Ullswater Gathering 2017

Paddling in a beck by Aira Force

“The sight of a large and buoyant fleet of Wayfarers emerging from the grey haze of a strong squall from Helvellyn into the brilliant sunshine over Silver Bay was just one of many highlights from the 2017 Ullswater Family Gathering. more

St. Francis of Assisi Cruise, Brancaster

Matt Sharman has just announced dates for a late winter sail at Brancaster, the St. Francis of Assisi Cruise. Full details via the Diary section, or see/obtain a pdf version here.

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. more

Scottish Championships 2017

Left to right: Margaret & Bob Sparkes, Neil McSherry, Monica Schaefer

The Scottish Nationals took place September 2nd & 3rd in beautiful Loch Lomond in bright warm sunshine. After a slightly delayed start Saturday (waiting on wind), 2 races were run in a nice breeze, with the defending champion & visitor from Ireland – W11152 Monica Schaefer & Neil Mc Sherry – in first position overnight with 2 points, followed by W6117 Bob & Margaret Sparkes from Loch Lomond SC on 5 points, and Peter & Isla Harper on 6 points. more

Southerns – Day Two

Day two at Datchet had a forecast of increasing and backing winds potentially peaking at 25 knots plus. In the event, the strongest winds held off until we were mostly ashore and the rain joined in as we were packing the boats away. There was only one inversion to report – for Nigel and Michael O’Donnell who parked their boat temporarily just after the gybe mark while they inspected the polished finish of their hull. As with Saturday the first two places were dominated by Len Jones and Jamie Lea, and Andrew and Tom Wilson. They had some good match racing. A respectful distance behind them, a number of boats had close racing with Tim and Jacqueline Townsend (especially) ruining a couple of starts by demonstrating distinctly average starting skills and then having to show some reasonable powers of recovery.

Results (top four)
1st Len Jones and Jamie Lea (MYC)- 4pts
2nd Andrew and Tom Wilson (DWSC) – 7pts
3rd Tim and Jacqueline Townsend (MYC) – 13pts
4th Derek Lambert and Oliver Gore Lawrenson (DWSC) – 14pts

Full report and results now published here and on Y&

– Tim Townsend

2017 Racing Trophy Winners to date

Winners of this year’s racing trophies can be seen here.

There is both the SplashAway and Finale at Bough Beech still to go, where the National Circuit Champions will be decided.  Please see our racing calendar for more details.

Southerns – Day One

Day 1 at Datchet had a bit of everything; a bit of sun, a bit of rain, a bit of thunder; winds from the west or thereabouts and everything from 7-15 knots.

The turnout was a little low but several of the regular travellers were otherwise engaged.

Len Jones and Jamie Lea from Medway YC had three bullets to lead overnight followed by locals Andrew and Tom Wilson. Tim and Jacqueline Townsend from Medway YC complete the overnight podium.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for more wind….a lot more. We shall see.

– Tim Townsend

Southern Area Championship Preview

Read Tim Townsend’s amusing take on the upcoming Southerns at Datchet Water, here on

The Wayfarer Class travelling circus is set for Datchet Water this weekend (© Moscow State Circus)

Wayfarer Southern Championships 9-10 September 2017 NCS#6 Early Bird Entry…

Please find below a link to a registration form.

Pre-registration will result in a reduced entry fee and is a requirement for camping.

2018 – Dates for your diary: European Championships and further International events in Denmark

Open Danish Championship will be held on 29-30 June and 1 July in Svendborg. The address is Rantzausmindevej 137, 5700 Svendborg.

European Championship will be held on 3-8 July in Assens. The address is Naesvej 25. 5610 Assens.

The week after EM the Rantzausminde cruising rally will be held.

We hope to see a lot of W-sailors from your countries.

More info will be sent as soon as possible.

Best W-regards

John Goltermann

Wayfarer Southern Area Championships 9th and 10th September 2017 Sailing Instructions: NCS: #6

SIs for the 6th event of the 2017 National Circuit Series can be found here:

Flying Fifteen K1 Wayfarer SIs 2017 rev2 more


Wayfarer Southern Area Championships 9th and 10th September 2017 NOR

Notice of Race: CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series 2017

Wayfarer Southern Area Championships 9th and 10th September 2017

(This event will be held in conjunction with the K1 Nationals and a Flying Fifteen Open Meeting) more


Wayfarer Easterns – Day Two

Day two at the Easterns brought slightly lighter winds, although by race 6 the winds had piped up to about 20 knots – enough to cause some to capsize.

Racing all day was very close, sometimes too close. (I always thought sailing was supposed to be a non-contact sport). more