60th Anniversary National Championship at Castle Cove SC
Nearly 40 boats turned up at Castle Cove Sailing Club on the 1-3 June 2018 to compete in the 60th Anniversary National Championship sponsored by Craftinsure and Hartley Boats. In the lead up to the event the weather forecast was suggesting that Friday would provide the strongest wind, Saturday would be light and variable and Sunday’s wind would be somewhere between the two. ...read more
Friday dawned a bit murky. The proposed schedule was to have a practice race followed by the first two points races of the Championships back to back. Because of the poor visibility the decision was taken to race in the harbour rather than in the bay. The fleet launched into a south-westerly of 8 to 10 knots. Unfortunately, as the practice race started, the weather closed in and it was difficult to see the windward mark and gybe mark. By the time the leaders were racing on the second reach of the triangular course their nearest competitors were very barely visible and the leeward mark could not be seen. The race was finished at the end of the first triangle and won (we think) by Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall who took home the Idler’s Bucket for their efforts. The fleet was then sent ashore in close company marshalled by the RIBs. Conditions did not improve and the first and second points races were postponed to the following day.
The forecast for Saturday was for better conditions and when the competitors arrived for the briefing it looked as though we may manage to sail four races and partly catch up with the schedule. In the event, a sea fog rolled in as the fleet was about to launch. The Race Officer sensibly postponed the racing until later in the afternoon. By 1600hrs the fog had dispersed and the fleet enjoyed three races before returning to the shore after 1900hrs. The first two of these races were sailed in 5 to 7 knots but by the time the third race started the wind was softening further. The Race Officer shortened the third race at the end of a very slow first reach but even then some boats failed to finish within the time limit and were given their places on the water. Most boats were towed home.
Sunday promised to have the sunniest conditions. The wind had gone round to the south east and before the fleet launched it looked as though it would be possible to complete four races by having an earlier start. Unfortunately, once again, Zephyros declined to play ball. The wind machine switched off just before the fleet launched and a further postponement was necessary. When the wind returned there was enough time to complete just three races. The first beat of the first race of the day was sailed in the strongest wind of the weekend with boats fully powered up. However, as before, the wind quickly softened and by the time third race started lottery funded conditions prevailed and several of the front runners sailed their discards.
In spite of all these difficulties, racing was close throughout the fleet. From the six completed races there were five different winners. The winners of the Championship overall won only two races but above all were the most consistent boat in the fleet. Congratulations go to Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend from Rollesby Broad SC who won the Championship once more. They also took home the Plymouth Trophy as winners of the fourth points race. Runners up were Len Jones and Peter Mitchell from Medway YC who also won the Aln Trophy for the second race of the Championship. In third place were former champion Guy Marks and Mel Titmus from Bough Beech SC who also won the first points race and with it the Lionel Monk Trophy.
The other race winners were Richard Stone and Catherine Gore from Medway YC who won the third points race and the Ian Proctor Trophy. Colin May and Sarah Wallis from Parkstone YC won the last completed points race and the Bill Hodshon Trophy.
It was interesting to see many new faces in the fleet this year, several of them performing very well. Not new faces, but not seen in a Wayfarer for a decade, were Geoff and Nick Hodshon who returned to the fleet for the first time since the 50th Anniversary Championships sailing their 60-year-old Wayfarer, Nipegegi, (W198). Together with their late father, Bill, Geoff and Nick have won the National Championships a total of five times in Nipegegi. Geoff, Nick and their sister Penny were delighted to present the Bill Hodshon Trophy to Colin and Sarah.
Similarly, Liz Feibusch competed in her boat and was very pleased to present the Wansfell Trophy to Monica Schaefer as the best placed lady helm overall. Monica and her crew, Miriam McCarthy from Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, also won the Hartley Boats Trophy as best placed overseas entry.
The winners of the Silver fleet and best placed newcomers were Ian Foxwell and Trevor Cox from Medway YC. Winners of the Bronze fleet were UKWA Cruising Secretary, Andrew (Boris) Morrice and Chris Yerbury from Bristol Corinthian YC. Mark and Jane Lee from Medway YC won the Pert Platter as best placed husband and wife team, Tony and Nathan Geary from Waldringfield SC won the Carrick Trophy as the best placed double generation team. Medway YC won the Club Team Trophy.
