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Fancy getting an up-close view of racing during Whitstable Week?

There are still opportunities join our race team during Whitstable Week (28th July to 1st August) as safety boat crew. No experience is necessary, you just have to be over 16, and happy to blast around the bay in a rib. You can do just one or two days in the week, or join a rib crew for the whole week. This is an ideal opportunity for non-sailors, friends and family to get involved in a fun week. Contact the Robert Govier if you want to give it a go ( or 07733 260 879)

Jamie Reynolds - Funeral Arrangements

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday 5th August at 12.30pm at All Saints Church, Whitstable followed by her burial at Whitstable Cemetery. Huw, Emma and Lucy would be happy to see all those who wish to attend, and then afterwards at Jojo's.

One week to go!

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Whitstable sailor swaps sails for oars for Atlantic Challenge

In December of next year, friend of WYC Dan Parsons (pictured sailing in the Merlin Nationals at Whitstable with Hamish Kilburn) and teammate Olly Clark will start on an epic trip to row the 3000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. As part of the campaign they're also looking to support two very deserving charities, Prostate Cancer UK and ABF, the Soldier's Charity.
To find out more, and to keep updated with their progress, see the website at, Facebook at or twitter at @RowAtlantic2015.
Dan has been a member of the club for 20 years...

Dan Parsons

...starting in Toppers and quickly progressing to skiffs, where at 13 he started crewing, and then helming, in B14s. Since Topper days he’s sailed in just about everything available. He was the 100th boat entered into the Tasar Worlds that we had at the club. He’s had a Musto Skiff and Merlin Rocket, winning Whitstable Weeks and Wednesday Evening Series, and has won most of the available Cadet trophies. From 16 he travelled further afield, and at Loughborough University when he joined the British Sailing Team, working closely with the Paralympic Sonar Team as sparring partner. There he travelled the world, always entering under the WYC burgee - even winning the Miami OCR in 2007 with fellow Whitstable member Tom Pygall!

More recently, he’s sailed with Chris Lewns in the 505, where they’ve enjoyed a great deal of success, with race wins in the highly competitive worlds fleet in La Rochelle, top three British team in a number of international events and race wins and podium positions in UK and continental nationals.

Dan’s now put his sailing on the back burner, whilst pouring everything into the challenge, and we hope to see him back at WYC with some great stories when the race is over!

Bar and Catering Manager

At a special meeting of the General Committee on 8th July, very careful consideration was given to the financial position of the club and the paid staff structure. The minutes of that meeting are posted in the Sea Room at WYC.
After an appropriate process of consultation and consideration of all the issues it is with regret that the club management have decided to make the post of Bar and Catering Manager redundant with immediate effect. Anthony Harris has been involved in the consultation and he is aware of the outcome of this decision.
I wish to publicly record the thanks of the club. It’s members and visitors for the very good work Tony has done over the last 22 months. We all wish him the very best of luck for the future.
The Bar and Catering facilities and opening times will continue as previously promulgated.

Droning on…

After the success of the aerial photography from a plane and helicopter in 2012, there's another experiment in the works in the skies over Whitstable. Whitstable resident Barry Thompson has recently taken to the skies with a camera mounted on a drone, and the first of his videos of sailing off Whitstable Yacht Club can be found here: Barry's keen to work with the club, so hopefully we'll see more of our sailing at this interesting angle in future!

Jamie Reynolds

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Jamie Reynolds, wife of Hugh Reynolds, after a long and dignified battle with breast cancer peacefully on Tuesday 8th July. Funeral arrangements will be announced when arranged. All at Whitstable Yacht club would like to pass on condolences to Hugh, family and friends.

Whitstable Week 2014 - Two weeks to go!

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It's two weeks to go until the start of Whitstable Week! There's a great programme of racing, social and family events planned every day with something for everyone. For the full programme and more information, see

B14 Nationals

Two B14 teams from WYC attended the B14 Nationals at Paignton over last week. Team Whitstable Marine (Chris Lewns/Tom Pygall) finished a strong 5th with a race win and 2nd under their belt on day 3 of the series. Seavolution (Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver) moved up through the fleet throughout the series, contending for top 3 in the last 2 races of the series and coming 8th overall. Over the 11 race series, P&B South (Ben McGrane/Ollie Vidal) won at the end of a hotly contested final race. There was depth and talent throughout the top 10 of the 28 contenders, with all bar a few stragglers fighting it out as a compact group after a minimum 45 minutes of racing. With the return of the other front end WYC team, Team Harken (Simon Hadley/Nikki Hadley), these 3 teams will be attending the inlands at Datchet in early September to hopefully see 1 maybe 2 of the teams fighting for the podium positions.

Food Hygiene Rating 5

After a recent unannounced inspection WYC kitchen scored a Food Hygiene Rating of 5. This is the highest possible score from the Food Standards Agency. WYC would like to thank all the catering staff for keeping standards to the highest levels, with a special thanks to Wiz for all her hard work.

B14 Nationals

Many of you may have seen 2 B14s training off of Whitstable in the last few weeks. Well Whitstable Yacht Club will be seeing the 2 teams, The Dinghy Store (Whitstable)/Chris Lewns (Chris Lewns/Tom Pygall) GBR 761 and Seavolution/North Sails (Mark Barnes/Ruth Oliver) GBR 788 heading down to Paignton for the start of the Nationals on Thursday running through till Sunday. With approx. 30 teams making to event, it will be a tight series consisting of 10 races with 8 to count. Both teams are seen a possibility for podium positions. To add spice to the challenge, this is Ruth's first senior fleet nationals. To follow their progress, either log on to or

Member success at the A-Class Catamaran European Championships

Well done to new WYC member Chris Field who came 13th of 106 entries to the A-Class European Championships at Cercle Voile Bordeaux last week, and was the top placed British boat! The A-Class catamaran is a relatively new boat to Whitstable Yacht Club, but the numbers are growing, and Whitstable is one of the few coastal clubs suitable for the high performance carbon fibre development class boats, so we look forward to seeing them sailing with the Big Cat class. For a write up of the event see, and for the full results go to

Evening Series 4 Results

Due to an error with the race recording for Evening Series 4 (18th June 2014), it is not possible to process the results. This was discussed at the Sailing Committee meeting on Monday 30th June, and agreed that in line with RYA guidelines, in redress to the competitors in that race, all sailors who took part in that race will be awarded average points for the series. This will be shown in the results as RDG2, and will be calculated at the end of the Series to update the final places.
I apologise for this and have taken steps to ensure that this error will not be repeated.
Robert Govier. Rear Commodore Sailing

