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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

Job Vacancy - Facilities Supervisor

Whitstable Yacht Club has a job vacancy for an office based facilities Supervisor. The successful candidate will manage the club properties, contents and utilities – 8 hours a week split Thursdays & Fridays.
Full job description available on request. To apply, send your CV to the Club Office at office@wyc.org.uk

Men’s changing rooms and showers closed Friday 21st to Monday 24th Feb

The floors of the men’s changing area and showers will be repainted/resurfaced next weekend, so they will be closed with no access from Friday 21st to Monday 24th. This includes closed to access to the lockers and any equipment stored in the changing room.

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.

Whitstable Marine Environment Group

We’re pleased to announce that WYC will be supporting Whitstable’s Marine Environment Group by providing storage space for their beach cleaning equipment. Reducing rubbish and making the beach and sea safer and cleaner for all is a cause close to our hearts, and we’re looking forward to working with the Marine Environment Group in the future. If you’re interested in finding out more, or joining their monthly beach clean activities, see their Facebook page at facebook.com/MarineEnvironmentGroup/.

WYC Craft Group

Calling all our “crafty” members!  An inaugural get together is planned on Wednesday 2 October at 7pm in the club’s committee room.  Please come along and bring whatever project you are working on whether it’s knitting, crochet, weaving or something else.  The plan is to meet up on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any queries, please contact Sally at sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk.

WYC Cruiser Class Facebook Page

Hi, all. Just wanted to draw your attention to the new Whitstable Yacht Club Cruiser Class Facebook group. Please signal interest in our activities by visiting the page and liking it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/292629051660997/
Further details can be found on posters in the Sea Room. Hope to hear from any fellow cruisers soon… ⛵️
Jeremy Scott, Cruiser Class Captain

WYC winners at the UK Laser National Championships

Congratulations to WYC sailors Max Hunt and Jeff Loosemore at the 2019 UK Laser National Championships at Largs Sailing Club. Max came in First Grand Master, with 21st Laser Radial overall, and Jeff Loosemore took First Great Grand Master with 15th Laser Radial overall.

Whitstable Week - Full Report


Shame about the weather, but what a great week anyway! Whitstable Week often provides a selection of weather for the sailors, but this year took it to an extreme. Monday saw great sailing with a nice southwesterly 2-3, Tuesday was blown off and given over to the braver of the WYC windsurfing community. Wednesday saw a very windy and gusty day, but 13 boats managed to squeeze a race in, and Thursday & Friday saw a dead calm off Whitstable with not a breath of wind all afternoon forcing abandonment. However, with three races sailed we had results, and Dickie and Donna on their Dart 18 took the Oyster Trophy for first place overall, along with the Westminster Bank Trophy for the first placed Small Catamaran.
On the land side, the week was more successful, with a vinyl experience (supported mainly by Mike Oliver’s eclectic collection!) on Monday, a packed quiz night on Wednesday, dressing up and dressing down for cocktails on Thursday, and a great show from Andy Jackson’s band SILT on Friday.
Congratulations to the prize winners, and thank you to all the members who helped run the event. Also thanks to the Sheriff of Canterbury, Councillor Jeanette Stockley who presented the Whitstable Week trophies!
For the prize winners, click below, and for the full results go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.

Whitstable Week - Day 3

Once again, a pretty accurate forecast, if a little optimistic for Whitstable! With the wind reading up to 25 knots from the end of the West Quay, a reduced fleet of 13 boats took to sea for race 3 of Whitstable Week. The strong south westerly breeze kicked up quite a swell, and caused quite a challenge for the sailors and the Race team, with marks that didn’t want to anchor and boats that didn’t want to stay upright! A lot of the fleet capsized at some point during the race, including a pitchpole by Robert Govier, single handed on his Dart 18, which lost him his significant lead the first place to Dickie and Donna on their Dart 18. Stephen and Julie in the only Tasar on the water put in a strong performance to take third, and Mark Holweger battled with the Laser fleet to take forth.
Due to a number of boats having problems (unfortunately including a broken mast for Rien on his Blaze), and marks which continued to pick up and drift, the Race Officer made the popular decision to cancel the remaining races, and let the sailors ashore to tell their war stories in the bar! This cements Dickie and Donna’s lead at the top of the table with two firsts and a second, with Mark Holweger in second place and a tie for third place between Stephen and Julie in their Tasar, Kevin Hall and Charlie Campion in their Lasers, so a lot to play for going into Thursday when it can all change!
With a lighter and sunnier forecast for Thursday and Friday, there are 3 races scheduled for day 4 and 2 for day 5, with both days starting at 2pm. And two more days of socials at the club, with a range of club cocktails available from the bar on Thursday night, and a full on finale party for Friday! See you at the club.

Whitstable Week - Day 2

Unfortunately the weather forecast was pretty spot on for Whitstable today. A windy morning, and a very windy afternoon put a stop to any Whitstable Week racing (even the Laser sailors felt it was too windy!). However some intrepid windsurfers did go out, and put on a good high speed show for the sailors on the decking.
Racing continues tomorrow from 2pm, and as we’ve lost a day, we’re planning 3 races a day for Wednesday and Thursday. If you haven’t already made it down and registered for the week, there’s still time. You can join in for the rest of the week or just a day of sailing. Whitstable Week registration forms are available from the bar. 
And don’t forget the social events for the rest of the week. The traditional ‘Laid Back Quiz’ on Wednesday night is guarenteed to be popular, so get down early to get settled before the 7.30pm start. Don’t forget to bring some brain food! On Thursday night the Commodore invites you to a cocktail reception - dress up or dress down to come along and enjoy some old classics and some new club creations (not just the usual club signature ‘spicy-dickie’!). And Friday night is the famous finale party with prize giving, excellent ‘indian platter’ from the Canterbury Curry Club, and Andy Jackson’s band ‘SILT’! 
**Correction to yesterday’s post - It was Andrew Provan in a Spiderman rash vest who helped Fef right her boat, not Kevin in a Superman rash vest as previously reported. Apparently when you’re upside down in the water, all superhero Laser sailors look the same!**

