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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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MISLAID WETSUIT No2

We have another mislaid wetsuit, sadly with no identifying marks.  Gill long leg sleeveless with red internal lining, size L.  Gone missing from the Gents drying rail.  Happily the previous one that went missing has been returned. Please return to office if found. Sailing Sec

Whitstable Week 2019 - Social and Sailing

We have a great schedule planned for Whitstable Week 2019, including a vinyl night, quiz night, Cocktails with the Commodore, and Andrew Jackson’s band Silt! Don’t forget, due to the tides this year, Monday’s racing starts at 11am, with 2pm starts for the rest of the week. It’s only 2 weeks away!
For the full details, Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, see wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

Whitstable Week 2019 - Can you help?

We need some additional volunteers for crewing Safety Boats during Whitstable Week (29th July to 2nd August). No experience needed, if you’re fit enough to sail you should be able to crew a Safety Boat! If you’re available for any of the days (from 9.30am to ~2.30pm on Monday, or 12.20pm to ~5.30pm Tue, Wed, Thur or Fri), please contact Robert Govier at rear.comm.sailing@wyc.org.uk

Oyster Trestles - Warning and incident reporting

As we get into the busy summer season at Whitstable, please don’t forget about the hazard to sailors, windsurfers, swimmers and other water users (even at high tide) caused by the Oyster Trestles to the West of Whitstable Yacht Club.
You are strongly recommended not to go within the area marked by the yellow Hazard Buoys.
During racing, the area between the yellow Hazard Buoys and the shore is a prohibited area. Sailing within this area will result in disqualification (Rule 10.2).
If you see someone in trouble in this area, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Please report any incidents or ‘near misses’ to the club. There is an Incident Book behind the bar, or you can email reports to office@wyc.org.uk

Mislaid wetsuit

If anyone has mistakenly taken home a Gill long leg sleeveless wetsuit from the drying rail in the Gents changing room, could they please return it promptly. It can be identified by a small repair on the left calf and red internal lining.  Sailing Sec.

B14, Merlin Rocket and Taser Open photos

Photos taken by Nick Champion from the recent Open events are now available to view and buy on his website. There’s a set from the B14 Open, and
Merlin Rocket and Taser Open set 1 and
Merlin Rocket and Taser Open set 2. You can access the photos from these events, and many others, at www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/.

Merlin Rocket Open at WYC - Report and Photos

An excellent fleet of 28 boats assembled at one the class’s oldest venues, Whitstable, for the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller round 15, combined with a Tasar open (see post below!). The racing conditions could only be described as perfect with a cloudless sky and 15-18 knots of Easterly providing planing reaches and nice waves to surf down.  As well as great sailing, WYC club band Merlin and the Rockets put on a great show for competitors and members alike on Saturday night, showing WYC knows how to party as well as sail! The full report is now available at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/219022/Merlin-Rockets-at-Whitstable, and results are up on the WYC website at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Merlin Rocket Class Captain Paul thanked all the volunteers from WYC who helped put on such a great event, and to the Laser sailors who moved their boats to make space!
Photo credit - Nick Champion - http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/

Tasar Open at WYC - Report and Photos

Following the success of the Tasar Nationals at the end of May, a fleet of 14 boats assembled for an Open Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club over the weekend of 22nd/23rd June (combined with the Merlin Rocket fleet - see post above!) on what turned out to be a glorious, and rare, weekend combining both sun and Force 3-4 winds. A full report can be read at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/219288/Tasars-at-Whitstable, and the full results can be found at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
From Class Captain Ali Nicholson: “On behalf of the Tasar Class, many thanks to Whitstable Yacht Club and all its members and volunteers who helped to put on such a fantastic event.  Special thanks as always to the Laser Class for making room for the visitors!.”
Photo credit - Nick Champion - http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/

Website updated!

