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Members information for Whitstable Yacht Club

Do you want to join Whitstable Yacht Club?

It's easy!

  • Download and complete the member's application form.
  • Download and complete the subscription form from the subscriptions page indicating your membership type and any other facilities you require. Please apply the following discount to your total new membership fee.
  • If you're joining after 31st March, take 25% off the total fees payable for this subscription year (ends 1st October).
  • If you're joining during September you can either take 75% off the total fees payable for this subscription year, or pay the fees due for the following year (13 months for the price of 12).

Why join WYC?

If you are interested in joining us to sail at one of the biggest and best sailing clubs in England then look no further. Situated less than 90 minutes from London, on the north coast of Kent at the mouth of the Swale Estuary, WYC offers sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tide for catamarans, dinghies, and windsurfers. Yachts are moored in a nearby drying-out marina.

Whitstable Yacht Club members have:

  • A bar open all year round, at lunch time and evening on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Have a cheap pint with the best views in Whitstable!
  • Bunk rooms available for very cheap overnight accommodation for WYC members and their friends and family
  • Sailing and from mid-March to mid-December, with racing every weekend on the best waters in Kent!
  • Family friendly cadet sailing sessions, and training/coaching sessions for members in our Sailing School
  • Changing facilities and showers open every day from 8am until bar closing.
  • Storage facilities for boats, kayaks, windsurf boards and other watersports equipment

The Club organises racing every weekend from March to December as well as evening racing during the summer, and is a popular championship venue. We also have a Sailing Development programme for beginners and those who want to improve, and a thriving Cadet fleet for families and children.

Membership Types

Whitstable Yacht Club has a range of membership types to suit all ages and groups. Most members join as Full Individual or Family, but the table below shows the range of options available. For the cost of the membership types, see our Subscriptions page.

MembershipBest forIncludes Children?Restrictions
Full FamilyFamily or cohabiting couple with at least one sailing adult, with or without children under 18*Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18None
Full IndividualIndividual sailing member, with or without children under 18*Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18None
Young PersonSailing adult between 18 and 25 with no children. NoNo voting rights
Senior FamilyFamily or cohabiting couple over 65 with at least one sailing adult, with or without children under 18*Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18Both over 65 and full Family or Individual members for more than 10 years
Senior IndividualIndividual sailing member over 65, with or without children under 18*Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18Over 65 and full Family or Individual members for more than 10 years
Social FamilyFamily or cohabiting couple who do not want to use the water side facilities, with or without children under 18*. Sailing Membership for children under 18 included.Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18No voting rights. No use of sailing side facilities (club racing, equipment launching/storage, change rooms & showers, etc) for the adult members
Social MemberIndividual member who does not want to use the water side facilities, with or without children under 18*. Sailing Membership for children under 18 included.Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18No voting rights. No use of sailing side facilities (club racing, equipment launching/storage, change rooms & showers, etc) for the adult member.
Overseas FamilyFamily or cohabiting couple who are residents outside of Great Britain, with at least one sailing adult, with or without children under 18*.Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18No voting rights. Non-GB residents only
Overseas IndividualIndividual sailing member who is a resident outside of Great Britain, with or without children under 18*.Yes, Sailing Membership for children under 18No voting rights. Non-GB residents only
CadetA child who is between the age of 11 and 17* years old at the start of the membership year. (1st October)Yes, over 11.No voting rights
*Child who is 17 years old at the start of the membership year (1st October)

Child Memberships

For Child Protection purposes, children aged under 11 must join with a parent. We also do not recommend that children new to sailing become a member without at least one parent joining the club, although Cadet membership is available for competent sailors aged 11 and over. Parents remain responsible for the safety and actions of their children at all times.

Sailing is a great activity for the whole family, and it’s never too late to learn. We would always recommend an adult Full Individual or Family membership (which includes children under 18) to allow all members of the family to get out on the water. However, for a child learning to sail, with parents who do not want to sail, the cheapest option is Social Individual or Social Family Membership, which allows one or both parents full access and use of the club’s non-sailing facilities whilst supporting their child(ren) learning to sail.

See our Cadet page for more information about sailing for children and families at Whitstable Yacht Club.

Learn to sail

Whitstable Yacht Club is a recognised Royal Yachting Association Training Center and is lucky enough to have its very own for our members. More details can be found here. We also coaching and support for children as part of our Cadets and Families sessions, and if you'd like to talk to get advice on how to take your sailing further, get in contact with our Sailing Development Officer.

More Information

For more information, come along to the club, or contact us

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