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Fancy dress Christmas Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament!

Come along and try your hand at Texas Hold'em Poker on 29th December. The WYC poker night will be played as a Texas hold’em tournament, your entry will give you a set amount of WYC gaming chips (we're not playing for cash!). Want a head start? Then come in Fancy dress for a chance to win extra WYC gaming chips! Fancy dress judging 19:30.
Tournament start 20:00 game time 2 hours with 30 min break at 21:00. Blinds to be set and upped by the evening TO.
£10 to play’n’eat, £5 to just watch’n’eat. Limited to 30 players. Please enter behind bar.

Greta Christmas Party, Benny’s Leaving Do, Christmas Eve Party and the Christmas Raffle

This Friday it's the Greta's Christmas Party, combined with Benny's Leaving Drinks from 7pm. Come and raise a glass to our friend Benny, and enjoy some delicious Indian street food thanks to David Lowes, while enjoying a very Greta Christmas!
In case you've missed all the hints, next Tuesday is Christmas Day, so Whitstable Yacht Club will be hosting our traditional Christmas Eve party on Monday December 24th. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later! Light bar nosh will be served from 3pm until we run out, and the bar is open until 9pm.
The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at around 3.30pm on Christmas Eve, so there's still time to buy your tickets from the bar and be in with a chance of winning one of our amazing prizes! Thanks to our supporters from Wey Street Farm, Kent Gliding Centre, White Stuff, and many individual members for their generous prize donations.
And, for last minute Christmas gifts, what about donating for a plank in someone's name? Long lasting, only £100 and no need for wrapping paper!!

Updated Bar opening times and events over the Christmas period

Thursday 13th December - bar closed after 6.30pm for the WYC staff Christmas meal!
Sunday 16th December - 5pm - Whitstable Maritime Christmas Drinks (all welcome).
Friday 21st December - 7pm - WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.
Saturday 22nd December - Bar closes at 9pm
Monday 24th December - WYC Christmas Eve Party. Bar open midday to 9pm. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later!
Updated Christmas opening times below. Thanks to Alex Gantham for volunteering to man the bar on Boxing Day!
Tuesday 25th December - Bar closed all day for Christmas Day.
Wednesday 26th December - Midday to 4pm (thanks Alex!)
Saturday 29th December - 7pm - Texas Hold'em Poker Night! Supper and Poker for only £10. Prizes for the best fancy dress!
Monday 31st December - Bar open midday to midnight to celebrate New Years Eve!
Tuesday 1st January - Bar closed all day for New Years Day.
Bar open as usual for all other days. See wyc.org.uk/about/social for bar opening times.

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.

Bar opening times and events over the Christmas period

Thursday 13th December - bar closed after 6.30pm for the WYC staff Christmas meal!
Sunday 16th December - 5pm - Whitstable Maritime Christmas Drinks (all welcome).
Friday 21st December - 7pm - WYC stalwort Benny (Derrick Bensted) is leaving Whitstable. His leaving do will be held on Friday 21st December from 7pm, with David Lowes serving up a curry. All welcome.
Saturday 22nd December - Bar closes at 9pm
Monday 24th December - WYC Christmas Eve Party. Bar open midday to 9pm. Come down to the club to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with your friends, and leave wrapping the presents until later!
Tuesday 25th December - Bar closed all day for Christmas Day.
Wednesday 26th December - Bar closed all day for Boxing Day.
Saturday 29th December - 7pm - Texas Hold'em Poker Night! Supper and Poker for only £10. Prizes for the best fancy dress!
Monday 31st December - Bar open midday to midnight to celebrate New Years Eve!
Tuesday 1st January - Bar closed all day for New Years Day.
Bar open as usual for all other days. See wyc.org.uk/about/social for bar opening times.

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

WYC Christmas Raffle

Tickets for the WYC Christmas Raffle are now available from the bar. Prizes include a gliding lesson, a fresh turkey, hampers and other great prizes! All proceeds will go to the Ramp Fund, and the raffle will be drawn on Christmas Eve (the Turkey and any Christmas essential prizes will be drawn after the last race of the season to allow time to prepare!).

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.

Safety Boat Course

Our friends at Oyster Coast Watersports, on the other side of the harbour, will be running a Safety Boat course on the weekend of the 23-24th of March 2019. It is usually £250, but WYC members get a 40% discount, so £150 if you use the promotional code WYC40! All people taking part in the course need to be over 16 and already have a power boat level 2 certificate, but if you don't yet have your PB2, talk to OCW and they may be able to fit you in for that as well!

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

2018-2019_BOAT_PARKING_PRICES.xls.
BOAT_PARKING_AND_EQUIPMENT_STORAGE_POLICY.doc
WYC_Ramp_It_Up_2018.pdfNEW_MEMBERS__RENEWAL_FORM_2018-19.doc

Upcoming social events at WYC

OK, there won't be many more evenings to sit and watch the sunset, but there's a host of social events coming up to which all members are welcome, sailing or non-sailing! We're planning to reintroduce the popular club suppers through the winter months, and Sunday roasts after morning sailing, but if you've any ideas for events and can help organise them, please get in touch - all suggestions welcome.
Get your diaries out now!
Friday October 26th Pot Luck Supper - please let Jo (jophillips856@gmail.com) or Fef (fef@petergriffing.f2s.com) what you can bring - savoury or sweet and ideally enough for 4-6 people. Then just come along, tuck in and enjoy help yourselves and find out who's the WYC masterchef.
Saturday 27th October - Cadets' Hallowe'en Party.
Saturday 10th November - Prize-Giving and Laying Up Supper.
Friday 16th November - Club supper, details tbc.
Friday 23rd November - Quiz night.
Saturday 24th November - Pre-Christmas Craft Fair (11am to 1pm).
Saturday 1st December - Merin Rocket supper - by invitation.
Friday 7th December - Club supper.
Saturday 15th December - Whitstable Maritime event.
Friday 28th December - 'No Turkey' buffet.
Keep an eye on the website, Facebook and emails for further details.

