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Membership fees are due for 2016/17 by the end of this month and an email including renewal information was sent to all members on 4 October. If you have not received the email please contact Sally Gostelow at

Meeting of Sailors 2016

The 2016 Whitstable Yacht Club Meeting Of Sailors will be held on Sunday 13th November, at 1pm or as soon as possible after the day's race (whichever is later). This is your chance to come along and influence the direction that sailing takes in 2017 and future years, and also comment on the 2016 sailing season so far. The agenda for the meeting will be:
1. Welcome
2. WYC Club Racing Programme 2016 and 2017
3. Events Policy and 2017 Events
4. Sailing Development and Cadet Sailing
5. Encouraging new members and sailors
6. Volunteering and Duties
7. Any Other Business
If you have anything you'd like to be added to the agenda, or any questions or comments prior to the meeting, please contact
The notes from the 2015 meeting can be downloaded at


WYC Exhibition dates: Saturdays and Sundays 15th/16th, 22nd/23rd October, 29th/30th OCTOBER 2016 - from 11 am to 5pm
Come in and view over 45 different pieces of original pieces of art available to buy, from as little as £20. The WYC open house exhibition is open to everyone including the general public and is held in association with East Kent Artists' Open Houses and Canterbury Festival.

2016 Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper

Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper
Tickets now on sale at the bar for the 2016 Laying Up Supper, only £12. Limited number available, so buy your ticket before it's too late!

German Exchange Opportunity

Would a local sailing family be interested in an exchange with a German sailing family, with the aim of helping two girls (ages around 11) to improve their English pronunciation? Father is a boat designer and expert sailor and the girls are very keen sailors, too. The family lives in Blankenese, Hamburg, and would like to spend time in the UK over Christmas either en famille or in a B & B. Or the introduction could be the other way round: in Blankenese. Or perhaps during the Easter school holiday. Flexible! Please contact Wendy Fitzpatrick via the club if interested.

Dart 18 GP7 at WYC – Report

Dart 18 Prize Winners
40 boats entered the sold out Dart 18 GP7 event at Whitstable Yacht Club on 1st and 2nd October, taking part in the last Dart 18 event in the 40th year of Dart 18 sailing. Travelling sailors came to Whitstable from as far as Royal Tay Yacht Club in Dundee! Boats started arriving early on Friday, and in the tradition of the Dart 18 fleet, got the party started early, with a very busy Friday night at the WYC bar!
On Saturday, the forecast of lightning storms caused a delay of over an hour to the start of the event, but in the end failed to fully materialise, and the racing got underway soon after 2pm. Rain and shifty SW winds produced tricky sailing conditions, with a drop and large shift in the wind 90 seconds before the start coupled with a strong tide causing difficulty for many of the boats trying to cross the start line, and turned the Olympic style course into a near reach/reach, favouring the boats who were able to read the tide conditions and make the marks. Rob Garcka and Abbey Jump from Worthing Sailing Club made the best of the conditions to get around in the lead, followed by single hander Paul Chatfield, recording his best result of the weekend in 2nd.
With a move of the marks, the second race ran according to plan, and bringing with it a significant change in the leader board, with Will Thompson and Lucy Mayhew from Dee Sailing Club, and James and Howard Head from Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club recording their best results in 1st and 2nd respectively. The third race started with ominous clouds building to the east, which dropped hail and high winds on the fleet as they made their way to the first mark, taking out a few boats in the fleet with capsizes. The majority of the fleet hung on, and made it round, to finish after 2 laps, with Rob Garcka and Abbey Jupp taking their second 1st place of the event, and Dan Norman and Alysha Monkman from Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club showing their promise of high wind performance with a 2nd place.
After racing, the sailors put on their posh frocks and dinner jackets to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dart 18, and the end of the 2016 event programme, in style. Whitstable Yacht Club put on an end of season party to remember, with fine food, drinks, speeches, prizes and dancing until the early hours! Perhaps not early enough by the look of some of the sailors come Sunday morning, and the early start!
The weather on Sunday did its best to wake the competitors up, with a strong northerly wind and large waves, but the racing started on time and the Dart 18s showed they can cope with the worst of it, providing an exciting ride! Dan Normal and Alysha Monkman again showed their prowess in the strong winds, with consistent 1st places in all three Sunday races. Competition was tight throughout the rest of the fleet, with the big seas, wind and tide creating a tactical challenge. Will Thompson and Lucy Mayhew managed a 2nd in race four, and Rod Winrow and Sarah Gee from Worthing Sailing Club took second in the fifth and sixth races. At one point, just before the 5-minute gun was due to sound for the fifth race, the fleet were nearly joined by a large Thames Barge, who sailed through the course and causing a short postponement!
The full weekend’s results ended up with Dan Norman and Alysha Monkman from Isle Of Sheppey Sailing Club in first place, Rob Garcka and Abbey Jupp from Worthing Sailing Club in second, Will Thompson and Lucy Mayhew from Dee Sailing Club in third, Rob Winrow and Sarah Gee from Worthing Sailing Club in Forth, and David Lloyd and Mel Rogers from Stokes Bay Sailing Club in fifth. The First Whitstable Yacht Club entry was Richard Ledger and Louisa Clifford in a respectable tenth place overall. For the full results, see
Overall the weekend went very well, both on and off the water and was a fine finish to the 2016 season for the Dart 18 fleet. The Dart 18 class demonstrated why it’s still very strong after 40 years, with a large fleet of sailors of all ages from 12 to 60+, male and female helms, and both double and single handed boats. The sailors and class association also again proved to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming, encouraging youngsters and beginners to take part, whilst providing highly competitive racing at the front, and bringing with them the travelling support of Cookie and Brian Phipps with the Windsport International spares trailer!
Whitstable Yacht Club proved themselves once again as a top sailing venue, with many of the members volunteering to help out with the weekend, in particular the Race Officer Tom Bruton. Thanks to all those who gave up their time to make the weekend what it was!

Bar price increases

Prices at the bar will be increased slightly from Friday 30th September, 1st increase since 2012. Increases will be on draught Lagers, Cider & Wines. Spirits, bitter & soft drinks have not changed.

The Magnificent Seven – Wanderer Cruise to Conyer on Sunday 18th September

Saturday’s gales had meant a day’s postponement but we were blessed with perfect conditions for Sunday’s cruise to Conyer. The Swale sail had been advertised to the Wanderer Class Association and two visiting boats joined the hard core WYC Wanderers, making seven who set off about 11.00 on a flooding tide with favourable winds towards the mouth of the Swale, Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper leading the fleet.
Making steady passage and mindful of the many oyster beds, obstructions and wrecks of the Pollard Spit we beat offshore until assembling for a broad reach to sail up the Swale channel. Avoiding the shallows of Horse Sands, we resisted the temptation of The Shipwrights at Hollow Shore and continued towards Conyer Creek, past Fowley Island and into the marked channel. Seals were spotted and there were seabirds flocking around the island. Only the sound of the sea, the birds and nature all bathed in that wonderful autumn light.

Cruising like this always raises the question of whether or not to bring outboard engines – there are obvious pros and cons. The two people stuck on a speed boat initially with its engine stuck in astern, then becoming a very dead engine, must have been mightily relieved that we’d plumped for taking outboards as the fleet circled and made a rescue plan. Ian started the tow before Richard downed sails and took over, delivering the stranded pair and their noisome craft safely to Swale Marina. Having – as we were later told - also raised the alarm with the Coastguard, our rescued speedboat friend forgot to cancel his emergency. The staff and guests at Swale Marina were soon joined by Whitstable RNLI inshore lifeboat, who were less-than-pleased that their search was in vain.
By this stage other Wanderer crews had gathered to enjoy their packed lunches and most wonderful cake produced by Kate in the pretty surroundings of Swale Marina. By now, the wind had decreased but with some spinnakers flying we were greeted by Allan and Laura on the WYC RIB. A couple of boats touched ground on the Horse Sands opposite Faversham Creek, where they were entertained by feeding time for a pod of grey seals.

All enjoyed a pleasant, if slightly slower than ideal, passage home. Returning to the beach after a fine day of Bart’s Bash sailing, the Wanderers felt that we had put up a good effort for the wider sailing community. With a falling tide, the efforts of Mick and Ian using the dumper to drag boats up the beach were much appreciated.
Probably the last Wanderer cruise of this year but another great success and a perfect way to spend a warm autumn Sunday.

Report by Jo Phillips and Wanderer visitor Tim Last, photos by Laura Carney and Kate Ahern.

KSSA Regatta 2016 Report

WYC KSSA Regatta 2016WYC KSSA Regatta 2016 Last Saturday (10th September), Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Kent Schools Sailing Association Regatta. The windy conditions ranging around force 4 made it a challenging yet great experience! The number of cadets from around Kent who came to our club made the sea front bustle with excitement. KSSA arranged four races, the fourth of which was cancelled due to the high wind strength. When we returned to shore, the KSSA organisation and the food provided by Cadet committee was excellent.
Our cadets achieved some impressive results, taking three of the prizes:
Max Sellar - Laser - Royal Temple YC trophy, 1st overall and 1st singlehanded.
Alexander Wilson and Madeleine Byran - WYC RS Feva - Cranbrook trophy for 1st school or club owned boat.
Emily Blaxhill - Topaz - Prelude Plaque for first sailor in the competition of entrants sailing in the Regatta for the first time.
Altogether ten WYC cadet sailors sailing nine boats were placed in the finishing order of 26 boats. All sailed well, raced well and showed great spirit and determination in the strengthening wind. The full results can be seen at
I personally learnt a lot from the day and would recommend more cadets from Whitstable try the regatta next year.
Report by WYC Cadet Emily Blaxill, Photos by Nick Champion of Champion Marine Photography.
WYC KSSA Regatta 2016 WYC KSSA Regatta 2016

WYC Bake Off!

