To continue to receive the benefits of membership – such as the monthly eNewsletter, our full-colour Wayfarer News and a warm invitation to join in our sailing events; a variety of training weekends, an extensive programme of cruises and rallies or racing: taking part in the National Circuit Series – or a combination of all three, please be sure to renew your subscription – due at the beginning of April. more

New ‘Racing Videos’ page

Action from US Midwinters

Your racing secretary, Tim, has kindly assembled an assortment of videos to educate, entertain and inform your racing (and more general sailing) in what we all hope will be a long and successful 60th anniversary sailing season.

These are listed on a brand new page located under the ‘Racing’ menu item on the main menu bar at the top of each page here on our UKWA website.

(If you are aware of any especially suitable additions that we could make to this list then please get in touch with Tim or the web team).

Southern Area Championships – NoR and Notes

The adjacent image links to a poster for the Southern Area Championships (and CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series event #6) to be held at Medway Yacht Club, 8th – 9th September.

UPDATE – The Notice of Race and Notice to Competitors documents have now been published, and are available for view and/or download by following the respective preceding links.


Online entry is still open for the 2018 Wayfarer National Championship at Castle Cove SC. The early-bird discount has finished, but full price entries will be accepted until late May (£80).

Former UKWA members are most welcome, and if you haven’t re-joined the Association for the past five years you will receive a year’s free membership if you enter this year’s Nationals!

Full details are available via the big red ‘W’.


Remember this?

(Posted Thursday 15th Mar, 09:00)

“Dear All

“I have had to juggle three main factors in my decision here. The first is the risk of snowfall with certainty of high winds on Sunday, the second the certainty of a grey weekend with strong winds and temperature maxima of 1 degree, and lastly waterlogged ground and a flood alert on the River Trent with further rain forecast for the next 2 days. To put the cherry on the top of this the river level data for that stretch of the Trent has not been updated since last night (and it usually is). We have also been unable to find an alternative venue nearby at this short more


“Where did that cork land?”

“60th anniversary celebration of our Wayfarer on the Hartley Boats stand at the RYA Dinghy Show.

“Roger Proctor, son of the late Ian Proctor, whose centenary was also being celebrated, popped the cork, and I had the honour of cutting the cake, beautifully crafted in the shape of 60, with perfect ‘W’s all over, by the wonderful Sarah Burgess, our UKWA Secretary and her son.

“As I cut the cake I made a traditional wish – and it’s no secret that I hope the Wayfarer will continue to provide happy family sailing, amazing cruising adventures, training for all beginners, and high-powered racing, for the next 60 years. Thank you Ian Proctor for designing the most versatile dinghy ever. Long Live the Wayfarer!”

– Liz Feibusch (W11000)


Can anyone please lend us a boat tent for the Broads Cruise in early May? All three Association tents are already booked out and there are a couple of further requests that we cannot fulfil, as things stand. Please get in touch by e-mailing [[email protected]] – thank you!

Inlands & NCS #1 – Datchet Water SC

The Notice of Race has now been published for the Wayfarer Inland Championships and opening event of the CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series (“NCS #1”) at Datchet Water SC on the weekend of 7th/8th April 2018.

The NoR is available to download here. Datchet Water Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming visitors, and it is anticipated that a social event for competitors will be held on the Saturday evening.

Easterns & NCS #5 – Waldringfield SC

Keep an eye out in the next week or so for full details of the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships (also the fifth in the CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series events).

(This thumbnail image links to Waldringfield SC’s .pdf poster for the weekend).

** Tidal Training Event Reminder **

Tidal Training & Rally, Calshot Activities Centre, Hampshire – 14/15th April.

John Norman and his loyal team have put together a complete programme of tidal training activities for the Saturday, followed by a Rally on the Sunday; an ideal opportunity to put the previous day’s learning into practice! more

Full details and a booking form can be viewed and/or downloaded here, and John can be contacted by e-mail at [[email protected]]

Brancaster Weekend – Summary

“The weekend of 24th/25th February saw 8 hardy (foolhardy?) boatloads of Wayfarer sailors brave the icy blasts from the east for some sailing at Brancaster on the North Norfolk coast. All survived to tell the tale and in fact enjoyed the brilliant sunshine and superb sailing.

“Accommodation for the weekend was the ‘bunkhouse’ at Burnham Deepdale, where hearty meals and celebratory drinks were consumed amid tales of tides, shallow water and waves.

“Winds of 20 knots and gusting showed how efficient reefing systems and a seaworthy boat really came into their own.” – Matt Sharman W773 (organiser)

Brancaster Weekend – Saturday

Seven boats managed to sail today. Wind was ESE F5 gusting F6 occasionally, bright sunshine and jolly cold!!” – Matt Sharman

International Rally, 7th – 13th September

Ralph Roberts (UKWA’s WIC Rep) has made available further details of this September’s International Rally on the Norfolk Broads, with a poster that can be downloaded (or viewed) here.

Separately there are now also full details of the proposed itinerary, as well as a detailed breakdown of the costs of various types of accommodation and a description of what is included in the price. This is all accessed via the ‘Cruising’ section of the menu, also linked here.

Ralph has arranged a fantastic array of enticing activities, visits and events – do take a look at what is on offer!


