Revised details for Western Area Champs
Wayfarer International Championships are awarded a Silver Level Clean Regattas Certification
Many thanks to Craftinsure who donated reusable water bottles to all competitors, the re-usable coffee cups also given to each competitor and the Club’s efforts for minimum waste; it is wonderful that this has been rewarded.
Classic Boat Revival – 7th & 8th Sept 2019
Remember to get your entry in soon, as the entry fee goes up at midnight on Sunday 1st Sept.
Please go to our dedicated website here for the NoR, entry form links etc.
We’d like to thank McAfee for their support of our event and are pleased to announce that they have also been extremely generous to supply us with 30 annual software licenses for their LIVESAFE product, worth £89.99 each, a fantastic total value of almost £2,700. These will be awarded at our prize-giving for various categories of competitors.
On the subject of sponsors, our regulars will know that we have enjoyed the support of Pusser’s Rum for eight years now; they are our longest-serving supporter, for which we are very grateful. Their highly-prized bottles are much enjoyed by the winners and have become synonymous with the event.
If you know any organisation that might be interested to join our limited group of elite sponsors of the event, it’s not too late to get their name added. Please contact me ASAP to learn more of what we can do for them…!
Want to borrow a boat..?
There may be a couple of International 12s available for the event. If you fancy borrowing one please contact Bosham SC member Doug Branson via Mob: 07801-600960 or [email protected] for further details.
And finally, please see attached the 2019 A3 poster which we’d be grateful if you could display in your local club or sailing venue.
Wayfarer Family Gathering – Ullswater 2019
The Gathering welcomed many new faces this year, ranging widely in age and experience. Several brought boats to upgrade and Matt Sharman and Ralph Roberts from Aeroluff Spars were kept busy helping new attendees refine their boats and improve their skills and understanding. ...read more
John Mellor gave outstanding advice on ‘sailing without argument’ and ‘landing on a lee shore’, whilst Peter and Liz Bones organised a wonderful range of off-the-water entertainment including ‘Wayfarers’ Got Talent’ and the incredible ‘Junk Boat Race’, where the children and some young-at-heart adults made racing boats purely from rubbish found around the camp.
A daysail to Aira Force with barbeques and picnics saw newly-gained skills put into practice in good winds as nervous helms and crew gained confidence and experience in a range of conditions.
The Tuesday night Quiz was another highlight with the unassailable ‘Wandering Wayfarers’ winning once again.
On Wednesday evening, the Stone Trophy was fiercely contested for the seventh time. In light to moderate winds, Mark and Connie Foreman took the coveted prize from Brian White and James and Barnaby Emson for the first time after a strong lift brought them over Pepper on the beat to the line.
Thursday was spent local to the Yacht Club enabling younger and older Wayfarers alike practise capsize and man-overboard routines. The children approached this with significantly greater energy and enthusiasm than their elders, with 8 children recovered in Red Fox at one point!
These are just some of the highlights, look out for the upcoming magazine write-up for a better understanding of the charm and character of this wonderful event.
Classic Boat Revival – 7th & 8th Sept 2019
I hope you have been enjoying the summer so far and have had some good sailing. We are really looking forward to this year’s Classic Boat Revival which will be held over the weekend of 7th & 8th September in Bosham and whilst we don’t expect 2019 to be quite as big as last year’s Ian Proctor Centenary, when we hosted over 90 boats, across 34 classes from 22 clubs, we do hope many of you will be able to attend again this year.
The format remains much the same with a series of five races over the weekend, although we may well use more extended harbour marks than the Olympic courses used last year, to spread the fleets out and to utilise more of the harbour. ...read more
Many visitors like to make a weekend of it and come down Friday afternoon. Registration is open from 5pm and there will be relaxed supper available on Friday, which will require pre-booking. On Saturday evening we will be having some live music and a casual supper. The bookings for supper will open once the menus etc are finalised. Breakfast will be available on both Saturday and Sunday morning.
Full details of the event, including the Notice of Race (also attached), are on the Classic Boat Revival website.
We are using a new online system for entering & paying for the event along with ordering our 2019 branded shirts and ever popular art posters.
We would therefore be grateful if you could confirm your participation as soon as possible.
Through the generosity of some club members, we have a limited amount of free local accommodation available for those visitors participating in the event. if you are interested in this, please contact us via [email protected]
For those of you active in club and class associations, please feel free to encourage others to participate. We are hoping to evolve the event and to this end are looking for themes & ideas for future years by working with class associations or other organisations. So if you are a class with a strong vintage or historic element, we would be very happy to discuss building an event around you, in addition to our wider fleets.
