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Adult development training sessions

Hi everyone, We have pencilled in some training dates into the new programme for the new season. The idea is to encourage people on to the water and ideally join in club racing. The format will hopefully be as follows (i) 25th April – RYA Improver training followed by (ii) 2nd May – RYA Start Racing. This will be replicated in the summer on the following dates: (i) 4th July - RYA Improver training followed by (ii) 18th July - RYA Start Racing. None of these dates have been confirmed by the RYA as yet. Cost per training session should be £10-15 and you will need access to a Laser. If you are interested in joining in please register your interest by emailing me back ASAP ( Regards Tom Baily (Laser Class Captain)

WYC Boot Fair

We have a huge pile of unclaimed sailing garments "picked up" around the changing rooms. The plan is to hold a mini boot fair at the working party (funds will be used to purchase a particular item at the Club or the RNLI - we'll decide later). So, if you don't want to re-purchase your own item, I suggest you pop in the Club before 13th March. I also suggest you practice your haggling skills as I drive a very hard bargain. Melanie. PS: all undergarments have been destroyed - sorry!!

Tea Bar Staff Required

To work at weekends throughout the sailing season and at various sailing events. Please contact the office if you are interested, or know of anyone else who may be interested. Melanie

WYC is now on Twitter

For those of you who like the odd "tweet", the Club is now on Twitter. For news and announcements as they happen "follow us" by clicking on this link:

WYC Pool Team

There is scope for 6 new players in The club’s two pool teams. If you are interested contact, by 10th Feb, or pop down to club on 3rd Feb where your find the teams having a little friendly game.

Sunday Treats

Get cosy with your favourite tipple and a nice roast potato at the bar - just like the old days (obviously, I am far too young to remember). You can thank volunteer Chef Lowes and his gang for this treat! Don't miss out as I've heard there may be other tasty treats on the menu! Melanie

2010 Sailing Programme now on line

The 2010 sailing programme, together with the duty roster, is now on this site in the racing section. The programme booklet is with the printers and will be sent to members in due course.

Winter Warmups

The "Bewl Blaster" Open is on Sunday 7th Feb (entry fee: £10). The "Spring Thaw" Open Series also at Bewl Valley starts on Sunday 14th Feb and continues each Sunday up to Sun. 7th March (entry fee: £40 for the series). For more informatoin phone the club on 01892 890930, or email Another well attended event is the Hoo Freezer. This is scheduled to take place on 27th February and more information can be found on the Hoo Ness Yacht Club's website at: This is popular with our members so you will see a few familiar faces should you decide to attend. WYC

Five Stars for the Club (blowing the WYC trumpet)

We are pleased to announce that WYC was given the highest score possible from a recent health inspection. "Scores on the Doors" is a government scheme which grades the hygiene/food management and general cleanliness of a premises (including the bar/cellar). A great start to 2010.

Masts down - please

There are still a number of masts standing on the beach. Members are reminded that the boat parking policy states that masts must be lowered during the non-sailing months. If you wish to sail through the winter please let the office know and you will be given dispensation to leave your mast up. If your mast is still up please lower it immediately.

For all our good little sailors…

...the Club has organised a christmas treat for you all. We will be celebrating Christmas with fun, carols with the odd party game here and there. If you are interested, please write your names on the beautiful poster (designed by Holly Gostelow) on the notice board by the tea bar. The more the merrier!

New Years Eve

Start as you mean to go on in 2010. The Pepper Army are back to play again by popular request (they received rave reviews last year). Tickets are now available behind the bar at £15 and canapes will be served. Champagne will be available to purchase behind the bar (I guarantee we won't be running out!). We have had a lot of interest in "the party of the decade" so make sure you buy your tickets asap. Donna Hender, Social Secretary

What are your thoughts on further training?

We are running this survey to gauge members' thoughts on further training. We would also like to know if the more accomplished sailors would be interested in becoming Club Racing Coaches/mentors for new members/post Level 2 sailors. If you wish to take part, please click on the link below. Many thanks. WYC

Volunteers urgently required for Tea Bar

As you know a small group of members have been on hand to serve you behind the Tea Bar for several weeks now. We are appealling for helpers to give some of our volunteers a break - any help would be much appreciated. Dates in particular are: 22 November and 29th November. Please contact the office (before 2pm) or leave a message behind the bar. Thanks very much. WYC

Clearance of changing rooms

Please remove all loose gear immediately following the last race of the season. Winter working parties will undertake deep cleaning and painting. All lost property and abandoned clothing will be disposed of during the week beginning Monday 14th December. Many thanks. WYC

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