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It’s the last race of the year, the Winter Series Prize Giving, and the club Christmas Lunch on Sunday at WYC!

The last race of the year is scheduled for this Sunday at 1pm. The forecast isn’t great, but experience this year has shown it can change significantly, so hopefully we’ll get a sail in!
After sailing, at approximately 3pm, we’ll award prizes for the Winter Series. Please come along to celebrate the 2019 sailing season, and those sailors who made it out in the final months!
Following Prize Giving will be the WYC Christmas Lunch. We still have 8 places left for our festive feast of traditional roast breast of Turkey, pigs in blankets, all the trimmings, fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by Christmas pudding and brandy sauce AND a liquor! It’s only £16 and worth every penny. If you haven’t booked already call the club/or pop in.
See you Sunday!

Goodbye Laurette!

We’re sorry to announce that our Bar Manager, Laurette Dawson, is leaving WYC after moving away from Whitstable. Although Laurette has officially done her last day, she has kindly agreed to come in Mondays to help training the new Bar Supervisor who will be starting in new year.
There will be a thank-you presentation on the 9th dec at 11.45 by Bar committee. Thank you to Laurette for looking after us and pulling many pints over the last few years, enjoy your new home and best wishes for the future!

Roy Hamilton

We’re saddened to announce the passing of WYC member Roy Hamilton after a brief illness.
His first foray into the world of sailing ended ignominiously when he and his friend Reg managed to sink a dinghy off Harty Ferry! His first sailing club was Rye Harbour, but his sailing career really took off when he discovered catamarans and Seasalter Sailing Club, where he helped to build the clubhouse that still stands today. Roy sailed and built a number of Swifts, also building some for others, progressing on to Condors and then Hurricanes.
It was with a Hurricane that he first joined Whitstable Yacht Club, Seasalter’s loss being very much WYC’s gain. He progressed on to a Tornado with which he ended his sailing career, much of the time partnered by his friend Karen Ludgate.
Roy took part in many local, national and international sailing competitions and it is a measure of the regard with which he was held that, even after his retirement from sailing in his seventies, well-known cat sailors came to pay their respects to him. These included David Williams, Ian Rhodes, Kevin Dutch, Grant Piggott, Will Sunnucks and Simon Northrop. He was always on hand to give advice and practical assistance to other sailors, making sure that borrowed tools were always returned!
He was an active social member of both the Seasalter and Whitstable clubs, even after he had stopped sailing in the case of WYC, being a regular at the coffee mornings otherwise known as the ‘Grumpy Old Gits Club”.
For those who were privileged to meet him he was a kind, generous and dignified man with a ready and mischievous sense of humour and fair play. To say he will be missed is to put it mildly. He was a legend.

Draft WYC 2020 Sailing Schedule

The draft sailing schedule is now available to download here. Some race times and events may change, but this version is 90% complete. If you have any feedback on the planned schedule, please come along to the Meeting of Sailors on 24th November, or contact the Rear Commodore Sailing or your Class Captain.

Race Recorders needed for the 2020 season - No experience necessary!

Fed up with sitting on the beach waiting for sailing to finish? Want to get involved, but don’t wish to sail? Interested in meeting more people in the club?
We need you, join the team, become a Race Recorder!
No experience necessary! Full Training provided, plus an ongoing support system. Free Social membership available for Recorders.
Call or email the Club Office for more information, and contact details of current Recorder team for a chat.

Prize Giving 2019 - Congratulations Prize Winners!

Congratulations to all of the prize winners who collected their trophies on Saturday night, and thank you to everyone who came along to support them, and who gave up their time to help set up for the evening!
In particular, congratulations to this year’s winners of the special awards for significant accomplishments in 2019:
The Jo Edmondson Cup for the Most Deserving Lady went to Tizzie Lambert;
The Len Sharp Trophy for Good Sportsmanship went to Andrew Guerin (Laser);
The Gaye Woolven Trophy for the Largest Cat Turnout for the year went to Robert Govier & David Figgis (F18/Tornado);
The Hamlin Trophy for Perseverance went to Todd Mei (Windsurfer);
The Richard Hollis trophy for the Highest Turnout went to Kevin Hall (Laser);
The Whitstable Salt Bowl for the Highest Merlin turnout went to John Cooper (Merlin Rocket);
The Merlin Helmsman Trophy for the Merlin Helmsman of the Year went to Huw Reynolds (Merlin Rocket);
The John Griffiths Trophy for the Best Merlin Crew went to Pheobe Paine (Merlin Rocket);
The Oades Cadet Trophy for the Best All Round Cadet went to Harry Wilson;
The Tony & Liz Love Trophy for Cadet Participation in club racing went to Tom Oliver (Laser);
The General Purpose Dinghy Trophy for the General Purpose Dinghy Trophy went to Richard Maltby (Wanderer);
The Allan Barnes Trophy for the Allan Barnes “Contribution to Sailing” Award went to John Berrington; and
The John Day Trophy for the John Day “Laser Sailor of the Year” Award went to Tony Clements.
For the full list of winners, download them here: 2019_prizegivingV3.pdf
Don’t forget, there’s still the Winter Series to race, every Sunday until 15th December, and the Winter Series Prize Giving on 15th December after racing.

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).

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!

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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