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Whitstable Yacht Club

Welcome to WYC

Whitstable Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest sailing clubs in England. The Club is situated on the north coast of Kent where the Thames Estuary meets the North Sea. WYC offers sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tide for catamarans, dinghies, and windsurfers with yachts in nearby creeks which dry out.

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Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX
Tel: +44 (0)1227 272942
office@wyc.org.uk

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Upcoming WYC Social clubs, Events and Meetings

Click here for the WYC bar opening times, and click here to book social event tickets.

Watch the Euro 2024 first round England and Scotland matches at WYC

Date: Fri 14/06/2024
Matches shown on the big TV, bar opening hours extended. Come and watch the matches at your club!

Friday 14th June, 8pm KO, Germany vs Scotland, BAR open until 10pm.

Sunday 16th June, 8pm KO, Serbia vs England, BAR open until 10pm.

Wednesday 19th June, 8pm KO, Scotland vs Switzerland, BAR open until 11pm.

[Thursday 20th June, sorry, no football being shown due to a private event.]

Sunday 23rd June, 8pm KO, Scotland vs Hungary, BAR open until 10pm.

Tuesday 25th June, 8pm KO, England vs Slovenia, BAR open until 10pm.

The Dead Pelicans at LaserFest 2024

Date: Sat 06/07/2024
The Dead Pelicans will be playing Whitstable Yacht Club the the Saturday evening LaserFest social. Music from 8pm, all members welcome, come along for the legendary LaserFest party!

Whitstable Week Social Events

Date: Thu 01/08/2024
This year's Whitstable Week has some great socials planned. Come down for the whole week of sailing and social, from Wednesday to Sunday, or just join us in the evenings for some great entertainment:
Wednesday 31st July: CADET NIGHT
Thursday 1st August: WYC CLUB BAND NIGHT – Live music from our very own talented club members from 20.00.
Friday 2nd August: PHIL & IAN’S LAYED BACK QUIZ - First question at 19.00. Teams of 6 max.
Saturday 3rd August: COMMODORES COCKTAILS and LIVE MUSIC from Sold on Soul. Cocktails served between 18.00 – 19.30, music to follow.
Sunday 4th August: PRIZE GIVING after racing.
Find out more at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

Meeting of Sailors

Date: Sun 13/10/2024

Annual Prize Giving

Date: Sun 20/10/2024

Winter Series Prize Giving

Date: Sun 08/12/2024

Tuesday Nights - Games Evening

Every Tuesday from 7pm, Mexican train dominoes, cribbage or bring your own - come and join us! Bit of luck, bit of skill, bit of a laugh, bit of wine!! Or bring your own game.

Wednesday Nights - Pool League Games

From 8pm - Pool league games played by WYC pool teams. Feel free to come and support, or enquire at the bar to join a team!

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month - WYC Book Club

We currently have two groups that meet on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, If you’re interested in joining the WYC Book club get in touch with Kellie Gray on 079 6604 6693, it’s a lovely way meet new members whether you’re a sailor or social member.

Thursday Night - Open Pool Nights

From 7pm - open pool night. All over 16’s welcome. Free table, winner stays on unless players present want to change.

1st and 3rd Monday of the month - Art club

Starting on the 5th December - Its a fun get together and learn new skills with others, you will need to supply your own equipment. Meet in the sea room between 10:30 and 1:30pm for more details contact Tizzie on 079 2026 2673.

1st & 3rd Thursday of the month - Music Club

Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month 7:30 to 10pm. We pick some songs to rehearse beforehand and get to play together as several bands. Welcome guitarists, singers, keyboards, drums, percussion, flutes, fiddles… anything with a tune! We put on a gig at the club every quarter, aim to showcase 24 songs. Contact: Andrew Provan 07899662412

Coffee Club - Every morning

Coffee club - meet every morning from 10.30 in the sea room, this is open to all WYC members

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Upcoming WYC Sailing events

Tasar & Merlin Rocket Open Meeting

Event start: 22/06/2024

22nd and 23rd June 2024. The event is open to Merlin Rocket and Tasar class dinghies. Review the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, enter the event, and book your place at the Saturday Night Pizza Buffet here: https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents.
Book online

Wanderer Open

Event start: 29/06/2024

29th & 30th June 2024
For information or to enter, please follow this link: https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents
Book online

LaserFest 2024

Event start: 06/07/2024

6th & 7th July 2024. The event is open to Laser/ILCA class dinghies. Open to Whitstable Yacht Club members and visitors. 10 races (5 per day) are scheduled over the two day event. A fish and chip supper will be available to order at registration on Saturday morning. A live band “Dead Pelicans” will be performing Saturday evening from 8pm. Sailing Instructions, Notice of Race and Booking here: https://bookwhen.com/wycsailevents.
Book online

Dawes Trophy

Event start: 28/07/2024

The warm up to Whitstable Week!

