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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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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
Please see the photographs and list of equipment 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

Notes from the Spring Meeting of Sailors

Click here for the notes taken at the Spring Meeting of Sailors on 18th May.

Club Championships Official Results

Unfortunately there has been an error in the results for the club championships last weekend. The final official results are shown on the the Results page of this site. Although this has not altered the top two positions there are some changes to other leading positions and to the winners of the Tasar, Laser, Laser Radial and the Ladies trophies. The sailing secretary is trying to contact all those that have been affected.
We are very sorry for this error and apologise to those who have been disappointed by the changes. Procedures are now being changed to ensure that a similar mistake does not happen again.
Robert Govier
Rear commodore (Sailing)

Open Day Poster

Have you seen this poster around Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay? We're trying to advertise the club Open Day on Saturday 8th June as widely as possible to get people through the door to see what Whitstable Yacht Club can offer!
How can you help?
Spread the word... tell your friends, relatives and neighbours about the Open Day. If they've ever been curious as to what you do on the weekend, now's their chance to find out!
Volunteer... we need members to be at the club on the Saturday to answer questions and show people around. Don't worry if your not sure about details about the club... we'll be providing a briefing sheet with all you need to know, and there'll be officers of the club available all day. All you need to do is smile and be positive! If you're available, tell your Class Captain or put your name on the list at the bar.
Go sailing... If you're not able to volunteer, head out onto the water. The more people using the club, the better the impression that the visitors will take away of our club!
For more details, go to
Open Day 8th June 2013


UKC student, Luke Higgins is available as a crew. If you would like to get in touch with him please call 07590 644921 or email: Sailing Sec.

WYC Club Card

Loyalty Card
New to the Whitstable Yacht Club bar - the WYC Loyalty Card! Get your card stamped every time you spend £5 the bar, then exchange a card with 10 stamps for £5 off your next round! Pick your card up from the bar - limited number available. Over 18s only, Ts&Cs apply.


Max Hunt and Charles Campion ventured across the channel to take part in the four day Dutch Laser Masters Nationals event at Braassemermeer last weekend. Read on...

One day of racing was lost due to extreme conditions but 8 races over the three remaining days resulted in some challenging racing in very windy, gusty and shifty conditions on the large lake.  An OCS in Race 2 didn’t help Max’s chances and a capsize on the first downwind leg in Race 5 whilst in second place was also costly, and Max finished 13th overall out of the 44 Radials and just outside podium as 4th Grand Master.  In the full rig, Charlie fared much better podium wise, with consistent results that gave him 15th overall in the 39 strong fleet and 1st in the Grand Master category.  Well done Charlie! 

Next stop on the European tour is Sweden for the Masters Europeans at the end of July. 

Ullman Sails B14 Nationals - Final Results

Congratulations to Mike Bees and Martin Worth from Brightlingsea Sailing Club who won the Ullman Sails B14 Nationals at Whitstable Yacht Club this weekend. With three firsts and three seconds the pair were over 10 points ahead of the second placed boat of Mark Watts and Chris Bishop of Team Ullman Sails from Weston Sailing Club, who beat the third placed boat of Tim Harrison and Jonny Ratcliffe by only a point! 25 boats sailed in the 3 races on Friday and 4 races on Sunday, with competitors coming from as far away as La Rochelle to sail at the Whitstable event. Good luck to all of the B14 sailors heading out to the Worlds in Plérin, France in just under 2 months time! Many thanks to the Whitstable Yacht Club volunteers and staff who helped the event run smoothly. For the full results click here.

Andrew Simpson

Many of us have been sailing for a long time, but few reach the pinnacle of winning an Olympic medal. Some of us have been lucky enough to meet British sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson and found him the most modest of Olympians. Sadly he died yesterday whilst training on the AC72 Artemis in San Francisco Bay. The members of Whitstable Yacht Club send our condolences to his family at this sad time.

Spring Meeting Of Sailors

The Spring Meeting of Sailors will take place on Sunday 19th May, at 2pm (or as soon after that as club racing allows). The meeting is an opportunity for sailors to discuss the sailing and racing at Whitstable Yacht Club and have their views aired. The meeting will be chaired by the Rear Commodore (Sailing), and we encourage anyone who sails to come along and have their say. Click through for the agenda.

