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Wayfarer Europeans Day 4

Friday night at Assens was very windy. Forecasts for Saturday varied. Mine (XC Weather) suggested 24-29mph until about 1400 when it would reduce to 17-26 (still a lot). On the other hand the locals’ forecast was in metres/second which was bound to cause confusion. They also seemed to have a rule that they wouldn’t race if the average exceeded 12m/sec which would be about 24 knots. They seemed confident that conditions would be eminently sailable by 1330 allowing time for two more races. ...read more


UKWA Scottish Nationals 1 – 2 September 2018

Scottish Nationals 1 – 2 September 2018

Loch Lomond SC

For further information please contact Bob Sparkes [[email protected]]


Wayfarer Europeans Day 3

As expected the wind today was strong enough to blow dogs off chains. After a long postponement to allow the wind to decrease a little (although there seemed few signs of a decrease to me) a somewhat depleted fleet launched into a raunchy force 5-6 for two races. Mac later described the gusts as monsters (requiring the whole main to flog upwind to stay upright) while the wave pattern again caused problems; stopping the boats completely if you got it wrong. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 2

Battered! We’re all too old to sail Wayfarers in a healthy force 4 (top end) for four 50 minute races in a fierce chop (the locals call it a crabsea). The wave pattern caused several helms to lose balance during tacks and gybes. One Danish helm fell out of his boat in a tack causing a capsize. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 1

Leaders after Day 1:

1st Mac and Simon Townsend, (2 points)
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (6)
3rd Mogens Just and Anders Friis (6)
4th Stewart and Catriona Coltart (12)
5th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (12)

-Tim Townsend, UKWA Racing Secretary


Waldringfield Club Night Fri 27 July

On the weekend of the Eastern Area Championship a Friday evening of good food and music is on the menu for this Club night. All WSC members and their guests are welcome! Maybe a nice evening sail and come into the Club after?

Music will be provided by the ‘Rum Ol’ Bois’ shanty band, with food provided by Heidi – will be a chilli affair, and meal service from the galley will be available between 1900hrs & 2030hrs.

Bar will be 1900hrs ’til late. A great start to the weekend’s Wayfarer Open!

Helpful if you can book your meal in advance, but just turn up on the night and Heidi should be able to cater for you. Please book via the WSC website here!

Further information from Alan [[email protected]] or 07766515553


Llandegfedd Sailing Club 50th – July 21/22

“Llandegfedd Sailing Club is holding an open meeting for our 50th anniversary as a club and we are keen to get some 50 year old (or older boats) out. Everyone else welcome as well of course. For further details click on the associated poster”.

-Chris Smith – Llandegfedd SC


Around the Isle of Wight!

“We had a good sail around the IoW on 9th June. It was the longest recorded time afloat for the event. We all set off at 07.30 and virtually all arrived back at Calshot at 21.00. It was quite surprising how we took different routes and all eventually ended up back at Calshot in one group. It certainly made it more interesting sticking closer together. ...read more


Bourne End week 2018 – report

Photo © Tom Percival-Stein

“Results and winners are as follows:-
Splashaway Cup … Peter Brewer and Beth Brewer … Kimsar… 1540
Splashaway Plaque. Nick Smith James and Ian Thomas … Penelope..75
Notley Noggin…. Peter and Beth Brewer

The Wayfarer participants had a good time and enjoyed the atmosphere of what is our club’s major open weekend of the year, when other classes, Merlin rockets, OK s and a collection of boats sailing under mixed handicap rules, and all classes compete at a similar time spaced about ten minutes apart.

The Thames A Raters are a magnificent sight and we had 11 competing, with five from UTSC and the rest from Thames SC.

Our social side did particularly well with all the evening events being well attended.

Our open weekend, as BEW, was overall a great success with beautiful weather throughout except the Tuesday afternoon when it rained nonstop for 5 hours and put a damper on our Queen’s Cup event for the Thames A Raters.”

-Tony Ticehurst (UTSC)


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. ...read 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. ...read more


Ian Proctor Centenary Rally – Postponement

The organisers of the Ian Proctor Centenary Rally have announced that the event will be moved to 1-2 September 2018, when it will be the highlight of the Bosham Sailing Club annual Classic Boat Revival, described as “the UK’s premier regatta for classic dinghies”.

For more information please email [[email protected]] or visit the event page of the Bosham SC website, linked here.


20% off ALL Wayfarer racing sails!

Hartley Boats are offering 20% off ALL Wayfarer racing sails!

This offer includes free sail numbers.

There is a £15 postage charge.

Head to Hartley Boats’ chandlery site now via this link.


News 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 available on our Racing Results page, linked here – (you’ll need to scroll down the page…)


The Westerns are back!

After the disappointment of Shoreham SC being unable to host the Western Area Championships in May because their new ramp would not be ready, we have been able to reschedule the Western Area Championships as part of the Langstone Harbour Race Weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018 (the August Bank Holiday weekend).

The clubs in Langstone Harbour jointly host an annual weekend regatta which puts on handicap racing but has previously been used by several classes for their National Championships or for class open meetings. The event will be co-hosted by Locks SC, Langstone SC and Tudor SC. In 2018, as well as hosting the Wayfarer Western Area Championships, the Wanderer Class will be holding their National Championships during the event. ...read more


Tidal Training April 2018 (Calshot)

Returning to Calshot – photo c/o Jamie Grigor

There’s going to be a write-up (by Jamie) of the recent Tidal Training event coming soon, probably in the next edition of Wayfarer News, which is due for publication shortly after the Nationals in early June.


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. ...read more


Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit & Travellers’ Series 2018

Craftinsure Wayfarer 2017 Finale at Bough Beech © Martyn Smith

The prosecco was drunk and the cake was eaten at the Wayfarer Class 60th Birthday party at the RYA Dinghy Show at the beginning of March. That was just the start of the year’s celebrations. The party continues with the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2018 which begins with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water SC on 7/8 April, the first of eight events covering among other things, various area championships, the 2018 National Championships, racing at a variety of salt and fresh water venues and culminating at the Bough Beech Finale in November. ...read more


New ‘Racing Videos’ page

Action from US Midwinters

Your racing secretary, Tim, has kindly assembled an assortment of videos to educate, entertain and inform your racing (and more general sailing) in what we all hope will be a long and successful 60th anniversary sailing season.

These are listed on a brand new page located under the ‘Racing’ menu item on the main menu bar at the top of each page here on our UKWA website.

(If you are aware of any especially suitable additions that we could make to this list then please get in touch with Tim or the web team).


Southern Area Championships – NoR and Notes

The adjacent image links to a poster for the Southern Area Championships (and CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series event #6) to be held at Medway Yacht Club, 8th – 9th September.

UPDATE – The Notice of Race and Notice to Competitors documents have now been published, and are available for view and/or download by following the respective preceding links.


“Where did that cork land?”

“60th anniversary celebration of our Wayfarer on the Hartley Boats stand at the RYA Dinghy Show.

“Roger Proctor, son of the late Ian Proctor, whose centenary was also being celebrated, popped the cork, and I had the honour of cutting the cake, beautifully crafted in the shape of 60, with perfect ‘W’s all over, by the wonderful Sarah Burgess, our UKWA Secretary and her son.

“As I cut the cake I made a traditional wish – and it’s no secret that I hope the Wayfarer will continue to provide happy family sailing, amazing cruising adventures, training for all beginners, and high-powered racing, for the next 60 years. Thank you Ian Proctor for designing the most versatile dinghy ever. Long Live the Wayfarer!”

– Liz Feibusch (W11000)


Easterns & NCS #5 – Waldringfield SC

Full details of the 28/29th July Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships (also the fifth in the CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series events), including NoR, SIs and entry forms, are available from this page on the WSC website.

For any other queries contact Mark Johnston [[email protected]]

(This thumbnail image links to Waldringfield SC’s .pdf poster for the weekend).


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!


2018 AGM DOCUMENTATION

The agenda, minutes (2017) and associated paperwork relating to the 2018 UKWA AGM (3rd March) are now available for download from the website under the ‘AGM’ menu item linked here.


60th Anniversary UKWA AGM 2018

Come and join us at our 60th Annual General Meeting, to be held during the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show, Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 3 March 2018.

AGM Programme: doors open: 15.30 hrs, meeting begins: 16.00 hrs.

Full agenda and other details have now been published on the website and are in the process of being emailed.

To ensure receipt, please ensure that the Secretary has your correct email address – E-mail: [email protected]


2018 Racing Calendar and NoR

Details of the 2018 race programme are now available, comprising the race calendar and Notice of Race documents, links here:-

2018 Racing Calendar

National Circuit & Travellers’ Trophy Series NoR