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Reminder: Social events at WYC

This Saturday we have the WYC Christmas Craft Fair, 11am-2pm. Sell your crafts, or buy some great Christmas gifts! If you'd like a table, contact Andrea Oliver. And on Sunday, Keith will be serving up a Sunday Roast with all the trimmings after sailing at 4.30pm.
Next weekend we have Phil and Ian's Laid Back Quiz Night on Friday (30th Nov) night from 7.30, and the Merlin Rocket Class Supper on Saturday night from 7pm.
See you there!
And don't forget to buy your Christmas Raffle tickets from the bar... the prize list is growing, and you really don't want to miss out!

2018/19 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Thank you to all those members who have renewed their memberships on time. However, there are a number outstanding and these may be subject to a late payment charge from 1 December 2018. If you have mislaid your renewal form, please download from our website http://wyc.org.uk/members/Subscriptions and return with payment to Sally Gostelow, Membership Secretary or, alternatively, give Sally a call on 01227 272942, Mondays or Tuesdays only.

Elma Smedley

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Elma Smedley (Wilby) after a short illness. She will be greatly missed by husband Paul and her children Geoff, Lizzie and Sarah.
Elma was a longstanding member of WYC and one of those ‘stand out’ great characters, never to be forgotten. She and Gaye Woolven were a riotous partnership in their Dart 15 ‘Tiddly Too’. She was always at the centre of the social scene ashore, while at the same time a kind and caring person who will be well remembered and loved by the many people whom she treated at the Harbour Medical Centre.
Paul and Elma loved their sailing and were regulars acting as committee vessel for the Swale Regatta each year, they were also great classic car buffs travelling many miles in Paul’s Morgan three wheeler and Austin 7.
Please pass on your messages of condolence onto Sally at the club and we will be sure to pass these on to Paul.

It’s Ian and Phil’s Laid Back Quiz Night on Friday 30th November from 7.30pm!

Back by popular demand, it's Ian and Phil's Laid Back Quiz Night on Friday 30th November from 7.30pm! Come along and join a team, bring your own cheese, crackers, olives, or other brain food to keep you quizzing!

Surplus heavy duty bolts

The club has a quantity of unused surplus heavy duty galvanised bolts, nuts and washers. They were purchased as part of the original plans to repair the ramp, plans that were superseded by the need for the complete rebuild this year.
These may be of interest to members involved in engineering/construction, for further details regarding quantities and purchase price please contact Beachmaster Kelvin Tolson.The kit details are as follows:
M20/300 galvanised bolts grade 8.8
M20/360 galvanised bolts grade 8.8
M20 galvanised nuts grade 8.8
M20 type “G” galvanised washers grade

Laying Up Supper Thanks, and next Social dates

Thank you to Hanne Mällinen-Scott, Jeremy Scott and their team for putting on such a great Laying Up Supper on Saturday night! The Nordic themed dinner was delicious, with nothing but positive comments by all who attended.
The next Social event is Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas this Friday night from 7pm, laid on by Keith from the coffee hut. You can pre-order from Keith at £7 per person, and there'll be limited availability to turn up on the night! There's the WYC Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 24th November, 11am-2pm (tables £10, see Andrea Oliver to book). The Sunday Roast which was due to be held this Sunday has had to be postponed due to staffing issues, and will now be held after sailing (approx 4.30pm) on Sunday 25th November. And there's a quiz night planned for Friday 30th November!

WYC Christmas Raffle

Tickets for the WYC Christmas Raffle are now available from the bar. Prizes include a gliding lesson, a fresh turkey, hampers and other great prizes! All proceeds will go to the Ramp Fund, and the raffle will be drawn on Christmas Eve (the Turkey and any Christmas essential prizes will be drawn after the last race of the season to allow time to prepare!).

WYC Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair at WYC on 24th November, 11am to 2pm. Crafts, gifts and cakes! If you'd like a stall, please contact Andrea Oliver.

Prize Giving 2018 - Well done to the winners!

Well done to all of the prize winners for the 2018 sailing season so far. In particular, congratulations to this year's winners of the special awards for significant accomplishments in 2018:
Most Deserving Lady - Liz North.
Good Sportsmanship - Pat Edmondson.
Largest Cat Turnout for the year - Richard Ledger.
Perseverance - Sally Newcombe.
Highest Turnout - Kevin Hall, Laser.
Highest Merlin turnout - Martin Akers/John Gibbons.
Merlin Helmsman of the Year - Phil Emery.
Best Merlin Crew - Julie Nuttall.
Best All Round Cadet - Alex Wilson.
Cadet Participation in club racing - Tom Oliver, Laser/RS Feva.
Best Wanderer in 4 series - Richard Maltby.
General Purpose Dinghy Trophy - Richard Maltby.
Allan Barnes “Contribution to Sailing” Award - Fef Griffin.
Laser Sailor of the Year – John Day Trophy - Charles Campion.
You can download the full list of prize winners here: 2018_prizegiving.pdf. If you weren't able to make it to Prize Giving, please contact Sally in the office to collect your trophy or prize!
Don't forget, there's still the Winter Series to race, every Sunday until 9th December, and the Winter Series Prize Giving on 9th December after racing.

Great Roast!

If you weren't there on Sunday, you missed a great meal! Here's a review from one of the diners:
"We had a fabulous meal - beautifully cooked and plenty of it. The pud was divine - orange chocolate bread and butter pudding with custard - to die for! Big thanks from all six of us to ‘Keith’s Crew’ they did him proud and we are all looking forward to the next one. A wonderful Sunday - great food, great company and a glass or two of wine - perfect."
Keep an eye out for the next one!

Dates for your 2019 diary - Events confirmed

The 2019 programme is coming together. The full schedule will be released in the new year, but if you're already planning your 2019 summer, here are the dates to plan to be at WYC!

  • The Whitstable Forts Race, 18th & 19th May. New date and format for 2019, and now part of the Allen Endurance Series, so open to monohulls!

  • Wanderer Open, 15th & 16th June. Racing Saturday, Cruise on Sunday!

  • Merlin Rocket and Tasar Open, 22nd & 23rd June.

  • LaserFest '19, 13th & 14th July.

  • Whitstable Week, 29th July to 2nd August.

  • CadetFest, 12th to 16th August.

  • KSSA Autumn Regatta, 14th September.

  • Tornado National Championships, 28th & 29th September.

Dart 18 Open at WYC - Report

Whitstable Yacht Club welcomed the Dart 18 fleet for GP7, which was the last TT event of the Dart 18 season, and the last Open event hosted by WYC in 2018! 28 boats entered, including travellers from as far afield as Yorkshire, with the Dart 18 showing its diversity and ability to attract sailors from across age ranges, and including all male, all female, mixed crews and single-handers. Despite only two races, Whitstable Yacht Club demonstrated once again it's ability to run a quality event, and be a popular destination for sailors and their families! Overall results from the two races saw Rob and Fi from Worthing Sailing Club take the undisputed first place overall, with Dan and Alyesha from Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club in a well deserved second. David and Chris from Portsmouth SC consistently stayed at the top of the fleet, with their 5th and 3rd place putting them in third overall. Top Whitstable Yacht Club boat was Abby and David , and the first single hander was Tony, also from WYC! Full results can be seen at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Thanks to all of the volunteers and staff from Whitstable Yacht Club for working hard to put on the event, and thanks to the travelling Dart 18 fleet for coming to the club and being such a friendly bunch!
Full report available on Yachts and Yachting, and photos from the event can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/134975423@N08/sets/72157702626354914.

Safety Boat Course

Our friends at Oyster Coast Watersports, on the other side of the harbour, will be running a Safety Boat course on the weekend of the 23-24th of March 2019. It is usually £250, but WYC members get a 40% discount, so £150 if you use the promotional code WYC40! All people taking part in the course need to be over 16 and already have a power boat level 2 certificate, but if you don't yet have your PB2, talk to OCW and they may be able to fit you in for that as well!

Thursday Night Bingo Thanks

Thanks to everyone who attended the Thursday Night Bingo, organised by the staff of Whitstable White Stuff. 58 people attended and they raised a fantastic £355 or their charity RDA in Canterbury!

2018/19 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH

Dear Members, membership renewals are due by 31st October 2018. If you did not receive my earlier email or, mislaid it, you can download the forms here. Please return them to me either electronically or via post by the end of the month. Many thanks, Sally Gostelow (Membership Secretary), sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk More ›

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