Wanderer National 12th-13th July 2014

Wanderer Nationals, Whitstable, 12th - 13th July - Update Just over two weeks to go! Accommodation: Vacancies still available in the Whitstable YC bunkrooms at £20 per night. Phone WYC on 01227 272942 or email Evening meal, Saturday 12th: Barbecue and salad followed by strawberries and cream at £12 per person. Tickets only, bookable in advance, available from the bar. To reserve tickets you can either pay by card on the phone, 01227 272942 during opening hours; weekdays 1100-1430 & 1730-2300, Sat 1100-2300, Sun 1200-2100. Or email (Office closed 2nd-4th July) Tickets to be collected (and paid for if necessary) at registration on the day. Catering need numbers not later than Tuesday 8th July, so please book your meal by then. Local Whitstable members please book directly at the bar. Notice of Race: A minor change has been made to the Notice of Race to clarify the scoring system re discards, i.e. one discard if 4 or 3 races are sailed, no discard if only 2 races are sailed. Friday evening 11th July: Please let me know if you aim to arrive on the Friday. Entry: Still plenty of time to enter, so get that entry form in the post! Available for download from the Wanderer website, under "Events programme". Don't worry about your level of experience - as long as you know about port and starboard! Anyone with RYA level 2 or equivalent experience is welcome. Entries can be taken on the day, but food must be booked in advance! Any queries please contact me on 01233 712543 or Hope to see you there for some great sailing and a buzzing social scene! Gavin Barr, Event Organiser.

News Letter June 2014

Please find, attached, the first news letter from The Commodore and General Committee members.



If you are interested in placing a bid for any abandoned windsurfing equipment, please do so by 21 July 2014. To place a bid, please tie a label, clearly marked with your name to the piece of equipment you are interested in purchasing. Place your written bid in an envelope, mark the envelope clearly with your name, contact email/telno and the item you are bidding for. Please leave your bid with the office. Labels and envelopes will be in a bag by the windsurf kit which is located on the right hand side at the rear of Lower Rigden's Shed. Winning bidders will be notified as soon as possible following 21 July. All equipment must be paid for and removed by the end of August 2014. Sailing Secretary.

Funeral of David Williams

The funeral of David Williams will take place at 1.30 All Saints Church, Tankerton on Tuesday 1st July followed by the wake at The Marine Hotel. Family flowers only please. If you would like to give a donation there will be information, of causes close to David, on the service sheet. Once again we pass on our condolences to David’s wife, family and his friends.

Tea Bar 21st & 22nd June

The Tea Bar will be open Saturday 21st June 8am-1pm. Sunday 22nd June 9am-2pm. Why not come and have your breakfast or lunch at the club.

Committee Boat

Fund Raising Update: So far we have had 8 items ‘bought’ off the Committee Boat equipment list by members, amounting to contributions of £1543, with Gift Aid. There are still 29 items to be ‘bought’ from as little as £10. If you can afford to give it will be much appreciated by your fellow members. Items are coming in for the Auction & Raffle but if you have any ideas for other lots please call the office. So far we have items from Laser, Henri Lloyd, Taser, Crewsaver to name just a few.

David Williams

I am very sorry to announce that David Williams died on Monday, 9 June 2014. David and his brother, Hugh, joined WYC as cadet members in 1952. The funeral arrangements are yet to be announced. Hugh still remains a member but moved away from Whitstable in 1982 and has not sailed here since.

WEEKEND 14th-15th June & England v Italy

The Tea Bar & Bar will be open extended hours this weekend. Saturday Tea Bar 9am-5.30pm Sunday 8am-4.30pm. Bar England v Italy will be shown in the bar on Saturday. Kick off 11pm, Bar will be open until 1am.

Save Money on your Whitstable Yacht Club membership!

This summer we're trialling a new way to save you money on your membership, and to increase our membership. Between now and the end of September, introduce your friends and claim 10% of the membership fee they pay this year off your own subscription next year. Just make sure they put your name on the new membership application form! For all the information about becoming a member, see

Whitstable Week 2014 Update

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The Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Entry Form have been uploaded to the website. Download them from

Cadet and Family sailing report

Sasha, Otto and Esme.
Another successful Cadet and Family free sailing event took place on Sunday afternoon with members new and old, brilliant sunshine, perfect breeze, keen sailors and willing volunteers - it certainly had all the right ingredients for a perfect afternoon’s sailing! Everyone had a wonderful time, and those who stayed on for the BBQ thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The photograph shows Sasha, whose Great Uncle was Slotty Dawes a great benefactor to WYC, and who came 7th in the 1960 Rome Olympics sailing a Flying Dutchman. She's pictured with her children, Otto and Esme, the 5th generation of their family to sail at WYC!

WYC Member success at the Laser Masters Worlds Qualifier event at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club

Congratulations to Max Hunt. He had a great weekend at the Laser Masters Worlds Qualifier event at Seaford, not only coming in 1st Radial Grand Master, but winning the Radial event outright!

Beach clearance for the Merlin Open Meeting 14/15 June

We need to make space on the beach for our visitors next weekend. Would owners of Lasers and Tasars on the beaches to the west of the club ramp please move their boats before the weekend. If you are unable to get to the club, a working party has been organised to move boats on Friday evening. Thank you very much for your cooperation,

Whitstable Week 2014 Update

The Whitstable Week programme has now been released. It's going to be a great week!
We have sailing from 2pm, a children's bouncy castle all day every day. There's easy listening Acoustic music from Anton French from 5pm on Monday, the Club Band on Tuesday evening, a Quiz Night on Wednesday, Friday sees the return of Project F! For the full programme, see Whitstable Week 2014

WYC Club Contacts

Do you know who the Whitstable Yacht Club officers are? How about the club management staff, or the members of the Sailing Committee? Well, to make us all a little easier to spot, we now have a new and improved set of contact pages, with photos for the majority of the members of the General and Sailing Committees. Please come and introduce yourself to us next time you spot us at the club!
Management Team:
Club Officers and General Committee:
Class Captains:

News from FLO: Cadet & Families event is this Sunday (8th June)

Toppers Just a little reminder that the next Cadet & Families event is this Sunday (8th June). Weather permitting it's a Family Free Sailing event from 12.30pm until 2pm followed by another Bring & Share BBQ. For our younger members there will be on shore activities (a crabbing competition was mentioned) organised by Hazel Green. Can I remind all who intend to sail that you MUST sign in on the sheets provided and ALL children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
This brings me on nicely to a plea! In order to provide all of these wonderful opportunities for Cadets & Families to get together we need more help. At the moment we have a committee of about six willing parents and members. We are an enthusiastic bunch and we are aiming to make WYC Cadet & Families the best that we can but we all only have so much time and without extra help we won't be able to grow in the direction we'd like to. If you would like to become involved on the committee or just help out when we need extra hands, PLEASE let me or one of the other committee members know. That's it for now!
Look forward to seeing you all soon.
Andrea (FLO)

Committee Boat Fund Raising

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The new Committee Boat is progressing quickly, with the windows now in and the engines onsite. When it is complete we will own a powerful and sophisticated new craft that will last many years into the future, improving both club and championship racing. It will be great new asset for the club. As discussed at the AGM, there is still a small shortfall in the budget for the new boat and, to cover this, the members voted that a small levy may be applied to next year’s subs. However, if we raise enough money before then this won’t be needed.

