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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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SGM 10th October 2015

The SGM will be held at the Yacht Club at 14.30 on Saturday 10th October. I hope you will attend to cast your vote, it's your club. The bar will close during the meeting, please arrive early to avoid the queue. Voting members who have not used the postal vote will be given a voting slip to use on the day. Val Webster, as an honorary life member, will adjudicate the vote.

Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving 2015 - 24th October

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, will be on sale from the bar from this Saturday (10th Oct), or you can order online now at

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!

Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2015 - Launch night on 16th October

Artists' Open Houses 2015 at Whitstable Yacht Club
The Commodore and Flag Officers of Whitstable Yacht Club invite you to attend the launch of the second Whitstable Yacht Club Artists' Open House Exhibition, and preview the works of more than 15 Local artists at the clubhouse on FRIDAY 16th OCTOBER 2015 at 6.30pm. Complimentary glass of wine & nibbles provided, and all members are welcome.
The main exhibition runs on Saturdays and Sundays between 17th October and 1st November.

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

Club Development - Special General Meeting agenda and papers

The agenda, postal vote papers and a summary document for the Special General Meeting to he held on 10th October at 2.30pm were posted out this week. If you haven't received your copy by the end of next week, please check that the club office has the correct address for you on file.
The agenda and summary document can also be downloaded from the website, along with an updated presentation on the plans. Further documents will be posted to the website in the weeks leading up to the SGM
The General Committee encourage all members to read through these documents before deciding how to vote at the SGM on the resolution put forward. We encourage all members to attend the meeting, but if you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can submit a postal voting slip to the club office with your vote by 8th October. Please ensure you follow the instructions on the form to ensure that your vote is counted.

WYC Sailors have success in the Pool

WYC B Team
Congratulations to the Whitstable Yacht Club "A" and "B" pool teams who last night picked up their prizes from a long, hard fought season.
The B team won the division 2 league, ending the season 6 points clear of the Wall Tavern after a season best 13 wins, 3 draws and just 2 losses. They now move up to the first division next season.
The A team were runners up in the Shield Cup competition being narrowly beaten by Savoy A in the final.
This year's B team were Robin South, Steve Keeler, Ali Nicolson, Anthony Keam, Peter Gowing, Chris Jarrett, Max Hunt, Dom Wade and Benny. The A team were Richard Ledger, Chris Leamon, Chris Lovett, John Wade, Ian Hender, Abby, Kris Z and Gavin.
If you want to get involved in the pool teams, speak to any of the team members.
Well done to both teams!

Bart’s Bash this Sunday - Have you registered? #Bartsbash #Sailonbart!

Bart's Bash 2015 It's Bart's Bash this Sunday, and we're really looking forward to taking part in the world's largest sailing race! You can register on the day at Whitstable Yacht Club, but to speed up the entry and results process, sign up at For more information, see

Rugby World Cup 2015

Whitstable Yacht Club will be showing the UK matches in the Sea Room, unless they clash with other booked events. The 1st match is England vs Fiji at Twickenham. Come and watch the match which starts at 8pm on Friday 18th September.

A Different sort of Sailing

Imagine, no count down to the starting gun, no flogging round the buoys, no one shouting "Starboard!" or "Room at the mark!". Thanks to Richard Maltby and to Pete Gowing, for organising something different, just a pleasant sail in company to a planned destination - a dinghy cruise to the Swale on Friday 11th Sept.
Five boats gathered on Friday morning at around 1000, and after a short briefing we launched and set out for the Swale, on a rising tide, with a force 3 wind from the ESE behind us. We headed first for Shell Ness, quite a "rock and roll" ride, and once over the Pollard Spit bank we gybed and headed up the Swale for Sand End buoy, and thence to Faversham Spit North Cardinal. We sailed up Faversham Creek (making sure to keep in the buoyed channel), and moored to the bank near the Shipwright's Arms pub.
High water was too early to continue up the creek to Faversham Town Quay, and risk getting dried out for 12 hours, so we had our sandwich lunches, accompanied in some cases by a pint of "Shipwrecked" best bitter, and when the tide had turned and the ebb set in, we cast off and set out back to Whitstable. The ebb carried the little fleet down the Swale, and level with Shell Ness we tacked onto port, crossed the bank and headed home, being careful to keep in sight of each other and ready to render assistance if needed (luckily none was). The wind had risen by now, and it was wind against tide, so quite a hard and bumpy ride, but great fun. We reached Whitstable about 1530 after a great day's sailing.
Those taking part were: Wanderer 1561, Richard Maltby and Roger Warren (cruise leaders); Wanderer 1098, Ian and Glenda Nevill; Wanderer 1282, Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper; Wanderer 598, Ian Hay and Kate Ahern; Miracle 4055, Peter Heyes and Jo Phillips.
Good fun, dinghy cruising, why not give it a try next time?
Gavin Barr (Wanderer and General Handicap Class Representative)

What a (Forts) weekend!

Forts Race 2015
Simon Northrop and Simon Fraz Farren at the Forts
The Vattenfall Forts Race Weekend was held on 12th and 13th September at Whitstable Yacht Club. The premier catamaran long distance race was held on the Saturday, in a shifty F3-F5 southerly wind, giving the 20 catamarans taking part some tricky conditions on the initial tight kite leg out to the Red Sands Forts in the middle of the Thames Estuary. Nicholas Barnes and Neil Bladry were early casualties when they flipped their viper in a strong gust. They proved the benefit of carrying flares in a long distance race when one of the team was separated from the boat, to be picked up by Peter Wilson and Steve Hodges in their Tornado. Once returned to their boat, they righted it on their own, but headed for home.
Grant Piggott and Stu Smith were the first boat back to the gate at Whitstable Yacht Club in their foiling Nacra 20 FCS, narrowly beating Will Sunnucks and Chris Neal in their Flying Phantom Foiler. The race then headed out to a buoy off the newly finished Vattenfall Wind Farm extension , which actually started to generate electricity for the first time during the race! The Flying Phantom Foiler suffered gear failure on the way out to the Windfarm buoy, and had to retire, allowing the Nacra 20 FCS to lead the way for the rest of the race and take the Vattenfall Trophy for line honors.
In the non-foiling boats, the Shockwave F18 of Simon Northrop and Simon Fraz Farren separated early from the pack to build up a lead on the water of over 12 minutes on the next placed boat over the following 2 legs, to Herne Bay Pier, and out to Spile Buoy. The Tornado of Paul Mines and Stu Smith chased them around the course, but couldn’t quite catch them up, coming home third on the water. Further back, Peter Wilson and Stephen Hodges lead the main pack in their Tornado after returning to the race following their rescue of the Viper sailor. Robert Govier and David Figgis in their Capricorn F18, Ghislan Melaine and Greg Crease in their Cirius F18 and Richard Ledger and Tom Bruton in their Nacra 17 had a close race for the next place, regularly swapping places on the water. After falling back on the Herne Bay leg, Robert and David managed to catch up and overtake the other two boats on the final punishing leg out to Spile Buoy, to come in fifth on the water, with the Cirius in sixth and Nacra 17 in seventh.
On corrected time, Simon Northrop and Simon Fraz Farren came first overall in their Nacra F18, with Grant Piggot and Adam Kay in second on their Nacra 20 FCS, and Paul Mines and Stu Smith in third on their Tornado. Forth boat, and first Whitstable Yacht Club boat was Peter Wilson and Steve Hodges on their Tornado, and Robert Govier and David Figgis came in fifth on their Capricorn F18
In the ‘Short Race’, six Dart 18s set off to do the Forts and Wind Farm legs, with three making it around the two legs. After 2 ¾ hours on the water, less than 5 minutes separated the boats on the water, and only 16 seconds between 2nd and 3rd! Mark Robson and Kerra Pearce lead the group round to take line honours, with Mark and Stephanie Howleger in second place, and Tony Dod and Lugh Horner in third.
The finishing boats on the full course had raced on a course over 47 miles long, with the leading boat finishing in just over three hours, and the last placed finished taking a little over 4 hours, sailing at all wind angles in a mix of sea states from very choppy to almost flat, and got to see all the sights in the Thames Estuary off the Whitstable coast. The Dart 18s racing the ‘Short Course’ covered over 26 miles in 2 ¾ hours.
On Sunday Whitstable Yacht Club hosted a shorter single lap race around the Ham Gat buoy, in very light conditions. The conditions didn’t suit the foiling boats, and the race was won both on the water, and on corrected time, by Simon Northrop and Simon Fraz Farren on their Nacra F18.
A great time was had by all, including those who had to cut their race short. There’s nothing quite like sailing to a point on the horizon at full speed under race conditions, and the race is set to return in September 2016. For the full results, see Photos will be posted shortly at

