Please note: you are view an unstyled version of Either you have CSS (cascading style sheets) switched off or you browser is not capable of viewing CSS.

News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Forts Race Weekend 2017

The Whitstable Forts Race Weekend

***Dates confirmed for 2019:***
***18th and 19th May***

The UK's premier catamaran focused long distance race!

Over the last 24 years, our long distance race has evolved into a well-balanced test of sailing and racing skills, attracting top national helms as well as experienced club racers and international entries. Laid out in hub and spoke format, with each leg returning through a gate near the club, the full course covers 85 kilometres in estuary, coastal and open sea conditions, and provides racing at all points of sailing. The flexibility of this format differentiates the Forts Race from other marathon events.

  • It can be shortened for all competitors if winds are light.
  • It can be shortened for smaller boats, to provide similar duration of racing.
  • The course can be changed if conditions change.
  • The risk of cancellation is reduced as it is easier to manage.
  • Competitors can retire on passing through the gate each round.
  • Support craft can be rapidly re-deployed where needed in emergency.

Get the latest Forts Race news by liking our Facebook Page:


Class eligibility and entry fees will be confirmed soon

Key Statistics

The most popular classes have been Dart 18, Formula 18, Hurricane 5.9, Spitfire and Tornado. Typically the race attracts 25+ entries. Tidal flow is generally less than three knots, and even then only out to sea at the Forts The race usually lasts between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the conditions and the speed of your boat.



  • Registration between 10am and 1pm.
  • The Shakedown race briefing at 12.30am.
  • The shakedown race will start at 2pm.
  • Club bar open until late! Drinks promotions and live music!


  • Registration between 9am and 10am.
  • Race Safety Briefing for the Forts Race at 10am (mandatory for all competitors)
  • The Forts Race will start at 11am at the earliest on Sunday
  • Prize Giving will take place as soon as possible after the Forts Race on Sunday.

Accommodation and Campervan parking

There are a large number of accommodation options within walking distance of the club (see the WYC accommodation pages), and WYC has a limited number of bunk rooms available. Booking early is recommended! Parking in the Whitstable town centre, close to the club, is cheap at £2.50/day. We have a limited number of campervan/motorhome spots available this year. They need to be pre-booked and cost £20 for the weekend. For more information and to book a spot, email us.

Forts Race Course

The long distance race will be sailed in the area of Whitstable with up to SIX radiating "legs". The Race Officer reserves the right to shorten the course for all OR individual competitors OR all competitors of specific classes. Click here (updated 26th August 2018) to download a provisional list of marks which can be used for the long distance racing.

Important Documents

2019 Documents:


The 2018 Forts Race was held on Sunday 9th September.


The 2017 Forts Race was held on Sunday 10th September.


The 2016 Forts Race was held on Saturday 3rd September.


The 2015 Forts Race was held on Saturday 12th September.


The 2014 Forts Race was held on Saturday 13th September.


The 2013 Forts Race was held on Saturday 21st September.


The 2012 Forts Race was held on Saturday 15th September, with three Round the Cans races on Sunday 16th September.



For more information call (01227 272942) or email the WYC Office. Like us on Facebook at