Whitstable Week 2019 - Day 1 Report

Whitstable Week started in style on Monday 29th July with warm sunshine and a southwesterly force 2-3. The competitive but friendly spirit of Whitstable Week started early, when Fef capsized and turtled her Streaker near to the start line with a few minutes to go before the start gun. Laser sailor Andy (wearing a spiderman rash vest no less!) jumped in, swam over and helped her right the boat before the support rib could get close, well done Andy!
The racing got going from the Committee Boat at 11am sharp with 36 boats taking part (including Fef and Kevin), from a Tornado to a Topper! With some big holes and large shifts in the wind across the large first race course, tactics were important, but there was close racing throughout the fleets. A particularly dramatic finish saw Andy and Yvo steel a place from Steve and Julie in their Tasars after a last minute tack forced just before the line by the incoming Tornado on Starboard.
Despite needing some help to find the finish line, and being out of practice sailing at Whitstable, Mark Howleger took the first place on handicap in his Laser, with Tom Oliver snapping at his heels in 2nd place in his Laser Radial. Dickie Ledger and crew Donna came in third on their Dart 18.
Race two kicked off after a quick turnaround, with a slightly shorter course, but similar conditions. The fleet spread out a little more, and Dickie and Donna pulled away to take a strong first place. Tony Dod, sailing his Dart 18 single-handed found the wind in the right places to significantly improve from his 15th place in race one to take 2nd place in race two, and Rien Zolvold took third, up from 11th in race one. This puts Dickie and Donna in first place at the end of Day One, followed by Mark Howledger with a 1st and 7th, and Charles Campion with a consistent 5th and 4th.
Racing starts at 2pm on Tuesday, with strong winds forecast for the next two days! See the full results on the website at wyc.org.uk/results/Whitstable_Week_all_in_results_2019.html, and go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more information on Whitstable Week 2019.

Bar Committee Update - Bigger wine glasses and a price review

After requests from members, the Bar Committee have agreed to offer wine in larger 250ml glasses. This change, which will be introduced on Monday 29th July, has coincided with a price review, so there are a few small changes to wine pricing. See attached for the full list of WYC wines and pricing. WYC_Wine_List_(July_2019).pdf

Good luck to the WYC teams heading off to B14 and Tasar World Championships!

Seven teams of WYC sailors are heading off to international competition this weekend.
Rick and Sarah, Zanna and Liz, and Jon and Philippa will be competing in the Tasar Worlds at Hayling Island starting on the 27th July. You can follow the action at http://tasarworlds2019.org/.
And Tristian and Charlie, Simon and Nikki, Dave and Sean, and Mark and Charlotte are travelling a bit further to the B14 European and World Championships at Carnac, with the Euros starting on 25th, followed by the Worlds on 29th July. More information here: https://www.b14world.org.
Good luck to all the teams! 
If you’re not heading off to exotic sailing destinations (or Hayling Island!), join us at WYC for Whitstable Week starting on Monday!

WYC LaserFest’19 the Movie!

You’ve seen the results, you’ve read the report, now watch the movie! LaserFest’19 on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HXolAxfpgws

WYC LasetFest’19 Report

The third annual Laserfest at Whitstable YC on 13th and 14th July will be remembered for light winds and long hours on the water. Patience was rewarded, however, as the weekend’s programme of four races were all successfully completed - no one left drifting on the tide - and there was in fact much close racing among the 48-strong Laser fleet… Read the full report on yachtsandyachting.com. Results are on the WYC website.
Next round of LaserFest is at Herne Bay Sailing Club on 1st September, and for more information on the Laserfest series, see www.laser-fest.com/.
Photo by Nicky Whatley.

Office Rental Opportunity

Whitstable Yacht Club 3-4 Sea Wall CT5 1BX
Office to rent – 1st floor – per month £200 – 3 monthly rolling contract.Includes Wifi, heating & electricity costs. Light airy office with large street window – 12 sq metres. Furnished for 2 people. Café & bar on site. Hours of entry 8am to 8pm. For viewing or more details contact:Maureen Bush email: office@wyc.org.uk.  Tel 01227 272942.

Yoga - make your body happy!

Yoga sessions with Yvo Meredith are set to resume at WYC on Thursday 25 July 6.15 to 7.30pm and on the following dates: 22 & 29 Aug and 5 September.  All abilities welcome.  Please book by calling Yvo on 07725 486963 or emailing yvo.meredith@btopenworld.com. £7 per session.

MISLAID WETSUIT No2

We have another mislaid wetsuit, sadly with no identifying marks.  Gill long leg sleeveless with red internal lining, size L.  Gone missing from the Gents drying rail.  Happily the previous one that went missing has been returned. Please return to office if found. Sailing Sec

Oyster Trestles - Warning and incident reporting

As we get into the busy summer season at Whitstable, please don’t forget about the hazard to sailors, windsurfers, swimmers and other water users (even at high tide) caused by the Oyster Trestles to the West of Whitstable Yacht Club.
You are strongly recommended not to go within the area marked by the yellow Hazard Buoys.
During racing, the area between the yellow Hazard Buoys and the shore is a prohibited area. Sailing within this area will result in disqualification (Rule 10.2).
If you see someone in trouble in this area, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Please report any incidents or ‘near misses’ to the club. There is an Incident Book behind the bar, or you can email reports to office@wyc.org.uk

Mislaid wetsuit

If anyone has mistakenly taken home a Gill long leg sleeveless wetsuit from the drying rail in the Gents changing room, could they please return it promptly. It can be identified by a small repair on the left calf and red internal lining.  Sailing Sec.

B14, Merlin Rocket and Taser Open photos

Photos taken by Nick Champion from the recent Open events are now available to view and buy on his website. There’s a set from the B14 Open, and
Merlin Rocket and Taser Open set 1 and
Merlin Rocket and Taser Open set 2. You can access the photos from these events, and many others, at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/.