Of course, a Championship in a class like the Wayfarer is not only about the racing and taking home the silverware, although that’s important. It’s about renewing old and making new friendships, sharing stories and experiences. Frustrating though the delays might be, there were plenty of opportunities to drink tea or beer together, to visit the local area, to boat bimble or complete some more mundane chores. Datchet sailors went to watch the beach volleyball in Weymouth (I assume there’s not much sand in Slough, that’s why they went, right?), Mark Lee detuned and retuned his boat (very successfully as it turned out) and had time for a round of golf (a championship ritual) and Mike Mac managed to organise an alfresco haircut. Our hosts couldn’t have done more to feed and entertain us. The bar was often open, there were meals morning, noon and night and a live band on Saturday evening which compelled even the most dance-floor-shy to play air guitar in the dinghy park (he thought it was dark and couldn’t be seen doing the Shadow’s walk to the famous sound of Apache!). Thank you to everybody at Castle Cove SC for all their hard work. This was a fitting way to celebrate the boat’s 60th birthday.
|Position||Helm||Crew||Sail Number||Boat Name||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||Pts|
|1||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||10648||The Poacher||Rollesby Broad SC||2||2||2||1||1||(5)||8|
|2||Len Jones||Pete Mitchell||11226||Rumours||Medway YC||3||1||3||4||8||(14)||19|
|3||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||11120||Ultimate Fiasco||Bough Beech SC||1||7||7||2||4||(10)||21|
|4||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||10974||Muffin||Medway YC||(13)||6||1||7||2||9||25|
|5||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||10688||Big Dipper||Shoreham SC||4||10||4||(12)||5||3||26|
|6||Colin May||Sarah Wallis||10768||Pork Pie Chaser||Parkstone YC||6||(15)||12||9||3||1||31|
|7||John Clementson||Simon Forbes||11101||Hyde and Seek (?)||Chipstead SC||5||(11)||10||3||6||7||31|
|8||Trevor Cox||Ian Foxwell||10936||India||Medway YC||7||9||9||5||7||(21)||37|
|9||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||11170||Whizo||Wilsonian SC||(19)||3||6||13||10||6||38|
|10||Neil Fletcher||Chas Edwards||10994||Wind's Song||Waldringfield SC||14||5||(15)||10||11||4||44|
|11||Stephen Blake||Chris Blake||10918||8||8||(18)||6||18||8||48|
|12||John Goudie||Matt Wynn/Sarah Mason||11118||Happy Ever After||Wilsonian SC||9||4||13||(17)||12||12||50|
|13||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||11211||Senior Moment||Medway YC||(28)||21||5||8||17||2||53|
|14||Brian McKenzie||Elizabeth McKenzie||10686||Hercules Hound||Medway YC||11||12||14||(16)||16||11||64|
|15||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||11183||Nomad||Swarkestone SC||10||19||8||20||14||(23)||71|
|16||Michael Dillistone||Andrew Criswick||10556||Pippin||Castle Cove SC||21||16||11||14||(27)||17||79|
|17||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||11189||Guinness||Swarkestone SC||12||13||(22)||22||13||19||79|
|18||Jacqueline Townsend||Tim Townsend||11012||Intermezzo||Medway YC||18||18||17||18||15||(20)||86|
|19||Stewart Coltart||Fiona Haddow||10947||Quicksilver||Medway YC||(27)||14||23||11||22||25||95|
|20||Tony Geary||Nathan Geary||11107||Storm Cloud||Waldringfield SC||17||20||27||21||(28)||15||100|
|21||David Roberts||Pete Dilley||10673||L.B.V.||Bough Beech SC||22||17||(30.5)||26||19||16||100|
|22||Mark Penny||Gale Penny||10614||Loose Knots||Medway YC||25||22||(28)||19||25||13||104|
|23||Monica Schaefer||Miriam McCarthy||11152||Lakka||Greystones SC||26||27||20||23||9||(31)||105|
|24||Derek Lambert||Robin Younger||10828||Nutcracker||Datchet Water SC||16||26||21||25||26||(28)||114|
|25||Nick Harris||Luke Howells||11223||Apollo||Datchet Water SC||23||24||(35)||24||21||22||114|
|26||Rich Sheridan||Simon Conway||1117||Docklands SWC||15||25||24||28||23||(33)||115|
|27||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||11129||Yolo||Arun YC||20||23||25||(27)||20||27||115|
|28||Geoff Hodshon||Nick Hodshon||198||Nipegegi||Marchwood YC||29||29||16||(30)||30||18||122|
|29||Liz Feibusch||William Cleverley||11000||Alpha Cassiopeia||Orford SC||24||32||(34)||15||24||29||124|
|30||Phil Powell||Mike Board||10916||Sapphire||Parkstone YC||32||30||19||(34)||32||34||147|
|31||Kenneth Underhill||11167||What A Ripper||Aldeburgh YC||31||31||26||29||(33)||30||147|