Western Area Championship at Arun YC – Preview
After the excitement of the recent International and UK National Championships at Greystones SC, the Wayfarers return to the south coast of England over the weekend of 10th/11th August.
Arun Yacht club will host the Wayfarer Western Area Championships and event #6 of the Craftinsure sponsored UKWA National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 (NCS). The Wayfarer fleet is no stranger to Arun YC which hosted a successful class National Championship in 2017 and the competitors will look forward to contending with all that open sea sailing can throw at them; clean winds, big waves and strong tides. At the recent week long Championships at Greystones, Co. Wicklow, the Wayfarer proved once again what a great all round racing boat it is with most of the series sailed in winds of around 20 knots or more. ...read more
To date, 62 boats, representing 23 different clubs, have competed in one or more of the open meetings and championships included in the NCS. The National Circuit Series, where the best three results (including at least one at a fresh water venue and one at a salt water venue) count, is currently led by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, followed closely by Andrew and Tom Wilson and Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall. In the Travellers’ Series, where all events count, it is the Wilsons who lead from Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall/Sue Risbridger. The Swarkestone team of Mike Weighill and Carl Martin hold third place.
Several of the leading competitors will be at Arun YC this weekend, when fresh to strong winds are expected.
In addition to the silverware, participation in the NCS events counts towards the end of season prize draw where there are great prizes on offer from the sponsors, Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax. The greater the number of events attended the greater the chances of having your sail number drawn from the hat.
Wayfarer International and UKWA National Championship 2019 at Greystones Sailing Club
The Wayfarer International Championship takes place every three years and in 2019 was hosted by Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, a few miles south of Dublin. The event was sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers, Irish Ferries and The Beach House, Greystones; and included the UKWA National Championship and the Irish Championship.
The 2016 iteration of the International Championship was held at Heeg in the Netherlands. In that event former Danish Olympic Star representative Mogens Just, crewed by Anders Friis, had prevailed over multiple Wayfarer International and UK National Champions, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend by just a single point after the two teams had dominated a predominantly light air series. Two years later at the European Championships in Assens, Denmark, McNamara and Townsend retained the European title they had won in 2014 at Weymouth. Once again the competition with Just and Friis had taken the two pairs away from the rest of the fleet and the result might have been closer had Mogens Just been fully fit. ...read more
The 2019 International Championship was promising a resumption of this intense racing at the head of the fleet but it was possible there would be stronger competition this year from the rest, led by Andrew and Tom Wilson and Bill Whitney and John Shelton from the UK if the wind was strong and any number of good Danish teams who had been improving during the past few years. Good and experienced Wayfarer sailors from Ireland (North and South) and from Canada and the USA would add to the mix.
Monday 22nd July – After a weekend of measuring and registration racing got under way on with a practice race and Race 1. The forecast was for winds from the south averaging windspeeds (measured in knots) in the teens and topping out in the low 20’s. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topping out at 24 knots coupled with a confused chop over a swell took their toll.
The practice race and the Idlers Bucket was won by Andrew and Tom Wilson who were laying down an early marker of their form and were followed home by the Danish team of Niels Alslev and Anders Pjetursson, who revel in strong winds, and Bill Whitney and John Shelton.
In their defence, neither McNamara nor Just troubled with the practice race but they both took the stage for Race 1 which was sailed in similar conditions. Just led from the start with McNamara close behind and they finished in that order. Game on. The Wilsons maintained their good form from earlier in the day by completing the podium and sending a message to the leaders not to expect it all their own way.
With the conditions showing no sign of easing the PRO, Tom Rusbridge, made the sensible decision not to run a second points race and sent the fleet home.
On Monday evening there was a welcome social with Irish music and dancing including a guest performer in the band of Danish concert violinist (and W sailor) Meike Fomsgaard.
Tuesday 23rd July – Tuesday dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing and a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do. Race 2 eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a moderate but slowly softening breeze. The winners of this race by a comfortable margin were Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend followed by Just and Friis. The Wilsons finished third. Race 3 got under way under a black flag in a hiking breeze but by the time the second beat started all but the lightest teams were now underpowered. Bill Whitney and John Shelton had led from the start but as the fleet sailed down the run the wind shut off completely leaving the PRO no option but to abandon that race and racing for the day.
Two days had passed therefore and just two series races had been completed.
Wednesday 24th July – This was designated catch-up Wednesday with up to 4 races planned in a forecast 13-18 knots.