Thank you for all the delicious cakes entered for the WYC Cadet Bake Off on Saturday. After a lot of cake and deliberation by our guest judges Cllr Tom Gates and Marion Gates, the winners were -
Parent category, Rachel Watson for her scrumptious Courgette, Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake.
Cadet category, William & Madeline Olivier for their fabulous very light cupcakes adorned with sea butter icing and wonderful sails.
There were no soggy bottoms in the tea bar at at least!! Thank you again for your contributions which were sold to raise funds for the Cadet sailing!

Forts Race 2016 Report

The Forts Race was sailed on Saturday 3rd September, and once again produced proved why it's the UK's premier catamaran long distance race, with top national helms showing up to prove themselves and their boats over the course around the Thames Estuary. 18 boats took part this year, from the extreme end of the catamaran racing scene of Will Sunnocks' Vampire Project foiling custom build, to the 40-year-old class Dart 18 catamarans! Will Sunnucks and Mark Smith on the Vampire Project took line honours, despite gear failure reducing it's ability to foil to a single tack, and the overall winner on handicap was Simon Northrop and Aaron Reynolds on an F18. In the Short Course results, Whitstable Yacht Club's Mark Holweger and Max Sellar took first place on their Dart 18. For the full report, see, and check out the Forts Race Facebook Page for more photos.

Topaz Uno Nationals report - a wild ride!

Topaz Uno Nationals
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Topaz Uno Nationals last weekend (20th and 21st August). 15 boats entered, with sailors travelling from as far as the Noukhada Adventure Company in Abu Dhabi!
Saturday saw very high winds, gusting up to a force 7 or 8! Needless to say, racing was cancelled and only the hardiest of windsurfers got on the water for the day! On Sunday, the winds were still on the high side, but sailable, so the Race Officer scheduled 3 races close to shore. In the gusty conditions, the Topaz Unos proved a fast and exciting ride, with a kick on the downwind legs! 14 of the boats made it onto the water, but a third didn't manage to finish the first race, with lots of spectacular capsizes, especially on the downwind legs. 6 boats managed to finish all 3 races, with exciting racing throughout. In 6 place, lightweight WYC cadet Tom Oliver did well to finish all three races with a forth place in the second race, battling places with experienced sailor Mark Freeman from the Noukhada Adventure Company. Top placed double handed boat, sailed by Aaron and Mark Middleton from Lee & Solent SC came in forth, narrowly beaten by Jonathan Drake from Sandwich Bay Sailing & Waterski Club. At the front of the fleet, last year's National Champion and WYC cadet Max Sellar, battled with Morgan Archer, a cadet from Blue Circle Sailing Club. After using his local knowledge to get a first in race one, Max couldn't manage to maintain the lead, falling into second behind Morgan for the second and third races, with Morgan winning overall by one point. Both Max and Morgan did very well to sail into the top two positions in such challenging conditions, and against a strong adult field! Full results are on the website at
As this year's National Champion, Morgan Archer won a Topaz Uno Mylar Race Main provided by Topper International, worth £400, as well as other prizes including a sailing watch from event sponsor Ronstan.
Thanks to event sponsors Topper International and Ronstan, and to Topper and the Whitstable Watersports Centre for providing loan boats to the competitors. In addition, thanks to WYC volunteers Patty Baker and Tony Clements who put a lot of work in to organise the event, Race Officer John Boorman for getting a quality event sailed despite the weather, and all of the Safety Boat drivers & crew, recorders, Committee Boat drivers and onshore support volunteers who worked together to make this happen.
Topaz prep onshore

Cadets Cruise to Seasalter and back - Report

Force: 3-5
North-East wind

On Thursday the 18th of August, the Whitstable Yacht Club Cadets went on a cruise to Seasalter Sailing Club and back! We had twenty-two sailors in total and twenty-seven people including those on the safety boats.
We launched around eleven o clock on a beautiful sunny day and headed halfway to Sheppey so we could sail down to Seasalter.

As we got further out it got rougher because of the sea breeze, we tacked or gybed and were surfing the waves all the way down! Unluckily some of the toppers nosedived and a lot of boats capsized, but luckily nothing too major!
After about forty-five minutes of sailing of exhilarating sailing we got there! We beached extremely quickly and had a bit of trouble getting in because of the rough waves and strong wind.
Everyone at Seasalter Sailing Club were very welcoming and we were very grateful for them helping us get the boats in. We all warmed up and ate our picnic lunches!

After saying our thankyou’s to the Seasalter crew, and as high tide turned we set off back to Whitstable. We had a few changes in boat crews and couple of tows as the seabreeze made the journey back a bit more challenging. Smurf kindly appeared with another safety boat to make it safer for us on the way back.
Everyone made it back to Whitstable, happy and safe and all had a jolly good sail in Swallows and Amazons style!

Many thanks to Richard Maltby, Wendy, Ian Embry, Paul Mcnally, and Andy and Fiona Clarke in Smurf for their support and organisation. Thanks to our friends of Seasalter SC for their warm reception, hospitality and support in landing and launching our boats! It was a great time and everyone enjoyed it. We can’t wait for the next cadet cruise!
Finally a special thank you to all the cadets who sailed on Friday the 19th August during the RYA inspection and to Richard Maltby for his dedicated work in contributing hugely to gaining our RYA certificate, which we passed with flying colours!
Report by Toby Sellar, photos by Wendy Fitzpatrick.

Whitstable Yacht Club passes inspection as a RYA Recognised Training Centre

RYA Tick Mark LogoThe RYA Inspection of WYC's application to become a Recognised Training Centre, as distinct from but complementary to our linked Whitstable Watersports Centre, took place on Friday 19th August and the club passed with flying colours.
It means that the club has passed the high RYA standards set for sail and powerboat tuition, including all requirements for ensuring the maintenance and repair of club boats, equipment, first aid and safety. The club is now approved to offer RYA national training schemes for adults and youth and has direct access to RYA training services.
Recognition as a RYA training centre brings WYC into line with other major sailing clubs which offer training to their members on a volunteer, part time basis, as well as housing a linked training centre, such as our Whitstable Watersports Centre, offering full time courses.
The Inspection took account of the club's facilities, sail and power boat maintenance, operational procedures and the tuition of two cadet groups, racing and improvers, on the water. We passed in all respects with just one action point to be followed up - that the club should now proceed to put its courses in place.
A lot of work has gone into this by quite a few people, but the vast majority was done by Richard Maltby, who has done an enormous amount of paper work and preparation to get us to this stage. The review and update of the club paperwork and documentation alone was a very large task! Thank you Richard!

Topaz Uno Nationals - Exclusive Offer from Topper to buy a boat!

Topper Topaz Uno OfferInspired by the Olympics to take up sailing? Want to be the next Topaz Uno National Champion? In the market for a new boat? Then this offer is for you! Once again, Topper Sailboats are offering an amazing saving of £989 off the price of an ex-demo Topaz Uno Plus or Race Plus. The boats include cover, trolley and come with 1 year of WYC membership! To take advantage of this offer, talk to Jeff in the club office, or call Topper sales on 01233 629186. See you on the water!


Glorious sunshine, a brisk westerly wind and four Wanderers accompanied by a safety boat set off from Whitstable on a somewhat ambitious cruise to Minnis Bay. With picnics packed, radios issued (along with instructions) the intrepid sailors raced East. Of course we listened carefully to the briefing, of course we all knew to look for the yellow buoy and the red and green ones but oh how wonderful to hear a message from Andy Clarke “I’m sitting right by the buoy” and then reminding us which way to go! We positively flew along the coast, a surfing Wanderer is so much fun!
Met on arrival by friendly locals (thank you Jason, Vice Commodore) of Minnis Bay Sailing Club. Great advice to anchor up rather than have to drag a heavy boat, left high and dry by an ebbing tide, across the somewhat slimy seaweed.
Out with picnics, great tea provided by our hosts, interesting discussion over lunch –oh and the honey cake – simply gorgeous and a fantastic reason to join the next cruise. Thank you Kate!
Home run and a stiffening breeze. Ian had repaired a tiller extension during lunch, Fef not so lucky losing a rudder pintle so motored home missing what became a challenging sail, tacking into a head wind and choppy sea. Nick Hawkins and John Hope led the way, Shelagh and Ed took in a trip to the wind farm on a long tack north. Kate and Ian bought up the rear of the fleet. All safely back on shore by 6pm, 9 hours after setting out.
A great day out for all of us. A great big THANK YOU to Andy and Fiona in their Rib for making this ambitious cruise a safe possibility, and ensuring Richard’s and Ian’s plans came to fruition.
Let’s do it again!!
Report by Fef Griffin

Whitstable Week 2016

Thanks to everyone who took part in Whitstable Week this year, we had almost 60 boats taking part this year! It’s been another great week of sailing, with the seemingly traditional weather extremes, providing challenges to all and close racing throughout the fleets. Results are on the website at
On the social side, we danced to two great bands, and had our knowledge tested by Ian and Phil on quiz night (raising over £100 for the RNLI!). On Friday Pirates Day went down a storm, with a great deal of creativity demonstrated by the members dressing up themselves and their boats.
There’s a lot of effort that goes into putting on the week, with volunteers driving and crewing safety boats, driving committee boats, recording, and helping out ashore. We couldn’t put on an event like this without them, so we’d like to thank (in no particular order)
Coral France, Glen Cook, Helen Spaughton, Josh Clarke, Willie Spratling, Jill Fagg, David Lowes, Lorraine Sabourin, Andrea Oliver, Brian Bogard, Monica Farrow, Sean O'Leary, Steve Wall, Jocelyn Page, Theresa Page, Stephen Gerlis, John Crickmere, Laura Carney, Sam, Paul Fincham, Ian Embry, Andy Clarke and Allan Barnes. We also need to thank the bar staff, the coffee hut staff, and Alex Grantham who did a great job making sure the social side has gone smoothly. Off the water, Sally Gostelow the results and the admin for the event, and finally our Race Officer John Boorman did a great job given the challenging conditions. It’s not easy to run an event like this, a combination of a National Championships and a fun family week of sailing, and I think we’d all agree that John got the balance right.
See you next year for Whitstable Week 2017!
Whitstable Week Prize Winners

West Quay - moving boats back

The Oyster Festival 'Shuck' venue has now been dismantled and the West Quay has been returned to our use. We now need to move boats from the middle compound to the end of the West Quay. If you have a boat there, please move it as soon as possible. The gates for the middle compound will be unlocked from 8am to 4pm daily, but please keep the gates closed. If you need access outside those times, please contact the Harbour Master.