Merlin Rocket Open at WYC - Report and Photos

An excellent fleet of 28 boats assembled at one the class’s oldest venues, Whitstable, for the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller round 15, combined with a Tasar open (see post below!). The racing conditions could only be described as perfect with a cloudless sky and 15-18 knots of Easterly providing planing reaches and nice waves to surf down.  As well as great sailing, WYC club band Merlin and the Rockets put on a great show for competitors and members alike on Saturday night, showing WYC knows how to party as well as sail! The full report is now available at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/219022/Merlin-Rockets-at-Whitstable, and results are up on the WYC website at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Merlin Rocket Class Captain Paul thanked all the volunteers from WYC who helped put on such a great event, and to the Laser sailors who moved their boats to make space!
Photo credit - Nick Champion - http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/

Tasar Open at WYC - Report and Photos

Following the success of the Tasar Nationals at the end of May, a fleet of 14 boats assembled for an Open Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club over the weekend of 22nd/23rd June (combined with the Merlin Rocket fleet - see post above!) on what turned out to be a glorious, and rare, weekend combining both sun and Force 3-4 winds. A full report can be read at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/219288/Tasars-at-Whitstable, and the full results can be found at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
From Class Captain Ali Nicholson: “On behalf of the Tasar Class, many thanks to Whitstable Yacht Club and all its members and volunteers who helped to put on such a fantastic event.  Special thanks as always to the Laser Class for making room for the visitors!.”
Photo credit - Nick Champion - http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/

Website updated!

You may have noticed some minor changes to the WYC website today. We’ve had an upgrade! All the information is still here, but the website is now ‘responsive’ so should look better on mobile phones, etc. If you encounter any problems with the website, please contact robert.govier@wyc.org.uk.

Michael Bushe

We’re sorry to report the death of Michael Bushe. Mike was a member of the WYC cruiser class in the 90s and 2000s.

His funeral will be on Wednesday 10th July. Mass 10.30 at Our lady of the immaculate conception, Kingsdown Park Road, Burial at circa 11.30 at cemetery, wake at the Marine Hotel, Tankerton from 1.00pm. All who new him are welcome to attend.

Wanderer Open Report

Sailors from across England gathered at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday (15th June) in honour of veteran champion dinghy sailor, Gavin Barr, and to compete in the Wanderer Open.

Whitstable YC Club President Larry Lamberton MBE presented a new trophy in the form of a scaled down 14 : 1 model of a Wanderer. Crafted in stainless steel by Whitstable blacksmith Rob Pitman, the trophy captures the sails’ shape from Gavin’s match winning boat, “Thistle”.

Event organiser Richard Maltby said, “Sailing for this beautiful trophy is part of putting the Wanderer Open firmly in Whitstable’s events programme. For the inaugural race to be won in Gavin Barr’s boat by his son Tim with Mark Skipper (Gavin’s usual crew) could not have been a more perfect result, though that now makes Tim the new helm to beat.”

Following a BBQ, Gavin entertained the gathering with his guitar and a few songs including the now infamous Pirate song, “Where does a pirate go shopping? Aaarghos. “What is a pirate’s favourite Christmas carol?” We Three Kings of Orient, Aaargh.

For a full report on the event.

Special offer for WYC golfers

Whitstable and Seasalter Golf ClubWhitstable and Seasalter Golf Club are kindly offering discounted green fees to WYC members. The discounts are £3 per round for up to 3 players, or 4 players for 3. To take advantage of the offer members will need to produce a WYC green fee discount card, the cards will placed at the end of the bar over the next week. The cards are single use and will be given up to the golf club when arriving for a game. This is a new initiative for both clubs and we are both keen for it to succeed, any feedback from members will be most welcome.

Coming Soon: WYC LaserFest’19

A brief public service message from Capt Mike:
Saturday 13th July.

•13:00 hrs There will be some Laser sailing.
•There will be some drinking.
•17.00 – 19.00 hrs there will be some eating, bring and share B B Q.
•There will be some more drinking.
•20.30 – 23.00 hrs live band ‘Sold on Soul’
•There will be some sleeping.
Sunday 14th July.
•11:00 hrs There will be more Laser sailing.
•There will be some prizegiving.
•There may be some more drinking!

All members invited to Laser sail and/or socialise.
For the latest information, see the LaserFest website or follow the event on social on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Reclaimed WYC ramp wood used in winning Chelsea Flower Show garden!

Joe Perkins DesignWood that was stripped off the WYC ramp during repairs last year has been recycled into a gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by Joe Perkins Design! The wood was reclaimed by Ashwells Reclaimed Timber and then used in the garden “Beyond the Screen” which was awarded a gold medal in the Best Space to Grow category.

Read more on Kent Online, or check out the Joe Perkins Design website.

It’s never too late to learn to sail!

“On 20th May Ruth Oliver, bless her, took her life in her hands to give the ‘oldest beginners’ at the club their first sailing lesson. She risked life and limb to guide us through our two day RYA level 1!! Ruth’s patience and wonderful instruction helped us achieve our aim and despite Barbara suffering from sea sickness and Tizzie having chronic indigestion on day 1 we were awarded our certificate at the end of day two - whoopee! We have now learned lots of sailing ‘terminology and tied loads of knots - hope our ancient brains can remember it all!

We will be taking level 2 with Ruth in September, if she can put up with us again!

A massive thanks to Ruth and Whitstable Yacht Club.”

Tizzie and Barbara

If you’d like to learn to sail, go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training for information and contact details.

Police Property Fund award to WYC

Whitstable Yacht Club has been awarded £500 from the Police Property Fund. The donation will be used to secure improved safety equipment for the WYC Cadets and young sailors.
The Kent Police Property Fund is generated from the sale, at auction, of items seized in police operations, and awarded to local, not-for-profit organisations in Kent. WYC applied back at Christmas for funding, and PC Ben Crosswell visited the club in April for the presentation of the cheque to Ruth Oliver, the WYC Senior Instructor and RYA Onboard Officer for the WYC Cadets.

