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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - July

Whitstable Week - Day 3

Once again, a pretty accurate forecast, if a little optimistic for Whitstable! With the wind reading up to 25 knots from the end of the West Quay, a reduced fleet of 13 boats took to sea for race 3 of Whitstable Week. The strong south westerly breeze kicked up quite a swell, and caused quite a challenge for the sailors and the Race team, with marks that didn’t want to anchor and boats that didn’t want to stay upright! A lot of the fleet capsized at some point during the race, including a pitchpole by Robert Govier, single handed on his Dart 18, which lost him his significant lead the first place to Dickie and Donna on their Dart 18. Stephen and Julie in the only Tasar on the water put in a strong performance to take third, and Mark Holweger battled with the Laser fleet to take forth.
Due to a number of boats having problems (unfortunately including a broken mast for Rien on his Blaze), and marks which continued to pick up and drift, the Race Officer made the popular decision to cancel the remaining races, and let the sailors ashore to tell their war stories in the bar! This cements Dickie and Donna’s lead at the top of the table with two firsts and a second, with Mark Holweger in second place and a tie for third place between Stephen and Julie in their Tasar, Kevin Hall and Charlie Campion in their Lasers, so a lot to play for going into Thursday when it can all change!
With a lighter and sunnier forecast for Thursday and Friday, there are 3 races scheduled for day 4 and 2 for day 5, with both days starting at 2pm. And two more days of socials at the club, with a range of club cocktails available from the bar on Thursday night, and a full on finale party for Friday! See you at the club.

Whitstable Week - Day 2

Unfortunately the weather forecast was pretty spot on for Whitstable today. A windy morning, and a very windy afternoon put a stop to any Whitstable Week racing (even the Laser sailors felt it was too windy!). However some intrepid windsurfers did go out, and put on a good high speed show for the sailors on the decking.
Racing continues tomorrow from 2pm, and as we’ve lost a day, we’re planning 3 races a day for Wednesday and Thursday. If you haven’t already made it down and registered for the week, there’s still time. You can join in for the rest of the week or just a day of sailing. Whitstable Week registration forms are available from the bar. 
And don’t forget the social events for the rest of the week. The traditional ‘Laid Back Quiz’ on Wednesday night is guarenteed to be popular, so get down early to get settled before the 7.30pm start. Don’t forget to bring some brain food! On Thursday night the Commodore invites you to a cocktail reception - dress up or dress down to come along and enjoy some old classics and some new club creations (not just the usual club signature ‘spicy-dickie’!). And Friday night is the famous finale party with prize giving, excellent ‘indian platter’ from the Canterbury Curry Club, and Andy Jackson’s band ‘SILT’! 
**Correction to yesterday’s post - It was Andrew Provan in a Spiderman rash vest who helped Fef right her boat, not Kevin in a Superman rash vest as previously reported. Apparently when you’re upside down in the water, all superhero Laser sailors look the same!**

Whitstable Week 2019 - Day 1 Report

Whitstable Week started in style on Monday 29th July with warm sunshine and a southwesterly force 2-3. The competitive but friendly spirit of Whitstable Week started early, when Fef capsized and turtled her Streaker near to the start line with a few minutes to go before the start gun. Laser sailor Andy (wearing a spiderman rash vest no less!) jumped in, swam over and helped her right the boat before the support rib could get close, well done Andy!
The racing got going from the Committee Boat at 11am sharp with 36 boats taking part (including Fef and Kevin), from a Tornado to a Topper! With some big holes and large shifts in the wind across the large first race course, tactics were important, but there was close racing throughout the fleets. A particularly dramatic finish saw Andy and Yvo steel a place from Steve and Julie in their Tasars after a last minute tack forced just before the line by the incoming Tornado on Starboard.
Despite needing some help to find the finish line, and being out of practice sailing at Whitstable, Mark Howleger took the first place on handicap in his Laser, with Tom Oliver snapping at his heels in 2nd place in his Laser Radial. Dickie Ledger and crew Donna came in third on their Dart 18.
Race two kicked off after a quick turnaround, with a slightly shorter course, but similar conditions. The fleet spread out a little more, and Dickie and Donna pulled away to take a strong first place. Tony Dod, sailing his Dart 18 single-handed found the wind in the right places to significantly improve from his 15th place in race one to take 2nd place in race two, and Rien Zolvold took third, up from 11th in race one. This puts Dickie and Donna in first place at the end of Day One, followed by Mark Howledger with a 1st and 7th, and Charles Campion with a consistent 5th and 4th.
Racing starts at 2pm on Tuesday, with strong winds forecast for the next two days! See the full results on the website at wyc.org.uk/results/Whitstable_Week_all_in_results_2019.html, and go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for more information on Whitstable Week 2019.

Bar Committee Update - Bigger wine glasses and a price review

After requests from members, the Bar Committee have agreed to offer wine in larger 250ml glasses. This change, which will be introduced on Monday 29th July, has coincided with a price review, so there are a few small changes to wine pricing. See attached for the full list of WYC wines and pricing. WYC_Wine_List_(July_2019).pdf

Good luck to the WYC teams heading off to B14 and Tasar World Championships!

Seven teams of WYC sailors are heading off to international competition this weekend.
Rick and Sarah, Zanna and Liz, and Jon and Philippa will be competing in the Tasar Worlds at Hayling Island starting on the 27th July. You can follow the action at http://tasarworlds2019.org/.
And Tristian and Charlie, Simon and Nikki, Dave and Sean, and Mark and Charlotte are travelling a bit further to the B14 European and World Championships at Carnac, with the Euros starting on 25th, followed by the Worlds on 29th July. More information here: https://www.b14world.org.
Good luck to all the teams! 
If you’re not heading off to exotic sailing destinations (or Hayling Island!), join us at WYC for Whitstable Week starting on Monday!

WYC LaserFest’19 the Movie!

You’ve seen the results, you’ve read the report, now watch the movie! LaserFest’19 on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HXolAxfpgws

WYC LasetFest’19 Report

The third annual Laserfest at Whitstable YC on 13th and 14th July will be remembered for light winds and long hours on the water. Patience was rewarded, however, as the weekend’s programme of four races were all successfully completed - no one left drifting on the tide - and there was in fact much close racing among the 48-strong Laser fleet… Read the full report on yachtsandyachting.com. Results are on the WYC website.
Next round of LaserFest is at Herne Bay Sailing Club on 1st September, and for more information on the Laserfest series, see www.laser-fest.com/.
Photo by Nicky Whatley.

Office Rental Opportunity

Whitstable Yacht Club 3-4 Sea Wall CT5 1BX
Office to rent – 1st floor – per month £200 – 3 monthly rolling contract.Includes Wifi, heating & electricity costs. Light airy office with large street window – 12 sq metres. Furnished for 2 people. Café & bar on site. Hours of entry 8am to 8pm. For viewing or more details contact:Maureen Bush email: office@wyc.org.uk.  Tel 01227 272942.

Yoga - make your body happy!

Yoga sessions with Yvo Meredith are set to resume at WYC on Thursday 25 July 6.15 to 7.30pm and on the following dates: 22 & 29 Aug and 5 September.  All abilities welcome.  Please book by calling Yvo on 07725 486963 or emailing yvo.meredith@btopenworld.com. £7 per session.

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

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.

 
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