday, 30 December, 2012
For those interested (club members along with friends and guests) there is an opportunity to view the aerial photographs taken on two occasions recently at the club. As an added incentive to attend this event, those who took part in the final race of the season (Sunday 16th December) will be able to select one high quality picture to keep for free! To qualify for your free picture all you need do is attend the event.
This will be an opportunity to discuss the Prosper project with Andy and Tracey (our local artists and partners) and provide feedback and views on the images collected so far.
The event will commence at 7:30pm. To ensure we have your picture available, if you sailed on 16th December and will be attending, please let Richard Earland know by Friday 4th January.
New free WiFi access point
Posted: Sunday, 23 December, 2012
A new free WiFi access point is being trialled in the club bar. If this one proves to be better, then the old Freerunner hotspot will be removed in the new year. The hotspot should give you a stable connection to the internet while in the club building for smartphones, tablets and laptops! To access the hotspot, look for the "WYCFreeWiFi" wireless connection on your device, then follow the instructions on the login page. If you have any feedback on the new access point, please contact Robert Govier
Prosper Art Project update - Helicopter aerial photography
Posted: Wednesday, 12 December, 2012
The Prosper Arts Project will be taking photographs of Whitstable Yacht Club and the last race of the season from a helicopter this Sunday! After success of the aerial photography from a plane on 18th November, the project wants to maximise the opportunity to capture aerial photography of the last race in the season on Sunday 16th December by hiring a JetRanger helicopter (and pilot) to fly from Manston to Whitstable harbour. The aircraft will be on task at 13:55 and fly not less than 600 feet altitude and remain over the beach or close inshore for 45 minutes. The aim is to follow the race and then return safely to Manston, with a total flight time of 1 hour 10 minutes. Please come and make the last race a good one, with as many boats on the water as possible, and members who aren't sailing on the beach for a great photo opportunity!
The hire of the helicopter will be dependant on weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, but the weather forecast is looking good at the moment!
As part of the Canterbury Festival project called PROSPER Whitstable Yacht Club has been working with local artists Tracey Falcon and Andy Evans. One of the aims of the project is to encourage new collaborations between local artists and communities in Kent. WYC bid for funding with Tracey and Andy to be included in an experimental phase of the Prosper project known as White Horses.
The project will explore a number of ideas where art, sailing and local communities meet. Members of WYC (whose engagement in the project is led by the clubs sailing development officer Richard Earland) are key participants. In October the partnership had planned to use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV (or small drone) but this had to be postponed for technical reasons. Not to be put off, members of the club rallied round. One of its members, Howard Patterson (a former Commodore of the club) generously offered the use of his private aeroplane to plug the gap left by the grounded UAV. From this vantage point all was ready to film one of the Winter Sunday race series on 18th November. An unusual November weather pattern (bright sunlight and no wind) required another change to the plan as the Prosper team took to the air. There wasn’t enough wind for the yacht race to take place. The clubs safety boat crews led by the Honorary Bosun, Ian Embry, came to the rescue (more metaphorically than usual). A combination of a pre-planned exercise with Whitstable Life Boat manoeuvring at speed and some close formation action with the clubs Rigid Inflatable Boats – or RIBs set the scene. This made for some exciting video and still photography from the cockpit of Howard’s light aircraft.
For the next phase of the experiment, the hire of a helicopter will be funded by a combination of the Prosper arts budget and a generous contribution from a benefactor (who wishes to remain anonymous) - there is no cost to the club. To find out more about Prosper go to www.traceyfalcon.co.uk, and for more information on this Sunday’s event contact Richard Earland
2013 BOAT STICKERS
Posted: Wednesday, 12 December, 2012
In a bid to keep WYC's postage costs to a minimum, 2013 boat stickers are available to pick up from the Sea Room. They have been placed in folders alphabetically based on members surnames. Please pick up your sticker(s) the next time you visit the club and place on your equipment. Many thanks, Sailing Sec.
Notes from the 2012 Meeting of Sailors
Posted: Saturday, 08 December, 2012
Please click the link to see the notes from the Meeting of Sailors held on 11th November 2012. Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_11_Nov_2012.doc
Missing boat parts - please check!
Posted: Wednesday, 05 December, 2012
A number of boat parts have gone missing from the Chalet Park, including a Topper boom and mast. If you have taken anything from the Chalet Park recently, please can you double check that you have picked up the right bits. If you find anything that you think might be the missing parts, please contact the club office. Thanks, Robert Govier - Rear Commodore (Sailing)
Congratulations Ruth Oliver - RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year for the South East!
Posted: Tuesday, 20 November, 2012
Whitstable Yacht Club cadet Ruth Oliver has won the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award for the South East region after being nominated by the Sailing Committee. In January she will be treated to a VIP day at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show followed by the national YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award ceremony where she will receive her Regional Young Sailor trophy.
