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2019-2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE BY 31ST OCTOBER 2019

Dear Members, a reminder that membership renewals are due by the end of this month, 31st October.  Renewal documents were sent in early September via email, if you did not receive this information and would like help with renewing, please contact Sally Gostelow either by email: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk or by phone (Monday or Tuesday only: 01227 272942).

2019 Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving - Saturday 9th November

Get your tickets from the bar for the Laying Up Supper now. It’s only £20 and should be a great night! Supper from 8pm, and the 2019 Prize Giving before that at 7pm.

November Social Events at WYC

There’s lots going on at WYC this November. Come and join us for:
Return of the Roast 
Date: Sun 03/11/2019
Sunday Roast Dinner at WYC. Serves at 1.30pm. Book your tickets with the bar. 
Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper 
Date: Sat 09/11/2019
Prize Giving from 7pm, Dinner from 8pm. Dinner tickets available soon! 
WYC Craft Fair 
Date: Sat 16/11/2019
Craft Fair at WYC from 11am to 4pm. If you’d like a stall, please contact Andrea Oliver. 
Quiz Supper 
Date: Sat 16/11/2019
Homemade Lasagne and Garlic Bread served from 6.30pm, only £5, followed by Phil&Ian’s Laid Back Quiz at 8pm. 
Keith’s Fish & Chip Supper 
Date: Fri 22/11/2019
Fantastic fresh fish and chips, served from 6pm, only £7. 
Also, don’t forget the regular Mexican Train Dominoes on Tuesday evenings from 7pm, and the WYC Pool Team plays on Wednesday nights.
If you have any suggestions for future events, please talk to Tizzie!

Report from the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta

Report on the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta by WYC Cadet Tom Oliver:
“After winning the Kent Schools Sailing Association topper team racing event earlier this year we were invited to represent Kent at the NSSA Single Handed Team Racing Event. The WYC cadets took a team of 3 sailors to Fairlop Waters on the 5th of October 2019. There were 21 teams of 3 people from all over the country ranging from school teams to regional champions, as well as the team of 3 from WYC - Tom Oliver, Alex Wilson and Wilf Taylor accompanied by their team manager - Ruth Oliver. There were 7 rounds on Saturday and the Whitstable team won 5 of the 7 putting them in 5th place after Saturday and in with a chance of reaching the semifinals on Sunday. Unfortunately, the first 2 races on Sunday were against the top 2 teams and we lost them. Moving on we lost another race and it came down to the final race as to whether the WYC team would be in the semi final playoffs or not. Unfortunately we lost this round and our final position was 12th out of 21, but we represented Kent and WYC with dignity and honour.”
Well done to the WYC Cadet team for getting to the National event and representing Kent well!

WYC Craft Fair - Saturday 16th November

We’ll be holding a craft fair on 16th November, from 11am to 4pm. If you’d like a stall, please contact Andrea Oliver or the WYC Office.

Glenda Nevill

We’re saddened to announce the passing of WYC member and Wanderer sailor Glenda Nevill, who died in a car accident on 31st July. Sailing with her husband Ian, Glenda enjoyed venturing out for a free cruise sail, and their advice and hand drawn charts of the places they sailed to,could not have been more useful for Wanderer cruises. Richard Maltby, WYC Club Principal and General Class Captain remembers that “Glenda and Ian were models of good, capable seamanship. I well recall the lesson given to fellow Wanderers as to how to get off the lee shore bank at Shipwrights without use of an engine, and also the tactical demonstration of reefing the mainsail while afloat in choppy F4 waters mid Swale. Her death on 31 July would have been only a short time after their 2019 RO duty and last visit to the club.”
Her funeral will be held at 12:30 on Monday 7th October at Hawkinge Crematorium, see the funeral notice for more information.