Here are a couple of the fund-raising ideas we will be instigating over the next few months:

The ‘Buy a Bit for the Boat’ scheme
We need lots of items of equipment to kit out the new Committee Boat. Why not help the boat to get finished by ‘buying’ an individual item? You can donate money that will buy an item from just a few pounds, to a few thousand. Remember, if you are a UK tax payer we can also claim 25% back off the tax man (please use the gift aid form), so this is really cost effective way of using member donations to get the new boat complete and on the water.
Click here to see the list of items that your donation can purchase, or see the chart in the Sea Room for our progress so far.

The Whitstable Week Auction
There will be an auction of quality items to be held during Whitstable Week. The top item so far is a brand new Laser Sail (worth over £400)! If you have any further quality items you would like to donate for auction, then please contact the office. The auction will be a varied lot, so there will be something for every budget.
We are also going to have a raffle to be drawn in Whitstable Week, so any smaller items would be appreciated. Tickets will be on sale once we have a suitable range of prizes.

Any other ideas
You can also donate directly to the costs, and more fund raising initiatives will be launched over the next month or so, but if you have any other ideas that will help us to get the boat finished, then do get in touch with the office.

Remember, if you’re donating money and are a UK tax payer, use the gift aid form!

New Tea Bar Opening Times

We are trialling new opening times for the WYC Tea Bar. This weekend the tea bar will be open, serving hot and cold food and drinks, from midday to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday (31st May and 1st June). For future weekends, the Tea Bar will open 2 hours before the scheduled race start, and close 2 hours after the last race start. The Tea Bar may also open for extended hours during special events. This does not effect the opening times of the bar.

Great Club Championships Weekend!

What a great Bank Holiday weekend at Whitstable Yacht Club! Three days of sailing, with a nice range of conditions meant very close racing across all 55 boats for the Club Championships, and all 6 races sailed. Saturday saw gusty and shifty winds from the South, Sunday saw a steadier force 3-4 from the South East, then Monday brought a shifting squally Northerly and rain, with the top boat changing in almost every race. On Sunday we had a really good turn out at the Cadet and Families Social on Sunday afternoon, thanks again for Vattenfall for arranging the band, and to everyone who came along and shared a good time around the BBQ. Unfortunately the rain on Monday meant the cancellation of the scheduled BBQ, but the Fish Finger Sandwiches were going down a storm from the catering hatch!
Full results for the Club Championships are at, but the following sailors took home the silver and glassware:
1st Overall, plus 1st Merlin: Phil Emery
2nd, plus 1st Big Catamaran: Richard Ledger
3rd, plus 1st Laser Radial: Max Hunt
4th: Rien Zilvold (Merlin)
5th, plus 1st Small Catamaran: Robert Govier
6th, plus 1st Laser Standard: Charles Campion
1st Cadet, 1st Lady and 1st Slow Handicap Class: Izzie Bruton (Topper, 9th overall)
1st Tasar: Jon Bloice (10th overall)
1st General Handicap: Paul Yeardon (Wanderer, 12th overall)
1st Asymetric Class: Alastair Gould (Musto Skiff, 15th overall)

505 Open Event - Full report

The write up for the 505 Open is now on the Yachts&Yachting website. See for the full report.

B14 and 505 Open - Photos now available

505 Start
All the photos from the B14 and 505 Open event last weekend have now been uploaded, and are available to view and purchase at
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King’s School and the University of Kent team racing report

420 photo 1 A “friendly” between King’s School and the University of Kent was sailed on Tuesday 20th May at Whitstable Yacht Club. The two sides have trained together on Westbere lake and have a long established autumn team race fixture, but this new event brought us together to enjoy the more expansive racing venue of the bay under WYC group membership. Each team of three boats and six sailors sailed four races under fleet racing rules, but positions were counted for a team result. Owing to exam leave it was a chance for King’s year 9 pupils, captained by WYC cadet Gus Cox, to step up for the school. With a race start at 3.00pm conditions were breezy enough (F4) for the first race; King’s took an early lead with Gus and his crew taking first position. The wind dropped and light airs in race 2 also seemed to favour the school. However, with the university captain, Luke Higgins, taking over the helm to win 1st position in race 3 the university staged a great come-back and by race 4, with the score at 2-1, it was definitely “game on”. The final race produced another close finish with the university securing their second win. Unfortunately time did not permit a tie-breaker, but with honours even at 2-2, an enjoyable break from academic pressures finished with a “tea” of locally supplied hot doughnuts on the yacht club deck.
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B14 Open Event - Full report

The write up for the B14 Open is now on the Yachts&Yachting website. See for the full report.


The Cadet Committee have organised a bring and share BBQ this Sunday, 25 May, starting at 5pm. Vattenfall have very kindly organised some live music to accompany the event. If you are free that day, it would be lovely to see you. Please bring along your favourite food to be cooked on the BBQ. Also, a reminder that the next family free sailing session is scheduled for 12.30pm to 2pm on Sunday 8 June. Members of the cadet committee will be running the event and manning a RIB to keep an eye on all the children sailing. Parents or guardians will need to be in attendance at all times. Also, please remember that there is now a separate start for cadets in club series racing. Let’s hope the lovely weather continues and hopefully it will encourage more cadets to take part. Any queries regarding cadet sailing, please email or

Bill Young

We regret to announce that Bill Young died at his home last Thursday morning in the care of the Pilgrims Hospice.
Bill was a very active member of Whitstable Yacht Club in the 50’s and early 60’s, and for some years acted as the Club Bosun. He sailed a Firefly until the mid 60’s when he took up cruising – initially off the club – until he moved to Harty Ferry - and then into Oare Creek. His father was Commodore of the Club in the 60’s.
There will be a memorial service at St Mary Nackington CT4 7AD on Friday 30 May at 1230 hrs. The church is situated about 2 miles SSE of the centre of Canterbury. Appropriately the church is in open arable country. If driving from Canterbury drive onto the B2068 (the Hythe Road) and then turn left onto Church Lane – signposted Nackington Church and Farm.

Success for WYC Merlin sailors

Congratulations to Tom Pygall who, sailing with Andy "Taxi" Davis won the Merlin Rocket Inland Championships in extreme conditions at Northampton last weekend. Over the same windy weekend, Hilary Bradshaw sailing for the New Forest Pirates team came first equal, but third on countback, at the prestigious Wilson Trophy at West Kirby. Very well done.

