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Tasar Open at WYC - Report and Photos

Following the success of the Tasar Nationals at the end of May, a fleet of 14 boats assembled for an Open Meeting at Whitstable Yacht Club over the weekend of 22nd/23rd June (combined with the Merlin Rocket fleet - see post above!) on what turned out to be a glorious, and rare, weekend combining both sun and Force 3-4 winds. A full report can be read at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/219288/Tasars-at-Whitstable, and the full results can be found at http://wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
From Class Captain Ali Nicholson: “On behalf of the Tasar Class, many thanks to Whitstable Yacht Club and all its members and volunteers who helped to put on such a fantastic event.  Special thanks as always to the Laser Class for making room for the visitors!.”
Photo credit - Nick Champion - http://www.championmarinephotography.co.uk/

Website updated!

You may have noticed some minor changes to the WYC website today. We’ve had an upgrade! All the information is still here, but the website is now ‘responsive’ so should look better on mobile phones, etc. If you encounter any problems with the website, please contact robert.govier@wyc.org.uk.

Michael Bushe

We’re sorry to report the death of Michael Bushe. Mike was a member of the WYC cruiser class in the 90s and 2000s.

His funeral will be on Wednesday 10th July. Mass 10.30 at Our lady of the immaculate conception, Kingsdown Park Road, Burial at circa 11.30 at cemetery, wake at the Marine Hotel, Tankerton from 1.00pm. All who new him are welcome to attend.

Wanderer Open Report

Sailors from across England gathered at Whitstable Yacht Club on Saturday (15th June) in honour of veteran champion dinghy sailor, Gavin Barr, and to compete in the Wanderer Open.

Whitstable YC Club President Larry Lamberton MBE presented a new trophy in the form of a scaled down 14 : 1 model of a Wanderer. Crafted in stainless steel by Whitstable blacksmith Rob Pitman, the trophy captures the sails’ shape from Gavin’s match winning boat, “Thistle”.

Event organiser Richard Maltby said, “Sailing for this beautiful trophy is part of putting the Wanderer Open firmly in Whitstable’s events programme. For the inaugural race to be won in Gavin Barr’s boat by his son Tim with Mark Skipper (Gavin’s usual crew) could not have been a more perfect result, though that now makes Tim the new helm to beat.”

Following a BBQ, Gavin entertained the gathering with his guitar and a few songs including the now infamous Pirate song, “Where does a pirate go shopping? Aaarghos. “What is a pirate’s favourite Christmas carol?” We Three Kings of Orient, Aaargh.

For a full report on the event.

Special offer for WYC golfers

Whitstable and Seasalter Golf ClubWhitstable and Seasalter Golf Club are kindly offering discounted green fees to WYC members. The discounts are £3 per round for up to 3 players, or 4 players for 3. To take advantage of the offer members will need to produce a WYC green fee discount card, the cards will placed at the end of the bar over the next week. The cards are single use and will be given up to the golf club when arriving for a game. This is a new initiative for both clubs and we are both keen for it to succeed, any feedback from members will be most welcome.

Coming Soon: WYC LaserFest’19

A brief public service message from Capt Mike:
Saturday 13th July.

•13:00 hrs There will be some Laser sailing.
•There will be some drinking.
•17.00 – 19.00 hrs there will be some eating, bring and share B B Q.
•There will be some more drinking.
•20.30 – 23.00 hrs live band ‘Sold on Soul’
•There will be some sleeping.
Sunday 14th July.
•11:00 hrs There will be more Laser sailing.
•There will be some prizegiving.
•There may be some more drinking!

All members invited to Laser sail and/or socialise.
For the latest information, see the LaserFest website or follow the event on social on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Reclaimed WYC ramp wood used in winning Chelsea Flower Show garden!

Joe Perkins DesignWood that was stripped off the WYC ramp during repairs last year has been recycled into a gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by Joe Perkins Design! The wood was reclaimed by Ashwells Reclaimed Timber and then used in the garden “Beyond the Screen” which was awarded a gold medal in the Best Space to Grow category.

