2021 Racing Calendar
The racing calendar for 2021 is now posted here. There is a full and varied racing programme organised for next year, all, of course, subject to some normality returning to our lives and the success of vaccine(s) and other measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The racing ranges from the National/European Championships, regional Championships and National Circuit events at one end of the scale to one day relaxed open meetings and family race weeks where Wayfarers compete at the other. There should be something for everybody.
The National Circuit and Travellers Series events are marked on the calendar as NCS FW denoting an inland non-tidal venue or NCS SW denoting an event which will be held in salt water on the sea, a tidal river or estuary. The National Circuit will consist of nine events in 2021 rather than the usual eight. The extra event is to cover the possibility of an event being lost to the pandemic. The Notice of Race for the National Circuit Series will be posted on the website in the next few weeks.
The Racing Calendar is a live document so please keep an eye on it. We will add other events to it as soon as we are notified of them.
A Wayfarer named Resilient by Tim Townsend
Waldringfield Sailing Club’s 2021 Centenary
In celebration the club will welcome visitors to the following:
- The Centenary Easter Egg open meeting, on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of April
- The Centenary Cartoon open meeting, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of September
John Haile, WSC Wayfarer Captain
UKWA New Membership Deal
New members joining after 1st October will be given membership until 1st April 2022 – now is a great time to join!
We pride ourselves on being a very friendly class association, and are always delighted to welcome new members.
BENEFITS OF UKWA MEMBERSHIP include:
There is also an active Wayfarer Dinghy Group on FaceBook
You don’t have to own a Wayfarer to be a member of UKWA – many people join while looking for a boat and take advantage of the benefits of membership in the meantime.
Information packs can be posted to those interested in joining. This will include a colour brochure, application form, general information on Wayfarers and the UKWA, a back copy of Wayfarer News, and, for those in the UK, a Craftinsure leaflet. Please e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you’d like one sent to you.
UKWA 63rd AGM 2021
2021 AGM and Dinghy Show
Many of you may have seen that the RYA Dinghy Show scheduled for 2021 has been cancelled. This has been when we have traditionally held our AGM and for 2021 we propose to do so again, but with a slight difference.
Due to Covid-19, we are planning to hold our 2021 AGM via a Zoom interface on Saturday 27 February at 4:00pm – as if we had been at the Dinghy Show. We have not worked out any details yet as we are looking for one of you with experience of hosting Zoom meetings to help us out.
Offers of help will be greatly appreciated and if you are in the position of being able to help, please contact Sarah Burgess, [email@example.com]
Once we have had a trial run through and know how it is going to work we will publish the details in e-news and on our website.
– John Mellor.
Late Season Open Meetings
Nigel O’Donnell, from Swarkestone SC which was hosting its open meeting on 3/4 October, said “There was still an appetite to hold the meeting, but with the restrictions becoming tighter and the potential for a second spike it wouldn’t be wise to add to that. Would you please pass our apologies on to the fleet, and hopefully look forward to a better season next year.”
Guy Marks, from Bough Beech SC which was due to host the Wayfarer Finale on 7/8 November said the the club was disappointed to have to cancel but did not feel happy they could “run the open [meeting] as they would like” and that increased social restrictions would only make that harder.
While we do not know what 2021 is going to look like in so many ways, we are working hard to prepare a race programme which can go ahead provided Government restrictions and guidance will permit. The programme will include a National/European Championships and open meetings with the Eastern Area Championships at Waldringfield SC on 10/11 July and the Finale at Bough Beech SC on 13/14 November already pencilled into the diary.
The New Wayfarer Book!
The Wayfarer book has been brought right up to date and benefits from reworking of the previous content plus additional materials and illustrations.
Now including a stunning new chapter on Family Sailing – and for anyone who does take the family sailing, either young or old, this is a ‘must read’.
The Wayfarer book is now more accessible for those who are new to the boat whilst still providing all the detail that experienced Wayfarer owners and sailors want.
With 112 pages and colour images throughout, it will be an essential companion in the dinghy park and workshop but it won’t be out of place by the bedside or on the coffee table.
Now available from our shop here.
Face coverings / neck buffs are now in stock
Our cheerful, versatile, newly-designed neck buffs are available from our shop in four different colours.
A seamless tube made from Coolmax Repel yarn. A classic, multi-function headwear. Warm to touch, open weave, with rain repel technology; winter textile.
£8 each plus P&P, linked here.
UKWA National Championships 2020 – Cancelled
Entry fees will be refunded in full to competitors by the Treasurer of DSC.
The open meeting at Hickling Broad SC on 10th October has also been cancelled, again because of the impact of Covid 19.
New UKWA Boat Stickers
You may recall that these were featured in a recent poll, this being the favourite design.
85 mm square, self-adhesive, priced at £5 including UK p&p (+£1 overseas). Order via the shop, or follow this link.
Irish Wayfarer News: Wayfarer Southern Championships, Cullaun, 2020
“The club have made the difficult decision to confine this year’s regatta to local sailors only, so it is with regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the Wayfarer Southern Championship in Cullaun for 2020. We are conscious that the fleet may not wish to travel and the committee wanted to give you plenty of notice. We will be happy to host the Wayfarer fleet next year. The decision was not made lightly but health and safety is a priority. I will truly miss meeting you all but I fully support the committee’s decision.
“I do hope you are getting to sail and enjoy the water. I am so glad we got to meet last year and look forward to when we can all meet again.
“Wishing you all the best, stay healthy and well and KEEP RACING safely!!!”
Entries now open for Wayfarer Nationals 2020
Our new membership sticker is now here!
Thank you to all those members who voted in our June e-News: our new membership sticker is now here!
A sticker will be sent out to each new member as they join the UKWA. Those who have joined in the last few days will receive theirs inside their Summer edition of Wayfarer News.
These stickers can be stuck on your Wayfarer or on the outside of your car window.
Wayfarer Family Gathering Update
Those who have prepaid for this event will receive refunds in the next few days so none of our attendees will be left out of pocket.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and safe summer and look forward to seeing you on the water as soon as possible.”
-Mark and Julie Foreman