Whitstable Week, days 2 & 3

After a relatively light start to the week, Tuesday and Wednesday saw stronger winds kick in, increasing the excitement on the water and pushing the sailors to work harder! Both Tuesdays scheduled races were sailed, with close racing across the fleets, and some very tight finishes between boats. The BYO BBQ was held on Tuesday evening, and Andrea Oliver kept everyone in check on the BBQ, showing us how it was done... just don't mention the beans!
Wednesday bought even stronger winds to the Whitstable Bay, with a gusty Force 6 blowing across the course from the South West, and creating some angry waves! The Race team, lead by RO John Boorman pushed ahead with the race, and the brave, hardy or foolish sailors (depending on the various points of view from the beach!) took to the water to race. Unfortunately the winds drove a number of casualties in the form of broken masts, and the combination of high winds, big waves and a strong ebbing tide caused some of the race marks to drift, ending in the abandonment of the race and sailing for the day. Even so, most of the sailors came in with big grins after an exciting sail!
Due to the abandoned races on Wednesday, an additional race will be sailed on Thursday. Race start will be at 2pm as scheduled, but the Race Officer will run three shorter races. As the forecast is for fairly strong winds on Thursday, the Fancy Dress Sailing may be postponed to Friday. A decision will be made and posted on the race board by 1230.
Don't forget to dress in your best loud summer shirts for the closing night of Whitstable Week on Friday. Roots/Reggae Band Ben Russell and the Charmers will be playing out the week, supported by a posh barbecue.
Whitstable Week 2016

Whitstable Week - Day 1!

Monday saw a great afternoon of sailing for the first 2 races of Whitstable Week. Almost 50 boats have registered and were on the water with close racing throughout the fleets! With a F2-3 wind from the south west, and fairly flat waters, Monday produced a fairly gentle start to the week. The forecast for Tuesday is looking slightly stronger, with racing again starting at 2pm. Tuesday evening sees a Bring Your Own BBQ, with the club BBQs lit from late afternoon for you to cook your own food.
Don't forget to get your team together for the Wednesday evening quiz night, and to plan your outfit for Fancy Dress sailing on Thursday!

Open bar 23rd July

Alex worked hard, for days, setting up and organising the open bar last Saturday. Thank you to Alex and all that helped him. The bar made significant profit that goes towards the club and raised money for the RNLI & cadets.

Whitstable Week - One week to go!

Whitstable Week is only one week away! Get set for a great week of sailing and social. This year we have racing scheduled for every day, bands on Monday and Friday evening, and the return of Ian and Phil's Laid Back Quiz Night on Wednesday evening. Thursday is Pirate Day, with fancy dress sailing for the main races (prizes for the best dressed boat and sailors!), and a a Cadet fast boat fest from 5pm!
For more information, see

Tasar National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club report

Tasar Prize Winners 2016
Strong winds and gusts of up to 35 knots proved challenging for the 52 sailors who braved the water for the 2016 Tasar National at Whitstable Yacht Club last weekend (8-10 July). However, a little determination and a lot of impromptu on the water repairs saw 26 boats battle it out in a fast and furious 3 day weekend of sailing.
The event was won by Rod & Maureen Porteous from Hayling Island Sailing Club, and the first Whitstable boat was Stephen Nation and Julie Puckett in 5th place. See the full write up on Yachts & Yachting at Thanks to all the volunteers at Whitstable Yacht Club for helping to make the event run smoothly, especially Race Officer Tom Bruton, organisers Andy and Fee Clarke, and the WYC Safety Boat Team!

Save the date: Whitstable Yacht Club’s Summer Ball on 24th September!

Save the date for the highlight of your social calendar: the Whitstable Yacht Club Summer Ball on Saturday 24th September! More details will be released soon, but we can announce that Whitstable's famous Soul, Blues and RocknRoll band Squeeze Gut Alley will be playing!

Help Needed to set up for the Oyster Festival Open Day

The club will be open to the public for the first day of the Oyster Festival on Saturday 23rd July. We will be raising funds for the club by selling refreshments to the public from the decking on the busiest day of the year, and need a small working party in the morning to help set up the bar and club for the day. If you can help out on 23rd July at 8am, please contact Alex Grantham on 07958439941 or

Reminder: Safety Advice For Free Sailing

Members are reminded to review the Safety Advice For Free Sailing, particularly when sailing outside of club organised sailing activities. The advice can be found on the website, in the back of the club programme, or click more to read.

Safety Advice For Free Sailing
The club is open every day of the week for the use of members. Expert advice and support boats are only available during club organised sailing activities. Members are responsible for their own safety at all times. In the case of children and youths, parents or guardians are expected to exercise appropriate supervision.
The following suggestions are for guidance only:-
- Arrange to go out with another similar boat and watch out for each other.
- Check the weather forecast – ideally Inshore Waters special forecasts.
- Check times and heights of tides in your chosen area.
- Avoid sailing in a dying wind on an ebb tide
- Check your boat’s buoyancy and fixings
- Realistically assess yourself, your crew and your boat’s ability to cope.
- Ask experienced sailing people for a second opinion if possible.
- Dress warmly for the conditions – it is easier to take off a layer than put it on.
- Wear personal buoyancy, properly done up, at all times afloat.
- Sail within your ‘comfort zone’. Don’t take risks.
- Watch the sky upwind for black clouds, fog, rain or wind direction changes.
- Go ashore if you have doubts or get cold or tired – there’s always another day.
- Always sail in an area to the west of the harbour.
- If you capsize and can’t right it, stay with the boat. Never try to swim to shore.
- Carry a mobile phone in a plastic bag or waterproof container.
- Carry a compass and a waterproof watch. Practice sailing a compass course so you can cope with poor visibility.
- Tell a reliable person ashore where you are going and give them your mobile telephone number(s).
- Arrange a time for your shore mate either to contact you or to raise the alarm.
- Avoid shipping routes and fishing grounds if possible.
- Watch all around for shipping, other boats and obstacles.
- Tell your shore mate to stand down when you come ashore.
- Don’t stay out alone after your sailing partner comes in.
Additional advice for Dinghy Cruising
- Take drinking water, food or trail bars, extra clothing, paddles or oars, an anchor and warp, towrope, small flare kit, first aid kit and a small toolkit including; knife, pliers, wire cutter, shackles, cord, gaffer tape.
- Also consider; a marine radio, waterproof charts, waterproof torch, outboard motor with extra fuel and spare shear pin
- Ensure that you have the ability to reef or lower sails whilst afloat.

Ramp back in use

A big thanks to Ricky & his team for getting the ramp back in action. Ricky & family are relatively new members and their enthusiasm and willingness to help is what the club is all about. A more permanent fix will take place after the main sailing season. The ramp has not been jet washed yet so please take care.

Tasar Nationals

Wiz is back in the Teabar for breakfasts Saturday 08.30-11.00 & Sunday 08.00-11.00. The bar will be open Friday 12.00-23.00, Saturday 11.00-24.00, Sunday 12.00-21.00.

First Aiders.

Could anyone with a valid 1st Aid certificate please let Jeff, in the office, know the expiry day. We are compiling a list of all members & staff who are 1st Aiders. If possible could you provide a copy of your certificate, feel free to use the office photocopier.

Ladies who Launch

To all women interested in sailing and windsurfing, Please come along to the inaugural meeting for Whitstable Yacht Club's Ladies who Launch Sailing and Windsurfing group on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 15:00 (after the morning races) . The aim of the group is to promote women's sailing and windsurfing through training, racing, and social events. The meeting is for welcoming members and discussing ideas. A new Facebook group has also been created to promote events. The group is called "Ladies Who Launch Whitstable Yacht Club". Please contact Patty Baker if you have any questions or suggestions:

Whitstable Week 2016 - 7 weeks to go!

Whitstable Week 2016
Whitstable Week 2016 is seven weeks away! This year will see 10 races over 5 days, and 5 nights of great social events. Our Friday Night Band, Ben Russell and the Charmers play their 'warm up' gig at the Glastonbury festival at the end of June!
Entry fee is only £60 for the week, with a 50% discount for young persons (18-25), and cadets (under 18s) can race for only £5 for the whole week! The Notice Of Race and Draft Sailing Instructions can now be downloaded from the website.

No Parking on the Beach

There is strictly no parking on the beach, unless unloading or on club business (which you must inform & get permission from the office). As we are now in to the busy time of year the barrier must be closed at all times. Parking on the beach encourages the general public to do so which can restrict emergency services access. Don't do it otherwise you may be locked in!

Wanderer Nationals 2016 at Whitstable Yacht Club

Wanderer Nationals 2016
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Wanderer Nationals on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June. 3 of 4 races were sailed, and 2 visiting boats competed with 9 club boats. The event was won by Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden from Salcombe Sailing Club, with Ian Simpson and Dave Bardwell from Tudor Sailing Club in second, and our very own Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper in third. Click more for a full write up of the event by Shelagh O'Riordan, and check out the photos by Laura Jean Carney on the Facebook page.
Wanderer Nationals 2016

The weather in the previous week had been so horrible it was with relief for those of us obsessing with online weather predictions that the freezing windy weather was leaving us and there even seemed some chance of sunshine!

