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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

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Thank you from the Merlin Rocket Class

A big thank you to all the club members, and some who were not members, who worked so hard to make the Merlin open meeting such a success at the weekend. It was a fantastic weekend's racing and the club effort was much appreciated by all the competitors, and confirmed Whitstable's position on the Merlin map. Thank you all very much indeed.
John Cooper - Merlin class captain

I can see clearly now

If you have been wondering about the UFO on the webcam for the past couple of days, you will be pleased to know that we've tracked it down and exterminated it. It was a humble blob of paint. Which reminds us to say thank you to all our volunteers who just quietly get things done in the background.


Members have initiated a programme to encourage cadets to go sailing. Cadets must be accompanied by an adult and provide their own equipment. It is being led by Annabelle Filer and details are as follows: More ›

Disposal of Boats

There are a number of boats in the Chalet Park for which dues have not been paid and the original owners cannot be traced. It is the intention of the Sailing Committee to dispose of these boats in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Royal Yachting Association. Sealed bids for any of the equipment listed, which are as seen, are invited. Bids will be opened on 20 July 2010. Please send to: Sally Gostelow, Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BX. Successful bidders will be notified in writing. More ›

Race officers required for Evening Series

We need race officers for the Evening Series. The next race is on Wednesday 2 June. Please put your names on the board in the club. If there are no volunteers there will be no race - and that would be a pity.

Well done Melanie

Congratulations to our very own Melanie Rogers, who sailing with Dan Norman, won the Dart 18 Open at the club over the weekend. They scored two firsts, three thirds and discarded a fourth in a highly competitive 36 boat fleet. Very well done!

Race Officer Duties

A guide for race officers is available on the club website. Before you arrive for your RO duty this year, please take the time to read it. And please arrive at least an hour before the starting time - two hours if you expect to be on the committee boat.

Help required for evening series

As it is not possible to roster race officers and recorders for Wednesday evening racing, volunteers are required to carry out these duties. There is a list on the noticeboard in the club giving the dates of the racing. If you are able to help, please put your name on the list.

Whitstable cadets at the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals

Easter week saw 3 of the Whitstable Cadet boats competing in the Volvo Youth Nationals in Weymouth.

The 3 boats competed in a competition that saw over 300 competitors.
The WYC teams were:
In the 420 fleet
Meia and Elin Harnett.
In the Spitfire fleet:
Hannah Fagg and Josh Clarke and
Alicia Clifford and Siobhan Lamb More ›

New Asia Pacific Champion

Congratulations to Max Hunt for becoming the "Asia Pacific Masters Radial Master Champion". He won the event in Thailand earlier this month. Well done Max!

Congratulations to Whitstable Mirrors

Three Whitstable Mirrors won the "Kent Travellers Mirror Team Trophy" at the Mirror Nationwide Open Meeting at Chipsted Sailing Club last weekend. This was the first time that any Whitstable Mirrors have ever won the team trophy which started in 1977.

The Whitstable team consisted of Meia and Elin Harnett, Mali Harnett and Isabelle Bruton and Drystan Harnett and Midge Watkins. Well done to the team.

2010 Sailing Programme now on line

The 2010 sailing programme, together with the duty roster, is now on this site in the racing section. The programme booklet is with the printers and will be sent to members in due course.

Thanks for your help

Thanks to all those who turned out to move boats and trailers from the harbourmaster's compound on the West Quay. Boats have been moved to our part of the quay and trailers have been put in the Chalet Park.

Well done the Whitstable Musto team

Congratulations to Andy Peake and Graham Oliver who finished second and fourth respectively at the Musto Skiff European Championships at Lake Garda. And well done to Francis Stileman who was the oldest competitor in the 74 boat fleet and finished all 12 races.

Whitstable webcam replay of the Merlin Rocket Nationals day 3

Watch a replay of day 3 at the Merlin Nationals 2009 held at Whistable as seen by the club webcam over a 24 hour period. Courtesy of WYC member and Cherub sailor William Lee.

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