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

Ruth Oliver qualifies as RYA level 2 Racing Coach

Congratulations to Ruth Oliver, WYC's Training Administrator and RYA Onboard Officer, on becoming a RYA level 2 Racing Coach. Having gained a RYA SE area bursary, Ruth successfully completed the course at Datchet. The course to become a L2 Racing Coach is an intense 2-3 days looking at the theory of coaching and applying it in a practical series of on the water exercises. Each candidate has to run complete sessions including a briefing, on the water exercises with feedback and a debrief. As a qualified Race Coach Ruth will now be able to deliver and award Start, Intermediate and Advanced Racing as appropriate, designed for adults or youth, providing an extra and most valuable dimension to the club's training programme. Ruth is currently away enjoying a well deserved break from the whirl of courses, cadet and improver sessions, which have become so much part of club activity. Well done Ruth!

Ramp Fund: #RampItUp!

We have now raised over £1000 in our ramp fund raising. A great milestone, but we have a long way to go and you can help: Just donate £100 towards a plank! Just think how much easier it will be to pull your boat up and down the beach when the ramp is complete, or how much clearer your beach will be with the other boats on the ramp!
You can donate over the bar, we accept cash, cheques or cards! Or download and complete the form and drop it into the office.
We also need auction prizes and other ideas for fundraising!
Let’s ramp it up!

WYC RAMP WORKS. SAFETY NOTICE

You may have noticed that the contractors have started works on the ramp and have set up a site compound. They will generally be working Monday to Friday, particularly around low tides.
If you are around during the week please be aware of the contractors plant & equipment manoeuvres and take notice of any temporary barriers / cones or tape put in place.

Great LaserFest Herne Bay write-up in Yachts and Yachting Mag by Steve Gray!

https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/206494/Laserfest-Tri-Series-at-Herne-Bay
For more information on the series, and the next event at WYC on July 14th and 15th, see https://www.laserfest18.com.

RAMP IT UP!

Looking for an unusual gift? What about a plank?!
Most of you know that the cost of repairing the ramp has more than trebled and the club has had to borrow money to pay for the work, leaving us short of funds for anything else. So here’s the thing – if every member donated for a plank for £100 we’d raise £35,000 which would make a huge difference.
It’s an ideal gift and you don’t need to worry about wrapping, delivery or where to put it – simply commit to £100 and your name will be on the plank board in the club house, soon to be unveiled. If cadets or university members want to pool their contributions to buy a plank or two between them, that’s fine and of course if anyone has deep pocketed friends, companies or potential sponsors, we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can donate over the bar, we accept cash, cheques or cards! Or download and complete the form and drop it into the office.
We also need auction prizes and other ideas for fundraising!
Let’s ramp it up!

Club Championships 2018

Club Championships 2018 Prize Winners
Well done to everyone who took part in the Club Championships over the Bank Holiday weekend, thank you to all the members who worked hard to make the weekend a success, and congratulations to the prize winners, particularly Julie and James who came first overall in their Merlin Rocket!

Position overall Award Helm Crew Boat
1 1st and first Merlin Julie Nuttall James Merlin Rocket
2 2nd and 1st Radial Jeff Loosemore Laser Radial
3 3rd John Cooper Hilary Bradshaw Merlin Rocket
4 4th Rein Zilvold Dirty Hands Merlin Rocket
5 5th and 1st Laser Christian Brewer Laser
6 6th Kevin Hall Laser
8 1st General, 1st Lady Natalie Adams Europe
9 1st Small Cat Richard Ledger crews Dart 18
12 1st Big Cat Peter King Henry F18
17 1st Tasar Rick Perkins Sarah Perkins Tasar

For the full results, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

No Parking SignAs we get into the busy season at Whitstable Yacht Club, members and visitors are reminded that car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay unless you're working on club business (which needs permission to be agreed in advance with the office or a Flag Officer). If you need to drive onto the Beach or West Quay areas for drop off or pick up, please drive carefully, do not block any boats, stay with or near your vehicle at all times, and move it out of the area as soon as possible.

Place an order for your WYC clothing!

John & Wizz are now producing and selling Polo Shirts, Sweat Tops and Hoodies embroidered with the WYC logo. Place your order by emailing johncrickmere@yahoo.co.uk.
(i) The current options are Polo Shirts, Sweat Tops and Hoodies.
(ii) Size options can range from Small to 4XL.
(iii) Garment colour options are Navy, Black, Silver Grey and Red.
Prices start at :- Polo Shirts - £13.99; Sweat Tops - £21.99; or Hoodies - £25.99
For just an additional £3.00 per garment they are happy to add one further embroidery on a sleeve eg "Recorder", "Bar Team", Boat Name, Class Logo, Personal Name etc.
There's a sample in the bar by the pool table if you want to look before you buy!

