Bourne End week 2018 – a snapshot…

Photo © Tom Percival-Stein

60th Anniversary National Championship at Castle Cove SC

60th Anniversary Wayfarer Nationals at Castle Cove © Richard White

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. more

2018 Nationals – Results & Photos

The full results from last weekend’s Nationals are now available via this link, while photos (from the first 2 days) taken by Richard White are available to view (and perhaps download) here.

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.

Simon Townsend with a John Cunliffe novel, perhaps?

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. more

News & Results from West Oxfordshire

A report of the recent NCS and Juniors Championship event at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club is now available on the Yachts & Yachting website, linked here. The table of results is shown below:-

PosSail NumHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
111093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC(1)11114
211183Mark WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC3322(6)10
311174Rob HoareSue WeinstockWest Oxfordshire SC(4)233311
411189Nigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone SC2RET64416
59619Sue BurtonPauline DobbsWest Oxfordshire SC64(7)6218
6WOSC3Andrew TuberfieldA TuberfieldWest Oxfordshire SC(10)657523
710828Derek LambertOliver Lanson-GoreDatchet Water SC(9)548724
88080George EdmonsonLicia WinrowWest Oxfordshire SC57109(11)31
9WOSC1Andrew DayJohn WhiteWest Oxfordshire SC8(10)95931
109169Mike BatteronSam CannellWest Oxfordshire SC78(11)11834
1110755Les BurtonGraham ParryWest Oxfordshire SC(12)98101037
1210849Alex NairacHilary ThomasWest Oxfordshire SC1111(12)121246


Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC

Mike McNamara & Simon Townsend receiving the W Inland Championship Trophy from Mervyn Wright, DWSC Vice Commodore © Derek Lambert

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. more


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. more


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. more


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


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. more