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Reminder - West Quay Boat Moves

Reminder: Any class member with boats and/or trailers on West Quay should move them into the central compound this weekend and position it towards the seaward end of that compound, that is, to the left of the entrance gates. There are no tie down points in the central compound, but the club has provided 42L buckets that can be filled with water or stones and boats can be tied to these. There are also some 25L water containers available that can be filled and used as temporary tie down points. It is recommended that masts are dropped wherever possible. Rubble buckets are stored in the ‘maintenance cupboard’ in the gents changing rooms where there is also some tie down rope that can be used where needed (please take only what is needed). Filled buckets/water containers should be shared between boats.
The key to the store cupboard is available from behind the bar, and the West Quay compound is now open and available to boats. Any boats not moved this week will be moved by a small working party on Tuesday or Wednesday. Boats will need to be returned back to the end of the West Quay by 12th June.
Whilst it is recognised that this causes some inconvenience to the members with boats stored on the West Quay, the event will provide significant income to the club.

Peter Raymer

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

Race Officer needed on Sunday

Unfortunately our scheduled Race Officer is now unable to do the RO duty on Sunday for the Club Championships. The Sunday has two races back to back starting at 2pm and is a Committee Boat start. If you're willing and able to volunteer to fill this gap, please contact Robert on or 07733260879

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

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

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

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

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

West Quay - Temporary Clearance

This year WYC has agreed to support two local events for Vattenfall and the Whitstable Oyster Festival utilising the West Quay storage area.

The Vattenfall event is in June and the Oyster Festival is in July. As a result West Quay will need to be cleared of all boats and equipment prior to each event and whilst it is recognised this causes some inconvenience the two events will provide significant income to the club. This year we have access to the central compound on West Quay so boats and equipment will just need to be moved from the end of the quay to the centre area.

The first of the events is for Vattenfall on 6th/7th June, boats and equipment will need to be moved from Saturday 28th May to Monday 30th May, and must be returned to West Quay after the event and by the weekend of June 11th/12th.
The Oyster Festival is scheduled from July 23rd and the dates for boat movement for this event will be published never to the event.

WYC Pushed the Boat Out

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

WYC Development - Funding Update

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

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

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

Advice for Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer duties

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

Cadets Programme for Friday May 6th 18.00 - 20.00

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

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

The 2016 Tasar National Championships

Tasar Nationals PosterFriday 8th July – Sunday 10th July 2016
Whitstable Yacht Club is proud to be hosting 2016 Tasar National Championships. Whitstable Yacht Club has one of the largest fleets of Tasars in the UK and the club has a long tradition of organising events at Club, National and International Levels. Eight championship races will be held in Whitstable Bay over three days, and there will be an accompanying programme of social events.
Whitstable offers some of the best sailing conditions in the south-east, and the town is also a great holiday destination for shopping, restaurants, and pubs. There's plenty of space to park your boat, a large chandlery right next door, and you can find details of accommodation here.
You can enter online here, and there are discounts for early-bird entries. The championship documents will be loaded to the WYC website shortly; please check back for the Notice of Race and Programme of Events. You can also stay up to date with the preparations on the Tasar Nationals Facebook page

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

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

Reminder: Topaz for sale

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

Bar Opening Hours

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

Great start to the 2016 season!

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

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

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

Forts Race Weekend - Discounted Early Bird Entry now available

Forts Race Weekend 2016
Discounted Early Bird entry to the 2016 Forts Race is now available online. Buy your entry before the end of July (or while the limited number of entries at this price last) and save £20. The Forts Race Weekend, one of the premier Catamaran events in the UK, will be held on 3rd and 4th September, and is open to two handed catamarans from the Dart 18 and faster. For more information, see

Working Party Reminder

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

Dinghy Instructors Required for Cadet and Sailing Development Sessions

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

Wine & Wisdom Well Done!

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

Recuiting Race Recorders

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

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

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


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

1 month until the 2016 sailing season starts!

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


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

Cadet Fund Raising Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

Bar Change Relaunch

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

WYC Development - Funding Update

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

Contactless Payments, Tabs and Loyalty Cards

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

Membership renewals - rejoining fee after 31st Jan

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

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

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

Boxing Day Bank Holiday Sail!

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

RNLI victory in the Boxing Day Boot football match!

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

DRAFT WYC 2016 WYC Sailing Programme

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

WYC Coffee Club Christmas Cracker!

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

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

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

Winter Series and Cadet Prizegiving

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

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

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

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

Cadet Fund

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

Notes from the 2015 Meeting of Sailors

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

Application to Sports England

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

Congratulations to Nia Crockford

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

Atlantic Row - Less than 40 days to go!

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


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

Bar - Essential cellar work

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

2015 Prize Giving and Laying up Supper

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

Club racing series:

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

Special Awards:

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

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

Meeting of Sailors 2015 - Sun 22nd Nov

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

Bar Opening times for Winter

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

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

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

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


Dear Members of Whitstable Yacht Club

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

Monday 19th October 2015
Dear Members of Whitstable Yacht Club

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

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

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

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

With respect and thanks

Richard Earland

Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving 2015 - 24th October

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

Artists’ Open House Exhibition 2015 - Opening Weekend

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

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

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


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

Welcome to Keith at Quayside Coffee

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

University of Kent Sailing and Windsurfing Club - Tasters 2015

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

Special General Meeting vote result

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

Quayside Coffee comes to Whitstable Yacht Club for the Winter!

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

Club Development - Special General Meeting - Reminder and FAQs

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

Cadet Trophies

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

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

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

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

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

WYC Dart 18 success at Weston Sailing Club Cat Open

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

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

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

Club Development - Five Year Plan

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

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

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

August Regatta - Amended Results

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

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.

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


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