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The 5th Edition Wayfarer Book is now back in stock

We are delighted to announce that our popular Wayfarer Book is now back in stock.

Copies are available via our shop on the page linked here.

Nominations for UKWA Officers and Executive Committee 2020

Are you willing and able to give something back to the UKWA – and help others enjoy their Wayfarer sailing as much as you do?

If you have enjoyed taking part in our cruising and/or racing programmes this and past years, and would like to become more involved, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

If you are a UKWA member willing to stand for election as an officer or member of the General Committee (“ExCom”) at the 2020 AGM we would be delighted to hear from you.

We are still looking for new people to join us on the committee and need the following positions filled:

  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman
  • Cruising Secretary
  • R&T Chairman
  • E-News Newsletter Editor

Our committee works very well together and is unlike many other committees – we all get along and never a cross word is spoken. Bliss!  If you can find a couple of hours a month to help us out and want to know more, contact Sarah Burgess in the first instance and she will put you in touch with the present incumbent.

Committee meetings are held 5 times a year, mostly over Skype as a conference call, typically on a Monday evening 7:00 – 9:00pm.

If you have any queries regarding any of the roles, our existing post holders would be pleased to answer them and would be delighted to let you know what is involved.

Nominations forms are available here:

Excom committee nomination form (pdf, opens in new tab)

Officer nomination form (pdf, opens in new tab)

Please complete and return to Sarah, by 15 January 2020. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact her: [email protected] or 01206-545896

UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club

Wayfarers at Bough Beech © Deborah Maynard

Where should I start this report? Should I begin by saying that I missed the racing on Saturday because I was in a persistently precipitating Portsmouth (and wondering whether the weather was just as lovely on the Kent/Surrey border)? Or should I commence by saying that when I phoned a crew member of one of the competing boats to ask her to send me the overnight results I was greeted not with the usual cheery “hello” but with an anguished “we were robbed!!” I was intrigued and needed to know more. more

Preview – UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club

Craftinsure Wayfarer 2017 Finale at Bough Beech © Martyn Smith

This weekend sees the final Wayfarer open meeting of the 2019 season which will be hosted by Bough Beech SC. Perennially well supported by the racing sailors, twenty or more teams are expected to descend on the west Kent reservoir for four races and a meal on Saturday night at the nearby Greyhound.

Traditionally the Finale has been a game of two halves; one day is sailed in gentle autumnal breezes while the other is sailed in a complete blast with capsizes more

Bough Beech NoR & Entry Form

A combined Notice of Race and Entry Form document for the final NCS event at Bough Beech SC on 9/10 November may be downloaded from here.

Wayfarer Western Area Championship at Arun Yacht Club

-Report by Nick Rusbridge

2017 Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

After re-arranging this event from August, Arun YC was pleased to welcome 11 visitors and 5 boats.

On Saturday, the competitors had a WSW F4 -5 with a choppy sea state. However, the Race Management Team was still able to get in the three scheduled races. There had been a rumour that a fourth race may be added on the day, but after three very challenging races, the fleet was more than happy to be returned to the safety of the more

Wayfarer Open at Hickling Broad Sailing Club

Wayfarers at Hickling Broad © HBSC

Wayfarers at Hickling Broad © HBSC

Hickling Broad Sailing Club held their Wayfarer Open on Saturday 12th October on what turned out to be initially a grey damp day with F2-3 winds instead of the forecast F3-4 with no rain. Five Wayfarers competed – four from HBSC and one traveller who had come all the way from Kent to North Norfolk.

The first race started in light rain and from the first beat Peter Dearnley (10799) and Tim Townsend (11012) developed a healthy lead over the other three boats and continued to stretch away over the course of the two lap race. Peter won the first race with Tim second and Tony Lewis (8599) more

Western Area Championship at Arun Yacht Club this weekend

Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

Originally scheduled to be sailed over the weekend of 10th/11th August but cancelled because of the storm which disrupted the beginning of Cowes Week, the Wayfarer Western Area Championship will be hosted this weekend (19th/20th October) by Arun Yacht Club. more

Wayfarer Western Championships 19th & 20th October

Arun Yacht Club are hosting the UK Wayfarer Western Championships on the 19th and 20th of October. Please come along and support the event – you will get a very warm welcome.

On Saturday evening there will be live music (Irish folk and popular tunes) so hopefully there will be lots of foot tapping if not some dancing and it should be a fun evening. Along with the entertainment the meal for the event will be chilli and rice, and vegetarian option, with garlic bread, salad, and ice cream to follow, all for £10.00.

