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WESTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
William Cowper dominates at West Oxfordshire
(Also published on yachtsandyachting.com)
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.
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. ...read more
WOSC treated the competitors royally on Saturday night with a fish and chip supper and music from a very good live band which enticed many people onto the dance floor (including an unnamed sailor from Wilsonian SC who really should know better) for an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
“Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavours” said the renowned 17th century poet, William Cowper, and certainly the champions of sailing need to be able to master a variety of conditions, including, as it turned out, the wind conditions on Sunday, which were intermittent gusts of 0-4 knots. “Enough to sail” said the locals to quizzical looks from the hardened travellers. The wind direction vacillated (“oscillated” would be too certain a term in the prevailing conditions) from East to West via the North with a consequence that three boats could, within lengths of each other on the same leg of the course and at the same time, be sailing upwind on port or starboard tacks or free on a broad reach and all pointing in the same direction.
These were trying conditions indeed, but somehow the race officer managed to achieve two more races, on a course shared with the Wanderers but only on half the lake. Clear air was a problem for all (any air was a problem for some), and again there were snakes and ladders, no more so than for Brian Lamb (fresh from his exploits on the dance floor) and Sam Pygall who at one point led the first race on Sunday by a country mile and contrived a spectacular fall from grace to finish thirteenth (“God works in mysterious ways” wrote William Cowper).
In spite of the conditions, the frustrations and the inevitable raft ups at marks of the course, the cream still rose to the top. Andrew and Sue won both races on the day, but that was not enough to topple Michael and Simon from first overall. Len and Peter continued their consistent performance to round off the top three. Also very consistent over the weekend was local sailor Richard Burton who borrowed a club boat with Hugo Burrows and exploited the conditions perfectly to win the second race on Saturday and finish fourth overall.
Thanks go to all the members of WOSC who volunteered on and off the water for making it an enjoyable weekend.
– Tim Townsend –
(If the table below appears truncated, view it on this page instead)
|1st||10648||Rollesby Broad SC||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||1||2||1||(4.0)||2||10||6|
|2nd||11093||Datchet Water SC||Andrew Wilson||Sue Risbridger||(5.0)||4||2||1||1||13||8|
|3rd||11067||Medway YC||Len Jones||Peter Mitchell||2||(6.0)||3||2||6||19||13|
|4th||6590||West Oxfordshire SC||Richard Burton||Hugo Burrows||(9.0)||1||6||3||5||24||15|
|5th||10673||Bough Beech SC||David Roberts||Mike Bryant||4||5||5||5||(22.0 DNF)||41||19|
|6th||11012||Medway YC||Tim Townsend||Catherine Gore||(13.0)||7||4||8||3||35||22|
|7th||11189||Swarkestone SC||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||6||3||9||(11.0)||9||38||27|
|8th||11170||Wilsonian SC||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||3||9||7||(13.0)||10||42||29|
|9th||10570||Great Moor SC||Ian Richards||Adam Light||7||(8.0)||8||6||8||37||29|
|10th||11183||Swarkestone SC||Mike Weighill||8||(12.0)||11||7||7||45||33|
|11th||10777||Haversham SC||Russell Perry||10||10||10||(15.0)||4||49||34|
|12th||6919||West Oxfordshire SC||Sue Burton||Pauline Dobbs||12||(16.0)||14||9||16||67||51|
|13th||WOSC3||West Oxfordshire SC||Andrew Turberfield||Marion Turberfield||11||15||(16.0)||12||14||68||52|
|14th||10586||West Oxfordshire SC||Rob Hoare||Barry Buzzard||(16.0)||13||12||14||13||68||52|
|15th||11129||Arun YC||P Hughes||15||(19.0)||13||17||11||75||56|
|16th||8080||West Oxfordshire SC||George Edmundson||Lucia Winrow||14||11||15||(19.0)||17||76||57|
|17th||10849||West Oxfordshire SC||Alex Nairac||Anoushka Nairac||(20.0)||14||18||16||12||80||60|
|18th||WOSC1||West Oxfordshire SC||John Whiteside||Andrew Day||19||(20.0)||17||10||15||81||61|
|19th||10755||West Oxfordshire SC||Leslie Burton||Graham Parry||17||18||20||18||(22.0 DNC)||95||73|
|20th||10880||Abbey Sailing Club||Adrian Strong||18||17||19||20||(22.0 DNF)||96||74|
|21st||6788||West Oxfordshire SC||R Helyar||21||21||(22.0 DNC)||22.0 DNC||22.0 DNC||108||86|
UKWA Wayfarer Inland & Junior Championships & UKWA Travellers Series R2
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). ...read more
The club will be open from Friday evening for early arrivals with the free camping facilities available from then until Monday (Bank Holiday) for all competitors (and families of course).
Those who have not visited Haversham before, we are a friendly club that offers inland sailing on our small but perfectly formed inland lake just to the North of Milton Keynes.
Bar will be open from Friday evening onwards with food available at breakfast and lunchtimes with a Meal and social gathering on the Saturday evening with Haversham’s usual “Barrel & Bottle” being available.
Young or old, new to sailing of experienced, come and join us for the weekend and experience the friendly welcome at Haversham and by the Wayfarer Fleet.
Please go to www.havershamsc.org for directions and further information. (NoR is on the website.)
For further information or any questions please call our fleet captain Steve Garrett on 07528922363 or Russell Perry on 07743894558 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Final results from Western Area Championships
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.
– Tim Townsend (Sailing & Poetry Secretary)
30 days until PODD 2017 (20th/21st May)
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. ...read more
If you have any questions or queries please email, email@example.com – we look forward to seeing you in May.
P.S. – If you have a single-handed boat as well, you may like to come for our POSH Regatta. See you on the water. Dale (PODD co-ordinator)
All Set for the Wayfarer Western Area Championships
Read in full Tim Townsend’s perceptive appraisal of the early season situation here.
Waldringfield Easter Egg Pics
DIY Wayfarer Tent article posted
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2018 Nationals Venue – your views please
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
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. ...read more
Please have a look at the 2017 information leaflet – the format should be exactly the same as previous years. If you are keen to come, please can you return the form to me. I have set up a page on my website http://www.chreselen.co.uk/wayfarer_class.htm which I can put any last minute details up. The information leaflet is the definitive guide. Any questions – please ask.
Please pass this on to anyone you think I have missed.
I have certainly enjoyed the event for the last few years taking part. I’m sure that you would like to know that John and Jenny were presented the Ian Proctor Trophy at the boat show by the Wayfarer Association for 11 years organising the IOW rally and services to UKWA – well deserved.
Hope to see you soon,
Chris Tyler W28 ‘Chreselen’ [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Chris would clearly love the cruise to be well-supported, so please do take a good look at the comprehensive information provided.
Easter Egg Open meeting, Waldringfield SC 14-15 April 2017
See also waldringfieldsc.com
For further information contact Tony Geary by email