Updated Race Officer guide

The Race Officer Guide has been updated to include some additional guidance on the Oyster Racks. We recommend all members with Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer duties to familiarise themselves with the RO Guide prior to their duty. The updated guide can be found here, along with other useful information: http://wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules, and there’s a printed copy in the Race Hut.

WYC Tea and Coffee bar

We’ve all noticed how busy and popular Whitstable is getting on summer weekends, which often drives a long queue at Keith’s Coffee Hut. Whilst the Coffee Hut is an important source of revenue for the club, this can be frustrating if you want a hot drink or food before or after racing, so from mid-June Keith will also be selling hot drinks and food to WYC members only from the WYC coffee hatch! Keith will be installing a coffee machine, so it will be the same great coffee, just without the long queue! The Coffee Hatch is planned to be open 2 hours before racing until up to 2 hours after finish, although times may vary depending on the weather and race times.

Video report from the 2019 Whitstable Forts Endurance Race Weekend!

Go to https://youtu.be/9BnRm8-m7cA for the report on this year’s race.

 

WYC Cadets take first place at KSSA Topper Team Racing

Brilliant day at the Kent Schools Sailing Association Topper Team racing at Westbere Lake on Saturday 25th May. The 3 WYC teams had a great time, showing considerable skill despite the very tricky conditions. After 21 races there was a tie for 1st place so Whitstable battled it out in a race off against Kings School Canterbury. With the best wind of the day Whitstable took top 2 places ensuring victory. The club will now represent Kent in the National finals in October.

Congratulations everyone who sailed and big thank you to all our Instructors and helpers who developed such competent sailors!

If you’d like to know how to get your children involved with sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, see wyc.org.uk/cadets

Beachmaster urgently needed

The Beachmaster role has changed over time and is now much more than allocating spaces on the beach. Working with the various Class Captains and other beach user representatives it also includes active management of the club’s beach facility and specific projects. With a couple of projects required to be started over the next couple of months I would keen to hear from anyone interested in taking on the role.

Interested? Please either contact me via commodore@wyc.org.uk or catch Kelvin Tolson when he is at the club and he will provide more detail.

Thank you…

On behalf of all members I would like to thank Fef Griffin and her family for the very generous donation of a new fully equipped high spec training rib donated in memory of her late husband Peter, an active member of the club and valued contributor to the training of our up and coming young sailors. The rib will be delivered during the summer and will be used by the training team in support of their various courses and activities. The rib will be named the ‘Peter Griffin’.
Kevin Tolson - Commodore

Update on the oyster trestle development off Whitstable

WYC has been made aware of the Planning Inquiry relating to the appeal against the oyster trestle enforcement order. The club is submitting a formal response as Whitstable Yacht Club on behalf of the membership and will provide updates on the process as it develops. Individuals can submit their own comments directly if they wish via the Planning Inspectorate web site.

WYC Open Day - Thank You!

Open Day 2019
A really big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out with the WYC Open Day on Saturday 11th May. We out 65 people on the water to try out sailing, and we lost count of the huge grins which our visitors were wearing as they came ashore! A very successful day all round.
And if you couldn't make it, or you know someone who'd be interested in sailing, then there's lots of information on our website including membership information and details on the training we have available. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Working Party 27th April - Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who turned out to help on the Working Party on a somewhat blustery morning. The beach has been tidied and rubbish removed with some unpaid or abandoned kit being placed on Reeves beach pending recovery or disposal. A significant number of boats without tie downs were also secured, please help us to maintain and improve the appearance and safety of the beach by ensuring boats (and covers) are tied down and stored correctly. The ramp was also thoroughly cleaned along the whole of one side. Ramp cleaning will be an ongoing activity to minimise marine growth so more volunteers will be most welcome, please let your Class Captain know if you can help. Thank you.

Video of WYC needed

We're planning to make some promotional videos of WYC to show off all that is great about the club! A lot of you have GoPros and other cameras, so if you have any footage that you think would be good for our videos, please get in contact. We want footage of sailing as well as shore based activities, from the top racers to the cadets learning to sail. Ideally, all footage should be raw (original, unedited), and be of at least HD quality. Due to the size of files, we can work out the best way of getting them from you (dropbox, USB stick, etc). If you have something of use, please contact Paul Kelly (PK) at paulrkelly@gmail.com

Heather Scott

It is with great regret pass on the news that Heather Scott, a long standing member of WYC, has died.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Friday May 3rd at All Saints’ church.
A reception will follow at Whitstable Yacht Club at 13.30pm.

Congratulations to our cadets on their successful RYA Dinghy Instructor Course!

Madeleine Bryan, Hugo Eaton-Baudains, Harry Newton, Tom Oliver, Alex Wilson, Craig Windridge (BSC).
The Cadets were very fortunate to have in HBSC member Laurie Dengate an excellent RYA coach for the five day course. This followed two prerequisite training and practical assessment days which Laurie also directed in November and December. The standard was set high, the candidates worked tremendously hard throughout the week, generally not finishing until 7.30 pm, and were assessed on the final day by RYA development officer Sam Rowe. At the young age of 16-17 their success, individually and as a team, is particularly impressive.
One of the six candidates is a Broadstairs SC Cadet. Graham Silsbury, BSC Principal has written, "We are thrilled with Craig's success. Thanks to WYC . . .for running the DI course and I'm delighted we have got this group of young DI's in our sailing area. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned."

MISLAID ITEM

One of our members has mislaid a RIB grab-bag containing essential safety items. The dry bag is royal blue and approximately 60cm tall. If anyone has come across it or knows where it has been stored, could they please contact the office by email to sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk.

Message from the Commodore

New WYC Commodore Kelvin TolsonMy first job as Commodore is to thank Richard Bradburn for all he has done in undertaking the role for the last 3 years. I look forward to working with club members, the volunteers on the various committees and the Flag Officers in maintaining and growing the success of the club. This Sunday (7th April) I will be at the club in the morning as well as before and after sailing, please take the opportunity to stop for a chat about anything to do with the club.
My move into the Commodore role does create a Beachmaster vacancy, please contact Robert Govier or me if you’d be interested in volunteering for that activity.
Thank you, Kelvin Toulson.