A very successful Open Day for 2018!

Open Day 2018
We had our open day on Saturday. Did you miss it? Not to worry, have a look at wyc.org.uk/members/New_Members for membership information, or wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training for training courses!

RYA Push The Boat Out 2018WYC has always responded to national 'try a boat' and 'push the boat out' days and over the years has been rewarded with an encouraging amount of interest and some very loyal new members. This year's event was probably the best yet: nearly 90 visitors took up our offer of a taster sail and they all came ashore wearing big smiles; 9 new memberships were taken out on the day; and many more took away information about our club and courses. We were delighted to include the Lord Mayor accompanied by the Lady Mayoress of Canterbury among that number - did you know that she owns a T shirt with the mayoral gold chain screen-printed across the front?
We could not have asked for better weather. A warm, sunny day with a gentle to medium breeze is the perfect recipe for winning over cautious novices and that is exactly what we had. Our visitors spanned a wide age range from 8 to we're-not-going-to-ask-you-sir. Full marks to our older cadets for giving the youngsters a taste of excitement in the club's Fevas and very many thanks to Wanderer, Miracle, Dart 18 and Tasar owners for providing a variety of platforms for the adults.
An impressive number of WYC members devoted their day to oiling the organisational wheels. The onus falls not only on boat owners: reception desks must be manned, queries answered, the mini-boat show ashore organised, buoyancy loaned, visitors escorted to the boats, boats held in the water while changeovers are made, safety-boat cover provided and much, much more. Thank you to everyone who gave willingly of their time and effort to make it happen and run so smoothly.
Same time next year?

505 National Championships photos now available

Photo by Nick ChampionAll the photos from last week's 505 National Championships are now available on the Champion Marine Photography website.

Update: WOFC application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable

WOFC have made an application for a lawful Development Certificate for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable. The Commodore has made a formal comment to object to the proposal, which can be viewed here: WYC_Oyster_Trestle_Planning_Application_comment_Final.pdf. So far there has been over 130 comments made, mostly objecting to the application, but any member wishing to add their own views should do so before the deadline of 11 May. See https://publicaccess.canterbury.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_CANTE_DCAPR_117205 for the details of the application, and how to make a comment.

505 Nationals reports and results

Photo by Nick Champion
An exciting four days of weather gave the 505 sailors a challenge for the 2018 National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club. 27 boats took part, including visitors from USA, France and Australia! The event was won by Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel from Santa Cruz Yacht Club, with Philippe Boite and Fountaine from Club Voile St Quentin in second place, and Nathan Bachelor and Sam Pascoe from Tynemouth Sailing Club in third place. The highest place Whitstable Yacht Club boat was Chris Lewns and Jack Kilburn in twelth place.
Well done to all of the sailors, and thank you to all the volunteers from Whitstable Yacht Club and Oyster Coast Watersports who worked hard to make the event a success. The 505 fleet now move on to the European Cup on Lake Garda next week.
For more detailed reports, go to:
Final day and overall report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204798/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-overall
Day 3 report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204647/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-3
Day 2 report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204612/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-2
Day 1 report: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/204588/505-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable-day-1
Full Results: http://www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results/2018
Photo by Nick Champion at Champion Marine Photography.

TV donations - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to the fund to replace the broken TV in the Sea Room. We reached our target, and now have a brand new TV on the wall!
Thanks also to Thommo who generously donated his old TV for the use of the club's Training Centre.

WOFC application for retrospective planning consent for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable

WOFC have made an application for retrospective planning consent for the Oyster Racks off Whitstable. The club will be making a formal comment regarding this, but any member wishing to add their own views should do so before the deadline of 11 May. See https://publicaccess.canterbury.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_CANTE_DCAPR_117205 for the details of the application, and how to make a comment.

Changing Rooms

We've had reports of items going missing from the WYC changing rooms. We'd like to remind members to keep their valuables safe, and make sure that the changing room doors are kept closed and secured by the code locks. If you see anything suspicious, please report it. There are lockers available in both the male and female changing rooms, please contact Sally at sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk if you're interested.

New club Topper and Topaz dinghies for Training, Cadets and for sale!

New Toppers!
WYC Training and Topper International have teamed up to enhance the club's fleet with three brand new Toppers and five brand new Topper Topaz dingies for the club to use for Training and Cadet activities - a fantastic addition, which will allow our training offerings to grow even further this year, for adults and children alike.
At the recent Cadet Fitting Out morning, the club's younger sailors had a great time getting them out the packets and setting them up. Thank you to everyone who helped out.
To help finance the deal, the club will act as a 'show room' for the boats, which can be purchased from us at a discounted rate of £2,549 for a Topaz and £2,649 for a Topper 5.3 (smaller sails 4.2 are also available). The deal includes a launching trolley and top cover, giving savings of up to £851 on manufacturer list price. As part of the package you will get training support throughout the season, and a 3-hour training session for FREE!

Easter Nip Photos


Nicky Whatley was on hand this weekend to capture the action from the sailing on Saturday. Click here to view the album.