More details of the prize can be found at the RYA website.
Ruth Oliver is a very active member of the Whitstable Yacht Club, a keen sailor and an enthusiastic volunteer.
She has been sailing at Whitstable since she was 8. For 3 years she was a member of the South East Zone Squad in a Mirror, where she participated in various events around the South East, including the ET Event at Rutland Water. Ruth then moved into Toppers, which she sailed at a club level for 2 years, and even through she was sometimes the only slow handicap boat out on the water, she never gave up! Most recently she has been sailing a Laser Radial, and despite sailing in a wide range of conditions against some of the South East’s finest club racers in the Laser fleet, she regularly places above older and more experienced sailors, and has an enviable collection of trophies!
At the age of 14 Ruth started helping out at the Wild Times Sailing and Windsurfing School attached to the Whitstable Yacht Club. She has qualified as an Assistant Instructor, gained her Powerboat Level 2, and plans to become a fully qualified instructor in January when she turns 16. For the past 2 summers, she has taught at the school, helping to organise and train the cadets in the Wednesday Evening topper race training and at the kids weeks. She has also been instrumental in organising the cadet social evenings that have been so successful on the first Friday evening of the month.
Ruth has been a member of the Sailing Committee, representing the club’s cadets, for 2 years, attending the monthly Monday evening meetings after school to ensure that the needs of the younger members are represented. She also keen to do duties at the club, and when she’s not sailing, can often be found in the race tower performing the role of Assistant Race Officer, or helping the Safety Boat Crew.
It’s really hard to believe that this very competent young lady is still only 15 years old. She is enthusiastic and always willing to help out anyone who is less experienced than herself, especially the younger members of the club.
Thanks to Jason Wild for supplying the photo.
WYC member Max Hunt wins the UK 2012 Laser Radial Grandmaster category
Posted: Friday, 16 November, 2012
Competing in five events over 2012, Max Hunt won the Grandmaster Radial category. Well done to Max for flying the flag for Whitstable Yacht Club. His next destination is Mexico for the Mexican Masters Championships. Sailing Sec.
UAV Filming Postponed
Posted: Thursday, 15 November, 2012
Unfortunately the filming of club sailing on Sunday 18th November by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in partnership with The White Horses PROSPER Project will need to be postponed due to technical reasons. Watch this space for the rescheduled date!
Arts funding has allowed WYC and its’ PROSPER partners (Tracey Falcon and Any Evans) to hire a professional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) suitable for the marine environment for ans experiment in aerial photography over the WYC racecourse. The UAV being used is not a toy, it is a commercial platform used in counter piracy, sea borne wildlife conservancy and filming assignments, and will be operated by a registered UAV pilot. WYC and our partners are buying a ‘service’ to operate the platform for one day only. This represents a unique opportunity for WYC to assess the strengths of aerial photography in the areas of sailing development and for engaging our local community in exciting ways.
If you wish to know more please contact Richard Earland
WYC CADETS ACCEPTED ON RYA ZONE SQUAD
Posted: Tuesday, 13 November, 2012
WYC Cadets, Conor Lamb and Issie Bruton have been accepted on the RYA Topper Zone Squad for 2012/13. There were three selector events in September and stiff competition for places. Alex Harwood also applied and did very well in the selectors but unfortunately, due to the number of applicants they were strict about the age categories and he was a little bit too old. Congratulations and we wish all of them good luck. Sailing Sec.
Posted: Monday, 12 November, 2012
Following the 2012 Annual Prizegiving, here is a full list of the prizewinners.