KSSA Annual Regatta 2019 at Whitstable Yacht Club on 14th September 2019 - Report

A gloriously sunny day, 40+ boats, 60+ young sailors and a host of willing volunteers all held up by the disappointing lack of wind. However Race Officer, Tom Bruton’s wise decision to have an early lunch was rewarded. The afternoon saw 3 races and some great sailing, with kites flying well and trapezes in use by several boats. Whitstable was well represented by our cadets sailing 14 boats of whom 4 finished in the top 20. A few learned a tough lesson about black flags but won themselves a prize of a plastic duck. Congratulations to all our young sailors, you did us proud.
None of this would have been possible without a significant volunteer effort. KSSA’s excellent organisation, ably supported by Richard Maltby and his willing team of volunteers produced a superb event. Many thanks to everyone who helped produce such a brilliant day, we couldn’t have done it without you!
For a full report on the event, see www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/222222, and for the full results for the event see kssa.co.uk/results-awards.

Whitstable Marine Environment Group

We’re pleased to announce that WYC will be supporting Whitstable’s Marine Environment Group by providing storage space for their beach cleaning equipment. Reducing rubbish and making the beach and sea safer and cleaner for all is a cause close to our hearts, and we’re looking forward to working with the Marine Environment Group in the future. If you’re interested in finding out more, or joining their monthly beach clean activities, see their Facebook page at facebook.com/MarineEnvironmentGroup/.

WYC Craft Group

Calling all our “crafty” members!  An inaugural get together is planned on Wednesday 2 October at 7pm in the club’s committee room.  Please come along and bring whatever project you are working on whether it’s knitting, crochet, weaving or something else.  The plan is to meet up on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any queries, please contact Sally at sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk.

WYC Cruiser Class Facebook Page

Hi, all. Just wanted to draw your attention to the new Whitstable Yacht Club Cruiser Class Facebook group. Please signal interest in our activities by visiting the page and liking it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/292629051660997/
Further details can be found on posters in the Sea Room. Hope to hear from any fellow cruisers soon… ⛵️
Jeremy Scott, Cruiser Class Captain

WYC winners at the UK Laser National Championships

Congratulations to WYC sailors Max Hunt and Jeff Loosemore at the 2019 UK Laser National Championships at Largs Sailing Club. Max came in First Grand Master, with 21st Laser Radial overall, and Jeff Loosemore took First Great Grand Master with 15th Laser Radial overall.

Whitstable Week - Full Report


Shame about the weather, but what a great week anyway! Whitstable Week often provides a selection of weather for the sailors, but this year took it to an extreme. Monday saw great sailing with a nice southwesterly 2-3, Tuesday was blown off and given over to the braver of the WYC windsurfing community. Wednesday saw a very windy and gusty day, but 13 boats managed to squeeze a race in, and Thursday & Friday saw a dead calm off Whitstable with not a breath of wind all afternoon forcing abandonment. However, with three races sailed we had results, and Dickie and Donna on their Dart 18 took the Oyster Trophy for first place overall, along with the Westminster Bank Trophy for the first placed Small Catamaran.
On the land side, the week was more successful, with a vinyl experience (supported mainly by Mike Oliver’s eclectic collection!) on Monday, a packed quiz night on Wednesday, dressing up and dressing down for cocktails on Thursday, and a great show from Andy Jackson’s band SILT on Friday.
Congratulations to the prize winners, and thank you to all the members who helped run the event. Also thanks to the Sheriff of Canterbury, Councillor Jeanette Stockley who presented the Whitstable Week trophies!
For the prize winners, click below, and for the full results go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.

