STOP PRESS – Brancaster Weekend

Seven boats managed to sail today. Wind was ESE F5 gusting F6 occasionally, bright sunshine and jolly cold!!” – Matt Sharman

International Rally, 7th – 13th September

Ralph Roberts (UKWA’s WIC Rep) has made available further details of this September’s International Rally on the Norfolk Broads, with a poster that can be downloaded (or viewed) here.

Separately there are now also full details of the proposed itinerary, as well as a detailed breakdown of the costs of various types of accommodation and a description of what is included in the price. This is all accessed via the ‘Cruising’ section of the menu, also linked here.

Ralph has arranged a fantastic array of enticing activities, visits and events – do take a look at what is on offer!


Details of May’s Broads Cruise

Photo © Museum of the Broads

Organiser Mike Playle has released further details of the annual Norfolk Broads Cruise, to be held over the first May Bank Holiday weekend (and, optionally, for several days afterwards).

For more details and to read or download Mike’s information document, please follow this link.


Please remember to book your place at the Cruising Conference asap. The £5 early booking discount has now finished, but there are still some places available at the Conference.

March 16th – 18th, Notts County Sailing Club. Details and booking forms available here (login will be required to see links).

“48 hours of wit, wisdom and practical guidance” – anon.

Cruising Conference Forms

Boris has now made available the booking information and forms for this year’s Cruising Conference to be held on March 16th – 18th at Notts County SC. Please see the CC2018 page (via either the “Training” or “Cruising” sub-menus) for details and for the download links (login required).


Thierry has now made available further information about this very interesting-sounding rally, including a detailed programme of events and a list of local overnight accommodation during the week.

There will be information about the rally in the next Wayfarer News, and there’s already a description of the event linked from the diary pages here on the website, including Thierry’s contact details.

Calshot Cruise 16-17th September


“Yet another entertaining weekend thanks to John Norman, a rogue thunder cloud and some errant wake from an unseen vessel.

Very calm trip to Newtown, but this cloud was building on the way back but I hadn’t see the flash of lightning. Then an almighty thunder clap – shook me witless for a moment or two! That was it – no more storm!

Then on the slipway back at Calshot, while I was off fetching the launch trolley the wake from nowhere threw the boat against Adrian, knocking him off his feet into the water. Quick thinking from the others on the slipway prevented any injury or damage to the boat.

Thanks to everyone. Next trip around the island?

DASH, SPLASH & BACK…. dash from all corners of the country, quick sail then back home.”

-Simon & Adrian – W8796 “and the little pigs dance” more


St. Francis of Assisi Cruise, Brancaster

Matt Sharman has just announced dates for a late winter sail at Brancaster (N Norfolk), the St. Francis of Assisi Cruise. Full details via the Diary section, or see/obtain a pdf version here.


The crew of W9646 ‘Whale Shark’, soon after passing the iconic Needles, June 2017.

“The Round the Island event went very well. 10 Wayfarers registered and everyone finished in under 12 hours. Only 8 went Calshot to Calshot (Chris Tyler will have the full story).

“The last leg was a challenging one with winds getting up to 26 knots against the tide. During that time we on Whale Shark went to the assistance of a yacht that had gone aground on Ryde Sands. (The lifeboat turned up afterwards and towed them off.)

“A memorable UKWA event and George Mitchell and I made approaching £500 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in the process.”  – Andy Darby


‘Lizzie B’ and crew, plus John Norman, Queen Victoria Rally, May 2017 (photo c/o Nick Giles)

“The weekend ran very well. We had 14 boats register. 12 launched and we all had a cracking sail down to Osborne bay, where we anchored.

“The wind was Force 5. After an hour at anchor, we sailed back on a fast reach to Calshot. It was a good day, some very fast and exciting sailing.

“Lots of children and families involved, it was a good trip. I have asked one of the participants to do a write-up.” – John Norman