Wayfarer Southern Area Championship 2017
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.
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|
Scottish Championships 2017
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
After a good night of singing and dancing, Sunday dawned bright with no wind, the AP was up for about an hour when thankfully a light breeze arrived. The Race Committee did well to get 3 races under way in quick succession. Conditions were a bit tricky with positions on the beat changing with massive wind shifts. The leaders went up the middle, putting in a lot of work, roll-tacking on every shift to maximise momentum and directional advantage, this tactic paying off handsomely when they finished the 3 races at the front of the pack to give them a clean sweep in all 5 races and the Championship honours.
Podium positions after 5 races and 1 drop:
1st W11152 Monica Schaefer & Neil Mc Sherry – Scottish Championship Trophy
2nd W6117 Bob & Margaret Sparkes – First Scottish Boat Trophy
3rd W7588 Dawn Crowe & Jackie Maldrum
Southerns – Day Two
Results (top four)
1st Len Jones and Jamie Lea (MYC)- 4pts
2nd Andrew and Tom Wilson (DWSC) – 7pts
3rd Tim and Jacqueline Townsend (MYC) – 13pts
4th Derek Lambert and Oliver Gore Lawrenson (DWSC) – 14pts
– Tim Townsend
2017 Racing Trophy Winners to date
There is both the SplashAway and Finale at Bough Beech still to go, where the National Circuit Champions will be decided. Please see our racing calendar for more details.
Southerns – Day One
The turnout was a little low but several of the regular travellers were otherwise engaged.
Len Jones and Jamie Lea from Medway YC had three bullets to lead overnight followed by locals Andrew and Tom Wilson. Tim and Jacqueline Townsend from Medway YC complete the overnight podium.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for more wind….a lot more. We shall see.
– Tim Townsend
Wayfarer Easterns – Day Two
Racing all day was very close, sometimes too close. (I always thought sailing was supposed to be a non-contact sport). ...read more
Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) and Len Jones and Jamie Lea (11067) exchanged wins in races 4 and 5, but it looked like the 8th place suffered in one of the races on Saturday was going to hurt the Jones/Lea combination.
On to race 6 and capsizes aplenty in the gusty force 4-5 and ebb tide. One of the teams inspecting the bottom of the boat inevitably was Jones/Lea who pushed just too hard at the last windward mark. This was the curtain falling on their title challenge and an order for yet another Windex has been placed (bulk order).
Through the carnage, Andrew and Tom sailed serenely on and won their fourth race of the weekend to seal the title of Eastern Champions.
Overall positions (top three) as follows:
1st Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093)
2nd Len Jones and Jamie Lea (11067)
3rd Bill and Lisa Whitney (10688).
Full report and photos to follow on Y&Y soon (including details of the hysterical quiz night).
– Tim Townsend
Wayfarer Easterns – Day One
The most consistent performers on the day were Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) with two first places and a second. They lead overnight from Guy Marks and Mel Titmus (11050) and Bill and Lisa Whitney (10688) and Len Jones and Jamie Lea (11067).
Lighter winds forecast for tomorrow.
Before then there’s free beer, a drinks reception and dinner…
L’ESCARGOT TROPHY – REPORT
CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHAEL & SIMON!
There was no more sailing on day three of the Nationals, so the day two results represent the final standings – Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend are therefore the 2017 UK National Champions!
Full report and more photos on Y&Y website linked here.
2017 NATIONALS – DAY TWO REPORT
Race 3 was won by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (10648) followed by Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (10974) whose fortunes had changed from a distinctly average first day. Roger Challis and Mark Johnston (10992) were third.
Race 4 was also won by Michael and Simon, again followed by Richard and Catherine. Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) were third. This race saw the first appearance of the black flag which caught out Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (11067).
Race 5 was redemption time for Len and Pete who did a horizon job on the fleet. Colin May and Sarah Wallis (10768) had their best result of the series so far in finishing second. Roger and Mark finished third. Another notable feature of this race was that the class copyright holder inexplicably fell out of his boat. He recovered himself with minimal help from his crew.
Race 6 was Len and Pete’s again; another comfortable win for them this time from Michael and Simon. Richard and Catherine completed their day with third place. This was another race where the black flag was displayed, with Andrew and Tom Wilson and Barry Wolfenden and Alan Ritchie amongst its victims.
Top six after 6 races:
1st 10648 Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (8 points)
2nd 10688 Bill Whitney and John Shelton (21)
3rd 10992 Roger Challis and Mark Johnston (21)
4th 11067 Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (26)
5th 11093 Andrew and Tom Wilson (32)
6th 10768 Colin May and Sarah Wallis (32)
– Tim Townsend
2017 NATIONALS – DAY ONE REPORT
Winners of the practice race were Bill Whitney and John Shelton (10688).
The first points race was also won by Bill and John from Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) and Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (10648).
The second points race was won by Michael and Simon followed by Roger Challis and Mark Johnston (10992) and Barry Wolfenden and Alan Ritchie (10936).
Top six overall after day one:
1st 10648 Michael and Simon (4 pts)
2nd 10688 Bill and John (7)
3rd 10992 Roger and Mark (8)
4th 10673 David Roberts and Mike Bryant (9)
5th 11093 Andrew and Tom (10)
6th 10936 Barry and Alan (12)
– Tim Townsend
WAYFARER INLANDS DAYS ONE & TWO
N.B. – Tim’s full write-up is now on Yachts & Yachting’s website, linked here.
Day One in summary:-
Four races were sailed today because the forecast for Sunday is for very light winds.
Conditions for Saturday can best be described as attritional. Very gusty. Many capsizes. Lots of weed, which was frustrating for some… ...read more
Results at the end of Day 1:-
1st Len Jones and Jamie Lea
2nd Bill and Lisa Witney
3rd Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
Note; Len and Jamie had 2x 1st and 2x 2nd….and 2x capsizes, 2x bent windex, 1x broken spinnaker pole.
Day Two in summary:-
As forecast, Sunday saw a complete change of conditions from Saturday, with a light and patchy southerly(ish) breeze. The race officer saw the fleet off first time and there were many place changes as the whole fleet gained or lost as a result of wind pressure or wind shifts. What breeze there was failed towards the end of the race with the biggest delta of the weekend between first and last. Sensibly, the race officer binned the last scheduled race.
The top three overall were:-
1st Len Jones and Jamie Lea, Medway Yacht Club
2nd Bill and Lisa Witney, Shoreham Sailing Club
3rd Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall, Wilsonian Sailing Club
– Tim Townsend
WESTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (report)
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. ...read more
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.
WOSC treated the competitors royally on Saturday night with a fish and chip supper and music from a very good live band which enticed many people onto the dance floor (including an unnamed sailor from Wilsonian SC who really should know better) for an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
“Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavours” said the renowned 17th century poet, William Cowper, and certainly the champions of sailing need to be able to master a variety of conditions, including, as it turned out, the wind conditions on Sunday, which were intermittent gusts of 0-4 knots. “Enough to sail” said the locals to quizzical looks from the hardened travellers. The wind direction vacillated (“oscillated” would be too certain a term in the prevailing conditions) from East to West via the North with a consequence that three boats could, within lengths of each other on the same leg of the course and at the same time, be sailing upwind on port or starboard tacks or free on a broad reach and all pointing in the same direction.
These were trying conditions indeed, but somehow the race officer managed to achieve two more races, on a course shared with the Wanderers but only on half the lake. Clear air was a problem for all (any air was a problem for some), and again there were snakes and ladders, no more so than for Brian Lamb (fresh from his exploits on the dance floor) and Sam Pygall who at one point led the first race on Sunday by a country mile and contrived a spectacular fall from grace to finish thirteenth (“God works in mysterious ways” wrote William Cowper).
In spite of the conditions, the frustrations and the inevitable raft ups at marks of the course, the cream still rose to the top. Andrew and Sue won both races on the day, but that was not enough to topple Michael and Simon from first overall. Len and Peter continued their consistent performance to round off the top three. Also very consistent over the weekend was local sailor Richard Burton who borrowed a club boat with Hugo Burrows and exploited the conditions perfectly to win the second race on Saturday and finish fourth overall.
Thanks go to all the members of WOSC who volunteered on and off the water for making it an enjoyable weekend.
– Tim Townsend –
(If the table below appears truncated, view it on this page instead)
|1st||10648||Rollesby Broad SC||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||1||2||1||(4.0)||2||10||6|
|2nd||11093||Datchet Water SC||Andrew Wilson||Sue Risbridger||(5.0)||4||2||1||1||13||8|
|3rd||11067||Medway YC||Len Jones||Peter Mitchell||2||(6.0)||3||2||6||19||13|
|4th||6590||West Oxfordshire SC||Richard Burton||Hugo Burrows||(9.0)||1||6||3||5||24||15|
|5th||10673||Bough Beech SC||David Roberts||Mike Bryant||4||5||5||5||(22.0 DNF)||41||19|
|6th||11012||Medway YC||Tim Townsend||Catherine Gore||(13.0)||7||4||8||3||35||22|
|7th||11189||Swarkestone SC||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||6||3||9||(11.0)||9||38||27|
|8th||11170||Wilsonian SC||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||3||9||7||(13.0)||10||42||29|
|9th||10570||Great Moor SC||Ian Richards||Adam Light||7||(8.0)||8||6||8||37||29|
|10th||11183||Swarkestone SC||Mike Weighill||8||(12.0)||11||7||7||45||33|
|11th||10777||Haversham SC||Russell Perry||10||10||10||(15.0)||4||49||34|
|12th||6919||West Oxfordshire SC||Sue Burton||Pauline Dobbs||12||(16.0)||14||9||16||67||51|
|13th||WOSC3||West Oxfordshire SC||Andrew Turberfield||Marion Turberfield||11||15||(16.0)||12||14||68||52|
|14th||10586||West Oxfordshire SC||Rob Hoare||Barry Buzzard||(16.0)||13||12||14||13||68||52|
|15th||11129||Arun YC||P Hughes||15||(19.0)||13||17||11||75||56|
|16th||8080||West Oxfordshire SC||George Edmundson||Lucia Winrow||14||11||15||(19.0)||17||76||57|
|17th||10849||West Oxfordshire SC||Alex Nairac||Anoushka Nairac||(20.0)||14||18||16||12||80||60|
|18th||WOSC1||West Oxfordshire SC||John Whiteside||Andrew Day||19||(20.0)||17||10||15||81||61|
|19th||10755||West Oxfordshire SC||Leslie Burton||Graham Parry||17||18||20||18||(22.0 DNC)||95||73|
|20th||10880||Abbey Sailing Club||Adrian Strong||18||17||19||20||(22.0 DNF)||96||74|
|21st||6788||West Oxfordshire SC||R Helyar||21||21||(22.0 DNC)||22.0 DNC||22.0 DNC||108||86|
2016 National Circuit Series Results
The last of the National Circuit Series events took place at Bough Beech over the weekend of November 12/13. ...read more
A total of 72 boats competed in at least one event, and 25 competed in two or more, but only 7 managed to achieve the qualifying number and stipulation of races. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend from Rollesby Broad were worthy winners of the series, but it was clearly competitive at the top with Len Jones and Jamie Lea from Medway coming a close second. Andrew and Tom Wilson from Datchet were also scoring well and giving themselves opportunities for stardom by competing in 6 of the events. Well done, and this ensured the win for the Travellers’ Trophy for them. The programme for next year is taking shape, and we would hope that there may be a few more Wayfarers making the trip to visit locations other than their home club. After all, there is good racing wherever you are in the fleet.
