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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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AGM Cancelled

Following the most recent government advice on stemming the spread of Covid-19, the AGM scheduled for March 28th will be cancelled. The General Committee will meet by virtual conferencing on Wednesday to decide what immediate and future contingency measures need be put in place as a result of government and RYA briefings and advice.

Colin Brown

We are sorry to announce that Colin Brown sadly passed away. A club member for many years, Laser sailor, windsurfer, and highly respected political journalist and author, Colin and his wife Mandy often stayed in the bunk rooms when in Whitstable. After getting the all clear from cancer, Colin took delivery of a new Laser last year and was looking forward to some expert tuition from Charlie Campion but sadly was taken ill while abroad, diagnosed with brain cancer and died earlier this week.  A popular, outgoing and generous man, Colin wore his considerable intellect and literary achievements lightly and along with sailing and windsurfing was a keen skier and football player.

Abandoned/mislaid sails

One of the jobs completed at the Working Party on Saturday was to clear out all of the vacant sail racks in Upper Rigden’s Shed. Sails found with identifying marks or sail numbers have been moved to temporary storage, and will be processed under RYA abandoned kit guidelines unless claimed. If any of the below list belongs to you, please contact Sally in the club office
Topaz Uno Sail 9726;
Sail 70233;
Laser Radial (4 sails) 177578;
Laser Sail 144279;
Laser Sail 179947;
Topper Sail 47859;
Sail 3463;
Laser Radial Sail (2) 159447;
Tasar Sail 2514;
Tasar Sail 2352;
Tasar Jib;
Tasar jib;
Laser Sail 198535;
A Class Sail GBR 067;
Laser sail 183304;
F18 jib “Maflin”;
Fireball/Blaze sail; and
Catamaran Kite (1 black & 1 white) 159.

A big thank you to all who turned up for Saturday’s working party. All jobs completed.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Working Party on Saturday morning. We had a great turn out and all the planned jobs were completed. Helping your club like this achieves a lot in a short time, makes the club a nicer place to spend time, makes the club a more attractive option for potential members, and saves us all money! Well done team WYC!

Child Welfare Contacts and the WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

We are pleased to announce WYC Wanderer Sailor Paul Cross has joined Jill Fagg as one of our two club Child Welfare Contacts. Every club member should be aware of the responsibilities and expectations defined in the WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, a full updated copy of which can be found at http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules or in the sailing programme which all members receive. 
If you have any concerns, please contact Jill or Paul:
Jill Fagg - brownings.oast@gmail.com - 07973 713377.
Paul Cross - paul@paul-cross.net - 07791726208.

New club guitar!

Louise and Andrew Provan have donated a new club acoustic guitar and case to WYC to replace the road-worn Dallas acoustic. The guitar was formally handed over to the Commodore on Saturday, although it’s not recorded whether Kelvin subsequently provided a demonstration of his strumming skill!
The guitar is free to use for all, but a special request with regard to noise (and choice of song!) – please be considerate to other members of the club who may be within earshot, and may not share your musical enthusiasm!  Please also replace the guitar in the case after use, to minimise damage and dust gathering opportunities.
Thank you Louise and Andrew!

FREE Social Membership opportunity

Did you know that WYC Race Recorders qualify for free Social Membership?
Race Recorders perform an essential role in the volunteer teams that come together every time we hold a club race. Going into the new season we urgently need new recruits. The club offers free Social Membership to Recorders who commit to undertaking at least 10 duties, and of course any new recruits will be given full training and support. If any member knows of relatives or friends who would be interested in joining the club, at no charge, or if you are already a member and would like the opportunity to support club racing (with free membership), please call or email the Club Office for more information, and contact details of current Recorder team for a chat. No experience necessary!

Men’s changing rooms and showers floor painting

Thanks to Mike, Tom, Kelvin, Geoff and Mark from the Laser class who spent their Saturday painting the floor of the men’s showers and changing rooms for the start of the new season!

