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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Cadet and Family Sailing at WYC


Toppers off WYC

Calling all cadets & families to join in with the fun at Whitstable Yacht Club!

Come along to meet your friends, get on the water, and learn some new tricks! Whether you want to meet up with friends in our club house, explore the beautiful Whitstable coastline, get on the water to learn about the sea, jump on a windsurfer, or race dinghies against some of the finest sailors in the country, WYC is the place for you!

Want to become a member of Whitstable Yacht Club? Click here for more information!

WYC Family in a Mirror It’s great for children to get familiar with the beach and sea, and we welcome children of all ages. Cadet sailing sessions are held throughout the sailing season, as well as parties and gatherings during the winter. RYA endorsed courses start from age 8, and informal Cadet and General Sailing sessions are held throughout the sailing season, as well as parties and gatherings during the winter.

RS Tera The regular sessions throughout the year are labelled as “Cadet and Family Sailing Sessions” in the Sailing Schedule and are run by an RYA Sailing Coach along with volunteer parents. We aim to put an event on whatever the weather. We welcome volunteers and new ideas so if you wish to join in please contact our Sailing Development Officer.

Cadets and families are also encouraged to sail in our racing programme. Racing is an ideal way of improving your sailing skills, and maybe even picking up some prizes! The full sailing programme can be found at To find out more about class racing, contact the Class Captain for your boat.

Father and son in a Mirror

WYC has a selection of boats available for cadets and families to try out sailing, including a Mirror, a Topaz, a Laser and an RS Feva. Mirrors are also available to hire for the full season (contact the Sailing and Membership secretary for more information). If you're thinking of buying a boat, we strongly recommend that you buy a suitable boat that's already sailed at WYC. This will allow you to develop as a sailor and get useful tips and advice from other club members. For a list of recommended boats, click here

Cadet events

Cadet and Family sessions will be run throughout the year and we aim to make sessions safe and fun. See the Cadet and Families Sessions page for more information. To download Parental Consent and Booking Forms, see the Training page.


Any questions, please get in touch!

WYC Training PrincipalJo Wyles Jo Wyles .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Chief Instructor, Training Administrator, RYA Onboard Officer
and Co-Bosun (Sailing Equipment Supervisor)
Ruth Oliver Ruth Oliver .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
01227 272 942
Cadet CaptainFinn Crockatt Finn Crockatt
Cadet Committee RepresentativeIan Massingham Ian Massingham

Child Welfare

It is the policy of WYC to safeguard children and young people taking part in boating from harm. We will take all responsible steps to ensure that, through appropriate procedures and training, children participating in club activities do so in a safe environment. For the full WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Statement click here. If you have any concerns, please contact the Child Welfare Contact for WYC:

Child Welfare ContactPaul Cross Paul Cross .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)