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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - June

Increase in size of the Oyster Trestle site

Water users should be aware that the Oyster Trestle site off Whitstable has been significantly increased in size, out to sea and at the western end. Whilst the area by the club is well buoyed, the seaward and western edges have very wide buoy spacing of up to a quarter mile, so please be careful when on the water in that area that you do not accidentally cross into the hazardous area.

Update: Access to the West Quay

Due to a recent spate of anti-social behaviour on the West Quay, a new gate has been put up on the land end of the access road to prevent cars from driving up the quay. The barrier has a combination lock, so if you need access to get boats and equipment in or out of the club compound, please contact Robert Govier on or 07733 260 879 for the code. Please also note that cars should not be parked on the West Quay, even within the club’s compound for the time being.
If you experience any anti-social behaviour on the West Quay or beach, please report it to the police.

Reminder: No car parking on the beach

Members are reminded that cars should not be parked on the beach.

Virtual Racer - May/June Evening Results and the Cat & Mono Cups

Well done to Kevin Dutch who won the May/June Evening Series of virtual racing with a strong lead. The 10 evening, 30 race series saw some very competitive racing, with Rick Perkins in 2nd place, Tom Oliver in 3rd and Steve Gray in 4th! Next week we start something a little different on Virtual Racer, with Tuesdays being the ‘Cat Cup’ and Thursdays being the ‘Mono Cup’. Both will last for 6 weeks, sailing across the range of catamarans and mono-hulls twice in that period. The third race on each day will be ‘open’ (no code) to give the WYC racers some extra competition.
The full schedule can be seen at and the results spreadsheet at

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LaserFest Postponed

The LaserFest team have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event, which was scheduled for 11th and 12th July. The date for the event will be dependent on how the Government restrictions around Covid-19 change, but we hope to be able to reschedule for September.

Beach Lease and Forge licensing application

The General Committee is aware that an application has been made by the Whitstable Oyster Company Limited for a Variation of Premises Licence at the Forge. WYC will make the relevant representations to the Licensing Panel. Individual club members are also able and encouraged to make their own representations to the Licensing Panel.
The GC has also commenced the legal process of serving Notice to Renew our Lease on the beach. We have received our first formal response to the Notice and there are elements of the response that may align to the License Variation request. As Serving the Notice is part of a legal process we have engaged the club’s solicitors to manage it and represent us, we will take advice from them on the timing and content of our briefings to members in order that we do not prejudice the proceedings.

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Wednesday 3rd June

Following the recent government announcements on the easing of lockdown restrictions, the GC Covid sub group have revised the Return to Operations Matrix, which can be downloaded from the website. There are no changes to the club’s current status resulting from the announcements.

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Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports - Reminder

Members and visitors who want to take to the water while there is no organised sailing or club safety cover are reminded that they should always respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports. Always check the weather forecast before you go out, and make sure that you are prepared for a significant drop in the wind as well as an increase!
As a reminder, the club remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities. The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. We are following the guidance of the RYA, RNLI and the Government. Members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk.