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WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Tuesday14th July

Friends and members,
The General Committee is reviewing RYA and government guidance with the aim to commence the reopening of parts of the club and the restarting of some organised sailing activities where possible. From Saturday 4th July:

  • The club bar will be open for members on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday to 8pm. Seating/social space will be limited to OUTSIDE ONLY on the decking and forecourt. Members will be limited to signing in a maximum of 1 guest per day per member. To enable contact tracing all members using the bar must provide their name to the bar team, and full contact details, including name, address and phone number, must be provided for any guests who are signed in.
  • Limited toilet facilities will be open for members using the bar.
  • When possible, a Support Boat will be on the water to assist with member’s free sailing on the weekends. See the news feed for details of timings.
  • In line with RYA guidance, the WYC Training Centre is re-starting with a limited amount of courses for small groups. Please contact the Training team for more information:
  • Members have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch wherever possible. If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk.

The following restrictions remain in place:

  • The club house, including the changing rooms, (with the exception of the bar serving area and toilet during bar opening hours) remain closed until further notice, except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative.
  • The club phones and voicemail are not being regularly monitored. To contact the club, please email
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.
  • No formal racing will take place until further notice.
  • All sailing open events in the WYC calendar for May, June and July are cancelled (or postponed where possible)
  • Duty commitments are temporarily suspended.
  • See for a statement on the AGM and continuation of the General Committee.

Thank you for your support in making this happen. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media with the aim to resume normal club activities as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club