Have you seen the new Tea Bar menu?

Hot and cold food and drink served Friday lunchtimes and all day Saturday and Sunday. Filter coffee now available!
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Mrs Pam Baldwin

We regret to announce that Mrs Pam Baldwin, widow of ex-commodore Ken Baldwin, passed away peacefully in QEQM Hospital Margate after a short illness, aged 89 years. The funeral will take place at: Barnham Crematorium on Wednesday 14th May at 11.20. Family flowers. Donations to Cancer Research UK.

New Members Sailing Development - Sunday 11th May

Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting an event for new members on Sunday 11th May from midday. If you would like help or advice on how to get on the water, choosing a boat, or how to start racing, then please come along. There will be an opportunity for conversations over coffee with the Commodore and Sailing Development Officer (Peter Gowing) to discuss your sailing development needs, and there will be a limited number of Topaz dingies (provided by WildTimes) available to rent for £15.
If you are interested in attending please email Richard Earland by midday on Friday, simply saying how many (ages of anyone under 18) and whether you need any specific equipment (buoyancy aids, wet suits etc), along with an indication of your current level of sailing experience.

Family and Cadet Free Sailing

We are pleased to announce the first Family & Cadet Free Sailing session of 2014 - sailing organised by volunteer parents for their children.
11th May 2014
1pm - 3pm

Check the cadet noticeboard to find out where the 1pm briefing will be held.
Boats should be rigged and everyone changed before briefing.
There will be two club Mirrors available for use and a course will be laid, for people to sail around.
In the event of poor weather, on-shore activities such as quizzes and colouring will be available in the Sea Room.

Current Family and Cadet programme:
11th May 1-3pm Family FreeSailing and Social.

25thMay 5pm Social bring and share BBQ.

8th June 12.30pm- 2pm Family FreeSailing and Social bring and share BBQ.

21st June 4-6pm Family FreeSailing and Social.

Wednesday of Whitstable Week, 30th July Splash Day.

August & September dates TBC.

Family & Cadet Free Sailing gives you the opportunity to go afloat, subject to conditions, knowing that safety cover is provided. Cadets remain the responsibility of their parents at all times. It is the parents decision whether conditions suitable for their child(ren). Sailors must be signed in on the Family & Cadet Free Sailing Sign in Sheet, stating parents name and where they will be at WYC. The sailing area will be confirmed in briefing, based on conditions and safety cover. There will be no coaching from the safety boat. Parents should support their children’s sailing. Safety Cover for the session is provided for those who sign in, and remain in the Sailing Area.

Cadet Starts

In order to encourage cadet racing, the Sailing Committee and Cadet Committee have agreed that with immediate effect there will be a separate cadet start 3 minutes after the catamaran start in club series racing. The class flag will be H. A course with shorter legs will also be laid for cadets. A note of guidance for race officers has been posted in the race box, and in the RO guide.

Topper Training and Open

This weekend saw a Topper Cadet Training day on Saturday 26th April, and a Topper Open Event on Sunday 27th April. The cadets spent most of the day on Saturday and Sunday on the water, sailing under some testing winds and conditions, and all enjoyed themselves. On Sunday the racing was close, with 12 visiting sailors and 3 Whitstable boats taking part. Victoria Cowen from Porchester Sailing Club won the event, with Alice Smith from Papercourt Sailing Club in second place, and Lewis Humphries from Pevensey Bay Sailing Club in third place. Harriet Sacker won the Endeavour Trophy for not giving up and putting a lot of effort in, despite multiple capsizes! Conor Lamb was the top Whitstable Yacht Club boat in eighth place, with Izzie Bruton in tenth place and Alex Harwood in twelfth. Thanks to Tom Bruton for organising the event, John Cooper for being Race Officer, Shelagh O'Riordan for recording and results, and Ian Embry and the Safety Boat Crew for keeping everyone safe on the water.

WYC opens its doors to local artists

As part of the 2014 Canterbury Festival, WYC plans to join in the local Artist Open Trail by holding an art exhibition over 3 weekends in October in the upstairs rooms at the clubhouse. We are now looking for club members and non-members, from beginners, seasoned amateurs to professional artists, who would like to show off their art. We are seeking at least 10 exhibitors (more the better) and hope to attract a wide selection of different art forms including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textiles, glass and ceramics.

Artists will be able to sell their work during the show with a small commission going to Yacht Club Funds.  Each artist will be asked to pay £20 towards the cost of the event.
With the publicity from the Canterbury Festival we are hoping the WYC show become a very worthwhile event for the public, artists and the club.

So as not to miss the deadline for the Open House brochure we need to provide a list of artists interested in exhibiting before 30th April. Please let us know in the next few days if you would like to take part in this exciting show.

Robin South & Andy Jackson - M: 07957 248724 - M:  07725 486962

Discounted class legal equipment for the Laser Standard, Radial & 4.7

Do you own a Laser dinghy? Are you aware of the WYC scheme to supply discounted class legal boats and spares? Click here to find out more. Laser

This Friday night is Quiz Night at WYC

Come down to the club this Friday evening and pit your wits against your fellow club members, and our Whitstable Yacht Club Quiz Masters Wiz and Tony! The quiz will start at 7.30pm, with teams of maximum 6 people. Entry fee will be £1 per person, and the winning team will take all. Nibbles will be available, but feel free to bring your own food or snacks.

Well done to Max Hunt!

Whitstable Yacht Club member Max Hunt Laser EuroMasters event at Calella de Palafrugell in Spain last weekend, and had a good event! Max finished 4th Radial in the 65 strong fleet and won the GrandMaster category. For full details and results, see

Good luck to Meia Harnett and Hannah Fagg!

Good luck to Meia Harnett and Hannah Fagg, ex WYC cadets, who are representing Exeter and Lancaster Universities respectively in the 2014 British University Sailing Association Team Match Racing Championship Finals in Strathclyde this weekend.


Windsurf Equipment

There are a number of windsurf boards, masts, booms and sails stored in the lower Rigden’s Shed 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 notice (18th March 2014), 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.
Email or call 01227 272942

Windsurfing Boards
Starboard Futura 155,
F2 Xantos 310,
Bic Vivace Racetech 270,
Mistral Pandera,
Mistral Screamer 277,
Mistral Screamer 260,
Fanatic Gecko 265,
Fanatic Gecko 278,
Fanatic Cat 380,
Fanatic Shark,
Bic Techno 293,
Bic Techno 283,
Magnum Wide Series,
Pacific Newtec 325,
Hifly Superfun

Also a wide range of sails, booms and masts.