2018 Dinghy Show 3 & 4 March

We will be guests on Hartley Boats stand during the Show and, as you can see elsewhere on our website, our AGM will be held on Saturday afternoon.  We very much look forward to meeting you and seeing you there in our 60th Anniversary year.

To purchase tickets, there are various advance purchase discount options for RYA affiliated clubs and RYA individual members.

You do not need a show ticket in order to attend the AGM, which is upstairs in Palm Court 5, separate to the Show.

Details of May’s Broads Cruise

Photo © Museum of the Broads

Organiser Mike Playle has released further details of the annual Norfolk Broads Cruise, to be held over the first May Bank Holiday weekend (and, optionally, for several days afterwards).

For more details and to read or download Mike’s information document, please follow this link.


The agenda, minutes (2017) and associated paperwork relating to the 2018 UKWA AGM (3rd March) are now available for download from the website under the ‘AGM’ menu item linked here.

60th Anniversary UKWA AGM 2018

Come and join us at our 60th Annual General Meeting, to be held during the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show, Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 3 March 2018.

AGM Programme: doors open: 15.30 hrs, meeting begins: 16.00 hrs.

Full agenda and other details have now been published on the website and are in the process of being emailed.

To ensure receipt, please ensure that the Secretary has your correct email address – E-mail: [email protected]

Rule Change Proposals for 2018 AGM

Any member proposing a resolution for consideration at the AGM shall submit it to the Secretary 45 days prior to the AGM, and shall give full written particulars and the reason for it. (This deadline has now passed) more

Election for 2018 UKWA Officers and Management Committee 

Election for the 2018 UKWA Officers and Management Committee members will take place during our AGM. more

Cruising Conference Forms

Boris has now made available the booking information and forms for this year’s Cruising Conference to be held on March 16th – 18th at Notts County SC. Please see the CC2018 page (via either the “Training” or “Cruising” sub-menus) for details and for the download links (login required).

2018 Racing Calendar and NoR

Details of the 2018 race programme are now available, comprising the race calendar and Notice of Race documents, links here:-

2018 Racing Calendar

National Circuit & Travellers’ Trophy Series NoR

Ton Jaspers (“Swiebertje”)

It is with great shock and sadness that I learned today of the very premature passing of one of Wayfarers’ & NEDWA’s great stalwarts: Ton Jaspers.

Sadly Ton passed away on December 9th after a very short illness. Ton will be sadly missed by his long time best friend and loving wife Conny (Steennis) and their daughter Anne Lotte and so many other family and friends. I believe he will forever be remembered by so many in the wider Wayfarer family as a very passionate man, a technically astute man and a big bear of a man who loved sailing and Wayfaring in particular.

Ton was particularly generous in spirit and practicality, lending not just his knowledge and expertise to others but also welcoming visitors and lending his lovely boat W10445 Swiebertje to many who travelled to the Netherlands from abroad to participate in international events held there.

Ton Jaspers our fellow Wayfarer sailor and friend may you rest in peace.

With much respect and kind regard,
Monica Schaefer – W11152 Lakka


Thierry has now made available further information about this very interesting-sounding rally, including a detailed programme of events and a list of local overnight accommodation during the week.

There will be information about the rally in the next Wayfarer News, and there’s already a description of the event linked from the diary pages here on the website, including Thierry’s contact details.


It’s here! To celebrate the UKWA’s 60th anniversary in 2018, we’re issuing this special 28-page, A4, glossy, full-colour calendar (with a few original black and white photos).

The format is one month per page, with a full-page photo opposite. The calendar itself runs from January 2018 to January 2019 inclusive.

UKWA members should each have received a complimentary copy with the winter edition of Wayfarer News, but you are encouraged to order further copies here. International members are equally welcome to purchase one or more copies, which you can do by clicking (or tapping) on the cover photo thumbnail shown here.


“I’ve finally managed to track down and upload the illustrated rig tuning guide (members only – login required) that I previously published on my old website elsewhere. I’m open to constructive criticism – it’s a lengthy article but it needs to be.

“I strongly recommend using the flowchart provided and making notes as you go along.”

– Dave Barker W3177

Johnny Feibusch

It is with great sadness that we report that Johnny Feibusch died peacefully at home on Tuesday 19th September.

Johnny, a past Class Measurer, and Liz Feibusch spent many years sailing Wayfarers and sharing their knowledge with others.

Liz, a Life Honorary Member of the UKWA continues to race W11000.

A funeral service was held for Johnny at St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, on Tuesday 3rd October.

Calshot Cruise September 2017


“Yet another entertaining weekend thanks to John Norman, a rogue thunder cloud and some errant wake from an unseen vessel.

Very calm trip to Newtown, but this cloud was building on the way back but I hadn’t see the flash of lightning. Then an almighty thunder clap – shook me witless for a moment or two! That was it – no more storm!

Then on the slipway back at Calshot, while I was off fetching the launch trolley the wake from nowhere threw the boat against Adrian, knocking him off his feet into the water. Quick thinking from the others on the slipway prevented any injury or damage to the boat.

Thanks to everyone. Next trip around the island?

DASH, SPLASH & BACK…. dash from all corners of the country, quick sail then back home.”

-Simon & Adrian – W8796 “and the little pigs dance” more