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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, circumstances beyond our control and recent government orders, we have been working to a limited capacity this year. We will be publishing course dates for 2021 soon, and we are committed to making sailing, power boating and Windsurfing courses safe - and even more fun. To book courses please email Ruth: For more information please contact Richard on 07548 752823.
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 membership on application for a course and we also welcome members of other RYA affiliated sailing clubs to our courses at WYC member rates.

Sailing Development

Sunset Laid back Wednesdays Come 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. As and when recreational Sunday sailing is another option for members willing to run their own sessions. Contact Ruth at to join the club’s Sociable Sunday sailing group. A small charge applies for the whole season to cover costs. Club boats are available for hire at additional cost for the session.

SunsetCadets and Family sessions. Thanks to our parent volunteers and assistant instructor scheme, these 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 WYC 2019 Programme 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 free use of club boats in sessions.

Cadet friendly races. Races supported by a dedicated safety boat and separate start. Dates and times for Cadet races within the main club race series are scheduled in the club programme.

Cadetfest. Five days of day sails, race day, pirates’ day and fun sailing will be from Monday August 17th to Friday 21st. Cadets need to have attained RYA stage 2 to participate. (Fully Booked)

Formal Tuition for RYA Sailing and Powerboat Courses

Adult sailing tuition is carried out in small groups of up to six students to. Courses are offered for RYA level one (Start Sailing) and RYA level two (Basic Skills) to be a competent sailor. Courses are held over two days, mostly at weekends but also some weekdays. Please see the Courses Schedule for dates.

We also offer taster sessions for people want a trip round the bay or aren’t quite sure about sailing, or want to improve your sailing skills on a one to one basis. Taster sessions 3 hours or a whole day are 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 Ruth Oliver, training administrator, to arrange for a course or tuition tailored to your requirements.

SunsetRYA Level One (Start Sailing) 2020 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. Limited to 6 4 per course. 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. For charges see Charges. 2020 dates:

  • 21st/22nd May
  • 23rd/24 May
  • 18th/19th June
  • 20th/21st June 
  • 18th/19th July  (Fully Booked)
  • 20th/21st July  (Fully Booked)
  • 15th/16th August  (Fully Booked) 
  • 22nd/23rd August  (Fully Booked)
  • 29th/ 30th August (Fully Booked)
  • 19th/20th September (Fully Booked)

RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) 2020 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. 2020 dates:

  • 25th/26th April 
  • 6th/7th June 
  • 2nd/3rd July 
  • 4th/5th July 
  • 1st/2nd August  (Fully Booked) 
  • 5th/6th September (Fully Booked)
  • 16th/17th September (Fully Booked) 

WestbereYouth tuition (age 8 11 to 16) is 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 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 18 4 children per course. 930 – 4pm all 3 days (exception below). For charges see Charges.

Youth courses for 2020

  • 6th- 8th April: Westbere Lake / Whitstable 
  • 13th-15th April: Westbere lake / Whitstable 
  • 25th - 27th May: WYC 
  • 27th- 29th July: (1200 - 1730) WYC  (Fully Booked)
  • 3rd - 5th August: WYC  (Fully Booked)
  • 10th - 12th August: (1200 - 1730) advanced Spinnikers & trapezing  (Fully Booked) 
  • 25th & 26th August: (1400 - 1900) Stage 4 course  (Fully Booked)
  • 26th - 28th October: Westbere Lake / Whitstable (Fully Booked) 

Powerboat Training The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course over two days gives time for practical instruction and theory, and includes a practical assessment. The award of a PB2 certificate is registered electronically with the RYA. PB2 is also a pre-requisite to drive a club power boat at WYC. Assumed knowledge: None, level one start powerboating may be proceeded. Limited to 3 people per course, over 16s only. A direct assessment (1 day) can also be done. For charges see Charges. 2020 dates:

  • 23rd/24th April 
  • 19th/20th May 
  • 4th/5th June 
  • 20th/21st July 
  • 22nd/23rd August 
  • 1st/2nd September (Fully Booked))

Other Courses. We also hold and can arrange other courses and training for both adults and children. Please contact us if you're interested in training that's not listed here.

Windsurfing Windsurfing equipment hire is available for people wanting to try windsurfing at Whitstable. You do need some experience to hire, and unfortunately we cannot currently offer Windsurfing lessons. 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. You do need some experience to hire, and bookings need to be made at least 7 days in advance using the Hire Agreement form below. To hire a boat, please complete the Boat Hire agreement and send back to at least 7 days in advance. For pricing see Charges.

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


Download the latest list of charges HERE.


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 RYA Training Centre Principal and Senior InstructorRichard Maltby Richard Maltby .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
07548 752823
Chief Instructor, Training Administrator and RYA Onboard OfficerRuth Oliver Ruth Oliver .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
01227 272 942
Senior InstructorWendy Fitzpatrick Wendy Fitzpatrick

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. Adults Course Booking Form
  3. Cadet Courses General Information
  4. Conditions of participation and entry
  5. Cadets and Families Sessions Parental Consent Form
  6. Cadet Courses Booking and Parental Consent Form
  7. Cadetfest Joining form 2020
  8. Boat Hire agreement