Unpaid kit

The kit listed below has been identified as either abandoned and/or unpaid for. It is currently situated on Reeves beach and unless claimed and/or paid for it will be removed and disposed of in accordance with the club storage policy using the RYA recommended process, 3 months from the date of publication of this notification.
Road trailer
Laser launching trolley with damaged wheels - this could be associated with the road trailer as it is stacked on top but may be a separate item
Blue trailer with suspension (appears home built)
Yamaha Seahopper (orange)
Laser (yellow)
Photographs are available here, and will also be displayed on the club noticeboard in the Sea Room.
If you recognise the kit and wish to claim it please contact the sailing secretary to arrange payment. If you have have queries regarding the process please contact either the Sailing Secretary or the Beachmaster.

Well done to Iggy McNally, sailing at the RS Tera Nationals last weekend!

Iggy McNally
Whitstable Yacht Club Cadet Iggy McNally took part in the Magic Marine RS Tera Nationals at Weymouth Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend. 9 year old Iggy was the youngest competitor in the Championship Fleet, and had a great time competing amongst the top Cadet sailors in the country, taking home the Selden Trophy for 1st competitor under 10! There's a full write up, with results, at the RS Tera UK Class Association website.

20 days to go!

Bart's Bash 2015Wow, it's now just 20 days until Bart's Bash on 20th September 2015!! There are already 1112 sailors signed up from 377 clubs in over 48 countries, covering all inhabited continents, but by the time you read this, the figures will be out of date because each day the numbers signing up are increasing! Sign up for the race at Whitstable Yacht Club at to tell everyone you're going to be sailing, and come down to the club on 20th September to be part of the World's Largest Sailing Race! For more information, see

Reminder: 3pm race starts this weekend

The Autumn Series starts this weekend (5th & 6th September), and due to the late tides, the start time for both races is 3pm.

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Final Day #MerlinRocket

Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015 Friday saw the final day of racing in the 70th Merlin Rocket National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club, and Whitstable turned on the glamour, with bright sunshine and a breeze building to force four providing champagne sailing conditions! Congratulations to Ben Saxton and George Yeoman from Grafham Water Sailing Club who came in first position overall for the week, with a strong 12 point lead over the second place. Tom Pygall was the first WYC sailor, crewing with Stuart Bithell from Hollingworth Lake in 15th place overall, and Mark Barnes and Phillippa Daniels were the first WYC boat at 27th overall. Thanks to all 71 boats who took part in the week, and to all the WYC staff and volunteers who made the week a success! You can see the full write up from today at Yachts&Yachting, and the photos from today here. Day 6

A bit of Merlin Rocket history at Whitstable Yacht Club

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

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Day 4&5

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

Special General Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday 10th October

The General Committee will be holding a Special General Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday 10th October at 2.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to ask the membership to vote on a resolution to move forward with funding for the club's development plans. All voting members of the club are encouraged to attend this meeting to be part of this important decision. More details of the resolution, and the impact of a vote for or against will be distributed to the membership before the meeting.

Congratulations to the Yacht Club B Pool team

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

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Day 3

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

Merlin Rocket Nationals 2015 - Days 1&2

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

Forts Race Weekend - Only three weeks to go

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

Topaz Uno Nationals - New photos!

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

BBQ Monday 31st cancelled

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

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

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

Whitstable Town Regatta and the Topaz Uno Nationals

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

Beach clearance for Merlin Rocket national championship

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

Whitstable Week Photos Now Available!

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

Return of boats temporarily moved from West Quay

Thank you again to those members of the club who have had their boats moved to accommodate the Oyster Festival marquee. Boats can be returned to the quay from August 29th onwards (when the Merlin Rocket Nationals have finished). It is not planned to have working parties to move the boats, except for those boats parked in the Chalet Park where a group will be arranged, but if you need assistance in moving your boat please contact your class captain or the beach master. The rows and bays on the quay are being re-marked to help with managing the available capacity and bays will be allocated by the relevant class captains, so before you return your boat please contact them.

Reminder - Notify the race team if you retire from a race

Please remember that if you retire from a race, especially one run from the Committee Boat, you should always try and let the team on the Committee Boat or Safety Boats know that you are retiring. If that is not possible, please make it a priority to sign in on the sheet when you come ashore.

Topaz Nationals - Exclusive ex-demo Topaz Uno offer

Topaz OfferAlongside the first ever Topaz Uno Nationals, to be held at Whitstable Yacht Club, next weekend, Topper have launched an exclusive offer for WYC friends and members on demo boats. If you want a nearly new Topaz Uno Plus, or Topaz Uno Race Plus, you can save up to £989, and get discounted or free 2016 membership and boat parking (terms and conditions apply). The Topaz Uno is a great boat for families and beginners, and there's a growing fleet at Whitstable, but don't leave it too late as there are limited numbers of boats at these great prices. Talk to Jeff in the WYC office, or contact Topper sales to place your order.

