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Family Fun Day at WYC, Saturday 11th May, 12noon to 5pm

Whitstable Yacht Club

Welcome to the WYC

Whitstable Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest sailing clubs in England. The Club is situated on the north coast of Kent where the Thames Estuary meets the North Sea. WYC offers sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tide for catamarans, dinghies, and windsurfers with yachts in nearby creeks which dry out.

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Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942


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Upcoming WYC Social Events and Meetings

Sunday Roast, 3pm on Sunday 28th April

Date: 28/04/2019 - 15:00
Just £10 for roast pork, fresh veg, roasties, apple sauce ......and a pudding! TICKETS BEHIND THE BAR. This will be very popular so please get your tickets early.

Race Night! Saturday 4th May from 7.30pm

Date: 04/05/2019 - 19:30
Back a winner!

Forts Race Saturday Evening Party 2019

Date: 18/05/2019 - 19:30
The Blues Bandits performing, a BBQ and drinks promotions. All members welcome!

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

The Forts Race Weekend

Event start: 18/05/2019
The UK’s premier catamaran long distance race, now part of the Allen Endurance Series and open to monohulls and slower boats. 18th and 19th May 2019

B14 Open

Event start: 01/06/2019
B14 Open 2019, 1st and 2nd June. Contact Mark Barnes for more information.
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Wanderer Open

Event start: 15/06/2019
Wanderer Open - 15th & 16th June 2018. Racing on the Saturday, Cruise on the Sunday! Notice of Race, Entry Form.

Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open

Event start: 22/06/2019
Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open 2018, 22nd and 23rd June.

WYC LaserFest’19

Event start: 14/07/2019
Two days of great Laser racing and social events at WYC on 13th&14th July as part of the East Kent LaserFest series.
For the latest information, follow the event on social on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

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." Share›

Beach Tidy working party - Saturday 27th April

We're planning a Beach Working Party on Saturday 27th April from 10am. The focus of this working party will be tidying up the beach, including moving boats to the correct rows, fixing or replacing tie downs if needed, and disposing of some of the scrap. If we have enough volunteers, there will also be a ramp clean. Please come along on Saturday 27th to help tidy up our beach boat parking! Share›

Abandoned equipment - Kayaks and a Topper

There are two kayaks and one topper on the beach without any identifying marks or signs of recent use, which need to be paid for and labelled or moved. The two kayaks are locked down and the Topper has a broken trolley. They have been tagged and the recognised RYA disposal process has been initiated, in accordance with the WYC Boat Parking and Equipment Storage Policy. In addition, if the kayaks are not identified and/or moved by 15th May, the locks will be cut and they will be moved to an alternative location as they are blocking access to boat parking spots. If you are the owner, or recognise this equipment, please contact the office.
Please ensure that your equipment is in good repair, labelled appropriately and stored in the correct place. As per the WYC Boat Parking and Equipment Storage Policy, the numbered sticker confirming payment for the season and ongoing membership MUST be clearly displayed on the equipment. The boat 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 must be agreed with the Class Captain and the Beach Master as appropriate. Any kit that is not displaying the appropriate identification and payment confirmation may be removed. Boats must be stored on a serviceable trolley (and/or trailer if relevant) such that they can be moved in accordance with the conditions in the policy should that be necessary. 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. Share›

WYC Open Day - 11th May

Are you looking for a new way to get outdoors and active or find something you can enjoy together with the family, or do you know someone who is? If the answer is yes, come and join our family fun day at Whitstable Yacht Club on May 11th. Whether you’re completely new to the sailing, looking to get back on the water or just want to give it a go, here’s your perfect chance.
This fun day out will offer a range of free activites for all ages to take part in, on the beach and on the water including joy rides with experienced sailors on a range of boats.
This event is part of Push The Boat Out, a nationwide event run by the RYA taking place throughout May at venues across the country.
Running between 12noon and 5pm on Saturday May 11th there will be seasoned sailors on hand to offer information, answer questons and show you the ropes. Joy rides run between 12noon and 4pm and should be booked in advance by emailing Note: Joy Rides are weather-dependent and open to participants 8 years and older.
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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 Share›

Online Entry now open for the 2019 Forts Race

2019 Sail Racer Allen Endurance SeriesBook your place on the 2019 Forts Race start line now! Entries before 10th May will benefit from a reduced entry fee. Go to to enter.
The event is now open to all dinghies and sports catamarans with a PY rating of 1270 and lower (note: Paddle boards, windsurf and Kite surf entry not permitted). Competitors under the age of 18 must have signed permission from parents and or guardians and if under 16 must be sailing with an adult.
The long-distance race will be sailed in the area off Whitstable Yacht Club with up to FIVE radiating “legs”, East to Herne Bay Pier, North East to the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, Northwest along the coast of Sheppey, West up the Swale Estuary and North to the Red Sands Forts – only double handed Fast Cats will make this leg.
As well as the sailing, we're hosting the Forts Race Party on Saturday 18th May with a barbecue, live music and amazing drinks promotions.
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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! Share›

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!

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