New WYC Commodore: Kelvin Tolson.

Retiring Commodore Richard BradburnThe WYC AGM was held on Saturday 23rd March. Richard Bradburn retired from his role as Commodore:
“I retired as Commodore at the WYC Annual General Meeting on Saturday. I am very pleased to inform you that I have been succeeded by Kelvin Tolson, who I believe will be an excellent successor.
I thank all Flag Officers, Committee members and the many Club members who have contributed so much during my term as Commodore.”New WYC Commodore Kelvin Tolson

As well as the new Commodore Kelvin Tolson, the following Flag Officers and members of the General Committee were voted in:
Vice Commodore Jo Phillips,
Rear Commodore – Sailing Robert Govier,
Rear Commodore – House Mike Oliver,
Hon Treasurer Martin Muirhead,
General Committee members: Maureen Bush, Terry Davis, Fef Griffin, David Figgis, Tizzie Lambert, Richard Ledger, Richard Maltby and Ian Wild.

New chart in the bar - Thanks to A D Grantham Property and Boat Maintenance!

We have a new Edition 2018 corrected January 2019 chart of the Whitstable Approaches in the bar, donated and fitted by A D Grantham Property and Boat Maintenance. Thanks Alex!

Working Party - Thank You!

A big thank you to all of our members who came down to help out at the Working Party last weekend. Despite the rather windy conditions we got a lot done, including filling in the 'step' at the bottom of the ramp, cleaning out the rafters of Upper Rigdens Shed, and cleaning the inside and outside of the club!

Launch of the 2019 Allen Endurance Series, including the Forts Race, at the RYA Dinghy Show

UK performance sailing hardware manufacturer Allen Brothers announced this year's Allen Endurance Series at the Dinghy Show today, which will include the Forts Race at Whitstable Yacht Club. The sailing series is designed to test crews and equipment in extreme contests of skill and endurance, combining established events into a format which Allen Brothers believes will increase participation and competition, enhancing the endurance element of small boat racing in the UK.
The format of this year's Forts Race has been updated to provide racing across a wider range of craft. Monohulls and single handed catamarans will now be able to enter, with the unique hub and spoke format of the Forts Race providing a range of course options and lengths, with the safety aspect of a regular 'check in' through a gate at the Whitstable Yacht Club. More details of the event will be published shortly, and you can stay in touch through the WYC website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race or by following the Forts Facebook page at facebook.com/FortsRace.
The Allen Endurance Series combines the Whitstable Yacht Club Forts Race, the East Coast Piers Race, the Round Sheppey Race and the Solent Towers Race into a series with overall winner(s), who will receive an Allen Voucher worth £500, as well as £100 vouchers for the winners of each individual event and other prizes for classes and legs.
The dates now published are:
Whitstable Forts Race Weekend: 18/19 May 2019, wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race;
Solent Forts Race: Sun, 09/06/2019 - 10:30, www.hfsc.org.uk/solent-forts-race-2019/2019-race;
East Coast Piers Race: 7th July 2019 www.eastcoastpiersrace.com/; and
Sheppey Round The Island Race: August 31st / 1st September 2019, www.iossc.org.uk/islandrace/.

CLEAR OUT OF RIGDEN SHED ROOF RAFTERS - SATURDAY 9 MARCH

All equipment in the Rigden Shed roof rafters will be removed and placed outside ready for disposal on Saturday 9 March. If you think you own any item, please collect as soon as possible.

2019 WYC Information and Programme booklet sent to printers!


The 2019 WYC Information and Programme booklet has been sent to printers, and will be posted to members shortly. If you want a preview, you can view an online copy here: wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/2019_WYC_Programme_FINAL.pdf

2019 Sailing and Cadet programme now available in Google Calendar and iCalendar format!

WYC Presents 2019You can now add the 2019 Sailing programme and the Cadets & Families programme to your phone or computer's calendar. Both are now available to add from Google Calendar or download in iCal format. Head to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule or wyc.org.uk/cadets/Events for details.
Thanks to Richard Jones for creating the files!
Note: if you added the WYC calendars to your google calendar last year, you may not need to do anything! Check to see if the 2019 events (first race on 10th March!) have appeared on your phone!

2019 Sailing Schedule now online!

WYC Presents 2019It's only 5 weeks to go until the start of Whitstable Yacht Club's 2019 sailing programme! The paper programmes are being printed and will be sent shortly, and the online schedule is now available on the website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule.
Please check and note your 2019 duty. If you have any questions about your allocated duty, please contact your Class Captain (wyc.org.uk/contact/Committee-Members).
See you on the water soon!

Wanted - Crew for the WYC Merlin Open (22nd & 23rd June) and Salcombe Merlin Week (6th to 13th July)

Wanted - Crew for Salcombe Merlin Week (July 6th through 13th).
Transport and accommodation provided for crew and partner if required.
Availability for Whitstable Merlin Open preferred (June 22nd and 23rd).
Experience in Merlin Rockets is a plus, but experience in any spinnaker boat OK. Preferred weight 9 to 10 stone.
If interested please email barrtimothy@me.com.

Abandoned/lost kit?

These trolleys and covers are situated at the seaward end of row 21 (the row next to Reeves Beach). They appear to be abandoned, if you own one of the trolleys and/or covers please contact the Beachmaster. If the items are not claimed by their owners they will be moved to Reeves Beach awaiting disposal through the process defined in the WYC Storage Policy.

Well done to the Winter Series Prize Winners!

Sunday saw the last scheduled race of the 2018 club racing programme. Unfortunately do to a combination of a very high tide (and flood warning), rough see and cold conditions the racing was called, off, but those who came down were still entertained by some hardy Laser sailors who braved the rough launch conditions to go for a blast! Onshore we were treated to a buffet, courtesy of Charlie Campion (thanks Charlie!) and Prize Giving for the Winter Series. Congratulations to Christian Brewer who won the Laser class, followed by Niall Martin in 2nd and Steve Gray in third. Congratulations to Dickie Ledger and John Berrington on their Dart 18 for winning the General class, followed by Robert Govier and David Figgis on their Tornado in second, and Luke Swain in third on his A-class.
The 2019 season isn't far off, with the first race scheduled for Sunday 10th March. In the mean time, please take your mast down if you haven't already (or let Sally in the office know if you're planning to keep it up for the winter)!