Whitstable Week - Day 5

Prize Winners
Friday was the final day of this year's Whitstable Week at Whitstable Yacht Club, and it was a great final day. Two races were held on the water, in slightly stronger winds than predicted, but at a Force 2-3 it made a nice change from the wind earlier in the week, and also gave the younger cadets (and some of the parents!) an opportunity to go for a sail close to shore. The sailors came back to shore to a BBQ, and prize giving was held at 7pm, followed by the closing band The Nagasaki 3.
This year's Whitstable Week saw 54 boats entering the racing, and 83 sailors taking part. On the Wednesday, we had 14 cadet boats on the water, with 22 cadets taking part. The overall winner of the week was Charles Campion, sailing his Laser in a very competitive fleet.
The week couldn't have happened without a large number of volunteers coming forward to help out. Click through the link below for a full list of the prize winners and thanks, or see the detailed results at

Big Thank You to:
John Boorman (Race Officer), John Cooper & Howard Paterson (Committee boat drivers), Ian Embry (Hon bosun – safety), John Crickmere & Laura Carney & Brian Bogard & Peter Griffin & Martyn Barr & David Boyce & Andrea Oliver(Safety Boat Drivers and Crew), Mark Fagg (Land bridge), Suzanne Stuart-Smith & Sally Gostelow & Jill Fag (Results), Katie Burgess & Paul Fincham & Julie Puckett (Race Recorders), Nia Crockford (Cadet Coordinator), Conor Lamb & Alex Harwood (Cadet Day organisers), Susan Sellar (Cadet beach and race helper), Dinghy Store (Cadet prizes).

Prize Winners:
1st Laser: Charles Campion - Kingsborough trophy
2nd Laser:  Dave Adams (Broadstairs SC)
3rd Laser:  Steve Gray

1st Laser Radial: Max Hunt

1st Asymmetric: Timothy Kift & Jo Wicken (Wilsonian)

1st General Handicap: Tudor Owen & Tom Bruton jnr Medway Bowl

1st Tasar: Stephen Nation & Yvonne Parrott - Frank Bethwaite Trophy
2nd Tasar: Tessa & Nick Lancaster (Hayling Island)

1st Merlin: Jon Bloice & crews - Len Emery Trophy

1st Slow Handicap: Tony Clements (Topaz) - WYC challenge Cup

1st Mixed Cats:  Tony & Julie Dod - Westminster Bank Cup
2nd Mixed Cat:  Robert Govier

1st Big Cat: Richard Ledger & Ton Bruton snr - WYC Sheppey Cup

1st Cadet (Cadet series): Max Sellar -  Dinghy Store Voucher

1st Placed Cadet (in adult racing): Issie Bruton - Dinghy Store voucher
Cadet Fun Race: Max Sellar - Slotty Hooter Prize

Most Enthusiastic cadet: Iggy McNally – Muzzle Trophy

Spirit of Whitstable Week: Conor Lamb/Alex Harwood

1st Overall:  Charles Campion - Oyster Trophy

Whitstable Week - Day 3 & 4

Wednesday was cadets and families day, with a pirate theme. We had a great turn out of cadets, who got on the water for a fun race in a wide range of boats, from RS Fevas and Topper Topaz Unos, to Dart 18s and a Wanderer! In the light but gusty winds everyone had a great time sailing, then returned to shore for some fun and games at the waters edge. Thanks to Connor and Alex for organising the racing, and Nia for the briefing and shore games.
In the evening we had the regular Wednesday Evening Series racing, and despite the wind dropping to almost nothing, most of the fleet managed to get around the course, with the race ending as the sun set.
Wednesday evening sunset
Thursday saw a return to the strong winds seen at the beginning of the week. Three races were held round a short course to catch up in the series, but the high wind resulted in a large number of retirements. Jon Bloice deserves a mention for capsize of the day after doing a full 360 spin then capsize on the line after a starboard call, much to the amusement of the other sailors!
Quiz night on Thursday evening saw 4 teams compete for glory, in a close test of knowledge, raising £60 for the RNLI. Thanks to Sarah and Richard for compering, and Suzanne and Andrew for putting the questions together. Friday sees the final two races of Whitstable Week, followed by a BBQ, Prize Giving at 7pm and The Nagasaki 3 on from 8pm.

Whitstable Week - Day 2

Tuesday started very windy, with a great showing from the Windsurf members of the club in the morning, who had a great time on the water. Unfortunately the wind didn't let up, and racing was reluctantly cancelled after an hours postponement, although a few Lasers got out for a blast. This means an extra race on Thursday to catch up in the series. The evening saw a lot of wine tasted and cheese eaten!
Wednesday is Pirate day, with a Cadet race at 1400, and general fun on the water for all the family. Don't forget there's also a Wednesday Evening race at 1900. Make sure you order your Fish and Chip supper before the race, as it will be ready and waiting when you come ashore!

Club Development - Additional Document

In addition to the plans in the post yesterday, you can view some background information on the plans here

Club Development - Member consultation

Earlier in the season we held our first consultation sessions for members to contribute to the evolving plans for the improvements to the club's facilities. We have taken your views on board, and as promised there is now an opportunity during Whitstable Week to discuss the updated plans. Our team of Architects, Adam Roake and Louisa Clifford, will be on hand to answer questions and receive suggestions this coming Wednesday afternoon (5th August) between 3.00 and 6.00, and also the following Saturday 8th August at the same times. The drawings and plans will remain on display at the club between these dates. The plans can be downloaded here, along with a consolidated list of comments here. We look forward to hearing the views of as many members a possible. If you can't make it to the club between Wednesday and Saturday, please send your comments to

Whitstable Week - Day 1

What a great first day for this year's Whitstable Week! We had 35 boats take part in the racing, and there was great competition across all classes. The windy conditions proved a challenge, but the race team did a great job with both races. We also had cadets out practising close to shore in the RS Fevas, and the smaller children had a fun time on the bouncy castle! Day 2 on Tuesday sees the bouncy castle back on shore, more cadet sailing along the beach, and races 3 and 4 for the competitors. In the evening, the club will be hosting a Wine Tasting with Durrants Fine Wines. On Wednesday, get into the Pirate state of mind, with plenty of family fun on and off the water during the day, and the regular club Wednesday Evening race in the evening.
For more information, see

Wine Tasting Tuesday 7pm.

Come along and help choose the new wines to be sold behind the bar. The wine is free and there are plates of nibbles at £2.50/plate (limited numbers). See website for all events during Whitstable Week.

Two great band nights planned for Whitstable Week

General Recall and Nagasaki 3 We have two great band nights planned for Whitstable Week this year. On Monday evening, club band General Recall will take the stage from 7pm, and on Friday evening we're welcoming back popular band The Nagasaki 3 to close the week from 8pm. Don't miss out on this year's Whitstable Week, which is planned to be bigger and better than ever!