Please see the photographs here

Working Party Thank You

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Working Party on Saturday. It was great that we exceeded our expected numbers, which allowed us to achieve lots more than we intended. There was lots of enthusiasm for this coming season, so let’s hope the weather is on our side for a fantastic year of sailing & fun at the Club!

New Committee Boat arrives at WYC

Committee Boat Our new Committee Boat was delivered to Whitstable Yacht Club yesterday (Thursday), all the way from Colne Catamarans in Essex! The boat will be stored in the yard of Whitstable Marine for the next few months while it's fitted out, but it should be on the water by the start of the Summer. For more pictures of the delivery, see the album on the club's Facebook page here.

2014 club programme download

Programme CoverThe PDF version of the 2014 Club Information and Programme booklet is now available to download here. Great for viewing if you don't have your paper copy to hand!

Tea Bar Survey

Dear Member
Please find a link below to a survey set up to find out what the membership would like from the Tea Bar Catering.
If you could please complete it by 20th March 2014 as I would like to assess the results before the AGM so we can have a clear picture of where we are going.
Thank you for your help.
Fee Clarke.
Chair, Bar and Catering Committee

Working Party - 15th March

With just over a week to go to the start of the sailing season why not come down to the club on Saturday 15th March, catch up with old friends, make new ones and help get the club ready for the sailing season. Free food to all who help!
There are lots of things that need doing, both inside and out. Whether your skills are in painting, polishing, cleaning or tidying we can find something for you to do. If none of those, please come anyway and you may discover hidden talents!
If you have a pressure washer or carpet cleaner that you could bring please contact the club office. We are also looking for people with carpentry skills to start repairs on the white shed!
Finally as part of the tidying we will be clearing the changing rooms of all stray clothing. Removed items will be retrievable up until Easter, when they will be disposed of. Therefore if you have anything lying around the changing rooms please remove before the 15th! If you need a locker please contact Sally in the office as there may still be some available.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

WYC and Art in 2013

In late 2012 and throughout 2013, Whitstable Yacht Club partnered with local artists to form the White Horses Project, part of the Prosper Arts Council Project. In a year of experimentation with combining art and sailing, WYC saw experiments in aerial photography from helicopters and planes, art installations at the club, the Horsebridge Centre and the RYA Dingy Show, artwork printed on Laser sails, and even a visit from royalty! The project has now ended with the final workshop a few weeks ago, but to look back on the year, there are two videos on the subject. Click here to see a documentary on the project, and click here to see a video artwork based on the year's activities.
Thank you once again to all the club members who took part in the project and helped make it a success!

2014 sailing schedule

The final schedule has now been confirmed, and the programme is with the printers. You'll receive your 2014 programme with the AGM papers in the next month, but in the meantime the 2014 schedule is now on the website here.
WYC Presents poster

WYC Club Manager - Jeff Emerson

Jeff Emerson
After three weeks on the job, our new Office Manager Jeff Emerson is settling in. He's had a handover, met the Flag Officers, staff members and most of the key volunteers, and has attended the committee meetings held since he started. If you haven't already met him, by way of an introduction here's a bit of background from Jeff:
"I started my career as a watersports instructor in the stunning Corsican sunshine where I soon got the bug for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing, gaining qualifications with the RYA and BWSF. After spending a winter ski guiding in the Italian Alps, I gained the position of Assistant Manager for an activity Centre and in time progressed to Manager. I managed 80+ Staff looking after 400+ guests at 2 sites. I liaised with local and national authorities including the police, coastguard, sports governing bodies and councils. We ran courses in sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, archery, climbing, shooting and golf as well as hosting corporate events.
"I have had responsibility of managing a large team and delivering leisure activities and corporate events throughout London and the south of England. I managed a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and outside contractors to achieve, implement and develop our events and activities.
"I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to manage and develop WYC, bringing a bright and prosperous future."


I have placed the 2014 storage stickers on the table in the sea room. If you have paid for equipment storage, please come and collect your sticker(s) and place on your equipment or board rack as soon as convenient. Thank you. Membership/Sailing Secretary.

Draft 2014 WYC Sailing Programme

Although the weather outside doesn't look very tempting, the planning of the new sailing season is in it's final stages, and there's only two and half months to go before the first race! Attached is a draft schedule of races and events, and the highlights of the 2014 season for your new diary are:
RYA SE Region Topper Squad training: 15-16 March
Easter Nip: 18-21 April
Topper Training and Open: 26-27 April
RNLI Pursuit Race: 5 May
B14 & 505 Open: 17-18 May
Club Champs: 24-26 May
Merlin Open: 14-15 June
Wanderer Nationals & Town Regatta: 12-13 July
Dawes Cup: 27 July
Whitstable Week: 28 July - 1 Aug
Aug Regatta: 23-25 Aug
Forts Race: 13-14 Sept
Bart's Bash: 21 Sept
Dart 18 Open: 11-12 Oct
The full programme will soon be going to the press, and as soon as it's confirmed we will update the website with the full schedule, including duties. Thanks to John Cooper and Sally Gostelow for all their hard work putting the programme together so far.

New Years Eve at Whitstable Yacht Club

The club bar will be open from 5.30pm on New Years eve. There's nothing formal planned, but if you want to come in for pre-party drinks, a relaxing drink in good company, or an opportunity to relive the excitement of 2013 and welcome in 2014, WYC is the place to be.
And don't forget, if you need something to wake you back up on New Years Day, the bar will be open from midday to 5pm!

Christmas bar opening times at Whitstable Yacht Club

WYC in snow
WYC kicks off Christmas in style this year, with band Left Of The Dial playing at the club on Christmas Eve from 5pm. There's also the Boxing Day Football Match, and the bar is open throughout the festive period, with the only exception being Christmas Day. Come and celebrate the season with us! Bar opening times:
Monday 23rd - Midday - 9pm
Christmas Eve - Midday - 9pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Midday - 6pm
Friday 27th - Midday - 2.30pm, then 5.30 - 9pm
Saturday 28th - Midday - 9pm
Sunday 29th - Midday - 9pm
Monday 30th - Midday - 2.30pm, then 5.30 - 9pm
New Years Eve - Midday - 2.30pm, then 5.30 - Midnight
New Years Day - Midday to 5pm
Thursday 2nd January - Normal Opening Hours

Committee Boat Progress

More good news for Whitstable Yacht Club this week: In line with the plans agreed with the General and Sailing Committees, developed in consultation with the members, the subgroup formed to purchase a new Committee Boat has this week signed off plans and placed an order for a new Colne Catamaran CC7. There's still a lot of work to be done, but the new boat is expected to be in use for the 2014 sailing season. Until then, Perry will still be available for any events requiring Committee Boat starts before the new boat is delivered.
Thanks to Ian Wild, Stuart France, Jason Wild, John Cooper, Jull Fagg and Richard Earland for their hard work getting to this significant milestone!
Colne Cat CC7 top view

New Club Manager

After a lot of good responses to our advertisements for a new club manager, we are pleased to announce that JEFFERY EMERSON has accepted the post having made a very creditable performance through the selection process. Jeffery lives locally, (near faversham), has extensive experience of large catering and social club management and is a keen sailor. He has been a water sports centre manager for Mark Warner, a windsurfing instructor and holds an RYA Level 2 power boat qualification. He will start with the club on 7th January, and I am sure you will all wish to make him feel welcome. Thanks to Richard Earland, Jill Fagg and Maureen Bush for conducting the candidate selection and interviews.