2012 ANNUAL PRIZEGIVING – TROPHIES AWARDED
Series: Class: Winner: Trophy
April Showers Big Cat( F18) Peter King 1 Glass
Small Cat Robert Govier 1 Glass
Asymmetric (Skiff) Sergei Samus 1 Glass
General Handicap (Lightning) David Connor 1 Glass
Merlin Phil Emery 1 Glass
Tasar Stephen & Mei Baker 1 Glass
Laser Nick Stephens 1 Glass
Laser Radial Chris Jarrett 1 Glass
Slow Handicap Drystan Harnett 1 Glass
Easter Nip Big Cat (F18) Richard Ledger Martin’s Trophy
Small Cats Not sailed
Asymmetric Sergei Samus 1 Glass
General Handicap (Europe) Stephen Gauld 1 Glass
Merlin John Cooper Billmeir Cup
Laser Mark Grinter Ratbag Trophy
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver 1 Glass
Slow Handicap Not sailed
Spring Series Big Cat (F18) Huw Reynolds David Williams Big Cat Trophy
Small Cat Robert Govier Mylcrist Cup
Asymmetric (Skiff) Alastair Gould Northwood Cup
General Handicap (Europe) Stephen Gauld Contender Plate
Merlin Phil Emery Philpott Cup
Tasar Mike Fitzpatrick & Julie Puckett Tasar Trophy (missing)
Laser Charles Campion Laser Spring Series Cup
Laser Radial John Phelan Mrs C Waters Cup
Slow Handicap (Topper) Drystan Harnett Berlin Plate
Wednesday Evening Overall prize Mike Fitzpatrick & Julie Puckett Proctor Plate
Slow Handicap (Topper) Conor Lamb Whitstable Times Cup
RNLI Pursuit Race Richard Ledger (Dart 18) RNLI Shield
Summer Saturdays Big Cat (F18) David Figgis Grundon Trophy
Small Cat Robert Govier Knoll Cup
Asymmetric (Skiff) Sergei Samus Native Trophy
General Handicap (Lightning) David Connor Markham Goblet
Merlin Phil Emery Babbington Hill Cup
Tasar Mike Fitzpatrick & Julie Puckett Tasar Trophy
Laser Charles Campion Young Cup
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver Glass
Slow Handicap (Topper) Alex Harwood Baldwin Cup
Summer Sundays Big Cat (F18) Richard Ledger Stuart France Trophy
Small Cat (Dart 18) Glenn Cook Kent Messenger Trophy
Aysmmetric (Skiff) Sergei Samus WYC Challenge Cup
General Handicap (Wanderer) Gavin Barr & Mark Skipper Windlipper Trophy
Merlin John Cooper & crew Cheyenne Bowl
Tasar Andy Jackson & Evo Tasar trophy
Laser Charles Campion Kingsborough dinghy cup
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver Fireball Challenge Plate
Slow Handicap (Topper) Conor Lamb Commodores Cadet Trophy
Autumn Series Big Cats (F18) Richard Ledger & Tom Bruton Whitstable Chamber of Commerce Trophy
Small Cats (D 18) Robert Govier Nick Dewhirst Trophy
Asymmetric (Skiff) Justin Sutcliffe Always Trophy
General Handicap (Wanderer) Gavin Barr & Crew Frozen Enterprise Trophy
Merlin John Cooper & crew Veralum Cup
Tasar Stephen & Mei Baker Tasar Autumn Trophy
Laser Keith Underdown Ted Thompson trophy
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver WYC Windsurfer Summer Series Trophy
Slow Handicap (Topper) Conor Lamb H Collyer Hamlin Cup
Most Deserving Lady Alicia Clifford Jo Edmondson Cup
Good Sportsmanship Andy Jackson Len Sharp Trophy
Largest Cat Turnout for the year Robert Govier Gaye Woolven Trophy
Perseverance Mike Oliver Hamlin Trophy
Highest Turnout Mark Grinter Richard Hollis trophy
Highest Merlin turnout John Cooper Whitstable Salt Bowl
Merlin Helmsman of the Year Rien Zilvold Merlin Helmsman Trophy
Best Merlin Crew Tom Pygall John Griffiths Trophy
Best All Round Cadet Alex Harwood Oades Cadet Trophy
Cadet Participation in club racing Ruth Oliver Tony & Liz Love Trophy
Best Wanderer in 4 series Gavin Barr Thistle Trophy
General Purpose Dinghy Trophy David Connor General Purpose Dinghy Trophy
ANNUAL PRIZEGIVING: 2PM SUNDAY, 11 NOVEMBER, FOLLOWED BY MEETING OF SAILORS
Posted: Tuesday, 06 November, 2012
Please come to the Annual Prizegiving this Sunday to support the winners. To check if you have won a prize, please take a look at the results pages on this website. The Annual Meeting of Sailors will immediately follow the prizegiving to discuss proposals for improving racing and sailing next year. Sailing Sec.
Posted: Friday, 02 November, 2012
Why not pop into the club , even arrange to meet up with friends, have a coffee, chat and slice of home made cake! To commence Friday 9th November from 11am
Committee Boat replacement update
Posted: Tuesday, 16 October, 2012
An update on the progress on finding a replacement for Slotty Dawes...
Since the loss of Slotty Dawes in April, I have been working with the Sailing and General Committees on a plan to find a replacement Committee Boat.
Based on feedback from members, especially those Race Officers and Recorders who went out on her regularly, and lessons learned from the commissioning and upkeep of Slotty Dawes, we put together a list of criteria to search against, and set a budget in agreement with the Treasurer and General Committee. The insurance cover on Slotty Dawes was not sufficient to cover the purchase a suitable boat, so we have been in contact with the family of Peter Hamlin, and agreed that some or all of the bequest he left to the club in 2010 should be used to fund the purchase of the new boat.
