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Virtual Racer - Results and next races

Well done to Tom Oliver who came 8th overall in the RYA eSailing Club Championship London & South East Final. There were over 500 entrants in the championships from across London and the South East, so this is quite an achievement!
In club eSailing, Kevin Dutch has won the Spring Series with a strong lead after 30 races over 10 Saturdays and Sundays. Second place was Tom Oliver, and third was Robert Govier. The final results can be found here.
As the weather is getting better and some restrictions on getting out and about, and sailing in real life have been lifted, we are stopping weekend eSailing for now, but we can bring it back if there’s the demand! Evening racing on Tuesday (8pm) and Thursdays (8.15pm) will carry on, so please log on and join in!

Found in the archive - rare colour documentary on the 1967 Admiral’s Cup

One of several reels of film found in the club archives,showing a rare colour documentary on the 1967 Admiral’s Cup. We think that this was a film that was sent to select Yacht Clubs by the sponsor of the event to be shown to members, and Whitstable was lucky enough to receive a copy and store it in our archives. Go to the WYC Youtube channel to see the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt5ToIUWkogM.

From the RORC website: “Australia returned down under with renewed vigour towards the event. Sir Robert Crighton-Brown commissioned Balandra, built to the same design as Quiver IV, while Bob Miller collaborated with Ted Kaufman to design Mercedes III. These joined Caprice of Huon for her second attempt. In Britain, Firebrand, after modifications, rejoined the team with Noryema V and Prospect of Whitby. 10 years after the first event, there were now eight teams – it was the first time both Finland and Spain had fielded entries alongside Holland, France, Germany and the USA. In the Channel Race, France took the overall lead with solo star Eric Tabarly on Pen Duick III, but Australia took the team lead, 26 points ahead of Britain. In the Britannia Cup a series of almost farcical events by the French and US handed the Australian team further points although only one more than the competitive British team. In the New York Yacht Club Cup, the USA regained some pride to win but the universally strong performance of the Australians took them 17 points ahead of Britain and the USA. In the Fastnet Race Pen Duick III took the win but the Australian team continued to perform to win the race on points and take home the Admiral’s Cup for the first time with an overall margin of 107 points.” For more information, see http://www.rorc.org/admiral-s-cup

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Update Tuesday 12th May

Based on the new Government guidance, from Wednesday 13th May, people can go out on the water. The club remains closed, and there are no organised sailing or social activities. The WYC General Committee sub-group are having regular virtual meetings and working on plans to restart organised activities and re-open the club when further restrictions are lifted. We are following the guidance of the RYA, RNLI and the Government. 
Members now have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch where-ever possible.
If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. Please respect and follow Government and RNLI guidelines, and WYC safety advice for free sailing and watersports.

Found in the archive - Amateur colour footage of the 1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at WYC

One of several reels of film found in the club archives, we think that this amateur colour footage shows sailing during FD Week held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1959. It was run in conjunction with the FD World Championships and there is brief footage of this event. It was the year before the Rome Olympics and attracted competitors from across the world. Most notably it was the first time competitors from Russia, Poland and East Germany had competed this side of the Iron Curtain. There were also two boats from South Africa.
Competitors were in two fleets sailing Olympic courses of a triangle, loop and beat. The World Championships with one competitor from each country went first and the FD Week, which was open to anyone, went 15 minutes later. Local sailor “Slotty” Dawes (K36) who features prominently in this film, won FD Week and went on to represent GB at Rome where he finished 7th. Five Whitstable crews competed in FD Week.
The Flying Dutchman was a new Olympic class in 1960 and had been introduced into the UK by “Slotty” Dawes. “Slotty” was President of the International FD Class Association. Whitstable was the centre of UK FD sailing and went on to run many international events including the Europeans.
The cream coloured motor boat used for finishing belonged to local builder and Club member, Jack Philpott. Note also the marks which were black square or triangular top marks mounted on old Fairey duckling dinghies or old carley floats that the Club had bought in bulk.
Note the film has been reversed on the reel and sail numbers read from right to left! https://youtu.be/ANXc836AQGs

