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Medway promises a marathon of a Sailjuice challenge

The Medway Marathon © Tim Townsend

Most events in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series are fast and frantic spins around a hectic short course, so the inclusion of the Medway Marathon is a 26-mile long distance departure from the norm.

Taking place on the Medway River on Saturday 19 June, the Marathon has been hosted by Medway Yacht Club for many years and attracts all kinds of monohull sailing craft to the east coast venue. Dinghies with a Great Lakes handicap PY of 1315 or less are eligible to compete alongside the local keelboat fleets of International Dragons, National Sonatas and National Squibs. The event is not open to kiteboards, sailboards, multihulls or foiling more

Chichester Harbour Race Week early bird discount.

Just a quick reminder that the early bird discount for the entry to Chichester Harbour Race Week expires at the end of this month.

Dates: Aug 9th to 13th 2021 

Venue: Hayling Island Sailing Club 

Online entries: are open from the 1st May with an early bird discount up to 30 June. In addition to the class starts listed, if there are ten or more boats entered in a class by 31 July, then you will get your own class prizes.

Enter here:

To see a current list of early entries choose Menu>Entry List from the Chichester Harbour race week website – look forward to seeing you all there,

-Andrew Gould

Southern Area Championships

The Notice of Race for the Southern Area Championships on June 26/27 2021 has been issued by Shoreham SC, and can be downloaded using this link.

Eastern Area Championships: Waldringfield 10/11 July

Dear Wayfarers,

Now that there is a little relaxation in the restrictions imposed by Covid I would like to invite you to compete in this years Eastern Area Championships on the wonderful River Deben in the centenary year of Waldringfield Sailing Club. I can assure you that the winds we had 3 years ago are not likely to visit us again for this event!

  The key things are:

– 6 races over 2 days with the best tides of the year.

– BBQ on the Saturday evening.

– free on site camping and caravanning with use of the clubs facilities.

– for those staying over you are welcome to stay a little longer and explore the beautiful River Deben and surrounding areas a little more. more

Battle of the Hikers – July 24th & 25th Rutland Sailing Club

We’ve come up with what we believe should be an innovative and hopefully a thoroughly enjoyable event, by the end of which, we hope to determine exactly who is:

  • The Singlehanded Champion of the Hikers
  • The Doublehanded Champion of the Hikers

No foils, no keels, no trapeze and no sliding seats.  Hikers only (PY: 940 – 1210) and we’d be grateful if you could promote this event to the members of the Wayfarer Class Association.

We now have the entry form up and running on the web:

Many thanks and great sailing!

Simon Stonehouse, Rutland Sailing Club Sailing Committee Member.

Western Area Championship and Craftinsure National Circuit Event at Arun Yacht Club

Wayfarer Western Championship at Arun © Richard Craig /

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 more

Family Festival Booking Details

We are now able to confirm prices and event information for our inaugural Wayfarer Family Festival at Rutland Sailing Club. Hopefully, everything you need to know is available through this link, otherwise, please contact Mark and Julie at []

Aldeburgh Spring Regatta

Aldeburgh Yacht Club will be holding a Spring Regatta on Saturday and Sunday May 29th-30th.

Race starts will be at 11.00am and 2.30pm.

Visitors are welcome!

Chichester Harbour Race Week

Photo credit: Peter Hickson

After a year off due to COVID, Chichester Harbour race week is back on for 9th-13th August 2021. The regatta is one of the largest sailing dinghy regattas in the country and with many people choosing to take their holidays in the UK this year, it is expected to produce a bumper turnout of over 400 boats. Based out of Hayling Island Sailing club, there is class racing for Fireballs, Flying Fifteens, D-Zeros, Aeros, Finns, RS200s, Foiling Moths, Solos, Lasers, RS Fevas, RS Teras and RS Elites as well as fast, medium and slow handicaps. A strong fleet is also expected for the asymmetric more

Windermere New Amendment

Since publication of the March e-Newsletter, Kay Marriott’s Windermere ‘Sailing in Company’ event has been postponed (again), and is now due to be held between the 3rd to the 6th of June. More details here.

2021 Subscriptions were due 1 April

Sincere thanks to all members who renew their subs by bankers order each year.

If you have yet to set up a bankers order, and would like to do so, please complete this form and send it to your bank for it to be arranged.

Subscriptions can also be renewed via our shop, linked here.

Cheques can also be used: made payable to UKWA and sent to the Class Secretary, UKWA, PO Box 10687, CO5 8XJ.  It is very helpful if you write your boat number on the back of the cheque.

We are very much looking forward to holding sailing events back on the water just as soon as the easing of Covid restrictions allow. more

Cruising Conference Content is still Live

Cruising Conference delegates may still access the content on the CC21 website for the foreseeable future, so 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 – ).

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.

Save the dates!

Inland Championships postponed

The Wayfarer Inland Championships due to be held at Datchet Water Sailing Club in May have been POSTPONED until 23/24 October, mainly because of the current restrictions on overnight stays away from home.

Eastern Area Championships

Easterns – Notice of Race, SI’s, Entry Form

Documents for the forthcoming Eastern Area Championships to be held at Waldringfield Sailing Club in July may be downloaded using the following links:

As you will be aware this is Waldringfield SC’s centenary year and they are keen to make this a season to remember, so get your entry form downloaded and sent in!

Photo copyright WSC


Broads Cruise dates

The revised dates for the Broads Cruise have now been finalised – start 21st June, finish 27th June (or sooner if preferred). Full details here.

Medway YC to host the Wayfarer UK National & European Championships 2021

2016 Wayfarer Nationals at Medway © Nick Champion /

2016 Wayfarer Nationals at Medway © Nick Champion /

Medway Yacht Club is delighted to be hosting the Wayfarer UK National and European Championships, 5-8 August 2021. Racing will take place on the wide stretches of the tidal River Medway below Gillingham over four days and with great social events planned for the evenings.

The Club is delighted that the event is being supported by Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Craftinsure, Shepherd Neame and Wayfarer Wines.

Entry to the Championships is limited to 65 boats. The Club is planning to welcome entries from Denmark, Ireland, France and the Netherlands as well as mainland UK. There is an early bird discount entry fee and a guarantee return of prepaid entry fees if the Championships are cancelled for Covid more

West Oxfordshire SC Open

Regrettably – if unsurprisingly – we have to announce that the proposed Open Meeting to be held at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club in mid-April has been cancelled. We will try to keep the website up-to-date with any further alterations to the sailing calendar as the season progresses.