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West Oxfordshire SC Open, Craftinsure NCS #2, & Juniors

The Notice of Race and a publicity poster (linked via thumbnail) have now been issued for the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series No. 2 and Junior Championships at West Oxfordshire SC later this month. This is a joint Wayfarer and Wanderer event.

We are advised that the parties at WOSC are a particular highlight!

For more information please contact Les Burton [[email protected]] or by phone – 07802 423930, or visit the WOSC website.

Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC

photo of winning duo

Wayfarer Inlands – Winners, Simon Townsend (l) and Michael McNamara © Anthony Cooper

Hosted by Datchet Water Sailing Club, the Wayfarer Inlands and first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers Series got under way over the weekend of the 6/7th April with thirteen Wayfarers in attendance, with four home boats joining nine visitors including last year’s NCS champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend and runners-up Andrew and Tom Wilson. Several other seasoned Wayfarer circuit regulars were in attendance, although there were a few absences because of illness and injury.

On the first day, races 1 and 2 were held in a steady F3-4, with a decreasing breeze in race 3. Many competitors had not had a tremendous amount of sailing since the Circuit Finale at Bough Beech last year and used the event as a shake-down before the season’s main events including the Internationals in Ireland in July. To test the boat-handling of the teams, the race officer and his team adopted an interesting and previously little used (on the Wayfarer circuit at least) “reversed P course” that combines triangle and sausage in a single lap, enabled by having a huge beat the length of the reservoir.

Playing the shifts and having the courage of your convictions in choosing a side and sticking to it invariably paid on the first day where position round the windward mark on the first round went a long way to deciding your overall finish position as the racing was largely processional at times. more

Datchet Water Provisional Results (top 3)

In summary:-

1st – McNamara/Townsend
2nd – Wilson/Wilson
3rd – Lamb/Pygall

More details to follow in due course…

Half-way in the CraftInsure Wayfarer Inlands

The Wayfarer Inlands and first series of the National Circuit got under way with force 3-4 races 1 and 2, decreasing in race 3 with 13 Wayfarers in attendance, with four home boats and 9 visitors.

The race officer adopted an interesting reversed P course that combines triangle and sausage in a single lap, enabled by having a huge beat that was the length of the pond.

Playing the shifts and having the courage of your convictions in choosing a side and sticking to it invariably paid where position round the windward mark on the first round went a long way to deciding your overall finish more

Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club – Preview

Wayfarer Southern Areas at Medway YC – photo © Richard Janulewicz /

The Craftinsure UK Wayfarer National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers Series 2019 begins on 6/7 April with the Inland Championships which will be held at Datchet SC. In 2018, the NCS was hotly contested being decided at the last event in favour of serial champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend. Although rather spoiled by a lack of wind on the Sunday the Inland Championships twelve months ago was equally close, the nod going to McNamara/Townsend from Andrew and Tom Wilson.

With a forecast North-easterly of 12-23 mph forecast for the weekend who are the likely top dogs? more

UK Wayfarer Racing Calendar Set for 2019 – a Season Preview

Bough Beech SC Icicle Open Series © Debbie Maynard

While many Wayfarer sailors have raced through the winter competing at their clubs or at open series such as the Blithfield Barrel and the Bough Beech SC Icicle, the 2019 open meeting season will start in earnest with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club on 6th and 7th April. This is also the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. more

NoR & Entry Form for Easterns at Medway YC

The Notice of Race for the Eastern Area Championship (also NCS3) to be held at Medway Yacht Club May 18th/19th 2019 is now available to read/download here.

The Entry Form for the event is available here.

Further details will be posted on the event’s page elsewhere on the website (linked from the Racing Calendar) in due course.

Wayfarer Inland Championships 2019 – Datchet Water 6/7 April

The first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 is the Wayfarer Inland Championships which will be held at Datchet Water Sailing Club on 6/7 April. The Notice of Race can be downloaded from here.

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 [] or by phone on 07986 648625.

International Rally, Kragenaes, Denmark

Ralph Roberts, our WIC representative, wishes to draw to your attention that there are still a few places remaining – please go to for further details of this unique opportunity to sail an area of coastline the like of which would never be experienced in the UK. There are also more details on a flier (pdf), linked here.

Wayfarer Family Gathering Ullswater 4th – 9th August 2019

A truly fabulous family week, with sailing. For further details see the event flier linked here.

‘Melinda Messenger Sail’, Brancaster – report:-

W3408 giving a tow

Brancaster, N. Norfolk, February 2019

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.

-Matt Sharman

Revised NoR for NC & T Series Races

A minor amendment has been issued to the Notice of Race document for the National Circuit and Travellers’ Series 2019, which now includes paragraphs 14 and 15 (rights, copyright, data protection). The updated document can be found here.

Greta Plowman, 99¾ not out!

Greta Plowman, in ‘Sea Urchin’ (W1981)

“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! more

Classified Ad Shenanigans

More foolishness recently from would-be scammers in response to our classified ads, regrettably. Advertisers, please ignore any approaches from someone using the email address [email protected] – any contact would probably be counter-productive.

– Web Team

RYA Dinghy Show Promo Video

The RYA has recently released a promotional video which you can access via this link. The show itself is of course on the 2nd/3rd March at Alexandra Palace, London.

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

An amended version of the Notice of Race for the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series 2019 has been published and is available on the websiteThere is no change to the events but simply an addition to the supporters of the end of season prize draw. P & B have come onboard and will be donating a couple of great prizes (a holdall and a mast bag have been discussed). more

Cruising Conference Nearly Full!

Please note that there are only four places remaining at this year’s Cruising Conference (as of Tuesday 5th). We’ll start a waiting list once the last few places are taken, but obviously it’s best to book now rather than take a chance…

Internationals Bookings Page Now Live

Members planning to attend this summer’s Internationals in Ireland may be interested to know that the booking section on the Greystones Sailing Club website (linked here) is now live.

Entry forms can be downloaded from here on the UKWA site by following this link (opens in new tab). more

Ullswater Dates Confirmed

Image links to event pageWe can now confirm dates for this year’s Family Gathering at Ullswater. They are the 4th to the 10th August. This is slightly earlier than usual, preceding Ullswater Yacht Club’s Family Week so that those who wish to stay on longer can do so. We will be sending out booking forms just as soon as we have amended pricing. As per last year, tents can stay on the UYC site, whilst camper vans will be able to use the facilities at Cross Dormont, over the road from the club with its spectacular views over the lake.

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. more