Wetsuits

There are a large number of wetsuits and other gear that was removed from the men's changing rooms during the recent works. This kit will be disposed of at the end of April if not claimed. If you think any of it could be yours, please contact the club office.

Andrew Pierce

We are sad to announce that Andrew Pierce, longstanding Club member and former Merlin sailor, died this morning in hospital in Margate.
Richard Davis reflected on Andrew's life in sailing:
Andrew sailed Cadets in the early 60s as both crew and helmsman . He attended Cadet Week at Burnham on several occasions. He then crewed in National 12s and had attended the Burton Week in 1964, 1965, and 1966. He crewed in the Hornet Championships in 1967. I had started sailing with him in 1966 ( including the 1966 Burton Week). We sailed together in the 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1973 Merlin Championships - together we achieved 3 top six results.
Andrew retired from top flight crewing in the mid 70s and for some years sailed a Laser 'for fun'. He had worked with Mike Scott at Yachting and Boating - the weekly news magazine for dinghy sailors.
He has lived in Whitstable throughout his life. He always enjoyed talking and listening about dinghy sailing right until the end - he smiled at us on his last day as we recalled 'events' at Cadet Weeks in the early 60s.

He is survived by his sister Catherine, to whom we send our deepest sympathy, and will be greatly missed by his friends in WYC and the town.

Updated Cadet Handbook for 2018

Cadet and Family Sailing at WYC
The WYC Cadet Handbook has been updated for 2018. You can download a copy, and read the latest Cadet information at wyc.org.uk/cadets

New WYC Webcam!

New WYC Webcam. See http://www.wyc.org.uk/site/webcam
The new WYC Webcam is now live. See http://www.wyc.org.uk/site/webcam for a view from the club in HD! Thanks to Chris Leamon for his generous donation towards the cost of the new webcam.
Did you know that the club is also on Social Media?
Follow @whitstableyc on Twitter,
follow @WhitstableYachtClub on Instagram,
Like our page on Facebook, or join our Facebook Members Group!

Wanderer - Change to General Handicap Class PY

The WYC Dinghy and Catamaran Handicaps used for race results have been updated to the 2018 RYA Portsmouth Yardstick and Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System numbers. This has resulted in the Wanderer dinghy rating putting it outside of the limits of the published General Handicap. The Sailing Committee has decided to keep the Wanderer dinghy in the General Handicap class, and so the definition has been changed to "PY1190 and faster". This changes the class definition on page 11 of the printed 2018 club programme.
The current PY numbers can be downloaded here for dinghies and catamarans.

Trailer storage at WYC

There are a number of unidentified trailers currently stored on the beach and on West Quay. An extract from the WYC Storage Policy regarding labelling and storage of equipment follows:
Any kit that is not displaying the appropriate identification and payment confirmation may be removed.
Trolleys, trailers, covers and any other equipment left on the beach when you go sailing must also be clearly labelled with your sail number and name to aid identification in the event of an incident.
Boats may be parked on top of their road trailers as long as the combination does not take up significantly more space than the boat parked without the road trailer. There are limited spaces for road trailers parked independently from boats, and for these the numbered sticker confirming payment for the season and ongoing membership MUST be clearly displayed and the trailer identifiable. The trailer must be parked in the allocated row and where appropriate in the designated position as defined by the parking plan and agreed with the Class Captain. Changes to any allocation should be agreed with the Class Captain and the Beachmaster as appropriate. Trailers that cannot be identified may be removed.

If you have a trailer located on either West Quay or on the beach please ensure it is stored in accordance with the club’s policy and labelled to aid identification. Storage space is always in demand therefore from April 20th 2018 any trailers not correctly stored with boats, not clearly labelled, or where appropriate payment has not been made, will be removed. If you are unsure about storage of your trailer please contact your Class Captain or the Beachmaster.

Lord Mayor’s visit to WYC

Lord Mayor of Canterbury and WYC CommodoreThe Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Rosemary Doyle, visited Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday March 17 to help celebrate the start of the Club’s new sailing season.
Plans for her to join in the start and management of the first race had to be abandoned when this was cancelled due to the potentially unsafe weather conditions – snow, freezing temperatures and winds gusting to gale force. Nevertheless the visit provided an opportunity for the Lord Mayor to visit and be updated on the Club’s facilities and resources and meet many of the members, including the Commodore Richard Bradburn, the Rear-Commodore (Sailing) Robert Govier, and the Training Centre Manager Richard Maltby.
The Lord Mayor’s own experience and appreciation of coastal sailing helped the Club ensure this was a very practical visit to important activities within the Club, and especially its very successful and rapidly developing Training Centre, which is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association and has links to complementary organisations such as the Kent Schools Sailing Association.
The Lord Mayor’s visit culminated with a very sociable meeting with members in the clubhouse overlooking the beach. A plan was proposed for her to return to participate in managing a race later in the season, with hopefully more positive weather conditions.

Boat parking moves

At the Working Party on Saturday all dinghy classes were realigned to their respective rows in accordance with the Beach Plan, a copy of which can be seen on the club notice board. A copy will also be attached to the March Sailing Committee notes which can be accessed via the web site. There have been some minor changes to the row allocations but they are broadly the same as last year. As in previous years the rows nearest the club house have been prioritised to the most regular sailors within each class. The beach plan and allocations will be monitored during the year to ensure we are correctly managing the available space. The same applies to the boat parking on West Quay. If you have any queries regarding the Beach Plan and/or the allocation of space for your dinghy please contact your Class Captain or the Beachmaster.

