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2022 schedule now available on the website

The 2022 Sailing Schedule has now been uploaded to the website at, and the Google Calendar has been updated with the dates. Now is also a great time to check for your 2022 duty and add it to your diary!
The 2022 sailing schedule again assumes a ‘normal year’, but please keep an eye on the website and social media feeds for the latest updates as in case of any changes (Covid related or otherwise!).

Update to bar opening times

A minor change has been made to the bar opening hours. From next week the bar will be closing a the slightly earlier times of 8pm on Thursdays and 9pm on Fridays. All other opening times remain unchanged, and can be viewed at

Unlabeled equipment stored in the WYC sheds

Please make sure that any equipment you store at WYC is labelled with your name and/or sail number so that it can be identified. There are a number of racks in Upper Rigdens Shed which have not been paid for, but have equipment on them which cannot be identified. Equipment that has not been moved, and cannot be identified, by the March Working Party will by put through the appropriate disposal process.

WYC Covid Update - 21st December

We look forward to welcoming you to the club and bar at WYC over the festive period. Our opening times over the festive period can be found at We recommend that any members coming to the club take a Covid Lateral Flow Test prior to their visit as per government guidance to minimise the risk of the spread of Covid, and whilst the wearing of masks is not mandatory, is encouraged when moving around the club buildings. For the club’s full statement on Covid, see


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.

Change to bar opening hours

By popular request from our regulars, we will now be opening the bar on Mondays from 17.00 20.00. For the full bar opening times, see


A gentle reminder for those who have not renewed as yet, membership renewals are due by the end of this month.  Where possible, please pay via bank transfer using your name as the reference.  Payment details are included on the renewal form, if you require another form, please download from our website (  Please email me at if you require any assistance or have a query with your renewal.  Membership Sec.

Winter (Series) is coming!

We’re now at that time of year where the air starts to get a little colder, the nights draw in, and the Winter Series starts at WYC! Sunday only racing from now on, but there’s still 7 races left this year, running to December 5th. This year the Winter Series starts rather unusually with a Committee Boat start, after which Slotty will be returned to her winter mooring next week. The Winter Series is all-in racing, with the exception of the Lasers who get their own start and results. It’s often some of the most competitive racing, so don’t let the time of year put you off, come and join the fun! See you on the water.

Bar Prices

The Bar committee are sorry to announce a few further price increases, mainly in soft drinks and snacks, as of midnight Monday 18 Oct.

Caroline Barr

We’re sorry to pass on the news that Caroline Barr, long-standing club member and wife of the late Gavin Barr, passed away on Tuesday.

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