Race 3 was re-sailed under the previous day’s black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again but this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton who seemed not to have been too badly affected by the frustration of leading the abandoned race. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed, however, making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. Just and Friis stumbled a little in their challenge at this point because the race was won by McNamara and Townsend followed by the Wilsons. Whitney and Shelton completed the podium with Just and Friis only in fourth place.
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots of breeze and the confused sea state had properly returned. This race was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney and Shelton and by Just and Friis. This time it was the turn of McNamara and Townsend to falter somewhat as they finished fourth. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in both Mike Mac’s and Mogens Just’s views than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just and Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara and Townsend. The Wilsons finished in third to complete a successful day for them. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to start Race 6 at this time and the fleet was sent home.
Overnight with five races completed and one discard, McNamara and Townsend led the event with 6 points, followed closely by Just and Friis with 7 points and the Wilsons with 9 points. It was looking like the winner would come from one of these, although Whitney and Shelton were lurking not far behind as an outside prospect.
Thursday 25th July – The forecast for Thursday looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze forecast. The PRO chose to call a lay day leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or go sightseeing. Trips to Dublin, to visit the gardens at nearby Powerscourt House or to follow the cliff walk to Bray seemed to be the order of the day.
Friday 26th July – This was the last day of the championship. Another windy day was forecast and with the points so close the top competitors were wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
The forecast, as briefed, was for winds of 15-20 knots to decrease during the day to 9-11 knots. The PRO indicated an intention to sail three races, possibly the maximum of four, to conclude the event.
As it happened the forecast gentle Irish breeze turned out to be a fruity 15-24 knots with the rough and confused seas we had to deal with all week and only two races were completed before the PRO called it a day. Once again there were several capsizes and retirements.
As with Wednesday, races started under a black flag. McNamara and Townsend won Race 6 from the Danes, Bjarne Lindquist and Jan St Nielsen. Just and Friis came third. A broken spinnaker pole and capsize for Whitney and Shelton put paid to their slim chances of victory. The advantage was now with McNamara and Townsend. However, Just and Friis won Race 7 from the Wilsons with McNamara and Townsend completing the podium. With no more races sailed but the second discard kicking in after Race 7 the overall result would be close once again.
When the scores were calculated Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend had done enough to secure the championship from Mogens Just and Anders Friis by just the single point. Andrew and Tom Wilson finished in third place overall after an excellent and consistent set of results. These three teams were a comfortable distance ahead Bill Whitney and John Shelton who held on for fourth place overall pipping Niels Alslev and Anders Pjetursson who had enjoyed an excellent week with a string of fourth and fifth places.
In the UKWA National Championships McNamara and Townsend won fairly comfortably from the Wilsons. Whitney and Shelton completed the podium while Brian and Liz McKenzie finished in fourth place and were the best placed husband and wife team.
The Irish Championship was dominated by boats from the host club and was won by John Turner and Ken Lee from Seamus O’Cleirich and Stephen Tiernan.
The prize giving supper was well attended. Trophies were distributed along with a tally number raffle of sponsors prizes. A key feature of this Championship was the way competitors from different clubs and different countries mixed together off the water and the closing evening’s revelries were no exception. On behalf of the competitors Michael McNamara thanked the host Club, the organisers and the race team for a wonderful week.
(This article complete with the full results table can be found on the Racing Results page)
2019 Internationals Greystones YC
David asked the kids if they preferred the Topper or the Wayfarer after the event and they both answered Wayfarer immediately. The family (including Mum) were particularly impressed with the friendliness of the class and have already decided to go to the next Internationals in Florida in 2022.
Wayfarer Internationals Days 3 & 4
Race 3 (which had been abandoned the previous day when the wind failed) was re-sailed under a black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed however making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. The race was won by McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton. ...read more
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots and was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney/Shelton and Just/Friis. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in Mike Mac’s view than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just/Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara/Townsend. The Wilsons completed the podium. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to sail Race 6 and the fleet was sent home.
The forecast for Thursday 25th July looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze. The PRO chose to call a lay day, leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or to go sightseeing.
Friday is the last day of the championship. Another windy day is forecast and with the points so close the top competitors will be wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
Overall results after 5 races and 1 discard (top 4):
1st Mcnamara/Townsend (6 points)
2nd Just/Friis (7)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (9)
4th Whitney/Shelton (15)
Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update
Tuesday morning dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing so a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do.