Winter series final race, Prize Giving and masts

It's the final race of the 2014 season this Sunday, with Winter Series Race 8 starting at 11am. The battle for the Laser class is a close one, with 3 boats vying for 1st place with only 3 points separating them. Will it be the current leader Steve Gray, Mark Holweger who won the first race of the series, or Charles Campion, just back from competing at the Laser Masters Worlds in Oman?
Following the race we'll be holding the prize giving for the Winter Series, so please come along to congratulate the sailors who braved the winter weather! And now we're firmly into Winter, can all members please drop the masts on their boats. As well as being a club rule for masts to be down over Winter, we've had a few storms already, with boats moving on the beach, and it's only going to get worse as the season moves on. To protect your equipment, and that of your neighbours it's important to make sure all masts are dropped and boats well tied down. If you are expecting to sail over Winter, so want to keep your mast up, please contact Sally in the office

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sue Cannon on 30 November 2013.

Funeral Arrangements: The service will be held at 10.20am, Bluebell Hill, Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham, Kent ME5 9QT on Friday 13 December 2013. This will be followed by drinks at Whitstable Yacht Club at approximately 12 noon. A number of friends will be assembling at Whitstable Harbour at 0910 to travel to Bluebell Hill.


To help you get in the festive mood, WYC has a couple of important dates for your calendar. This Sunday, the children's Christmas Party will be from 1pm to 3pm with guest appearance by "Father Christmas" who will be handing out presents to our younger members. Then on Christmas Eve, we have a live band "Left of the Dial" playing from 5pm to 8pm. So please come on down and enjoy a drink with friends and family. As always, the Yacht Club will be open daily, only closing for Christmas Day.


A daggerboard, rudder, carbon fibre tiller and a dark blue combi bag have gone missing or been stolen from Laser 184156. If anyone has seen these items could they please contact the office. Thank you. Sailing Sec.


Following yesterday's flood tide, I am happy to report that the clubhouse and buildings are all undamaged. However, the sea came up very high and affected a small number of dinghies and catamarans, (the owners have been notified). If you have a boat parked on the beach, it would be prudent to come and check it for any damage at the earliest opportunity. Many thanks to all those members who came down and helped secure and identify affected boats. Sailing Sec.


From 11am on Saturday 7 December, tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied for any members who turn up and help decorate the bar and sea room. Surely an offer you can't refuse!

Time Trials - Final Run!

Time Trial Map We now have a final opportunity to go for the prize for the fastest boat in Whitstable! A new course has been loaded to MapMyTracks, along the shore West to East, and will be in place until December 31st. All you need to do to take part is to send your MapMyTracks Username and boat type to Rear Commodore Sailing, then sail the course while tracking with yor phone or GPS. There will be prizes for the fastest boats, both on handicap and on raw time. Are you the fastest boat in town? For more details of how to set up MapMyTracks, click here, and to see the leader board go to


A number of volunteers are needed to help clear away debris etc from underneath the veranda decking. If you are coming down to the club that morning, possibly to race, it would be nice if you could spare a moment to help out. Many hands make light work! Many thanks. WYC Office.

WYC Tea Bar

From this weekend and up to the end of the sailing season the Tea Bar will open on Sundays only - for morning sailing 9am to 2pm and for afternoon sailing from midday to 5pm - and will close on 15th December until next season, unless we can have a rota of volunteers to keep the Tea bar running during the winter months.  Anyone interested in volunteering please contact the office.  Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available every day from the Bar during opening times.

Notes from the November 2013 Meeting of Sailors

Thanks to everyone who attended the Meeting of Sailors on Sunday. Click here to read the notes made at the meeting.

WYC winners at the 2013 RYA Autumn Olympic Classes National Ranking Series

Well done for WYC sailors Alicia Clifford and Tom Bruton, who won the Nacra 17 class at the third and final 2013 RYA Autumn Olympic Classes National Ranking Series event last weekend! For a full write up, see the RYA post here.

Congratulations to the race winners

2013 Prizes
Congratulations to all the prize winners for the 2013 sailing season so far. Thanks to everyone who attended the prize giving yesterday to pick up your cups, and to everyone who came to congratulate their fellow sailors. Thanks also to Tony and the Bar&Catering staff for putting on a fine spread of nibbles to keep us going! Click
here for the full list of prize winners.


Just to clarify as per the 2013 Programme, the Winter Series will have a separate prize for Lasers. All other classes will compete for the handicap prize. Prizes will be awarded after the last race on Sunday 15 December.

Time Trials Update

As you will have seen below, we're planning on holding the rescheduled Time Trials event from the Forts Race on Saturday 16th November. This uses MapMyTracks technology, and to have your track recorded and in the running for the prizes, you'll need to sign up to the service and have the app running on your phone when you race the course, or alternatively, download the track from a GPS to the website when you come ashore). We do need everyone's MapMyTracks usernames and the boat they will be sailing before the event, so sign up at now, and email it to Rear Commodore Sailing before Saturday morning. For more details of how to set up MapMyTracks, click here

Time trials and try a cat day - Update

On Saturday 16th November from 11am we will be holding an AC45 style time trial using MapMyTracks technology, and a try a catamaran session. The time trial will be open to all club members and boats, and the event will find the fastest boats on the water, both on raw speed and corrected time. Come along and see how your best time compares! For the details of the event, and instructions on setting up the MapMyTracks tracking, click more.

Speed Trial Instructions:
1 A yacht’s may start any time after earliest start time declared by ROD.
2 A yacht shall start by Crossing the start line between two cylindrical orange start buoys
3 A yacht shall finish by passing between the two cylindrical orange buoys marking the finish.
4 It is the competitor’s responsibility to record their time and load to Mapmytracks.
5 A yacht will be ranked based on her highest average speed for a run, measured by Mapmytracks.
6 A yacht’s may repeat the course any time till the course closure time declared by ROD
Prizes will be given for the fastest recorded speeds, the quickest run, and the corrected times for Dinghies and Catamarans.
For details of how to set up MapMyTracks, click here

A fishy tale from the Laser event

What happens when you cross a Laser with a fishing boat...

November 2013 Meeting of Sailors

The Annual Meeting of Sailors will be at 2pm on Sunday 17 November, and will be followed by the Prizegiving at 4pm. We highly recommend you attend the meeting, as this is your chance to have your say on the sailing available at Whitstable Yacht Club. Click more for the agenda and the notes from the previous meeting in May.

• Club programme 2013, 2014, 2015
• Events Policy and 2014 events
• Sailing Development
• Cadet Sailing
• Committee Boat Update
• Volunteering and vacant sailing committee positions
• Any Other Business
Notes from the meeting in May: Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_2013_05_18_FINAL.doc

Time trials and try a cat day - Saturday 16th November

WYC will be hosting a time trial event on Saturday 16th November. Open to all club members and boats, this event will find the fastest boats on the water, both on raw speed and corrected time, using the MapMyTracks tracking technology. In parallel the small and big catamaran classes will be holding a 'try a cat' day, so if you've ever wanted to see if two hulls really are better than one, come along and experience a different type of sailing! Both events will kick off from 11am, and more details will be posted nearer the day.

Laser Qualifier - Report and thanks!

Laser Start
WYC put on a fine performance hosting 130 Lasers for their Qualifier despite some challenges from both weather and tides. A large number of volunteers ensured that things went as smoothly as possible and two races were completed each day. However conditions on Saturday were light with no chance of a 3rd race in a dying wind, whilst on Sunday driving rain and a moderate breeze greeted the fleet. Many commented on the relative youth of both the Radial and Standard fleets with the small Whitstable contingent bringing up the average age considerably! So well done to Charlie Campion for coming 16th in the standard fleet and Max Hunt for coming 29th in the Radials. Also mention should be made of the other WYC sailors Rosie Tribe, Mark Howleger, Kevin Hall and Jamie Pope for giving it a go with the youngsters. The front of the fleet was dominated by Team GBR and youth squad sailors – the standards being won by Lorenzo Chiavarini counting 3 wins and the huge radial fleet won by John Booth. Many thanks should go to all the many volunteers who made the event such a success, with a special mention of Peter Gowing who pulled it all together. Well done! For a full write up, see the Yachts&Yachting report at

Whitstable: Art-on-Sea survey

Please can you help us by casting your mind back to the warm days of August, and telling us what you thought of the Art-on-Sea floating exhibition? This link will take you to a short survey where you can give us some feedback: If you came to the event with other people who might not see this, please do forward this link on to them. The more feedback we get, the more likely we are to be able to plan future events. Thank you from Richard Earland, Andy Jackson and Tracey Falcon, the White Horses Whitstable team.


In light and very shifty conditions at the Laser Masters Inland championships at Grafham Water over the weekend Max Hunt finished 3rd overall and 1st Grand Master. Max also finished 1st Grand Master in the overall 2013 Radial Masters series. Max has also been nominated for the Canterbury and District Sports Award 2013 (Senior Sports Performer category) and will be attending the ceremony on Friday 18 October - good luck Max - we will let you know if he wins!

Membership Renewals - Change to road trailer storage fees

Members will have received their membership renewal packs by post over the last few weeks. Membership fees are due by 31st October, so if you have not received your pack, please contact the office. One item of note is a change to road trailer storage fees. As we have lost the use of the Chalet Park this year, which was always provided at a relatively low cost to the club, we will have to bring storage fees in line with the space they take up on the beach or West Quay. The new policy for 2014 is for any boat stored on top of it's trailer (not taking up significantly more room than the boat without the trailer) will pay no additional trailer fees. However, a trailer stored separately will cost the same as the boat for which it was designed to transport. Any questions on this new policy, please contact the office.

Wanderer Inlands - WYC Success!

The Wanderer Inland Championships were held at Bewl Valley SC over the weekend 28th/29th September. WYC sailors Liz North and Paul Yeadon, sailing W1282 "Thistle" came 3rd, Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper in W1626 "Surprise" were 4th, and Patrick Duffy and Tony McShane, W1492 "Mistral" came 5th. Well done to all three boats, great result!

Thanks to WYC from the Cat Squads

Last weekend, Whitstable Yacht Club hosted a training session for the Youth Spitfire catamaran squad and the new Olympic catamaran Nacra17 class boats. We had 4 visiting Spitfires plus 1 visiting Nacra17 alongside our 2 club Nacras (sailed by Alicia Clifford, Tom Bruton, Abby Zambinski and Sam Breary) sailing in some strong winds and low tides. Despite the conditions they managed to get two good days on the water for both fleets, with lots of capsize practice! Thanks to the WYC Safety team, and to Paul Clifford and Dick Ledger for supporting the session.

Forts Race: Results, Report and Photos

Prize Winners
Thanks to everyone at the club who contributed towards the smooth running of the Forts Race weekend last weekend, especially our headline sponsor Vattenfall! Despite the complete lack of wind on Sunday forcing the cancellation of the Time Trials, the weekend was a success, once again showing that Whitstable can put on a premier race event. For the full results, see the results page. For photos from the official photographer, see Champion Marine Photography and for the write up of the event, see Yachts&Yachting!

Farewell to Jane, WYC Club Manager.

I am sorry to have to give the news that Jane Robinson, our club manager, has decided that it is time to move on from WYC. I would like to thank Jane for her hard work and support over the last two and a half years, and I hope you will join with me in wishing her all the best for the future. We have made arrangements to provide short term cover for the office, so please bear with us during this time of transition as we may have to reduce the office opening hours. We will post an amended office schedule shortly. David Lowes, Commodore.


The sailing committee has agreed some important changes to the sailing programme between now and the end of the season.

All races between now and the end of September (with two exceptions - see below) will be run from the committee boat “Perry”.  Race Officers, AROs and recorders should therefore come prepared to go afloat.  As “Perry” has limited space the second AROs rostered each day have been stood down and should already have been notified by the sailing secretary.  Competitors are reminded to launch in plenty of time as races will not be delayed for tardy arrivals.
The exceptions are that on 7th and 8th September “Perry” is not available and the races will be run from the club line.
All club races in October will be run from the club line although “Perry” will be available for the Laser Qualifier on 12/13 October.

Dart 18 Youth National Champions

Well done to Alicia Clifford and Tom Bruton who were the top placed Youth boat at the Dart 18 National Championships at Netley Sailing Club that finished this weekend! Taking a break from their usual boat, the Olympic class Nacra 17, they came 18th overall out of 73 Dart 18s entered, taking the prize for 1st British Lady helm, and 2nd Newcomers as well! You can see the full results here and read more about them on their blog here.

Whitstable’s Floating gallery launches this weekend

Art On Sea poster It's the official launch of Whitstable: Art-on-Sea this Sunday, with the new Art sails revealed to the public at Whitstable Yacht Club, then taking part in the last race of the Whitstable Town Regatta. For more details, see the write up on the Yachts&Yachting website!