WYC club racing Programme 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Events Policy and 2013 events
Sailing Development
Committee Boat Update
Volunteering and Open SC Positions

Updated - Spring Series Results

*Updated with the results from race 3&4* Whitstable Sunday Racing
Click here for the latest Spring Series results.


Committee boat starts for club racing

Members should note that we will be using our new temporary committee boat with effect from next Saturday 4 May. As the tide will be low the course will be laid well offshore to avoid shallows so sailors should allow more time to get to the start line. The starting sequence will be as normal (see club sailing instructions)

** Advanced Warning of Drainage Works To Be Carried Out At WYC **

To commence TUESDAY 28 May 9am for approximately 1 week. The work is to replace drainage piping along side of the club. This will thankfully mean very little inconvenience to WYC. So the ladies toilets & showers will be ok to use. I have confirmed this with the company carrying out the work. Any disruptions will be advised of on the day.

Updated - April Showers - Final Results

*Correction: An error in the Big Cat results has been fixed* The April Showers series has now finished for the year and the results are in. Well done to helms Mark Barnes, Alicia Clifford Peter King, Stephen Gauld, Steve Gray, John Cooper, Chris Jarrett, Jason Wild, Robert Govier and Paul McNally for first places in their classes! Click through for the full results.

Big Cats,
General Handicap,
Radial Lasers,
Slow Handicap,
Small Cats,


The club has two Mirror dinghies available for syndication. For £80 a member can have the sole use until the end of the season. If interested, please contact Sally at

Easter Nip Results

29 boats raced in the Easter Nip this weekend, despite the threat of snow and the cold breeze. Well done to everyone who got out, and a big thank you to the Race Tower and Safety Boat crews who made the weekend possible! Click more to see the results from the weekend.

Laser Radial

Race Results

We're currently experiencing a minor issue with the website which is preventing 2013's results from showing on the results page. Please click More to see the results from Sunday's race

General Handicap
Small Cats
Big Cats



Well done to WYC member, Max Hunt, for finishing 2nd in the Mexican Laser Masters event last weekend. Sailing Sec.

2013 Sailing Schedule now available! - Update

The full 2013 programme will be posted out to members shortly, but in the mean time you can plan your sailing year by looking at the 2013 sailing schedule, which is now available here: Update: Downloads to add the schedule to your iCal on MacOS X, Google Calendar or Outlook on Windows have just been added thanks to Dart 18 sailor Richard Jones!

Prosper Arts Project – Event at WYC, and a display at the RYA Dingy Show!

There will be an opportunity to view the output of the experimental stage of the joint arts project between WYC and local artists Tracey Falcon and Andy Evans on Friday 22nd February from 1930 at Whitstable Yacht Club. As well as being another opportunity to view the photos taken from the helicopter and plane in 2012, there will be a projection of the material collected and collated since the collaboration began, with an artistic twist! The night will also be the first opportunity to see the Laser sail printed with artwork that was specially commissioned for the project. After it’s unveiling at the club, the sail will then be put on display on a stand at the RYA Dingy Show in Alexandra Palace on 2nd and 3rd of March.

The event will be open to club members, friends and guests on the February Friday evening, and you will be free to dip in and out of what is going on for as long or as short a period as you like. It will be a chance to discuss the Prosper project with Andy, Tracey and Richard, and explore the opportunities for this project to continue. Aerial pictures taken during the experiment will be available to view, and copies can be ordered for private purchase. Those who came to the event on 5th January and who have already said they would like additional copies of pictures will be able to purchase them on the night. If you would like to purchase specific pictures to take away on the evening, please let Richard Earland know by Tuesday 19th February so that they can be printed in advance. Call or text Richard on 07918175786

Barrier By RNLI

Following a reminder from the Harbour Master I would like to remind you all that the barrier is to be placed down & locked after being used. A key is available from the office or the bar (when open).

YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year 2012 awards at the London Boat Show

RYA Presentation
On Saturday 12th January Whitstable Yacht Club cadet sailor Ruth Oliver was treated to a VIP day at the London Boat Show, and was presented with her trophy for RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year for the South East region. During the day she was interviewed by the press and met with famous sailors including Ben Ainslie. Watch an interview with Ruth here

Whitstable Marine Freezer - New for March 2013!

