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To help improve the security of the West Quay boat parking area the club has ordered HERAS fencing, with vehicle gates, which we expect to be delivered on Friday June 23rd. Although this is short notice we would like to get the fencing up as quickly as possible. If you can be available on Saturday June 24th from 0930 for a couple of hours to assist in erecting the fencing please contact either Robert Govier (07733 260879) or Kelvin Tolson (07710 013107). No special skills required!

EYKA Man of Kent 2017 Photos

Close starts!
The photos (over 100!) from the Man of Kent 2017 are now available to view and buy at Thanks to Nick Champion for coming out on a rough and windy day to take such great shots!
For more information, report and results for the event, see

Cadets and Families Session, Saturday 24 June

The main group is for cadets and parents who can sail a triangular course. If you are a beginner or not yet able to sail a triangular course the learner group is for you.
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Well done to WYC Cadet Thea!

WYC cadet Thea Eaton-Baudains put in a blistering performance in the KSSA New Racers event at Redoubt Sailing Club on 10th June and came in 4th after 4 races in the Topper fleet! A great result for her first event. Full results are at

EYKA Man of Kent 2017 report

Close starts!
The 2017 Man of Kent regatta was held on Saturday 10th June, hosted this year by Whitstable Yacht Club. Tom Coley from Hythe & Saltwood SC won the event and the Man of Kent trophy with two firsts and a second. That pushed Peter Noble from Broadstairs SC into second with two seconds and a first. Nigel Brown from Whitstable YC in his Laser maintained consistent throughout the racing to take third overall with three third places. Alex Head from Downs SC in his Topper took the Junior trophy in 9th place overall, and junior sailors Hanna Mumford and Tara Head from Downs SC took the Ladies trophy in their RS200 with 13th place overall. The Team trophy was handed to Broadstairs Sailing Club, with Whitstable Yacht Club coming in second. For the full report and more photos, see
Photos by Nick Champion at

2017 B14 GUL National and Open Championships early bird entry available

The 2017 B14 GUL National and Open Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club is only 6 weeks away, and promises to be a great event! Taking place over the 4 days prior to Whitstable Week, and sponsored by GUL Performance Apparel, the 10 race event should be an exciting test of skill throughout the fleet. Early-bird entry is available, so to save £20 off the entry fee go to to enter now. More details of the event, including NoR and SIs can be found at our event page at

Yacht Club Yoga

WYC Yoga
The first Yacht Club Yoga session took place this week on a beautiful Whitstable evening, and all the participants felt supple and relaxed after their class. This will now be a regular Tuesday evening session at the club, from 6.30 - 7.45, and costs £6 per class (payable on the night). The session is suitable for beginners and is run by Yacht Club member Yvo Meredith, who is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. Places are limited, so if you would like to join the class please email Yvo on: to book your place.

RYA RTC inspection

Our RYA recognised training centre inspection took place Wednesday evening. After careful inspection of our procedures/paperwork the inspector looked at our equipment and activities on the water, including instruction. There was no action required and we passed with flying colours!
A very special thanks must be made to our Principal, Richard Maltby. Thanks also to our chief instructor and to all the instructors and volunteers who help with training. Richard is a true professional and he has a great team supporting him.

Bar product increase

Due to price increases a couple of products have gone up.
Guinness Surger now £3.20
Hendricks Gin now £2.10

All other prices are unchanged.

New engine for WYC Patrol Boat

A WYC Patrol Boat in action
The General Committee have approved the purchase of a new engine for one of the club patrol boats, to replace the engine that is beyond economic repair. The engine is expected to be delivered and installed before the Man of Kent regatta on 10th June, and will be funded by the generous bequests provided by the estates of Peter Raymer and Dianne Lamberton. The club would like to thank Peter and Dianne's families for providing such generous support for the club.
In addition, the General Committee have approved in principle the purchase of two more engines to replace the other two patrol boat engines, both of which have reached the end of their expected working life. This is subject to funds being raised, more details of which will follow shortly.

Martin Newton funeral arrangements

Martin’s funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham, Kent CT4 6QU on Thursday 22nd June at 13.20. Afterwards we will go to the Whitstable & Seasalter Golf Club, Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1EB.
No flowers. Donations to The Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury via C W Lyons funeral directors, 51 – 53 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB.
Could anyone who plans to attend let me know on my contact details below.
Kind regards.
Patrick McDonnell
51 Albert Street
Whitstable, Kent
Tel: 01227 261422
Mob: 07780 683925
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RS Feva / Tera Open Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July

WYC is holding a combined RS Feva Grand Prix / RS Tera Open Meeting on the 8th / 9th July. We anticipate an entry of around 40 boats. How to sail in the event with a club boat.
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Wanderer Nationals

Wanderer Nationals
Paul Yeadon and Liz North of WYC won the Wanderer Nationals in testing conditions at Tudor SC, Langstone Harbour on 27/28 May, sailing W1626 "Surprise". Only two races were sailed, on the Saturday, and on Sunday racing was cancelled due to lack of wind. Paul and Liz won on count back from Philip Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden. Their spinnaker work and downwind speed ensured their victory.

Martin Newton

It is with great regret that we pass on the news to members that Martin Newton died today, peacefully. He has been a member since the 70's and will be greatly missed. He volunteered on the rescue boats and worked behind the bar. He moved from London to Whitstable to enjoy his golf, sailing and a slower pace of life. We will post his funeral arrangements when we know them.

Cadets far from Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea

WYC CadetsCaptured in this photo taken from the Rigden balcony, ten of 19 cadet boats on the water last Friday (May 19) sailing in light airs. Congratulations to Margot Ali and Clara Taylor who successfully completed their RYA Stage two certificates, and to all 21 cadets and the four cadet instructors (out of view but in close support) on a very good session.

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