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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.

Contact Us

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

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2024 WYC Sponsor:

HolidayCottages.co.uk

Upcoming WYC Social clubs, Events and Meetings

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

WYC Gamecock Oyster Yawl talk at WYC

Date: Fri 19/04/2024
The sight and sound of Oyster Yawls being built on Island Wall is fast fading from memory. Yet today in Whitstable Harbour you can see local volunteers restoring the Gamecock, a 42-foot Oyster Yawl built in 1906 and now registered as a National Historic Ship. The Gamecock was built by Collars Brothers, moored at the mouth of the Oare and was once one of over 70 Whitstable Oyster Yawls working locally. Now Gamecock is one of the few remaining Oyster Yawls. Whitstable Maritime have saved her from a watery grave and she is being fully restored in Whitstable Harbour by local Volunteers. Restoration work is being led by local Shipwright, Morgan Lewis, who learnt under Alan Staley, himself an apprentice of Anderson, Rigden & Perkins of Island Wall. Morgan, together with Peter Kalopsidiotis, Vice-Chair for the restoration project, will share an entertaining journey through the restoration work to date, including the fine art of trunnel-making and testing! Friday 19th April at 7.30pm

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

More Social Events

Upcoming WYC Sailing events

Topper South East Open

Event start: 28/04/2024

RNLI Pursuit Race

Event start: 06/05/2024

RNLI Pursuit Race 2023, 11am Monday 6th May. For this race, the slowest boat starts first and the fastest boat starts lasts. The race time is 90 mins from the first start at 11.00 hrs. If all boats sail to their PY handicap rating and all helms are equal, all boats should finish at the same time!

Club Championships

Event start: 25/05/2024

2024 WYC Club Championships - 6 races starting at 2pm over the three day late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Tasar & Merlin Rocket Open Meeting

Event start: 22/06/2024

22nd and 23rd June 2024

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

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!

More Sailing Events

Whitstable Yacht Club news

Reminder : WYC Gamecock Oyster Yawl talk at WYC this Friday!

The sight and sound of Oyster Yawls being built on Island Wall is fast fading from memory. Yet today in Whitstable Harbour you can see local volunteers restoring the Gamecock, a 42-foot Oyster Yawl built in 1906 and now registered as a National Historic Ship.
The Gamecock was built by Collars Brothers, moored at the mouth of the Oare and was once one of over 70 Whitstable Oyster Yawls working locally.
Now Gamecock is one of the few remaining Oyster Yawls. Whitstable Maritime have saved her from a watery grave and she is being fully restored in Whitstable Harbour by local Volunteers. Restoration work is being led by local Shipwright, Morgan Lewis, who learnt under Alan Staley, himself an apprentice of Anderson, Rigden & Perkins of Island Wall. Morgan, together with Peter Kalopsidiotis, Vice-Chair for the restoration project, will share an entertaining journey through the restoration work to date, including the fine art of trunnel-making and testing!
Friday 19th April at 7.30pm
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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!
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WYC 2024 Handbook now available to download. 6 weeks until the start of the season!

It's 6 weeks until the start of the 2024 sailing season, with the Working Party on Saturday 23rd March and the first race on Sunday 24th March. The full sailing schedule has been on the website for a while at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule, and the paper 2024 Handbook is now at the printers, so now's a great time to start planning your 2024 sailing (and don't forget to check if you have a duty this year)!
You can also download a PDF version of the programme here: wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/2024_Club_Programme_Final.pdf. Share›

Whitstable Yacht Club and HolidayCottages.co.uk partnership 2024

Whitstable Yacht Club is delighted to welcome HolidayCottages.co.uk as a major sponsor in 2024, our third year of partnership.
The sponsorship will support a range of sailing and racing activities through the 2024 season including our premier racing event Whitstable Week, community outreach events ‘Discover Sailing’ to get non sailors on the water, ‘On Board’ linking with local schools and Cadetfest a summer weeklong fun event for cadets. The sponsorship will also provide bursaries for sailing courses both for new adult members and for children to encourage more people of all ages to be drawn to the enjoyable pursuit of sailing.
Stacey Turnbull, Senior Regional Communities Manager at HolidayCottages.co.uk commented ‘we are committed to supporting local communities in which we host our holiday cottage guests - and we know Whitstable Yacht Club to be a fantastic resource for the coastal town. HolidayCottages.co.uk believe in sustainable tourism, and water sports are a huge draw for holidaymakers.
HolidayCottages.co.uk offer accommodation to suit everyone, from fisherman’s cottages to chic sea view apartments. Visit www.HolidayCottages.co.uk to browse our collection.’
Whitstable Yacht Club Commodore Andy Jackson added ‘We are delighted to be working with HolidayCottages.co.uk for a third year following a range of successful sailing events and membership growth in 2023. The 2024 partnership builds on that success with a programme designed to promote sailing and expand membership across all ages.’
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2024 Sailing Schedule now available on the website

The 2024 Sailing Schedule has now been uploaded to the website at wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/schedule, and the Google Calendar has been updated with the dates. If you've previously added the Google Calendar to your account, you shouldn't need to do anything, this year's events should now be in your calendar. Now is also a great time to check for your 2023 duty and add it to your diary!
To read an introduction this year's schedule from our Rear Commodore (Sailing) Steve Gray, download it here: wyc.org.uk/images/uploads/WYC_2024_programme_-_introduction_from_Steve_Gray.pdf Share›

Epic New Year’s Celebration at the Club!

Happy New Year, Whitstable Yacht Club family!
What a start to 2024! Last night was nothing short of spectacular, with our club buzzing with the energy of 120 friends and members at a completely sold-out event.
As the music filled the air (thanks to the Dead Pelicans!) and laughter echoed around, the night culminated with all of us on the deck, marvelling at a breath-taking fireworks display.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone, especially our incredible bar staff. Their hard work and dedication were the backbone of this amazing evening. Their tireless efforts in keeping the drinks flowing and the spirits high truly made this celebration possible.
This unforgettable night was made even more special by the warmth and camaraderie of each of you, truly embodying the spirit of our club.
Here's to a 2024 filled with great sailing and more memorable events at the club!
#WhitstableYachtClub #NewYearsEve2024 #CelebrationOnTheWater
Thanks to Debbie Clifford for the photos
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2023 season roundup

Go to http://wyc.org.uk/news/2023-season-roundup to read the report.
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2024 WYC CLUB PROGRAMME: ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

The 2024 WYC Club Programme is currently being compiled. If you or anyone you know would like to advertise their business within the programme, please contact Sally for more details: sailing.secretary@wyc.org.uk. Share›

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