After investigating the new build options, and keeping a close eye on the second hand market, we have identified a boat for sale, which on paper looks suitable. We will be looking her over with a view (subject to surveys, etc) to buy her in time to be fitted out for the 2013 season.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via the office, or at the email address below.
Rear Commodore (Sailing)
UK Junior Catamaran Championships 2012
Posted: Tuesday, 16 October, 2012
Well done to Whitstable Yacht Club cadets Issie Bruton and Alex Harwood, who were the 1st placed Dart 16 team at the end of day one of the UK Junior Catamaran Championships, sailed at Marconi Sailing Club on 13th and 14th October. Unfortunately they were unable to sail on the second day, but this result marks them as the team to watch in 2013!
Alicia and Louisa Clifford win Dart 18 Ladies National Championships!
Posted: Monday, 15 October, 2012
Congratulations to WYC sailors Alicia and Louisa Clifford, who have become the Dart 18 Ladies National Champions after winning the event held at Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole Harbour on 13th and 14th October. After two days of fine weather and close sailing, the catamaran helmed by Alicia, who's more used to sailing a Spitfire in the UKCRA Youth Squad, beat the second placed boat by a point to take the honours.
JENNA GIBSON BECOMES 2012 YOUTH RACEBOARD CHAMPION
Posted: Thursday, 11 October, 2012
Congratulations to WYC Cadet member, Jenna Gibson, for winning the 2012 Youth Raceboard Championship over the weekend of 6/7 October. This followed on from finishing 2nd raceboard in the recent Round Sheppey Race. Well done Jenna. Sailing Sec.
WYC LASER SAILORS FLY THE FLAG IN SPAIN
Posted: Thursday, 11 October, 2012
Well done to Max Hunt and Charles Campion for representing WYC at the recent European Laser Masters Championship in Rosas, Spain. Having secured two wins, Max eventually finished 4th overall in the Grandmaster Radial rig category. Charles finished 8th overall and had two 5th place results in the Grandmaster Standard rig fleet. Sailing Sec.
Small Catamaran Coaching Session
Posted: Sunday, 23 September, 2012
Saturday afternoon saw members of the Small Catamaran class refresh their sailing knowledge and gain new skills in a coaching session as part of Whitstable Yacht Club's Sailing Development Programme. Skills of the attendees ranged from sailors who'd just come back from the Dart 18 Worlds in Italy, to those who had rarely been out on a boat before.
15 members with 8 boats attended the session, which started at midday on Saturday with a shore-side boat set up and performance session. The sailors compared their boats rigging, sails and settings, and gained valuable tips from each other on the small changes that can make a big difference on the water. They were also shown a demonstration of the RYA recommended method for tacking a catamaran, to help out with the issues many cat sailors experience of getting nearly, but not quite, all the way through a tack!
The beach session was followed by 2 hours on the water of single short lap practice racing, allowing the sailors to try out their starting, beating upwind, and jibbing downwind techniques, and see the difference it made on the water. At the debriefing session in the club bar after the sailing, all the sailors agreed that they’d learnt something and everyone had seen an improvement in their sailing over the afternoon.
Thanks go to Nick Dewhirst and Stuart France for their coaching and instruction, and Paul Clifford for driving the coaching boat.
October 2012 Newsletter
Posted: Friday, 21 September, 2012
There's been a lot happening at your club this year, so we've produced a newsletter to summarise the 2012 season so far. Click through to download the newsletter, and read about Sailing Development, Merlin Rockets, a review of the year's sailing, a report on the BMW August Regatta, thoughts on protesting and more!
Forts Race 2012 Results - Dart 18 scores bullseye!
Posted: Tuesday, 18 September, 2012
Boats from all over the UK, Ireland, and Italy joined the local Whitstable sailors in this popular long distance catamaran race.
This year’s Forts Race followed the well-established pattern – apart from the wind. It was due to blow a Force 3 on both days, so to maximise chances of a good event, the Forts Race itself was planned for Saturday with Sunday available as back-up if conditions were marginal. As it happened they were marginal but with too little rather than too much wind.
The Wind Farm cable-laying operation had threatened to cancel the first leg up the Swale because of its wide spider of chains across the estuary, but in the end it obligingly moved east the night before so that was one hurdle eliminated and the leg up the Swale kicked off the race at high tide. It was a beat followed by a run in Force 2 winds, where the best course was to sail down the middle of the river where wind and tide were both strongest.
The second leg north to the Forts started as a tight kite reach where the wider beam of the Tornados enabled them to make good their losses against more nimble newer shorter designs of the F18s, F16s and Spitfire catamarans up the Swale.
