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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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Congratulations Mark and Pete

In the run up to the B14 Worlds, Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson have just won the Australian B14 Nationals at Hobart Tasmania. See for report

Bar - Winter Opening Times

The bar will remain open this winter during the months of January, February and March but opening hours from Monday to Thursday will be slightly reduced as follows: Lunchtime: 12-2pm. Evening: 6-11pm. Fridays and weekends will remain the same. WYC

Mast Down

Members are reminded that masts of boats on the beach and the West Quay must be lowered for the winter months. Please do this as soon as possible. Masts that have been taken down should be stored in such a way that pedestrians walking amongst the boats are not inconvenienced or endangered. Anyone wishing to continue sailing through the winter should let the office and their Class Captain know. Last year the Whitstable residents were really appreciative of the masts being lowered and we wish to retain their goodwill next year. Thank you for your co-operation.

Construction Work on the West Quay - VERY IMPORTANT

Major reconstruction work to the edges of the West Quay is due to take place from January to March 2009. More very important information below.... More ›

Club Mirror Dinghies for Syndication

The Yacht Club owns three modern Mirror dinghies that are available for club members to use on a syndicate basis. Anyone who would like to syndicate a Mirror dinghy for the 2009 season should give their names to the Sailing Secretary (Sally Gostelow) in the office by 1 January 2009. Anyone requiring information about the condition of the syndication should speak to Sally.

VHF Radio Course

One place available on the VHF radio course in February. Tuesday evenings 3rd, 10th and 17th. £75 course fee includes instructional book but certificate is extra. First come first served - please e-mail

Off the Water Success

Congratulations to our Abby Ledger who proved she is just as much of a champion off the water as she is on it. Abby became Whitstable Ladies' Pool Champion last week. The competition was held at the Savoy where she had a very convincing 4-1 win. Anyone who is interested in playing pool at the Club, please contact the office and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person.


Treat yourself to a hot dish every Friday either at lunchtime (£5.50) or in the evening (£6.50). NO NEED TO BOOK - just turn up! Food will be served between 12 and 2pm and 6pm and 8pm. A vegetarian option will also be available. WYC

WYC Pool Ladder

Well done to the WYC Pool Team who have maintained their position in the First Division this season. Now the league has finished Wednesday night is free for the Club Pool Ladder matches which are in their fifth week (78 matches played so far). The leader of the ladder at present is out Pool Team Captain, Chris Leamon. The ladder will continue to be played until 21 December and anyone interested should add their name to the list (on the notice board in the bar).

Cadet Class Captain Election

Who do you want to win? Three candidates have put themselves forward for the position of Cadet Class Captain. These are: Rupert Kilburn, Tom Bruton, and the team of Siobhan Lamb and Alicia Clifford. Keep your eyes on the Notice Board for instructions on how to vote - the new Cadet Class Captain will be announced on the 23rd Dec (club Christmas party). May the best person win!! (PS: The American election had nothing on this)

Quiz Nights Blast Off

A nail-biting finish to the first of the new quiz night series on Friday (7th November). Excellent evening, some very in-ter-esting questions and the start of a gourmet challenge on the 'bring your own nibbles' theme. Plenty of scope for more teams:- you have a month to polish the brain cells before the next round on 12th December. Losing team must set and present the next set of questions - well done, Andrew Folkard's team. We look forward to your challenge.

New Years Eve - Party of the Year

Live band, champagne and lovely food - tickets will be available sometime next week from behind the bar.

Calling all Cadets

We are in need of a Class Captain for the cadets. We have a large number of cadets and, as a club, would like to find out what you need as a group - from social events to training issues. We need a person who is prepared to come to either the Sailing Committee meetings or, if school/homework does not permit, send an email which can be read out at this committee. If you are interested, please add your name to the list on the Club Notice Board or, if this is not possible, email the office ( COME ON....this is your chance to get what you want from your Club! DEADLINE: 17 NOVEMBER.

WYC Dominate Podium at Wanderers Inland Champs

Whitstable boats took two of the top three places in a fleet of 20 Wanderers in the Inland Championships at Bewl Valley SC over the weekend. In very breezy conditions Gavin Barr successfully defended his title, crewed by Paul Cross. Chris Partington and Jack Skipper "sailed a blinder" to take 3rd place, beating several top Wanderer class sailors in the process. Well done Team WYC!

New Racing Rules

The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are updated every four years just after the Olympics. The new 2009 rules therefore run through until after the next games, i.e 2012. ISAF has published the new rules. A summary of the changes with explanations, together with the new rules can be seen at (for those with access to this site). More ›

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