|32||'Boris' Morrice||Chris Yerbury||6330||Delphy||Bristol Corinthian YC||33||28||30.5||32||(34)||26||149.5|
|33||Philip Norris||John Talbot||10574||Bolton Wanderer||Weymouth SC||30||(34)||33||33||31||32||159|
|34||Phil Ashworth||11081||Weymouth SC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||31||29||24||162|
|35||Sally Abdy||Giles Abdy||11182||Castle Cove SC||34||(35)||32||35||35||35||171|
The Nationals in a Nutshell:
Day 1 – a frustrating start…
Does anybody else remember the episode of Postman Pat (the famous stop-motion animation children’s programme from the 1980’s) called Postman Pat’s Foggy Day? He spent the whole programme driving his little red van around Greendale in a pea souper, getting lost and having many little adventures.
The first day of the 2018 Wayfarer Nationals was just like that. We waited all morning for the fog to clear and a gentle south westerly to set in. Simon Townsend read his book. The fog cleared. The fleet was launched. We set off for the practice race. The fog returned. The windward mark was found. The gybe mark was found. The leeward mark and finish line disappeared in the fog. The PRO helpfully used a RIB as a hare to lead the fleet. The hare lost the fleet! Several boats overshot the leeward mark and beat back to the finish line. We all finished (except Mike Mac who was OCS). We sailed ashore. Simon Townsend went back to his book. ...read more
Summary. One practice race completed which was won by Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (well done) but no points races. BBQ tonight and try again tomorrow.
Day 2 – still foggy!
Fog persisted on day 2 of the Nationals which caused a further postponement. However, the PRO made an inspired decision to review the conditions at 1500 hours. The fog had started to disperse by then and we managed to get in three short races. Two of these were sailed in a reasonably steady force 2 but the wind was starting to soften by the third race and faded away at the end of the first beat causing the race to be shortened at the end of the first reach. Race 1 was won by Guy Marks and Mel Titmuss. Race 2 was won by Len Jones and Pete Mitchell while Race 3 was won by Richard Stone and Catherine Gore. Mike Mac and Simon Townsend finished second in each of the three races sailed.
Overall results so far (top five):-
1st Mike Mac and Simon Townsend, (6)
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (7)
3rd Guy Marks and Mel Titmuss (15)
4th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (18)
5th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (20)
Day 3 – final day
Sunday started early with a nice Easterly as we gathered at 9.00 ready to be released for up to four races. Unfortunately the wind then shut off and we endured yet another postponement for a couple of hours.
However we eventually got away and completed three further races before the cutoff.
1st Mike Mac and Simon Townsend
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell
3rd Guy Marks and Mel Titmus
4th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore
News & Results from West Oxfordshire
|1||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(1)||1||1||1||1||4|
|2||11183||Mark Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||3||3||2||2||(6)||10|
|3||11174||Rob Hoare||Sue Weinstock||West Oxfordshire SC||(4)||2||3||3||3||11|
|4||11189||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||2||RET||6||4||4||16|
|5||9619||Sue Burton||Pauline Dobbs||West Oxfordshire SC||6||4||(7)||6||2||18|
|6||WOSC3||Andrew Tuberfield||A Tuberfield||West Oxfordshire SC||(10)||6||5||7||5||23|
|7||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Lanson-Gore||Datchet Water SC||(9)||5||4||8||7||24|
|8||8080||George Edmonson||Licia Winrow||West Oxfordshire SC||5||7||10||9||(11)||31|
|9||WOSC1||Andrew Day||John White||West Oxfordshire SC||8||(10)||9||5||9||31|
|10||9169||Mike Batteron||Sam Cannell||West Oxfordshire SC||7||8||(11)||11||8||34|
|11||10755||Les Burton||Graham Parry||West Oxfordshire SC||(12)||9||8||10||10||37|
|12||10849||Alex Nairac||Hilary Thomas||West Oxfordshire SC||11||11||(12)||12||12||46|
Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC
A good fleet of 19 boats met up at Datchet Water Sailing Club over the weekend of 7/8 April for the UK Wayfarer Inland Championship 2018, which was also the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.