An update from the Commodore. 30th April 2020

On behalf of General Committee I’d like to thank all members for their support as the lock-down continues with all club activities, organised and non organised, suspended. Although the club is closed and we are all in lock-down, background activity continues (remotely and via online meetings) with committee members continuing to manage the impact of the current restrictions on our employees (now furloughed), our members, future events and club finances.
Whilst there is no sign of an immediate end to the current restrictions we have started to consider and plan for how the club could operate in what will be a very different and challenging environment, determined by any ongoing measures necessary to comply with the letter and spirit of Government directives. As the situation changes we will provide further briefings. Meanwhile, thank you for your ongoing support and as always, keep safe. 
Kelvin Tolson - WYC Commodore.

Found in the archive - Film of the 1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at WYC

One of several reels of film found in the club archives, this short video shows black and white footage of the Flying Dutchman World Championship and FD Week held at Whitstable Yacht Club in July 1959. It was the year before the Rome Olympics and attracted competitors from across the world. Most notably it was the first time competitors from Russia, Poland and East Germany had competed this side of the Iron Curtain. There were also two boats from South Africa. It attracted a lot of media interest, and The local paper even reported what the Russians had for breakfast they seemed so alien at the time!
Competitors were in two fleets sailing Olympic courses of a triangle, loop and beat. The World Championships with one competitor from each country went first and the FD Week, which was open to anyone, went 15 minutes later. The World Championship was won by Mario Capio of Italy, followed by Adrian Jardine (K17) of Great Britain. FD Week was won by local sailor “Slotty” Dawes (K36) who represented GB at Rome where he finished 7 th. The Flying Dutchman was a new Olympic class in 1960 and had been introduced into the UK by WYC sailor “Slotty” Dawes. “Slotty” was President of the International FD Class Association. Whitstable was the centre of UK FD sailing and went on to run many international events including the Europeans.

RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships - WYC qualifying round winner!

Well done to Tom Oliver, who beat 5 other WYC sailors in the WYC qualifying round of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships in some very close racing. After 5 races the results were a tie, with Tom beating Andrew Guerin once RRS A8 was applied. Ali Nicolson was only 2 points behind the leaders to come in third place, with Robert Govier just getting forth place despite tieing on points with Jonny Musgrove, and Ruth Oliver came in 6th only place 10 points behind the leaders.
Tom now goes through to the South East Regional qualifying round, and if successful, through to the Nationals! There are over 230 clubs taking part, so that’s a lot of competition!

Reminder: Clubhouse Closure

Members are reminded that with the ongoing government restrictions, the clubhouse and all associated buildings remain closed to members. This closure includes the Rigden and Stroud sheds.

Whitstable Marine - Support your local chandlery!

Don’t forget that our local chandlery is still open online: https://www.whitstablemarine.co.uk/. Now’s a great time to stock up on spare parts, do some polishing/painting/bimbling if you have your boat at home, make sure you have all the right gear for when we’re allowed on the water, or learn a new skill like splicing (https://www.marlowropes.com/splicing-instructions)! 
All stock is available for click and collect, and if you can’t find it on their website, you can still order it by messaging them through their website or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhitstableMarines/. They’ll also do free delivery for club members in the Whitstable and Herne Bay area.

Virtual Easter Nip Results

With a mix of classes sailed across 4 days of racing, 49er on Friday, Star on Saturday, F18 on Sunday and Day Boat Racer on Monday, the 19 gamers enjoyed some close racing for the first WYC Virtual Easter Nip. Across the 12 races, Kevin Dutch showed consistent performance, taking first place in 9 of the races to take first overall. Tom Oliver gave him the most competition to come in second overall. The battle for third place was very close, with only 2 points in it, but Luke Swain couldn’t quite get past Rick Perkins, giving Rick the place. The full results can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/tb72wjq.
If you want to join in, sign up for free at https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ on your laptop, phone or tablet, and then join a race! The next scheduled club races are the Evening Series this week on Tuesday and Thursday, and then the start of the virtual Spring Series on Saturday and Sunday. See the full schedule at https://tinyurl.com/vvd2j5p

Virtual Easter Nip - Day 1!