You may have noticed some minor changes to the WYC website today. We’ve had an upgrade! All the information is still here, but the website is now ‘responsive’ so should look better on mobile phones, etc. If you encounter any problems with the website, please contact robert.govier@wyc.org.uk.

Michael Bushe

We’re sorry to report the death of Michael Bushe. Mike was a member of the WYC cruiser class in the 90s and 2000s.

His funeral will be on Wednesday 10th July. Mass 10.30 at Our lady of the immaculate conception, Kingsdown Park Road, Burial at circa 11.30 at cemetery, wake at the Marine Hotel, Tankerton from 1.00pm. All who new him are welcome to attend.

Wanderer Open Report

Sailors from across England gathered at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday (15th June) in honour of veteran champion dinghy sailor, Gavin Barr, and to compete in the Wanderer Open.

Whitstable YC Club President Larry Lamberton MBE presented a new trophy in the form of a scaled down 14 : 1 model of a Wanderer. Crafted in stainless steel by Whitstable blacksmith Rob Pitman, the trophy captures the sails’ shape from Gavin’s match winning boat, “Thistle”.

Event organiser Richard Maltby said, “Sailing for this beautiful trophy is part of putting the Wanderer Open firmly in Whitstable’s events programme. For the inaugural race to be won in Gavin Barr’s boat by his son Tim with Mark Skipper (Gavin’s usual crew) could not have been a more perfect result, though that now makes Tim the new helm to beat.”

Following a BBQ, Gavin entertained the gathering with his guitar and a few songs including the now infamous Pirate song, “Where does a pirate go shopping? Aaarghos. “What is a pirate’s favourite Christmas carol?” We Three Kings of Orient, Aaargh.

For a full report on the event.

Special offer for WYC golfers

Whitstable and Seasalter Golf ClubWhitstable and Seasalter Golf Club are kindly offering discounted green fees to WYC members. The discounts are £3 per round for up to 3 players, or 4 players for 3. To take advantage of the offer members will need to produce a WYC green fee discount card, the cards will placed at the end of the bar over the next week. The cards are single use and will be given up to the golf club when arriving for a game. This is a new initiative for both clubs and we are both keen for it to succeed, any feedback from members will be most welcome.

Coming Soon: WYC LaserFest’19

A brief public service message from Capt Mike:
Saturday 13th July.

•13:00 hrs There will be some Laser sailing.
•There will be some drinking.
•17.00 – 19.00 hrs there will be some eating, bring and share B B Q.
•There will be some more drinking.
•20.30 – 23.00 hrs live band ‘Sold on Soul’
•There will be some sleeping.
Sunday 14th July.
•11:00 hrs There will be more Laser sailing.
•There will be some prizegiving.
•There may be some more drinking!

All members invited to Laser sail and/or socialise.
For the latest information, see the LaserFest website or follow the event on social on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Reclaimed WYC ramp wood used in winning Chelsea Flower Show garden!

Joe Perkins DesignWood that was stripped off the WYC ramp during repairs last year has been recycled into a gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by Joe Perkins Design! The wood was reclaimed by Ashwells Reclaimed Timber and then used in the garden “Beyond the Screen” which was awarded a gold medal in the Best Space to Grow category.

Read more on Kent Online, or check out the Joe Perkins Design website.

It’s never too late to learn to sail!

“On 20th May Ruth Oliver, bless her, took her life in her hands to give the ‘oldest beginners’ at the club their first sailing lesson. She risked life and limb to guide us through our two day RYA level 1!! Ruth’s patience and wonderful instruction helped us achieve our aim and despite Barbara suffering from sea sickness and Tizzie having chronic indigestion on day 1 we were awarded our certificate at the end of day two - whoopee! We have now learned lots of sailing ‘terminology and tied loads of knots - hope our ancient brains can remember it all!

We will be taking level 2 with Ruth in September, if she can put up with us again!

A massive thanks to Ruth and Whitstable Yacht Club.”

Tizzie and Barbara

If you’d like to learn to sail, go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training for information and contact details.

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