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2022 International Rally, Cedar Key (Florida)

Just in – details of the 2022 International Rally organised by the USWA for mid-March (12th – 17th).

You can view or download the publicity leaflet from this link (opens in a new browser tab, where supported).

Cedar Key, Florida

UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club

Yachts and Yachting report of the Finale at Bough Beech last weekend. 


Preview by Tim Townsend:

Wayfarers at Bough Beech © Deborah Maynard

The Wayfarer class is this weekend (13/14 November) looking forward to its final open meeting of the season, the Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club in the beautiful countryside near Edenbridge, Kent. Looking around the reservoir at the grassy banks and autumn leaves it is easy to remember the words of Hal Borland. “Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.”

Bough Beech is sometimes like that. The golden trees beyond the reservoir offer much. The sky is often blue. The wind blows usually for one day, sometimes for both. The Club is welcoming and the racing keen. Many of the fleet put this event on their “must-do” list even if their support of other meetings during the year has been, shall we say, patchy. So it is that we expect to see, for the first time this season, Martin and Donna Collen (Contessa 32 National Champions 2021), Guy Marks (Wayfarer National Champion 2015) and John Clementson (multiple Graduate and Mirror Champion), all of whom will make the fleet stronger. more

Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club

Report by Tim Townsend:

Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet © Rosie Dolling

Eventually! After two previous attempts to schedule the Wayfarer Inland Championships 2021, Datchet Water SC finally hosted the event over the weekend of 30/31 October. Five visiting boats joined six from the home fleet. Unfortunately, the rescheduling of the event meant that a couple of the usual travellers and some of the home fleet were unable to attend.

As has so often happened in 2021, the weather forecast was looking challenging. The winds on Saturday were forecast to be gusting around 23mph. The forecast on Sunday was looking more windy still.

The drive to Datchet from Canterbury was challenging in itself. Around the Chertsey turn off on the M25, the rain was biblical and the satnav went back to night mode. However, the weather at the reservoir was relatively balmy. The rain turned to drizzle and eventually stopped altogether. The sun came out to play and the Race Officer, after a bit of gentle arm twisting, decided that running an extra race on Saturday might be prudent, given the forecast for Sunday. more

Bough Beech NoR Published

The Notice of Race for the season’s finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club has been published.

The document is available here (opens in new browser tab where supported).

Wayfarer International Championships 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Wayfarer International Championships Regatta Registration is up and running!!!

(This is for the 2022 Wayfarer Internationals to be held between 7th and 11th March at Lake Eustis Sailing Club, Florida, USA).

Link provided here:

(Copy and paste the above link into the search bar if necessary).

Look forward to seeing everyone,

-Michele Parish, USWA Treasurer

P.S. – Notice of Race and covering letter linked here (opens in new browser tab where possible).

Our membership is growing – and there has never been a better time to join!

We pride ourselves on being a very friendly class and UKWA membership is growing.

If you are interested in joining us, new members joining after 1 October are covered for the whole of the next sub year; so no further sub to pay until 1 April 2023 – truly a bargain!

Some of the many benefits of membership include

  • our full and varied sailing programme of racing, training, family sailing and cruising events both Nationally and overseas…
  • a full colour magazine, Wayfarer News, published both in the Summer and Winter
  • monthly e-News which is a great way for members to keep in touch and learn the latest news and event details
  • members are registered for our website where they can post on the Members Forum, access the large cruising report library and archive of past Wayfarer News
  • hire one of the UKWA boat tents for camping afloat
  • members can advertise, FoC, any Wayfarer items on the classified section of our website (‘Boats & Bits’)
  • seek and share the vast amount of knowledge within the class.  Our longstanding members are more than happy to share their top tips with those newer to the class.
  • discount on the latest edition of the popular Wayfarer Book, available from our shop
  • you do not need to own a Wayfarer to join; many people join while looking for a boat and enjoy the benefits of membership

New members can join here: Join the UKWA (new membership)

We very much look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Any queries, please do not hesitate to ask Sarah Burgess, Class Secretary here

Save the Date – 18-21 August 2022

The UK National and European Championships will be hosted by Arun YC on 18-21 August 2022. More details to follow but entry numbers will be limited.

Many will remember attending the National Championships which Arun YC hosted in 2017. It was a great success on and off the water. We are looking forward to returning there next year.

Change of Date for the Inland Championships 2021

The UKWA Inland Championships 2021 are being put back by one week and will now be held at Datchet Water SC over the weekend of 30/31 October.

More details and the Notice of Race will be published soon.