Well done to WYC Laser sailors Max Hunt and Charles Campion!

This time we've had it confirmed! The European Laser Master Championship 2013 held in Sweden has finished, and two Whitstable Sailors have great results. Max Hunt won the Men's Grand Master Laser Radial class, and Charles Campion came 9th in the Grand Master Laser Standard class. Well done to both sailors. Click through for a full write up of the event by Max.

WYC’s Max Hunt and Charles Campion were in Sweden last week for the Laser Masters European championship. Nine races over four days were held in challengingly light and shifty conditions combined with very unpredictable currents in the waters between Sweden and Denmark. Consistency was particularly difficult but Max pulled clear of the Grand Master Radial group at the end of day one and held onto a reducing lead at the end of day 3. A 3rd place finish out of the 70 plus overall radial fleet in race 8 would have been enough to secure victory but Max had jumped the gun by a fraction and was black flagged. With the second discard coming in with the 9th race all was not lost and a solid finish against his nearest rival in the last race of the series gave Max his first ever championship win by a slender 3 point margin. In the full-rig Charles was up against stiff competition and finished in a solid 9th.  Charles commented that more practice was required!  Next stop is the worlds in Oman in late November. The full results can be found here

WYC boats at the B14 Worlds in Plerin France

Two WYC B14s Seavolution GBR788 (Mark Barnes/Jeremy Williamson) and Team Harken GBR770 (Simon Hadley/Nikki Hadley) attended the recent B14 Worlds in Plerin France. The event was hot and very light with very close racing seeing both teams mixing it at the front and leading several races between them. Seavolution was joint second mid way through, finishing a solid 4th and Team Harken finishing 13th with a best result of 4th from a race they led most of the way. The B14s will be back at WYC looking to compete in the Forts Race in September. Click for Results and Photos.

Have you seen this poster?

Art On Sea poster Going up at railway stations around Kent, this is the poster advertising the launch of the White Horses Whitstable floating exhibition, which will set sail from the yacht club on the 11th and 17th August.
Part art show, part boat race, these events will offer a unique and inspiring experience for spectators on the beach, and these posters will ensure that the events bring Whitstable Yacht Club and the sport of Sailing to a new audience.
White Horses Whitstable is a collaboration between Whitstable’s sailing community and Kent Artists. The project, developed by local artists Tracey Falcon and Andy Evans, and yacht club members Richard Earland and Andy Jackson, involves original artwork designed by local artists being printed onto Laser sails.

Feel free to ask Richard or Andy questions about White Horses Whitstable, visit the website:, post on our Facebook page:, or tweet about the project here: @whitehorseswhit.
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the project:

How did the project start? The project was initiated by the organisers of the Canterbury Festival, and developed by an arts group called Prosper. White Horses Whitstable is one of five initiatives selected by Prosper that will be seen around East Kent this summer. Find out more here:

How is the project funded? The project is funded by an Arts Council England grant secured by the Canterbury Festival in order to develop new models of sustainable creative practice across East Kent. White Horses Whitstable is also supported by Canterbury Christ Church University, who are a major sponsor, and the project benefits from the generosity of a number of private sponsors. There has been no financial cost to the yacht club.

Who will be sailing the boats? The art will be printed onto a fleet of Laser sails for the floating exhibition, and we have been fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of the club’s Laser fleet. The Laser helms will be sailing a series of exhibition races, with the art sails on their boats. The sails will belong to White Horses Whitstable, but we expect some sailors will also use the art sails in occasional club races.

Who benefits from this? This is a valuable profile raising event for the club, and we expect to get good local and even national media coverage. Many visitors and residents of Whitstable will become more aware of our activity on the water, and we may even get some new members. It is also an opportunity for both artists and sailors to become more aware of each other’s worlds, and it will enrich our experience of sailing, and of using the club.

Death of Nick Dewhirst

Nick Dewhirst at sea in his Dart 18
It is with much sadness that we pass on the news of the death of Nick Dewhirst on Friday 19th July 2013. Our thoughts are with his wife Sissy and sons Oliver and Benedict at this difficult time.
Nick was a very active member of Whitstable Yacht Club and a champion of the sport of sailing, (catamaran sailing in particular). Over the years he held a number of positions at Whitstable Yacht Club, including Beach Master, Class Captain and organiser of the Forts Race. He was President of the World Council on International Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System, Chairman of UK Catamaran Racing Association, Chairman of the Sprint 15 Class Association, and was a key campaigner in the successful bid for the return of a catamaran class to the Olympic Games.
Nick will be missed at Whitstable Yacht Club, where he was always willing to give advice to new sailors, and always pushing for a better quality of racing across the fleet.
Details of any funeral arrangements will be posted here when known.

505 Open - Report and thanks!

505s at WYC
Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the 505 class for an Open event on 6th and 7th July, with the event run in glorious sunshine and brisk sea breezes on the Saturday and Sunday. Visiting sailors came from Belgium, Nottingham, Rock (Cornwall), Harwich, Herne Bay and Isle of Sheppey to join the four Whitstable boats. An event of this kind cannot be run without volunteers from the club, so thank you to those who gave up some of their weekend to help out. As usual they didn't disappoint, with the Laser Class providing the majority of the helping hands! A special note of thanks to Mike Fitzpatrick for organising the event. Results are available here, and click more for additional details on the class.

The 505 racing dinghies are a recent addition to Whitstable Yacht Club and the boats have attracted 9 or ten of our most keen and successful sailors from several other classes. The 505 is so called as it is 5.05 metres in length. They are large and rather heavy but often described as beautiful. They look very modern with their sweeping curves, yet they were designed in the mid 1950s by an Englishman to replace a dying French class and they have grown steadily all over the world since. The 505 is very fast but stable and rewarding when driven by two strong and experienced people, but no place for the faint hearted. We now have 3 modern 505s plus 1 elderly “Classic” model. The helms and crews are all former helms from other classes. If you want to try sailing a 505, please contact Mike Fitzpatrick who’ll be pleased to show you round a boat!

WYC Success at the Olympic Classes National Ranking Series for the Nacra 17 at Weymouth!

Congratulations to Alicia Clifford/Tom Bruton who came 1st, and Abby Zambinski/Sam Brearey who came 2nd at the first of the Olympic National Ranking Series at Weymouth this weekend (6th and 7th July). Both teams were sailing their new Nacra 17 catamarans, and were tied on points, but team Clifford/Bruton took the series with a race win in the final race. With two Whitstable Yacht Club boats at the top of the ranking for the Olympic catamaran class, the road to Rio in 2016 looks like it will be an exciting one! You can follow Alicia and Tom's sailing on their blog at


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