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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Learning to Sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Whitstable Yacht Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre, and sail training and development are at the centre of the club’s activities. The club offers first class, professional tuition, a range of club boats for use and excellent training facilities. Members of the public can be given temporary membership on application for a course and much of our sailing development relies on the fantastic support of volunteer members.

Sailing Development

SunsetAdults. Come along to our recreational sailing sessions every other Wednesday and Sunday from late spring to early autumn. These sessions are for members who want to enjoy a recreational sail with safety boat support and want to improve their sailing skills with the availability of expert advice. Club boats available for hire. A small charge of £20 for the season covers costs for fuel and Instructor support.

SunsetCadets and Family sessions. These sessions are offered every week weather permitting from the end of march to late October. Volunteer adult and cadet instructors are present to provide rescue cover and advice. These sessions are ideal for giving cadets time on the water to put into practice what they have learnt from a RYA course and to develop their ability towards the next level. Please see the 2019 programme for the day and time of sessions, which will be on Saturdays or Friday evenings depending on the tide. Parents are asked to make a contribution of £40 per cadet (£30 for siblings) as a charge for the season to reward our cadet instructors for their invaluable assistance.

RampCadet friendly races. This is a new development for the 2019 programme. A series of Cadet races within the main club race series will be held with a cadet briefing 1 hour before the start and with an extra support boat on the water. Dates and times are scheduled in the club programme.

Cadetfest. This will be the third year of Cadetfest. Another exciting week of activity including day sails, race day with cadets from other clubs and fun sailing, will be held over the five days of August 12th-16th.

Formal Tuition for RYA Sailing and Windsurfing Courses

Note: We're now nearly at the end of the 2019 season, and so most courses have been run or are fully booked. We'll advertise our 2020 course dates shortly, but if you have any special requests, please contact our Training Administrator.

Adult sailing tuition is carried out in small groups of no more than one to six students to one instructor. We usually use 12ft singlehanded dinghies because they allow skills to be learned quickly and because those skills can easily be transferred to larger boats at a later date. It isn't always as easy the other way round! 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 at a weekend. Please see the Courses Schedule for dates. Special arrangements can be made for mid week courses and medical conditions.

SunsetRYA Level One (Start Sailing) 2019 adult course dates:

  • 14th/15th June
  • 13th/14th July
  • 17th /18th August
  • 14th /15th September

RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) 2019 adult course dates:

  • 1st/2nd June
  • 29th/30thJune
  • 3rd /4th August
  • 31st August/1st September
  • 28th /29th September

WestbereYouth tuition (up to age 16) is based on the RYA National Youth Sailing Scheme and the courses, each lasting 3 days, are programmed in 2019 for school holiday and half-term weeks. Students are taught in groups, led by an instructor. By taking appropriate courses and through practice in cadet sessions we have found that even the youngest of our cadets can go from being a complete beginner to confident, independent sailing in just a season.

Youth courses for 2019

  • 29th – 31st May, Location: WYC
  • 31st July – 2nd August, Location: WYC
  • 5th – 7th (August PM only PM Spinnakers and advanced techniques), Location: WYC
  • 28th – 30th August, Location: WYC
  • 23rd – 25th October, Location: Westbere Lake/ WYC (fully booked!)

Other Courses. We also hold and can arrange other courses and training for both adults and children, including First Aid, Power Boat, windurfing etc. Please contact us if you're interested in training that's not listed here. Current planned courses:

  • 30th June, RYA First Aid course - £59
  • 6th October, RYA First Aid course - £59 (fully booked!)

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. To hire a boat, please review and complete the Boat Hire agreement. Any questions, please contact

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:


The charges shown below are for WYC members only. (Non members can obtain temporary membership @ an additional £44 for the duration of their course.)

  • Cadet Courses (3 days): £100 (or £147 if not already a member to include cadet membership).
  • Cadet fest (August 20- 24 inclusive): £100.
  • Adult Courses (2 days): £100 for members £164 for non members (including £44 temporary membership for 4 weeks).
  • Windsurf courses: Please contact us for details

PierTuition 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. This could be ideal for beginners and also for developing advanced or racing skills.


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 PrincipalRichard Maltby Richard Maltby .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
07548 752823
Training Administrator and RYA Onboard OfficerRuth Oliver Ruth Oliver .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
01227 272 942
Chief InstructorWendy Fitzpatrick Wendy Fitzpatrick .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
07977 588939

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. Cadets and Families Sessions Parental Consent Form
  4. Cadet Courses General Information
  5. Cadet Courses Booking and Parental Consent Form
  6. Boat Hire agreement
  7. Cadetfest Joining form [Coming soon!]