The wind on Saturday was 10-15 knots from the south which gave very close racing with places changing regularly throughout all the races. Wind gusts were sufficient to cause the occasional broach and a solitary capsize by one competitor. ...read more
The second race got away first time. On this occasion it was Marks/Titmus who flew out of the blocks chased by the Wilsons and Len Jones/Jamie Lea. McNamara/Townsend rounded the first windward mark in about sixth place and by the time they had got past the bulk of the fleet Marks/Titmus and the Wilsons had a comfortable lead. The Wilsons eventually got the better of Marks/Titmus to take the win, McNamara/Townsend coming through to take 3rd and Len Jones 4th.
The third and final race of the day also got away first time. Now it was the turn of Richard Stone/Catherine Gore to get away well and they led for a part of the race until swallowed up by McNamara/Townsend who went on to take their second win. The Wilsons and Marks/Titmus resumed their battle eventually overtaking Stone/Gore to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Positions 4th-7th finished within a few seconds of each other, the nod going to Adam Wickenden/Stuart Hall.
On Saturday evening most of the fleet decamped to the Ostrich in Colnbrook, a 12th century Inn whose patrons, legend has it, had come to a sticky end in the past. Not on this occasion. A good time was had by all and we agreed to meet again on Sunday morning to see if we could improve our positions in the overall standings.
Alas, Sunday dawned with no wind overhead, little wind forecast and a mist which was turning to rain. The race officer abandoned the day’s racing and so the positions overnight stood for the Championship.
The winners of the Wayfarer Inland Championship for the twelfth time were Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend. Runners-up were Andrew and Tom Wilson. The podium was completed by Guy Marks and Mel Titmus. Michael thanked the race officer, the organising club and home fleet for the event and their hospitality.
The next event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series is at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club on the 21/22 April. This is an open meeting and also the Wayfarer Junior Championship.
|1st||10648||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||1||(3)||1||2|
|2nd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(3)||1||2||3|
|3rd||11050||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||Bough Beech SC||2||2||(3)||4|
|4th||11226||Len Jones||Pete Mitchell/Jamie Lea||Medway YC||(DNF)||4||7||11|
|5th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||5||(6)||6||11|
|6th||10974||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||(12)||7||5||12|
|7th||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||7||5||(13)||12|
|8th||10710||Adam Wickenden||Stuart Hall||Silver Wing SC||(13)||9||4||13|
|9th||11189||Nigel O'Donnell||Michael O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||4||(12)||11||15|
|10th||10686||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||6||10||(12)||16|
|11th||10921||Tony Cooper||George||Datchet Water SC||(9)||8||9||17|
|12th||10688||Bill Whitney||Lisa Whitney||Shoreham SC||10||(13)||8||18|
|13th||10994||Neil Fletcher||Sarah Northey||Waldringfield SC||8||(11)||10||18|
|14th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddox||Datchet Water SC||11||15||(16)||26|
|15th||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||14||(16)||14||28|
|16th||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Lanson-Gore||Datchet Water SC||(DNS)||14||15||29|
|17th||11129||Paul Hughes||Tracy Villa||Arun YC||15||(17)||17||32|
|18th||?||Simon Etter||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||16||(18)||18||34|
|19th||8454||Laura Hodges||Matthew Hodges||Datchet Water SC||17||(19)||19||36|
CRAFTINSURE NATIONAL CIRCUIT & TRAVELLERS SERIES – 2017 SEASON REVIEW
Very encouragingly, attendance at the events was up overall this year compared with 2016, and the number of boats which took part in one or more of the events increased by 18%. More significantly the number of boats which qualified for the National Circuit Series by competing in at least three events including one in fresh water and one in salt water increased by 100% compared with last year. ...read more
We are, of course, very grateful to our sponsors who support the class and, this year, in addition to the trophies and glassware for the winners there was a prize draw which encouraged participation, rather than results, as every boat which competed in two events had a ticket bearing its sail number placed in the hat, together with an extra ticket for each additional event attended. The more events the boat went to, the more chances it had of winning. Our sponsors donated some very generous prizes; a new McNamara genoa was won by Derek Lambert from Datchet Water SC, a year’s free boat insurance with Craftinsure was won by Nigel O’Donnell from Swarkestone SC while Tim Townsend from Medway YC won an undercover from Hartley Boats. Mark Lee, from Craftinsure, also donated some other goodies which were won during the draw. The burgees seemed particularly popular after a windy weekend at Bough Beech.