Saturday dawned cloudy with a cool northerly so it didn’t look too good but 2 visiting boats (Tudor SC and Salcombe SC) arrived and the 9 WYC boats all rigged (Gavin had been very insistent) and there was a degree of excitement. Race 1 started and it was really rather clear after the first upwind leg who were the best sailors as the boats who shared the top 3 final places went round first and were rarely glimpsed by the rest of us for the rest of the race. As the race continued, the wind dropped and finally the tide turned. Ed and I were definitely having a lucky day as we managed to keep a fourth place all the way round, even when all the boats behind raised their spinnakers. In the end, only 5 boats finished as the combined flat calm with a strong tide made it impossible. Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden were first over the line, followed by Ian Simpson and Dave Bardwell and then our very own Gavin and Mark. Luckily it was decided that places could be awarded and the rescue boat went round the course counting us all in order. There was huge sigh of relief when race 2 was cancelled and we headed ashore under paddle steam rather than sail!

The evening was lovely as the weather warmed up and due to a wedding at the club, the team de-camped to the pub over the road and Wiz cooked an excellent meal. As tradition has it, Gavin got his guitar out and there was even singing!

Day 2 dawned grey but with a much better wind and racing commenced. Two boats thought they would try a port flier for the start of race 3 (note to self- don’t try it again!) but all other sensible boats took the usual course. The usual 3 headed off but this time accompanied by Peter Hayes and Jo Philips who had left their Laser 3000 ashore for the weekend. The battle for the next 3 places were very tightly contested with Jonathan Musgrove and Nia Crockford pipping Richard Maltby and John Hope who pipped Ed and I (very annoying). John Boorman and Paul Fincham were sailing really well with their spinnaker when they took a death roll followed by a swim and a tow in!

Race 3 was started quickly and the wind really had got up by then so the boats flew round the course. In higher winds, a well filled spinnaker really does help (I’m not convinced in lighter winds) so Jonathan and Nia did really well (they had ripped theirs in the previous race) to get a 4th and those of us who had declared “no spinnaker” crossed the line in the last 4 places. The first place was taken by Ian and Dave but Philip and Adam got a second.
Prizes for the most consistent sailors went to Gavin and Mark who got 3 3rds, Paul and Amanda who got 3 9ths and Ian and Kate who got 3 10ths! When prize giving came, Ian and Kate also got 2 bottles of wine for perseverance and endeavour! Thanks also to Hartley Boats for sponsoring the event.

The full results are on the website, but I would like to make some observations.
1. Richard Maltby should stop teaching Jonny and Nia all he knows- they already know too much!
2. Gavin clearly has good powers of recovery as at the end of last year he broke his leg, but still managed to thrash all the Whitstable boats (as usual).
3. Sailing a wanderer is great fun and we should all do it more often!
Shelagh O’Riordan

Whitstable Watersports Centre - Now open for business!

Whitstable Watersports Centre
The Whitstable Watersports Centre (previously known as Wild Times) will be open for business from Monday 6th June. Under the new management of Nick Pardoe, the centre offers tuition and equipment rental in sailing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and windsurfing using a refreshed range of equipment, and experienced, fully RYA qualified instructors. For more information see the centre's new website at or like their Facebook page. And don't forget, Whitstable Yacht Club members get a discount of up to 25%!

First Aid Course

We are looking to organise a RYA recognised First Aid course for members. This would take place on a week day in September or October subject to there being sufficient interest. It would be a one day RYA Stormforce Coaching course, 9 am to 4 pm, led by Penny Davies, who is a retired nurse and sailor, and is particularly relevant for First Aid in sailing and water sports. On the basis of a group of twelve, the charge would be £45 per person, inclusive of the FA Manual (which must be purchased for the course to be valid) and RYA approved certificate valid for three years. Penny Davies has been recommended to us having recently provided a course at Herne Bay Sailing Club.
If you are interested in attending, please contact and please indicate any dates in September or October (week days) that you can NOT do. We will endeavour to accommodate preferences.

Club Champions - 2016!

Four races were sailed on Saturday and Sunday for this years' Club Championships, and as ever there was competitive racing throughout, with 37 boats taking part. This years' Champions were Tudor Owen and Tom Bruton in the 505 with a first place in all four races, beating Phil Emery and Dave Hawkins into a consistent second place. Max Sellar narrowly missed the top six but took the prize for the highest place Cadet, with a seventh overall in his Laser 4.7, and cadet Tom Oliver took the prize for the Slow Handicap in his Topper. Ruth Wilkinson also deserves a mention for winning the Ladies Cup as the highest placed female helm, and the Laser Radial prize, despite racing for the first time in a Laser!
The full results are posted here, and click more for the full list of prize winners.

1st place and the Dawes Trophy – for the overall club champion was won by Tudor Owen and Tom Bruton in a 505
2nd placed boat was Phil Emery and Dave Hawkins in a Merlin Rocket
3rd placed boat was John Cooper and Liz North in a Merlin Rocket
4th placed boat was Kevin Hall in a Laser
5th placed boat was Jon Bloice and Philipa Bloice in a Merlin Rocket
6th placed boat was Mark Grinter in a Laser
Ladies Cup – for first Lady helm overall was won by Ruth Wilkinson in a Laser Radial
Tom Bourne Trophy – for first cadet (u 18) overall was won by Max Sellar in a Laser 4.7
WYC Racing Shield – for first Big Cat was won by Robert Govier and David Figgis in a F18 Capricorn
Sales Trophy – for first Small Cat was won by Roy Davies and Mike Swain in a Dart 18
Castle Cup – for first Asymmetric Skiff was won by Alistair Gould in a Musto Skiff
Johnson Cup – for first Merlin Rocket was won by Phil Emery and Dave Hawkins in a Merlin Rocket
Tasar Trophy – for first Tasar was won by Richard Ledger and Rob Spaugthton in a Tasar
General Handicap Prize – for first General Handicap boat was won by Richard Maltby and John Hope in a Wanderer
Laser Prize – for first Laser was won by Kevin Hall in a Laser
Laser Radial Prize – for first Laser Radial was won by Ruth Wilkinson in a Laser Radial
Slow Handicap Dinghy prize – for first Slow Handicap dinghy was won by Tom Oliver in a Toper 4.2

Peter Raymer

Peter Raymer in his Laser
We've recently heard from the daughter of Peter Raymer, and it is with great sadness that we pass on the news that he passed away in his sleep yesterday afternoon. He was a great character and friend to many of us and will be greatly missed.
Steve Gray has kindly written a few words below:
We all knew Peter as the father of the Laser fleet and club legend, and will miss his cheery advice and general chat over a half of cider.
Pete was a lifelong sailor with experience of a wide range of dinghies which he raced to a high level. Whilst he never won the Laser Masters Worlds he came close several times in locations around the world, and would proudly tell you of the race he led by so far the race committee didn’t finish him thinking he was a back marker! He made friends everywhere he went and would keep in touch with them from around the world.
His other passions were his family and cars, spending his career in the aftersales and technical departments of several brands - but his soft spot was always for Alfa Romeo. Whilst he spent a fair proportion of his career abroad in Africa (where he built his own Hornet) it was Peter who saw Alfa through the difficult days of the 80’s when Italian cars were just a little less than reliable. He was always resourceful and dependable – two of the most important assets for his career.
Peter retired relatively early and was also a widower for much of that time. That gave him the opportunity to sail and travel the world following the Laser Masters circuit with the success previously mentioned. He raced actively at WYC well into his 80’s and with success until about 5 years ago - but remained a keen member of the Laser fleet attending socials until just a few weeks ago. He was always the go-to guy when a member of the fleet needed help, ever patient he would explain a carefully thought through solution to your problem.
We will all miss him helping out the Laser fleet and many others around the club – at 89 he contributed so much to many in the fleet and was a friend and example to all. Above all Peter was a gentleman who was respected and loved by us all.

A weekend of two extremes: The B14 and 505 Opens at WYC!

505s505s30 teams from the high performance B14 and 505 classes visited Whitstable Yacht Club on 21st and 22nd May for a combined Open event. The weather for the weekend provided the two extremes that Whitstable has to offer, with high wind and big waves on the Saturday, and very light winds on the Sunday. Whitstable Yacht Club also provided it's signature warm welcome to the visiting sailors with a great onshore experience over the weekend!
Well done to Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe from Tynemouth SC who won the 505s, and to Mark Watts and Chris Bishop from Weston SC who won the B14s. Also, well done to top Whitstable Yacht Club teams of Tudor Owen and Tom Bruton in their 505 and Mark Barnes and Charlotte Jones in their B14, both of whom came 3rd in their classes.
Full reports for the weekend are on Yachts&Yachting, here for the 505s and here for the B14s, and the results are on the WYC website.
Thanks to Mark Barnes for organising the event, and all of the WYC volunteers who supported the event, both on and off the water. Photos by Nick Champion and Stuart France.
B14 and 505 Prize Winners

Team WYC win the KSSA Topper Team Racing event at Redoubt SC!