Performance Bursary award

Congratulations to Tom Oliver who has been successful in his application to the RYA SE Youth Training Fund for a Performance Bursary. The Bursary is awarded based on merit, and is targeted to support young sailors in their sailing, be that in competitions, training, clothing or equipment. Tom is a regular sailor in the Laser fleet, and has been active within WYC Training, supporting courses and cadet sessions this year. It's great to see another of our young sailor's potential being recognised in this way by the RYA!

WYC 2019 CLUB INFORMATION AND PROGRAMME - ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

The 2019 Club Programme is currently being compiled and there are opportunities to advertise within it. If you are able to help support WYC by placing an advert in the programme for a small fee, please contact Sally Gostelow: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk.

Christmas craft fair thanks!

Thank you to organiser Andrea Oliver, and all of the members and friends who took stalls and sold cakes and raffle tickets on Saturday at the WYC Christmas Craft Fair. The event was a great success, raising £400 for the ramp fund!

Notes from the Meeting of Sailors 2018

The notes from this year's Meeting of Sailors, held on Sunday 18th November, can be downloaded here: wyc.org.uk/about/Meeting_Minutes.

2018/19 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Thank you to all those members who have renewed their memberships on time. However, there are a number outstanding and these may be subject to a late payment charge from 1 December 2018. If you have mislaid your renewal form, please download from our website http://wyc.org.uk/members/Subscriptions and return with payment to Sally Gostelow, Membership Secretary or, alternatively, give Sally a call on 01227 272942, Mondays or Tuesdays only.

Elma Smedley

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Elma Smedley (Wilby) after a short illness. She will be greatly missed by husband Paul and her children Geoff, Lizzie and Sarah.
Elma was a longstanding member of WYC and one of those ‘stand out’ great characters, never to be forgotten. She and Gaye Woolven were a riotous partnership in their Dart 15 ‘Tiddly Too’. She was always at the centre of the social scene ashore, while at the same time a kind and caring person who will be well remembered and loved by the many people whom she treated at the Harbour Medical Centre.
Paul and Elma loved their sailing and were regulars acting as committee vessel for the Swale Regatta each year, they were also great classic car buffs travelling many miles in Paul’s Morgan three wheeler and Austin 7.
Please pass on your messages of condolence onto Sally at the club and we will be sure to pass these on to Paul.

Surplus heavy duty bolts

The club has a quantity of unused surplus heavy duty galvanised bolts, nuts and washers. They were purchased as part of the original plans to repair the ramp, plans that were superseded by the need for the complete rebuild this year.
These may be of interest to members involved in engineering/construction, for further details regarding quantities and purchase price please contact Beachmaster Kelvin Tolson.The kit details are as follows:
M20/300 galvanised bolts grade 8.8
M20/360 galvanised bolts grade 8.8
M20 galvanised nuts grade 8.8
M20 type “G” galvanised washers grade

Prize Giving 2018 - Well done to the winners!

Well done to all of the prize winners for the 2018 sailing season so far. In particular, congratulations to this year's winners of the special awards for significant accomplishments in 2018:
Most Deserving Lady - Liz North.
Good Sportsmanship - Pat Edmondson.
Largest Cat Turnout for the year - Richard Ledger.
Perseverance - Sally Newcombe.
Highest Turnout - Kevin Hall, Laser.
Highest Merlin turnout - Martin Akers/John Gibbons.
Merlin Helmsman of the Year - Phil Emery.
Best Merlin Crew - Julie Nuttall.
Best All Round Cadet - Alex Wilson.
Cadet Participation in club racing - Tom Oliver, Laser/RS Feva.
Best Wanderer in 4 series - Richard Maltby.
General Purpose Dinghy Trophy - Richard Maltby.
Allan Barnes “Contribution to Sailing” Award - Fef Griffin.
Laser Sailor of the Year – John Day Trophy - Charles Campion.
You can download the full list of prize winners here: 2018_prizegiving.pdf. If you weren't able to make it to Prize Giving, please contact Sally in the office to collect your trophy or prize!
Don't forget, there's still the Winter Series to race, every Sunday until 9th December, and the Winter Series Prize Giving on 9th December after racing.

Great Roast!

If you weren't there on Sunday, you missed a great meal! Here's a review from one of the diners:
"We had a fabulous meal - beautifully cooked and plenty of it. The pud was divine - orange chocolate bread and butter pudding with custard - to die for! Big thanks from all six of us to ‘Keith’s Crew’ they did him proud and we are all looking forward to the next one. A wonderful Sunday - great food, great company and a glass or two of wine - perfect."
Keep an eye out for the next one!

Dates for your 2019 diary - Events confirmed

The 2019 programme is coming together. The full schedule will be released in the new year, but if you're already planning your 2019 summer, here are the dates to plan to be at WYC!

  • The Whitstable Forts Race, 18th & 19th May. New date and format for 2019, and now part of the Allen Endurance Series, so open to monohulls!

  • Wanderer Open, 15th & 16th June. Racing Saturday, Cruise on Sunday!

  • Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open, 22nd & 23rd June.

  • LaserFest '19, 13th & 14th July.

  • Whitstable Week, 29th July to 2nd August.

  • CadetFest, 12th to 16th August.

  • KSSA Autumn Regatta, 14th September.

  • Tornado National Championships, 28th & 29th September.