TRAILERS AND EQUIPMENT STORED AT WYC

A reminder to members that all equipment including trailers stored at WYC need to be identifiable.  Any trailers that are not stored underneath boats are to be paid for separately.  Please contact Sally Gostelow for any further information or advice.  sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk

2020 Sailing Schedule now on the website

The 2020 WYC Sailing programme is now available on the website at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule. The google calendar is also now updated, so if you added the calendar to your phone/laptop calendar last year, it may already be updated! If not, you can download the schedule for iCal on MacOS X, Google Calendar or Outlook on Windows in iCalendar format from the page above, or download the Cadets schedule from the Cadets page at www.wyc.org.uk/cadets/Events. The paper copy has been sent to the printers, and should be going in the post next week, so look out for a copy landing on your doormat soon!

Updates to WYC Data Privacy Notice

WYC’s Data Privacy Notice has been updated. The minor updates which have been applied are to dates in the document, the retention period of membership and training data, use of social media, and the contact details within the document. You can download and read the Data Privacy Notice on the website at wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules.

Updated WYC Sailing Instructions for 2020

The WYC Sailing Instructions for club races have been updated for 2020. The two changes made are to clarify that the entry for a series shall be the boat and one sailor, who must sail on the boat for every race as helm or crew to be awarded an entry for those races (rule 2.1), and that a boat shall not be awarded a prize unless it has started at least two races and finished at least one (rule 17.1). To download a copy, go to wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules

Margaret Winn

We are sorry to announce that Margaret Winn sadly passed away on Christmas morning following a short illness at the age of 89.  She was a long term member of the Yacht Club and was made an Honorary Member in 2010.  For many years she was the Minutes Secretary to the Sailing Committee, but she will best be remembered for her invaluable help in the Race Hut where she could be found each weekend recording the race results.  Her funeral service will be held at St Alphege Church, High Street, Whitstable, on Thursday 30th January at 1.30pm to which all are welcome, afterwards the family will attend a short service of committal at Barham Crematorium at 3.20pm to which anyone who would like to attend is also welcome. Donations in her memory to go to the Whitstable branch of the RNLI. Please send to John Kemp Funeral Service, 26 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH.

Saturday bar opening hours - Minor change for the Winter

The WYC bar opening hours on Saturdays will now be from midday to 11pm for the winter period. For full details of the opening hours, see wyc.org.uk/about/social

Message from the Commodore

As this season comes to a close I’d like to say a huge thank you the safety boat drivers, crews, race officers, race result recorders, committee boat drivers, event organisers, training team, the office team, various committees and the many others who work behind the scenes to make it possible for us to run the programme. And of course, thank you to everyone who took part in the scheduled racing and events. Whilst the variability in weather kept down the percentage of scheduled races sailed, we still had good turn outs, not forgetting of course the windsurfers who take to the water on the windier days! 
Looking forward to next year, preparations are already under way for both on and off the water activities. The draft programme has been published and the Sailing Committee is reviewing where we need to recruit volunteers to help run it. The most urgent need is for more Race Recorders, an essential role that also attracts free Social Membership for a commitment of at least 10 events. If you know anyone who would be interested in the ‘dry side’ of sailing then please put them in touch with Robert Govier or Joceline Davis
Next year’s off the water activities promise to be significantly challenging with our beach lease renewal negotiations running alongside the ongoing inquiry into the presence and growth of the oyster beds. More updates will be provided on both of these nearer the time. 
Also off the water but on a more positive note we are introducing an on-line booking capability for courses and cadet events early in the New Year. When that implementation has taken place we’ll also be undertaking a small trial on an on-line Duty Allocation Application which if successful should make it easier to allocate, manage and change duties across the various support activities. 
There is more to come about next year’s on and off the water activities so please look out for items on the usual News and Social pages. 
Finally, a reminder that all masts should be taken down for the winter and boats checked to ensure they are securely tied down. 
On behalf of the General Committee I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. 
Kelvin Tolson 
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club.

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