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Coronavirus update - Changes from Wednesday 2nd December

Whitstable Yacht Club is in the Kent and Medway Tier 3 area as defined by the Government. Under the revised regulations water sport and organised outdoor sports activities are allowed, therefore WYC plan to run the last two races in the Winter Series on Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th December (weather permitting!). The RYA is providing us with updates as it continues to receive and interpret the implication of the Government rules on clubs, and the Covid sub group will update the News and Social Media channels with updates as we receive them from the RYA.
As of Wednesday December 2nd, the club house will remain closed, (apart from those who require access to work within the premises). We are waiting on further guidance on the use of the changing facilities and showers. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions, including the NHS QR code for Test and Trace purposes, which is displayed on club building entrances including the Rigden and Stroud sheds.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation in ensuring WYC remains a safe place to enjoy.

Draft 2021 Sailing Schedule

In our original 2020 schedule we had the annual Meeting of Sailors planned for this weekend. Sadly, with Lockdown 2, and the Coronavirus restrictions before and likely continuing after, we won’t be able to hold the meeting this year. However, as is traditional for this time of year, the DRAFT 2021 sailing schedule is now available to view here: 2021_Programme_Draft_v4.pdf
We’re planning a full schedule of club and open events for the 2021 season, starting in early March, and running until December. This will allow a level of flexibility based on the availability of a vaccine and/or continued Coronavirus related restrictions. I’m optimistic and hopeful that we’ll be able to run something resembling a ‘normal’ sailing schedule for next year! 
If you have any suggestions or comments that you would have raised at the Meeting of Sailors, or about the draft schedule, please contact me or your Class Captain. Stay safe, and I hope to see you at the club or on the water soon! 
Robert Govier - Rear Commodore Sailing.

Whitstable Yacht Club will feature in upcoming TV Drama

WYC is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the filming of the new TV crime drama based on Whitstable author Julie Wassmer’s books! Julie’s novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare have been commissioned to become a new British crime drama. Work on building the set will commence this week and will involve some cosmetic changes to the Rigden Shed.
Sailing and windsurfing activities are not expected to be disrupted however access to equipment in the shed will be limited when the set is being built and while filming takes place. Details have been emailed to members.
You can find out more about the books that the TV drama will be based on here: and you can read more about the filming at

Visitors to WYC

The temporary limitation of one visitor per member per day has been withdrawn and the usual criteria for visitors apply. Members are reminded that all visitors must also either scan in the covid QR or register their details with the bar team in addition to being signed in.

Bar discount cards

Some good news - Bar discount cards are now available to all who have paid their membership renewal!
Your card gives a 10% discount on all bar purchases if preloaded with sufficient funds to cover your purchase or 5% if insufficient funds on your card. You can load your card with any amount with your debit/credit card or cash at the bar.
If you renew your membership by the end of October, your card will have £10 preloaded on it as a small thank you for your patience in these very trying times (one £10 credit per membership. Additional adults on a family membership will be provided with a card without the pre-load). Your card(s) can be collected/used during bar opening hours.
Thanks to Barton Marine and Whitstable Marine for sponsoring the cards.
Looking forward to seeing you at the club.
Magda - Bar Manager, and the bar elves.

Brian Barnes

We are sorry to announce that Brian Barnes passed away on Monday morning, peacefully in his sleep. Brian started sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club in the Flying Dutchmen in the late 1950s and moved on to Merlin Rockets in the 1960s and fireball in the early 1970s. He worked within the ship conference system ending his career running the Europe Indonesia Freight Conference, and travelled extensively throughout the Far East, being known for always being well dressed in bespoke suits made in Hong Kong. When the Berlin wall came down and reunification, he was involved in sorting the East German shipping for the commercial world. By the 1980s he was a prominent member of the cruiser class and had his much loved Eruption at the Club. In later life he was heavily involved in the administration of All Saints church and Swalecliffe school, where the school named the new library in his honour shortly before his retirement. He held the position of Commodore from 1981 to 1983.

WYC changing rooms opening from this Saturday

The WYC changing rooms will be available from this Saturday October 3rd, however members are encouraged to follow government guidance and arrive ready for their activity and shower at home afterwards.
There will be a one way system in place for each of the male and female changing rooms, entry will be via the Sea Room. There should be no more than 6 in the male changing rooms at any time and no more than 6 in the female changing rooms. Only one shower will be available in each of the male and female facilities, and members are again encouraged to follow government advice and only use the showers if absolutely necessary, for example if suffering from cold or if there are special needs.
If using the changing room please do not leave anything out when you leave to take part in your activity. Belongings should be placed in lockers, if you do not have a locker then items should be placed in a bag and the bag left on hooks or taken out of the changing rooms. Nothing should be left in the changing rooms overnight unless it’s stored in a closed locker. The drying rail facility will not be available and items should not be left to dry in the changing rooms. Cleaning will take place daily and any articles found in the changing rooms will be placed in the respective scran bins.