Event report: B14 Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

B14s by Alex Cheshire
Event report by Mark Barnes:
The 4th installment of the B14 National TT circuit took place at WYC on the weekend of the 18 - 19th July. Local favourites going into the event were Seavolution North Sails (Mark Barnes/Charlotte Jones).
Saturday was a testing day for both the fleet and Race Officer Richard Ledger (with Assistant R/O Abby Ledger), as the wind seemed to come from every direction in varying strength. Overnight leaders were Flying Donkey (Mark Watts/Clare Stubbs).
Sunday dawned and a rip raring south-westerly force 5 - 6 greeted the fleet after a night of Turbo Pimms and beer. Through the fog of recovery, a sober fleet hit the water and headed out to do battle. Some of these high powered skiffs headed for the shore as the breeze built, but the contenders had a gladiatorial battle over 3 races with little to chose from Flying Donkey and Seavolution North Sails. with a 1, 2 a piece it all came down to the last race. With the lead changing several times on the first beat, then into the downwind whilst holding a slight lead, Flying Donkey gybed in a monster gust and was flattened so ending their challenge assuming nothing happened to the new leader, Seavolution North Sails put the peddle down and never looked back, taking out the event with a win, captured on video by the committee boat:
Richard and Abby did a great job running their first event, just wish we had more time between races to refuel (joke). Bruised and battered the conditions on Sunday were perfect. Thanks to all the support crew, and to Alex Cheshire, who photographed the event (see her pictures here and here). Full results can be found at
Next event for the B14s is the Europeans at Rock Sailing Club in Cornwall on the 5th - 8th September. There should be 3 WYC teams attending the event with daily reports on Y&Y.


There are a number of windsurf boards for which fees have not been paid and the original owners cannot be traced. It is the intention of the Sailing Committee to dispose of this equipment no sooner than 3 months from the date of this notice, in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Royal Yachting Association. 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, on email ( or phone on 01227272942.
The boards are as follows (see here for details and photographs):
1. NAISH 115L Freestyle Board (Formerly Upper Rigdens 8)
2. FANATIC 145L Shark (Formerly Upper Rigdens 13)
3. STARBOARD 111L Carve (Formerly Lower Stroud)
4. FANATIC 105L Gecko (Formerly Upper Rigdens 12)
5. F2 188L Phoenix (Formerly Upper Rigdens 9)
6. F2 133L Xantos (Formerly Lower Stroud)

Two weeks to go until Whitstable Week 2015!

Whitstable Week 2015 Programme Get all the information at

Whitstable Oyster Festival: Thursday 23rd July - Sunday 2nd August

The Whitstable Oyster Festival starts on 23rd July. This is a popular event in the town, with a growing profile! The town can get very busy, so we recommend that members allow extra time to travel to the club, and avoid travelling by car where possible (the roads around town and carparks will be very busy). We will also be checking people's membership when they use the club to ensure that our facilities remain open and available to members. You will still be able to sign guests in through the guest book, but please do not be offended if your name is checked against a membership list when you visit. Please also need to take extra care when moving boats and equipment around the beach, and when launching and recovering! The club's space on the West Quay will also not be available during the Oyster Festival.
Saturday 25th July - This is traditionally the busiest day of the festival. Based on lessons learned from previous years, there is no club racing scheduled. The club premises will be open as usual for members, but access will only be available from the West side of the decking area. The club will also be selling food and providing club/membership information to the public through the Sea Wall entrance to maximise the benefit to WYC from the day. map of access Sunday 26th July - Club racing as usual, but beware that this is a 10am race start. Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July - Club open as usual to members. Saturday 1st August - Cadet and General Sailing from 10am. Club Long Distance Race starting at 1pm. Evening BBQ at WYC (weather dependant), watch the Frestival fireworks from the comfort of the club. Sunday 2nd August - Dawes Cup, starting at 2pm. Monday 3rd August - Whitstable Week starts!

Club Development

Club Development A month ago we held our first consultation sessions for members to comment on, and contribute to the evolving design of the proposed improvements to the club's facilities. Many thanks to everyone for your inputs which were overwhelmingly constructive and positive. The next opportunity for members to view and contribute to these evolving plans will be during Whitstable Week so please come along and give us your comments and continue to help us take the club forward.

Beer Quality Audit passed with flying Colours

Shepherd Neame carried out a random Beer Quality Audit which we passed in all areas. Congratulations to all the bar staff ensuring everything is correct and running well, keep up the good work.

Report from the Oysterman Triathlon on 28th June.

Oysterman, photo from Wild Times On Sunday 28th June, Whitstable Yacht Club and the Wild Times Sailing School hosted the registration and the swimming section of the Activelife Whitstable Oysterman Triathlon. Over 100 competitors took part, including some members of Whitstable Yacht Club. Thanks to all the volunteers from the club and school who came together to support the event on and off the water, and keep everyone safe. Below is a report from Paul Moore (competitor #051).

As I claw at the slime-greasy boat ramp by the West Quay, two thoughts momentarily distract me from the gasping physical pain.  The first is that I’m not a Triathlete - so what am I doing here..? At best, I’m really a Duathlete (run, bike, run) - who swims occasionally. So my race has only just started.  The second is to appreciate each breath - now that it’s returning to something approaching normal, by which I mean it doesn’t contain at least 50% salt water.  At this point it doesn’t matter that I’m in 88th position, it’s just enough to be back on dry-land, breathing, and not having donated any limbs to Crabzilla – that dark, sinister monster that lurks off the shore and also deep in the psyche of most open water swimmers.
First, let’s just say what an outstanding success Oysterman 2015 was from a participant’s perspective.  Putting a ‘simple’ one-leg race together in a bustling town centre would be enough of a challenge, let alone the complexity of organising 100 hyped-up competitors through a complex multisport format - 750m swim, 20k ride and a 5k tab.  So a big thanks to Richard Oliver and his team for having the courage to take on the challenge of a complex multisport event and the tenacity to see it through.  As ever, there are too many people to thank - but friends at Whitstable Yacht Club helped with a great race reception and sterling work in laying a good swim course and shepherding their sometimes wayward ‘paddling sheep’. Friends at Whitstable Parkrun/Canterbury Harriers were also clearly the backbone of marshalling, out in full force on the rest of the course and gave great encouragement to all participants, as well as keeping us on route.
As for the race, the swim conditions were good, with relatively flat water for Whitstable - at least for those who avoided the ‘washing machine’ at the start line.  The ‘onto the ramp’ finish to the swim gave a great Triathlon feel and made a nice change to clawing up a muddy bank.  Although not hugely technical, the bike course required focus and concentration.  The hill past Chestfield into the woods required a bit of determined effort to knock it off, if momentum was to be maintained, but not so much effort to ‘blow-up’.  Once past that hill, the course opened into a glorious back-section of fast, sweeping country lanes and slingshot bends.  Rewards were there for those with the commitment and resolve to stay down on the aero bars, as the chevrons screamed at the brain to back-off.  The bike course was a great choice and is now a firm favourite for a Sunday morning time-trial.  The run was kind of a Parkrun-in-reverse course, which became a drag-race along the prom, once past the ‘Parkrun turn’.
Some Oystermen/women will have been concerned for one of our number who had a unfortunate entanglement with a car at Chestfield.  Thankfully, although battered, and after a trip to Margate hospital for further treatment - no stitches were needed - so a very lucky man!
My race ..?. 88th out of the water, 8th quickest on the bike – says it all. Overall 27th.  Out and back in 1.17.01 - and yes Mr Figgis, that is under 1.20.  If anyone knows a good swim coach please do let me know.  A special thanks from me to two members of the medical profession (also Parkrunners and one a WYC sailor) -  who put me back together after a collapsed lung four years ago and to whom I continue to be grateful for those first few breaths coming out of the water.
As for next year - same again please Richard.  Just maybe a Crabzilla or two on the T-shirt ...?  I’m sure that there are plenty of ‘Arty’ people in Whitstable who could help with that.  That would go down well with nieces and nephews - especially as their Mum was first woman home - great work Kate.
Parkrun is open to all - is free - and is a fantastically informal and supportive route to start - or maintain - a bit of activity/running/jogging.  Parkrunners gather every saturday morning on Tankerton slopes at 9am. It’s really worth it.
A final thought is to reflect on whether the turnout for Oysterman suggests that there is now sufficient critical mass for a Tri-club in Whitstable…. Maybe as an offshoot of Canterbury Harriers ...? And wouldn’t the Whitstable Yacht Club provide a great training base… ?  Oysterman has surely proved that We have got a great training ground on our doorstep – so I wonder if there is enough support for a local club that can offer encouragement and support.  There are so many great events across Kent – Kentish Killer, Chilham Castle Duathlon, Leeds Castle Triathlon, and Parkrun’s New Year’s day Whitstable/Margate Duathlon – and you will know of others. Do let me know if you think there is any mileage in a local club that could help keep us all going through the winter months.  At least we could have a Tri-suit emblazoned with ‘Whi-Tri..?’ and dotted with Crabzillas - which, brings me full-circle to that scramble up the ramp.
Thanks again to Richard Oliver, the Whitstable Yacht Club and Parkrunners for making a great day happen.
Keep racing people - and have a great season.
Paul Moore (051)

