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WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Tuesday 23rd February

Friends and members,
The General Committee is continuing to take RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. In line with the latest RYA guidance:

  • The bar and clubhouse will remain closed, apart from those who require access to work within the premises.
  • Our changing rooms and toilets are currently closed. Anyone requiring access to collect equipment should contact the Rear Commodore Sailing or Rear Commodore House.
  • Under current restrictions, non-organised water sport and sailing activities are allowed. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.
  • The working party and races scheduled for March will be cancelled and the AGM on 27th March will be run virtually. We’re awaiting detailed guidance from the RYA, but we expect that organised sailing and racing will start at the earliest on 2nd April for the Easter Nip and sailing to continue from that point as scheduled.
  • Members continue to have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch wherever possible. The NHS QR code for Test and Trace purposes is displayed on all building entrances.
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.

The RYA is providing us with updates as it continues to receive and interpret the implication of the Government rules on clubs, and the Covid sub group will update the News and Social Media channels with updates as we receive them from the RYA.
Thank you for your support in making this happen. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media with the aim to resume normal club activities as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Tuesday 23rd February

Based on the latest government announcements on Monday regarding the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions, the working party and races scheduled for March will be cancelled and the AGM on 27th March will be run virtually. We’re awaiting detailed guidance from the RYA, but we expect that organised sailing and racing will start at the earliest on 2nd April for the Easter Nip and sailing to continue from that point as scheduled. We’d expect the bar to be able to open for outside service on the decking from 12th April at the earliest, and we look forward to further restrictions being lifted, being able to open up further from 17th May, and then fully open from 21st June in line with the projected government roadmap.
Under current restrictions, non-organised water sport and sailing activities are allowed, however members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.

WYC at the RYA Dinghy Show 2021!

RYA Dinghy Show 2021
This year the RYA Dinghy Show is going virtual. It is taking place this weekend (27-28 February) and offers an unmissable opportunity to spend a few hours indulging in all things dinghy sailing and getting ready for the season ahead. 
With over 90 exhibitors offering everything you need to get afloat plus two virtual stages crammed with talks and coaching sessions from some of the industry’s biggest names, the show is more accessible than ever with plenty to whet your appetite all weekend. 
Its free to attend and will be packed with show exclusive offers and discounts. 
This year WYC again has a stand, which in addition to promoting the clubs events, will be offering discounts to new members and training course bookings made before the 14th March. So spread the word to your family and friends thinking of getting into sailing. 
Full details:  https://www.rya.org.uk/dinghy-show/Pages/home.aspx

2021 schedule now available on the website

WYC PresentsThe 2021 Sailing Schedule has now been uploaded to the website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule, and the Google Calendar has been updated with the dates. The printed Programme is in final draft, and is expected to be posted out to members in early March. 
The 2021 sailing schedule assumes a ‘normal year’, but we expect it to change as the local Covid-19 restrictions are updated. As with our 2020 activities, we aim to provide a 3 stages of sailing: unsupported Free Sailing -> Supported Sailing (support boat on the water) -> Club Racing. Keep an eye on the website and social media feeds for the latest updates as we approach the start of the season.

Lights, camera, action! Club members report on their part filming the Whitstable Pearl Mystery crime drama

Between October 2020 and January 2021 Whitstable Yacht Club was transformed into a film set to be the Whitstable Pearl Restaurant and the JL Sailing Club for the TV crime drama based on Whitstable author Julie Wassmer’s novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare. As well as transforming the club, a number of our members were part of the filming, from technical support, safety support and advice, to appearing in the show as stunt doubles and extras! Below is a report from Phillipa Bloice on her and Donna Hender’s experience.

Imagine being asked If we’d like to be boat doubles in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery crime drama. Donna and myself just about contained our excitement as we arrived for a day’s filming. We knew nothing more than we would be actor doubles going out on a boat.
Covid tests were mandatory for everyone. Then we were whisked off to makeup. Donna had a wig moulded onto her head that looked identical to the cast lady she was doubling for. I had a long blond hair piece attached to a pink bobble hat the same as my actor. We were introduced to the leading actress Kerry Godliman who was having her hair curled for a party scene later that day. Everyone was very chatty and friendly.
Wardrobe next and we were given the identical clothing and foot ware that our actors were wearing. We were then introduced to the actors we were doubling so ultimately, we were 2 sets of twins Donner and myself just slightly older, that wasn’t a problem as we were being filmed by a drone capturing film from the top of our heads.
We walked down to the harbour where the film crew with a huge support team were waiting. A marine rescue team looked after us   making sure we were safe. Everything was very organised and professional. It felt bitterly cold, the sky was a clear blue but the sea looked grey and lumpy. We were given hand warmers to keep us cosy, our clothes and hair were checked.
The boat we were filming on was a small old green wooden vessel with a ships wheel and tiny cabin. We were asked to watch while our actors acted out our parts. They then stayed on land while we copied their acting as shown, adding untying the boat and driving it out of the harbour to sea. The director briefed us on a radio. We repeated the take 5 times so different angle shots could be taken with the drone. 5 times Donna got to drive the little boat beaming every time while I sat behind her. “All done” radioed the director.
We then chatted to other cast members in a heated gazebo on the harbour while we waited for our part to get signed off. We were offered a choice of hot food for lunch with plenty of warm drinks before we returned to make up to have our wigs removed and our hair brushed out and blow dried, back to reality. That was our little insight into film making.
We would like to thank all the production team for making our day fabulous. Everyone was so friendly and inclusive and looked after us so well.

We’re looking forward to the finished product when it hits screens later this year, and wonder if some of our members will be putting their new skills to use with a new career in the movie industry! Roll out the red carpet for the premier…

Margaret Winn bequest

Many of us will remember Margaret Winn, who passed away just over a year ago. She was a long term member of the Yacht Club and was made an Honorary Member in 2010.  For many years she was the Minutes Secretary to the Sailing Committee, but she will best be remembered for her invaluable help in the Race Hut where she could be found most weekends recording the race results.
Her family have again told us just how much the club meant to her throughout her many years in Whitstable, and we are very grateful to announce that she has left the club a bequest as a measure of her gratitude for so many years of friendship.

RYA recognises WYC for our junior youth race training

Whitstable Yacht Club has achieved RYA British Youth Sailing Recognised Club status.
This achievement reflects the excellent work done by the WYC Training Team and Cadet Committee to deliver youth sail and race training at the high standards required by the RYA.  The RYA works in partnership with sailing clubs through the British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club Programme to help them enhance their junior race training. BYS Recognised Club status allows junior sailors to develop their sailing and racing skills, and encourages young sailors at grassroots level to stay in the sport.
The RYA said “The key challenge for our sport is to encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and progress into racing. This is best done at club level and a successful junior and youth training and racing programme will enable a club to flourish. The BYS Recognised Club status distinguishes those sailing clubs with a commitment to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, which is delivered in a safe and fun environment.”
We are currently planning our 2021 training and sailing schedule, which includes (Covid-19 restrictions permitting!) a Topper Class Association (London and SE region) Traveller weekend on 10th & 11th April and a KSSA Youth Training event on 6th November. We’re also looking forward to seeing the young sailors compete at youth events around the country.
To find out more about the British Youth Sailing Recognised Club status, see rya.org.uk/go/bysrc, and to get the young people in your family out on the water, go to wyc.org.uk/cadets.

Jill Grantham

We’re sorry to announce that Jill Grantham passed away today.
Jill had strong family ties to the club, and was a very active member in the 60s and 70s.

Gavin Barr, January 5th 1931 – January 2nd 2021

We’re sorry to announce that Gavin Barr passed away on January 2nd. You can view a short biopic on Gavin and Caroline made by Gavin’s grandson a few years ago at youtu.be/HInXMKIqhNg, and below is a message from Richard Maltby:
In the passing of Gavin Barr we have lost a most remarkable person, a great sailor and a true gentleman. A master of many arts, not least in making a slow boat go fast, his influence was as considerable as it was unique. Within the unfailing consideration, humour and gentleness of his manner there was inner steel to his nobility of character. By his death from Covid-19, so cruelly and undeservedly contracted in hospital following hip surgery, the club has lost a great man and the widely felt pleasure of his wisdom, kindness and company. 
Born in East Lothian and a lifelong rugby supporter of Scotland, educated at Dartmouth, sailing and going to sea went together for Gavin as cadet and subsequently Lieutenant Barr in the Royal Navy. When Caroline, his beautiful wife, was recovering from polio and being advised of the benefits of a hot climate, Gavin resigned his commission and entered the Colonial Service. As a district officer his engineering and administrative ability served in helping to construct the infrastructure basis for Zambia, a country for which Gavin retained great affection and where one of his sons continues to live with his family. On return to the UK to work for an engineering company and also the Church Missionary Society, Gavin and Caroline made their home at Charing, bringing up three children. Sailing led to membership of Whitstable YC and progression from racing a Merlin Rocket to Wanderers, most successfully with his boat “Thistle” (W 1282). 
With Gavin at the helm and Mark Skipper as crew, this fantastic partnership achieved an unparalleled run of success in Wanderer Open and National championships. In his 80s Gavin was still winning open events and was featured in a BBC SE News programme on sailing with presenter Natalie Graham on board his boat. Generous in his advice, Gavin’s technical sections in the Wanderer Class Owner’s Association website enhanced by his hand drawn diagrams provide all the guidance for “Sailing Faster”. WYC members were extremely fortunate in having Gavin at hand and always willing to give us his time and advice. Under his captaincy Wanderers became a significant club fleet, the Whitstable Open became a regular event, nurturing national champions in Paul Yeadon and Liz North. In 2019 to mark their appreciation the class purchased and donated the Gavin Barr trophy, a replica of a Wanderer in stainless steel wrought by a Whitstable blacksmith. 
Gavin’s talents as a musician and performer, entertaining us with his guitar playing and slightly risquée songs brought laughter and appreciative rejoinders to Wanderer and club gatherings. We will also miss his great sense of humour, company and wit. I shall cherish his funny comments in emails. It was always lovely to see the undemonstrative but profoundly felt devotion between Gavin and Caroline in all that they did. Our deepest sympathy on their loss in such terrible circumstances goes to Caroline and the Barr family. 

