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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
office@wyc.org.uk

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Upcoming WYC events

The Club Championships

Event start: 27/05/2017
The WYC Club Championships 2017 The Whitstable Yacht Club Championships - 27th, 28th & 29th May. Notice Of Race

Man Of Kent

Event start: 10/06/2017
imageMan Of Kent 2017 at Whitstable Yacht Club. Download the Notice Of Race, Sailing Instructions and Course Charts. Enter online here for a discount manofkent2017.eventbrite.co.uk!

Merlin Rocket Open

Event start: 24/06/2017
Merlin Rocket Open 2017 - 24th and 25th June Merlin Rocket Open - 24th & 25th June. Download the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Course Chart

RS Feva/Tera Open

Event start: 08/07/2017
RS Feva/Tera Open - 8th & 9th July

WYC Laser Fest’ 17

Event start: 15/07/2017
Laser Fest' 17WYC Laser Fest' 17 - 15th & 16th July. Two days of great Laser racing and social events. Open to all Laser sailors in East Kent. All levels welcome. Entry Fees: £10 per day, £5 for WYC members.

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Upcoming WYC Social Events

Autumn Working Party

Date: 29/10/2017 - 12:00
Autumn Working Party

Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper

Date: 11/11/2017 - 19:00
Annual Prizegiving & Laying-up Supper

Meeting of Sailors

Date: 12/11/2017 - 12:00
Meeting of Sailors

Winter Series Prize Giving

Date: 17/12/2017 - 13:00
Winter Series Prize Giving

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Martin Newton

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that Martin Newton died today, peacefully. He has been a member since the 70's and will be greatly missed. He volunteered on the rescue boats and worked behind the bar. He moved from London to Whitstable to enjoy his golf, sailing and a slower pace of life. We will post his funeral arrangements when we know them. Share›

John Day - Funeral

John Day's funeral will be held at Vinters Park Crematorium in Maidstone on the 2nd June at 2:45pm, followed by a wake at the George Inn in Leeds village.
Rather than flowers, John's family have asked for donations to Cancer Research, given as a cheque to the funeral director.Read More› Share›

Cadets far from Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea

WYC CadetsCaptured in this photo taken from the Rigden balcony, ten of 19 cadet boats on the water last Friday (May 19) sailing in light airs. Congratulations to Margot Ali and Clara Taylor who successfully completed their RYA Stage two certificates, and to all 21 cadets and the four cadet instructors (out of view but in close support) on a very good session. Share›

WYC Cadets go Topper Team Racing!

8 Whitstable Yacht Club cadets had a great time on Saturday 13th May, taking part in the KSSA Topper Team Racing at Redoubt Sailing Club. George Grove provided the following report on the action:
On Saturday we went to a Topper Team Racing competition. It was the windiest sail I have ever had! We all capsized (including the other teams) except Seb, who did really well simply keeping his boat upright! They thought that they may have to call it off as it was so windy. My Dad said it's not often you see waves of that size on a lake. Unfortunately, we did not win but it was a good sail!
The plucky sailors were:
Whitstable YC(A)
Seb Bamford (13), Hugo Eaton-Baudains (15), Iggy McNally (capt) (11) and Wilf Taylor (12)
Whitstable YC (B)
Thea Eaton-Baudains (11), Francesca Edler-Maidment (8), George Groves (12) and Lucas Groves (13)
WYC Cadet Team
For more photos, see the club's Facebook page
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Book your meal for 26th May

Book at bar just £13pp
Menu
Garlic bread
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Lasagne
Tomato and mozzarella salad
Italian salad
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Strawberries and meringues

Price £13 per head

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John Day

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that John Day died on Saturday 13th May. Most recently a keen Laser sailor (shown in the photos below sailing his Laser, and receiving the WYC Laser Sailor of the year award in 2016), he has a history with the club going back to the 1960's. He will be greatly missed. Below is a personal reflection on John's sailing career by Charlie Campion.
John Day
John first visited Whitstable Yacht Club in the 1960’s. He had gone for a ride on his Triumph motorcycle, a marque he owned all his adult life in preference to the Japanese offerings, & almost by chance ended up in Whitstable. As he was walking past Whitstable Yacht Club he spotted a notice advertising for crews which he enquired into. I am not quite sure of the ensuing conversation but later that day John was on the water with Derick Emery in a National 12 competing in a club race in quite windy weather. Derick was an accomplished National 12 sailor in pre Laser days when there were a limited number of dinghy classes & WYC was pretty much all National 12’s & Merlin Rockets. Derick & John won the race but what really impressed John was Derrick’s boat handling when coming ashore. Anyway, soon after...Read More› Share›

Push The Boat Out Success - Thank you!

PTBO at WYCOur Push the Boat Out event on Saturday 13th May was a big success, despite the strong winds which kept all our visitors safely on the shore. We met some delightful new friends and look forward to welcoming them back to the club for a taster sail in more benign conditions. A very big thank you to everyone who helped, in whatever capacity. Your enthusiasm was impressive and we needed every one of you!
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Man of Kent at Whitstable Yacht Club

Man Of Kent at WYC - 10th June 2017It's less than a month until Whitstable Yacht Club hosts this year's Man of Kent regatta on Saturday 10th June. The event consists of 3 all-in handicap average lap races on 3 courses to provide competition across all classes. The racing starts at 11am, and entry is open to any member of a club affiliated to the East Kent Yachting Association with a sailing dinghy or multihull listed in the RYA Portsmouth Number List 2017. You can race individually or as a team. To qualify for the team prize teams should consist of 3 boats, one 1071 or above and one 1070 or below, with at least 150 points between the highest and lowest, plus any other boat. Download the Notice Of Race, Sailing Instructions and Course Charts. Enter online for a discount at manofkent2017.eventbrite.co.uk!
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Updated bar opening hours

Updated bar opening times from this week, with later opening until 10pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For the full bar opening times see wyc.org.uk/about/social Share›

David Johnson

We regret to report that David Johnson passed away on Tuesday 11th April. He was for a long time a member of the club having joined in the mid 60s. He initially sailed a National 12 and then had a Merlin 691 Tease (at one time this was owned by Phil Emery's father Len - it had been designed and built by Roy Rigden in the mid 50s). David then built from scratch together with Robin Wilson Merlin 2991 Teasmade. For a time he was the Sailing Secretary at the club. In very recent years he has lived in Devon. He suffered from cancer for the last few weeks. His funeral will be held on 25th April at 10.30am at Meavy Church, and the funeral directors are Morris Brothers of Tavistock. Share›

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