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Whitstable Week - Day 3

Once again, a pretty accurate forecast, if a little optimistic for Whitstable! With the wind reading up to 25 knots from the end of the West Quay, a reduced fleet of 13 boats took to sea for race 3 of Whitstable Week. The strong south westerly breeze kicked up quite a swell, and caused quite a challenge for the sailors and the Race team, with marks that didn’t want to anchor and boats that didn’t want to stay upright! A lot of the fleet capsized at some point during the race, including a pitchpole by Robert Govier, single handed on his Dart 18, which lost him his significant lead the first place to Dickie and Donna on their Dart 18. Stephen and Julie in the only Tasar on the water put in a strong performance to take third, and Mark Holweger battled with the Laser fleet to take forth.
Due to a number of boats having problems (unfortunately including a broken mast for Rien on his Blaze), and marks which continued to pick up and drift, the Race Officer made the popular decision to cancel the remaining races, and let the sailors ashore to tell their war stories in the bar! This cements Dickie and Donna’s lead at the top of the table with two firsts and a second, with Mark Holweger in second place and a tie for third place between Stephen and Julie in their Tasar, Kevin Hall and Charlie Campion in their Lasers, so a lot to play for going into Thursday when it can all change!
With a lighter and sunnier forecast for Thursday and Friday, there are 3 races scheduled for day 4 and 2 for day 5, with both days starting at 2pm. And two more days of socials at the club, with a range of club cocktails available from the bar on Thursday night, and a full on finale party for Friday! See you at the club.

Whitstable Week - Day 2

Unfortunately the weather forecast was pretty spot on for Whitstable today. A windy morning, and a very windy afternoon put a stop to any Whitstable Week racing (even the Laser sailors felt it was too windy!). However some intrepid windsurfers did go out, and put on a good high speed show for the sailors on the decking.
Racing continues tomorrow from 2pm, and as we’ve lost a day, we’re planning 3 races a day for Wednesday and Thursday. If you haven’t already made it down and registered for the week, there’s still time. You can join in for the rest of the week or just a day of sailing. Whitstable Week registration forms are available from the bar. 
And don’t forget the social events for the rest of the week. The traditional ‘Laid Back Quiz’ on Wednesday night is guarenteed to be popular, so get down early to get settled before the 7.30pm start. Don’t forget to bring some brain food! On Thursday night the Commodore invites you to a cocktail reception - dress up or dress down to come along and enjoy some old classics and some new club creations (not just the usual club signature ‘spicy-dickie’!). And Friday night is the famous finale party with prize giving, excellent ‘indian platter’ from the Canterbury Curry Club, and Andy Jackson’s band ‘SILT’! 
**Correction to yesterday’s post - It was Andrew Provan in a Spiderman rash vest who helped Fef right her boat, not Kevin in a Superman rash vest as previously reported. Apparently when you’re upside down in the water, all superhero Laser sailors look the same!**

Whitstable Week 2019 - Day 1 Report

Whitstable Week started in style on Monday 29th July with warm sunshine and a southwesterly force 2-3. The competitive but friendly spirit of Whitstable Week started early, when Fef capsized and turtled her Streaker near to the start line with a few minutes to go before the start gun. Laser sailor Andy (wearing a spiderman rash vest no less!) jumped in, swam over and helped her right the boat before the support rib could get close, well done Andy!
The racing got going from the Committee Boat at 11am sharp with 36 boats taking part (including Fef and Kevin), from a Tornado to a Topper! With some big holes and large shifts in the wind across the large first race course, tactics were important, but there was close racing throughout the fleets. A particularly dramatic finish saw Andy and Yvo steel a place from Steve and Julie in their Tasars after a last minute tack forced just before the line by the incoming Tornado on Starboard.
Despite needing some help to find the finish line, and being out of practice sailing at Whitstable, Mark Howleger took the first place on handicap in his Laser, with Tom Oliver snapping at his heels in 2nd place in his Laser Radial. Dickie Ledger and crew Donna came in third on their Dart 18.
Race two kicked off after a quick turnaround, with a slightly shorter course, but similar conditions. The fleet spread out a little more, and Dickie and Donna pulled away to take a strong first place. Tony Dod, sailing his Dart 18 single-handed found the wind in the right places to significantly improve from his 15th place in race one to take 2nd place in race two, and Rien Zolvold took third, up from 11th in race one. This puts Dickie and Donna in first place at the end of Day One, followed by Mark Howledger with a 1st and 7th, and Charles Campion with a consistent 5th and 4th.
Racing starts at 2pm on Tuesday, with strong winds forecast for the next two days! See the full results on the website at wyc.org.uk/results/Whitstable_Week_all_in_results_2019.html, and go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more information on Whitstable Week 2019.

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