Whitstable Week

Event start: 31/07/2024

See wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week for all the info!
Book online

Whitstable Town Regatta

Event start: 24/08/2024

2 races per day over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Whitstable Yacht Club news

Tea, Coffee, drinks and food for members

We are delighted that the tea bar will be available to members as follows:
1 ½ hours before racing Saturday and Sunday. This will be for all drinks, snacks, sandwiches and toasties available from Keith's hut.
If you would like something to eat after racing (full Keith’s menu then available) please place your order and time required before racing to avoid a queue.
After racing a reminder that if Keith's is closed, tea, coffee and snacks are always available from the bar.
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Summer of Socials at WYC

We've got a great summer (yes, it'll come!) of social events at WYC this year. Keep an eye out on the website and Facebook for details, but highlights include:
A great party planned for this year's Merlin Rocket and Taser open on 22nd June, with not one but two club bands: Merlin and the Rockets, supported by Point Break. Music from 8pm, all members welcome.

The Dead Pelicans will be playing Whitstable Yacht Club the the Saturday evening LaserFest social on 6th July. Music from 8pm, all members welcome, come along for the legendary LaserFest party!

This year's Whitstable Week has some great socials planned. Come down for the whole week of sailing and social, from Wednesday to Sunday, or just join us in the evenings for some great entertainment:
Wednesday 31st July: CADET NIGHT
Thursday 1st August: WYC CLUB BAND NIGHT – Live music from our very own talented club members from 20.00.
Friday 2nd August: PHIL & IAN’S LAYED BACK QUIZ - First question at 19.00. Teams of 6 max.
Saturday 3rd August: COMMODORES COCKTAILS and LIVE MUSIC from Sold on Soul. Cocktails served between 18.00 – 19.30, music to follow.
Sunday 4th August: PRIZE GIVING after racing.
Find out more at www.wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/Whitstable_Week

And don't forget the England and Scotland Euro matches on the big screen, wyc.org.uk/news/watch-the-euro-2024-first-round-england-an-scotland-matches-at-wyc
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Watch the Euro 2024 first round England and Scotland matches at WYC

Matches shown on the big TV, bar opening hours extended. Come and watch the matches at your club!
Friday 14th June, 8pm KO, Germany vs Scotland, BAR open until 10pm.
Sunday 16th June, 8pm KO, Serbia vs England, BAR open until 10pm.
Wednesday 19th June, 8pm KO, Scotland vs Switzerland, BAR open until 11pm.
[Thursday 20th June, sorry, no football being shown due to a private event.]
Sunday 23rd June, 8pm KO, Scotland vs Hungary, BAR open until 10pm.
Tuesday 25th June, 8pm KO, England vs Slovenia, BAR open until 10pm.
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WYC Bar Opening Times

The club bar opening times have been extended for the summer. For the updated serving times, go to https://wyc.org.uk/about/social.
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John Baker

We regret to report that John Baker passed away on Sunday. John was a long time Whitstable Yacht Club member, and loved all things nautical. He was an excellent Condor sailor, winning the championships in 1978, and was a larger than life character, to be found in the bar when not on the water. He joined WYC from Tankerton Bay Sailing Club in 1972, and was a regular on the Condor sailing event circuit across Europe. John worked building Condors at Zygal Boats in St Peter’s street Whitstable, then on the harbour doing the same.
His Committal will be on Thursday 20th June at 2pm at Herne Bay Crematorium, followed by a Reception at WYC from 3.30pm. Further funeral details can be found at www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/02-06-2024-john-william-baker/.
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Flying Dutchman returns to WYC

