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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


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Upcoming WYC events

August Regatta 2018

Event start: 25/08/2018
The August Regatta will be sailed on 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018, 11am start on Saturday, 2pm starts on Sunday and Monday (2 races per day). The race is all in handicap average lap racing for all boats, and will be sailed on a Trapezoid course with a start for monohull dinghies, Laser dinghies and catamarans. Download the Notice Of Race.

The Forts Race Weekend

Event start: 08/09/2018
The UK’s premier catamaran long distance race - 9th September

Dart 18 Open & GP7

Event start: 20/10/2018
Dart 18 Open & GP7, 20th & 21st October

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Forts Race - 3 weeks to go!

It's less than 3 weeks to go until the Forts Race, the UK's premier catamaran long distance race, will be sailed at Whitstable Yacht Club, on 8th and 9th September 2018.
Volunteers Needed:
Do you want to be part of this exciting event? We need Safety Boat Crews for both Saturday and Sunday. Please contact Dickie Ledger if you're able to help out.
Boat Moves - Dinghies:
Due to the size of some of the visiting catamarans, we will need to clear the Laser and Tasar rows by the ramp to provide space for rigging. If you have a boat in these rows, please move them before Wednesday 5th September. Any remaining boats will be moved by a working party.
Boat Moves - Catamarans:
Do you have a catamaran on the beach? We need to move some of the catamarans off the beach to make space. If you are planning to sail in the Forts Race, can you let Dickie Ledger or Robert Govier know before Sunday 2nd September. Any boats we don't hear from may be moved off the beach. Share›

August Regatta 2018

The August Regatta will be sailed on 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018, 11am start on Saturday, 2pm starts on Sunday and Monday (2 races per day). The race is all in handicap average lap racing for all boats, and will be sailed on a Trapezoid course with a start for monohull dinghies, Laser dinghies and catamarans. Download the Notice Of Race. Share›

Members Mutiny Night

Ever wanted to be like Tom Cruise in Cocktail? How about Sam "Mayday" Malone in Cheers? Or maybe you're more of a Moe from The Simpsons?
Club members to man the bar on Saturday evening 25 August! Short shifts, come and have a go or watch other trying their hand at being bar staff.
If you want to take part please contact Dickie Ledger ( Share›

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! Share›

Notice of Race and (draft) Sailing Instructions posted for the 2018 Forts Race

The Forts Race weekend this year is 8th and 9th September. The NoR and SIs, along with all the information about the event can be found on the Forts Race page at You can also get the latest Forts Race news by liking the Facebook Page at

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

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. Read More› Share›

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 and email it back to the office.
And look out for news of the official opening ceremony to be scheduled soon! Share›

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, 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. Share›

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