Working party: Job done!

Thanks to everyone who came to the club on Saturday morning for the working party. We got a lot done, and the club is looking ready for the start of the sailing season next weekend! Also, thanks to Keith at the Coffee Hut for supplying sandwiches and coffee to the volunteers!

Slow Handicap Dinghy Class Captain wanted

We have an opening on the Sailing Committee for a Slow Handicap Dinghy Class Captain. The Class Captains represent the interests of the sailors in their class, by welcoming new members, helping with any queries related to the boats in the class, representing the sailors views at Sailing Committee Meetings, and being a contact point for members. The Sailing Committee meet once a month, usually at 7.30pm on the 2nd Monday of the month, and the role shouldn't take up more than a few hours of time a month. The Slow Handicap Class includes boats with a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1180 and slower, and includes the Topper, Topaz, Mirror, RS Aero, RS Tera, Byte, and Solo dinghies. If you're interested in the role, please contact Robert Govier at rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk or 07733260879

Peter Griffin

We have received the sad news that Peter Griffin, beloved husband of Fef, constant helper and supporter and friend to the Cadet fleet and their parents, passed away yesterday. Peter was a constant, benign and immensely supportive presence not only at Cadet evenings, but also on weekend sailing where he drove and crewed safety boats and turned his hand to anything where help was needed. He will be greatly missed by us all.
Richard Bradburn
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

Updated lunchtime bar opening hours

The bar lunch hours, Monday to Friday, will be 12-2pm starting Monday 5th March.

Former member Jerry Smith. 9 March 1939 - 18 February 2018


Jerry Smith and his young family joined the Yacht Club in 1973, when they moved to Whitstable. They brought with them a home-built Mirror dinghy, and Jerry was soon made Mirror Class Captain. He was an active member until 1978, when his work in shipping took him to a new career in New York. His children, Anna and Daniel, went on sailing the Mirror dinghy for many years and Jerry continued to visit the Club and the town on his frequent trips back to the UK.

Jerry died peacefully in Hudson, New York State, after a long period of illness, surrounded by his extensive family.


Liane and Julian Blades.

Jeff Emerson, Club Manager - Resignation

Jeff EmersonIt is with great regret that I must announce the departure of Jeff Emerson, our Club Manager, on Friday 16th February after four years of excellent service to Whitstable Yacht Club. We owe Jeff much gratitude for his constant and committed service, and he will be greatly missed in the Club and the local community.
Jeff is moving back to Dorset, to be closer to his family, although we hope he will call in and see us whenever he returns to this area. He is here this week, and next Thursday and Friday, so please take the opportunity to visit the Club or contact him at office@wyc.org.uk to thank him for all he has done, say goodbye and wish him well.
Following his departure, the office email, phone and procedures will be monitored and processed by volunteers from the membership and other staff. More details of a longer term plan for Jeff's replacement will be communicated later.
Richard J Bradburn
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

2018 Sailing Schedule now available on the WYC website

WYC Presents the 2018 Sailing Season
Check out this year's sailing schedule at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule (and take note of your duty!).
Key dates:

  • Working Party - Saturday 10th March;
  • First race of the season - Saturday 17th March;
  • Annual General Meeting - Saturday 24th March;
  • First Cadets & Families session of the year - Saturday 31st March;
  • Whitstable Week - 30th July to 3rd August; and
  • Annual Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper - Saturday 10th November.
We look forward to seeing you on the water for another great season of sailing!

Ramp repair - update

The design and implementation plan for the restoration of the ramp have been finalised, the club now awaits completion of the loan and the release of funds. As the money is not yet available it does mean the planned completion date of early March will not now be achieved. As soon as the club has received the necessary funds we will provide a further update on a planned start and completion date.

Bar price rises - a message from the Commodore

I am writing to inform you that we will shortly be increasing bar prices. We have to do this, reluctantly, in order to cover cost increases in both supplies and bar operations. We are spreading the increases evenly across all categories and brands, so that no one group of Bar users is disadvantaged in comparison to another.

The staff and the ad hoc Bar Committee (of which I am a member) are reviewing all our options to ensure that the Club continues to provide the best possible value for money for our bar users. If anyone has suggestions for improvement, please raise these with Laurette, Jeff or Alex

AUCTION OF ABANDONED WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT

The following list of windsurfing equipment is to be auctioned in accordance with RYA guidelines on the disposal of abandoned equipment. To view the equipment please contact Sally Gostelow and to place a bid email sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk by close on Friday 23 February 2018 clearly indicating which board and Lot Number you are bidding on.
Winning bidders will be notified by email from Tuesday 27 February 2018 and will be required to remove the board from WYC or arrange to pay for storage by 10 March 2018. Sailing Secretary

2018_Windsurf_Lots.docx

Mike Scott funeral arrangements

Mike Scott's funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium at midday on Monday 19th February with a wake held at Whitstable Yacht Club. Flowers from family only and in place for anyone who wishes donations to Cancer Research or Alzheimer's Society.

Mike Scott

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that Mike Scott died on Monday, peacefully. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Heather, their children and all Mike’s friends. Further details will be posted once dates are known, but the wake will be held at the yacht club.