Bar hours for October

The bar hours have been updated for October. This is based on the usage patterns that we have been seeing, government Covid-19 restrictions, and the need to manage our cost while the bar is not busy. We’ll monitor usage and feedback and amend the hours in the future accordingly.
From today, the bar will be open from midday to 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and from 2pm to 7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Whitstable Yacht Club press coverage

It was great to host Bianca London from Glamour Magazine at the club recently as part of her visit to Whitstable and the surrounding area. She wrote:
“Whitstable Yacht Club - a welcoming venue filled with people who are really passionate about sailing and windsurfing… the place is thriving with burgeoning sailors and windsurfers, including an active cadet and junior sections with over 140 young people at various levels of experience taught by the best team in the business. It also has a brilliant ‘club house’, which we can’t wait to visit when social distancing is a thing of the past”
You can read the full article here:

Kit in changing rooms

As we prepare to re-open the club’s changing rooms, we need to ensure equipment is not stored loose to reduce contact risk and make it easier to clean. Equipment in the changing rooms must be kept in lockers, or removed. There is currently a large amount of wetsuits and other equipment currently loose or hanging in the changing rooms. This will be transferred to the respective lost property scran bins by the weekend, and the cleaner will also be tasked with moving any loose kit into the scran bins on a daily basis. The wetsuit hanging rails will be removed. If you have kit stored on the rails or in the changing rooms outside of lockers, please remove it before this weekend.

Masts stored in Lower Rigden Shed

To reduce the number of people who need to have access to Lower Rigden Shed we have been moving equipment out to be stored elsewhere. There are still quite a few masts and booms hanging in the rafters. Ideally these should be removed from the shed and stored elsewhere, but in the short term they at least need to be labelled so that the owner can be notified in case equipment does need to be moved, and we can be sure that they are not abandoned. If you have a mast, boom or large equipment in the Lower shed, please can you remove it where possible, or if not make sure that it’s clearly labelled with your name and details. A quick review has identified the following:
Tasar? (Missing top section);
Wanderer? (Selden x2 look new ish);
Mirror (Gaff, boom and mast);
Topper Boom x2;
Windsurf mast x2;
Wanderer? (Old, Bob Bell on label);
Dart/ Cat mast x2;
Smaller (420?) mast x 2; and
x1 carbon mast (B14?).

Royal Yachting Association Membership - double commission offer for WYC during October

If you are not already an RYA member, please help us by joining during October 2020.  For every member who joins the Royal Yachting Association during this period, Whitstable Yacht Club will receive double commission which will give us benefits including help with purchasing of kit.  If you are interested please visit select “Joining Point” and input the following code: 008101399.  Alternatively call 023 80 60 4159 and quote the JP code.

Toilets, Changing Rooms and bar opening hours

The male and female toilets will open again from Saturday, September 26th meaning the current unisex toilet will revert to use as female toilets only. A clearly signed one way entry and exit system will be in operation. 
We aim to reopen the changing rooms from Saturday October 3rd to allow for enhancements to the ventilation prior to reopening. The numbers of concurrent users will be limited to ensure users are able to comply with social distancing rules, however members are encouraged follow the government guidance to arrive at the club already changed wherever possible. 
Further details on access to the changing rooms, storage of kit whilst on the water and reclaiming of kit already in the changing rooms but not in lockers will be provided next week. 
The bar opening hours for next week (from 28th Sept) are amended to Monday to Wednesday 2pm to 8pm, and Thursday to Sunday 12am to 8pm.

Sailing Schedule updated to the end of the season

The sailing schedule has now been updated to include organised sailing for October, November and December. The schedule follows the current pattern of Supported Sailing on Saturdays (where racing was originally scheduled), and club racing on Sundays. For the Sunday 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 be monitoring demand as the weather gets colder, and the schedule is subject to change if demand is low (due to lack of changing rooms, etc) or additional regulation or guidance comes out from the Government. 
We will continue to draw Support Boat Drivers and Crews from a smaller pool, anyone scheduled for those duties can stand down, but given the size and availability of Drivers and Crews, we do need volunteers who’d be willing to help. If you can, please contact Robert Govier Anyone scheduled for Saturday RO, ARO or Crew duties in September will not be required.

Sail storage areas - Please keep tidy

Please can all members with equipment in the storage areas at WYC make an effort to keep it tidily stored away. There are a number of areas, especially in Upper Rigdens Shed where sailing and personal kit is on the floor between racks, making access difficult. Please do not store towels, wetsuits and clothing in the sail storage areas. If found, these will be disposed of due to the risk of Coronavirus transmission.

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