So, who won this year’s Travellers and Circuit Series? The final result of the latter was nail biting and came down to the last event, so congratulations to Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend for winning the Hartley Boats Trophy for the National Circuit by the tiniest of margins. Many congratulations also to Andrew Wilson and his crews, Sue Risbridger and Tom Wilson who won the Wayfarer Trophy for the Travellers Series and came agonisingly close to winning the Hartley Boats Trophy too.
Results of the National Circuit Series (top ten):
1st Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend (1.5 points)
2nd Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger/Tom Wilson (3)
3rd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell/Jamie Lea (3.5)
4th Bill Whitney and Lisa Whitney/John Shelton (6)
5th Guy and Tom Marks/Mel Titmus (13.5)
6th Tim Townsend and Jacqueline Townsend/Catherine Gore (16)
7th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (18)
8th David Roberts and Mike Bryant (20)
9th Nigel O’Donnell and Belinda O’Donnell/Michael O’Donnell (21)
10th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (30)
Results of the Travellers Series (top ten):
1st Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger/Tom Wilson
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell/Jamie Lea
3rd Tim Townsend and Jacqueline Townsend/Catherine Gore
4th Nigel O’Donnell and Belinda O’Donnell/Michael O’Donnell
5th Bill Whitney and Lisa Whitney/John Shelton
6th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
7th David Roberts and Mike Bryant
8th Scott Hamilton and Bob Maddox
9th Derek Lambert and Oliver Lanson-Gore
10th Mike Weighill and Carl Martin
-Tim Townsend (Racing Secretary)
NCS #8 – CRAFTINSURE 2017 FINALE, BOUGH BEECH SAILING CLUB:
The eighth and final event of the UK Wayfarer Association Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017 took place in mixed conditions at Bough Beech Reservoir on the weekend of 11th and 12th November. Going into the event, four boats had the potential to be on the podium in the National Circuit. During the week the forecast promised strong and gusty northerly winds on both days, but by Friday we were expecting a damp and grey Saturday with 5-12 knots from the north, while Sunday was to bring a cold north westerly of between 16 and 25 knots. ...read more
The short range forecast proved to be accurate with visitors arriving at the club and rigging their boats in intermittent drizzle. Twenty boats then took to the water for two races in a patchy breeze; real snakes and ladders conditions which suited the lighter crews and also boats with local knowledge.
The first race was led for a time by Elliott Marks and Kate Fitzsimmons in Elliott’s father’s old boat, a 30 year old Mark2 before they succumbed to the attentions of Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen, the two boats finished in that order. Of the boats in contention to win the Hartley Boats Trophy as winners of the National Circuit, Andrew and Tom Wilson were 3rd, with Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend 4th. Len Jones and Jamie Lea were 6th but Bill Whitney and John Shelton swallowed some snakes and could only finish 12th (and then only after a climbing a small ladder on the penultimate leg).
The second race was sailed after lunch in similar conditions. This time there was a race long ding dong between McNamara/Townsend and Richard Stone and Catherine Gore, with early involvement in the battle by the Rouse-Collens. After several changes of lead McNamara were just ahead at the finish followed by Stone/Gore. In this race Wilson/Wilson made a comeback after a poor first leg while Whitney/Shelton (12th again) and Jones/Lea both had mediocre results as they struggled to make sense of the conditions.
Overnight leader were Rouse-Collen followed by McNamara/Townsend, Wilson/Wilson and Marks/Fitzsimmons. Those who could stay enjoyed a good dinner laid on by the club. Others, including the race officer, went home to watch Strictly or spent the evening googling how to deal with snakes.