Photo courtesy of Wild Times Sailing & Windsurfing School

West Quay clearance - kayak and trailer

The West Quay is being cleared for use by the Oyster Festival. Thanks to the volunteers who turned out yesterday afternoon to move a significant amount of the large boats and trailers to Reeves Beach and the Chalet Park.
There is a trailer and a yellow kayak secured to railings on the quay, if you own either item please can you move them by the end of this weekend at the latest as any item left on the quay will be removed.

Topaz Nationals at WYC - Early Bird entry off extended!

Topaz Nationals The inaugural Topaz Nationals are being held at Whitstable Yacht Club on 15th and 16th August. Topper are offering a free jib to all Topaz owners who compete, and there will some great prizes from the event sponsors.
The discounted pre-entry offer of only £35 per boat has now been extended to the end of July, so now's a great time to enter. For more information, and to enter, all the details are at
Topper and WildTimes are also making a limited number of Topaz dinghies available to WYC club members who want to take part. If you're interested, contact Peter Gowing.

Missing keys

A set of keys has gone missing from the Race Officer Cupboard in the Committee Room. If you have been part of the race team over the last few weeks (used the race tower or Committee Boat) and may have moved them, can you please check pockets and bags, or cast your mind back to see if you remember leaving them anywhere. If you have the keys, or any knowledge of where they may be, please contact

Quiz & Chips Friday 19th June.

Fish & Chip supper with a quiz! Order your food from the bar by Thursday 18th June, Fish & Chips from 7pm on Friday 19th. Proceeds to Support Dan Parson and his Atlantic challenge.

Merlin Rocket Open 2015 - Report, photos and results

photo by Alex Cheshire There's a report from last weekend's Merlin Rocket Open at Whitstable Yacht Club on Yachts&Yachting, photos from the event taken by Alex Cheshire here, and all the results at!

Thank you from the Merlin Rocket class

A big thank you from the Merlin fleet to all the club members and staff who helped make the weekend such a success. Thanks also to the Laser and Tasar fleet for putting up with the inconvenience of having to move their boats. Thank you all very much indeed John Cooper - Merlin Class Captain

WYC and the Whitstable Oyster Festival

In support of the Whitstable Oyster Festival WYC has agreed with the organisers to make West Quay available for their use. Whilst this will mean disruption to the West Quay storage facility there will be a financial contribution and significant benefits to the club.
The festival organisers will require access to the quay before, during and after the festival. All boats and kit stored on the quay will be moved on or before July 11th, after which it will not be available for approximately 4 weeks. Planning is currently under way to allocate space for the affected boats and other equipment (trailers for example) on the club’s estate, owners will be contacted separately to advise them of the expected allocations.
Whilst the boats and equipment mainly affected will be in the CAT and General classes there is an overall benefit to the club, and the Sailing Committee representatives will be seeking volunteers to provide support in moving equipment. The majority of the equipment is expected to be moved after the day’s racing on July 11th (11am. start). If you can be available on that day please contact your class captain and let them know. Tasks to be completed will include moving equipment and securing it in the temporarily allocated spaces.
Thank you for your support.

Beach clearance for the Merlin Open next weekend

We need to clear the Laser and Tasar beaches to accommodate the visiting Merlins next weekend. Would owners please move their boats after the evening race on Wednesday. A working party has been arranged to move those boats that are still there on Friday evening. Many thanks for your help with this.

Extra club race on Saturday 4th July, before Summer Saturday 5

Following the positive feedback on the additional races held after the club races on 30th and 31st May, the Sailing Committee has decided to run an additional club race on Saturday 4th July at 1pm. The race will be an Average Lap race, and will be held before the normal scheduled race (Summer Saturdays 5 at 2pm). The additional race will not count against any of the existing club series.

WYC B14 Crew success at the UK Nationals

Whitstable Yacht Club member Tom Pygall crewed on the winning B14 at the Seavolution B14 Nationals last weekend. Crewing on B14 Whitstable Marine, for help Nick Craig, they came in first in some very testing conditions. WYC boat Seavolution North Sails, sailed by Mark Barnes and Ruth Oliver came in 6th overall, and WYC boat Team Harken, sailed by Simon ad Nikki Hadley came in 15th.