Team WYC with their prizes
WYC cadets Caitie, Max, Tom and Iggy, some of whom had never sailed a Topper before, won the Kent Schools Sailing Association's Topper Team Racing event at Redoubt Sailing Club on Saturday with an unprecedented 1st and 2nd in every race! The win qualifies them for the Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing event at Oxford Sailing Club in October!
Caitie provided the following report on the event:
We arrived at Redoubt Sailing Club to find a very patchy wind varying between about 10 and 20+ knots. Our first race was against the 3rd New Beacon team and we decided that, out of our team of four, Max, Tom and Iggy would race this race. Our tactic for the team racing was initially to have one person attempting to win the race, and the other two defending. With the gusty wind, our three boats managed to stay upright to get ahead of the other team and we came away with a win of a 1st and a 2nd. Our second race was against New Beacon two and this time Max, Iggy and I were racing. This race was also very gusty making the conditions tricky, but we again managed to come away with a 1st and a 2nd. The third race of the day for us was against the Downs two team. At the start Tom, Max and I managed to hold the other team off from the start line and ended up in a good position to cover them. Tom was unfortunately over the line but Max and I managed to again end up in 1st and 2nd with Tom defending our win. We also won our race against New Beacon One which put us in a great position going into our last race against Downs One. At the start of the last race we decided to each mark a member of the other team so we would have the best chance of winning this race. We managed to time our start very well and having covered the port and starboard side of the course, came to the top mark with a good lead of first and second. We successfully defended this lead which resulted in a win of the event, followed by Downs Two in second and Downs One in third place.
We would like to thank Redoubt Sailing club for hosting the event, all the helpers who helped make the event happen, KSSA, all the parents and staff, and the competitors for making it a great event.

Well done team WYC!
Photos by Susan Sellar
Toppers racing at Redoubt

WYC Pushed the Boat Out

Whitstable Yacht Club held an RYA Push The Boat Out event on Sunday, to give people new to the sport a sailing taster and encourage them to take up the sport. We had over 50 people through the door and out onto the water, with people setting sail in a Wanderer, Topaz, Dart 18 or Xenon for the first time! Everyone had a great time, and at least seven new members joined on the spot, with lots more taking away the membership forms with the intention of joining at a later date.
Thanks to all of the members volunteered today, talking to the visitors, helping them get the right kit, and getting them afloat, but special thanks must go to Patty Baker who organised the event and kept it running smoothly. Thanks also to the new Whitstable Watersports Centre and the University of Kent Sailing and Windsurfing Club for lending out wetsuits, boots and buoyancy aids to the new sailors.

WYC Development - Funding Update

At the October Special General Meeting, the club decided to apply for Sport England grants to redevelop parts of the club. Two grants were applied for, with several hundred hours of effort from WYC Committee members and subject matter experts put into the development of the applications.
We were told in January that we had been unsuccessful for the larger Sport England 'Improvement Fund', and disappointingly this week we have received notice that we have also been unsuccessful with the smaller Sport England 'Inspired Facilities Fund'. Although a lot of work went into putting together a strong bid for the work, Sport England received over 600 applications seeking £42m of investment against an available lottery budget of only £10m for 'Inspired Facilities', and ultimately our project goals did not align as closely to Sport England's as some of our competition for this funding.
There has been a lot of work done on these funding bids, which has been very helpful in clarifying the club's objectives and needs, especially around its facilities. Whilst we do not want to loose the momentum that we've built up, the General Committee will now need to spend some time re-assessing funding options and our priorities in any changes needed.

Report on the cruise to Shipwright’s Arms, Faversham Creek, on Sat 6th May

Lunch on the shoreSeals on The Swale
Light winds and bright sunshine set the tone for Saturday's cruise to Hollow Shore with four Wanderers, a Stratos and Topaz taking part with 14 club members aboard the boats.
In fact, winds were so light that not long after setting sail, we could hear the postponement signal for our colleagues back at WYC.
We made toward Shell Ness on smooth waters, on a rising tide in ideal cruising conditions, and were thrilled to spot seals basking in the mouth of The Swale. Blessed with natural curiosity and sociability, several of them swam close by our little fleet as we passed by to moor to the bank near the Shipwright's Arms.
Birdsong, distant church bells and long awaited warm sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for a picnic lunch and a pint.
The flooding tide saw our boats rise quickly in the water - or in one case, some considerable bailing effort to stay above the water - and we set off for home in contrasting conditions with increased wind and quite a swell. Those of us that had peeled off layers at the Shipwrights were glad of them on the way back as we all got a good sea spray. The Topaz capsized and although righted quickly and crew safely aboard, it was a useful reminder of the importance of keeping in sight of each other and ready to help if needed.
A bumpy but exhilarating sail home after a delightful day that certainly seemed to meet with the seals' approval.
Many thanks to Richard Maltby for organising, briefing and preparation, Jo Phillips for this report, and Susan Seller for the photo.
If you'd like to take part in the next cruise, this time around the Isle of Sheppey, on the weekend of 16th July, details will be posted here nearer the time, or contact Richard Maltby at!

Advice for Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer duties

If you have a Race Officer or Assistant Race Officer duty coming on the Committee Boat (all races in the schedule that show (CB) after the race name), please ensure that you bring appropriate clothing. You may need to wade into the water to get into the Safety Boat to take you out to the boat, so should wear wetsuit boots (or shoes you don't mind getting wet!) and appropriate trousers/shorts. You should also wear your buoyancy aid or life jacket, and dress for the weather - it's usually colder on the Committee Boat than on shore, and there's not much shade from the sun or rain. You should also allow for extra time to get out to the Committee Boat.
But, don't let this put you off. Doing a duty from the Committee Boat should be a fun experience, and gives you a unique view of Whitstable and the race! For more information and guidance about doing your Race Officer or Assistant Race Officer duty, see the 'Notes for ROD' at

Cadets Programme for Friday May 6th 18.00 - 20.00

Please note as from this week Cadet sessions are now scheduled for Fridays at 6.00 pm. Unfortunately this Friday the session time coincides with low water which precludes organised sailing with RIB support. With the forecast of pleasant weather the committee has decided instead to hold a Bar-B-Q with beach activities for cadets, parents and all the family.
Congratulations to the 17 Cadets and Instructors who did so well to sail in the challenging conditions last Saturday afternoon after the club race.

• 18.00 Evening Session starts. 19.20 Low Water.
• No organised sailing possible due to operational difficulties of launch and recovery around low tide.
• All Cadets, parents, family and friends are welcome to a beach Bar-B-Q: please bring your own meal for the bbq.
• Games on the beach: football, frisbee, cricket, etc. - bring games equipment.
• Parents v Cadets Mud Tug of War (volunteer parents please contact Paul McNally )
• Parents and cadets are welcome to join in the general fleet cruise to Faversham Creek on Saturday 7th May.
For all queries with regard to Cadets this week please contact Hazel Green, email:

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

No Parking Sign Reminder - car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay without the express permission from the Club Manager. If you need to drive onto the Beach or West Quay areas for drop off or pick up, please drive carefully, do not block any boats or other vehicles, and stay with or near your vehicle at all times.

Reminder: Topaz for sale

Topaz Uno - Photo by Nick Champion Do you want a new boat for the new sailing season? The Topaz Uno demonstration boats that Wild Times have been using are now 2 years old, and Topper are selling them off at a very good discount. There are 5 boats to sell, all of which have been well maintained by Topper and Wild Times, and so are in excellent condition. The selling price represents a discount of almost half the price of a similar spec'ed new boat, so these are a very good deal! The details and pricing can be downloaded here, and if you're interested please contact Russ at Topper at or 07775 923655.

Bar Opening Hours

On Saturdays the bar will be open until 11pm from 19th March until winter this year, Tuesday & Thursday evening will remain 9pm close and will be extended to 11pm in early summer.

Great start to the 2016 season!

The annual Working Party was held on Saturday and the first race on Sunday, and we had a cracking weekend for it! Lots of members came along on Saturday to give the club a spring clean and get it ready for the new year. Thanks to everyone who took part and made light work of all the jobs!
On Sunday we had a great turn out for April Showers 1. 18 boats were on the start line, from Wanderers to F18 catamarans for the first race. Despite the higher than forecast wind, everyone had a great time on the water. Race results will be published shortly.
If we can get more weekends like this, we'll have a great 2016 season! Next weekend we have races on Saturday and Sunday, both with 11am starts.

Show off your Art at WYC’s Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2016

Artists' Open House 2016
By popular demand Whitstable Yacht Club will again be holding Artist’s Open House exhibition at the Clubhouse in October 2016. We are now for looking artists to exhibit their art and the first 16 artists who sign up the will have the opportunity to have their details and an image of work featured in the 2016 East Kent Artists’ Open House Brochure. As before, Club members, families and friends including non-members can participate and can submit art work in many different mediums. The exhibition will be held over the last 3 weekends in October. There is a small entry cost, plus a commission going to the Club on work sold during the exhibition. Space will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you wish to take part please contact Jeff, WYC Club Manager at or Robin South at
Deadline for entries is Saturday 26th March 2016 for those wanting to be featured in this year’s East Kent Artist’s Open brochure, (Your work will not need to be submitted until early October).

Working Party Reminder

The annual Working Party to prepare the club for the 2016 season is in a weeks time, on Saturday 12th March from 10am. Please come along to help tidy up the club for the start of the new sailing season. Tasks will include cleaning and tidying the interior of the club, including the changing rooms, jet washing the decking, moving some boats on the beach, digging in some new chains and tyres, clearing up the weeds and litter on the beach, and more! There'll be free tea, coffee and snacks for all volunteers.

Dinghy Instructors Required for Cadet and Sailing Development Sessions

If you have a current RYA Dinghy or Assistant Dinghy Instructor certificate, your club cadet fleet needs you to help out with training sessions. You'd be working under the guidance of a Senior Sailing Instructor and filling in on a ad-hoc basis, to cover gaps in the rota. Please email Peter Gowing if you're interested:

Wine & Wisdom Well Done!

Over 80 people took part in the Wine & Wisdom on Saturday night at Whitstable Yacht Club. The Sea Room was packed with tables, and a lot of cheese was eaten to support the brains of the competitors who answered some tricky questions! Highlight of the night was the Cadet table beating their parents, but everyone who took part had fun. We also raised £160 for the Cadets from the raffle! Thanks to organisers and quiz masters Phil Emery, Ian Hender and Alex Grantham!

