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WYC encourages class and fleet racing where possible. Race start sequences, courses and prizes are based on the below class list for the majority of club races. For more information on any of the classes, see the Recommended Boats table, or the Class Captains listed here.

Class Description Recommended Boats
Laser Fleet racing for the full rig Laser Standard one design dinghy. See the Laser Class page Laser Standard
Laser Radial Fleet racing for the Laser one design dinghy with a Radial or 4.7 rig. Note, all in racing, so all boats effectively raced at a Laser Radial handicap. See the Laser Class page Laser Radial, Laser 4.7
Tasar Fleet racing for the Tasar one design class Tasar
Merlin Rocket Fleet racing for the Merlin one design class Merlin Rocket
Asymmetric Skiffs Racing for Asymmetric Skiff style boats, usually on a 'sausage' shaped course 29er, Musto Skiff, B14
Slow Handicap Monohull dingies PY1180 and slower Topper, Mirror, Topaz, RS Feva
Cadets (under 18s) WYC is a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club, and so we encourage young sailors to sail RYA Recognised Classes, and those that are already sailed at WYC. For more information, see the Cadets page Any boat suitable to be helmed by a cadet (Topper, RS Feva, Mirror, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, 420)
General Handicap Monohull dinghies PY1179 and faster Wanderer, 420, Solo
Small Catamarans Monohull catamarans PY791 and slower Dart 18
Big Catamarans Monohull catamarans PY790 and faster F18, Tornado, A-Class
Cruisers Cruisers and keel boats enjoy using WYC as their Whitstable base, and WYC has a dedicated cruiser mooring buoy in the Swale. For more information about the cruising opportunities in the Whitstable area, see

Recommended Boats

Below are the boats recommended to sail at WYC. These are boats sailed regularly at WYC, so sailing one of these will give you similar boats to sail with, allowing you to develop as a sailor and get useful tips and advice from other club members. Boats not on this list can be sailed at WYC, and would just join the appropriate handicap class for racing.

Boat Class Difficulty Level Best sailed by Class Association
Mirror Slow Handicap Two children, or one adult and one child, or one adult
Topper Slow Handicap One child or adult
Topaz Uno Slow Handicap One child, two children or one adult
RS Feva Slow Handicap Two children, or one adult and one child, or one adult
Laser 4.7 Laser Radial or Slow Handicap One child or small adult See also the Laser Class page
Wanderer General Handicap ♦ ♦ Two adults, or one/two adults and one child
420 General Handicap ♦ ♦ Two children
Tasar Tasar ♦ ♦ Two adults, or one adult and one child
Laser Radial Laser Radial ♦ ♦ One child or small adult See also the Laser Class page
Laser Standard Laser ♦ ♦ ♦ One adult See also the Laser Class page
Solo Solo ♦ ♦ ♦ One adult
Dart 18 Small Catamaran ♦ ♦ ♦ One or two adults, or one adult and one child
Merlin Rocket Merlin Rocket ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Two adults
Musto Skiff Asymmetric Skiffs ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ One adult
B14 Asymmetric Skiffs ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Two adults
F18 Catamaran Big Catamaran ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Two adults
Tornado Big Catamaran ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Two adults
A-Class Catamaran Big Catamaran ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ One adult

For more information, contact the appropriate Class Captain or the Rear Commodore Sailing