Racing eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and (Race 2) a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a slowly softening breeze. The winner of this by a comfortable margin was Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend. ...read more
Race 3 got underway still in a hiking breeze but by the time the second beat started all but the lightest teams were now underpowered. As the fleet sailed down the run the wind shut off completely and the PRO abandoned the race.
Two days down therefore and just two races completed.
Provisional Results to date (top 6):
1st Mike McNamara/Simon Townsend, (3 points)
2nd Mogens Just/Anders Friis (3)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (6)
4th Neils Alslev/Anders Pejtersson (8)
5th Bill Whitney/John Shelton (11)
6th Christian Milert Hansen/Kim Fremlev Larsen (13)
Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update
After two days of measuring and registration racing got underway on Monday with a practice race and Race 1. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topped out at 24 knots with a confused chop over a swell.
Winners of the practice race and the Idlers Bucket were Andrew and Tom Wilson followed by two Danish boats.
Winners of Race 1 were Mogens Just and Anders Friis followed by Mike Mac and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom. ...read more
In the evening there was a welcome social with Irish music including a guest performer in the band of Danish concert violinist (and W sailor) Meike Fomsgaard.
Three races scheduled for Tuesday. Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets determined then as well as the ProAm.
Wayfarer International Championships at Greystones Sailing Club – Preview
Who knows? I might conceivably bump into Saoirse Ronan (highly unlikely) or Reggie Corrigan (unlikely) while I’m in Greystones later this month I might visit a few cafes (likely) or bars (highly likely). (Un)fortunately I’m going to miss out on Westlife at the Whale Theatre (screened live from Croke Park) but I might catch Amelie the following day. I am going to go sailing (most definitely) and catch up with some old friends and hopefully make some new ones. ...read more
Where is Greystones and why am I going there? Greystones is a small town (but the second largest in Co Wicklow) squeezed between the Wicklow Mountains to the West and the Irish Sea to the East and lies to the south of Bray Head; a few miles north lies Dublin’s fair city. Between the 20th and 26th July 2019 Greystones SC will play host to the the biggest bonanza of Wayfarer sailing in 2019. The event trebles as the Wayfarer International Championships, the UK National Championships and the Irish National Championships, attracting competitors from Canada, the USA, Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa, as well as Ireland.
With so many race courses (Punchestown, Leopardstown and the Curragh) just a canter away, a look at the runners and riders seems appropriate.
The much anticipated renewed competition will be between joint favourites Mogens Just & Anders Friis from Denmark (Olympians and reigning International Champions) and Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend from the UK (reigning European and UK National Champions, multiple International Champions….but runners up to Mogens & Anders in 2016 in the Netherlands). Their most recent races have been very close and they often seem to be a class apart. Don’t expect this to be a two horse race however.
From mainland UK, Andrew and Tom Wilson, who have won several of the National Circuit Series events in the last few seasons will be ones to watch especially when the going is hard as will Bill Whitney and John Shelton. Keep an eye out also for Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall and, if the going is soft to very soft, Richard Stone and Catherine Gore.
From Denmark do not discount Neils Alslev and Anders Pjetursson if the going is hard, Meike Fomsgaard and her crew if the going is soft nor Stefan Nandrup-Bus and Hans Hansen or Christian and Jorgen Iversen, all of whom raced well at the European Championships in Denmark in 2018 and may creep up on the rails to trouble the leaders. Also, there may be a late entry from former Wayfarer International Champion Peter Boje, who is happily returning to fitness after going lame shortly after the last International Championships in 2016 where he joined Mac and Mogens in the winners enclosure.
From the host Club and Country, we must not forget Monica Schaefer and Miriam McCarthy, reigning Irish Champions and also race winners at the International Championships a few years ago. Also from Ireland, do not be surprised if Margaret Hynes and Mike Hayes and Norman Lee (former GP14 Champion) and Barry Keogh have a good race.
And from the other side of the pond Rob Wierdsma (CWA Chair) is back, with Samantha as crew, hoping to improve on his Gold fleet performance in Holland. Leo and Joanne van Kampen were at the top end of Silver fleet in Holland and as recent runners up at the 2019 Canadian National Championships will be hoping their form continues to improve. Jim Heffernan (Wayfarer International Secretary) and Mark Heffernan will be representing USA and again hoping to improve on their top-end Silver fleet placing from 2016.
I would expect the race winners and the podium overall to come from the competitors listed above but there a dozen or more other teams who are capable of getting good results in individual races if their stars are aligned. Whether or not they would be consistent enough to challenge the podium remains the burning question which is why they form part of the amorphous group known as “100-1 bar”.