After the cancellation of this year's Hoo Freezer event in the Medway, Whitstable Yacht Club and Whitstable Marine have organised a new event for the 2013 WYC calendar: The Whitstable Marine Freezer!

To be held on the weekend of 9th and 10th March 2013, the event will consist of a practice race on the Saturday, and the main race on the Sunday, open to adult sailors in monohull dinghies. The event will be run with safety a priority, and provide a challenging race for sailors to compete against each other, and against the cold conditions of sea sailing very early in the season. For more information click here!

WYC Regalia

Club Tie
Whitstable Yacht Club now has a new range of regalia available to club members. Smarten up your look with a WYC club tie, or dress for the sailing season in a Polo Shirt!

There is an example of the new design available in the club office, and a polo shirt in the bar. The club ties are on order, and will be delivered shortly, and the polo shirts are made to order. Both can be ordered by completing the order form attached to the polo shirt, or contact Jane in the office for more information. Jane also has a catelogue of clothing and sports items that can be ordered with a club logo, so if you want something unique, speak to her for details!
Polo and Tie

Prosper Arts Project News Flash – First Viewing of the aerial Pictures on Saturday 5th January

For those interested (club members along with friends and guests) there is an opportunity to view the aerial photographs taken on two occasions recently at the club. As an added incentive to attend this event, those who took part in the final race of the season (Sunday 16th December) will be able to select one high quality picture to keep for free! To qualify for your free picture all you need do is attend the event. This will be an opportunity to discuss the Prosper project with Andy and Tracey (our local artists and partners) and provide feedback and views on the images collected so far. shadow cat
The event will commence at 7:30pm. To ensure we have your picture available, if you sailed on 16th December and will be attending, please let Richard Earland know by Friday 4th January.

New free WiFi access point

A new free WiFi access point is being trialled in the club bar. If this one proves to be better, then the old Freerunner hotspot will be removed in the new year. The hotspot should give you a stable connection to the internet while in the club building for smartphones, tablets and laptops! To access the hotspot, look for the "WYCFreeWiFi" wireless connection on your device, then follow the instructions on the login page. If you have any feedback on the new access point, please contact Robert Govier

Prosper Art Project update - Helicopter aerial photography

The Prosper Arts Project will be taking photographs of Whitstable Yacht Club and the last race of the season from a helicopter this Sunday! After success of the aerial photography from a plane on 18th November, the project wants to maximise the opportunity to capture aerial photography of the last race in the season on Sunday 16th December by hiring a JetRanger helicopter (and pilot) to fly from Manston to Whitstable harbour. The aircraft will be on task at 13:55 and fly not less than 600 feet altitude and remain over the beach or close inshore for 45 minutes. The aim is to follow the race and then return safely to Manston, with a total flight time of 1 hour 10 minutes. Please come and make the last race a good one, with as many boats on the water as possible, and members who aren't sailing on the beach for a great photo opportunity!

The hire of the helicopter will be dependant on weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, but the weather forecast is looking good at the moment!

As part of the Canterbury Festival project called PROSPER Whitstable Yacht Club has been working with local artists Tracey Falcon and Andy Evans. One of the aims of the project is to encourage new collaborations between local artists and communities in Kent. WYC bid for funding with Tracey and Andy to be included in an experimental phase of the Prosper project known as White Horses.
Prosper Plane Photo
The project will explore a number of ideas where art, sailing and local communities meet. Members of WYC (whose engagement in the project is led by the clubs sailing development officer Richard Earland) are key participants. In October the partnership had planned to use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV (or small drone) but this had to be postponed for technical reasons. Not to be put off, members of the club rallied round. One of its members, Howard Patterson (a former Commodore of the club) generously offered the use of his private aeroplane to plug the gap left by the grounded UAV. From this vantage point all was ready to film one of the Winter Sunday race series on 18th November. An unusual November weather pattern (bright sunlight and no wind) required another change to the plan as the Prosper team took to the air. There wasn’t enough wind for the yacht race to take place. The clubs safety boat crews led by the Honorary Bosun, Ian Embry, came to the rescue (more metaphorically than usual). A combination of a pre-planned exercise with Whitstable Life Boat manoeuvring at speed and some close formation action with the clubs Rigid Inflatable Boats – or RIBs set the scene. This made for some exciting video and still photography from the cockpit of Howard’s light aircraft.