Congratulations to Len Jones and Jamie Lea…
2016 Wayfarer Open – Bough Beech Sailing Club
Results are final as of 14:58 on November 13, 2016
|1st||11067||Len Jones||Jaime Lea||1.0||1.0||(2.0)||1.0||5.0||3.0|
|2nd||10648||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||(4.0)||2.0||1.0||3.0||10.0||6.0|
|3rd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||2.0||(6.0)||5.0||2.0||15.0||9.0|
|4th||88||Martin Rouse-Collen||Donna Rouse-Collen||3.0||4.0||6.0||(7.0)||20.0||13.0|
|5th||7470||John Clementson||Elliot Marks||(9.0)||3.0||4.0||8.0||24.0||15.0|
|6th||11050||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||7.0||5.0||(8.0)||4.0||24.0||16.0|
|7th||10688||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||5.0||(10.0)||3.0||9.0||27.0||17.0|
|8th||9494||Barry Wolfenden||Alan Ritchie||(13.0)||7.0||9.0||5.0||34.0||21.0|
|9th||10934||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||6.0||(15.0)||10.0||6.0||37.0||22.0|
|10th||11012||Tim Townsend||Kate Fitzsimmons||8.0||(11.0)||7.0||10.0||36.0||25.0|
|11th||11118||John Goudie||Martin Burgess||10.0||8.0||(12.0)||12.0||42.0||30.0|
|12th||10570||Ian Richards||Kate Allen||11.0||9.0||(15.0)||15.0||50.0||35.0|
|13th||10686||Brian McKenzie||P Dilley||(20.0 OCS)||14.0||11.0||11.0||56.0||36.0|
|14th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddex||12.0||13.0||13.0||(17.0)||55.0||38.0|
|15th||11026||Giles Wright||Chris Spiers||14.0||12.0||(16.0)||13.0||55.0||39.0|
|16th||10828||Derek Lambert||Tinu Cornish||(16.0)||16.0||14.0||14.0||60.0||44.0|
|17th||8595||Simon Winn||Mike Bryant||15.0||(18.0)||18.0||16.0||67.0||49.0|
|18th||11129||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||17.0||17.0||17.0||(18.0)||69.0||51.0|
|19th||10922||Gavin Thorpe||Alex Duffield||18.0||19.0||19.0||(20.0 DNS)||76.0||56.0|
Results from The Splashaway Trophy, held at UTSC 8-9 October 2016
|1st||Restless||11093||Andrew Wilson||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||1.0||1.0||1.0||2.0||(3.0)||8.0||5.0|
|2nd||Pieces of Eight||88||Martin Rouse Collen||Donna Rouse Collen||UTSC||3.0||(4.0)||2.0||1.0||1.0||11.0||7.0|
|3rd||Kimsar||1540||Peter Brewer||Beth Brewer||UTSC||6.0||(7.0)||3.0||3.0||2.0||21.0||14.0|
|4th||Ooh Oh||10570||Ian Richards||Kathryn Allen||Great Moor SC||2.0||(5.0)||4.0||4.0||5.0||20.0||15.0|
|5th||Penelope||75||N Smith-James||Ian Thomas||UTSC||(7.0)||2.0||6.0||5.0||6.0||26.0||19.0|
|6th||Intermezzo||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||5.0||(6.0)||5.0||6.0||4.0||26.0||20.0|
|7th||Loch Inn||9788||Phil Preston||Various||UTSC||4.0||3.0||(11.0)||7.0||8.0||33.0||22.0|
|8th||Happy Hour||10806||John Dighton||Nicky Dighton||UTSC||(8.0)||8.0||8.0||8.0||7.0||39.0||31.0|
|9th||Lost in Translation||10800||Alan Goodrum||Karen Goodrum||UTSC||10.0||9.0||10.0||9.0||(14.0 DNC)||52.0||38.0|
|10th||Blue Diamond||9765||Roger Wort||Maureen Lloyd||UTSC||11.0||11.0||9.0||(13.0)||10.0||54.0||41.0|
|11th||Waybuloo||11132||Tony Ticehurst||Justin/Jackie||UTSC||12.0||13.0||7.0||10.0||(14.0 DNC)||56.0||42.0|
|12th||Isis||10181||Peter Landon||Peter Pomerill||UTSC||(13.0)||10.0||12.0||12.0||9.0||56.0||43.0|