Updated World Sailing Racing Rules and WYC Sailing Instructions

The new 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing will take effect on January 1st and can be reviewed at https://www.sailing.org/documents/racingrules. Whitstable Yacht Club’s Sailing Instructions for Club Races have been updated to align with the new rules. The updates to the WYC SIs are minor changes to the new RRS numbering, updates to add clarity on insurance requirements, and to add an RYA recommended Risk Statement. The updated document can be downloaded from the club website at http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules and will be included in the printed Club Information Programme when it is distributed before the racing season. Thank you to John Cooper for reviewing the documents and ensuring the WYC SIs are aligned.
Club members who take part in racing are encouraged to review the updated Racing Rules of Sailing and the Club Sailing Instructions.

Coronavirus update - Tier 4

From 20th December Whitstable Yacht Club is in a Tier 4 area as defined by the Government. In line with the latest RYA guidance our changing rooms and toilets are now closed. Anyone requiring access to collect equipment should contact the Rear Commodore Sailing or Rear Commodore House. Under the Tier 4 regulations, non-organised water sport and sailing activities are allowed. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.

2020 Race and Series winners

Despite a very different year of sailing compared to what we expected at the beginning of the year, we’ve done everything we can to maximise the amount of safe and secure sailing, racing and training available to our members. We sailed 20 races (weather allowing we would have raced more!), and the club facilities and Support Boats were available for Supported Sailing and Free Sailing sessions whenever possible. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this happen.
Unfortunately there won’t be a Prize Giving this year, but congratulations need to to the series and race winners. Trophies will be available to collect from the club when it’s safe to do so. If you’re a winner who’d like to collect their trophy, please contact Sally, our Sailing and Membership Secretary, who’ll arrange the collection.
Click through to see the full list of prize winners.

SUMMER SUNDAYS (19th July to 20th September)
1st Overall Phil Emery Cheyenne Bowl
2nd Overall Kevin Dutch/David Oakley (Nacra 20 Carbon) Stuart France Trophy
3rd Overall Stephen Nation/Julie Puckett (Tasar) Tasar Trophy
1st Laser Charles Campion Kingsborough Dinghy Cup
DAWES CUP (2nd August)
Dawes Trophy Race 1st Niall Martin (Laser) Dawes Trophy
2nd Kevin Hall (Laser)
3rd Phil Emery & Crew (Merlin)
WHITSTABLE WEEK (3rd to 7th August)
1st Overall Stephen Nation & Julie Puckett (Tasar) Oyster Trophy
Laser Standard rig Niall Martin Kingsborough Inter Club Cup
Laser Radial Max Hunt Glass Radial Trophy
General Classification Richard Maltby/Theresa Page (Wanderer) Glass (Astins) Trophy
Asymmetric Angelyna Gheur/Harry Wilson (RS500) 2 glasses ordered
Merlin John Cooper/Hilary Bradshaw Len Emery Trophy
Tasar Stephen Nation/Julie Puckett Tasar Bethwaite Trophy (Framed picture of Frank Bethwaite)
General Handicap Huw Reynolds (Solo) Medway Bowl
Slow dinghies Richard Maltby/Theresa Page (Wanderer) Babbington Hill Challenge Cup
Big Cats Kevin Dutch/David Oakley (Nacra 20 Carbon) Sheppey Cup
Small Cats Jason Wild/Roz Barley/Ian Wild (Dart 18) Westminster Bank Trophy
Under 18s Harry Newton (Laser Radial) Topper Junior Shield (under 18s)
CLUB CHAMPS (29th to 31st August)
Overall Club Champion Stephen & Mei Baker (Tasar) Dawes Trophy
First Lady Helm Veronica Moore (Tasar) Ladies Cup
First Cadet Tom Oliver (Laser) Tom Bourne Trophy
First Big Cat Kevin Dutch/David Oakley (Nacra 20 Carbon) WYC Racing Shield
First Small Cat Richard Jones & Crew (Dart 18) Sales Trophy
Asymmetric Angelyna Ghuer/Harry Wilson (RS500) Castle Cup
First Merlin Rocket John Cooper & Crew Johnson Cup
First Tasar Stephen Nation & Julie Puckett Tasar Trophy
General Handicap Prize Peter Heyes (Streaker) “At Your Service” Trophy
First Laser Standard Rig Nigel Brown “Middle Wall” Glass Trophy
First Laser Radial Rig Sally Newcombe “Middle wall” Glass Trophy
AUTUMN SERIES (27th September to 25th October)
1st overall (All-In) Stephen Nation & Julie Puckett (Tasar) Frozen Enterprise Trophy (normally for 1st Tasar)
1st Laser Charles Campion Ted Thompson Trophy
WINTER SERIES (6th to 13th December)
1ST All-in Robert Govier/David Figgis (Tornado) Le Touquet Trophy
1st Laser Steve Gray Allan Barnes Trophy

Mike Jackson

We’re sorry to announce that Mike Jackson has passed away. A message from his family:
“Sadly I have to report the death this week of Mike Jackson, husband of Ann, brother of Barry, all long standing members of WYC, all now retired. Some of the older members will remember his parents and brother and Ann’s parents being enthusiastic members in the past. Mike started sailing as a cadet at an early age and went on the sail until health problems a year ago when he and Ann had to sell their last boat. I’m sure the older members would like to send their sympathy to Ann and to Barry.
Pam Porter.”

Barton Marine Rising Star Winner Announced

We’re pleased to announce that Seventeen year old Harry Newton, a member of Whitstable Yacht Club and Westbere Frostbite Sailing Association is the winner of the Barton Rising Star Competition and will become a Barton Marine brand ambassador in 2021.
Harry has been sailing Toppers since he was nine years old and after joining Kent Sailing School Association in 2016 has taken part in multiple race series including the Traveller, National and World Topper championships.  Winning a place on the RYA Topper London and South East Zone Squad in 2017/18 followed by the ITCA National 5.3 Topper Squad in 2018/19, Harry raced at the 5.3 Topper Worlds in Medemblick, Netherlands in August 2019.  Upon returning from the Worlds Harry switched class and began racing in the UKLA Laser Series with a goal of achieving a place on the national squad and winning a gold medal at the Olympics.
Harry Newton said, “I was so pleased to hear that I had won the Barton Rising Star Competition.  Sailing is a big part of my life and to have the support of Barton is great.  Despite the Covid restrictions, I still managed to get in some sailing and training this year and entered a few Laser National competitions before the second lockdown.  I really look forward to being the Barton brand ambassador in 2021 and hope for a full season of racing.”
As well as his racing accomplishments, Harry has a host of RYA qualifications including RYA Race Coach Level 2 to help train his peers at Whitstable Yacht Club and is planning to carry out Dinghy Instructor training with the cadets and scouts over the next year.
Christian Brewer, Barton Marine Sales Manager said, “We are delighted to have selected our first Rising Star and look forward to working with Harry throughout 2021 to support his sailing ambitions, help develop and test the Barton range as well as inspire other young people to get involved with sailing.”
Alongside the title of Barton Rising Star, Harry will have access to a full complement of Barton equipment to kit out his Laser, Barton branded clothing and accessories, a GoPro camera to record his experiences out on the water and a Barton mentorship to help him achieve his personal goals and objectives.  Harry will become very much a part of the Barton team.

