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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - April

Cellar chiller

Unfortunately we cannot currently serve any draught bitter or lager as the cellar chiller has finally decided to give up the ghost. In the short term, while we wait for the replacement, we will attempt to tempt you with a bottled or can alterative! For the latest bar opening hours, please see

Reminder - please ensure incidents or near misses are logged with the Club Manager

Members are reminded that they should log any incidents or near misses that occur when taking part in watersports from the club, for example when boats cross into the buoyed hazard area around the oyster trestles or if an injury is sustained. If in doubt, it’s best to report it so that we can keep a record and learn from these occurrences. To report an incident, please email or call the Club Manager.

Tea bar hatch - Update

Unfortunately the planned opening of the Tea Bar Hatch to serve members with drink and food orders that was planned for this weekend will not be possible due to a delay on replacement parts for the coffee machine. Instead Keith will be operating a separate queue from the Coffee Hut to serve members and reduce wait times. We’ll provide a further update when the Tea Bar Hatch can be opened.

Reminder: Notes for Race Duties and Upper Rigdens Shed door

Reminder: If you are scheduled for a duty, please review the Notes for Race Duties on the website at There’s a checklist to prep for an RO or ARO duty, a detailed guide to running a race, guidance notes for Safety Boat crews, and other important information. It’s especially important to review this in advance given the need for social distancing on the day of your duty. Most members are scheduled for at least one duty per year (with the exception of Social members), so please review schedule at to check if/when your duty is this year. If you can’t make the allocated date, please contact your Class Captain or the Sailing and Membership Secretary with as much notice as possible.
Members are also reminded that the door to Upper Rigdens Shed and other storage areas should be kept closed. Please make sure you close the door behind you after accessing your equipment. If you don’t have the key code to access your equipment, contact your Class Captain or the Sailing and Membership Secretary.

WYC - Back on the water, and next steps in reopening

WYC sailors were back racing over the Easter weekend, with 29 members taking to the water for the 3 out of 4 scheduled races sailed. It was great to see the organised racing restart, and to have such a good turnout despite the cold and windy conditions on Friday and Saturday, and then warm but very light winds on Monday! Thanks to all the members who helped make the racing happen, including the rostered Race Officers, Assistant Race Officers, Safety Boat Drivers & Crews, and those members who’ve worked hard over the last few weeks and months to prep the club to open for the new season.
In line with the lifting of government restrictions, the club’s changing rooms will be opened from Monday 12th April. Both will be accessible from the external doors only, and maximum capacity will be 6 people and only 1 shower in each. We recommend that you continue to the club changed or change on the beach if at all possible, and only use the changing rooms and showers if essential. Please note that there are still some ongoing maintenance works in the men’s changing rooms, so please take care and do not move any of the barriers.
Following feedback from members, the queuing system for Keith’s Coffee is being revised, and the club’s external tea bar hatch will be opened during busy times on weekends from 17th April to serve club members with drink and food orders, which should reduce some of wait times for members. The club’s bar will also be opening from Saturday 17th April for outdoor table service for members, (see for full opening hours).
Masks must continue to be worn when inside the race hut, changing rooms or toilets, and the Race Office and Recorders should limit their use of the inside of the club to for collecting and returning the Race Hut key only. The toilets on the internal stairs should not be used. Only the designated toilets with external access are currently open for member’s use.