However the fleet then sailed into a hole in the wind once past Middle Sands buoy, which enabled slower cats to catch up and nullified the early leady of Sunnucks’ Marstrom Monster. When the wind did fill in, it was not a sea breeze up the Thames but unexpectedly from the North East.
The Forts themselves proved a challenge with incidents at the bell buoy as competitors faced weak following winds fighting strong oncoming outgoing tide. The massive Forts themselves worsened the problem by creating wind shadow and provided WYC safety boat fleet with its only break from boredom.
On the return trip competitors sailed into another wind hole off Shellness, which again allowed the slower cats to catch up. Here the sea breeze finally came to the rescue, aiding those eastwards out to sea first, but that was only briefly as the prevailing south-westerly re-established itself once the fleet re-entered the Swale estuary. This required extreme perseverance as boats abreast quickly moved hundreds of yards apart as one caught a puff in one direction while the other failed to catch anything much from another direction.
Throughout, tactical skills outweighed boat speed and conservative sailing up the middle kept all options open. To the relief of sailors, ROD Stuart Offer put them out of their misery by shortening the course at the club line after six hours afloat, and close on low water.
In the end victory went to the leading Dart 18 sailors, Chris Goymer and Jenni Donovan from Sheppey, whose skill in navigating their local waters of the Swale was rewarded by them being the only smaller cat to reach the first gate at the club line before it was closed. That enabled them to profit from the holes on the Forts leg and deservedly to claim the Forts trophy for the first time in a small cat.
Notable WYC results were Abby Zambinski crewed by Tom Bruton Junior as the first WYC boat in a Nacra F18 Infusion, Alicia Clifford and Siobhan Lamb as the first youths in a Spitfire and Nick Dewhirst aided and abetted by Laser ghosting ace, Steve Gray in the first Tornado, sponsored by Mick Davidson.
Man of Kent Regatta 2012
Posted: Monday, 03 September, 2012
The annual "Man of Kent" Regatta will take place on Sunday 23 September at Sandwich Bay Sailing & Water Ski Club
This is an “all in” handicap event and entry is open to dinghies and multihulls with a recognised Portsmouth Yardstick There will be three races back to back and the briefing is at 1000hrs. Further details can be found on www.sandwichbay.co.uk.
WYC AWARDED GRANT £9,500 BY SPORT ENGLAND
Posted: Friday, 03 August, 2012
This has allowed the club to purchase new equipment in support of sailing development and training. The money has provided new kit including:- a small 3.6 m RIB, an outboard engine, video coaching set up & marker buoys......
The project is aimed at increasing participation “on the water”. The Club will be running at least twenty “sailing development” sessions throughout the rest of this year into the early part of next season. This will assist new members in becoming full time members of the club and for those new and existing members interested in racing some additional coaching and support. These sessions will be supported by the club coaches, RYA Trainers and other volunteers and will be provided free of charge. There are three types of event:
1. “On The Beach” Events - OTB
2. Class Specific Events “Sailing Development” - SD
3. “Fun Events”
If you want to know more please speak to your class captain or contact the Club Sailing Development Officer Richard Earland (email@example.com or mobile 07918 175 786)
Open Day at WYC
Posted: Tuesday, 31 July, 2012
Whitstable Yacht Club will be holding an open day on Saturday August 4th during harbour day and the first weekend of the Olympics. A collection of Olympic class boats will be displayed in the harbour and members will be available to explain how sailing at the Olympics works and how easy it is to get sailing in Whitstable.
The club house will also be open to people interested in sailing and members will be happy to discuss how to start sailing in Whitstable. The club’s big screen TV will be showing Olympic sailing should more inspiration be required!
And to make joining Whitstable Yacht Club as easy as possible, the is currently a discount of 60% off published membership fees, and should you complete a weekend course at the Wild Times Sailing & Windsurfing School membership for the rest of the year is free!
If you’ve ever thought you might like to try sailing, or have sailed in the past and fancy returning there is no better time to come down and visit Whitstable Yacht Club on August 4th!
The Olympics come to Whitstable!
Posted: Tuesday, 31 July, 2012
Whitstable Yacht Club held its own Olympic regatta on Sunday 29th July in support of Team GB sailing.
45 boats competed in a series of 3 short races using handicaps to work out overall winners to the event. Conditions ranged from idyllic sun and mild breeze through to a gusty rain squall during the 2nd race, which caused a number of capsizes. However, come the start of the 3 rd race the fleet re- assembled for a (slightly) less lively finale. There were close races between youngsters Alex Harwood and Conor Lamb in their Toppers and the leading Dart 18’s of Nick Dewhurst and Rob Govier who appeared to be having a match race!
When it came to the awarding of the medals it became apparent that things had not quite gone to plan as it was Dutch club member Rien Zilvold and sailing with Brit Jane Beaumont who had won overall!
Following the prize giving members watch the proper Olympics on the new large screen TV and enthusiastically supported Team GB!
Gold: Rien Zilvold & Jane Beaumont (Merlin Rocket)
Silver: Nick Dewhurst (Dart 18)
Bronze: John Cooper & Hilary Bradshaw (Merlin Rocket)
Gold: Alex Harwood (Topper)
Silver: Conor Lamb (Topper)
Bronze: Ruth Oliver (Laser Radial)
*** Volunteers Required ***
Posted: Thursday, 26 July, 2012
WYC Open Day – Saturday 4th August
This ‘open day’ requires some volunteers to make it run smoothly. Enthusiastic volunteers will be needed to man stands, one at the Harbour & one within the Club itself, and generally help out on the day. so if you think you are the person for the job, please get in touch. For a full briefing please contact David Lowes on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forts Race 2012
Posted: Wednesday, 25 July, 2012
15th & 16th Sept @ Whitstable Yacht Club
Now in its 17th Year, we have two days of racing with the long distance race in its usual hub & spoke format. This includes legs to the 2nd World War Forts, Wind Farm and up the River Swale giving a full range of sailing conditions and test of catarmarn sailing skills. Plus three round the cans races on the 2nd day.
Entry fee £60 per boat which includes an evening meal and breakfast bap
WANDERER NATIONALS, 21ST & 22ND JULY 2012
Posted: Wednesday, 25 July, 2012
Twenty Wanderers gathered at Whitstable Y.C. on a glorious summer day for their National Championships which was also part of the RYA “Sail for Gold” project. A light and shifty easterly wind and strong flooding tide made Race Officer John Boorman’s task difficult. The tide was a major factor, and those who headed right gained from the easier flow inshore. Tim Robertson, sailing with son Max (10) got the tide right, and with good boat speed took the gun, followed by Paul Yeadon and Liz North, with Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper 3rd. Race 2, the “Sail for Gold” Medal Race was sailed in similar conditions. Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden won, with Paul and Liz in 2nd and Tim Barr from Rio de Janeiro YC, with Jack Skipper, 3rd. By Race 3 the tide had turned and the start line was bulgy to say the least! Tim Barr and Jack found their boat speed and once ahead extended away from the fleet. Philip and Adam were 2nd and Tim Robertson and Max consistent in 3rd. The fleet then grouped behind “Fish Tickler 3” the Gilson’s Fishery boat with photographer Caroline Evans, and sailed in with union jacks waving. After 3 races only 1 point separated the top 4 boats.
Olympic medals (well they turned out to be made of chocolate) were presented by British Olympic Tornado sailor Dave Williams to: Tim Barr and Jack Skipper (bronze); Paul Yeadon and Liz North (silver); and Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden (gold). The evening concluded with a barbecue and a sing-song. (“Being a Pirate is all fun and games until somebody loses an…ear…!”).
On Sunday the wind had shifted to the south west, still light, with again a strongly flooding tide. The fleet split after the start, some going right for clear air and some left. The latter turned out to be the correct decision as the wind went 20 degrees left giving a big lift on port tack. Philip and Adam led, closely challenged by Tim Barr and Jack. Chris Barr, sailing with daughter Maddy (11) – who had never sailed before this event – pulled a surprise by taking 3rd place. The series was still not decided. If Tim Barr and Jack won the last race and Philip and Adam were 3rd or more, Tim could still win. He took the lead and was never headed. Philip and Adam languished in 5th but, aided by a luffing match between Tim Robertson and Paul Yeadon, sneaked through to 2nd to take the championship by one point! Special thanks to John and Cath Pollitt for loaning their yacht as a committee boat, following the loss of the much loved WYC committee boat “Slotty Dawes” in the spring gales.
As well as the main prizes listed below, some special prizes were awarded:
The Ted Shephard Trophy for the most improved boat over the series, went to Chris Barr in W1566 with son Jack (13) on Saturday and daughter Maddy (11) on Sunday. Neither had been in a sailing boat before, but both managed to fly the spinnaker!
The first non-spinnaker boat prize was won by Paul Cross and Jeff Leyshon in W1099.
“The Endeavour Trophy”a new prize, was awarded for the last boat to complete all races sailed. This went to Hugh and Ollie Thomas (12), in the extremely venerable W399.
“The Ancient Mariner prize” (sponsored by Age Concern) was awarded to the new Ben Ainslie of the Wanderer class, Philip Meadowcroft, who responded gracefully, bent and creaking as he was in every joint from his day’s exertions. Our 4 young sailors each received a Gold Medal.
Overall results: 1st W1541, Philip Meadowcroft & Adam Wickenden; 2nd W1626 Tim Barr & Jack Skipper; 3rd W1038, Tim & Max Robertson; 4th, W1351, Paul Yeadon & Liz North; 5th W1282, Gavin Barr & Mark Skipper.
Club Series Racing – Signing on and off
Posted: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012
There have been occasions when sailors, having signed on for a race, decided that they did not wish to race and signed off in the DNS or DNF box on the signing on sheet. As a result they have been awarded more favourable points than they should. Sailors who, having signed on, subsequently decide not to race should cross out their names on the signing on sheet. This will enable them to be recorded correctly as DNC (Did not come to the starting area).
The significance of this in club series racing is in the points awarded. A boat that comes to the starting area but does not start (DNS) or starts but does not finish (DNF) is awarded points one more than the number of starters in that race. A boat that is DNC is awarded points one more than the total number of entries in the series (See RRS Appendix A9).
Whitstable Yacht Club Olympics Events…
Posted: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012
With one week to go to the start of the London (or perhaps we should say Weymouth) Olympics Whitstable Yacht Club turned out in numbers to support Team GB. Saturday July 21st was designated ‘Push the Boat Out’ day by national governing body the RYA to encourage as many boats on the water in support of Ben Ainslie and the rest of the sailing team. WYC was hosting the Wanderer National Championships last weekend, and holding its regular summer racing series. Both fleets took time to mark the upcoming Olympics – the club fleet respectfully delaying their race by 15 minutes to allow a ‘fly past’ of sailors and the Wanderer fleet holding a ‘medal race’ during their event and inviting former WYC Olympian Dave Williams to present prizes at the end of ‘Push the Boat Out’ day. Dave came resplendent in his 1996 Olympic blazer and tie and took time to share the event with the Wanderer fleet. The combined WYC and Wanderer fleets managed a turnout of comfortably over 70 boats in support of the Team GB sailors and look forward to following their success during the games. This Sunday (July 29th) WYC will be holding their own ‘Sail for Gold’ regatta – a mini Olympics in one day with medals for the winners. And the following week is Towergate Whitstable Week – a full week of racing and social events that is the centre point of summer club activities. It just happens to be the first week of the Olympics, so the new widescreen TV in the club’s Sea Room will be pressed into action to watch Ben and the team going for gold! And to encourage new sailors WYC will be holding an open day on August 4th with an offer of a 60% discount from published membership fees, or free membership for those who undertake courses at the Whitstable Sailing and Windsurfing School. So if you fancy trying sailing, there has never been a better time – our website is WYC.ORG.UK (01227 272942), the school is at Wildtimes.co.uk (01227 282800) or join us on our open day… The Wanderers had a fantastic weekend of light, but adequate breeze; some amazing socials and close racing. The near-Olympians were: 1st Philip Meadowcroft Adam Wickenden Henley SC/Salcombe YC 2nd Timothy Barr Jack Skipper ICRJ, Brazil 3rd Tim Robertson Max Robertson Sutton Bingham Sailing Club 4th Paul Yeadon Liz North Whitstable Yacht Club 5th Gavin Barr Mark Skipper Whitstable Yacht Club
Posted: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012
The best weather of the season to date delighted our Wanderer visitors during the Wanderer National Championships last weekend. Light winds led to close-fought racing and some surprises!. The first Whitstable boat was Paul Yeadon/ Liz North in fourth place followed by Gavin Barr/Mark Skipper. A special Sail For Gold medal race on the Saturday provided some extra competition with prizes fittingly presented by Dave Williams. Dave was an Olympic Sailor at Barcelona and Atlanta. A big thank you to John and Cath Pollitt for providing Nereus as our committee boat, to John Boorman our race officer and to the support of the Merlin and Asymmetric Fleets.
WHITSTABLE WEEK - 30 JULY to 3 AUGUST 2012
Posted: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012
We are desperately short of volunteers. With less than a week to go only four individuals have offered to help. To run the event we will need around fifteen people helping as rescue boat crew or assistant race officers through the week. Those volunteering to help will receive average points redress if entering the series. Please can volunteers contact Andrew Folkard on 01227 464919 email@example.com.
5o5 Pre Worlds at la Rochelle
Posted: Saturday, 21 July, 2012
Congratulations to Chris Lewns and Dan Parsons for finishing 7th overall (including one race win) in a fleet of 118 at the 5o5 Pre Worlds at la Rochelle. Good luck to them and the other 2 Whitstable boats at the World Championships starting this weekend.
Netball Practice Now Cancelled UFN
Posted: Friday, 20 July, 2012
Sail For Gold on July 29th
Posted: Thursday, 19 July, 2012
A morning of Olympic style sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, and the first day of Olympic sailing on the new club TV!