Recuiting Race Recorders

Maybe you're a husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/parent/child of a sailor? Maybe you can't sail as much as you would like but still want to be involved?
Come and join the WYC Race Recording team! We can't promise you won't get wet as you bounce over the waves in a rib out to the committee boat, but we can promise a close up view of club racing and good company!
Full Training given, and free Social membership if you commit to a minimum of 10 duties per year. Contact Jill Fagg ( for more information.

Do you want to be part of the WYC General Committee?

The AGM is coming up in early April. At the AGM we vote in the members of the General Committee. A number of GC members are stepping down, or changing positions, so we have vacancies.
The General Committee meets once a month, in the evening of the 3rd Monday of the month, and is there to administer and manage the club. Being on the General Committee is the best way to influence the future direction of the club, and a great way to give something back to your club.
Members of the General Committee can either have specific roles, relating to Officer positions or sub committees, or be 'ordinary members' without specific responsibilities or duties, there to act as representatives of the membership at large, and to provide support and advice.
We have specific vacancies in the positions of Treasurer, Rear Commodore House and Vice Commodore, and open positions for ordinary members.
If you'd like to be a part of the General Committee for the 2016 season, please contact Jeff in the office for a nomination form, which need to be submitted at least 2 weeks before the AGM. If you have any questions about the General Committee, any of the current members would be happy to help.


Perpetual storage stickers for members boats/equipment/racks are now available to pick up in the Sea Room of the club. Please come down and place them on your equipment as soon as possible. When placing on dinghies, please stick them on the transom where they can be easily seen when the cover is on. Board/kayaks, please place the sticker on your allocated rack. There is space on the sticker for your name should you wish - this would help with identification. Stickers will not be issued annually in future. Sailing Sec.

1 month until the 2016 sailing season starts!

2016 Sailing ScheduleIt's now only one month until the start of the 2016 sailing season! The WYC programme is at the printers, and will be sent out to members in the next few weeks, and the 2016 schedule has just gone live on the website at The Working Party is on 12th March, followed by the first race of the year on Sunday 13th March at 2pm. Highlights this year include Whitstable Week from 1st to 5th August, the Tasar Nationals on 8th, 9th and 10th July, and a Kent Schools Sailing Association Regatta on 10th September. Don't forget to check the programme for your assigned duty.
There's lots to look forward to at Whitstable Yacht Club this year!


We now serve Fosters & Strongbow cloudy cider both at £3.15 a pint, these have replaced Orangeboom & Thatchers.
Alex Grantham. single handed, kindly painted the bar completely free last week & the pictures were rehung by a team last Friday. A big thank you to Alex and all those helped with the pictures on the Friday.

Cadet Fund Raising Dinner

Come and enjoy a delicious meal created by David Lowes to tickle your taste buds!
Saturday March 19th at 7pm.
£12.50 per person. Please pay in advance in office or at the bar.
Limited numbers, cut off day Monday 14th March.

Atlantic Challenge Row - Dan and Olly finish first in the pairs class in just under 43 days!

Friends of WYC, Dan Parsons and Olly Clark completed their 3000 mile row across the Atlantic last week, winning the Pairs race in 42 days, 17 hours & 59 minutes! They've achieved so much since launching their boat at Whitstable Yacht Club in May 2015, and beaten significant challenges along the way. You can read about their row at, and donate to the charities they have supported here. Well done Olly and Dan from all at Whitstable Yacht Club!

Contactless payments for credit and debit cards, which will remove the £10 minimum spend.

From Thursday 28th February we will be able to accept 'Contactless payments' upto the value of £30, no minimum. As with all contacless facilities you will not be automatically be given a receipt, you can request one. For security every so often you may be asked to enter your pin, this is normally every time you have used contacless 15 times. We hope this facility will be of benefit to members.

Bar Change Relaunch

We have a new supplier with a few changes in products. There will be a Bar relaunch at 7.00 on Friday 4th March with Open Juke Box from Grove Tracks.

WYC Development - Funding Update

At the October Special General Meeting, the club decided to apply for Sport England grants to redevelop parts of the club. Two grants were applied for, with several hundred hours of effort from WYC Committee members and subject matter experts put into the development of the applications.
Unfortunately we've received notice this week that we have been unsuccessful with our application to the larger Sport England 'Improvement Fund'. Our application to the smaller Sport England 'Inspired Facilities' fund is still being assessed by Sport England, and we will get a decision on this fund in April.
Although the smaller grant and WYC funding will not allow us to achieve all our aims, if successful it will allow us to refurbish the changing rooms, add family changing facilities, add disabled access and facilities, replace the fire escape, and refurbish the Sea Room roof area. The General Committee will also be assessing other funding options and sources over the coming months to allow us to make the further improvements, and as a fall back plan if we are unsuccessful with the Inspired Facilities Bid.
There’s a lot of momentum behind the efforts to improve the club’s facilities, and the work that’s been done so far will be very beneficial to achieving the clubs aims however the funding is achieved.

Contactless Payments, Tabs and Loyalty Cards

At the General Committee Meeting on Monday it was decided to phase out the Bar Loyalty Cards. No new cards will be issued, and existing cards will need to be used by 1st March. The General Committee also decided to tighten the rules on bar tabs. Tabs will only be allowed if a credit/debit card is left behind the bar, and all tabs will need to be paid off by the end of the day that they were opened. In the coming weeks, we will be introducing 'contactless payments' for credit and debit cards, which will remove the £10 minimum spend on cards with this feature, meaning that tabs will not be necessary for lower value spends.

Membership renewals - rejoining fee after 31st Jan

As agreed at the 2015 AGM, any previous members renewing after 31st January will incur a £25 re-joining fee. This is also the cut off for re-joining member's AGM papers being sent out by post. Membership Fees were due by 31st October, and delaying membership renewals impacts the club's finances and our ability to plan for the 2016 season. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please return your membership renewal form and payment by the end of January to avoid paying the re-joining fee.

Sunday Roast and Wine & Wisdom - Social events coming up at WYC

Two new Social events for the diary: A traditional Sunday Roast at 2pm on 24th Jan, and a Wine & Wisdom at 7.30pm on 20th Feb. Limited seats available for the Sunday Roast available, so book your place at the bar. Tables for the Wine & Wisdom are also going fast, gather your team, book a table, and bring your food for a great quiz night!

Boxing Day Bank Holiday Sail!

Boxing Day Bank Holiday 2015
Great to see so many boats out today in the unseasonably warm and bright weather, avoiding the post Christmas sales by going for a post Christmas sail! There was a good fleet of Lasers, a Topaz and an F18 catamaran out on the water in sunshine and a gusty breeze. To see more photos of today's sailing taken by Tracy and Tom Bruton, see the
full album on Facebook.

RNLI victory in the Boxing Day Boot football match!

RNLI awarded the WYC Boot
Well done to the RNLI team, who beat WYC 4-2 in the annual Boxing Day football match to win the WYC Boot this year. The match, played at Westmead Rec Ground, was a close and exciting match, and raised money for the RNLI. Better luck next year team WYC!
Boxing Day Boot trophy

DRAFT WYC 2016 WYC Sailing Programme

The 2016 Programme will be going to print early in the new year, and will be sent out to members with the AGM papers in February. This year we've managed to schedule even more races and events, and we're looking forward to another excellent year of sailing. The season kicks off with the first race on Sunday 13th March, and concludes with the end of the Winter Series on 11th December. Between those dates we have 80 club races, 33 club cups and special races, 5 cruises and 8 Open and Nationals events! Highlights of the programme include the Tasar Nationals between 8th and 10th July, Whitstable Week from 1st to 5th August, and a Kent Schools Sailing Association Regatta on 10th September. You can download the full draft list of events here. Any comments or questions, please contact the

WYC Coffee Club Christmas Cracker!

Coffee Club get Festive
The WYC Coffee Club held their Christmas Party today (Friday), and it looks like they had a great time! The coffee club meet most days at 11am in the Sea Room of the Yacht Club. Thanks to the chair of the Coffee Club, Larry, for organising the festivities!

Atlantic Row - Setting off on Sunday, how to track their progress

Atlantic Row
Friends of WYC, Dan Parsons and Olly Clark, will be setting off on their Atlantic Row this Sunday after a small delay due to the weather. They'll be spending the next few months in a small (but technically advanced carbon fiber!) rowing boat, rowing hard towards Antigua, in an amazing mental and physical challenge! You can track their progress online and keep up to date on their progress at, and donate to their chosen charities at Raise a glass to them when you're sitting down to your Christmas dinner, and they're rowing into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!

Winter Series and Cadet Prizegiving

Winter Prize Giving 2015
The last race of the Winter Series was sailed on Sunday 13th December, meaning that the minumum races were sailed and the series results counted. Prize Giving was held after the race for the Winter Series and the Cadet Prizes from earlier in the year. Well done to everyone who won a prize! Click through for the full list of prizes.

Winter Series:
Genera Handicap 1st Place: Ali Nicolson and Naomi Miall (Tasar)
General Handicap 2nd Place: Chris Pygall and Tim Huckell (Alto)
Laser 1st Place: Steve Gray
Laser Radial 1st Place: Tom Oliver

Wednesday Evening Series Slow Handicap: Tom Oliver
Town Regatta Under 18s Trophy: Tom Oliver
August Regatta 1st Cadet: Tom Oliver
Cadet Participation in Club Racing: Tom Oliver
Best All Round Cadet: Max Sellar
Summer Saturday Series 1st Cadet: Max Sellar
Autumn Series 1st Cadet: Tom Oliver
Summer Sundays Series 1st Cadet: Max Sellar

RYA South East Youth Training Fund Coaching Award for 2015: Nia Crockford

Cadet Fund

Thank you to all those who have put their change, at the bar, into the Cadet Jar. Another £20 has been donated to the cadets - the future of the club.