After an absence of almost 35 years, a Flying Dutchman class dinghy has returned to WYC. This is a 1980 Bob Hoare boat built in Poole, and is the sistership to the FDs that Rodney Pattison won Olympic gold in Mexico (1968) and Munich/Kiel (1972). It had been in Bordeaux for the past 10 years and was towed back through France last week for it's first WYC sail on Sunday.
WYC was instrumental for FD racing in the UK, hosting World Championships in 1959, and numerous UK and European FD championships thereafter. There was a sizable fleet of FDs at WYC up to 1980’s, and we are delighted to see this stunning class back on Whitstable waters.
Club Members Louise and Andrew Provan are putting together a talk about “FDs at Whitstable” at end Sept 2024, and would welcome any thoughts, photos, stories and anecdotes from other members about this iconic class. Please get it touch if you have any information andrewprovan@outlook.com Share›

Whitstable Yacht Club - Club Championships 2024 Report

WYC’s annual club championships took place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend with six races over the three days. The weather exceeded the forecast on all three days with a good breeze on Saturday and Monday with the challenge of fresh to frightening on Sunday. To make things as fair as possible across the wide mix of classes, a single start per race is used with a trapezoidal course to give one spinnaker reach and one tight reach per lap. Most classes had their chance to shine given the range of conditions, but at the end of the weekend the faster boats, and catamarans in particular shone.
The first two races were under clear skies and were dominated by Robert Govier and Club Commodore David Figgis in their Tornado with two bullets. Max Hunt in his ILCA/Laser radial followed with a pair of seconds with junior sailor Joe Barton in his Topper 4.2 third overall.
Black Sunday saw winds gusting to 28mph which tested the sailors and safety crews alike. Dart 18 aces Dickie Ledger and Sarah Oliver came out to play in their Dart 18 to finish the day with a first and second, closely followed by the Fireball of Adam Whitehouse and Mike Hanson with a 1,3. Behind the leading two Rob and David’s Tornado cruised majestically through the carnage with 3,2 whilst steady progress was made by Max Hunt with 5,4 and Rick and Sarah Perkins in their Tasar with a 6,5. Abby Ledger (Dickie’s daughter) and Ami Moore were also proving consistent across both days until a capsize in race 4.
Monday was another brisk afternoon with a mix showers and sun – the clouds brought some stronger gusts which were enough for Dickie and Sarah to take two bullets in their Dart 18. Rob and David managed 3,2 giving then the series with no finish below 3rd, whilst Abby and Ami went 2,3.5 (a tie with Rick and Sarah’s Tasar) to finish 2nd overall just ahead of the Tasar in 3rd overall.
Joe Barton won the under 18’s trophy in 7th overall in his Topper 4.2, Charles Campion took the Laser trophy in 5th overall, Phil Emery and Julie Nuttel won the Merlin Rocket Johnson Cup, Max Hunt, who couldn’t sail on Monday with a damaged back, still managed to win the Laser/ILCA radials and Alastair Gould took the Asymmetrics in his Musto Skiff.
Despite the brisk conditions the turnout of 44 boats was impressive with a good sprinkling of youngsters coming through including a good number of Toppers.
None of the racing could have taken place without our volunteers, so thanks to the race officers, committee boat drivers, safety boat drivers and crews, the recorders and finally the hardy souls who helped out on the beach on Sunday to support the returning tired and broken sailors.
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WYC member Chris Marsh - ILCA7 Winner at the RYA Youth National Championships

Huge congratulations to WYC member Chris Marsh, now double winner of the RYA Youth National Championships, this year in an ILCA7 (Laser), last year in an ILCA6 (Laser Radial). Just the 9 wins from 12 starts and following after some famous names winning this prestigious regatta. Well done Chris! Share›

Updated Race Officer guide and links to note for Race Duties

The Race Officer guide has been updated for the new season. There's lots of information on the website at wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules#RaceDuties for anyone with a scheduled Race Officer, Assistant Race Officer or Safety Boat Crew duty. As we're approaching the start of the new season, now's a great time to check when your duty is! Search on the 2024 sailing schedule for your name: wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule.
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Well done WYC Youth Sailor Ralph!

It's been a great few weeks for WYC youth sailor Ralph Hadley, who after being announced as a Barton Rising Star at the RYA Dinghy Show in February, went on to put in a great performance at the Topper NS2 - Winter Championships 23/24 at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend, coming in 3rd overall with two 1st place finishes in the very competitive 31 boat fleet racing over 6 races, only missing out on 2nd place overall by 1 point!
Definitely an up and coming sailor to watch. Share›

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