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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - March

WYC Bar open from 17th April

Based on the current timeline to roll back Coronavirus restrictions, we’re planning to open the WYC Bar from Saturday 17th April! In line with the regulations, it will be outdoor table service, cashless sales only, and we’ll be running limited hours:
Saturday & Sunday: 12 - 6pm.
Wednesday & Friday: 5 - 8pm.
(Monday Tuesday and Thursday: Closed).
We’re looking forward to welcoming our members back to the bar.

Successful online AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended the first online WYC AGM on Saturday 27th March. Over 45 members attended via a Zoom meeting, more than enough to be quorate, and heard the reports from the Commodore, Rear Commodore Sailing, Rear Commodore House and Treasurer. We voted on key proceedings, including election of the Officers and General Committee, and ensured that the club is in a good position to ease out of lockdown, return to full operations, and face the challenges ahead of us in 2021. The draft minutes will be available shortly.
The AGM is an essential activity in the WYC calendar, and it was great to be able to make use of technology to continue operating in these unsettled times. We’ve received lots of positive feedback about the meeting, so thanks again for all the members who attended, to our Treasurer Martin who set up and managed the Zoom meeting, and the members of the General Committee for organising the meeting.

Toilet for members open from Tuesday

To support the restart of organised sports at WYC, limited toilet facilities for members will be opening from Tuesday 30th March. The unisex toilet will be accessible from the outside entrance only for one person at a time, and will be open while Keith’s Coffee Hut is open (usually 8am to mid afternoon). Please wear a facemask and use hand sanitiser when accessing the facilities.
We are hoping to be able to open changing rooms after the next scheduled lockdown easement on 12th April, and are awaiting confirmation of the updated guidelines on changing facilities from the RYA.

Organised sailing restarts from 2nd April!

In line with the change in Coronavirus restrictions, and aligned with RYA advice, organised sport activities including sailing and racing can restart from 29th March. This means that the WYC Sailing Programme will now start from Friday 2nd April for the scheduled Easter Nip, and we plan to run club racing as scheduled from this point forward!
For the scheduled racing we will stick to the rostered members for Race Officer and Assistant, however please let us know ASAP if you are down to cover a race but can no longer attend. We will draw Support Boat Drivers and Crews from the Safety Boat Team for the Easter Nip, and review Safety Boat crewing on a rolling basis. Anyone scheduled for Safety Boat crew duties for the Easter Weekend can stand down, and we will review further duties as they go.
The changing rooms and club house remain closed, so members should come to the club dressed to sail or change on the beach. The Upper Rigden’s Shed and other storage areas should not be used as a changing room.
Caution should continue to be taken when making decisions to sail to prevent on the water risk, and we ask everyone to continue to act responsibly on or off the water, following Coronavirus guidelines such as social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitiser. We would also recommend that everyone visiting the club should be symptom-free tested regularly to protect yourselves and others.
See you at the club soon!

2021 Topper SE Regional, B14 Open and Forts Race Weekend cancelled

Following a review of the current and expected changes in Covid-19 restrictions, and our ability to put on quality and safe events to the standard we pride ourselves on whilst meeting those restrictions, the decision has been made to cancel the Topper SE Regional Squad training and Open on 10th and 11th May, the B14 Open on 8th and 9th May, and the Forts Race Weekend on 29th and 20th May. Whilst restrictions are planned to gradually lift over April and May, even if the current timeline is met we would still not be able to host full social programmes for these events and travel and accommodation would have been severely restricted for at least the Topper and B14 events. There’s also a significant amount of volunteer time and effort leading up to and during the Forts Race Weekend in particular, which would be much harder to achieve safely under the current and expected restrictions. Instead, we want to focus the club’s efforts on sailing and social activities for our members in April and May, and more details on the club events that will replace the Forts Race Weekend programme will be announced shortly.
We look forward to being able to run these events again in 2022, and look forward to welcoming our friends from the Topper, B14 and long distance sailing fleets back to the club again soon.

WYC Cadet cooks on TV!

Turn on CBBC tomorrow at 5pm and you may see a familiar face! Whitstable Yacht Club cadet sailor Anya Goodman is taking part in the Children’s BBC show Step Up to the Plate, in which eight young contestants battle it out to see if they’ve got the skills to run their own restaurant, no matter what obstacles are put in their way. Anya, who can often be seen sailing Toppers and Aeros off Whitstable and taking part in Cadet activities was crowned 2019 Kent Young Cooks Champion, and was then invited to cook her dishes at a VIP lunch at The Dog at Wingham. There were apparently 1000 applicants for Step Up to the Plate, and filming took place just before lockdown 2. Tune in on Tuesdays at 5pm to see her progress, or catch up on the BBC iPlayer. Good luck Anya!

2021 Information and Programme, and AGM papers dispatched

All members who have joined or renewed for the 2021 year should now have received the paper copy of the WYC 2021 Information and Programme in the post, and the AGM papers by email. If you have renewed, but not yet received either, please contact Sally or Maureen in the club office to confirm we have the correct postal and email address on record for you. It’s important that we have an up to date email address on file as the AGM will take place by Zoom this year, and the invitation to the AGM will be sent out by email nearer the time.