Read more on Kent Online, or check out the Joe Perkins Design website.

It’s never too late to learn to sail!

“On 20th May Ruth Oliver, bless her, took her life in her hands to give the ‘oldest beginners’ at the club their first sailing lesson. She risked life and limb to guide us through our two day RYA level 1!! Ruth’s patience and wonderful instruction helped us achieve our aim and despite Barbara suffering from sea sickness and Tizzie having chronic indigestion on day 1 we were awarded our certificate at the end of day two - whoopee! We have now learned lots of sailing ‘terminology and tied loads of knots - hope our ancient brains can remember it all!

We will be taking level 2 with Ruth in September, if she can put up with us again!

A massive thanks to Ruth and Whitstable Yacht Club.”

Tizzie and Barbara

If you’d like to learn to sail, go to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/training for information and contact details.

Police Property Fund award to WYC

Whitstable Yacht Club has been awarded £500 from the Police Property Fund. The donation will be used to secure improved safety equipment for the WYC Cadets and young sailors.
The Kent Police Property Fund is generated from the sale, at auction, of items seized in police operations, and awarded to local, not-for-profit organisations in Kent. WYC applied back at Christmas for funding, and PC Ben Crosswell visited the club in April for the presentation of the cheque to Ruth Oliver, the WYC Senior Instructor and RYA Onboard Officer for the WYC Cadets.

Updated Race Officer guide

The Race Officer Guide has been updated to include some additional guidance on the Oyster Racks. We recommend all members with Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer duties to familiarise themselves with the RO Guide prior to their duty. The updated guide can be found here, along with other useful information: http://wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules, and there’s a printed copy in the Race Hut.

WYC Tea and Coffee bar

We’ve all noticed how busy and popular Whitstable is getting on summer weekends, which often drives a long queue at Keith’s Coffee Hut. Whilst the Coffee Hut is an important source of revenue for the club, this can be frustrating if you want a hot drink or food before or after racing, so from mid-June Keith will also be selling hot drinks and food to WYC members only from the WYC coffee hatch! Keith will be installing a coffee machine, so it will be the same great coffee, just without the long queue! The Coffee Hatch is planned to be open 2 hours before racing until up to 2 hours after finish, although times may vary depending on the weather and race times.

Video report from the 2019 Whitstable Forts Endurance Race Weekend!

Go to https://youtu.be/9BnRm8-m7cA for the report on this year’s race.

 

WYC Cadets take first place at KSSA Topper Team Racing

Brilliant day at the Kent Schools Sailing Association Topper Team racing at Westbere Lake on Saturday 25th May. The 3 WYC teams had a great time, showing considerable skill despite the very tricky conditions. After 21 races there was a tie for 1st place so Whitstable battled it out in a race off against Kings School Canterbury. With the best wind of the day Whitstable took top 2 places ensuring victory. The club will now represent Kent in the National finals in October.

Congratulations everyone who sailed and big thank you to all our Instructors and helpers who developed such competent sailors!

If you’d like to know how to get your children involved with sailing at Whitstable Yacht Club, see wyc.org.uk/cadets

Beachmaster urgently needed

The Beachmaster role has changed over time and is now much more than allocating spaces on the beach. Working with the various Class Captains and other beach user representatives it also includes active management of the club’s beach facility and specific projects. With a couple of projects required to be started over the next couple of months I would keen to hear from anyone interested in taking on the role.

Interested? Please either contact me via commodore@wyc.org.uk or catch Kelvin Tolson when he is at the club and he will provide more detail.

Thank you…

On behalf of all members I would like to thank Fef Griffin and her family for the very generous donation of a new fully equipped high spec training rib donated in memory of her late husband Peter, an active member of the club and valued contributor to the training of our up and coming young sailors. The rib will be delivered during the summer and will be used by the training team in support of their various courses and activities. The rib will be named the ‘Peter Griffin’.
Kevin Tolson - Commodore

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