The field is large and not just made up of the thoroughbreds. There will be some old nags too, some of them carrying additional weight, even though they insist they’ve been on the gallops recently! As is the custom these days the field will be split into Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions (all racing as one fleet) and for the Bronze division there will be the option of cruising for a day or two. The organisers also plan to create a buddy system where a top boat is paired up with a less experienced team to share experiences and knowledge (hopefully to the benefit of both).
It won’t all be racing. A social programme is organised and there will be time to enjoys some of the attractions the Greystones area has to offer. Aside from the cafes, bars and the Theatre, there are lovely walks, cycle rides and, I mustn’t forget, golf with a plethora of excellent courses nearby including Druids Glen (the “Augusta of Ireland”). I can almost guarantee that one team may forget an important bit of equipment for their sailing (“now, where did I put the boat?”)….but won’t forget their golf clubs.
As always, the organising authority has been putting a huge amount of time into planning the event supported by its many sponsors, including Allen Brothers, Hartley Boats, and Craftinsure from the sailing world and also by Irish Ferries, Watermark (Coffee Technology) and The Beach House, Greystones. Fingers crossed that the weather is kind, that the racing is hard but fair and that the craic will be memorable too.
Nipegegi Round Britain 2019
Just a quick one, for those of you that haven’t totally OD’d on Nipegegi Round Britain yet, to say that Rich and I are on an action sports podcast called Mpora (Episode 5) that came out yesterday, we’re on between 17mins and 42mins, see link below:
and last night I’was a guest on Kelly Morgan’s sports show “Lets get physical” for BBC radio Wiltshire, apparently I’ll be on between 2000hrs and 2100hrs.
Classic & Vintage Dinghy Racing Assoc. 20th Anniversary Rally & National Championship Roadford Lake Devon
Roadford Lake Sailing Club, Goodacre Farm, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0JL
The attachments will outline the basic information which will be updated nearer the date on the CVRDA website https://www.cvrda.org or our webpage Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association (CVRDA) or the poster website address http://www.bit.ly/cvrda2019nats
You do not need to be a member to take part – just have a qualifying boat
Alan Williams joint organiser CVRDA Roadford Rally & Nats
Nipegegi Round Britain – We made it!
You no doubt already know, however, just in case, we made it! We crossed our track in the mouth of Salcombe on Sunday at 18:42pm, completing our non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain in 15 days and 4 hours. The whole team are all still recovering from the trip itself, as well as washing, demobilising equipment, and coping with the whirlwind of media requests at my parents’ property here in South Devon. ...read more
We are all in shock here, not only to have actually completed this project, which had such a high chance of failure, but also by the reception we received back in Salcombe, with over 15 boats coming out to escort us back, including a new and vintage RNLI boat, Salcombe Harbour boats, and Salcombe Yacht Club boats. There were banners and signs strewn up on buildings with Nipe’s name and sail number and a big group of people waiting on the jetty with drinks reception and full media presence, with us giving video and radio interviews within seconds of stepping on to terra firma; crazy transition into the real world but we figured it would be as famous as were going to get, so we made the most of it.
As you can imagine there’s a huge sense of pride in the wider Hodshon family too, with Nipegegi still breaking sailing records, now including outright fasted dinghy around Britain (both in monohull and multihull classes), completing the first ever non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain, and breaking the dinghy monohull 24hr distance record, and all these some 40 years after her last National Championship win by Dad in the late 70’s – go Nipe, you legend!
Furthermore we are so pleased that she managed this highly demanding sail without being modified, so, miraculously, she is still in class and could compete in a national or world championships tomorrow if somebody had the energy to do so – I think a real accolade to the Wayfarer and Ian Proctor’s robust and timeless boat design.
We can’t thank everyone enough for all your support. So many people have helped in so many ways, the list is endless and I can’t wait to have a bit more time to catch up and thank each of you personally As well as all the Hodshon family of course I’d like to give particular thanks to my cousin Ben Davies who worked really hard into the early hours with Suzanne while we were at sea, to bring onboard our headline partner, Pure Ionic Water, a product of WET Group, alongside charity Water Smart Foundation (WSF) who stepped in at a crucial moment in the project and whose generous support of the expedition costs was an essential component in the project’s success. The WSF charity has committed to raising £10,000 in donations, which will be split between our two other causes, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage. Our current total is £5633!!