End of year message from the Commodore

Here we are at the end of another season and this year more than ever it’s time to thank the many people who in different ways enable the club to operate, from the behind the scenes administration and maintenance work through to those providing the operational support for our on the water activities. Responding to the challenges of this year demonstrated the tremendous commitment of employees, volunteers and participants alike. I extend my personal thanks to you all.
Although our planned racing and training programmes were significantly reduced this year we were able to start reopening the clubhouse, hold over 20 races, introduce supported social sailing and hold the annual Whitstable Week event with really good turn outs. Windsurfers were able to take to the water and pleasingly the Cadets were able to hold their annual CadetFest where tremendous fun was had by all. We have benefited from the Royal Yachting Association’s guidance on Covid restrictions and, with the advantage of wonderful summer weather, managed to support people of all ages and abilities to get afloat and enjoy our watersports safely.
Going into next year we have planned for a full programme of activities although some may be subject to change depending on any government restrictions applied during the year. We also plan to hold the AGM in March, further details of the format will be published nearer the time.
The impact of the pandemic has meant that some of the changes we were planning for this year have been delayed. However there have been some successes. Online booking for training completed a successful trial, work has started on setting up the Dutyman application for next season making it easier for members to review and manage their duties, and we have introduced membership cards, the first benefit of these being a discount on purchases when produced at the bar.  We also had the unplanned benefit of being chosen as one of the locations for the Whitstable Pearl filming.
So whilst the year has been somewhat unpredictable there have been some positive outcomes and we look forward to next year when things will gradually return to the new normal.
Finally, on behalf of the General Committee I would like to thank everyone for their continuing support for the club and wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy and safe New Year.

Masts to be taken down over winter

Members are reminded that, in line with WYC Boat Parking and Equipment Storage Policy, masts must be taken down at the end of the Winter Series, which finished on Sunday 13th December. If members are planning to keep their mast up over winter to allow them to continue free sailing, they should let their Class Captain or the Sailing Secretary know, and ensure that their boat is tied down securely and checked regularly. If members are unable to get to the club due to Coronavirus restrictions, please contact your class captain so they can arrange for your boat to be checked and/or the mast lowered.

Coronavirus update - Toilets & Changing Rooms open from 5th December

Based on the latest guidance from Sport England and the RYA, Sailing Clubs in all tiers are able to open their changing rooms and toilets. Given the time of year and availability of cleaning staff, from Saturday 5th December WYC will provisionally be opening our changing rooms and toilets on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, during daylight hours, accessed through the external doors. 
Whilst these facilities will be open, the maximum capacity will remain at 6 people, and members are strongly encouraged to change at home and not use the changing rooms where possible. Showers should only be used if essential, and then only used for rinsing (no soap, shower gel, etc). All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions, including use of the NHS QR code for Test and Trace purposes.

Coronavirus update - Changes from Wednesday 2nd December

Whitstable Yacht Club is in the Kent and Medway Tier 3 area as defined by the Government. Under the revised regulations water sport and organised outdoor sports activities are allowed, therefore WYC plan to run the last two races in the Winter Series on Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th December (weather permitting!). The RYA is providing us with updates as it continues to receive and interpret the implication of the Government rules on clubs, and the Covid sub group will update the News and Social Media channels with updates as we receive them from the RYA.
As of Wednesday December 2nd, the club house will remain closed, (apart from those who require access to work within the premises). We are waiting on further guidance on the use of the changing facilities and showers. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions, including the NHS QR code for Test and Trace purposes, which is displayed on club building entrances including the Rigden and Stroud sheds.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation in ensuring WYC remains a safe place to enjoy.

Draft 2021 Sailing Schedule

In our original 2020 schedule we had the annual Meeting of Sailors planned for this weekend. Sadly, with Lockdown 2, and the Coronavirus restrictions before and likely continuing after, we won’t be able to hold the meeting this year. However, as is traditional for this time of year, the DRAFT 2021 sailing schedule is now available to view here: 2021_Programme_Draft_v4.pdf
We’re planning a full schedule of club and open events for the 2021 season, starting in early March, and running until December. This will allow a level of flexibility based on the availability of a vaccine and/or continued Coronavirus related restrictions. I’m optimistic and hopeful that we’ll be able to run something resembling a ‘normal’ sailing schedule for next year! 
If you have any suggestions or comments that you would have raised at the Meeting of Sailors, or about the draft schedule, please contact me or your Class Captain. Stay safe, and I hope to see you at the club or on the water soon! 
Robert Govier - Rear Commodore Sailing.

Whitstable Yacht Club will feature in upcoming TV Drama

WYC is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the filming of the new TV crime drama based on Whitstable author Julie Wassmer’s books! Julie’s novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare have been commissioned to become a new British crime drama. Work on building the set will commence this week and will involve some cosmetic changes to the Rigden Shed.
Sailing and windsurfing activities are not expected to be disrupted however access to equipment in the shed will be limited when the set is being built and while filming takes place. Details have been emailed to members.
You can find out more about the books that the TV drama will be based on here: juliewassmer.com and you can read more about the filming at kentonline.co.uk/whitstable/news/town-to-star-in-tv-crime-drama-235172/

Visitors to WYC

The temporary limitation of one visitor per member per day has been withdrawn and the usual criteria for visitors apply. Members are reminded that all visitors must also either scan in the covid QR or register their details with the bar team in addition to being signed in.

Bar discount cards

Some good news - Bar discount cards are now available to all who have paid their membership renewal!
Your card gives a 10% discount on all bar purchases if preloaded with sufficient funds to cover your purchase or 5% if insufficient funds on your card. You can load your card with any amount with your debit/credit card or cash at the bar.
If you renew your membership by the end of October, your card will have £10 preloaded on it as a small thank you for your patience in these very trying times (one £10 credit per membership. Additional adults on a family membership will be provided with a card without the pre-load). Your card(s) can be collected/used during bar opening hours.
Thanks to Barton Marine and Whitstable Marine for sponsoring the cards.
Looking forward to seeing you at the club.
Magda - Bar Manager, and the bar elves.

Brian Barnes

We are sorry to announce that Brian Barnes passed away on Monday morning, peacefully in his sleep. Brian started sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club in the Flying Dutchmen in the late 1950s and moved on to Merlin Rockets in the 1960s and fireball in the early 1970s. He worked within the ship conference system ending his career running the Europe Indonesia Freight Conference, and travelled extensively throughout the Far East, being known for always being well dressed in bespoke suits made in Hong Kong. When the Berlin wall came down and reunification, he was involved in sorting the East German shipping for the commercial world. By the 1980s he was a prominent member of the cruiser class and had his much loved Eruption at the Club. In later life he was heavily involved in the administration of All Saints church and Swalecliffe school, where the school named the new library in his honour shortly before his retirement. He held the position of Commodore from 1981 to 1983.

WYC changing rooms opening from this Saturday

The WYC changing rooms will be available from this Saturday October 3rd, however members are encouraged to follow government guidance and arrive ready for their activity and shower at home afterwards.
There will be a one way system in place for each of the male and female changing rooms, entry will be via the Sea Room. There should be no more than 6 in the male changing rooms at any time and no more than 6 in the female changing rooms. Only one shower will be available in each of the male and female facilities, and members are again encouraged to follow government advice and only use the showers if absolutely necessary, for example if suffering from cold or if there are special needs.
If using the changing room please do not leave anything out when you leave to take part in your activity. Belongings should be placed in lockers, if you do not have a locker then items should be placed in a bag and the bag left on hooks or taken out of the changing rooms. Nothing should be left in the changing rooms overnight unless it’s stored in a closed locker. The drying rail facility will not be available and items should not be left to dry in the changing rooms. Cleaning will take place daily and any articles found in the changing rooms will be placed in the respective scran bins.

Bar hours for October

The bar hours have been updated for October. This is based on the usage patterns that we have been seeing, government Covid-19 restrictions, and the need to manage our cost while the bar is not busy. We’ll monitor usage and feedback and amend the hours in the future accordingly.
From today, the bar will be open from midday to 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and from 2pm to 7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Whitstable Yacht Club press coverage

It was great to host Bianca London from Glamour Magazine at the club recently as part of her visit to Whitstable and the surrounding area. She wrote:
“Whitstable Yacht Club - a welcoming venue filled with people who are really passionate about sailing and windsurfing… the place is thriving with burgeoning sailors and windsurfers, including an active cadet and junior sections with over 140 young people at various levels of experience taught by the best team in the business. It also has a brilliant ‘club house’, which we can’t wait to visit when social distancing is a thing of the past”
You can read the full article here: https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/gallery/day-trips-from-london

Kit in changing rooms

As we prepare to re-open the club’s changing rooms, we need to ensure equipment is not stored loose to reduce contact risk and make it easier to clean. Equipment in the changing rooms must be kept in lockers, or removed. There is currently a large amount of wetsuits and other equipment currently loose or hanging in the changing rooms. This will be transferred to the respective lost property scran bins by the weekend, and the cleaner will also be tasked with moving any loose kit into the scran bins on a daily basis. The wetsuit hanging rails will be removed. If you have kit stored on the rails or in the changing rooms outside of lockers, please remove it before this weekend.

Masts stored in Lower Rigden Shed

To reduce the number of people who need to have access to Lower Rigden Shed we have been moving equipment out to be stored elsewhere. There are still quite a few masts and booms hanging in the rafters. Ideally these should be removed from the shed and stored elsewhere, but in the short term they at least need to be labelled so that the owner can be notified in case equipment does need to be moved, and we can be sure that they are not abandoned. If you have a mast, boom or large equipment in the Lower shed, please can you remove it where possible, or if not make sure that it’s clearly labelled with your name and details. A quick review has identified the following:
Tasar? (Missing top section);
Wanderer? (Selden x2 look new ish);
Mirror (Gaff, boom and mast);
Topper Boom x2;
Windsurf mast x2;
Wanderer? (Old, Bob Bell on label);
Dart/ Cat mast x2;
Smaller (420?) mast x 2; and
x1 carbon mast (B14?).