The Seavolution B14 Nationals 2015 took part at Stokes Bay SC from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May. It was windy from the SW, so there was some big full on sailing on Friday, where WYC member Tom Pygall crewing for Nick Craig in Whitstable Marine won the single race, with WYC boat Seavolution North Sails (Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver) 3rd and WYC boat Team Harken (Simon Hadley/Nikki Hadley) splitting their mainsail and retiring. First girl by a distance was Ruth.
Saturday was averaging 16 - 20 knots with holes. With all the fleet sailing it was snakes and ladders, but Whitstable Marine came out on top to lead on 1, 3, 2, 2, 1. Seavolution North Sails was not so lucky and lost 2 top 5 positions to get 8th both times in holes downwind giving them 3, 8, 8, 5, 5. Team Harken had a good day until Simon had a hand issue and retired from the last race DNF, 7, 6, 11, DNF.
Day 3 started very windy again. However, the breeze eased to 20 - 25 knots, and provided full on sailing. Whitstable Marine and Seavolution North Sails revelled in it, both in the top 5, with Whitstable Marine getting second, Seavolution North Sails having been 4th pulling out with a destroyed kite, and Team Harken unable to sail. Second race and with many helpers holding the boat afloat in the surf, Seavolution North Sails made the start with new kite with less than 4 minutes to the start. The same top 5 roared off the front with only 40 m. separation at the windward mark. The slay ride downwind was great, over the next 2 laps the wind increased with Seavolution North Sails being flattened to 80 degrees at the last windward mark, but somehow the boat spun out as the wing net sent the boat into the wind and rig righted itself. The other 4 meantime hurtled downwind with Whitstable Marine in the mix in the first 3. As the wind increased their leeward shroud mount exploded post mid leg gybe, and with 3 sails up they made the gate and drop to finish 4th. Seavolution North Sails came down in the biggest breeze full bore on a white knuckle ride (one Ruth enjoyed and will not forget) gybing full bore on top of a wave coming through in 5th.
Whitstable Marine won the hard fought nationals, with Seavolution North Sails 6th on count back with Ruth first under 21 and Team Harken ending up in 15th.

Photos from Saturday’s race

Were you out on Saturday 30th May for the Wanderer Open or Spring Series 9? If so, you may be in one of Alex Cheshire's photos! Check out the full set here Line of Wanderers Bosun Ian Embry Ian Hender and Mark Fagg sailing a Wanderer

Club Champions!

Club Championships 2015 Well done to everyone who sailed in the Club Championships this weekend. Almost 60 boats took part, and the racing was very close throughout the fleet, from the A-Class catamaran to the Topper 4.2s! Thanks as ever to Race Officer John Boorman and his recording and results team, Ian Embry and the Safety Boat team, and the bar and catering staff, all of whom helped put together a great weekend of sailing. The Trophy winners were:

  • Dawes Trophy – for the overall club champion - Mark Barnes & Ruth Oliver sailing a B14
  • 2nd Place overall - John Cooper & Hilary Bradshaw sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • 3rd place overall - Rein Zilvold & Phil Scott sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • 4th place overall - Phil Emery & Karen Emery sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • 5th place overall - Charles Campion sailing a Laser
  • 6th place overall - Kevin Hall sailing a Laser
  • Ladies Cup – for first Lady helm overall - Sarah Hodges sailing a Laser Radial
  • Tom Bourne Trophy – for first cadet (u 18) overall - Conor Lamb sailing a Laser Radial
  • WYC Racing Shield – for first Big Cat - Steve Pimblet & Francesca Delacey sailing a Hurricane
  • Sales Trophy – for first Small Cat - Robert Govier sailing a Dart 18
  • Castle Cup – for first Asymmetric Skiff - Mark Barnes sailing a B14
  • Johnson Cup – for first Merlin Rocket - John Cooper & Hilary Bradshaw sailing a Merlin Rocket
  • Tasar Trophy – for first Tasar - Paul McNally & Julie Puckett sailing a Tasar
  • General Handicap Prize – for first General Handicap boat - Mali Harnett & crew sailing a 420
  • Yachting & Boating Trophy – for first Laser - Charles Campion sailing a Laser
  • Laser Radial Prize – for first Laser Radial - Conor Lamb sailing a Laser Radial
  • Babbington Hill Trophy – for first Slow Handicap dinghy - Robin South sailing a Topaz Uno
Full results will be posted to the website shortly. Club Championships prizes

Missing Trophies

We're missing two Club Championships Trophies (Club Championships Slow Handicap Trophy, and the Yachting and Boating Laser Trophy) that were issued to members in the last 5 years. The last person who won these trophies does not have them, so can you check your trophy cabinets, mantelpieces, cupboards and under your beds in case you have them, or have been given them in error.

Bar Staff volunteers

We are looking for some bar volunteers to be trained up and cover the occasional shift or help out during busy times. If you have any spare time and would like to help out please contact the office. We are planning a training evening Wednesday 27th May.


Following the recent tidy of the beach and quay, where boats and trailers appear to have been abandoned or where the appropriate storage fees have not been paid, the kit has been labelled with reminders for payment. Most of the labelled kit has now been moved to either Reeves Beach (rows 22 and 22a) or row 1 on West Quay. Where apparently abandoned kit remains unclaimed or where appropriate fees continue to remain unpaid, the recognised RYA disposal process will be initiated, in accordance with the WYC boat parking and equipment storage policy. If you believe you may have kit falling into either category (abandoned or unpaid), please contact either the Sailing Secretary or the Hon Beachmaster. Contact details to be found on this website or in the programme.

WYC Laser success in the French Euro Masters event

Over the weekend of 1st to 3rd May, WYC sailor Charles Campion sailed into 3rd place overall, and 1st in the Grand Master category (full results)! Well done Charles.

WYC Laser Radial success in the Belgium Euro Masters event

In light winds in Nieuwpoort Belgium yesterday, in a closely fought competition, WYC sailor Max Hunt clinched first place overall in the latest Euro Masters series event to become Belgium Laser Radial Masters National Champion! Well done Max. Sailing Sec

Bar Staff Volunteer

We are looking for some bar volunteers to be trained up and cover the occasional shift or help out during busy times. If you have any spare time and would like to help out please contact the office. We are planning a training evening Wednesday 27th May.

Whitstable Week 2015 - Entry Fees announced

Whitstable Week 2015 Whitstable Week is only 3 months away, and we're preparing for another great event! This year the Sailing Committee has been able to fix the full week price to a bargain of only £50, and we've reduced the full week Cadet price to only £5! Great value compared to other Open and National events. The Notice of Race, draft Sailing Instructions and Entry Form have just been released, so check out the details at

Merlin Rocket Open - 13th and 14th June

The Notice Of Race has been published for the Merlin Rocket Open Meeting 13th and 14th June.

£128 raised for the RNLI!

RNLI The RNLI Pursuit Race was sailed on Monday 4th May. 28 boats took part in this race to see who can best sail to their handicap, which was sailed in challengingly gusty conditions! The race was a close one, with a wide mix of boats finishing very close to each other. The top boat was a Merlin Rocket sailed by John Cooper and Phil Emery, closely pursued by a Nacra F18 sailed by Dick Ledger and Tom Bruton, a 505 helmed by Tudor Owen, a Tasar helmed by Stephen Nation, a Laser Radial sailed by Peter Gowing, and in sixth place a Laser sailed by Nigel Brown. Every boat made a donation to the RNLI on entry, which raised over £128 for our local station! Thanks to John Boorman, Race Officer, who coordinated the event and did the complicated math on the Portsmouth Yardstick for each boat competing!