Notes from the 2015 Meeting of Sailors

Click below to download the notes taken at the Meeting of Sailors held on 22nd November. Thanks to everyone who attended. Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_2015_11_22a.pdf

Application to Sports England

Our application to Sports England for a grant to improve the club has now been submitted. There have been many hours spent on this complex application process, and special thanks to go the following people who helped to put the bid together: Andy Jackson, Max Hunt, Adam Roake, Louisa Clifford, Terry Davis, Sarah Wren, Dick Bradburn, Jeff Emerson, Robert Govier, and Jill Fagg. We will find out if we have been successful in this first round in January.

Congratulations to Nia Crockford

Nia Crockford We're pleased to announce that Nia Crockford has been selected by the Trustees of the RYA SE Youth Training Fund to be awarded a Coaching Bursary to continue her instructor training. The bursary will fund Nia to obtain her Race Coach Level 2 qualification. Nia (pictured above at Pirate Day during Whitstable Week) has been a popular feature of the Cadet and Family sailing sessions this year, coaching and entertaining the WYC cadets, and has been a key driver in the increase of young people taking part over the year. We wish her luck with her training, and look forward to seeing her putting the skills to good use at the club in 2016!

Atlantic Row - Less than 40 days to go!

Atlantic Row Friends of WYC, Dan Parsons and Olly Clark, will be setting off to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in less than 40 days time! Their campaign has come along way since their boat launch at Whitstable Yacht Club in May, but still need help to meet their funding goal of £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. You can help! From entering the sweepstake, donating just £1 through Virgin Money Giving, cake sales, sponsored walks, to joining the 100 Club and having an image or logo of your choice on our website and boat, or even organising your own event, please do get involved – and ask your friends, families and colleagues to do the same. You can see some fundraising ideas here. Good luck Dan and Olly!


Please note that membership renewals were due on 31 October 2015. If you have not already done so, please return your form with payment to the office. Membership Sec.

Bar - Essential cellar work

Due to essential cellar work the bar will not be able to sell cask ales or lagers from Monday 2nd November until the end of the work, hopefully Friday 6th November. There will be bottle lager/ale for sale and other drinks as normal.

2015 Prize Giving and Laying up Supper

2015 Prize Giving We had a great turnout for the Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper on Saturday evening. Trophies and prizes were awarded for the years sailing so far, up to the Autumn Series, and for the Special Awards decided by the Sailing Committee, then dinner was served in the Sea Room. Well done to all the prize winners, and thanks to everyone who came along to the event. For a full list of prize winners, click through.

Club racing series:

April Showers1st OverallChris Pygall & Tim HuckellAlto1 Glass
April Showers2nd overallTony ClementsTopaz Uno1 Glass
April Showers1st LaserSteve GrayLaser Standard1 Glass
April Showers1st Laser RadialMax HuntRadial1 Glass
Easter NipBig Cat Abby LedgerF18Martin’s Trophy
Easter NipSmall CatsRobert GovierD181 Glass
Easter NipAsymmetricChris Pygall & Tim HuckellAlto1 Glass
Easter NipGeneral Handicap Justin BettanyRS6001 Glass
Easter NipMerlinMark Barnes Billmeir Cup
Easter NipTasarJon & Philippa Bloice 1 Glass
Easter NipLaserCharles CampionStandardRatbag Trophy
Easter NipLaser RadialMax HuntRadial1 Glass
Easter NipSlow Handicap Tony ClementsTopaz Uno1 Glass
Spring SeriesBig Cat Stephen HodgesTornadoDavid Williams Big Cat Trophy
Spring SeriesSmall CatRobert GovierDart 18Mylcrist Cup
Spring SeriesAsymmetric Chris Pygall & Tim HuckellAltoNorthwood Cup
Spring SeriesGeneral Handicap Roy DavisStreakerContender Plate
Spring SeriesMerlinPhil & Karen Emery Philpott Cup
Spring SeriesTasarAli Nicolson & Naomi Miall Tasar Trophy & Glass for crew
Spring SeriesLaserNigel Brown Laser Spring Series Cup
Spring SeriesLaser RadialJohn Phelan Mrs C Waters Cup
Spring SeriesSlow Handicap Robin SouthTopaz UnoBerlin Plate
Wednesday EveningOverall prizeStephen HodgesTornadoProctor Plate
Wednesday EveningSlow Handicap Tom OliverTopperWhitstable Times Cup
RNLI Pursuit RaceOverallJohn CooperMerlinRNLI Shield
Catamaran & Dinghy Long Distance Race1st OverallTudor Owen & Tom Bruton jnr5052 glasses
Summer SaturdaysBig Cat MickDavidsonA ClassGrundon Trophy
Summer SaturdaysSmall CatRobert GovierDart 18Knoll Cup
Summer SaturdaysAsymmetric (Skiff)Alastair GouldMusto SkiffNative Trophy
Summer SaturdaysGeneral Handicap Gavin Barr WandererMarkham Goblet
Summer SaturdaysMerlinJon & Philippa Bloice Babbington Hill Cup
Summer SaturdaysTasarStephen & Mei Baker Tasar Trophy
Summer SaturdaysLaser StandardKevin HallStandardYoung Cup
Summer SaturdaysLaser RadialSarah HodgesRadialGlass Trophy
Summer SaturdaysSlow Handicap Tony ClementsTopaz UnoBaldwin Cup
Summer SaturdaysCadetsMax SellarTopperCadet Trophy
Summer SundaysBig Cat Peter KingF18Stuart France Trophy
Summer SundaysSmall Cat Glenn CookD18Kent Messenger Trophy
Summer SundaysAysmmetric Chris Pygall & Tim HuckellAltoWYC Challenge Cup
Summer SundaysGeneral Handicap Peter Heyes3000Windlipper Trophy
Summer SundaysMerlinMark Barnes Cheyenne Bowl
Summer SundaysTasarStephen & Mei Baker Tasar trophy
Summer SundaysLaser StandardNigel BrownStandardKingsborough dinghy cup
Summer SundaysLaser RadialJohn PhelanRadialFireball Challenge Plate
Summer SundaysSlow Handicap Patty BakerTopaz UnoCommodores Cadet Trophy
August Regatta1st Tudor Owen & Tom Bruton jnr5052 Glasses
August Regatta2ndNigel BrownLaser Standard1 glass
August Regatta3rdMark HolwegerLaser Standard1 glass
August Regatta4thGavin BarrWanderer2 glasses
August Regatta5thChristian BrewerLaser Standard1 glass
August Regatta6thStephen & Mei BakerTasar2 glasses
August Regatta1st CadetTom OliverTopper1 £10 gift voucher
Autumn SeriesBig Cats Robert Govier & David FiggisF18Whitstable Chamber of Commerce Trophy
Autumn SeriesSmall Cats Mark GriggD18Nick Dewhirst Trophy
Autumn SeriesAsymmetric John Gibbons505Always Trophy
Autumn SeriesGeneral Handicap Richard MaltbyWandererFrozen Enterprise Trophy
Autumn SeriesMerlinJohn CooperMerlinVeralum Cup
Autumn SeriesTasarStephen & Mei BakerTasarTasar Autumn Trophy
Autumn SeriesLaser StandardCharles CampionStandardTed Thompson trophy
Autumn SeriesLaser RadialSally NewcombeRadialWYC Windsurfer Summer Series Trophy
Autumn SeriesSlow Handicap Tony ClementsTopaz UnoH Collyer Hamlin Cup
Autumn SeriesCadetTom OliverTopper Cadet Trophy

Special Awards:

Most Deserving LadyHazel GreenJo Edmondson Cup
Good SportsmanshipJohn BoormanLen Sharp Trophy
Largest Cat Turnout for the yearRobert GovierGaye Woolven Trophy
PerseveranceTodd MeiHamlin Trophy
Highest TurnoutKevin HallRichard Hollis trophy
Highest Merlin turnoutJon & Philippa BloiceWhitstable Salt Bowl
Merlin Helmsman of the YearJon BloiceMerlin Helmsman Trophy
Best Merlin CrewPhilippa BloiceJohn Griffiths Trophy
Best All Round CadetMax SellarOades Cadet Trophy
Cadet Participation in club racingTom OliverTony & Liz Love Trophy
Best Wanderer in 4 seriesRichard MaltbyThistle Trophy
General Purpose Dinghy TrophyPeter Heyes & Jo PhillipsGeneral Purpose Dinghy Trophy

Note: Cadet prizes will be awarded at the Winter Series Prize Giving on 13th December.

Meeting of Sailors 2015 - Sun 22nd Nov

The 2015 Whitstable Yacht Club Meeting Of Sailors will be held on Sunday 22nd November, at midday or following the day's race (whichever is later). This is your chance to come along and influence the direction that sailing takes in 2016 and future years, and also comment on the 2015 sailing season so far. The agenda for the meeting will be:
1. Welcome
2. WYC Club Racing Programme 2015 and 2016
3. Events Policy and 2016 Events
4. Sailing Development and Cadet Sailing
5. Encouraging new members and sailors
6. Volunteering and Duties
7. Any Other Business

Bar Opening times for Winter

After careful consideration, by the GC, and looking into bar takings the following winter Bar opening times will be as follows.

Winter opening hours will start on 1st November 2015 - Easter 2016

Saturday11.00-21.00 (Unless any events, parties, bands, etc are planned)

Although there are some earlier closing and shorter hours on Friday lunch times, the bar will not be closed on any day, except Christmas Day.
Christmas holidays opening will be advised nearer the time.


Dear Members of Whitstable Yacht Club

At Monday night's General Committee meeting, Commodore Richard Earland announced his decision to step down with immediate effect. Handover arrangements are in place, and it has been agreed by the General Committee that Vice-Commodore Andrew Jackson will be acting Commodore and Chair of the General Committee between now and the Annual General Meeting in March 2016.
A letter from Richard to the members of Whitstable Yacht Club can be read here.

