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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

WYC Training adheres to government regulations and RYA training guidance for all courses and tuition. All bookings are therefore subject to covid-19 restrictions. We are committed to making sailing, and power boating courses safe - and even more fun. Please direct enquiries to
For the full WYC statement on Coronavirus, please click here.

Learning to Sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Whitstable Yacht Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre. The club offers first class tuition, a range of training boats and excellent facilities. Members of the public can be given temporary club membership on application for a course and we also welcome members of other RYA affiliated sailing clubs to our courses at WYC member rates.

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Formal Tuition for RYA Sailing and Powerboat Courses

Adult Courses

Adult courses are carried out in small groups of up to six students. Courses are offered for RYA Level One (Start Sailing), RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) and RYA Level Three (Better Sailing) to become a competent sailor. Courses are held over two days, mostly at weekends but also some weekdays.

SunsetRYA Level One (Start Sailing) 2021 adult course. Assumed knowledge: none. Course content: Rig, launch, turn around (in multiple directions), land and have wind awareness. Ability after course: to sail a boat supervised. 4-6 per course. 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. For charges see Charges. 2021 dates:

  • Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th May
  • Monday 24th / Tuesday 25th May
  • Saturday 12th / Sunday 13th June
  • Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th July
  • Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th August
  • Saturday 4th / Sunday 5th September  

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RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) 2021 adult course. Assumed knowledge: sailing skills to the standard of level 1. Course content: rigging, launching & landing independently. Sailing in all directions including capsize recovery and safety knowledge. Ability after course: able to sail in all directions in good conditions. Limited to 6 4 per course. 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. For charges see Charges. 2021 dates:

  • Monday 10th /Tuesday 11th May
  • Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th May
  • Saturday 26th / Sunday 27th June
  • Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th July  
  • Saturday 21st / Sunday 22nd August
  • Monday 6th / Tuesday 7th September
  • Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th September

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RYA Level Three (Better Sailing) allows for the opportunity to focus on particular skills in accordance with L3 options, to consolidate technique and sail independently. 2021 dates:

  • Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th June

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Youth Training

WestbereCadet courses (age 8 to 16) are based on the RYA National Youth Sailing Scheme and the courses, each lasting 3 days, are programmed for school holiday weeks. By taking appropriate courses, and through practice in WYC Cadet Sessions, a cadet can go from being a complete beginner to becoming a confident, independent sailor, and have a lot of fun in the process. Maximum 10-16 children per course. 9.30 – 4pm all 3 days (exceptions below). For charges see Charges.

Cadet courses for 2021

  • Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th April: Westbere lake / Whitstable Stage 1-3 [Fully Booked]
  • Monday 31st May – Wednesday 2nd June: 1pm – 6pm WYC Stage 1-3
  • Monday 26th – 28th July: WYC Stages 1-3
  • Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th August: Start racing and sailing with spinnakers 9am – 1.30pm WYC
  • Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th August: Stage 4 and Seamanship course 9am – 1.30pm  
  • Monday 23rd – 25th August: WYC Stages 1-3
  • Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th October: Westbere Lake / Whitstable 

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Powerboat Training

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course over two days gives time for practical instruction and theory, and includes a practical assessment. PB2 is also a pre-requisite to drive a club power boat at WYC. Assumed knowledge: None, although level one start powerboating may be proceeded. Limited to 2 people per course, over 16s only. A direct assessment (1 day) can also be done for those with prior powerboat experience. For charges see Charges. 2021 dates:

  • Thursday 8th & Friday 9th April (assistant instructors only) [Fully Booked]
  • Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th April
  • Monday 7th June & Tuesday 8th June
  • Thursday 8th & Friday 9th July
  • Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd July (assistant instructors only)
  • Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th September
  • Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st September
  • Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th October
  • Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th
  • Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October

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Sailing Development

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions are for people who aren’t quite sure about sailing, or want to improve sailing skills on a one-to-one basis. A taster session is a great way to dip your toe into the sailing world. Tuition on an individual, two person or small group basis can also be arranged at times outside the main programme. Please contact us to arrange for a course or tuition tailored to your requirements.

Laid back Wednesdays improver sessions

SunsetCome along to our recreational sailing sessions every other Wednesday evening from late spring to early Autumn. These sessions are for members who want to enjoy a recreational sail with safety boat support and/or want to improve their sailing skills with the availability of expert advice. Club boats are available for hire at additional cost for the session.Please see the Sailing Scheduled for dates and times.

Cadets and Family sessions

SunsetThese sessions are offered every week weather permitting from the end of March to late October. The emphasis is on safe and fun sailing under the direction of a Senior Instructor. These sessions are ideal for giving children time on the water to put into practice what they have learned from a RYA course and to develop their ability towards the next level.Ramp Please see the Sailing Scheduled for the day (Fridays or Saturdays) and time of sessions depending on daylight and tides. There is a nominal charge for the season, to cover costs, including our assistant instructor development scheme and the use of club boats in sessions. Parents must be present for the sessions and willing to help.

Cadet friendly races will run after cadet sessions on specific days (usually every other week) – a short course to practise racing skills and gain confidence for the transfer to main club racing.

Cadetfest: Five days of day cruises, race days, pirate activities and fun sailing will be from Monday 9th to Friday 14th August. Cadets need to have attained RYA stage 2 to participate.

Youth sailing events at WYC with external coaching: To support the progression of the young sailors at Whitstable Yacht Club we host a number of external events throughout the year, and encourage our sailors to visit youth events at other clubs. 2021 events at WYC:

  • Saturday April 10: London and South East Topper Class Association, Regional Squad Training
  • Sunday April 11: L and SE Topper Class Association, 4 Races (open) 
  • Saturday November 6: Kent Schools Sailing Association, Autumn Training

Other courses and equipment hire

Corporate & School Sessions can be customised to your specific requirements. Please contact us to arrange water sports activities for adult or school groups at Whitstable Yacht Club.

Windsurfing equipment hire is available for people wanting to try windsurfing at Whitstable. You do need some experience to hire,Whitstable is a great place to progress your windsurfing owing to the flat, shallow water at low tide. Hire is arranged on application to the Training Administrator:


Dinghy hire is available for members only, subject to ability at RYA Adult L1 minimum, and bookings must be made 7 days in advance. To hire a boat, please complete the Boat Hire agreement and return to at least 7 days in advance. For pricing see Charges.

Booking Information

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Vouchers for courses are very popular. Give to a friend or loved one and they can choose the date of course! For a voucher please contact


For more information on how to book, the content of our courses, or if you'd like to talk to get advice on how to take your sailing further, please contact our training team:

WYC Training Principal and Senior InstructorRichard Maltby Richard Maltby .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
07548 752823
Chief Instructor, Training Administrator, RYA Onboard Officer and Sailing Equipment SupervisorRuth Oliver Ruth Oliver .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
01227 272 942

Booking Forms

If you'd like to book a course, please download and complete and return the appropriate form(s) to the Club Principal, Whitstable YC, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1BX with payment. If you have any questions, or want to check availability, please contact the Principal or Administrator:

  1. Adult Courses General Information
  2. Cadet Courses General Information
  3. Conditions of participation and entry
  4. Cadets and Families Sessions Parental Consent Form
  5. Boat Hire agreement