Royal Yachting Association Membership - double commission offer for WYC during October

If you are not already an RYA member, please help us by joining during October 2020.  For every member who joins the Royal Yachting Association during this period, Whitstable Yacht Club will receive double commission which will give us benefits including help with purchasing of kit.  If you are interested please visit www.rya.org.uk/go/joinjp select “Joining Point” and input the following code: 008101399.  Alternatively call 023 80 60 4159 and quote the JP code.

Toilets, Changing Rooms and bar opening hours

The male and female toilets will open again from Saturday, September 26th meaning the current unisex toilet will revert to use as female toilets only. A clearly signed one way entry and exit system will be in operation. 
We aim to reopen the changing rooms from Saturday October 3rd to allow for enhancements to the ventilation prior to reopening. The numbers of concurrent users will be limited to ensure users are able to comply with social distancing rules, however members are encouraged follow the government guidance to arrive at the club already changed wherever possible. 
Further details on access to the changing rooms, storage of kit whilst on the water and reclaiming of kit already in the changing rooms but not in lockers will be provided next week. 
The bar opening hours for next week (from 28th Sept) are amended to Monday to Wednesday 2pm to 8pm, and Thursday to Sunday 12am to 8pm.

Sailing Schedule updated to the end of the season

The sailing schedule has now been updated to include organised sailing for October, November and December. The schedule follows the current pattern of Supported Sailing on Saturdays (where racing was originally scheduled), and club racing on Sundays. For the Sunday racing we will stick to the rostered members for Race Officer and Assistant, however please let us know ASAP if you are down to cover a race, but can no longer attend. We will be monitoring demand as the weather gets colder, and the schedule is subject to change if demand is low (due to lack of changing rooms, etc) or additional regulation or guidance comes out from the Government. 
We will continue to draw Support Boat Drivers and Crews from a smaller pool, anyone scheduled for those duties can stand down, but given the size and availability of Drivers and Crews, we do need volunteers who’d be willing to help. If you can, please contact Robert Govier rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk. Anyone scheduled for Saturday RO, ARO or Crew duties in September will not be required.

Sail storage areas - Please keep tidy

Please can all members with equipment in the storage areas at WYC make an effort to keep it tidily stored away. There are a number of areas, especially in Upper Rigdens Shed where sailing and personal kit is on the floor between racks, making access difficult. Please do not store towels, wetsuits and clothing in the sail storage areas. If found, these will be disposed of due to the risk of Coronavirus transmission.

Hurrah! Drinking in comfort out of the rain now possible at WYC bar from Friday 28th August!

Limited table seating inside upon request at the bar – can be prebooked at hourly intervals by calling the bar 01227 272942 option 2. Outside seating ad hoc when you turn up as usual. Daily opening hours 12-8pm every day will continue for September.
Please follow signs for ordering and collection. Please also help them by returning your glasses to the Sea Room and using rubbish bins provided.
Members will be limited to signing in a maximum of 1 guest per day per member. To enable contact tracing all members using the bar must provide their name to the bar team, and full contact details, including name, address and phone number, must be provided for any guests who are signed in.

Bar Update

In these strange times the bar staff are working hard to keep it running as smoothly as possibly.
August hours – open every day 12-8pm.
September onwards - opening hours and having indoor seating are continuously under review within Covid guidance.
If you wish to hold an event/group meeting please contact the bar at least 7 days beforehand. Call 01227 272942 then select 2 or email office@wyc.org.uk. Let us know the hours, number of persons that you expect, type of event, etc.
Due to the extremely variable numbers using the bar stocks are being kept to a minimum and prices will be reviewed. Staff will let the Manager and Committee know if anything is running short, but please do not complain to the person serving you – it is not their fault. Please also help them by returning your glasses to the Sea Room and using rubbish bins provided.
We look forward to seeing you at the Club.

Updated club sailing schedule to end September

The Sailing Committee have agreed that we will continue to release a month by month sailing schedule, so the schedule to the end of September is now posted, and we’ll review and post October’s schedule by mid-September (based on the latest government guidelines, etc). Included in the schedule is the club Merlin Rocket weekend on 22nd and 23rd August, being organised by the club’s Merlin fleet for the club’s Merlin fleet, with 2 races per day. Club racing will run in parallel with the Merlin Racing on Sunday. We’re also running the full Club Championships for the August Bank Holiday weekend, with 2 races per day on all 3 days! In September, we’ll continue with Supported Sailing on Saturdays and club racing on Sundays as this seems to be working well and minimises contact points and volunteer load. We are currently planning on running a (relatively small) Tornado Open on 19th and 20th September, alongside club racing, assuming that government guidelines do not change again for the worse before then. The sailing schedule can be viewed at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule
For the Sunday racing we will stick to the rostered members for Race Officer and Assistant, however please let us know ASAP if you are down to cover a race, but can no longer attend. We will continue to draw Support Boat Drivers and Crews from a smaller pool, anyone scheduled for those duties can stand down, but given the size and availability of Drivers and Crews, we do need volunteers who’d be willing to help. If you can, please contact Robert Govier rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk. Anyone scheduled for Saturday RO, ARO or Crew duties in September will not be required.

Bar opening hours and changing rooms/showers

Reminder: The club bar is open for members every day from midday to 8pm. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt. Members will be limited to signing in a maximum of 1 guest per day per member. To enable contact tracing all members using the bar must provide their name to the bar team, and full contact details, including name, address and phone number, must be provided for any guests who are signed in. Please make sure you return your glasses to the table in the sea room when finished. 
As per government guidelines, the changing rooms and showers remain closed. Please note that the storage areas (Rigden and Stroud sheds) should NOT be used to change.

Update for members - 8th August 2020

AGM:
With the onset of the Covid pandemic the club had to cancel the planned AGM. The intention was to hold a Special General Meeting within 6 months of the planned AGM date or as soon as reasonably possible. At the time none of us were aware of how long the restrictions on gatherings would continue so it is still not possible to hold a meeting. However, if you have a query regarding club policy, finances or any other matter that would probably be discussed at the AGM then please raise it via commodore@wyc.org.uk and it will be raised at the GC.
The Forge Licence Application:
The club has submitted its comments regarding the application for the extension to the Forge seating to the Licensing Officer. The club will be attending and speaking at the (virtual) Licensing Panel hearing, members who have submitted representations may also have been contacted regarding observing or speaking at the hearing.
Beach Lease Renewal:
The legal process for renewing the WYC lease on the beach continues. You may recall that WYC has issued the necessary notice advising the WOFC of our intention to request renewal. The WOFC has responded with an offer of a new lease summarised as follows:
10 year duration (the current lease duration is 15 years);
The lease to be excluded from the security of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954; and
A reduction in the area of the beach currently allocated to WYC, the reduction being approximately 25% of the area currently used by the club.
WYC has not accepted that offer. The areas WOFC intends to retain include the operations and boat parking area directly in front of the Rigden Shed, required for an oyster grading facility, and the boat parking areas adjacent to the Forge, for the extended seating area noted above.The club now expects to have to request a court ruling on its rights under the 1954 Act. The GC will provide further details as the process continues.
Fees and subscriptions 2020/2021:
The GC has unanimously agreed that these should remain at the current level.
Oyster Trestle Public Inquiry:
We have been advised that the Public Inquiry will now take place in the latter half of 2021, this is to allow the submission of more information regarding ecological matters to the Inspector.

COVID-19 update - Further RYA guidance on sailing with crews from different households

For those members sailing or intending to sail with helms and crews from different households please see the latest RYA guidance on risk mitigation: www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/clubs/RYA%20Sailing%20%26%20Racing%20in%20Mixed%20Households.pdf

New Barrier on the West Quay

A new barrier has been installed on the harbour to limit traffic on and around the West Quay. It’s secured with a combination lock, which has the same code as the yellow barrier. If anyone needs the code to access equipment on the West Quay, please contact robert.govier@wyc.org.uk.
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/whitstable/news/amp/barrier-installed-at-harbour-in-bid-to-tackle-boy-racers-231226/

Volunteers needed - Safety Boat drivers and crews.

Due to Coronavirus our pool of regular Support Boat drivers has been reduced. We also have some drivers who don’t have a crew from their household, but are willing to drive. There are a number of days in Whitstable Week and the following weekends where we do not currently have a full complement of Drivers and Crews.  If you are able to volunteer as a driver and have someone who can crew for you, or you’d be willing to crew for one of our regular drivers, please contact Richard Bradburn at bradburn_1000@hotmail.com .

Summer Sundays Results

The results for the first two Summer Sundays races run at WYC (and the first racing since restrictions were lifted!) have been posted to the website. You can see them at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.