Boats - strong winds

After the very strong winds some boats have been damaged, boat No 433 & 133, please ensure your boat is secure and all masts are taken down.

RACE RECORDER OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for more race recorders to join our dedicated team. The season is fast approaching and we would like to recruit more recorders to help support club racing. It’s a great way to get involved with your club and to get to know other members and see club racing and events close up. Please contact Sally Gostelow (sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk) if you are interested. Free social membership is offered to those who are willing to commit to 10 duties or more. Sailing Sec.

Training and Sailing Development Programme

Did you know that WYC has an in house RYA recognised training centre to help with you and your family's sail training and development needs? Formal tuition is available for adult and youth sailing, as well as windsurfing, and there's a programme of adult improver sessions from late spring to early autumn. For children there's also a programme of Cadet and Family sessions, Cadet Races, and the annual CadetFest to keep them safe and entertained on the water, whilst helping hem develop their sailing abilities.
The 2018 schedule of adult and youth sailing courses has now been published, along with more information on the available courses and events at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training. More information on the full programme of Cadet and Family sessions will be published in the 2018 Programme due out shortly.

Workparty 28th January & clearance of changing room.

The new fire proof ceiling is been fitted in February. We need a number of people to help in dismantling the cages around boilers and take down some lockers to prepare the space for the contractors to start in February.
Please contact the office if you are able to help on Sunday 28th January. Also all personal items, need to be removed by Monday 22nd January from the changing area, including all hanging up wetsuits. The shower area can still be used and everything in lockers can be left, unless you have been contacted by the office.

Draft WYC 2018 Sailing Schedule

The 2018 Sailing Programme will be going to press in the new year, and will be delivered to members before the start of the sailing season. Key dates for member's new diaries are:
First race: April Showers 1 on Saturday 17th March
• 505 Nationals – 26-29th April
• B14 Open – 19th & 20th May
• Wanderer Open – 2nd & 3rd June
• Merlin Rocket Open – 23rd & 24th June
• Laser Fest – 14th & 15th July
Whitstable Week - 30th July to 3rd August
CadetFest - 20th August to 24th August
• Forts Race – 9th September
• Dart 18 Open – 20th & 21st October
Last race: Winter Series 7
Download a full copy of the draft sailing schedule by clicking Read More. Any comments on the schedule to rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk before 1st Jan.

DRAFT_WYC_2018_Schedule_2017.12.20.pdf

First Aid Course at WYC

Oyster Coast Water Sports have offered members of WYC a good deal on a First Aid Course. There are three possible dates, 25th Feb, 25th March or 21st April - perfect timing to get your First Aid skills reviewed and up to date before the summer! The price will be £50 per member if more than 8 members join the course, which is a significant discount on what you'd pay if you went elsewhere! If you're interested, please contact Ruth Oliver at ruth.oliver@wyc.org.uk, and let her know your preferred date.

Flood Gates

There will be instructions posted next to large blue flood gate, next to Rigden Shed, on how the gate should be opened and closed.
The gate has been left open with the cable not wound in and is left loose on the floor and the opening wire still connected. The covers also need to be put on the winches to keep the weather/salt off them.
Remember if you open it you must close it over the winter. Also ensure the track is swept so the wheels are not obstructed by the stones etc.

Notes from the 2017 Meeting of Sailors

The notes from this year's Meeting of Sailors can now be downloaded from http://wyc.org.uk/about/Meeting_Minutes. If you have any comments or feedback related to the meeting or the notes, please contact the Rear Commodore Sailing or your Class Captain.
As discussed at the meeting, the main WYC Open and Club events in 2018 will be:
• First club race: 17th March 2018
• 505 Nationals – 26-29th April
• B14 Open – 19th & 20th May
• Wanderer Open – 2nd & 3rd June (sailed alongside club racing)
• Merlin Rocket Open – 23rd & 24th June
• Laser Fest – 14th & 15th July
• Whitstable Week - 30th July to 3rd August
• Forts Race – 9th September
• Dart 18 Open – 20th & 21st October
• Last club race: 9th December 2018

New wines available from the WYC bar

Starting Friday 17th November, we'll be serving two new wines: Les Oliviers Merlot and a very nice Australian Malbec called Soldier's block.

5* Very Good Food Hygiene Rating for WYC and Quayside Coffee

Food Hygiene Rating of 5 - Very GoodWe're pleased to announce that the WYC kitchen and bar, and Quayside Coffee (Keith's coffee hut in the club's forecourt) were recently inspected and given the maximum rating of 5 for food hygiene by the Food Standards Agency!
Thanks to Wiz for her work in ensuring the WYC facilities meet these high standards, and well done to Keith for running a high quality operation for our members and the public!

REMINDER: 2017/2018 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS NOW OVERDUE

Thank you to all those members who have renewed their memberships for 2017/18. However, the deadline of 31st October has passed and there are still a number outstanding. I would be grateful if you could forward your completed forms and payment to me as soon as possible. Please note that the General Committee have advised that any renewals received after 30 November 2017 will be subject to a £25 late payment charge. I attach the renewal form.Renewal_Form_2017-2018.doc . Please contact me at sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk or telephone me on Mondays or Tuesdays on 01227 272942 if you have any membership queries. Sally Gostelow, Membership Secretary.