Dart 18 Open at WYC - Report

Whitstable Yacht Club welcomed the Dart 18 fleet for GP7, which was the last TT event of the Dart 18 season, and the last Open event hosted by WYC in 2018! 28 boats entered, including travellers from as far afield as Yorkshire, with the Dart 18 showing its diversity and ability to attract sailors from across age ranges, and including all male, all female, mixed crews and single-handers. Despite only two races, Whitstable Yacht Club demonstrated once again it's ability to run a quality event, and be a popular destination for sailors and their families! Overall results from the two races saw Rob and Fi from Worthing Sailing Club take the undisputed first place overall, with Dan and Alyesha from Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club in a well deserved second. David and Chris from Portsmouth SC consistently stayed at the top of the fleet, with their 5th and 3rd place putting them in third overall. Top Whitstable Yacht Club boat was Abby and David , and the first single hander was Tony, also from WYC! Full results can be seen at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Thanks to all of the volunteers and staff from Whitstable Yacht Club for working hard to put on the event, and thanks to the travelling Dart 18 fleet for coming to the club and being such a friendly bunch!
Full report available on Yachts and Yachting, and photos from the event can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/134975423@N08/sets/72157702626354914.

Thursday Night Bingo Thanks

Thanks to everyone who attended the Thursday Night Bingo, organised by the staff of Whitstable White Stuff. 58 people attended and they raised a fantastic £355 or their charity RDA in Canterbury!

2018/19 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH

Dear Members, membership renewals are due by 31st October 2018. If you did not receive my earlier email or, mislaid it, you can download the forms here. Please return them to me either electronically or via post by the end of the month. Many thanks, Sally Gostelow (Membership Secretary), sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk

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2018/19 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Dear Members, I do hope you received the renewal documentation sent via email on 17 September 2018. If you did not receive the email, please contact me - sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk or telephone 01227 272942 (Mon & Tues only). Renewals are due by 31st October 2018. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact me. Sally Gostelow (Membership Secretary)

Whitstable Week and Forts Race Saturday photos now available

The photos from this year's Whitstable Week and Forts Race are now available online from www.championmarinephotography.co.uk.

Bart’s Bash 2018 at Whitstable Yacht Club #BartsBash

Well done to the 24 sailors who took part in Bart's Bash at WYC on Saturday. £138 was raised for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The WYC results for the Bart's Bash race can be found on the Bart's Bash website (click 'View All', then filter by 'Whitstable Yacht Club'). Congratulations to first placed WYC boat Chris Jarrett in his Laser Standard!
Lots of photos were taken from the Committee Boat of Saturday's racing, which you can view on the club's Facebook page at facebook.com/WhitstableYC

Forts Race Report

The 23rd Forts Race Weekend, sponsored by Marlow Ropes and supported by Whitstable Marine and Integral Asset Management, was held on 8th and 9th September at Whitstable Yacht Club. The weekend delivered fantastic sailing conditions for the high-performance catamarans that gathered to take part in the event, and made for great racing on the waters off Whitstable.
See Yachts&Yachting for the full race report, wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results for results, and the event's Facebook page for photos at facebook.com/FortsRace.

Laser Sailing - The Movie

The Laser class has had a great few years, growing in size, producing some excellent club racing every week with the largest fleet at WYC, and creating a popular Laserfest event which has now expanded to three clubs (Broadstairs Sailing Club sees the finale this weekend, see www.laserfest18.com for more information). Laser sailor Paul Kelly has been documenting the sailing this year, with some help (and lots of footage) from the other Laser sailors, in a (almost) weekly 'vlog', which you'll need to sign up to the Facebook Whitstable Yacht Club Laser Class group to see. This week he's also put together a highlight video, which is a great showcase for Laser Sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, and you can watch on YouTube at youtu.be/n67PksDv4bA.
If you want to know more, or try out Laser Sailing, contact 'Capt'n Mike', the Laser Class Captain (and interviewer/host for the Laser weekly vlogs!).

All Jammed Up!

Thank you to David for the apricots, Jo for making the Jam and Chutney, Fef for the marmalade, Larry for the bread pudding, and everyone who donated jam jars. We raised over £150 on Sunday for the Ramp it Up fund from sales, and if you missed out, another batch of chutney for the autumn will be available as Jo can face the preserving pan again!

Harbour Day 2018 Thanks!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Harbour Day a success! Thank you Patty Baker, Andrea & Mike Oliver, Katie & John Berrington, Jo Phillips, Paul Kelly, Tizzie Hurst, Mark Grinter, Mei & Stephen Baker, Peter Heyes and Robert Govier (and others!) for manning the Harbour Day stand and talking to lots of visitors interested in sailing, windsurfing, training and membership! And a special thank you to Theresa Page and Karen Emery for cooking up a fantastic selection of cakes, which were all sold to raise funds for the club ramp!

RYA Annual Inspection, 25 July 2018

The annual RYA Inspection of the club as a recognised Training Centre took place last week. The outcome was summed up by three words, “No Action Required” (the rather understated best possible RYA rating!). The Inspector, Sam Rowe, RYA Sailing Development Officer for Kent and Sussex wrote to Richard Maltby to congratulate the training team:
"I just wanted to follow up with a large ‘Thank You’ for your time on Wednesday. The inspection was one of the best that I have ever had the pleasure of conducting and the organisation of the RTC at WYC is a fantastic example of how it should be done. Thank you for your time and efforts (and Ruth’s, and the rest of the team that support you both!) – it is great to see a lot of flourishing activity at the club which will undoubtedly introduce many people to the sport in times to come... I would like to re-iterate my offer of support to the junior development team and Ruth – I have done a lot of work in this area in the past and would gladly help wherever I can. Ruth – the same applies for the On Board program, although I appreciate in many aspects these go hand in hand. Thanks again, and l look forward to catching up soon.
Well done to our volunteer WYC RYA Training Centre Principal Richard Maltby and his team for running such an excellent facility for the club!
If you'd like to know more about the training we offer, or book a lesson, see the training page at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training.

Wandering along – Report on two recent cruises

Two cruises were recently held for dinghy sailors from WYC, to the Kings Hall in Herne Bay on Saturday 7th July, and to Shipwrights Arms at Hollowshore near Faversham on Thursday 26th July. The next cruise is planned for Saturday 11th August, so contact Richard Maltby if you'd like to take part. Click below to read reports from both cruises provided by Ian Hay. Photos by Andrea Oliver.

