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Wednesday Evening Race on 17th August - WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

It’s the final evening race of the year next Wed 17th Aug and there are 3 boats that could win overall. However, we currently don’t have a race officer or safety boat crew. Is there anyone prepared to take on these less than onerous tasks so that our mighty gladiators can fight it out for the Wed evening trophy?
Please contact steve.gray@wyc.org.uk or on 07917 238345

Whitstable Town Regatta: Aug 13/14 – New format and new start time on Sat 13th

WYC are holding our own Town Regatta alongside Whitstable Harbour Day(s) over Sat Aug 13th and Sun Aug 14th. 
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE START TIME FOR SAT 13TH HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD TO 13.00. THE START TIME FOR SUN 14TH REMAINS AS 12.00.
The regatta will be a one-off two-day series of sprint races ran as close as sensibly possible to the harbour. Races will be a single start, all-in handicap format with short laps and a length of about 20/30 mins.
Our intention is to experiment with short format racing as requested by many sailors.
Tankerton Bay SC have also been invited to what we expect will be a fun and interesting event.

Whitstable Week 2022 Report


A full week with decent winds, racing every day, some epic socials and generally great weather made Whitstable Week 2022 one to remember!
The week started with challenging F5/6 winds on Monday which saw some epic downwinds (and capsizes) but 8 valiant finishers, headed by Rick and Sarah Perkins in their Tasar. There were much lighter winds on Tuesday which increased the entry to 35 boats across a whole range of classes – at the front end of the fleet Team Perkins and John Cooper/Hilary Bradshaw scored a 1st and 2nd each, with great battles throughout the fleet. Wednesday saw a return to windier conditions and 2 wins for Team Perkins, now being challenged by Charlie Campion, Nigel Brown and Kevin Hall in Lasers. Thursday saw another breezy day and the arrival of Dickie Ledger in his Dart who promptly won both races followed by Team Perkins and the first 3 Lasers. The last 2 races on Friday were held in milder conditions with wins shared between Rick/Sarah and Dickie.
Overall winner was Rick and Sarah in their Tasar with just 9.5 points (there was a dead heat in race 8!) counting 5 wins from 9 races. In 2nd place was Charlie Campion, followed by Nigel Brown and Kevin Hall in Lasers. Stephen Nation and Julie Puckett in their Tasar in 5th, returning ex pat Mark Holweger in a Laser 6th and first Merlin Jon and Phillipa Bloice in 7th. First Cadets were Angelyna and Harry in the RS 500 who was 10th overall counting a 7th on Monday and an excellent 2nd in the last race on Friday.
It can be safely said that the socials were enjoyed by all who attended – a quiet start with vinyl night on Monday was followed by a lively open mic on Tuesday with excellent organisation from Andy Provan and team, and the discovery of great talent in the club. Wednesday was Commodore’s cocktails (thanks to Tizzie and team) and the Commodore Andy Jackson’s excellent band. Thursday saw the return of the ever-popular Phil and Ian’s laid-back quiz, which wasn’t at all competitive (?), and thanks to David Lowes for a great BBQ setting the scene for the last night party with band Coco.
With 46 boats racing during the week and 13 completing 7 or more races it was an excellent week of competition and fun – and the weather helped too!

Hose Pipe Ban

Due to the incoming hose pipe ban we will be removing hoses from the club’s taps. Where members need to wash kit down, please use watering cans or buckets, and use water sparingly. The only exception will be hoses for washing through the Support Boat engines.

B14 Europeans returning to Whitstable this September

The B14 European Class association are pleased to announce Original Cottages (Kent & Sussex) as the title sponsor for the two events. The Original Cottages (Kent & Sussex) B14 European Championship and Original Cottages (Kent & Sussex) B14 National Championship are being held at Whitstable Yacht Club from the 1st – 4th September.
Entries are now open on the WYC website, see www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/events. The first 20 paid up entries will be entered into a draw to be drawn on the morning of the briefing. The lucky winning teams will receive a card with credit for each team to spend over the bar during the championships.
With the reduced restrictions now in place with regard to Covid, we are looking to see entries, from France, Germany, Switzerland and possibly other European countries. This will be the first meeting up of the European fleet since 2019, so shall be interesting to see who rises to the front. New B14 owners, this is a fantastic opportunity to come and meet the rest of the fleet and tap into that knowledge and get help in setting up your B14.
Whitstable is a popular venue with tourists, so you will need to check out the club accommodation list as soon as you book your entry. The fall back is either the Premier Inn or camp sites which are walkable. Teams wishing to get in some practice are welcome to turn up early and park their B14 in the dinghy park.
www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/251237/B14-Europeans-return-to-Whitstable

Max Hunt - 2022 ILCA6 Great Grand Master National Champion

Congratulations to Max Hunt, who has been crowned the 2022 ILCA6 Great Grand Master National Champion. The UK ILCA Masters National championships was held over the weekend at Stokes Bay with a total of over 100 boats competing in the ILCA6 (Radial) and ILCA7 (Standard) fleets. Friday and Saturday saw epic conditions in 20 knots, with three challenging races each day, followed by two races on Sunday in more moderate conditions. With fleets from Apprentice to Legends, Max Hunt was crowned ILCA6 Great Grand Master National Champion.

Wanderer Open - Report now available on Yachts & Yachting online!

