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NATIONALS – IMPORTANT INFO FOR COMPETITORS

ARRIVAL – The Club will be open from 0900 on Thursday 31st May to welcome early arrivals. If anybody needs to arrive earlier than that can they please contact the CCSC Sailing Secretary, Ian Green, in advance. Ian can be contacted on 07909 802101 or [email protected] Boats are welcome to sail on Thursday but there will be no rescue boat cover.

REGISTRATION – Registration will take place from 1800 on Thursday 31st May. Registration will include meal booking (including special dietary requirements), packed lunch ordering, tally allocation and issue of trolley labels, payment of Portland Harbour Dues and completion of photo/data consents and U18 parental consent forms. Hard copies of the SI’s will be available at registration. ...read more


PODD Regatta – only a few days left to enter!

“Now with only a few days until PODD 2018, we would love to welcome you to Paignton on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May. Pre-entries before midnight, 19th May, qualified for the early entry fee, and remember you don’t need to pay until the day – we just like to know who is coming so we have enough food and Real Ale for everyone!

“The format will be similar to previous years with 3 back to back races each day. On Saturday night you can enjoy a meal for helm and crew included in your entry fee. We have separate prizes for fleets that have enough numbers, so come on – get your fleet entering now! ...read more


60th ANNIVERSARY NATIONALS: <2 WEEKS TO GO!

Just a couple of weeks now until the start of racing in the 2018 Wayfarer National Championship at Castle Cove SC. Please note that after midnight on Sunday 20th May entries will only be accepted at the discretion of the Racing Secretary.

Former UKWA members are most welcome, and if you haven’t re-joined the Association for the past five years you will even receive a year’s free UKWA membership if you enter this year’s Nationals, as a special ‘welcome back’!

Details are available via the big red ‘W’.


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.


LAST CALL – Round the Island rally (Isle of Wight)

Photo c/o Robert Blair ‘Blue Tak’ W1270

Last call for the Round the Isle of Wight Cruise, based at Calshot (on the mainland), weekend of 9th June. Call Chris Tyler on 023 92 499796 or email [email protected] or see http://www.chreselen.co.uk/wayfarer_class.htm


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.


Bourne End Week/Splashaway details

The NoR and SIs, plus booking information for Upper Thames Sailing Club’s Bourne End Week/Splashaway Trophy in late May have now been published at https://www.utsc.org.uk/page/68905. There is an early payment discount and there are very detailed instructions describing how to book.

“The Splashaway trophy will be competed over three days – Sat, Sun, and Monday (26th, 27th, 28th May). There will be six races, with five to count. Camping available on Sin City at very reasonable rates. Catering laid on from Friday night onwards.

“The Sunday night cocktail party cannot be missed, especially if you are a gin drinker!”

More details as we get them on the event’s own page here on the UKWA website.


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.


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


UKWA SUBS DUE 1st APRIL

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To continue to receive the benefits of membership – such as the monthly eNewsletter, our full-colour Wayfarer News and a warm invitation to join in our sailing events; a variety of training weekends, an extensive programme of cruises and rallies or racing: taking part in the National Circuit Series – or a combination of all three, please be sure to renew your subscription – due at the beginning of April. ...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


Ton Jaspers (“Swiebertje”)

It is with great shock and sadness that I learned today of the very premature passing of one of Wayfarers’ & NEDWA’s great stalwarts: Ton Jaspers.

Sadly Ton passed away on December 9th after a very short illness. Ton will be sadly missed by his long time best friend and loving wife Conny (Steennis) and their daughter Anne Lotte and so many other family and friends. I believe he will forever be remembered by so many in the wider Wayfarer family as a very passionate man, a technically astute man and a big bear of a man who loved sailing and Wayfaring in particular.

Ton was particularly generous in spirit and practicality, lending not just his knowledge and expertise to others but also welcoming visitors and lending his lovely boat W10445 Swiebertje to many who travelled to the Netherlands from abroad to participate in international events held there.

Ton Jaspers our fellow Wayfarer sailor and friend may you rest in peace.

With much respect and kind regard,
Monica Schaefer – W11152 Lakka


NORMANDY RALLY 2018 – UPDATE

Thierry has now made available further information about this very interesting-sounding rally, including a detailed programme of events and a list of local overnight accommodation during the week of 15-21 July.

There’s a description of the event linked from the diary pages here on the website, including Thierry’s contact details.


RIG TUNING ARTICLE UPLOADED

“I’ve finally managed to track down and upload the illustrated rig tuning guide (members only – login required) that I previously published on my old website elsewhere. I’m open to constructive criticism – it’s a lengthy article but it needs to be.

“I strongly recommend using the flowchart provided and making notes as you go along.”

– Dave Barker W3177


Johnny Feibusch

It is with great sadness that we report that Johnny Feibusch died peacefully at home on Tuesday 19th September.

Johnny, a past Class Measurer, and Liz Feibusch spent many years sailing Wayfarers and sharing their knowledge with others.

Liz, a Life Honorary Member of the UKWA continues to race W11000.

A funeral service was held for Johnny at St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, on Tuesday 3rd October.


Calshot Cruise September 2017

DASH, SPLASH & BACK!

“Yet another entertaining weekend thanks to John Norman, a rogue thunder cloud and some errant wake from an unseen vessel.

Very calm trip to Newtown, but this cloud was building on the way back but I hadn’t see the flash of lightning. Then an almighty thunder clap – shook me witless for a moment or two! That was it – no more storm!

Then on the slipway back at Calshot, while I was off fetching the launch trolley the wake from nowhere threw the boat against Adrian, knocking him off his feet into the water. Quick thinking from the others on the slipway prevented any injury or damage to the boat.

Thanks to everyone. Next trip around the island?

DASH, SPLASH & BACK…. dash from all corners of the country, quick sail then back home.”

-Simon & Adrian – W8796 “and the little pigs dance” ...read more


Wayfarer Southern Area Championship 2017

Held 9th & 10th September, Datchet Water Sailing Club

(l-r) Mike Becket (DWSC Commodore) presents the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship trophy to Jamie Lea and Len Jones © Tony Cooper

Three visiting teams from as far away as Canterbury and Derby joined the growing local fleet at Datchet Water Sailing Club to compete for the Southern Area Championship. Several of the usual travellers were unavailable for a variety of reasons, but Michael McNamara made the long journey from Norfolk just to return the trophies, while David Roberts also popped in for a tea and a chat before racing began.

The weather forecast was suitably autumnal with the threat of rain on Saturday and a westerly 13-18 knots, while Sunday was predicted to be very blustery with gusts in excess of 25 knots (and increasing) in the early afternoon. In the event we had 8-15 knots on Saturday, accompanied by sun, rain and thunder. Sunday was only a little windier, and the strongest gusts and steady rain only arrived as we were all safely ashore and de-rigging our boats. Water levels in the reservoir were very low which meant that wind shadows from the wall were more extensive than usual.

The event was shared with the K1 National Championships and a Flying Fifteen Open Meeting so there were plenty of boats on the race course. ...read more