Virtual Regatta Racing

Well done to Kevin Dutch who won WYC’s ‘Cat Cup’ and Rick Perkins who won WYC’s ‘Mono Cup’ on Virtual Regatta. We’re pausing the scheduled WYC racing ow we’ve come to the end of those two series, and may restart again if there’s a demand for it in the Autumn. In the mean time, if you’d like to use the WYC VIP account to organise any racing, please contact Robert Govier.

Please note: Registration for sailing in Summer Sundays

If you’re planning to race in the Summer Sundays series, and haven’t already done so, please register here: https://forms.gle/rybXjDfR3ZHDezv48. Note: If you registered last week, you do not need to do it again unless something has changed (sail number, class, crew name, helm name).

Provisional organised sailing schedule for the next month

A provisional schedule for the next month is now on the website at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule. We will continue with 2 hour Supported Sailing sessions on Saturdays and Racing on Sundays. This is to allow time as much time as possible between groups of Recorders, ROs and AROs using the Race Hut and equipment. As previously publicised, we are still planning to run racing for Whitstable Week for club members.
The plan for this coming weekend (25th and 26th July) is Supported Sailing from 2-4pm on Saturday, then a club race on Sunday starting at 3pm.

Keys found

A set of keys has been found in an envelope on top of one of the Tornado catamarans. They’ve been left with Keith’s coffee hut.

Coronavirus update - 14th July

With the good weather bringing more members to the club to sail and socialise we have to ensure that the precautions we have put in place continue to be effective. In order to manage the number of people at the club, members will be limited to signing in a maximum of 1 guest per day per member from this Friday. 
To enable contact tracing all members using the bar must provide their name to the bar team, and full contact details, including name, address and phone number, must be provided for any guests who are signed in.
Can anyone using the bar also please return glasses to the sea room, ensure all rubbish is put in bins, and do not let children into the toilets unaccompanied.
We have had enquiries about the use of changing rooms. In line with current government guidance, these will remain closed for the present, and a further announcement will be made when we are able to reopen them.

Reclaimed WYC ramp wood wins again!


You may remember the news from June 2019 that wood reclaimed from the WYC ramp was used in gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by Joe Perkins Design. That wood must be lucky, because it’s won another prize! This time artist Dawn Conn created a sculpture using the wood which won an episode of the BBC1 TV show ‘Home is where the art is’. The show (episode 2) was first aired on Tuesday 7th July, and you can now watch it on the BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000krgl. Well done Dawn!

Sprint 15 National Championships Cancelled

We’re sorry to announce that the Sprint 15 National Championships scheduled for 22nd to 24th August at WYC has been cancelled. Working with the class association we have agreed that it would not be appropriate to proceed with the Nationals under the current guidance and legislation, and even if further restrictions were lifted in the next few weeks, there would not be enough fair notice to competitors or the club to run a fair event. We hope to see the Sprint 15 class at WYC another year.

Coronavirus update from the General Committee

As the Government restrictions and RYA advice change we are working to re-enable club activities where possible. Updates on progress below:
WYC Training: Ruth has been un-furloughed and training is restarted, outdoors only and with smaller course sizes to enable Social Distancing. For now powerboat training is not feasible, but adult and cadet sailing courses are now available. See the WYC Training pages for more information and available dates: wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training.   
Cadet Sessions: Cadet sessions are restarting from 10th July. For now, these are limited to children who are at RYA Stage 3 sailing ability, with restricted numbers to meet government guidelines. Parents should have received an email from Ruth with the details, but if they haven’t, please contact her.       
WYC Bar: From 4th July the club bar will be open for members on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday to 4pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm.  We will be serving bottled/canned produce only to start (NO DRAFT), and we will not yet be able to provide any glassware. Paper straws will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own glasses. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt.       
Toilet Facilities: Limited toilet facilities will be available when supported sailing is scheduled, the bar is open, and when training courses are running. This will be a unisex toilet using the external entrance to the female changing rooms. It will be one in, one out, and for members only.       
Supported Sailing: We’ll have a support boat on the water (weather permitting) to support member’s sailing this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to midday. The support boat will provide an additional level of safety cover and support above the free sailing that has taken place since lock-down restrictions were lifted. If this works, the aim will be to move to limited racing from mid-late July.       
Whitstable Week: We’re still aiming to run Whitstable Week on Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, although the programme will be limited for obvious reasons. Our aim will be to put on two races per afternoon, from the club line. There will be no organised social events, but we hope to open the club bar in the evenings where possible.  More updates on this will be posted nearer the time.       
Covid Safe procedure for accessing WYC: A comprehensive sanitising plan has been developed for the club, following government and industry guidelines. Hand sanitiser dispensers are located at or close to all building entrances, sanitiser sprays around the buildings, anti-bacterial soaps and paper towels at wash basins, and disinfectant for use on the ribs and support/safety/training equipment. For more details, see the doc here.   
Return to Operations Matrix: The club’s Covid-19 Sub-Committee is still meeting weekly to review guidance and update procedures. A summary of the detailed planning matrix can be viewed here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Commodore.       

Increase in size of the Oyster Trestle site

Water users should be aware that the Oyster Trestle site off Whitstable has been significantly increased in size, out to sea and at the western end. Whilst the area by the club is well buoyed, the seaward and western edges have very wide buoy spacing of up to a quarter mile, so please be careful when on the water in that area that you do not accidentally cross into the hazardous area.

Update: Access to the West Quay

Due to a recent spate of anti-social behaviour on the West Quay, a new gate has been put up on the land end of the access road to prevent cars from driving up the quay. The barrier has a combination lock, so if you need access to get boats and equipment in or out of the club compound, please contact Robert Govier on rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk or 07733 260 879 for the code. Please also note that cars should not be parked on the West Quay, even within the club’s compound for the time being.
If you experience any anti-social behaviour on the West Quay or beach, please report it to the police.

Reminder: No car parking on the beach

Members are reminded that cars should not be parked on the beach.

Virtual Racer - May/June Evening Results and the Cat & Mono Cups

Well done to Kevin Dutch who won the May/June Evening Series of virtual racing with a strong lead. The 10 evening, 30 race series saw some very competitive racing, with Rick Perkins in 2nd place, Tom Oliver in 3rd and Steve Gray in 4th! Next week we start something a little different on Virtual Racer, with Tuesdays being the ‘Cat Cup’ and Thursdays being the ‘Mono Cup’. Both will last for 6 weeks, sailing across the range of catamarans and mono-hulls twice in that period. The third race on each day will be ‘open’ (no code) to give the WYC racers some extra competition.
The full schedule can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/vvd2j5p and the results spreadsheet at https://tinyurl.com/tb72wjq.

LaserFest Postponed

The LaserFest team have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event, which was scheduled for 11th and 12th July. The date for the event will be dependent on how the Government restrictions around Covid-19 change, but we hope to be able to reschedule for September.

Beach Lease and Forge licensing application

The General Committee is aware that an application has been made by the Whitstable Oyster Company Limited for a Variation of Premises Licence at the Forge. WYC will make the relevant representations to the Licensing Panel. Individual club members are also able and encouraged to make their own representations to the Licensing Panel.
The GC has also commenced the legal process of serving Notice to Renew our Lease on the beach. We have received our first formal response to the Notice and there are elements of the response that may align to the License Variation request. As Serving the Notice is part of a legal process we have engaged the club’s solicitors to manage it and represent us, we will take advice from them on the timing and content of our briefings to members in order that we do not prejudice the proceedings.

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Wednesday 3rd June

Following the recent government announcements on the easing of lockdown restrictions, the GC Covid sub group have revised the Return to Operations Matrix, which can be downloaded from the website. There are no changes to the club’s current status resulting from the announcements.

Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports - Reminder

Members and visitors who want to take to the water while there is no organised sailing or club safety cover are reminded that they should always respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports. Always check the weather forecast before you go out, and make sure that you are prepared for a significant drop in the wind as well as an increase!
As a reminder, the club remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities. The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. We are following the guidance of the RYA, RNLI and the Government. Members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk.

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Thursday 21st May

The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. Following guidance from the RYA, we have created a draft Return to Operations Matrix. This is a living document and will be updated as Government advice changes. Some operations may take time to restart once restrictions are lifted, but by using this matrix, and the significant additional level of detail that feeds into it, WYC should be on the front foot when changes come through. The draft matrix can be downloaded from the website here.

Access to locker storage within the club

Based on the new Government guidance, from Wednesday 13th May, people can go out on the water. The club building remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities, but some members may still have equipment stored in the changing room and lockers. If you need access, on a one time basis to retrieve kit stored within the clubhouse, please contact Robert Govier at rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk to arrange a convenient time.
Note that members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. Please respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports.

Virtual Racer - Results and next races

Well done to Tom Oliver who came 8th overall in the RYA eSailing Club Championship London & South East Final. There were over 500 entrants in the championships from across London and the South East, so this is quite an achievement!
In club eSailing, Kevin Dutch has won the Spring Series with a strong lead after 30 races over 10 Saturdays and Sundays. Second place was Tom Oliver, and third was Robert Govier. The final results can be found here.
As the weather is getting better and some restrictions on getting out and about, and sailing in real life have been lifted, we are stopping weekend eSailing for now, but we can bring it back if there’s the demand! Evening racing on Tuesday (8pm) and Thursdays (8.15pm) will carry on, so please log on and join in!