The WYC Virtual Easter Nip day 1 racing has completed, with 14 boats taking part for a great competition on the ‘water’! We raced 49ers today, with Kevin Dutch, Rick Perkins and Steve Hodges are leading the pack, but there’s plenty to play for as we switch to the Star class for Saturday’s racing. See https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pr_bcyGrJbn58cijmSYucOcbYVmJVgSPUqGkRS58txc/edit?usp=sharing for the results so far.
If you want to take part, go to https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ or download the Virtual Regatta Inshore game from your app store, create a free account, and do the simple training sessions. Then, join a WYC race! We’ll be racing at 10am for the Virtual Easter Nip on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There’s a limit of 20 sailors per race, so we suggest you log in at least 10 mins before to join. To connect to the race, log in, go to Custom Race, in the Join tab click the green padlock button at the bottom and add the code (for the Virtual Easter Nip it’s “wycnip2020”). There’ll be 3 back to back races per session, so after each race, repeat the process to join the race with the same code. For details of the full schedule, see http://wyc.org.uk/news/wyc-racing-on-virtual-regatta.

WYC Racing on Virtual Regatta

Need get your sailing fix while Social Distancing or Self Isolating? The RYA has organised for Whitstable Yacht Club to get a free VIP pass to enable us to organise club racing online! We’ve had a few practice races, and the game is fun and easy to use from a laptop, tablet or phone. To get started, go to https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ or download the Virtual Regatta Inshore game from your app store, create a free account, and do the simple training sessions. Then, join a WYC race! 
We’re putting together a schedule based on volunteer organiser’s availability, so check here for the race start times: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hGaOQv4bd5HgBCHbWgsstQkaFL4XE8VTB5cjLLJjIcY/edit?usp=sharing.  There’s a limit of 20 sailors per race, so we suggest you log in at least 10 mins before to join. To connect to the race, log in, go to Custom Race, in the Join tab click the green padlock button at the bottom and add the code from the schedule above. There’ll be 3 back to back races per session, so after each race, repeat the process to join the race with the same code.
Each race needs an organiser to open and start the race, so if you’d like to get involved with organising more races and races at different times, please contact Robert Govier.

WYC AGM Update and General Committee

As previously communicated, the Whitstable Yacht Club Annual General Meeting scheduled for 28th March has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. A Special General Meeting will be scheduled within 6 months, or as soon as reasonably possible to do so whilst meeting government guidelines. The General Committee has decided that, in line with RYA guidance, as there were no contested nominees for Flag Officer or General Committee member positions, and all General Committee Members were planning to re-stand (with the exception of Tizzie Lambert), the current General Committee will remain in place until the SGM can be held to avoid any potential disruption to the running of the club during this time.
The events and restrictions on movements are unprecedented in the club’s history, and as such not well catered for within the club’s rules. We hope that members will understand and support the General Committee’s position, but please raise any queries with the Commodore or a member of the GC.

Thank You Tizzie Lambert

Social event organiser Tizzie Lambert has decided to stand down from the General Committee. Tizzie did a great job over the last year in organising and supporting the social side of the club with a range of different activities and events. The WYC General Committee would like to thank Tizzie for the tremendous effort she put into organising and running those social activities, her input will be missed.

Full club closure

With immediate effect the clubhouse, changing rooms and deck area will be closed until further notice except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative. The GC is sure that members will understand and support the club in that decision. Hopefully the efforts we are all making will help things to return to normal sooner rather than later. As always, please continue to follow government advice and keep safe.

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