Monday 19th October 2015
Dear Members of Whitstable Yacht Club

I have been a member of the club since 2000 (with a short gap between 2007 and 2009) and had the privilege of serving on a variety of committees for the past five years. As the Sailing Development Officer, Vice, and Commodore I have been involved in some very special events at the club. Together with other volunteers I have supported Open Days, The Art on Sea project, a Royal Visit, countless Club, Open and National racing events – to mention a few. I have personally led funding bids that have succeeded in inward investment for the club of £48,000 over the past three years. Most recently, I have supported the club development project (led by Andy Jackson and his development team). This resulted in the overwhelming majority of those who voted (whether by post or in the ballot at the Special General Meeting) supporting the recommendation of the club’s General Committee to apply for Grant Funding to develop the club.

Whitstable Yacht Club is well placed to make a creditable bid for grant aid and the opportunity presented by the emerging development plans has the potential to project the club in an exciting direction in the years ahead. There is much hard work to be done and I do not doubt the club’s ability to make a huge success of the opportunity now before it.

I have now decided the time is right for me to step aside as Commodore with immediate effect. Although the normal term for the Commodore runs to March 2016, I would ask members to accept my decision to step aside now for personal reasons.
I remain a member of the club and in that capacity I will provide whatever support Andy Jackson and the General Committee require in terms of pursuing the Grant fund application.

I would like to take the opportunity this note offers of thanking all those who have supported me in the various roles I have undertaken on behalf of the club. In particular I would like to publicly thank the Flag Officers, Robert, Jill and Andy for their hard work and fulsome support. Andy has been an excellent Vice Commodore and Robert the perfect Rear Commodore Sailing whilst Jill has done so much (often unseen and unrecognised) both leading the recorders and as Rear Commodore House. I also thank others on the General Committee who have worked selflessly for and on behalf of the members. I wish all at WYC the best of fortune for the future.

With respect and thanks

Richard Earland

Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving 2015 - 24th October

Have you got your ticket for the Laying Up Supper yet? If not, there's still time, but be quick as there are limited tickets available. The Annual Prizegiving & Laying Up Supper will be held on the evening of the 24th October. Prize Giving will be at 7pm, with the supper starting at 8pm. Tickets for the supper, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, are on sale from the bar, or you can order online at

Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2015 - Opening Weekend

Artists' Open Houses 2015 at Whitstable Yacht Club
We had a great opening event on Friday evening, and first weekend at Whitstable Yacht Club for this year's Artists' Open Houses 2015 art show. Lots of club members, and members of the public came through the door to view the art by club members and friends in a variety of mediums, from oil on canvas to glass, to stone carving to embroidery and quilting. If you haven't made it to the club to look round yet there's still opportunity. The rooms will be open for public viewing on October 24th/25th and 31st/1st November 2015 from 11am - 5pm.
Opening Night at Whitstable Yacht Club

Well done Max Hunt - 1st placed Radial Grand Master at the Spanish Laser Master Championships

Max Hunt PrizeWell done to Whitstable Yacht Club sailor Max Hunt who sailed in the Laser Master Championship Spain 2015 over the weekend, and finished a very creditable 7th out of the 72 strong fleet, and first Laser Radial Grand Master! The event was sailed at Grup d'Esports Nàutics Roses in northern Spain from 10th to 12th October. Full results can be found at


If any members would like to support WYC by advertising their business in the 2016 WYC Programme, which will be produced in printed form and on our website, please contact Sally Gostelow ( for further details by mid November please. (Sailing Sec)

Welcome to Keith at Quayside Coffee

Introduce yourself to Keith at Quayside Coffee in the courtyard and you will receive discounts as a member of the Yacht Club.

University of Kent Sailing and Windsurfing Club - Tasters 2015

The UKC Sailing and Windsurfing Club held their taster session on 3rd October, and had a great time. The weather was perfect for getting new sailors on the water, and they had a lot of interest from new students looking to get out on boats and windsurfers at Whitstable. This year they're planning to integrate in the racing, so keep your eye out for some of these fresh faces on a course soon!

Special General Meeting vote result

A Special General Meeting was held today (Saturday 10th October) for the members to vote on a resolution to support Whitstable Yacht Club’s intention to apply for Sport England funding up to £575,000 and provide the match funding required to support the bid up to a maximum of £125,000. We are pleased to report that the resolution was passed with a significant majority vote. This allows our club to move forward with the grant application process. Thank you to all who attended the meeting or submitted a postal vote.

Quayside Coffee comes to Whitstable Yacht Club for the Winter!

While the Whitstable Harbour Village is temporarily closed over winter for repairs to the harbour, one of the most popular huts is coming to the Whitstable Yacht Club forecourt. Quayside Coffee will be opening the hatch on its iconic black hut on Sunday 11th October, and will be open most days throughout the winter. Keith will be serving good quality coffee and drinks, as well as bacon and sausage sandwiches and other snacks, both to the WYC members and to the public. There'll also be special offers available to WYC members. Say hello to Keith this Sunday, and see what he has on offer!

Club Development - Special General Meeting - Reminder and FAQs

Reminder: The Special General Meeting will be held this Saturday,10th October at 2.30pm. The General Committee encourage all members to attend the meeting, but if you cannot attend the meeting in person, please submit a postal voting slip to the club office with your vote by 8th October. If you have not received the SGM papers or your postal voting slip, please contact the Club Manager.
The General Committee has put together a Frequently Asked Questions document to cover the main questions raised over the last few months, which can be downloaded here. You can also download a copy of the agenda, summary document and presentation on the plans, and the summary of the 5 Year Development Plan.

Cadet Trophies

Due to the success of the Cadets class we are looking to award 3 trophies at the Annual Prizegiving. The club is looking to buy 3 trophies at approx £50 each. If anyone would be interested in sponsoring a trophie then please contact either Sally or Jeff in the office.

Cadets & Families - Furniture donations wanted for a new Cadet Room

WYC Cadets & Families The Whitstable Yacht Club cadets will be getting a new space in the clubhouse in November. To make the room comfortable we need some furniture, including sofas, bean bags, large cushions, table, chairs/stools, bookcases and posters/artwork for the walls. All the items will need to meet current British Safety Specification fire safety standards with labels attached and be free from animal hair to prevent allergy issues. We're also looking for books and games. If you have anything suitable to donate, please contact Hazel Green at

WYC A Class success at A Class National Championships at Pwllheli Sailing Club

UK A Class National Champion Chris Fields (WYC), with second placed Bob Fletcher and third placed Dave Williams (WYC) All 3 of Whitstable Yacht Club’s A Cats attended the National Championships last weekend. The event was held at Pwllheli Sailing Club in North Wales, and was sailed over 3 days from 25th to 27th Sept. 6 of the 9 races were completed in winds that were mainly light and marginal with a slightly stronger breeze coming in for the final race.
Well done to Chris Fields, who won the event (discarding a 3rd place) and is now the A Class catamaran National Champion. Dave Williams got a very competitive 3rd place including a 1st place in the second race but lost second place overall due to a final race black flag. Mick Davidson got a very pleasing 6th the best of which was a 2nd in the 3rd race . There were 18 boats competing including 8 foiling boats.
The link to the Web site is which has a link to the Facebook page were photos/results are posted.

WYC Dart 18 success at Weston Sailing Club Cat Open

Well done to Whitstable Yacht Club sailor Tony Dod, who came in first single handed Dart 18 and 8th Dart 18 overall at the Dart 18 TT event, part of the Catamaran Open at Weston Sailing Club last weekend. Tony's best result over the weekend was 2nd place, just a few feet behind the current overall Dart 18 champion! For the full results, see

University of Kent Sailing and Windsurfing Club - Back for another year at WYC

The University of Kent Sailing and Windsurfing Club will be coming back to Whitstable Yacht Club again this October to kick off their sailing season. They're starting this year on 3rd October with a taster sessions for new students interested in sailing, then will be down at the club most weekends between now and the end of the academic year in June!
The UKC club has a fleet of Lasers, Toper Xenons, Topaz Unos, a Dart 16 and an array of windsurf equipment at Whitstable Yacht Club, and the students who take part are a range from absolute beginners to experienced instructors! Ruth Wilkinson, club Presendent also aims to get the UKC boats taking part in some WYC club racing this year.
As well as getting students out on the water, they do work for charity, and last year raised £4,000 for the RNLI through fundraising. They hope to run another fundraiser this year, so look out for it!
UKC Sailing and Windsurfing Club

Club Development - Five Year Plan

Following on from the papers provided for the SGM to be held on 10th October, the summary of the 5 Year Development Plan for Whitstable Yacht Club can be downloaded here. This is a summary section from the full 5 Year Development Plan, which is available to members on request from the WYC Club Manager. Both the summary and the full document are in draft, and as with any 5 year plan, will be a working document subject to change as we move forward, but they will form a significant part of our bids for the funding grants available. We recommend that you read this summary ahead of the SGM to provide further background on the proposal being put to the membership.

Bart’s Bash Bosh! Results now available. #SailOnBart #BartsBash

Bart's Bash 2015 We had a great Bart's Bash event at WYC on Sunday 20th September. Over 50 boats entered the race, with sailors ranging from under 12 to over 80 years old! The event raised over £360 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation through donations and a cake sale.
The provisional results are now available on the Bart's Bash website. Congratulations to Tudor Owen and Tom Bruton jnr in their 505 dinghy, for coming in top Whitstable boat! #SailOnBart
Bart's Bash 2015 at WYC

August Regatta - Amended Results

The August Regatta results have been amended due to an error in the calculations. The winner of the race has not changed, but the boats in 2nd to 6th place have changed. Thanks to Mei Baker for spotting and reporting the error! The results can be seen at


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