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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - July

COVID-19 update - Further RYA guidance on sailing with crews from different households

For those members sailing or intending to sail with helms and crews from different households please see the latest RYA guidance on risk mitigation:

New Barrier on the West Quay

A new barrier has been installed on the harbour to limit traffic on and around the West Quay. It’s secured with a combination lock, which has the same code as the yellow barrier. If anyone needs the code to access equipment on the West Quay, please contact

Volunteers needed - Safety Boat drivers and crews.

Due to Coronavirus our pool of regular Support Boat drivers has been reduced. We also have some drivers who don’t have a crew from their household, but are willing to drive. There are a number of days in Whitstable Week and the following weekends where we do not currently have a full complement of Drivers and Crews.  If you are able to volunteer as a driver and have someone who can crew for you, or you’d be willing to crew for one of our regular drivers, please contact Richard Bradburn at .

Summer Sundays Results

The results for the first two Summer Sundays races run at WYC (and the first racing since restrictions were lifted!) have been posted to the website. You can see them at

Virtual Regatta Racing

Well done to Kevin Dutch who won WYC’s ‘Cat Cup’ and Rick Perkins who won WYC’s ‘Mono Cup’ on Virtual Regatta. We’re pausing the scheduled WYC racing ow we’ve come to the end of those two series, and may restart again if there’s a demand for it in the Autumn. In the mean time, if you’d like to use the WYC VIP account to organise any racing, please contact Robert Govier.

Please note: Registration for sailing in Summer Sundays

If you’re planning to race in the Summer Sundays series, and haven’t already done so, please register here: Note: If you registered last week, you do not need to do it again unless something has changed (sail number, class, crew name, helm name).

Provisional organised sailing schedule for the next month

A provisional schedule for the next month is now on the website at We will continue with 2 hour Supported Sailing sessions on Saturdays and Racing on Sundays. This is to allow time as much time as possible between groups of Recorders, ROs and AROs using the Race Hut and equipment. As previously publicised, we are still planning to run racing for Whitstable Week for club members.
The plan for this coming weekend (25th and 26th July) is Supported Sailing from 2-4pm on Saturday, then a club race on Sunday starting at 3pm.

Keys found

A set of keys has been found in an envelope on top of one of the Tornado catamarans. They’ve been left with Keith’s coffee hut.

Coronavirus update - 14th July

With the good weather bringing more members to the club to sail and socialise we have to ensure that the precautions we have put in place continue to be effective. In order to manage the number of people at the club, members will be limited to signing in a maximum of 1 guest per day per member from this Friday. 
To enable contact tracing all members using the bar must provide their name to the bar team, and full contact details, including name, address and phone number, must be provided for any guests who are signed in.
Can anyone using the bar also please return glasses to the sea room, ensure all rubbish is put in bins, and do not let children into the toilets unaccompanied.
We have had enquiries about the use of changing rooms. In line with current government guidance, these will remain closed for the present, and a further announcement will be made when we are able to reopen them.

Reclaimed WYC ramp wood wins again!

You may remember the news from June 2019 that wood reclaimed from the WYC ramp was used in gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by Joe Perkins Design. That wood must be lucky, because it’s won another prize! This time artist Dawn Conn created a sculpture using the wood which won an episode of the BBC1 TV show ‘Home is where the art is’. The show (episode 2) was first aired on Tuesday 7th July, and you can now watch it on the BBC iPlayer at Well done Dawn!

Sprint 15 National Championships Cancelled

We’re sorry to announce that the Sprint 15 National Championships scheduled for 22nd to 24th August at WYC has been cancelled. Working with the class association we have agreed that it would not be appropriate to proceed with the Nationals under the current guidance and legislation, and even if further restrictions were lifted in the next few weeks, there would not be enough fair notice to competitors or the club to run a fair event. We hope to see the Sprint 15 class at WYC another year.

Coronavirus update from the General Committee

As the Government restrictions and RYA advice change we are working to re-enable club activities where possible. Updates on progress below:
WYC Training: Ruth has been un-furloughed and training is restarted, outdoors only and with smaller course sizes to enable Social Distancing. For now powerboat training is not feasible, but adult and cadet sailing courses are now available. See the WYC Training pages for more information and available dates:   
Cadet Sessions: Cadet sessions are restarting from 10th July. For now, these are limited to children who are at RYA Stage 3 sailing ability, with restricted numbers to meet government guidelines. Parents should have received an email from Ruth with the details, but if they haven’t, please contact her.       
WYC Bar: From 4th July the club bar will be open for members on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday to 4pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm.  We will be serving bottled/canned produce only to start (NO DRAFT), and we will not yet be able to provide any glassware. Paper straws will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own glasses. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt.       
Toilet Facilities: Limited toilet facilities will be available when supported sailing is scheduled, the bar is open, and when training courses are running. This will be a unisex toilet using the external entrance to the female changing rooms. It will be one in, one out, and for members only.       
Supported Sailing: We’ll have a support boat on the water (weather permitting) to support member’s sailing this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to midday. The support boat will provide an additional level of safety cover and support above the free sailing that has taken place since lock-down restrictions were lifted. If this works, the aim will be to move to limited racing from mid-late July.       
Whitstable Week: We’re still aiming to run Whitstable Week on Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, although the programme will be limited for obvious reasons. Our aim will be to put on two races per afternoon, from the club line. There will be no organised social events, but we hope to open the club bar in the evenings where possible.  More updates on this will be posted nearer the time.       
Covid Safe procedure for accessing WYC: A comprehensive sanitising plan has been developed for the club, following government and industry guidelines. Hand sanitiser dispensers are located at or close to all building entrances, sanitiser sprays around the buildings, anti-bacterial soaps and paper towels at wash basins, and disinfectant for use on the ribs and support/safety/training equipment. For more details, see the doc here.   
Return to Operations Matrix: The club’s Covid-19 Sub-Committee is still meeting weekly to review guidance and update procedures. A summary of the detailed planning matrix can be viewed here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Commodore.