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We’re sorry to announce that the Laser European Qualifier planned for this weekend has been cancelled. Whitstable Yacht Club has worked closely with the UK Laser Class Association, and we’ve reluctantly agreed that this is the right decision in line with the class/event rules, based on the extreme weather forecast. Competitors who have already registered and members of the class association will receive more information on the cancellation and future plans shortly.

Cadet and families session - this week

Please note that owing to the Laser International event no other sailing is scheduled for the coming weekend, 21-22 October. The next cadets' session will be on Saturday 28 October followed by the Halloween party.

One place is still available on the Autumn Half Term course for stage 2 or stage 3 at Westbere lake on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October with a third day at WYC on either Wednesday 25 or Thursday 26 depending on conditions. The course would be suitable for a cadet who has taken stage one or wishing to consolidate their ability at the higher levels. Please contact Richard or Ruth asap for details:



Please contact Sally Gostelow ( if you would like to support WYC's 2018 programme by advertising your business within it. More ›

Laser World and European Qualifiers, 21st-22nd October - boat parking moves

The Laser Qualifiers at Whitstable Yacht Club is nearly upon us with 100+ boats expected! To make room for our visiting sailors, the whole of the beach in front of the club from the ramp to the first groyne to the west needs to be cleared of all boats. If your boat is parked on this beach, please move it to the aisles of the next beaches along. Please park neatly and try not to block the aisles completely. Any boats not moved by Monday 16th October will be cleared by a working party during the week.
There is no club sailing that weekend, so if you are at a loose end, please come down and watch the racing or even better help out! We could still do with some extra volunteers in the Harbour on both days. Please email Peter Gowing at if you can help.
Many thanks in advance to all the volunteers who have pledged to help in running this prestigious event.

Boat, trolley and cover markings

A few recent incidents have highlighted the importance of being able to identify boats and equipment, especially covers and trolleys. This aids identification of boats at sea (for example in the event that a boat does not return as expected), and can aid in recovery of boats and equipment if they are stolen or damaged. Covers and trolleys should be labelled with a sail number, surname and boat class. This does not need to be visible when the boat is put away, so can be on the underside of the cover or trolley. Boats should also have their WYC parking sticker clearly displayed, and readable when the boat is parked and covered.
The WYC Storage and Boat Parking policy has been updated to include “Trolleys, trailers, covers and any other equipment left on the beach when you go sailing must also be clearly labelled with your sail number and name to aid identification in the event of an incident.”

New lock on Upper Rigden’s Shed

The lock has a new code. Members who need access should contact the Office, Club Bar or a member of the General or Sailing Committees.

Cadets and Families meeting - 28th October

We will hold a short meeting on 28th October between the end of the Cadets Sailing session and the start of the Halloween party (exact timing TBC) to elect a new Cadet Committee for the 2018 season. Up to 6 adults and 6 children can be elected to server for one year on the Cadet Committee, to act as the point of coordination for Cadet activities at WYC. One of the adult members of the Committee will be elected Chairperson, and two of the child members will be elected to attend Sailing Committee meetings. If you, your children or your parents want to know more about this opportunity, or are interested in standing, please contact Fef Griffin at, or talk to the current Committee members (Fef Griffin, Susan Sellar, Paul McNally, Rosana Mesquita, Caspar Davies, Alex Harwood or Conor Lamb).

Halloween Fancy Dress Parties - Saturday 28th October

HalloweenThe fun begins here with a spooky fright night at WYC. Dressing up is a must for all with food and fun!
The Cadets party follows the last Cadets and Families sailing session, from 5-7pm. Hotdogs, spooky treats and games. Fancy dress is a must, prizes for the best dressed! Bring your carved pumpkin, prize for best one! £5 per head to cover food and treats! Tickets in advance from the bar.
The Adults party picks up where the Cadets left off from 7pm - till late. Chilli and treats. Prize for the best dressed! £6.50 per head for food. Tickets in advance from the bar.


Membership renewals were sent by email (and a small number by post) to members on Monday 18 September. If you have not received your renewal documents, please contact the Membership Secretary, Sally Gostelow at Alternatively, you can call me on 01227 272942 on Mondays or Tuesdays if you have any queries regarding your membership. Please note that renewals are due by 31st October 2017. Many thanks.

Bart’s Bash Bosh! #sailonbart #bartsbash

Bart's Bash 2017 at WYC
WYC sailed the annual Bart's Bash race on Sunday 17th September. 25 boats took part, and over £80 was raised on the day for the great causes that the Andrew Simpson Foundation supports (plus donations by members online prior to the race)! The results have been submitted to the Bart's Bash website, so should appear soon. Photos of the racing were taken from the Committee Boat, and can be seen on the club's Facebook Page.

Cadet fundraising sweets

The Cadet Committee has a basket of sweets on the corner of the bar to raise funds for Cadet sailing. If you take a bag of sweets, can you please make sure that you put at least the minimum donation of £1 per bag in the money box!

Photos of Whitstable Week, August Regatta & Forts Race

Photos taken by Nick Champion at Whitstable Week, the August Regatta and the Forts Race are now available for view and purchase at

Forts Race Weekend 2017 report on Yachts&Yachting

Photo by John BoormanThe 22nd Forts Race Weekend was held on 9th and 10th September at Whitstable Yacht Club. The long-distance catamaran race, sponsored this year by NeilPryde Sailing and Whitstable Marine, was a weekend of two weather extremes! Read the full report the Yachts&Yachting website at
Thanks again to all of the volunteers at Whitstable Yacht Club who made the event possible
Prize Winners

Committee Boat

The team of volunteers who maintain and drive the WYC Committee Boat have discovered an issue with the boat's mooring in front of the club. An attempt was made to wade out and resolve the problem on Saturday morning at low tide, but the anchor was still too far underwater to be able to fix it. The next set of very low tides, which should allow enough access to the mooring, are in March next year, so the decision has been made to move the boat to her winter moorings at Conyer, rather than risk loosing her. This means that racing will be sailed off the club line from the race hut, rather than Committee Boat starts for the remainder of the season, with the exceptions of Bart's Bash (including Autumn Series 5) this Sunday (17th September), and the Laser European Qualifier event on 21st and 22nd October.
Thanks to the Committee Boat team for doing what they could to try and resolve the issue, and for their continuing support in maintaining and driving the boat.

WYC are now offering Windsurfing lessons!

We are now able to offer windsurfing at Whitstable yacht club! We have some dates in mind, 30th September 12:30 - 3:30 or the 1st of October 1:30 - 4:30. We can offer an afternoon as a taster session then if you want to progress to a level then we will go from there.
The price for one afternoon taster session is £65 for three hours, however not all if this time is spend on the water. There is some theory before you get on the water. If there is time left over at the end your instructor will go over tides or more theory. This taster then will make up the first session out of 4 for a start windsurfing course, if you wish to continue.
We can provide wetsuits, shoes and buoyancy aids.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
Kind regards, Ruth
WYC Training Administrator.

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