The club has designated July 29th to celebrate the inevitable success of the British Sailing Team in advance with a morning of racing Olympic style…
So what does that mean? We plan a series of quick-fire short races ran from a committee boat if appropriate that gets you sailing at Olympic pace! It’ll be a handicap event designed to test your starting skills, boat-handling, stamina and tenacity – so that’s just like the skills you’d expect of an Olympian!
However, there is one big difference…
Those who watch elite sailing will probably agree that it seems a rather grim sport compared to club sailing. Grim? Well, they seem to take it rather seriously and don’t smile much…
The WYC Sail for Gold day will be different! Whilst the basis of the day will be racing (and some useful training before Whitstable Week) and medals will be awarded for winning – but enjoyment and endeavour will also be added to the handicaps to make a truly fun event.
First start will be at 11.00, July 29th which just happens to be the first day of Olympic sailing – which will be on the new club TV…
New Transit Pole
Posted: Thursday, 19 July, 2012
Thanks to F18 catamaran sailor Laurie King for replacing the Transit pole, which was looking a bit tired and starting to blend into the background, with a new one painted bright red and white. Now there's no excuse to be over the line at the start of the race!
Disposal of unpaid equipment
Posted: Tuesday, 03 July, 2012
The club has initiated the disposal of unpaid boats and equipment on club premises in accordance with RYA guidelines. A list of these items is on the club noticeboard, and owners, where known, have been contacted. An auction is to be held and sealed bids are invited. Bids will be opened on 1st October 2012. Details are as follows:
Lot 1 - White Tender
Lot 2 - Black Fireball Hull
Lot 4 - Cream Laser Hull
Lot 12 - 420 Dinghy
Lot 25 - Turquoise Wanderer dinghy
Lot M - Dinghy road trailer
Lot N - Dinghy launching trolley
Lot P - Dinghy road trailer
If you think that you are the owner of any of these pieces of equipment, please contact Sally Gostelow as soon as possible via the office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send bids to: The Sailing Secretary, Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
CADET SOCIAL EVENING - Fri 6th July - Kayaking from 1730hrs - 1900hrs-2100hrs
Posted: Monday, 02 July, 2012
Calling all WYC cadets and junior members. Please come along and try out our new social evenings designed for the younger members of the club. This month we have kayaks available to use, kindly provided by Jason Wild?s sailing school. ? Kayaking from 1730hrs A BBQ will be available so please bring along some goodies to share. *************ALL children must be accompanied by a parent. *******************
Bar, Catering and Social Committee
Posted: Friday, 29 June, 2012
The Club welcomes new members to the Bar, Catering and Social Committee. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 12th July 2012 at 7:30 pm.
Big Catamarans on Film
Posted: Tuesday, 26 June, 2012
A couple of the WYC Big Cat Fleet have been attaching video cameras to their boats and filming themselves sail (and capsize!). Hit the links to see what sailing an F18 is like, and see if you can spot where it all goes wrong! Peter and Laurie King on F18 Shockwave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjmM9_hrK6E and Ghislain Melaine and Greg Crease on F18 Cirrus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqYg6ZZKmCQ
A couple of the WYC Big Cat Fleet have been attaching video cameras to their boats and filming themselves sail (and capsize!). Hit the links to see what sailing an F18 is like, and see if you can spot where it all goes wrong!
Peter and Laurie King on F18 Shockwave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjmM9_hrK6E and
Ghislain Melaine and Greg Crease on F18 Cirrus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqYg6ZZKmCQ
FANCY GETTING A CLOSE-UP VIEW OF RACING DURING WHITSTABLE WEEK?
Posted: Tuesday, 26 June, 2012
There are opportunities join our race team during Whitstable Week as safety boat crew. No experience is necessary, you just have to be over 16, and happy to blast around the bay in a rib. You can do just one or two days in the week, or join a rib crew for the whole week. This is an ideal opportunity for non-sailors, friends and family to get involved in a fun week. Contact the club office if you want to give it a go.
SOCIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS REQUIRED
Posted: Wednesday, 20 June, 2012
You can put in as much or as little time as you like - it is up to you. Any help is always gratefully received by us all. The Club needs all the support it can get, to help it run effectively and efficiently so if you are able to give just a little of your time and would like to get involved then please contact Donna Hender (Vice Commodore)
The Figgis Classic rescheduled for 5th August 2012
Posted: Wednesday, 20 June, 2012
Due to some fairly strong winds there was a low turn out for the big cat long distance race aka " The Figgis Classic" on Sunday, so the decision was made to postpone the race to another weekend so that we can hopefully get a better turn out and a decent race for the whole fleet. The race will now be held on Sunday 5th August 2012 at 14:00, a briefing will be held at 12:45 on the veranda. Please try and make it as it?s always a good fun race and also a nice sail up the Swale, hope to see you all then. Many Thanks, Laurie
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