The seven boats entered for the Whitstable Wanderer open meeting were greeted by a bright and breezy morning. Unfortunately two boats had previously withdrawn owing to Covid.
Following a quick welcome from Richard Maltby and a briefing from PRO and Wanderer fan John Boorman, the fleet launched and headed out towards Slotty Dawes (the committee boat) where in the strengthening breeze assistant RO John Cooper had set up a triangle, sausage course with the windward mark bearing 180 degrees.
The Wanderers shared the start line with Whitstable club racing and were first start away in a fresh force 4 gusting 5 with regular shifts of up to 20 degrees. Tide was ebbing with the current broadly even across the course and with the wind resulting in relatively smooth water. Tim Barr with crew Mark Skipper sailing 1282 were first off the line and led at the windward mark…
For the full report, go to Yachts and Yachting at yachtsandyachting.com/news/250846/Wanderers-at-Whitstable.

Ray Bissill

We regret to report that Ray Bissill passed away on 25th June.
Ray was the Social Secretary of the club in the early 60s and a member of the General Committee. He sailed an Enterprise and then a National 12 (Dolly). He leaves two sons, Adam and James.

Summer bar opening times from 1st July

We are extending our bar opening hours from Friday 1st July so that you can make the best of the club while the sunshine is out! For the updated hours, see www.wyc.org.uk/about/social
The bar can also be open longer for special events or parties. If you want to hold an event at the club, please contact the office or bar committee.
The bar is also looking for Members to train as bar assistance, to help out during busy periods, also great opportunity to meet other members, if interested please contact Magda bar supervisor.

2022 WYC Members Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey. Overall, the results are both positive and informative. Congratulations to the member who was randomly selected from the submissions and has now received their £50 voucher to spend at the Dinghy Store.
At the time of the survey there were 564 individual members, including cadets. There were an additional 206 children included as part of family or social memberships. All members were invited to take part in the survey and 220 responded, representing 39% of individual members. 
When asked if they would recommend the club, 85% of respondents gave the club a rating of 7 or above on a 10-point scale. Using the industry standard ‘Net Promoter Score’ method, the survey delivered a satisfaction rating of +46, which is considered “very good”.
142 members left very positive comments in the open text box, with ‘friendly and welcoming’ being the most frequently expressed sentiment. Additionally, 20 members expressed varying degrees of dissatisfaction with the club through their ratings and their open comments. All comments are taken seriously and will be considered by the club’s General Committee over the coming months.
This is a positive outcome, but we know we can make the club even better, and there are clearly some areas that need improvement. In order of priority, members who took the survey cited the following areas as priorities for future investment:
1. Quality of changing rooms
2. Provision for cadets and young people
3. Sail training
As we develop a plan for the club’s next five years, these areas will form a key part of our planning. We aim to hold a series of small focus groups with members over the coming season to help with this process.
A more detailed version of the survey report can be downloaded here: WYC 2022 Member Survey.
Happy sailing,
Andrew Jackson
Commodore

Lower Thames Rowing Club’s recent visit to Whitstable Yacht Club

The trip to Whitstable is always a brilliant trip. We set off from Leigh-on-Sea at 06:30, so the outgoing tide would take us to the forts
– always an amazing place to visit. We had estimated it would take four hours of outgoing tide to reach the forts but due to the good conditions and a
beneficial tailwind we arrived at the forts by 09:30.

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Previous Jubilees at WYC


Some history from Catherine Pierces’s archives showing how Whitstable Yacht Club and the town celebrated the Coronation in 1953 and the Silver Jubilee in 1977.
There’s lots going on again this weekend with the Beacon Lightning Ceremony at Whitstable Harbour on Thursday evening, the band Merlin & the Rockets on Saturday evening, a Family street party (bring your own picnic!) from 2pm on Sunday, extended bar opening hours all weekend, and of course, there’ll be plenty of sailing, with 2 races every day from 2pm for the Club Championships, and the WYC Cadet session on Saturday afternoon.
We look forward to seeing you here!

The Forts Race Weekend - Report on Y&Y

Whitstable Yacht Club hosted the Forts Race Weekend over 28th and 29th May, after a Covid-enforced absence of two years, welcoming the top UK catamaran sailors back to the club for the iconic event, and kicking off this year’s Allen Endurance Series. Unlike most sailors who arrived at the event by road, the endurance started early for Martin Law and James Vandervord in their Hobie 21, sailing unsupported to the event on Friday morning from Minnis Bay, 16 miles down the coast! William Sunnucks was also taking the endurance aspect to the extreme…
To read more, go to https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/249721/The-Forts-Race-2022

Whitstable Yacht Club Discover Sailing Day - Report on Y&Y

Whitstable Yacht Club held its annual open day under the RYA’s Discover Sailing banner on Saturday May 21st. The weather was warm and sunny with light winds making conditions ideal for the 96 guests who had signed up online to experience sailing and WYC, many for the first time… To read more go to yachtsandyachting.com/news/249391/Whitstable-Yacht-Club-Discover-Sailing-Day
If you weren’t able to attend, but still want to try out sailing check out out Training page at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training, or to join go to wyc.org.uk/members/New_Members.

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open at WYC - Report on Y&Y

28 Merlin Rockets arrived at Whitstable Yacht Club to bright sunshine but very little wind on the morning of Saturday 14th May for the next round of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller. However, as forecast the wind filled in nicely, meaning just a short delay to the start time. Race 1 began in 12 kts, with the tide just beginning to build, pushing you upwind. Will & Alex Warren started well & led early on, before Christian Birrell & Sam Breary took the lead…
To read more, go to https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/249220/Merlin-Rockets-at-Whitstable.

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