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William Cowper dominates at West Oxfordshire

(Also published on

An encouraging fleet of 21 Wayfarers from 10 clubs met up at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club on 22nd and 23rd April for the UKWA Western Area Championships 2017 and the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. There were new faces on the circuit as well as old faces with new boats.

Photo © Moya Weighill

On Saturday the wind was from the North and a fitful 5-10 knots. The race officer used the whole of the lake for three races over a figure of 8 course. With the wind oscillating wildly 25 degrees either side of the mean, rarely were positions held comfortably for a whole race if either a shift or a stream of breeze was missed. For example, Tim Townsend and Catherine Gore found the conditions incomprehensible in the first race of the day, when they plummeted inexorably from a comfortable second place halfway through the race to finish thirteenth at the end. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend were the only truly consistent team on the day registering 1, 2, 1 to lead overnight from Len Jones and Peter Mitchell who shared second place with Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger. more


UKWA Wayfarer Inland & Junior Championships & UKWA Travellers Series R2

Haversham Sailing Club are proud to host the 2017 UKWA Wayfarer Inland Championships together with the Wayfarer Junior Championships and Round Two of the UKWA Travellers Series on the weekend of 27th & 28th of May 2017.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places for both the Inland Championships, Junior Championships and Haversham’s own Fleet Championships, Junior and Senior (numbers depending). more


Final results from Western Area Championships

1st – Michael McNamara, 6 points
2nd – Andrew Wilson, 8 points
3rd – Len Jones, 13 points

Weather sunny-ish, wind direction from the East, North and West….sometimes from all three directions on the same leg of the course! Wind strength, force ½-1.

Full report now published here (also on

– Tim Townsend (Sailing & Poetry Secretary)

30 days until PODD 2017 (20th/21st May)

Hello – Now with only 30 days until PODD 2017 (Paignton Open for Double-handed Dinghies), we would love to welcome on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017. Pre-enter now to get your boat/fleet on the list and help us with catering requirements etc.

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. For further details please visit our new website and have a look at our web page on PODD Regatta. We are sending you this email because you have entered our regatta before. more


All Set for the Wayfarer Western Area Championships

This coming weekend, 22 and 23 April, West Oxfordshire Sailing Club hosts the Wayfarer Western Area Championships which is also the first event of the CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series.

Read in full Tim Townsend’s perceptive appraisal of the early season situation here.

Waldringfield Easter Egg Pics

Waldringfield Sailing Club have kindly provided a few photos from their recent Easter Egg event on the lovely River Deben in Suffolk. more

DIY Wayfarer Tent article posted

There is a new article (in the “Technical – Cruising Setup” section) describing how to make a boat tent from two cotton fly sheets. If you have access to a sewing machine why not give it a try?

Remember to log into the website first – the technical articles are one of many benefits of UKWA membership.

If you would like to join the UK Wayfarer Association you can do this via the Shop, or by contacting our Secretary.

2018 Nationals Venue – your views please

As a big part of the Association’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, the planning of next year’s National Championships deserves careful consideration. With this in mind UKWA’s newly-elected Racing Secretary, Tim Townsend, has started a forum thread on this topic. Please have a look, and if you’re a UKWA member you’ll be able to join in the discussion too.

It would be great to have a really good turnout for next year’s event (and this year’s), but of course this means that any potential venue will need to be able to cope with us all!

Please do let Tim know your thoughts asap.

Wayfarers Around the Isle of Wight 3rd June 2017

Details of the Isle of Wight circumnavigation cruise event are now available to peruse and to download.

Chris Tyler, the new organiser of this challenging and exciting event says:

Hello Fellow Wayfarer Sailors 

It is that time of year – almost time for the smell of varnish and not too much Epoxy (we hope), to get ready for the new season. This year I am taking over the main role from John and Jenny in being the main organiser for this event. John and Jenny are kindly helping as the Island safety cover, so will be seeing the event from a different angle.

Please can you come – it’s a great day’s sail. It would be great to have at least 10 boats. We have at least one experienced helm who hasn’t got a boat, so let me know if you are short-handed. more

Easter Egg Open meeting, Waldringfield SC 14-15 April 2017

The Easter Egg in 2017 returns to the traditional Easter weekend. To make the best of the tides, the event will take place on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Forms available for download are Notice of Race, Entry Form, Sailing Instructions here.

See also

For further information contact Tony Geary by email

Bourne End Week: Sat 27 May – Wed 31 May 2017 Open event

Held at Upper Thames SC – website here

NoR and SIs to be published shortly.

For Wayfarer queries, please contact Anthony Ticehurst

Minutes from 2017 AGM

Minutes from this year’s AGM held Saturday 4 March 2017 can be found here:  2017 Minutes-issued