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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - September

Tornado and F18 UK National Championships - Report and thank you!

WYC hosted the Tornado and Formula 18 catamaran UK National Championships on 18th and 19th September. The club, members and staff were universally praised by the competitors for allowing them to come and sail at the club, and for putting on such a great and well run event. Thank you to everyone who helped out over the weekend, and to everyone who’s sailing may have been disrupted. It’s events like these that keep our club on the map! 
There’s a report on the event over on Yachts&Yachting Online at www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/242053/Tornado-and-Formula-18-UK-Nationals-at-Whitstable, and credit for the photos above, below and on the report goes to Nicky Whatley.

Congratulations to the club champions!

The Club Championships was raced over the August Bank Holiday weekend in testing conditions of big waves and some strong shifty winds. Over 65 sailors in 49 boats took part, across the full range of classes sailed at WYC. The winner of the very competitive racing was up and coming 15 year old Laser Radial sailor Chris Marsh, narrowly beating experienced sailors and Tasar National Champions Rick and Sarah Perkins into 2nd place by only 2 points. Another young sailor, 18 year old Harry Newton in his Laser took third place, beating veteran Merlin Rocket sailor Phil Emery by only a point.
Honourable mention goes to Tom Oliver who suffered gear failure on his Laser in the first lap of the first race, sailed to shore, swapped his rig to a new hull, then finished the race, albeit several laps behind the rest of the sailors, to avoid a DNF. It’s rare that anyone outside the catamaran fleet finishes a race on two hulls!
Great to see another example at Whitstable Yacht Club of how sailing and the Portsmouth Number handicap system creates a level playing field across age, experience and physical ability to allow young and old, male and female to compete with one another, whilst enjoying interacting with nature and the great outdoors!

 
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