Sunday morning provided such contrasting conditions with a very chilly, viciously gusting and shifty north easterly(ish), white horses on the lake but bright sunshine. One or two competitors decided that discretion was the better part of valour and stayed ashore to watch proceedings from the comfort of the clubhouse.
The third race sequence began immediately after the fleet observed a two minute silence hove-to on the water. The start itself coincided with one of the strongest gusts of the day which everybody somehow survived. There was a short beat and then a long broad reach as part of a figure of 8 course. These were conditions that would surely suit all four of the leading contenders for the Hartley Boats Trophy, but after a good beat Wilson/Wilson spoiled their copybook with a spectacular three sail capsize.
Meanwhile, McNamara/Townsend, Guy Marks (the elder) and another son Tom, and Jones/Lea could be seen planing off into the distance. These three boats finished in that order, although McNamara/Townsend had pulled out a comfortable lead by the end. Whitney/Shelton proved they can do it when there’s a modicum of wind and finished in 4th place which would prove to be their best result of the weekend. Meanwhile, Wilson/Wilson made a very strong recovery in the second half of the race to finish in 5th place.
The fourth and final race of the weekend was sailed back to back. In this race, McNamara/Townsend had a narrow lead over Wilson/Wilson at the windward mark and maintained the lead throughout the race although they were chased hard all the way round the track. These two pulled away from the chasing pack where there were several position changes and capsizes for several boats including Whitney/Shelton and the Rouse-Collens both of whom retired. Jones/Lea finished 4th in this race.
Enjoying their third win of the weekend was sufficient for McNamara/Townsend to win the event overall and it also meant that they won the Hartley Boats Trophy and the Craftinsure National Circuit Series by the narrowest of margins, just 1.5 points ahead of Wilson/Wilson and 2 points ahead of Jones/Lea. The Wayfarer Travellers Trophy for the best results in all eight events was won by Andrew Wilson and his crew of either son Tom or Sue Rusbridger.
During the prize giving a draw was made for a number of prizes provided by the sponsors. Among the prizes a new McNamara genoa was won by Derek Lambert from Datchet Water SC; Nigel O’Donnell from Swarkestone SC won a year’s free insurance for his Wayfarer presented by Craftinsure, and Tim Townsend from Medway YC won a new undercover courtesy of Hartley Boats.
(An article summarising the whole National Circuit Series is now on the Racing Results page).
Overall Results (top 6):
1st W10648, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, Rollesby Broad SC, (3 points)
2nd W88, Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen, Upper Thames SC (9)
3rd W11050, Guy and Tom Marks, Bough Beech SC (9)
4th W11093, Andrew and Tom Wilson, Datchet Water SC (10)
5th W11067, Len Jones and Jamie Lea, Medway YC (13)
6th W7470, Elliott Marks and Kate Fitzsimmons, Bough Beech SC (19)
The UKWA is putting together another comprehensive schedule of events for 2018 including the National Championships at Castle Cove SC from 1-3 June. A European Championship is also being held from 3-8 July 2018 in Denmark.
NCS #6 – SOUTHERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP
Held 9th & 10th September, Datchet Water Sailing Club
Three visiting teams from as far away as Canterbury and Derby joined the growing local fleet at Datchet Water Sailing Club to compete for the Southern Area Championship. Several of the usual travellers were unavailable for a variety of reasons, but Michael McNamara made the long journey from Norfolk just to return the trophies, while David Roberts also popped in for a tea and a chat before racing began.
The weather forecast was suitably autumnal with the threat of rain on Saturday and a westerly 13-18 knots, while Sunday was predicted to be very blustery with gusts in excess of 25 knots (and increasing) in the early afternoon. In the event we had 8-15 knots on Saturday, accompanied by sun, rain and thunder. Sunday was only a little windier, and the strongest gusts and steady rain only arrived as we were all safely ashore and de-rigging our boats. Water levels in the reservoir were very low which meant that wind shadows from the wall were more extensive than usual.
The event was shared with the K1 National Championships and a Flying Fifteen Open Meeting so there were plenty of boats on the race course.