Your support for the event would be appreciated and although we cannot promise summer temperatures we should be able to give you some excellent sea sailing.

If you have any queries please contact Paul Hughes or 07770850462 to discuss it. It will be great sailing.

Harris Bowl Open (Hickling Broad SC)

An event flyer and entry form for the Harris Bowl Open Meeting at Hickling Broad Sailing Club on 12/13 October have now been issued and are available to view or download via the links in the text (above). The SIs are available on the HBSC website, linked here.

Chichester Harbour to Bembridge

We’ve just added a link to the video posted on YouTube by Gerard Brown (channel ‘Wayfarer 10630‘) showing some highlights from this summer’s cruise. Why not take a look? (It’s on the Cruise Videos page, linked here).

Revised details for Western Area Champs

The Western Area Championship which was postponed earlier this month has been re-arranged and will now be held on 19/20 October at Arun YC.

An amended Notice of Race and SI’s have been issued, the NoR here and the SI’s here.

The revised entry form is available here.

Wayfarer International Championships are awarded a Silver Level Clean Regattas Certification

We are delighted that Monica Schaefer and all those at Greystones SC who organised the Internationals this July have been recognised and awarded the Silver Level Clean Regatta Certification by Clean Regattas, Sailors for the Sea on 26 July 2019.

Many thanks to Craftinsure who donated reusable water bottles to all competitors, the re-usable coffee cups also given to each competitor and the Club’s efforts for minimum waste; it is wonderful that this has been rewarded.

Classic Boat Revival – 7th & 8th Sept 2019

Just 21 days to go now


Remember to get your entry in soon, as the entry fee goes up at midnight on Sunday 1st Sept.

Please go to our dedicated website here for the NoR, entry form links etc.

Remember, if you are a traveller we have some generous members offering free accommodation to help make the weekend work for you. Email us via [email protected] more

Wayfarer Family Gathering – Ullswater 2019

The Gathering welcomed many new faces this year, ranging widely in age and experience. Several brought boats to upgrade and Matt Sharman and Ralph Roberts from Aeroluff Spars were kept busy helping new attendees refine their boats and improve their skills and understanding. more

Classic Boat Revival – 7th & 8th Sept 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Classic Boat Revival!

I hope you have been enjoying the summer so far and have had some good sailing. We are really looking forward to this year’s Classic Boat Revival which will be held over the weekend of 7th & 8th September in Bosham and whilst we don’t expect 2019 to be quite as big as last year’s Ian Proctor Centenary, when we hosted over 90 boats, across 34 classes from 22 clubs, we do hope many of you will be able to attend again this year.

The format remains much the same with a series of five races over the weekend, although we may well use more extended harbour marks than the Olympic courses used last year, to spread the fleets out and to utilise more of the harbour. more

Westerns Postponed

The Western Area Championship scheduled for last weekend had to be cancelled due to the very high winds forecast. There is a possibility of the event now being held in the autumn, but this has yet to be decided. More news here as we receive it. (NB – now set for 19/20 October)

Western Area Championship at Arun YC – Preview

2017 Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

After the excitement of the recent International and UK National Championships at Greystones SC, the Wayfarers return to the south coast of England over the weekend of 10th/11th August.

Arun Yacht club will host the Wayfarer Western Area Championships and event #6 of the Craftinsure sponsored UKWA National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 (NCS). The Wayfarer fleet is no stranger to Arun YC which hosted a successful class National Championship in 2017 and the competitors will look forward to contending with all that open sea sailing can throw at them; clean winds, big waves and strong tides. At the recent week long Championships at Greystones, Co. Wicklow, the Wayfarer proved once again what a great all round racing boat it is with most of the series sailed in winds of around 20 knots or more. more

Wayfarer International and UKWA National Championship 2019 at Greystones Sailing Club

Wayfarer International Championship 2019 © Alan Jones

The Wayfarer International Championship takes place every three years and in 2019 was hosted by Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, a few miles south of Dublin. The event was sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers, Irish Ferries and The Beach House, Greystones; and included the UKWA National Championship and the Irish Championship.

The 2016 iteration of the International Championship was held at Heeg in the Netherlands. In that event former Danish Olympic Star representative Mogens Just, crewed by Anders Friis, had prevailed over multiple Wayfarer International and UK National Champions, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend by just a single point after the two teams had dominated a predominantly light air series. Two years later at the European Championships in Assens, Denmark, McNamara and Townsend retained the European title they had won in 2014 at Weymouth. Once again the competition with Just and Friis had taken the two pairs away from the rest of the fleet and the result might have been closer had Mogens Just been fully fit. more