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Cadet and Family Session, Programme for Saturday 1st April, Start 12.00

This week’s Programme: Saturday 1st April. Start 12.00 Club Race 14.00 HW 16.34. The main group is for cadets and parents who can sail a triangular course and wish to improve their sailing and/or racing expertise. If you are a beginner or not yet able to sail a triangular course the learner group (cadets only) is for you. More ›

Asymmetric and Catamaran Fleet Racing

After consultation with the members of the classes, and confirmation at the March Sailing Committee meeting we will be trialing the combination of the Asymmetric, Small and Big Catamaran classes into a single fleet, with one start, and average lap racing on a windward/leeward course. This will mean that the Asymmetric class will start with on the third start with the Catamarans, and the Small Catamarans will race windward/leeward courses. Where there are no boats racing from the Asymmetric and Big Cat fleets, the Small Cats may choose to race a triangle course with the agreement of the Race Officer. This change will start from the beginning of the Easter Nip series. Any questions or comments on this change, please contact your Class Captain, or the Rear Commodore Sailing.

Ramp repairs and hazard awareness

The first phase of work on the club ramp following the storm damage has now been completed. It has been necessary to remove much of the lower section of the ramp leaving the sub-structure exposed until the rebuilding activity takes place. Members are reminded to keep well clear of the line of the ramp when leaving and returning to the beach. As the plans for rebuilding the ramp are finalised a further update will be provided regarding the expected return to use.

Reminder - No parking on the Beach or West Quay

No Parking SignAs we start the new sailing season at Whitstable Yacht Club members and visitors are reminded that car parking is not permitted on the Beach or West Quay without the express permission from the Club Manager. If you need to drive onto the Beach or West Quay areas for drop off or pick up, please drive carefully, do not block any boats, and stay with or near your vehicle at all times.

Cadets’ appeal: Boat trolley for small training power boat

We have been offered a small power boat for use with cadets sessions. This would be very useful for inshore training and cadet sessions. We just need one thing to put it into service - a boat trolley. Does anyone, please, have a boat trolley that they would be willing to donate or lend? We should be able to adapt almost any trolley to take the 6hp boat. Any offers please to club.principal@wyc.org.uk.

Whitstable Town Regatta - Racing still to take place!

Whitstable Town RegattaYou may have seen reports in the press over the last few weeks about the cancelling of this year's Town Regatta event on Tankerton Slopes by the Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club. Contrary to some of those reports, the 224 year old Regatta will still live on, in the original form of a sailing competition on the water between the town's best sailors! Whitstable Yacht Club will once again run the 2 days of racing on the 12th and 13th August this year, inviting sailors from Tankerton Bay Sailing Club and Seasalter Sailing Club to compete in the event, and continuing on in the spirit of the first ever event on Tuesday 7th August 1792!
We would like to thank the Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club for all the hard work they have put in organising the Regatta festivities over the last 40 years, and for all of the money they have raised for local charities.

WYC Club Safety Manual and Sailing Instructions - Updated for 2017

As the new sailing season is about to begin, we'd like to draw all members attention to two important documents which have been updated for the new season:

The Club Safety Manual covers Safety across the club, both on and off the water, and should be read by all members. It covers member's responsibility and the processes which need to be followed to enjoy safe use of the club, and what should be done in the event of an incident. This document has been fully reviewed and updated for the new season following an incident on the water during the Forts Race in 2016. This document is on the club website, on the club notice board, available from the Office, and in the WYC Race Box and Committee Boat.

The WYC Sailing Instructions have been updated for the 2017 season. We will be racing under the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 going forward, and some additional changes have been made which are specific to WYC:
- Minimum Insurance Cover for all craft increased to £3million in line with the club rules.
- Addition of rule 10.2 to make the area around the oyster beds to the West of the club a prohibited area
- Update to rule 14.2 to correct the colour of the finishing flag on the Committee Boat
- Addition of rule 17.2 to clarify the position on redress for a member performing a rostered duty.
In addition, members should note two corrections to the SIs issued in the 2017 WYC Programme:
- Correction to rule 1.1 to change the RRS to 2017-2020
- Correction to rule 8.1.4 and 8.2 to include the Cadets warning signal and flag

Both these, and other important documents, such as the Club Rules, the Notes for the Race Officer, and links to the Racing Rules of Sailing and the Canterbury City Council foreshore department can be found at http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules.

Bar price increases

As from Tuesday 7th February there will be a small increase in some products due to increase costs in bar operation.

TV Donation

Larry has kindly bought the Club a new TV for the bar area for all the support he has received since his beloved wife passed away recently.

Bob Long (updated)

We regret to report that Bob Long passed away on Wednesday. Bob was a very active member of the Merlin Rocket Class, particularly in the early days of the class in the 50s and 60s, although he was actively sailing them at Whitstable until around 2007. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. His funeral will be on Friday 10th February at 12 noon at Charing Crematorium. Donations to the British Heart Foundation or via John Kemp Funeral Directors, 26 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH.

WYC Cadets Easter Sailing Courses

Places are selling fast for the amazing value courses for the Easter Sailing courses at Westbere lake.
Week one 4-6 April only one space left.
Week two 11-13 April only a few spaces left
We are pleased to confirm dates for bookings so far received. From now on please book the second week to have more chance of getting a place.
These courses are incredible value at just £65 for the 3 day courses. Please call the office or Richard Maltby, the Club Principal, for more details.

Safety Boat and Power Boat courses

Oyster Coast Water Sports on the East side of the Harbour will be running an RYA Safety Boat Course on 1st and 2nd April, and WYC members can get a significant discount on the price! An RYA Power Boat Level 2 is a pre-requisite requirement for the course, but they'll also be running PB2 courses this year. Contact them at info@oystercoastwatersports.co.uk for more information, and mention you're a WYC member!

Diane Lamberton

We regret to report that Diane Lamberton passed away last Wednesday. Our deepest condolences. A very great loss not only for Larry and for Diane's family, but also for the RNLI and Whitstable communities, who she loved and who loved her in return. She will be greatly missed by all of us at WYC. Diane’s funeral will be at Barham Crematorium on Tuesday 31st January at 3.20pm.

Storm damage to the club ramp

Ramp damage
Many members will already have seen, either in person or from the photos on social media, that the WYC club ramp has suffered significant damage in the storms on Friday. A group of club members, including those with experience in construction and marine engineering, have been working to enact repairs and maintenance on the ramp. However as the phrase goes, "no plan survives contact with the enemy", and unfortunately the sea has acted quicker to destruct the ramp, than we could apply the fixes to strengthen the ramp! A small team, (thanks David, Phil, Ian and Robert!) spent Saturday morning recovering a large section of the ramp and ensuring that it is not lost, and can't do further damage, but more of the ramp is loose and will need further repair.
We will be assessing the ramp over the coming week, and doing further work to dismantle the section covered by water to understand how much of the structure is sound, and how much will need to be replaced. We will provide further information when we know more.
Please do not use or walk on the section of the ramp covered by the tide at this time as it is dangerous.

Birds eye view - Drone video footage of Winter Series Race 5

Great footage shot by B14 sailor Mark Barnes and edited by Laser sailor Paul Kelly showing highlights from the Winter Series Race 5 on 27th November last year. Seeing the racing from this angle really brings a new dimension to the sport, thanks Mark and Paul!

Laser by Drone from Paul Kelly on Vimeo.

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