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Launch of the 2019 Allen Endurance Series, including the Forts Race, at the RYA Dinghy Show

UK performance sailing hardware manufacturer Allen Brothers announced this year's Allen Endurance Series at the Dinghy Show today, which will include the Forts Race at Whitstable Yacht Club. The sailing series is designed to test crews and equipment in extreme contests of skill and endurance, combining established events into a format which Allen Brothers believes will increase participation and competition, enhancing the endurance element of small boat racing in the UK.
The format of this year's Forts Race has been updated to provide racing across a wider range of craft. Monohulls and single handed catamarans will now be able to enter, with the unique hub and spoke format of the Forts Race providing a range of course options and lengths, with the safety aspect of a regular 'check in' through a gate at the Whitstable Yacht Club. More details of the event will be published shortly, and you can stay in touch through the WYC website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race or by following the Forts Facebook page at facebook.com/FortsRace.
The Allen Endurance Series combines the Whitstable Yacht Club Forts Race, the East Coast Piers Race, the Round Sheppey Race and the Solent Towers Race into a series with overall winner(s), who will receive an Allen Voucher worth £500, as well as £100 vouchers for the winners of each individual event and other prizes for classes and legs.
The dates now published are:
Whitstable Forts Race Weekend: 18/19 May 2019, wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/forts-race;
Solent Forts Race: Sun, 09/06/2019 - 10:30, www.hfsc.org.uk/solent-forts-race-2019/2019-race;
East Coast Piers Race: 7th July 2019 www.eastcoastpiersrace.com/; and
Sheppey Round The Island Race: August 31st / 1st September 2019, www.iossc.org.uk/islandrace/.

CLEAR OUT OF RIGDEN SHED ROOF RAFTERS - SATURDAY 9 MARCH

All equipment in the Rigden Shed roof rafters will be removed and placed outside ready for disposal on Saturday 9 March. If you think you own any item, please collect as soon as possible.

2019 WYC Information and Programme booklet sent to printers!


The 2019 WYC Information and Programme booklet has been sent to printers, and will be posted to members shortly. If you want a preview, you can view an online copy here: wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/2019_WYC_Programme_FINAL.pdf

2019 Sailing and Cadet programme now available in Google Calendar and iCalendar format!

WYC Presents 2019You can now add the 2019 Sailing programme and the Cadets & Families programme to your phone or computer's calendar. Both are now available to add from Google Calendar or download in iCal format. Head to wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule or wyc.org.uk/cadets/Events for details.
Thanks to Richard Jones for creating the files!
Note: if you added the WYC calendars to your google calendar last year, you may not need to do anything! Check to see if the 2019 events (first race on 10th March!) have appeared on your phone!

2019 Sailing Schedule now online!

WYC Presents 2019It's only 5 weeks to go until the start of Whitstable Yacht Club's 2019 sailing programme! The paper programmes are being printed and will be sent shortly, and the online schedule is now available on the website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule.
Please check and note your 2019 duty. If you have any questions about your allocated duty, please contact your Class Captain (wyc.org.uk/contact/Committee-Members).
See you on the water soon!

Wanted - Crew for the WYC Merlin Open (22nd & 23rd June) and Salcombe Merlin Week (6th to 13th July)

Wanted - Crew for Salcombe Merlin Week (July 6th through 13th).
Transport and accommodation provided for crew and partner if required.
Availability for Whitstable Merlin Open preferred (June 22nd and 23rd).
Experience in Merlin Rockets is a plus, but experience in any spinnaker boat OK. Preferred weight 9 to 10 stone.
If interested please email barrtimothy@me.com.

Abandoned/lost kit?

These trolleys and covers are situated at the seaward end of row 21 (the row next to Reeves Beach). They appear to be abandoned, if you own one of the trolleys and/or covers please contact the Beachmaster. If the items are not claimed by their owners they will be moved to Reeves Beach awaiting disposal through the process defined in the WYC Storage Policy.

Well done to the Winter Series Prize Winners!

Sunday saw the last scheduled race of the 2018 club racing programme. Unfortunately do to a combination of a very high tide (and flood warning), rough see and cold conditions the racing was called, off, but those who came down were still entertained by some hardy Laser sailors who braved the rough launch conditions to go for a blast! Onshore we were treated to a buffet, courtesy of Charlie Campion (thanks Charlie!) and Prize Giving for the Winter Series. Congratulations to Christian Brewer who won the Laser class, followed by Niall Martin in 2nd and Steve Gray in third. Congratulations to Dickie Ledger and John Berrington on their Dart 18 for winning the General class, followed by Robert Govier and David Figgis on their Tornado in second, and Luke Swain in third on his A-class.
The 2019 season isn't far off, with the first race scheduled for Sunday 10th March. In the mean time, please take your mast down if you haven't already (or let Sally in the office know if you're planning to keep it up for the winter)!

Performance Bursary award

Congratulations to Tom Oliver who has been successful in his application to the RYA SE Youth Training Fund for a Performance Bursary. The Bursary is awarded based on merit, and is targeted to support young sailors in their sailing, be that in competitions, training, clothing or equipment. Tom is a regular sailor in the Laser fleet, and has been active within WYC Training, supporting courses and cadet sessions this year. It's great to see another of our young sailor's potential being recognised in this way by the RYA!

WYC 2019 CLUB INFORMATION AND PROGRAMME - ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

The 2019 Club Programme is currently being compiled and there are opportunities to advertise within it. If you are able to help support WYC by placing an advert in the programme for a small fee, please contact Sally Gostelow: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk.

Christmas craft fair thanks!

Thank you to organiser Andrea Oliver, and all of the members and friends who took stalls and sold cakes and raffle tickets on Saturday at the WYC Christmas Craft Fair. The event was a great success, raising £400 for the ramp fund!

Notes from the Meeting of Sailors 2018

The notes from this year's Meeting of Sailors, held on Sunday 18th November, can be downloaded here: wyc.org.uk/about/Meeting_Minutes.

2018/19 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Thank you to all those members who have renewed their memberships on time. However, there are a number outstanding and these may be subject to a late payment charge from 1 December 2018. If you have mislaid your renewal form, please download from our website http://wyc.org.uk/members/Subscriptions and return with payment to Sally Gostelow, Membership Secretary or, alternatively, give Sally a call on 01227 272942, Mondays or Tuesdays only.

Elma Smedley

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Elma Smedley (Wilby) after a short illness. She will be greatly missed by husband Paul and her children Geoff, Lizzie and Sarah.
Elma was a longstanding member of WYC and one of those ‘stand out’ great characters, never to be forgotten. She and Gaye Woolven were a riotous partnership in their Dart 15 ‘Tiddly Too’. She was always at the centre of the social scene ashore, while at the same time a kind and caring person who will be well remembered and loved by the many people whom she treated at the Harbour Medical Centre.
Paul and Elma loved their sailing and were regulars acting as committee vessel for the Swale Regatta each year, they were also great classic car buffs travelling many miles in Paul’s Morgan three wheeler and Austin 7.
Please pass on your messages of condolence onto Sally at the club and we will be sure to pass these on to Paul.

Surplus heavy duty bolts

The club has a quantity of unused surplus heavy duty galvanised bolts, nuts and washers. They were purchased as part of the original plans to repair the ramp, plans that were superseded by the need for the complete rebuild this year.
These may be of interest to members involved in engineering/construction, for further details regarding quantities and purchase price please contact Beachmaster Kelvin Tolson.The kit details are as follows:
M20/300 galvanised bolts grade 8.8
M20/360 galvanised bolts grade 8.8
M20 galvanised nuts grade 8.8
M20 type “G” galvanised washers grade

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