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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Learning to Sail, Windsurf and more 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

Adults. Come along to our Improver sessions every other Wednesday evening, from late spring to early Autumn, scheduled alongside the club race. 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.

Cadets and Family sessions. These sessions are open to WYC Cadets and family members and, weather permitting, are offered every week from the end of March to late October. Participants need to have the practical sailing ability to enjoy their time on the water. Volunteer adult and assistant 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 learned from a RYA course and to develop their ability towards the next level. Please see our Cadets pages at for more information, and for the day and time of sessions, which will be on Saturdays or Friday evenings depending on daylight and tides. Parents are asked to make a seasonal contribution to reward our cadet instructors for their invaluable assistance.

Cadet races. This is a new development for the 2018 Programme. A series of Cadet races separate from and inshore of the main club races, is planned to follow every other Cadet and Family session. Dates and times are scheduled in the club programme.

Cadetfest. Following the successful introduction of Cadetfest last year, another exciting week of activity including day sails, a combined day with Herne Bay SC cadets and fun sailing, will be held over the five days of August 20-24.

Formal Tuition for RYA Sailing and Windsurfing Courses

Adult sailing tuition is carried out in small groups of no more than one four students to one instructor. 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.

RYA Level One (Start Sailing) 2018 adult course dates:

  • 14th/ 15th Apr [Completed]
  • 12th/13th May [Completed]
  • 9th/10th Jun [Completed]
  • 14th/15th Ju [Completed]l
  • 11th /12th Aug [Completed]
  • 22nd/23rd Sept [Fully booked]

RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) 2018 adult course dates:

  • 28th/29th Apr [Completed]
  • 26th/27th May [Completed]
  • 16th/17th Jun [Completed]
  • 28th/ 29th July [Completed]
  • 25th/26th Aug [Completed]
  • 13th/14th Oct [Fully booked]

Youth tuition (up to age 16) is based on the RYA National Youth Sailing Scheme and the courses, each lasting three days, are programmed in 2018 for school holiday and half-term weeks. Students are taught in groups of up to six per 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 2018

  • 2nd/3rd/4th April (Location: Westbere Lake / WYC) [Completed]
  • 9th/10th/11th April (Location: Westbere Lake / WYC) [Completed]
  • 28th/29th/30th May (Location: WYC) [Completed]
  • 25th – 26th July (Location: WYC) [Completed]
  • 13th -15th August (Location: WYC) [Completed]
  • 22nd – 24th October (Location: Westbere Lake / WYC) [Fully booked]

Windsurfing equipment hire is available for people wanting to try windsurfing at Whitstable. You do need some experience to hire, and unfortunatly 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:

We also hold and can arrange other courses and training, including First Aid, Power Boat, etc. Please contact us if you're interested in training that's not listed here.


The charges shown below are for WYC members only. (Non members can obtain temporary membership @ an additional £40 for the duration of their course.)

  • Cadet Courses (3 days): £100.
  • Cadet fest (August 20- 24 inclusive): £60.
  • Adult Courses (2 days): £100.
  • Windsurf courses: (3 hour session) any level: £65

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.


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)
07796 696190
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. Adults Course Booking Form
  2. Cadets and Families Sessions Parental Consent Form
  3. Cadet Courses General Information
  4. Cadet Courses Booking and Parental Consent Form
  5. Cadetfest Joining form

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