For the next phase of the experiment, the hire of a helicopter will be funded by a combination of the Prosper arts budget and a generous contribution from a benefactor (who wishes to remain anonymous) - there is no cost to the club. To find out more about Prosper go to, and for more information on this Sunday’s event contact Richard Earland


In a bid to keep WYC's postage costs to a minimum, 2013 boat stickers are available to pick up from the Sea Room. They have been placed in folders alphabetically based on members surnames. Please pick up your sticker(s) the next time you visit the club and place on your equipment. Many thanks, Sailing Sec.

Notes from the 2012 Meeting of Sailors

Please click the link to see the notes from the Meeting of Sailors held on 11th November 2012. Notes_of_meeting_of_Sailors_11_Nov_2012.doc

Missing boat parts - please check!

A number of boat parts have gone missing from the Chalet Park, including a Topper boom and mast. If you have taken anything from the Chalet Park recently, please can you double check that you have picked up the right bits. If you find anything that you think might be the missing parts, please contact the club office. Thanks, Robert Govier - Rear Commodore (Sailing)

Congratulations Ruth Oliver - RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year for the South East!

Whitstable Yacht Club cadet Ruth Oliver has won the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award for the South East region after being nominated by the Sailing Committee. In January she will be treated to a VIP day at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show followed by the national YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award ceremony where she will receive her Regional Young Sailor trophy.

More details of the prize can be found at the RYA website.


Ruth Oliver is a very active member of the Whitstable Yacht Club, a keen sailor and an enthusiastic volunteer.

She has been sailing at Whitstable since she was 8. For 3 years she was a member of the South East Zone Squad in a Mirror, where she participated in various events around the South East, including the ET Event at Rutland Water. Ruth then moved into Toppers, which she sailed at a club level for 2 years, and even through she was sometimes the only slow handicap boat out on the water, she never gave up! Most recently she has been sailing a Laser Radial, and despite sailing in a wide range of conditions against some of the South East’s finest club racers in the Laser fleet, she regularly places above older and more experienced sailors, and has an enviable collection of trophies!

At the age of 14 Ruth started helping out at the Wild Times Sailing and Windsurfing School attached to the Whitstable Yacht Club. She has qualified as an Assistant Instructor, gained her Powerboat Level 2, and plans to become a fully qualified instructor in January when she turns 16. For the past 2 summers, she has taught at the school, helping to organise and train the cadets in the Wednesday Evening topper race training and at the kids weeks. She has also been instrumental in organising the cadet social evenings that have been so successful on the first Friday evening of the month.

Ruth has been a member of the Sailing Committee, representing the club’s cadets, for 2 years, attending the monthly Monday evening meetings after school to ensure that the needs of the younger members are represented. She also keen to do duties at the club, and when she’s not sailing, can often be found in the race tower performing the role of Assistant Race Officer, or helping the Safety Boat Crew.

It’s really hard to believe that this very competent young lady is still only 15 years old. She is enthusiastic and always willing to help out anyone who is less experienced than herself, especially the younger members of the club.

Thanks to Jason Wild for supplying the photo.

WYC member Max Hunt wins the UK 2012 Laser Radial Grandmaster category

Competing in five events over 2012, Max Hunt won the Grandmaster Radial category. Well done to Max for flying the flag for Whitstable Yacht Club. His next destination is Mexico for the Mexican Masters Championships. Sailing Sec.

UAV Filming Postponed

Unfortunately the filming of club sailing on Sunday 18th November by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in partnership with The White Horses PROSPER Project will need to be postponed due to technical reasons. Watch this space for the rescheduled date!

Arts funding has allowed WYC and its’ PROSPER partners (Tracey Falcon and Any Evans) to hire a professional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) suitable for the marine environment for ans experiment in aerial photography over the WYC racecourse. The UAV being used is not a toy, it is a commercial platform used in counter piracy, sea borne wildlife conservancy and filming assignments, and will be operated by a registered UAV pilot. WYC and our partners are buying a ‘service’ to operate the platform for one day only. This represents a unique opportunity for WYC to assess the strengths of aerial photography in the areas of sailing development and for engaging our local community in exciting ways.
If you wish to know more please contact Richard Earland


WYC Cadets, Conor Lamb and Issie Bruton have been accepted on the RYA Topper Zone Squad for 2012/13. There were three selector events in September and stiff competition for places. Alex Harwood also applied and did very well in the selectors but unfortunately, due to the number of applicants they were strict about the age categories and he was a little bit too old. Congratulations and we wish all of them good luck. Sailing Sec.


Following the 2012 Annual Prizegiving, here is a full list of the prizewinners.

Series: Class: Winner: Trophy
April Showers Big Cat( F18) Peter King 1 Glass
Small Cat Robert Govier 1 Glass
Asymmetric (Skiff) Sergei Samus 1 Glass
General Handicap (Lightning) David Connor 1 Glass
Merlin Phil Emery 1 Glass
Tasar Stephen & Mei Baker 1 Glass
Laser Nick Stephens 1 Glass
Laser Radial Chris Jarrett 1 Glass
Slow Handicap Drystan Harnett 1 Glass
Easter Nip Big Cat (F18) Richard Ledger Martin’s Trophy
Small Cats Not sailed
Asymmetric Sergei Samus 1 Glass
General Handicap (Europe) Stephen Gauld 1 Glass
Merlin John Cooper Billmeir Cup
Laser Mark Grinter Ratbag Trophy
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver 1 Glass
Slow Handicap Not sailed
Spring Series Big Cat (F18) Huw Reynolds David Williams Big Cat Trophy
Small Cat Robert Govier Mylcrist Cup
Asymmetric (Skiff) Alastair Gould Northwood Cup
General Handicap (Europe) Stephen Gauld Contender Plate
Merlin Phil Emery Philpott Cup
Tasar Mike Fitzpatrick & Julie Puckett Tasar Trophy (missing)
Laser Charles Campion Laser Spring Series Cup
Laser Radial John Phelan Mrs C Waters Cup
Slow Handicap (Topper) Drystan Harnett Berlin Plate
Wednesday Evening Overall prize Mike Fitzpatrick & Julie Puckett Proctor Plate
Slow Handicap (Topper) Conor Lamb Whitstable Times Cup
RNLI Pursuit Race Richard Ledger (Dart 18) RNLI Shield
Summer Saturdays Big Cat (F18) David Figgis Grundon Trophy
Small Cat Robert Govier Knoll Cup
Asymmetric (Skiff) Sergei Samus Native Trophy
General Handicap (Lightning) David Connor Markham Goblet
Merlin Phil Emery Babbington Hill Cup
Tasar Mike Fitzpatrick & Julie Puckett Tasar Trophy
Laser Charles Campion Young Cup
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver Glass
Slow Handicap (Topper) Alex Harwood Baldwin Cup
Summer Sundays Big Cat (F18) Richard Ledger Stuart France Trophy
Small Cat (Dart 18) Glenn Cook Kent Messenger Trophy
Aysmmetric (Skiff) Sergei Samus WYC Challenge Cup
General Handicap (Wanderer) Gavin Barr & Mark Skipper Windlipper Trophy
Merlin John Cooper & crew Cheyenne Bowl
Tasar Andy Jackson & Evo Tasar trophy
Laser Charles Campion Kingsborough dinghy cup
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver Fireball Challenge Plate
Slow Handicap (Topper) Conor Lamb Commodores Cadet Trophy
Autumn Series Big Cats (F18) Richard Ledger & Tom Bruton Whitstable Chamber of Commerce Trophy
Small Cats (D 18) Robert Govier Nick Dewhirst Trophy
Asymmetric (Skiff) Justin Sutcliffe Always Trophy
General Handicap (Wanderer) Gavin Barr & Crew Frozen Enterprise Trophy
Merlin John Cooper & crew Veralum Cup
Tasar Stephen & Mei Baker Tasar Autumn Trophy
Laser Keith Underdown Ted Thompson trophy
Laser Radial Ruth Oliver WYC Windsurfer Summer Series Trophy
Slow Handicap (Topper) Conor Lamb H Collyer Hamlin Cup
Special Awards:
Most Deserving Lady Alicia Clifford Jo Edmondson Cup
Good Sportsmanship Andy Jackson Len Sharp Trophy
Largest Cat Turnout for the year Robert Govier Gaye Woolven Trophy
Perseverance Mike Oliver Hamlin Trophy
Highest Turnout Mark Grinter Richard Hollis trophy
Highest Merlin turnout John Cooper Whitstable Salt Bowl
Merlin Helmsman of the Year Rien Zilvold Merlin Helmsman Trophy
Best Merlin Crew Tom Pygall John Griffiths Trophy
Best All Round Cadet Alex Harwood Oades Cadet Trophy
Cadet Participation in club racing Ruth Oliver Tony & Liz Love Trophy
Best Wanderer in 4 series Gavin Barr Thistle Trophy
General Purpose Dinghy Trophy David Connor General Purpose Dinghy Trophy


