Wayfarer Inland Championships 2019 – Datchet Water 6/7 April
The schedule is to have three races back to back on Saturday and three more on Sunday. The event is being held jointly with the Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championships.
As housekeeping notes, the plan for a social will be to retire to a local pub after racing on Saturday for an early supper. Normally there is no camping at the Queen Mother Reservoir because they need to employ a security guard. However, if there is enough interest, camping may be viable. If you would like to camp on site please contact the Datchet Wayfarer Fleet Class Captain, Derek Lambert by email at [email@example.com] or by phone on 07986 648625.
International Rally, Kragenaes, Denmark
Wayfarer Family Gathering Ullswater 4th – 9th August 2019
‘Melinda Messenger Sail’, Brancaster – report:-
February 2019 will surely go down in the record books as providing some of the warmest winter days ever. The traditional Norfolk winter sail really didn’t live up to its name this year as 27 crew and 13 boats enjoyed fabulous spring-like weather sailing from Brancaster Staithe in North Norfolk.
Saturday began misty with a very light breeze that filled in as the morning progressed, whilst Sunday saw the fleet largely motoring in brilliant warm sunshine. Tides just off springs allowed the boats to explore the creeks through to Burnham Overy harbour, with a snack stop on the end of Scolt Head Island.
The usual great welcome and the facilities at Deepdale Farm’s bunkhouse made the gathering possible with this years record numbers.
Revised NoR for NC & T Series Races
Greta Plowman, 99¾ not out!
“My wonderful grandmother Greta Plowman will turn 100 this May!
Back in the 1970’s she and my grandfather Piers built and then sailed their wooden Wayfarer ‘Sea Urchin’ (W1981) along the canals of England, the coast of Britain and as their confidence grew, the Friesian and Baltic coasts.
I grew up hearing stories about being quarantined in Gdynia harbour during the Solidarity strike; of Sea Urchin being stoved-in by a large cruiser in a tiny Dutch harbour; hitching a ride back to England on a Polish freighter; and of nearly sinking in Jack Sound, off Skomer, when wind against tide created ferocious overfalls! They were contemporaries and friends of the Dyes but mostly favoured a gentler style of cruising! ...read more Greta may have aged since those adventures but this has not dimmed her sense of fun and adventure. In her 99th year she has just tried indoor climbing for the very first time. Sea Urchin (W1981), who incidentally is celebrating her 60th birthday this year, is still going strong too and is being sailed by the third and fourth generation of Plowmans. I am looking for any Wayfarer Association members who may have known Greta as we are hoping to bring together friends from her past and we would very much like to recognise and incorporate her sailing achievements into her 100th birthday celebrations in May. If anyone remembers her fondly and would like to attend please do get in touch [[email protected]co.uk]. Equally if you have anyone has any photos of her, Piers, or ‘Sea Urchin’ I would be hugely grateful if you would be willingly to share these.” -Fay Kenworthy (Greta’s granddaughter)
Greta may have aged since those adventures but this has not dimmed her sense of fun and adventure. In her 99th year she has just tried indoor climbing for the very first time. Sea Urchin (W1981), who incidentally is celebrating her 60th birthday this year, is still going strong too and is being sailed by the third and fourth generation of Plowmans.
I am looking for any Wayfarer Association members who may have known Greta as we are hoping to bring together friends from her past and we would very much like to recognise and incorporate her sailing achievements into her 100th birthday celebrations in May.
If anyone remembers her fondly and would like to attend please do get in touch [[email protected]co.uk]. Equally if you have anyone has any photos of her, Piers, or ‘Sea Urchin’ I would be hugely grateful if you would be willingly to share these.”
-Fay Kenworthy (Greta’s granddaughter)
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RYA Dinghy Show Promo Video
UKWA members will be aware that our AGM is to be held on Saturday 2nd March at the same venue, at 4pm. More details via the top menu, AGM button.
CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series 2019 – amended Notice of Race
Many thanks to P& B who join our other supporters of the prize draw, CraftInsure, McNamara Sails, Hartley Boats and Allen Brothers. Remember, in order to have a chance of winning a prize you need to have competed in at least two of the National Circuit and Travellers’ Series events. If you compete in two events, your sail number will go in the hat; if you compete in three events, your sail number will go in the hat twice (increasing your chances of winning a prize) and so on.
Please support the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series in 2019; the racing is competitive and is held at terrific sailing venues, often with brilliant socials; and at the end of the season you could win a new genoa, or a year’s boat insurance, or some other great prizes.
Internationals Bookings Page Now Live
As usual, full details will be available here on the UKWA website as they become available. (The green/blue Internationals logo near the top of the front page will remain linked to the UKWA event page throughout the lead-up to this summer’s championship).
Ullswater Dates Confirmed
To help improve communication this year, we have set up a public Facebook page to keep everyone up to date. Please do follow us and share our page, linked here.
We would also like to use the FB page to share videos and pictures from the Gathering and helpful tips for new sailors. If you have anything from previous years we would love to display them. ...read more
The aim of the Gathering is to promote family sailing and get people of all ages onto the water. Sailing with us can be a springboard onto more adventurous sailing in less sheltered water, or simply an opportunity for fellowship in an outstandingly beautiful location with the wind (and perhaps a little rain) in your face.
Everything is optional, value for money is exceptional!
Twin Spinnaker Poles Video
The page currently lists 8 videos, all relevant to Wayfarer sailing.
2019 AGM documentation
The AGM itself is to be held during the RYA Dinghy Show, Room Palm Court 5, Alexandra Palace, London, on Saturday 2 March, doors open: 15.30 hrs, meeting begins: 16.00 hrs. Please do join us on the day, especially if you are attending the Dinghy Show. If you are a member and would like a hard copy posted to you (or if you know of such a person), please send an A4 large letter SAE to: Sarah Burgess, UKWA, PO Box 10687, Colchester, CO5 8XJ
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International Rally update
UKWA Annual General Meeting 2019
Doors open: 15.30 hrs Meeting begins: 16.00 hrs.
Full agenda and other details have now been published. ...read more
We will be having our own stand during the Dinghy Show for the weekend in the West Corridor with demonstrations on reefing and putting up a boat tent both mornings and afternoons. Monica Schaefer, our Irish Rep and Marketing Officer, will be giving a presentation on the Class Association Stand at 12:30 on the Sunday.
Discounted tickets for the show may be purchased from the website linked via the adjacent RYA show logo. We would be delighted to see you there.
However, if you are unable to make the Show itself, you do not need to enter the Show to be able attend our AGM.
Please see the AGM section on this website for further details.
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Cruising Conference 2019
It’s a popular event – get your application in early!