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Swarkestone SC Open

Swarkestone Sailing Club are delighted to invite you to the most northern venue on the National Circuit Series on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd October

You are guaranteed a warm welcome with free camping onsite and an invite to join the social on Saturday Night. You are more than welcome to leave your boat on site should you wish to travel further afield....read more


UK National Championships at Medway Yacht Club

Wayfarer UK National Championships at Medway © Paul Babington / www.facebook.com/PaulBabingtonPhotography

After two years without a championship, the Wayfarers held their Nationals 2021 at Medway YC, 5-8 August. It was not the event it should have been. The European Championships due to run alongside the Nationals had to be postponed because it was impossible for the Europeans to come and play with us. An understandably cautious approach to Covid risk which we have all gained during the last 18 months, also put paid to some other UK-based entries.

The big question was: would the passage of time result in a change of power base? Would anybody be able to come along and take the title from the reigning and perennial champions, Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend?...read more


Easterns Champs at Waldringfield 10/11 July (Report)

“Come to Waldringfield on the beautiful River Deben where there’s always breeze and there’s more sunshine annually than anywhere else in the UK” we said… and so it was that a select group of competitive visitors joined the strong home fleet for flat calm and overcast and sometimes drizzly weather on Saturday 10th July for the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships. Quite a contrast to the previous time a few years back where it blew dogs off chains and virtually everyone tested the water....read more


Cruising Conference Content is still online

Cruising Conference delegates may still access the content on the CC21 website for the foreseeable future, so please take the opportunity to watch any of the presentations that you have so far missed.

Click on the logo or the link below to navigate over to the website. (Link opens in a new browser tab, where possible) – https://cc21.wayfarer.org.uk

Missed it?  No worries; UKWA / overseas NCA members who wish to view the videos are warmly welcome to do so – they are extremely informative and cover a good range of Wayfarer cruising topics.  Access can be obtained via our shop, at the reduced rate of £5.00. Truly a bargain.

https://wayfarer.org.uk/product/2021-cruising-conference-ticket/


Southern Area Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club – Report

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

A premium selection of Wayfarers arrived at Shoreham, expecting the usual huge waves. These included Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend and Andrew Wilson, fresh from their tussle at the Westerns at Arun YC.

Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend win the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

Owing to an unexplained broken toe incident, Andrew’s usual crew, son Tom, was replaced by his brother Martin, on a transfer from the RS400 fleet. Other contenders arrived from Swarkestone, Maldon and Bough Beech, with local Shoreham boys Bill Whitney/John Shelton joining the fray.

Saturday turned out to be a damp squib, with a light easterly, and a humongous 6.6 metre tide, which was bound to upset things. Race officer Megan Pascoe took us well out to sea, and in the first race, McNamara/Townsend hit the front, followed by Whitney/Shelton and the Wilsons, and the order remained until the last reach, when the Shoreham crew attempted a high-scoring windward bag spinnaker launch, which inevitably ended in tears, allowing the Wilsons through to second place.

With the wind dropping and a big shift out to sea, the same trio were seen to be at the front, but on arriving at the first leeward mark, the wind dropped, and a frantic and gripping drift against the tide ensued. The Wilsons maintained their lead, and an impressive drifting performance by Martyn Hare/Steve Perkins from Blackwater SC took them past McNamara to claim second place. The race committee had by that time filled their bucket with sufficient mackerel, so the fleet was towed back into the harbour....read more


2021 Western Area Championship – Report

Wayfarer Western Championship at Arun © Richard Craig / www.SailPics.co.uk

When I was a nipper, every racing day was a champagne sailing day. The warming sun always shone and was high in the sky. The water sparkled. The sea breeze checked in like clockwork. It may be that is just a rose tinted memory. However, in times of need, I would sail in less than perfect conditions if I must.

After a period of over 18 months since the last UKWA Wayfarer travellers event, Covid restrictions had eased enough to allow the Western Area Championships 2021 (and Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers event) at Arun YC on the 22nd and 23rd of May to go ahead. A number of boats had contacted the organising Club and indicated an intention to complete. After all the time waiting however it was the weather which did not play ball. With a forecast of 40+ knots on Friday and 30+ knots on Sunday, a window of opportunity appeared on Saturday and Arun YC put the word out that the event would proceed as planned....read more


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2022 Wayfarer Internationals (USA)

Early details here of next year’s Wayfarer Internationals (to be held in the USA).

(Click on the image for a full-size view of the poster. The back button or arrow on your browser should return you to this page).