Racing started after a short delay on Saturday with three races back to back on a classic triangle/sausage course. The pattern for the weekend’s racing was set early on with Len Jones and Jamie Lea taking an early lead followed by Andrew and Tom Wilson. Racing behind these two was close with several place changes before Derek Lambert and Oliver Gore Lawrenson got the nod for third. ...read more
The second race of the day was again led from the start by Jones/Lea, although positions at the windward mark were close with Lambert/Lawrenson and the Wilsons close behind. Jones/Lea led from start to finish with the Wilsons finishing second and the Tim and Jacqueline Townsend just pipping Lambert/Lawrenson for third.
By the time the third race started the wind had increased and there was sporadic rain and claps of thunder. This time Jones/Lea and the Wilsons exchanged positions a few times during the race before Jones/Lea pulled clear to take their third win of the day. The Townsends finished third in this race too, a comfortable distance in front of the pack.
Sunday dawned with the promise of more wind than the previous day. There was more wind, true, but not as much as forecast, and the fleet generally coped well with the slightly tougher conditions. Although Jones/Lea had dominated the first day’s results, they could still theoretically be beaten if the Wilsons won all of Sunday’s races. Andrew and Tom did their very best to beat the odds by enjoying a very close fourth race with Jones/Lea; the lead changed hands several times and at the finish it was the Wilsons who took their first win of the weekend. Tony Cooper and Neil Hume got their best result of the weekend holding off the Townsends to claim third place. After a distinctly average (for them) first day this also saw a resurgence of form from Nigel and Michael O’Donnell until they had a brief inversion just after the second gybe mark while lying fifth.
The fifth race was also a humdinger. The Townsends were OCS (and took nearly two minutes to extricate themselves and return to the start!). However, at the front, it was Jones/Lea and the Wilsons going at it hammer and tongs, once again exchanging the lead several times. In the closing stages of the race the Wilsons held a slim lead but they were unable to hold off the series leaders who took a narrow win and, with it, the Championship. Lambert/Lawrenson took third in this race and went into the final race with one foot on the third step of the podium.
With the runners up spot guaranteed the Wilsons exchanged positions for the final race of the event. Rumour has it that Jones/Lea also intended to swap positions in the boat but abandoned the project after an adverse risk assessment! The race began with a general recall, but got away cleanly at the second time of asking. Jones/Lea took an early lead and led throughout. The Wilsons proved it’s all about the team (not just the helm) by taking the runners up spot from the Townsends. The O’Donnells planed across the finish line in fourth place for their best result of the weekend as the wind started to build inexorably.
Overall Jones/Lea dominated the weekend’s racing, winning five of the races, although often only after tussles with the Wilsons who secured a comfortable second place. The Townsends’ third place in the final race was enough to see them step onto the podium at the end.
This was the sixth event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series for the UK Wayfarer Class and the results mean that the Wilsons continue to lead although Jones/Lea have closed the gap to 0.5 points, with just two events to go. Bill Whitney and Lisa Whitney/John Shelton lie in third place but the Townsends move up to fourth overall.
Datchet Water SC put on a good event, with excellent race management and lots of assistance on the shore from students of Brunel University who helped launch and recover the boats. Club Commodore, Mike Becket, presented the prizes. Thanks to all of them, and also to Neil Hume who provided much of the material for this report.
|1st||11067||Len Jones||Jamie Lea||Medway YC||-1||1||1||-2||1||1||4|
|2nd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||-2||-2||2||1||2||2||7|
|3rd||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||-6||3||3||4||-6||3||13|
|4th||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Gore Lawrenson||Datchet Water SC||3||4||4||-7||3||-7||14|
|5th||10921||Tony Cooper||Neil Hume||Datchet Water SC||4||-5||-6||3||4||5||16|
|6th||10984||Nick Harris||Luke Howells||Datchet Water SC||-7||-6||5||5||5||6||21|
|7th||11189||Nigel O’Donnell||Michael O’Donnell||Swarkestone SC||5||7||-8||-8||8||4||24|
|8th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddox||Datchet Water SC||-8||-8||7||6||7||8||28|
|9th||8454||Matthew Hodges||Laura Hodges||Datchet Water SC||9||9||(DNF)||9||-10||9||36|
|10th||1||Simon Etter||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||10||9||10||40|