Craftinsure National Circuit & Travellers Series – 2017 Season Review

The eight-event UKWA National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017, sponsored by Craftinsure, McNamara Sails and Hartley Boats took in a variety of venues and conditions, starting with the Western Area Championships at West Oxfordshire SC, moving on to the Inland and Junior Championships at Haversham, a very successful and well attended National Championships at Arun YC and then the Eastern Area Championships at Medway YC. Datchet Water SC hosted the Southern Area Championship, and after open meetings at Aldeburgh YC and Upper Thames SC, the series culminated with the traditional Finale at Bough Beech SC.

Photo c/o Deborah Maynard

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


NCS #8 – CRAFTINSURE 2017 FINALE, BOUGH BEECH SAILING CLUB:

Photo © Martyn Smith

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


NCS #7 & ‘SPLASHAWAY’ TROPHY

The weekend of Oct 7/8 saw the penultimate NCS event and Wayfarer ‘Splashaway’ Trophy, at Upper Thames SC.

Regrettably no report is available.

W88 “Pieces of Eight” finding wind between the trees at UTSC – photo c/o Tony Ketley


NCS #6 – SOUTHERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP

Held 9th & 10th September, Datchet Water Sailing Club

(l-r) Mike Becket (DWSC Commodore) presents the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship trophy to Jamie Lea and Len Jones © Tony Cooper

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


SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Left to right: Margaret & Bob Sparkes, Neil McSherry, Monica Schaefer

The Scottish Nationals took place September 2nd & 3rd in beautiful Loch Lomond in bright warm sunshine. After a slightly delayed start Saturday (waiting on wind), 2 races were run in a nice breeze, with the defending champion & visitor from Ireland – W11152 Monica Schaefer & Neil Mc Sherry – in first position overnight with 2 points, followed by W6117 Bob & Margaret Sparkes from Loch Lomond SC on 5 points, and Peter & Isla Harper on 6 points. ...read more


NCS #5 – EASTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo © Mike Spurgin

The Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship, which was also the fifth event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017, was hosted by Medway Yacht Club over the weekend of 22/23 July. Twenty three boats, including one from Holland, competed in a six race series over the two days. ...read more


NCS #4 – L’ESCARGOT TROPHY (REPORT)

Our friends at Yachts & Yachting have just published a report from the recent L’Escargot Trophy held at Aldeburgh YC, written by Olivia & Ben Davies. Why not take a look – here.


NCS #3 – NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, ARUN YACHT CLUB

Photo © Sue Blessett

Fifty Wayfarer teams from Britain, Ireland and Denmark gathered at Arun YC, Littlehampton, for their National Championships over the weekend of 16th to 18th of June. The weather was fine and sunny and the wind forecast was favourable certainly for the first two days, although the forecast winds for Sunday were looking a little less promising. ...read more


NCS #2 – INLAND/JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo © Gillian Hardingham

Photo © Gillian Hardingham

Haversham SC, near Milton Keynes, hosted the third event of the Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series over the late May Bank Holiday weekend of 27th and 28th May 2017. The open meeting was also the Inland and Junior Championships for the class. Fifteen boats attended the event including three local boats, two of which were helmed or crewed by juniors.

The weather forecast for the weekend was for strong southerlies on the Saturday and light or non-existent winds on the Sunday. This is pretty much what came to pass. Saturday provided winds typically at the top end of force 4 but with gusts very much at the top end of force 5. The gusts were visible on the water, but determining whether they would be lifts or headers or quite how strong the gusts would be was much more difficult. In addition, the relatively small playing field at Haversham meant that the opportunities to get in a rhythm or, indeed to have a runway to see off the gust before the next manoeuvre was required, were strictly limited. Sunday conditions were completely different, with a very light southerly(ish) breeze which allowed the race officer to get in one race before it failed completely bringing a premature end to the proceedings. The race team did very well to achieve five complete races before binning the sixth to the relief of most of the competitors. Unfortunately the race officer was unable to do anything about the weed in the lake which bedevilled the racing and affected all competitors to a greater or lesser extent at some point during the racing on both days. ...read more


NCS #1 – WESTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

William Cowper Dominates at West Oxfordshire

(Also published on yachtsandyachting.com)

An encouraging fleet of 21 Wayfarers from 10 clubs met up at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club on 22nd and 23rd April for the UKWA Western Area Championships 2017 and the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. There were new faces on the circuit as well as old faces with new boats.

Photo © Moya Weighill

On Saturday the wind was from the North and a fitful 5-10 knots. The race officer used the whole of the lake for three races over a figure of 8 course. With the wind oscillating wildly 25 degrees either side of the mean, rarely were positions held comfortably for a whole race if either a shift or a stream of breeze was missed. For example, Tim Townsend and Catherine Gore found the conditions incomprehensible in the first race of the day, when they plummeted inexorably from a comfortable second place halfway through the race to finish thirteenth at the end. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend were the only truly consistent team on the day registering 1, 2, 1 to lead overnight from Len Jones and Peter Mitchell who shared second place with Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger. ...read more