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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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Well done Whitstable sailors

Chris Lewns/Dan Parsons and Tudor Owen/Nolan Forwood fnished 8th and 12th respectively at the 40 boat 5o5 Nationals at Rock SC in Cornwall at the weekend.

Closer to home at the 30 boat Merlin open at the club, the three WYC boats that entered all finished in the top 10. WYC member Tom Pygall crewed the winning boat helmed by Andy "Taxi" Davis.

Wanderer National Championships

Well sailed Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper who finished second in a very windy championship at Parkstone YC Poole over the weekend. The event was won by Gavin's son Tim, from Rio de Janeiro YC, sailing Gavin's old boat. Even though it was father's day no quarter was given! Liz North was third, crewing a WYC boat sailed by Paul Yeadon. Paul Cross and Jeff Leyshon finished 12th.

Rescheduled Races

Please note that owing to adverse weather conditions the following races have been rescheduled:
RNLI - now scheduled for Saturday 6 August (replacing Summer Saturdays Race 8)
Club Championships - rescheduled over the weekend of 27/28/29 August (replacing August Regatta).
Big Catamaran Long Distance Race - rescheduled for Sunday 17 July. (Sailing Secretary)


Come and join the next meeting of the WYC Book Club. Meeting - 7th JULY 8 PM. BOOK- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. Booker Prize Long Listed. Definitely NOT what you think !!!!!! Come on give it a go!!!

Club Championship - Update

As the first two days have been blown off, the Club Championship will be rescheduled to take place over the August Bank Holiday subject to confirmation by the sailing committee.

On Monday 30 May there will be one race starting at 1100. This will not count towards the Club Championship. John Boorman, the race officer, may hold a briefing at 1000 hrs.

International success for WYC!

Congratulations to Paul and Sonia McNally for winning the Sunsail Asymmetric Regatta race in an RS800 in Greece two weeks ago.

Congratulations Simon Jones and Dean Ralph

The Cherub of Simon Jones and Dean Ralph won the Spitfire Premium Ale Concours d'Elegance at the Dinghy Show last weekend. This was awarded to the "stand out" boat on display. In view of the presence of a number of beautifully presented wooden boats this was an outstanding win. Well done.

Racing schedule for 2011 now online

The 2011 race schedule is now online. The season opens on Sunday March 13 with the first of the April Shower series. To help make sure you don't miss out on any of the races the schedule is also available to import into Google Calendar, Outlook, iCal or iPhone/Android phones.

Slow Handicap Class Captain Needed

Dan Harnett is standing down from the post of Slow Handicap class captain and is earnestly seeking a replacement. Toppers, Picos and Mirrors form the bulk of the class and there is a mix of adult and cadet owners, so the class captain will probably want to liaise with Siobhan and Alicia, the cadet class captains. It's not an onerous job - mostly, just keeping everyone in touch by e-mail and attending monthly sailing committee meetings as much as possible. Please let the club office know if you are interested.


Congratulations to Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper who won the Wanderer Inland National Championships at Bewl Valley over the weekend.

Photo Opportunity

Do you have any photos which might make a good cover for the 2011 WYC programme? Something which captures the essence of sailing and racing at Whitstable? If so, please e-mail to the club office (

Congratulations Chris and Tom - Cherub National Champions

Congratulations to Chris Lewns and Tom Pygal who won the Cherub Nationals with a race to spare, from a fleet of 20 boats at Largo, Scotland


There's a new newsletter - ready to download in the usual place on the front page of this website.

Congratulations to Gavin and Mark - our Wanderer National Champions 2010

Gavin Barr and Mark Skipper won the Wanderer National Championship at the club at the weekend from a fleet of 19 boats. The racing could not have been closer, and the icing on Gavin's cake was that he beat his son Tim into second place!

This is the fourth time Gavin has been Wanderer national champion.

Well done Gavin and Mark

Wanderer Nationals

Thanks to all club members who helped us out with last weekend's Wanderer Nationals. It is not possible to run any open event without volunteers and we really appreciate those who gave up their valuable time to help us have a great event. Mark Fagg, event organiser.

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