We have been inundated with requests to give presentations on our experience, which is fantastic, so over the next few weeks we will endeavour to complete our log, collate the pictures and videos, and put together an entertaining and informative presentation to share. Unbelievably there is already a tour schedule forming (ahhh) that Suzanne is putting together, covering the country, so if you’re close to one of the locations and would be interested to see a few pics and hear a few stories, feel free to come and join us, we’ll share the calendar when it’s firmed up a bit more.
Well, what a journey; as Rich said during one of the more testing times of our trip, “there should be a law against executing a plan made in pub”, but then perhaps that’s where all the best plans are made! Thinking back to all that prep, working on the boat, electrics, navigation, food, water-making, clothing, destructive testing etc., etc., it was such a huge all-consuming undertaking for 18 months, but on reflection everything worked and nothing broke, despite experiencing near gale force winds and scary waves up to 60NM offshore on three separate occasions. I feel we’ve all been rewarded for our hard work and a great lesson for the kids and us all perhaps.
Really glad to be back, the boat and equipment are all dried and packed away now and the four of us Hodshons are about to head off in the NRB tour bus for a few days camping and unwinding together before going back to work next week.
P.S. – Here is a summary from our post-arrival press release:
The unassisted, non-stop attempt, was completed in just 15 days and 4 hours, with the aim of raising awareness about microplastics in the oceans. The pair set sail from Salcombe, Devon on 15th June and completed the 1390 nautical mile journey this morning.
The two intrepid adventurers completed the voyage using a lovingly refurbished 60 year old, 16ft long open sailing dinghy and family heirloom named the Nipegegi (more info on the history of this included).
The record attempt was supported by the charity Water Smart Foundation, which raises awareness and aims to tackle microplastics in the sea and drinking water, and who have committed to helping raise £10,000, to be split equally between two ocean-minded charities, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage.
Keith Tredwen Proctor 16th December 1945 – 1st July 2019
Keith Tredwen Proctor 16th December 1945 – 1st July 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keith. He died on Monday evening at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Some of you will know that Keith had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for the last 7 years, and in the last 2 years it had become ever more debilitating.
On Saturday morning he suffered a series of heart attacks that left him in a very weakened state, this meant that he never regained consciousness. We are pleased to say that his passing was very peaceful, and many members of his immediate family were with him over the weekend....read more
It is also fortuitous to be able to say that Keith had been visited by several close family members and grandchildren in the few days leading up to his heart attack, which was great fun and clearly gave him a lot of pleasure.
Keith is survived by Val his wife and Mark, Chris and Sarah his children. They are all bearing up well, with a lot of tears but also many laughs as they reminisce. It is at times like this that the Proctor, Davies, Wallsgrove and Robertson clans greatly appreciate the blessings of an incredibly supportive wide circle of family and friends.
Keith was a very committed Christian, and his faith always guided his thoughts and actions. He found the aggressive nature of Parkinson’s very challenging, but his faith and family gave him huge comfort throughout.
He was a gentleman and a ‘gentle’ man. Also charming and polite, he put others at their ease and was always attentive and engaged, making them feel listened to. Hence why his work helping others less fortunate, whether at his church or elsewhere, was so supportive and effective. In a world where it is all too easy to criticise others he would always stand back, and often just ask the question as to whether perhaps the person being criticised had some sadness in their life at that time, and perhaps just needed support. This typical generosity of spirit meant that he was thoughtful and also great fun. Always ready to laugh and have family adventures, whether on Dartmoor or the River Dart, which he loved.
Keith was a modest man. He was an accomplished and highly respected architect, winning several design awards. Not only did he have the vision to create many new buildings that were sympathetic to their environment, but he also saved countless old buildings and brought them back from the brink of destruction to deliver new purpose and life, giving many families and disadvantaged people new homes and great pleasure so that they could build their lives together. He could see hope and purpose in what many others condemned as an eyesore. We are blessed that so many of these buildings are in south Devon adding greatly to the common good, so we are surrounded by his incredible legacy every day.
Keith was also an accomplished sailor and a former national champion of several classes. He was heavily involved in the design of the Wanderer and various marks of the Wayfarer working alongside our father, Ian Proctor. As with all of the Proctor children he was the ‘test pilot’ for many famous designs such as the Wayfarer, Wanderer, Topper, Tempest, Kestrel, Minisail, Minisprint, Gull, National 12s, Merlin Rockets, the list goes on, during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.
If you would like, instead of flowers, please could you make a donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust, either by retiring collection at the church or sent in Keith’s name to Allwood of Totnes at Station Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5LF Tel: 01803 862050.
Devon Air Ambulance like everyone else at the NHS, were amazing and wonderful throughout.