WYC Wanderer success in the Nationals at Langstone Harbour Race Weekend

Congratulations to WYC sailors Paul Yeadon and Liz North, who won the Wanderer Nationals at Langstone Harbour Race Weekend over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, with three firsts, a third and a fifth place in the fleet of 8 boats. Full results can be found here, and photos of the weekend here. The Wanderer class will be visiting Whitstable on 30th and 31st May for the WYC Open

WYC Cadet success at KSSA “Opening Splash” at Medway Yacht Club

Two WYC juniors competed in the KSSA “Opening Splash” at Medway Yacht Club on Saturday in challenging Medway conditions – windy and very shifty. Lots of capsizes and lots of retirements. There was an entry of over 30 Kent youth sailors and Conor Lamb, sailing a Laser Radial was lying 5th after the first two races. Conditions worsened in the afternoon but Conor finished with a very creditable 11th despite having no sailing gloves! Iggy McNally retired unhurt after the 3rd race and was awarded KSSA Race Officer’s Prize For Outstanding Young Sailor.

For more information about Cadet and Family sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, see

WYC B14 Success at the Stokes Bay TT

B14 Seavolution/North GBR 788 Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver from Whitstable Yacht Club won the Stokes Bay B14 TT this weekend, their first event since sailing together at the B14 inlands at Queen Mary last October where they finished 3rd. For Ruth this is her first senior race win and to top it off, the first TT win in her sailing career! They raced against some of the top B14 sailors in the country in testing conditions, so this was an especially good result.

The B14 Nationals is next month the week, also at Stokes Bay, where there will be four Whitstable boats (Leaky Pipes, Team Harken, Whitstable Marine and Seavolution North) all with a chance of a podium position. Follow online to see who comes out on top!

Fitting Out Supper - Now 16th May

Fitting Out Supper - 16th May

WYC fitting out supper is finally here! Saturday 16th May.

Starting at 6pm for cocktail happy hour with a WYC special from in-house mixologist Haidee.

From 7pm Bring Your Own vinyl to spin on our vintage record player. 7 or 14 inch options are good to go. Delve into your record collections, bring along some retro tunes from your favourite decade, give it a spin!

Food at 7.30ish from our very own Chef de la Maison, Wiz. Two and a half courses of delicious local food

Book your tickets on eventbrite, or behind the bar by 10th May.

And don't worry. If you bought tickets for the last date, they're still valid!

New WYC Committee Boat named

The new Whitstable Yacht Club Committee Boat was named 'Slotty' on Saturday in a ceremony at the club. The boat was named after legandary club sailor 'Slotty' Dawes, who was largely responsible for Whitstable’s development as an international dinghy centre in the 50s and 60s, and sailed in the Rome Olympics in 1960. The naming was performed by Slotty's Great Granddaughter Eloise Dawes, and blessed by the Reverend Rachel Webley of St Alphege Church. Ruth Oliver was official club photographer for the day, and her pictures can be seen on the WYC Facebook page, and Stephen Gerlis put together a video of the event, which can also be seen on the club's Facebook page. Weather permitting, the Committee Boat should be in use for club racing from next weekend.

Slotty named

Naming ceremony for the new Whitstable Yacht Club Committee Boat

The official naming of our new Committee Boat 'Slotty' is taking place at twelve noon on Saturday 18 April at the Club. Friends and members of Whitstable Yacht Club are invited along to see the new boat and take part in the ceremony.
The naming will be done by Matilda Dawes, great granddaughter of the late 'Slotty' Dawes, and the boat will be blessed by the Reverend Rachel Webbley, vicar of St Alphege Church. For a brief history of Slotty Dawes at Whitstable Yacht Club, click on the link.

Ian Wild remembers Slotty (short for Lancelot):

“I am delighted he is being remembered. He had a huge influence on me and my sailing generation. He was our most distinguished sailor and largely responsible for Whitstable’s development as an international dinghy centre in the 50s and 60s. My earliest recollections of sailing as a small boy are crewing with my father on his 18ft National ‘Spindrift’.  The boat was named after the horse he had ridden in the Grand National.

When the Flying Dutchman was chosen in 1957 to replace the Sharpie at the Rome Olympics he imported the first boat from Holland and a small fleet gradually built at Whitstable. Because there were so few in the UK, Whitstable became the place to sail if you wanted to race.

Slotty Dawes at WYCInitially my father, Ken, crewed for him. Slotty became President of the International Flying Dutchman Association and my father the UK Secretary.

Whitstable had already established a reputation for dinghy racing. The first 18ft National Championships had been held in 1950 and the Club regularly hosted ‘Kent Week’. In 1958 the first FD National Championships were held. However, 1959 was arguably the pinnacle of the Club’s success as not only did we host ‘Kent Week’, the FD Nationals but also the Merlin Rocket Nationals and most important of all, the FD World Championships and FD Week. The FD Worlds were a rehearsal for the Rome Olympics and attracted Olympic sailors from not only Europe but South Africa and, for the first time, from Russia and other Iron Curtain countries.

Slotty went on to sail in the Rome Olympics where he finished 7th. He actually won the second race. At 56 he was one of the oldest competitors. Keith Musto and Rodney Pattison who sailed FDs in later Olympics both have fond memories of him and racing at Whitstable.

Having established an international reputation, Whitstable went on to host the Finn Gold Cup and Prince of Wales Cup – two of the most prestigious dinghy events in the world.
Slotty was the son of Sandy Dawes of Mount Ephraim, one of the Club’s first members. Slotty was a wealthy man who had made his money from shipping. Looking back I remember him as one of the last of the ruling classes. He wasn’t a committee man and didn’t suffer fools. He certainly wasn’t ostentatious but, when the Club ran out of parking spaces for the growing fleet of FDs, he went out and bought the old Hoy Yard (now part of Keam’s Yard Car Park) which he then let to the Club. When one of the days was blown off during a championship he invited the entire fleet back to his house at Pluckley where he entertained them for the day. He was a bit of an inventor and made many of the fittings for his boats himself. I particularly remember a wheel and pulley system he invented to get over having a long tiller and extension on his Dutchman (UJs hadn’t been invented then!).”

He remained Honorary President of the Club until he died in 1985

Fitting Out Supper Saturday 11th April Postponed

Fitting Out Supper Saturday 11th April, Unfortunately due to lack of numbers the Fitting Out Supper is postponed.

University of Kent - SailtoSave fundraising event for RNLI

The University of Kent's Sailing and Windsurfing Club are taking on the challenge to sail from Kent to Poole stopping at six RNLI stations and volunteering at each one. They will be fundraising for the expedition in the upcoming months and any money you can donate will make a difference. If you would like to donate please visit his justgiving page:



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

Art at WYC’s Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2015 Following the success of last year’s Artists’ Open House exhibition held at WYC we will be repeating the event this year. Over 20 pieces of art were sold during the exhibition last year, attracting more than 1000 visitors to the club.
We are now looking for 20 artists or more to exhibit at our Open House Art exhibition and the first 16 artists who sign up the will have the opportunity to have their details and a sample of work featured in the 2015 Artists’ Open House Brochure. Club members, families and friends including non-members can participate and can submit art work in many different mediums.
Art at WYC’s Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2015 The exhibition will be held over the last 3 weekends in October, (17/18th, 24/25thOctober and 31st /1st November 2015). 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 Robin South by Tuesday 2nd April 2015:, (M) 07957 248724 Art at WYC’s Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2015

2015 programme available to download

Programme CoverA PDF of the 2015 Club Information and Programme booklet is now available to download from the WYC website. If you've missplaced your paper copy, or want to view it on your phone or tablet, you can now do so from the comfort of your boat/train/car/plane/garden shed or anywhere else that you might have an internet connection! The programme can be downloaded here, or view the schedule and club programme at Thanks to Andy at Oyster Press for printing the Paper and providing the PDF programme again this year.