WYC PROGRAMME 2018 - ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY

Please contact Sally Gostelow (sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk) if you would like to support WYC's 2018 programme by advertising your business within it.

£120 whole page/£72 half a page including VAT.

Boat, trolley and cover markings

A few recent incidents have highlighted the importance of being able to identify boats and equipment, especially covers and trolleys. This aids identification of boats at sea (for example in the event that a boat does not return as expected), and can aid in recovery of boats and equipment if they are stolen or damaged. Covers and trolleys should be labelled with a sail number, surname and boat class. This does not need to be visible when the boat is put away, so can be on the underside of the cover or trolley. Boats should also have their WYC parking sticker clearly displayed, and readable when the boat is parked and covered.
The WYC Storage and Boat Parking policy has been updated to include “Trolleys, trailers, covers and any other equipment left on the beach when you go sailing must also be clearly labelled with your sail number and name to aid identification in the event of an incident.”

New lock on Upper Rigden’s Shed

The lock has a new code. Members who need access should contact the Office, Club Bar or a member of the General or Sailing Committees.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2017/18

Membership renewals were sent by email (and a small number by post) to members on Monday 18 September. If you have not received your renewal documents, please contact the Membership Secretary, Sally Gostelow at sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk. Alternatively, you can call me on 01227 272942 on Mondays or Tuesdays if you have any queries regarding your membership. Please note that renewals are due by 31st October 2017. Many thanks.

Bart’s Bash Bosh! #sailonbart #bartsbash

Bart's Bash 2017 at WYC
WYC sailed the annual Bart's Bash race on Sunday 17th September. 25 boats took part, and over £80 was raised on the day for the great causes that the Andrew Simpson Foundation supports (plus donations by members online prior to the race)! The results have been submitted to the Bart's Bash website, so should appear soon. Photos of the racing were taken from the Committee Boat, and can be seen on the club's Facebook Page.

Cadet fundraising sweets

The Cadet Committee has a basket of sweets on the corner of the bar to raise funds for Cadet sailing. If you take a bag of sweets, can you please make sure that you put at least the minimum donation of £1 per bag in the money box!

Photos of Whitstable Week, August Regatta & Forts Race

Photos taken by Nick Champion at Whitstable Week, the August Regatta and the Forts Race are now available for view and purchase at http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/.

Forts Race Weekend 2017 report on Yachts&Yachting

Photo by John BoormanThe 22nd Forts Race Weekend was held on 9th and 10th September at Whitstable Yacht Club. The long-distance catamaran race, sponsored this year by NeilPryde Sailing and Whitstable Marine, was a weekend of two weather extremes! Read the full report the Yachts&Yachting website at http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/198427/22nd-Forts-Race-at-Whitstable.
Thanks again to all of the volunteers at Whitstable Yacht Club who made the event possible
Prize Winners

Committee Boat

The team of volunteers who maintain and drive the WYC Committee Boat have discovered an issue with the boat's mooring in front of the club. An attempt was made to wade out and resolve the problem on Saturday morning at low tide, but the anchor was still too far underwater to be able to fix it. The next set of very low tides, which should allow enough access to the mooring, are in March next year, so the decision has been made to move the boat to her winter moorings at Conyer, rather than risk loosing her. This means that racing will be sailed off the club line from the race hut, rather than Committee Boat starts for the remainder of the season, with the exceptions of Bart's Bash (including Autumn Series 5) this Sunday (17th September), and the Laser European Qualifier event on 21st and 22nd October.
Thanks to the Committee Boat team for doing what they could to try and resolve the issue, and for their continuing support in maintaining and driving the boat.

WYC are now offering Windsurfing lessons!

We are now able to offer windsurfing at Whitstable yacht club! We have some dates in mind, 30th September 12:30 - 3:30 or the 1st of October 1:30 - 4:30. We can offer an afternoon as a taster session then if you want to progress to a level then we will go from there.
The price for one afternoon taster session is £65 for three hours, however not all if this time is spend on the water. There is some theory before you get on the water. If there is time left over at the end your instructor will go over tides or more theory. This taster then will make up the first session out of 4 for a start windsurfing course, if you wish to continue.
We can provide wetsuits, shoes and buoyancy aids.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
Kind regards, Ruth
WYC Training Administrator. Training@wyc.org.uk

Free WiFi at WYC

The free WiFi in the club has been upgraded to provide more speed and better coverage. You may need to re-add your device to continue using it: search and connect to "WYCFree" and accept the T&Cs when they pop up.

Francis John Rigden.

I respectfully make this contact with you to inform you and your members of the following facts:
My partners late father was Mr Francis John Rigden, who was born on 30th December 1930. Sadly I inform you of his death, following the third of three strokes, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 24th August 2017, aged 86 years.
Mr Rigden was born in Whitstable and was formally an apprentice and then shipwright at Anderson Rigden and Perkins Boatyard, of Island Wall, Whitstable. He retired to Peacehaven in Sussex, with his wife Pamela, his widow who still lives there. He had three sons and a daughter as well as an extended family.
His funeral will take place at All Saints Church, Whitstable, at 1130am on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Former friends and acquaintances would be most welcome to attend. Donations in Mr Rigden's memory to the Whitstable Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
I respectfully ask you to publish this information in any club newsletter and on your bulletin board.
Kind regards, Lysa Jephcott (daughter)

WYC CadetFest 2017 Report!