Found in the archive - rare colour documentary on the 1967 Admiral’s Cup

One of several reels of film found in the club archives,showing a rare colour documentary on the 1967 Admiral’s Cup. We think that this was a film that was sent to select Yacht Clubs by the sponsor of the event to be shown to members, and Whitstable was lucky enough to receive a copy and store it in our archives. Go to the WYC Youtube channel to see the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt5ToIUWkogM.

From the RORC website: “Australia returned down under with renewed vigour towards the event. Sir Robert Crighton-Brown commissioned Balandra, built to the same design as Quiver IV, while Bob Miller collaborated with Ted Kaufman to design Mercedes III. These joined Caprice of Huon for her second attempt. In Britain, Firebrand, after modifications, rejoined the team with Noryema V and Prospect of Whitby. 10 years after the first event, there were now eight teams – it was the first time both Finland and Spain had fielded entries alongside Holland, France, Germany and the USA. In the Channel Race, France took the overall lead with solo star Eric Tabarly on Pen Duick III, but Australia took the team lead, 26 points ahead of Britain. In the Britannia Cup a series of almost farcical events by the French and US handed the Australian team further points although only one more than the competitive British team. In the New York Yacht Club Cup, the USA regained some pride to win but the universally strong performance of the Australians took them 17 points ahead of Britain and the USA. In the Fastnet Race Pen Duick III took the win but the Australian team continued to perform to win the race on points and take home the Admiral’s Cup for the first time with an overall margin of 107 points.” For more information, see http://www.rorc.org/admiral-s-cup

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Tuesday 12th May

Based on the new Government guidance, from Wednesday 13th May, people can go out on the water. The club remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities. The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. We are following the guidance of the RYA, RNLI and the Government. 
Members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. Please respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports.

Found in the archive - Amateur colour footage of the 1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at WYC

One of several reels of film found in the club archives, we think that this amateur colour footage shows sailing during FD Week held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1959. It was run in conjunction with the FD World Championships and there is brief footage of this event. It was the year before the Rome Olympics and attracted competitors from across the world. Most notably it was the first time competitors from Russia, Poland and East Germany had competed this side of the Iron Curtain. There were also two boats from South Africa.
Competitors were in two fleets sailing Olympic courses of a triangle, loop and beat. The World Championships with one competitor from each country went first and the FD Week, which was open to anyone, went 15 minutes later. Local sailor “Slotty” Dawes (K36) who features prominently in this film, won FD Week and went on to represent GB at Rome where he finished 7th. Five Whitstable crews competed in FD Week.
The Flying Dutchman was a new Olympic class in 1960 and had been introduced into the UK by “Slotty” Dawes. “Slotty” was President of the International FD Class Association. Whitstable was the centre of UK FD sailing and went on to run many international events including the Europeans.
The cream coloured motor boat used for finishing belonged to local builder and Club member, Jack Philpott. Note also the marks which were black square or triangular top marks mounted on old Fairey duckling dinghies or old carley floats that the Club had bought in bulk.
Note the film has been reversed on the reel and sail numbers read from right to left! https://youtu.be/ANXc836AQGs

An update from the Commodore. 30th April 2020

On behalf of General Committee I’d like to thank all members for their support as the lock-down continues with all club activities, organised and non organised, suspended. Although the club is closed and we are all in lock-down, background activity continues (remotely and via online meetings) with committee members continuing to manage the impact of the current restrictions on our employees (now furloughed), our members, future events and club finances.
Whilst there is no sign of an immediate end to the current restrictions we have started to consider and plan for how the club could operate in what will be a very different and challenging environment, determined by any ongoing measures necessary to comply with the letter and spirit of Government directives. As the situation changes we will provide further briefings. Meanwhile, thank you for your ongoing support and as always, keep safe. 
Kelvin Tolson - WYC Commodore.

Found in the archive - Film of the 1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at WYC

One of several reels of film found in the club archives, this short video shows black and white footage of the Flying Dutchman World Championship and FD Week held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1959. It was the year before the Rome Olympics and attracted competitors from across the world. Most notably it was the first time competitors from Russia, Poland and East Germany had competed this side of the Iron Curtain. There were also two boats from South Africa. It attracted a lot of media interest, and The local paper even reported what the Russians had for breakfast they seemed so alien at the time!
Competitors were in two fleets sailing Olympic courses of a triangle, loop and beat. The World Championships with one competitor from each country went first and the FD Week, which was open to anyone, went 15 minutes later. The World Championship was won by Mario Capio of Italy, followed by Adrian Jardine (K17) of Great Britain. FD Week was won by local sailor “Slotty” Dawes (K36) who represented GB at Rome where he finished 7 th. The Flying Dutchman was a new Olympic class in 1960 and had been introduced into the UK by WYC sailor “Slotty” Dawes. “Slotty” was President of the International FD Class Association. Whitstable was the centre of UK FD sailing and went on to run many international events including the Europeans.

RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships - WYC qualifying round winner!

Well done to Tom Oliver, who beat 5 other WYC sailors in the WYC qualifying round of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships in some very close racing. After 5 races the results were a tie, with Tom beating Andrew Guerin once RRS A8 was applied. Ali Nicolson was only 2 points behind the leaders to come in third place, with Robert Govier just getting forth place despite tieing on points with Jonny Musgrove, and Ruth Oliver came in 6th only place 10 points behind the leaders.
Tom now goes through to the South East Regional qualifying round, and if successful, through to the Nationals! There are over 230 clubs taking part, so that’s a lot of competition!

Reminder: Clubhouse Closure

Members are reminded that with the ongoing government restrictions, the clubhouse and all associated buildings remain closed to members. This closure includes the Rigden and Stroud sheds.

Whitstable Marine - Support your local chandlery!

Don’t forget that our local chandlery is still open online: https://www.whitstablemarine.co.uk/. Now’s a great time to stock up on spare parts, do some polishing/painting/bimbling if you have your boat at home, make sure you have all the right gear for when we’re allowed on the water, or learn a new skill like splicing (https://www.marlowropes.com/splicing-instructions)! 
All stock is available for click and collect, and if you can’t find it on their website, you can still order it by messaging them through their website or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhitstableMarines/. They’ll also do free delivery for club members in the Whitstable and Herne Bay area.

Virtual Easter Nip Results

With a mix of classes sailed across 4 days of racing, 49er on Friday, Star on Saturday, F18 on Sunday and Day Boat Racer on Monday, the 19 gamers enjoyed some close racing for the first WYC Virtual Easter Nip. Across the 12 races, Kevin Dutch showed consistent performance, taking first place in 9 of the races to take first overall. Tom Oliver gave him the most competition to come in second overall. The battle for third place was very close, with only 2 points in it, but Luke Swain couldn’t quite get past Rick Perkins, giving Rick the place. The full results can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/tb72wjq.
If you want to join in, sign up for free at https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ on your laptop, phone or tablet, and then join a race! The next scheduled club races are the Evening Series this week on Tuesday and Thursday, and then the start of the virtual Spring Series on Saturday and Sunday. See the full schedule at https://tinyurl.com/vvd2j5p

Virtual Easter Nip - Day 1!

The WYC Virtual Easter Nip day 1 racing has completed, with 14 boats taking part for a great competition on the ‘water’! We raced 49ers today, with Kevin Dutch, Rick Perkins and Steve Hodges are leading the pack, but there’s plenty to play for as we switch to the Star class for Saturday’s racing. See https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pr_bcyGrJbn58cijmSYucOcbYVmJVgSPUqGkRS58txc/edit?usp=sharing for the results so far.
If you want to take part, go to https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ or download the Virtual Regatta Inshore game from your app store, create a free account, and do the simple training sessions. Then, join a WYC race! We’ll be racing at 10am for the Virtual Easter Nip on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There’s a limit of 20 sailors per race, so we suggest you log in at least 10 mins before to join. To connect to the race, log in, go to Custom Race, in the Join tab click the green padlock button at the bottom and add the code (for the Virtual Easter Nip it’s “wycnip2020”). There’ll be 3 back to back races per session, so after each race, repeat the process to join the race with the same code. For details of the full schedule, see http://wyc.org.uk/news/wyc-racing-on-virtual-regatta.

WYC Racing on Virtual Regatta

Need get your sailing fix while Social Distancing or Self Isolating? The RYA has organised for Whitstable Yacht Club to get a free VIP pass to enable us to organise club racing online! We’ve had a few practice races, and the game is fun and easy to use from a laptop, tablet or phone. To get started, go to https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ or download the Virtual Regatta Inshore game from your app store, create a free account, and do the simple training sessions. Then, join a WYC race! 
We’re putting together a schedule based on volunteer organiser’s availability, so check here for the race start times: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hGaOQv4bd5HgBCHbWgsstQkaFL4XE8VTB5cjLLJjIcY/edit?usp=sharing.  There’s a limit of 20 sailors per race, so we suggest you log in at least 10 mins before to join. To connect to the race, log in, go to Custom Race, in the Join tab click the green padlock button at the bottom and add the code from the schedule above. There’ll be 3 back to back races per session, so after each race, repeat the process to join the race with the same code.
Each race needs an organiser to open and start the race, so if you’d like to get involved with organising more races and races at different times, please contact Robert Govier.