Friday 24th April - Cherry Bomb and the Rockets followed by General Recall!

General Recal & Cherry Bomb and the Rockets Come down to the club on Friday 24th April and dance to the yacht club's musical membership. Andy Jackson's band Cherry Bomb and the Rockets start the evening (they went down a storm at their gig back in December - find out more about them here: They are followed by General Recall, featuring guitar maestros Jon Bloice and Steve Gerlis. Bring your friends - it will be a good evening of rocking entertainment.


Just a reminder that start times for racing this weekend are Saturday (28th) - 3pm and Sunday (29th) - 10am. Also, don't forget the clocks go forward an hour on Saturday night! Sailing Sec.

WYC Wannabees are heading to the KSSA Spring Training Day at HBSC on 11th April

KSSA LogoA squad of Whitstable Yacht Club cadet sailors are heading to the Kent School Sailing Association training day at Herne Bay SC on Saturday April 11th. The event, open to any Junior who can sail a triangular course in any dinghy class (single or double handers), has excellent coaching and is very close by, so a fantastic opportunity for the WYC Wannabees to sharpen up (or try to remember) their sailing skills early in the sailing season! Paul McNally ( is coordinating the WYC group, and it would be great to see a good turnout from our cadets, so please contact him if your family is thinking of attending. Details on times and signing up are on the KSSA website at

Thanks to everyone who helped out at the Working Party this morning!

Ali working hard! Thanks to everyone who came along this morning to get the club tidied up and ready for the new season. Lots of jobs got done. Special thanks to Jill Fagg, Andy Jackson, Jeff Emerson and Kelvin Tolson who put together the to do list and got everyone organised!

Tea Bar 15th March Opens12.00 & last orders 16.45.

The Tea Bar opens for the season on Sunday 15th March.

Bar & Social Committee new team members wanted & Fitting Out Supper

Wanted – members who care about the club and would like to be part of the growing team who plan, organise and try to increase the events and activities happening at the club. The Bar Social and Catering Committee need you – if you feel you could provide ideas, motivation and energy then please contact Fee Clarke on Also Fitting Out Supper – Saturday 11th April – two course meal – start the season off with fellow sailors from all fleets over a drink and a meal. Places are limited, tickets on sale behind the bar from Saturday 14th March, or you can buy online at Cost £14.00 a head. Fitting Out Supper 2015

Beautiful day for some pre-season training at WYC!

Pre-season sail at WYC The wonderful weekend weather held today, despite the rather dull forecast, and we got in a great day of pre-season training. In the Race Tower, John Boorman finished the Race Officer training with live race starts, and on the water members of the Laser, Topaz and Tasar fleets took part in short races to blow away the winter cobwebs! Thanks to John for the RO training, Peter Gowing for organising the sailors, and Richard Earland and Robert Govier in the training rib laying marks and keeping an eye on the sailors. For more photos, see the club Facebook page

Merlin National Championship - Video operator required

Merlin Rocket National Championships 2015 We are seeking an enthusiast who would be prepared to video all the races at the championships to be held at WYC from 23 - 28 August. We will provide a RIB and driver but need a cameraman/woman with the appropriate kit to video the starts and other aspects of the event. If you have seen the spectacular footage of last years champs you will know what we are after! For more details please contact John Cooper either at the club or on 07973 149037

Forts Race Weekend - Super Early Entry Discount Announced

Forts Race 2015 It's a long way off, but are you planning to enter the Forts Race this year? If so, now's the time to take advantage of our Super Early entry fee discount thanks to our sponsors at Vattenfall. There are ten entries available at only £20. Once those are gone, the standard Early Bird price of £40 applies if booked before the end of June, and for regular entries the full price is £60. So book now, and save £40. See the Forts Race web page for full details at

The UK’s First Topaz Uno National Championship, at Whitstable Yacht Club in 2015!

Topaz Nationals Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting the first ever Topaz Uno National Championships this year, on 15th and 16th August. The event is being launched this weekend at the |RYA Dinghy Show by Topper International, and will be co-sponsored by Ronstan and Musto Clothing. For all the latest information about the event, see our dedicated Topaz Nationals page at


Artists' Open House Whitstable Yacht Club is pleased to announce that, following last year’s highly successful Artist’s Open House exhibition at the Clubhouse, we are looking to run the exhibition again in Autumn 2015 and we welcome hearing from individual members interested in taking charge of the event. Robin South launched the event last year with the help of many volunteers, and he is happy to assist those who would like to take on the role for 2015. Please contact: The Club Manager at

Boat Parking - update on changes

The proposed changes in boat parking notified in the news item posted in January have now been implemented. Full details are available from the Beachmaster or from your Class Captain but in brief, we have:
- Tidied all areas of the beach and West Quay. Further activity is planned to move and dispose of any unpaid and/or unidentified kit in accordance with the club’s membership conditions and the recognised RYA process.
- Created space for temporary boat parking nearer the clubhouse for WYC boats required to move when the club hosts major events created an area for cadet boat storage nearer the club house.
- Tried to ensure there is space near to the launch/retrieval area for the most regular sailors, and where possible have consolidated class areas on the beach and quay.
As a result a small number of boats and trailers have been moved, most within the existing class areas. If your boat is one of those moved to a different area of the beach or quay your Class Captain will be able to tell you where it is now situated. An updated class allocation diagram will be available later this month. The beach and West Quay utilisation will be monitored and ‘ fine tuned’ if necessary during the season.
Many thanks from the Sailing Committee to those club members who volunteered their help over the last two weekends to implement the changes.
Finally, if you have not yet placed your 2015 sticker on your boat (and/or trailer where appropriate) please can you do so by the end of this month.

2015 sailing schedule now available

The 2015 sailing schedule is now available on the club website and to add to your computer or phone calendar! WYC Presents poster

New WYC e-cigarette byelaw

Whitstable Yacht Club has introduced a new byelaw to extend the ban on smoking in enclosed spaces on club premises to include the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
UK law states that the use of e-cigarettes in buildings is at the discretion of the management. WYC, as a sporting venue, has decided that in line with guidelines from the WHO and BMA e-cigarettes are now banned in enclosed areas at the Club in line with the restrictions on tobacco based smoking products.
“Smoking” e-cigarettes reinforce the normality of smoking behavior. The industry is unregulated and some products produce levels of toxins in a range of that produced by some cigarettes, others may produce lower levels of exhaled aerosol toxicants, but this does not mean that these levels are acceptable to involuntarily exposed bystanders


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