CadetFest 2017Some 30 WYC cadets, led by Alex Harwood, Ruth Oliver and a brilliant team of young instructors and parent helpers, took part each day in the Cadetfest week, August 21-25, sailing a range of 20 dinghies, with two day sails to Seasalter SC and Shellness, a mini Olympics series, a friendly with Herne Bay SC cadets, and lots of fun activities. The reports attached, two from cadets and one by a parent, capture the achievement and fun.
Thanks to Barton Marine Equipment for generously supporting the event!
Download the report here.

Report from the Wanderer Open at Whitstable Yacht Club, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August

Wander Open 2017This was a weekend of two contrasting days. The first day, scheduled for races, was blown out by a horrible SW near gale. The second, scheduled for a cruise, provided near perfect conditions for a combined race and cruise day. Saturday saw ten Wanderers (8 WYC boats, and 2 visitors) confronted by a fierce wind, steep, angry waves and a general consensus not to race. Paul and Liz entered the club race to be the only double hander to finish, despite the committee boat dragging its anchor and the leeward mark fast disappearing towards the wind farm. The Wanderers however are a happy band and 23 Wandering brothers and sisters later reconvened at the club for a greatly appreciated barbecue. Saturday evening was excellent with Richard, Gavin and Ian providing the entertainment. We had poems, funny nautical songs, especially Gavin’s Saga one, and Ian told a shaggy cod story.
Conditions on Sunday could not have been better from everyone’s perspective...

...The day went brilliantly. It was great having ten Wanderers out and everyone being so helpful and encouraging to each other. Two boats decided to follow the course but not to race. Nick and Keith expecting Storm Gert conditions came with a reduced mainsail. Sailing upwind in lighter airs was a challenge, but they covered Tankerton as well as Whitstable Bay and, despite missing the reception party at the Shipwright’s, returned safely despite the diversion - not long after the RNLI had checked their wellbeing. Richard’s pedagogic predisposition took over as he gave visiting crewmen, Joanathan Jefferies, who has recently become a Wanderer owner and John Renouf, chairman of the Wanderer Class Owners Association, a Wanderer Swale sailing taster session in “Giggle”. Apart from the welcome sight of the Shipwright’s, the run back with the rest of the fleet, spinnakers flying, completed the champagne sailing experience for our guests.
The race itself produced one of the most thrilling finishes of Wanderer long distance sailing. After six and a half miles - Shelagh made it ten miles with all the tacking - the front three boats were sailing brilliantly and it was any man’s or woman’s race to win.  Gavin and Mark sailing “Thistle” (1282) had made a great port tack start at the pin end, kept as far to windward on the first leg, rounded ahead the Pollard Spit, and mid Swale led the fleet past Sand End buoy.  Nick and Mike in “Too late the Hero” (1604) had “Thistle” and “Surprise” (1626) sailed by Paul and Liz in their sights. But in the very shifting and gusty conditions of the narrowing Swale, “Thistle” and “Surprise” (1626) closed on the finish while “Too late the Hero”, having tacked to take a shorter course, lost out to a header. “Surprise” (Paul and Liz) now began to overhaul “Thistle” (Gavin and Mark). Paul got to windward of Gavin and was able to tack first for the line. It was a photo finish (thanks to Laurna Carney) with Paul and Liz a superb first, and everyone a winner.
This was a race of many notable firsts. Shelagh and Ed (4th) won the battle of tactical skill and endurance in the middle order. David (5th) showed that two women, Lucinda and Jo, and one man in a boat can do a lot better than I did with three men in a boat. Kate and Ian get better and better. Kate helmed “The Honourable 33rd” to finish with first class honours - 27 positions above their boat’s name. Meanwhile Ian and Glenda were the first boat carrying an outboard engine, not that they used it but carried the extra weight in case any boat were to need the assistance of their seamanship. Fef and Angelyna were the first double generation winning boat, with granddaughter Angelyna, 11, doing much of the helming and winning first Wanderer helmed by a cadet. For all of this, a big Thank You to everyone who made the success and fun of the weekend possible: John Boorman, our Race Officer and with Laura Carney, our photographer, also our RIB cruise escort, to Andrea for registration, to Wizz and Jo for the superb Bar-B-Q and everyone involved at WYC. 
Well done everyone. You all did amazingly well.
Richard Maltby
(WYC Wanderer cruise organiser)
3rd ed. 25 Aug 2017

Results:

  • 1: 1626, Paul Yeadon & Liz North
  • 2: 1282, Gavin Barr & Mark Skipper
  • 3: 1604, Nick Hawkins & Mike Judson
  • 4: 1566, Shelagh O Riordan & Ed Lamb
  • 5: 1351, David Golding & Lucinda Golding Jo Phillips
  • 6: 593, Kate Ahern & Ian Hay
  • 7: 1098, Ian Nevill & Glenda Nevil
  • 8: 890, Fef Griffin & Angelyna Gheur
    • Photo by Laura Jean Carney. More photos can be seen on the WhitstableYC Facebook Page.

      Missing RS Tera boom, mainsheet and kicker

      One of the booms, kicker and mainsheet for the club's RS Teras has gone missing. Have you seen it? Please check on your racks and on your boats in case you've packed it away by mistake. If anyone know's it's whereabouts, please contact Richard or Ruth.