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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - November


If you would like to advertise your business in WYC’s 2022 Club Programme, please contact Sally Gostelow for more details ( by 19 December 2021.

Steve’s Racing Rules OK - slides and thanks!

Steve Gray lead a discussion on the most important rules covering the latest from the RYA’s Racing Rules of Sailing on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who attended to make this a worthwhile session, and a big thank you to Steve Gray for leading the session! If you missed it, or want to review what you learned, the slides Steve presented can be downloaded here.

Larry Lamberton

We regret to report that our Honorary Club President, Larry Lamberton MBE, passed away last night. Our deepest condolences. A very great loss not only for Larry’s family, but also for the RNLI and Whitstable communities, who he loved and supported, and who loved him in return. He will be greatly missed by all of us at WYC.

Reminder - Mast down over winter, equipment labelling and Lower Rigdens Shed

We’ve got three races left in the 2021 sailing season. If you have boats or other equipment at the club, you should be thinking about securing it for the winter if you haven’t already.
In line with WYC Boat Parking and Equipment Storage Policy, masts must be taken down at the end of the Winter Series, which finishes on Sunday 5th December. If members are planning to keep their mast up over winter to allow them to continue free sailing, they should let their Class Captain or the Sailing Secretary know, and ensure that their boat is tied down securely and checked regularly.
All boats should be checked and additional tie downs added if in doubt… we have experienced flying Lasers in storms in the past, so make sure it’s well held down!
Equipment stored at the club must be clearly identifiable with the owners name and/or boat details attached to it. This includes items stored at the club such as masts when they’re not attached to the boat, but also sail bags, rudders, etc. Equipment not labelled may be moved or removed during winter working parties. Please check that everything you have stored is clearly identifiable.
Member’s equipment must not be stored in Lower Rigdens Shed (the Safety Boat shed). This is to comply with our insurance, and also health and safety for those working in Lower Rigdens. If you have equipment in this area, please arrange for it to be moved as soon as possible.

Meeting of Sailors and Prize Giving

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Prize Giving and Meeting of Sailors on Sunday. Congratulations to all the series and Special Award winners for the 2021 season. If you weren’t able to attend, you can view the list of prize winners 2021_prizegiving.pdf, and if you did win a prize and weren’t able to collect, please contact the Sailing Secretary. And if you would like to read the notes from the Meeting Of Sailors, they’re available at

Draft 2022 Sailing Schedule

We have the Meeting of Sailors on Sunday, and as is traditional for this time of year, the DRAFT 2022 sailing schedule is now available to view here:2022_Programme_Draft_v2.2.pdf.
If you have any suggestions or comments on the draft schedule, please come along to the meeting on Sunday, or contact me or your Class Captain.
Robert Govier - Rear Commodore Sailing.