Cruise to Kings Hall, Herne Bay, Saturday 7th July
What a day to pick to do a cruise. Football coming home with England playing Sweden, and I was assured by all the apps in the world that good, strong favourable winds would whizz us back for at least the second half. Richard, John Berrington, Ian, Kate, Fef, Dave Bardwell and Ian and Glenda made up the Wandering fleet. It was a great sail out with the wind on our port close quarter, a steady breeze and the ebb tide under the lee bow. Skirting all the “shallows and miseries” of the falling tide, leaving Whitstable Street well to starboard, we sailed far enough out to sea for the vague outline of the Kent shore almost to disappear in the haze.
On landing at the beach between the groynes by the King’s Hall almost at the point of low tide I was expecting far more mud. I was pleased to find that at Herne Bay the sea bed below the shingle is sand rather than the romantic, sunset soaked mud flats which adorn Whitstable. Our initial sorrow at being abandoned by our leader Richard Maltby for the club race was made good by his keeping his (seemingly vague) promise to catch us up, which he did arriving with John just in time before the tide turned and the wind died. Fantastic.
Needless to say the voyage back was not blessed with strong winds. Despite the flood tide in our favour and hoisting spinnakers we took longer than coming. Actually with the tide at times running faster than the the stalling wind, collapsing spinnakers did as much to hamper as to help with progress. Mercifully the breeze picked up towards the end and we returned with the last 15 minutes of England’s quarter final victory to enjoy. For all that a great day.

Cruise to the Shipwright’s, Thursday July 26
A steady wind meant an uneventful and beautiful clear passage. One of the great delights of sailing together as a fleet of small boats, sails all set against a blue sky and sandy beaches, is the company of the occasional seal. As we approached the Swale Alex Grantham appeared on his beautiful looking RIB, dressed for the Mediterranean, with a white peaked cap pointing the way to the Shipwright’s Arms.
With a strengthening breeze we rushed in to our mooring, in our case very rapidly as the main refused to drop. However Kate laid expertly along the shore.
A beer, sandwiches, conversation on the bank and then the urgency of a falling tide meant a reasonably rapid departure, but the wind strongly opposed our efforts to sail away. Various methods to leave the lee shore were applied. Ian and Glenda rowed across the creek and rigged their boat on the windward bank. Peter paddled out in his Miracle and made fast to a buoy. Richard engined out to another buoy. Although his engine tangled with a mooring line he also got away. Kate and I tried to paddle out but getting nowhere Alex kindly towed us out - twice. The first attempt being just a practice run I think.
We were off and a hard time we had of it. The return passage was an exciting experience. High winds against tide meant big waves breaking over boats and the repeated drenching of their occupants. Tacking right out to the Pollard buoy and then as far in as possible. Two boats went briefly aground. Kate helmed our boat into the waves holding the close-hauled tack while I kept the boat upright by leaping about. Ian and Glenda again showed their seamanship by reefing the main in mid Swale and had the most comfortable sail home. Peter and Dave left all standing. Fef showed us how to do it by keeping closer to the channel and use the fastest tidal flow. All were safely gathered in without mishap and the Honourable 33rd came 33rd. Suitably exhilarated by her first experience of sailing in a cruise, Andrea threatened to come again.
Ian Hay

Ramp it up - Ramp down!


Topbond Marine completed their work on the WYC Ramp today, almost a week ahead of schedule, and it's now open for use this weekend! Thanks to Grant and the Topbond team for all their hard work over the last few months of very hot weather.
Whilst the work is complete, WYC is still paying for the ramp, and the fundraising efforts are ongoing. We've raised £4100 so far from generous donations, but need significantly more! If you've been meaning to donate a plank for £100 then don't delay! We've set the £100 donation per plank but if groups want to club together - cadets, windsurfers, sailing classes and buy one in the name of the relevant group that's fine. We're also after prizes for a fundraising auction so if you can offer something, please let us know. Forms are available behind the bar or you can download one from wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/WYC_Ramp_It_Up_2018.pdf and email it back to the office.
And look out for news of the official opening ceremony to be scheduled soon!

LaserFest 18 Report, Photos and Video!

Photo by Nicky Whatley
46 Laser sailors took part in the 2nd round of LaserFest 2018 at WYC last weekend for two great days of close racing! Visiting sailors came from Broadstairs, Herne Bay, Queen Mary and Thames sailing clubs, as well as long distance travellers from Thailand, the US and Australia! The event report is now on Yachts&Yachting at www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/207862/Laserfest-Tri-Series-at-Whitstable, and there are lots of photos of the event in our Facebook members and Laser groups. Thanks and well done to all of the volunteers who made the event such a success!

Laurie King

It is with great regret that we pass on the news that Laurie King died last week. Laurie was a regular sailor at WYC, in the catamaran fleet, until a few years ago. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.

Ramp it Up donation form!

A few people have been in contact to ask how to download the donation form for the ramp. You can pick one up from the bar, or download it from http://www.wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/WYC_Ramp_It_Up_2018.pdf!

Ramp It Up-date!

Thanks to members whose generous support has ramped up the fund to over £2,000. We've still a long way to go to meet our target of £35,000 so if you've been meaning to donate a plank for £100 then don't delay! Work on the ramp is progressing and on track to be completed in time for Whitstable Week when we will unveil the model in the club house - if you want your name on it, then buy a plank in good time. We've set the £100 donation per plank but if groups want to club together - cadets, windsurfers, sailing classes and buy one in the name of the relevant group that's fine. We're also after prizes for a fundraising auction so if you can offer something, please let us know.
With a summer of sailing and social activities, visitors and the booming cadet class, we should be able to do it between us.
Forms are available behind the bar or you can download one here and email it back to the office .
Thank you

Photos from the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Whitstable Yacht Club now available

The photos taken by Nick Champion at the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Whitstable Yacht Club are now available to view and purchase. Go to www.championmarinephotography.co.uk for more information.
The write up from the event is also available on the Yachts&Yachting website at www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/206980/Merlin-Rockets-at-Whitstable

 
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