WYC AGM Update and General Committee

As previously communicated, the Whitstable Yacht Club Annual General Meeting scheduled for 28th March has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. A Special General Meeting will be scheduled within 6 months, or as soon as reasonably possible to do so whilst meeting government guidelines. The General Committee has decided that, in line with RYA guidance, as there were no contested nominees for Flag Officer or General Committee member positions, and all General Committee Members were planning to re-stand (with the exception of Tizzie Lambert), the current General Committee will remain in place until the SGM can be held to avoid any potential disruption to the running of the club during this time.
The events and restrictions on movements are unprecedented in the club’s history, and as such not well catered for within the club’s rules. We hope that members will understand and support the General Committee’s position, but please raise any queries with the Commodore or a member of the GC.

Thank You Tizzie Lambert

Social event organiser Tizzie Lambert has decided to stand down from the General Committee. Tizzie did a great job over the last year in organising and supporting the social side of the club with a range of different activities and events. The WYC General Committee would like to thank Tizzie for the tremendous effort she put into organising and running those social activities, her input will be missed.

Full club closure

With immediate effect the clubhouse, changing rooms and deck area will be closed until further notice except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative. The GC is sure that members will understand and support the club in that decision. Hopefully the efforts we are all making will help things to return to normal sooner rather than later. As always, please continue to follow government advice and keep safe.

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Friday 6th November

This entry has been superseded. Please see http://wyc.org.uk/news/WYC_Coronavirus_COVID-19_Response for the latest guidance.

AGM Cancelled

Following the most recent government advice on stemming the spread of Covid-19, the AGM scheduled for March 28th will be cancelled. The General Committee will meet by virtual conferencing on Wednesday to decide what immediate and future contingency measures need be put in place as a result of government and RYA briefings and advice.

Colin Brown

We are sorry to announce that Colin Brown sadly passed away. A club member for many years, Laser sailor, windsurfer, and highly respected political journalist and author, Colin and his wife Mandy often stayed in the bunk rooms when in Whitstable. After getting the all clear from cancer, Colin took delivery of a new Laser last year and was looking forward to some expert tuition from Charlie Campion but sadly was taken ill while abroad, diagnosed with brain cancer and died earlier this week.  A popular, outgoing and generous man, Colin wore his considerable intellect and literary achievements lightly and along with sailing and windsurfing was a keen skier and football player.

Abandoned/mislaid sails

One of the jobs completed at the Working Party on Saturday was to clear out all of the vacant sail racks in Upper Rigden’s Shed. Sails found with identifying marks or sail numbers have been moved to temporary storage, and will be processed under RYA abandoned kit guidelines unless claimed. If any of the below list belongs to you, please contact Sally in the club office
Topaz Uno Sail 9726;
Sail 70233;
Laser Radial (4 sails) 177578;
Laser Sail 144279;
Laser Sail 179947;
Topper Sail 47859;
Sail 3463;
Laser Radial Sail (2) 159447;
Tasar Sail 2514;
Tasar Sail 2352;
Tasar Jib;
Tasar jib;
Laser Sail 198535;
A Class Sail GBR 067;
Laser sail 183304;
F18 jib “Maflin”;
Fireball/Blaze sail; and
Catamaran Kite (1 black & 1 white) 159.

A big thank you to all who turned up for Saturday’s working party. All jobs completed.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Working Party on Saturday morning. We had a great turn out and all the planned jobs were completed. Helping your club like this achieves a lot in a short time, makes the club a nicer place to spend time, makes the club a more attractive option for potential members, and saves us all money! Well done team WYC!

Child Welfare Contacts and the WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

We are pleased to announce WYC Wanderer Sailor Paul Cross has joined Jill Fagg as one of our two club Child Welfare Contacts. Every club member should be aware of the responsibilities and expectations defined in the WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, a full updated copy of which can be found at http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules or in the sailing programme which all members receive. 
If you have any concerns, please contact Jill or Paul:
Jill Fagg - brownings.oast@gmail.com - 07973 713377.
Paul Cross - paul@paul-cross.net - 07791726208.

New club guitar!

Louise and Andrew Provan have donated a new club acoustic guitar and case to WYC to replace the road-worn Dallas acoustic. The guitar was formally handed over to the Commodore on Saturday, although it’s not recorded whether Kelvin subsequently provided a demonstration of his strumming skill!
The guitar is free to use for all, but a special request with regard to noise (and choice of song!) – please be considerate to other members of the club who may be within earshot, and may not share your musical enthusiasm!  Please also replace the guitar in the case after use, to minimise damage and dust gathering opportunities.
Thank you Louise and Andrew!

FREE Social Membership opportunity

Did you know that WYC Race Recorders qualify for free Social Membership?
Race Recorders perform an essential role in the volunteer teams that come together every time we hold a club race. Going into the new season we urgently need new recruits. The club offers free Social Membership to Recorders who commit to undertaking at least 10 duties, and of course any new recruits will be given full training and support. If any member knows of relatives or friends who would be interested in joining the club, at no charge, or if you are already a member and would like the opportunity to support club racing (with free membership), please call or email the Club Office for more information, and contact details of current Recorder team for a chat. No experience necessary!

Men’s changing rooms and showers floor painting

Thanks to Mike, Tom, Kelvin, Geoff and Mark from the Laser class who spent their Saturday painting the floor of the men’s showers and changing rooms for the start of the new season!

TRAILERS AND EQUIPMENT STORED AT WYC

A reminder to members that all equipment including trailers stored at WYC need to be identifiable.  Any trailers that are not stored underneath boats are to be paid for separately.  Please contact Sally Gostelow for any further information or advice.  sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk

2020 Sailing Schedule now on the website

The 2020 WYC Sailing programme is now available on the website at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule. The google calendar is also now updated, so if you added the calendar to your phone/laptop calendar last year, it may already be updated! If not, you can download the schedule for iCal on MacOS X, Google Calendar or Outlook on Windows in iCalendar format from the page above, or download the Cadets schedule from the Cadets page at www.wyc.org.uk/cadets/Events. The paper copy has been sent to the printers, and should be going in the post next week, so look out for a copy landing on your doormat soon!

Updates to WYC Data Privacy Notice

WYC’s Data Privacy Notice has been updated. The minor updates which have been applied are to dates in the document, the retention period of membership and training data, use of social media, and the contact details within the document. You can download and read the Data Privacy Notice on the website at wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules.

Updated WYC Sailing Instructions for 2020

The WYC Sailing Instructions for club races have been updated for 2020. The two changes made are to clarify that the entry for a series shall be the boat and one sailor, who must sail on the boat for every race as helm or crew to be awarded an entry for those races (rule 2.1), and that a boat shall not be awarded a prize unless it has started at least two races and finished at least one (rule 17.1). To download a copy, go to wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules

Margaret Winn

We are sorry to announce that Margaret Winn sadly passed away on Christmas morning following a short illness at the age of 89.  She was a long term member of the Yacht Club and was made an Honorary Member in 2010.  For many years she was the Minutes Secretary to the Sailing Committee, but she will best be remembered for her invaluable help in the Race Hut where she could be found each weekend recording the race results.  Her funeral service will be held at St Alphege Church, High Street, Whitstable, on Thursday 30th January at 1.30pm to which all are welcome, afterwards the family will attend a short service of committal at Barham Crematorium at 3.20pm to which anyone who would like to attend is also welcome. Donations in her memory to go to the Whitstable branch of the RNLI. Please send to John Kemp Funeral Service, 26 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH.

Saturday bar opening hours - Minor change for the Winter

The WYC bar opening hours on Saturdays will now be from midday to 11pm for the winter period. For full details of the opening hours, see wyc.org.uk/about/social

Message from the Commodore

As this season comes to a close I’d like to say a huge thank you the safety boat drivers, crews, race officers, race result recorders, committee boat drivers, event organisers, training team, the office team, various committees and the many others who work behind the scenes to make it possible for us to run the programme. And of course, thank you to everyone who took part in the scheduled racing and events. Whilst the variability in weather kept down the percentage of scheduled races sailed, we still had good turn outs, not forgetting of course the windsurfers who take to the water on the windier days! 
Looking forward to next year, preparations are already under way for both on and off the water activities. The draft programme has been published and the Sailing Committee is reviewing where we need to recruit volunteers to help run it. The most urgent need is for more Race Recorders, an essential role that also attracts free Social Membership for a commitment of at least 10 events. If you know anyone who would be interested in the ‘dry side’ of sailing then please put them in touch with Robert Govier or Joceline Davis
Next year’s off the water activities promise to be significantly challenging with our beach lease renewal negotiations running alongside the ongoing inquiry into the presence and growth of the oyster beds. More updates will be provided on both of these nearer the time. 
Also off the water but on a more positive note we are introducing an on-line booking capability for courses and cadet events early in the New Year. When that implementation has taken place we’ll also be undertaking a small trial on an on-line Duty Allocation Application which if successful should make it easier to allocate, manage and change duties across the various support activities. 
There is more to come about next year’s on and off the water activities so please look out for items on the usual News and Social pages. 
Finally, a reminder that all masts should be taken down for the winter and boats checked to ensure they are securely tied down. 
On behalf of the General Committee I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. 
Kelvin Tolson 
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club.

