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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - June

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.
Any questions or issues, please contact the Club Manager!

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

And don't forget the England and Scotland Euro matches on the big screen,

WYC Bar Opening Times

The club bar opening times have been extended for the summer. For the updated serving times, go to

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

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