Please come to the Annual Prizegiving this Sunday to support the winners. To check if you have won a prize, please take a look at the results pages on this website. The Annual Meeting of Sailors will immediately follow the prizegiving to discuss proposals for improving racing and sailing next year. Sailing Sec.

Coffee Mornings

Why not pop into the club , even arrange to meet up with friends, have a coffee, chat and slice of home made cake! To commence Friday 9th November from 11am

Committee Boat replacement update

An update on the progress on finding a replacement for Slotty Dawes...

Dear Members,

Since the loss of Slotty Dawes in April, I have been working with the Sailing and General Committees on a plan to find a replacement Committee Boat.

Based on feedback from members, especially those Race Officers and Recorders who went out on her regularly, and lessons learned from the commissioning and upkeep of Slotty Dawes, we put together a list of criteria to search against, and set a budget in agreement with the Treasurer and General Committee. The insurance cover on Slotty Dawes was not sufficient to cover the purchase a suitable boat, so we have been in contact with the family of Peter Hamlin, and agreed that some or all of the bequest he left to the club in 2010 should be used to fund the purchase of the new boat.

After investigating the new build options, and keeping a close eye on the second hand market, we have identified a boat for sale, which on paper looks suitable. We will be looking her over with a view (subject to surveys, etc) to buy her in time to be fitted out for the 2013 season.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via the office, or at the email address below.

Best regards,
Robert Govier
Rear Commodore (Sailing)

UK Junior Catamaran Championships 2012

Well done to Whitstable Yacht Club cadets Issie Bruton and Alex Harwood, who were the 1st placed Dart 16 team at the end of day one of the UK Junior Catamaran Championships, sailed at Marconi Sailing Club on 13th and 14th October. Unfortunately they were unable to sail on the second day, but this result marks them as the team to watch in 2013!

Alicia and Louisa Clifford win Dart 18 Ladies National Championships!

Congratulations to WYC sailors Alicia and Louisa Clifford, who have become the Dart 18 Ladies National Champions after winning the event held at Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole Harbour on 13th and 14th October. After two days of fine weather and close sailing, the catamaran helmed by Alicia, who's more used to sailing a Spitfire in the UKCRA Youth Squad, beat the second placed boat by a point to take the honours.


Congratulations to WYC Cadet member, Jenna Gibson, for winning the 2012 Youth Raceboard Championship over the weekend of 6/7 October. This followed on from finishing 2nd raceboard in the recent Round Sheppey Race. Well done Jenna. Sailing Sec.


Well done to Max Hunt and Charles Campion for representing WYC at the recent European Laser Masters Championship in Rosas, Spain. Having secured two wins, Max eventually finished 4th overall in the Grandmaster Radial rig category. Charles finished 8th overall and had two 5th place results in the Grandmaster Standard rig fleet. Sailing Sec.

Small Catamaran Coaching Session

Saturday afternoon saw members of the Small Catamaran class refresh their sailing knowledge and gain new skills in a coaching session as part of Whitstable Yacht Club's Sailing Development Programme. Skills of the attendees ranged from sailors who'd just come back from the Dart 18 Worlds in Italy, to those who had rarely been out on a boat before.

