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Welcome to 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 Social Events and Meetings

Click here for the WYC bar opening times, and click here to book social event tickets.

Tuesday Nights - Games Evening

Every Tuesday from 7pm, Mexican train dominoes, cribbage or bring your own - come and join us! Bit of luck, bit of skill, bit of a laugh, bit of wine!! Or bring your own game.

Wednesday Nights - Pool League Games

From 8pm - Pool league games played by WYC pool teams. Feel free to come and support, or enquire at the bar to join a team!

WYC Craft Night

Meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm. Calling all our “crafty” members! Please come along and bring whatever project you are working on whether it’s knitting, crochet, weaving or something else. Contact: Andrea Oliver: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WYC Book Club

Meets on the second Wednesday of the month. If you're interested in joining the WYC Book Club please get in touch with Kellie Gray on 079 6604 6693, we currently have 12 members and it’s a lovely way to meet new members whether you’re a sailor or a social member.

Thursday Night - Open Pool Nights

From 7pm - open pool night. All over 16’s welcome. Free table, winner stays on unless players present want to change.

Annual Prize Giving

Date: Sat 12/11/2022

Meeting of Sailors 2022

Date: Sun 20/11/2022
The annual Meeting of Sailors will be held on 20th November at approximately 1pm (or as soon as possible after the day's racing). Please come along to share your views on sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, and help shape our future direction. All members welcome.

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

Whitstable Week

Event start: 25/07/2022
Monday 25th to Friday 29th July. See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more information

Whitstable Town Regatta

Event start: 13/08/2022
13th and 14th August - The 228th Whitstable Town Regatta races at Whitstable Yacht Club.

B14 European and UK National Championships 2022

Event start: 01/09/2022
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th September - The B14 European and UK National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club. Download the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. To enter please go to https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents. Note: only 2nd, 3rd and 4th September will count towards the UK National Championships. Entries to the Europeans will be automatically be entered into the Nationals.
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London and SE Regional Topper Traveller

Event start: 24/09/2022
24th and 25th September - the London and South East Regional Topper Traveller

KSSA Winter Training

Event start: 29/10/2022
Kent Schools Sailing Association Winter Training - 29th October

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

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.

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Whitstable Week - Singers/Musicians Wanted!

For Whitstable Week, we are having an Open Mic night on Tues 27 July 2022.  If you fancy releasing your inner pop star, now is your opportunity! 
We want to match singers with a guitarist and/or keyboard player.  Between you, pick one or two of your favourite songs, and get practicing.  You have a month to put Adele or Liam out of a job!  We also welcome solo singers/keyboards/guitarists/comedy acts – we just need to know which one or two songs you want to play so we can ensure that there is no overlap/repetition.
To ensure that you book your selected songs/slots early, or to help us find you a guitarist/keyboard/singer please call or text Andrew Provan on 0789 9662412 or email andrew.jackson@wyc.org.

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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.

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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.

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Whitstable Week 2022 - 1 month away!

Whitstable Week is only a month away, and we have another packed week of sailing and social planned from Monday 25th to Friday 29th July! 

  • 2 races back-to-back, all afternoon starts, Monday to Wednesday at 1pm, Thursday and Friday at 2pm. 
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  • 10 races in the series, 8 to count. 
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  • Committee boat starts. 
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  • Social events every evening. 
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  • Prize-giving on Friday, prizes for the top places in each eligible class, as well as special prizes for outstanding achievements. 
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For more information, go to www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

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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.

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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

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2022 Man of Kent Regatta

It’s the Man of Kent Regatta on Saturday 9th July at Broadstairs Sailing Club. Last year, when it was held at TBSC, WYC took home the Team Trophy, so it would be great to repeat our success again!
The regatta is made up of three races using three different courses, and is open to all dinghies or mutlihulls from EKYA affiliated clubs. Notice of Race, online entry, Sailing Instructions and further information can be found at https://www.broadstairssailingclub.com/man-of-kent-regatta-2022/

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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!

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