Last Race of the Winter Series, and Winter Series Prize Giving

It was the last race of the year today on Sunday. Rather windy and gusty, so just 7 hardy Laser sailors took to the water for a blast around the course! The results of that race cemented the result for the Winter Series for the Lasers, with Christian Brewer taking his forth 1st place of the series to take the overall Winter Series win. Kevin Hall took third place in the race to make 2nd overall in the series, and Steve Gray kept his 3rd place in the series.
For the All In Handicap for the Winter Series, John Cooper and Hilary Bradshaw took 1st for the series in their Merlin Rocket. Jon and Philippa Bloice took 2nd in their Merlin Rocket, and Luke Swain took 3rd on his A-Class. Alex Wilson took the prize for the highest place Laser Radial.
Congratulations to the winners, and all 69 members who braved the elements to take part in the Winter Series. Just under 3 months off club racing now before the start of the 2020 season at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th March!

Goodbye Laurette!

We’re sorry to announce that our Bar Manager, Laurette Dawson, is leaving WYC after moving away from Whitstable. Although Laurette has officially done her last day, she has kindly agreed to come in Mondays to help training the new Bar Supervisor who will be starting in new year.
There will be a thank-you presentation on the 9th dec at 11.45 by Bar committee. Thank you to Laurette for looking after us and pulling many pints over the last few years, enjoy your new home and best wishes for the future!

Roy Hamilton

We’re saddened to announce the passing of WYC member Roy Hamilton after a brief illness.
His first foray into the world of sailing ended ignominiously when he and his friend Reg managed to sink a dinghy off Harty Ferry! His first sailing club was Rye Harbour, but his sailing career really took off when he discovered catamarans and Seasalter Sailing Club, where he helped to build the clubhouse that still stands today. Roy sailed and built a number of Swifts, also building some for others, progressing on to Condors and then Hurricanes.
It was with a Hurricane that he first joined Whitstable Yacht Club, Seasalter’s loss being very much WYC’s gain. He progressed on to a Tornado with which he ended his sailing career, much of the time partnered by his friend Karen Ludgate.
Roy took part in many local, national and international sailing competitions and it is a measure of the regard with which he was held that, even after his retirement from sailing in his seventies, well-known cat sailors came to pay their respects to him. These included David Williams, Ian Rhodes, Kevin Dutch, Grant Piggott, Will Sunnucks and Simon Northrop. He was always on hand to give advice and practical assistance to other sailors, making sure that borrowed tools were always returned!
He was an active social member of both the Seasalter and Whitstable clubs, even after he had stopped sailing in the case of WYC, being a regular at the coffee mornings otherwise known as the ‘Grumpy Old Gits Club”.
For those who were privileged to meet him he was a kind, generous and dignified man with a ready and mischievous sense of humour and fair play. To say he will be missed is to put it mildly. He was a legend.

Draft WYC 2020 Sailing Schedule

The draft sailing schedule is now available to download here. Some race times and events may change, but this version is 90% complete. If you have any feedback on the planned schedule, please come along to the Meeting of Sailors on 24th November, or contact the Rear Commodore Sailing or your Class Captain.

Race Recorders needed for the 2020 season - No experience necessary!

Fed up with sitting on the beach waiting for sailing to finish? Want to get involved, but don’t wish to sail? Interested in meeting more people in the club?
We need you, join the team, become a Race Recorder!
No experience necessary! Full Training provided, plus an ongoing support system. Free Social membership available for Recorders.
Call or email the Club Office for more information, and contact details of current Recorder team for a chat.

Prize Giving 2019 - Congratulations Prize Winners!

Congratulations to all of the prize winners who collected their trophies on Saturday night, and thank you to everyone who came along to support them, and who gave up their time to help set up for the evening!
In particular, congratulations to this year’s winners of the special awards for significant accomplishments in 2019:
The Jo Edmondson Cup for the Most Deserving Lady went to Tizzie Lambert;
The Len Sharp Trophy for Good Sportsmanship went to Andrew Guerin (Laser);
The Gaye Woolven Trophy for the Largest Cat Turnout for the year went to Robert Govier & David Figgis (F18/Tornado);
The Hamlin Trophy for Perseverance went to Todd Mei (Windsurfer);
The Richard Hollis trophy for the Highest Turnout went to Kevin Hall (Laser);
The Whitstable Salt Bowl for the Highest Merlin turnout went to John Cooper (Merlin Rocket);
The Merlin Helmsman Trophy for the Merlin Helmsman of the Year went to Huw Reynolds (Merlin Rocket);
The John Griffiths Trophy for the Best Merlin Crew went to Pheobe Paine (Merlin Rocket);
The Oades Cadet Trophy for the Best All Round Cadet went to Harry Wilson;
The Tony & Liz Love Trophy for Cadet Participation in club racing went to Tom Oliver (Laser);
The General Purpose Dinghy Trophy for the General Purpose Dinghy Trophy went to Richard Maltby (Wanderer);
The Allan Barnes Trophy for the Allan Barnes “Contribution to Sailing” Award went to John Berrington; and
The John Day Trophy for the John Day “Laser Sailor of the Year” Award went to Tony Clements.
For the full list of winners, download them here: 2019_prizegivingV3.pdf
Don’t forget, there’s still the Winter Series to race, every Sunday until 15th December, and the Winter Series Prize Giving on 15th December after racing.

2019-2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE BY 31ST OCTOBER 2019

Dear Members, a reminder that membership renewals are due by the end of this month, 31st October.  Renewal documents were sent in early September via email, if you did not receive this information and would like help with renewing, please contact Sally Gostelow either by email: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk or by phone (Monday or Tuesday only: 01227 272942).

Report from the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta

Report on the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta by WYC Cadet Tom Oliver:
“After winning the Kent Schools Sailing Association topper team racing event earlier this year we were invited to represent Kent at the NSSA Single Handed Team Racing Event. The WYC cadets took a team of 3 sailors to Fairlop Waters on the 5th of October 2019. There were 21 teams of 3 people from all over the country ranging from school teams to regional champions, as well as the team of 3 from WYC - Tom Oliver, Alex Wilson and Wilf Taylor accompanied by their team manager - Ruth Oliver. There were 7 rounds on Saturday and the Whitstable team won 5 of the 7 putting them in 5th place after Saturday and in with a chance of reaching the semifinals on Sunday. Unfortunately, the first 2 races on Sunday were against the top 2 teams and we lost them. Moving on we lost another race and it came down to the final race as to whether the WYC team would be in the semi final playoffs or not. Unfortunately we lost this round and our final position was 12th out of 21, but we represented Kent and WYC with dignity and honour.”
Well done to the WYC Cadet team for getting to the National event and representing Kent well!

Glenda Nevill

We’re saddened to announce the passing of WYC member and Wanderer sailor Glenda Nevill, who died in a car accident on 31st July. Sailing with her husband Ian, Glenda enjoyed venturing out for a free cruise sail, and their advice and hand drawn charts of the places they sailed to,could not have been more useful for Wanderer cruises. Richard Maltby, WYC Club Principal and General Class Captain remembers that “Glenda and Ian were models of good, capable seamanship. I well recall the lesson given to fellow Wanderers as to how to get off the lee shore bank at Shipwrights without use of an engine, and also the tactical demonstration of reefing the mainsail while afloat in choppy F4 waters mid Swale. Her death on 31 July would have been only a short time after their 2019 RO duty and last visit to the club.”
Her funeral will be held at 12:30 on Monday 7th October at Hawkinge Crematorium, see the funeral notice for more information.

KSSA Annual Regatta 2019 at Whitstable Yacht Club on 14th September 2019 - Report

A gloriously sunny day, 40+ boats, 60+ young sailors and a host of willing volunteers all held up by the disappointing lack of wind. However Race Officer, Tom Bruton’s wise decision to have an early lunch was rewarded. The afternoon saw 3 races and some great sailing, with kites flying well and trapezes in use by several boats. Whitstable was well represented by our cadets sailing 14 boats of whom 4 finished in the top 20. A few learned a tough lesson about black flags but won themselves a prize of a plastic duck. Congratulations to all our young sailors, you did us proud.
None of this would have been possible without a significant volunteer effort. KSSA’s excellent organisation, ably supported by Richard Maltby and his willing team of volunteers produced a superb event. Many thanks to everyone who helped produce such a brilliant day, we couldn’t have done it without you!
For a full report on the event, see www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/222222, and for the full results for the event see kssa.co.uk/results-awards.

 
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