15 members with 8 boats attended the session, which started at midday on Saturday with a shore-side boat set up and performance session. The sailors compared their boats rigging, sails and settings, and gained valuable tips from each other on the small changes that can make a big difference on the water. They were also shown a demonstration of the RYA recommended method for tacking a catamaran, to help out with the issues many cat sailors experience of getting nearly, but not quite, all the way through a tack!
The beach session was followed by 2 hours on the water of single short lap practice racing, allowing the sailors to try out their starting, beating upwind, and jibbing downwind techniques, and see the difference it made on the water. At the debriefing session in the club bar after the sailing, all the sailors agreed that they’d learnt something and everyone had seen an improvement in their sailing over the afternoon.
Thanks go to Nick Dewhirst and Stuart France for their coaching and instruction, and Paul Clifford for driving the coaching boat.

October 2012 Newsletter

There's been a lot happening at your club this year, so we've produced a newsletter to summarise the 2012 season so far. Click through to download the newsletter, and read about Sailing Development, Merlin Rockets, a review of the year's sailing, a report on the BMW August Regatta, thoughts on protesting and more!

Whitstable Yacht Club October 2012 Newsletter

Forts Race 2012 Results - Dart 18 scores bullseye!

Boats from all over the UK, Ireland, and Italy joined the local Whitstable sailors in this popular long distance catamaran race.

This year’s Forts Race followed the well-established pattern – apart from the wind. It was due to blow a Force 3 on both days, so to maximise chances of a good event, the Forts Race itself was planned for Saturday with Sunday available as back-up if conditions were marginal. As it happened they were marginal but with too little rather than too much wind.

The Wind Farm cable-laying operation had threatened to cancel the first leg up the Swale because of its wide spider of chains across the estuary, but in the end it obligingly moved east the night before so that was one hurdle eliminated and the leg up the Swale kicked off the race at high tide. It was a beat followed by a run in Force 2 winds, where the best course was to sail down the middle of the river where wind and tide were both strongest.

The second leg north to the Forts started as a tight kite reach where the wider beam of the Tornados enabled them to make good their losses against more nimble newer shorter designs of the F18s, F16s and Spitfire catamarans up the Swale.

However the fleet then sailed into a hole in the wind once past Middle Sands buoy, which enabled slower cats to catch up and nullified the early leady of Sunnucks’ Marstrom Monster. When the wind did fill in, it was not a sea breeze up the Thames but unexpectedly from the North East.

The Forts themselves proved a challenge with incidents at the bell buoy as competitors faced weak following winds fighting strong oncoming outgoing tide. The massive Forts themselves worsened the problem by creating wind shadow and provided WYC safety boat fleet with its only break from boredom.

On the return trip competitors sailed into another wind hole off Shellness, which again allowed the slower cats to catch up. Here the sea breeze finally came to the rescue, aiding those eastwards out to sea first, but that was only briefly as the prevailing south-westerly re-established itself once the fleet re-entered the Swale estuary. This required extreme perseverance as boats abreast quickly moved hundreds of yards apart as one caught a puff in one direction while the other failed to catch anything much from another direction.

Throughout, tactical skills outweighed boat speed and conservative sailing up the middle kept all options open. To the relief of sailors, ROD Stuart Offer put them out of their misery by shortening the course at the club line after six hours afloat, and close on low water.

In the end victory went to the leading Dart 18 sailors, Chris Goymer and Jenni Donovan from Sheppey, whose skill in navigating their local waters of the Swale was rewarded by them being the only smaller cat to reach the first gate at the club line before it was closed. That enabled them to profit from the holes on the Forts leg and deservedly to claim the Forts trophy for the first time in a small cat.

Notable WYC results were Abby Zambinski crewed by Tom Bruton Junior as the first WYC boat in a Nacra F18 Infusion, Alicia Clifford and Siobhan Lamb as the first youths in a Spitfire and Nick Dewhirst aided and abetted by Laser ghosting ace, Steve Gray in the first Tornado, sponsored by Mick Davidson.

Man of Kent Regatta 2012

The annual "Man of Kent" Regatta will take place on Sunday 23 September at Sandwich Bay Sailing & Water Ski Club

This is an “all in” handicap event and entry is open to dinghies and multihulls with a recognised Portsmouth Yardstick There will be three races back to back and the briefing is at 1000hrs.  Further details can be found on


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