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Sailing Instructions for Internationals

The SIs for the forthcoming Internationals at Greystones Sailing Club are now linked here. For more information see also the event’s own page here.

Wayfarer International Championships at Greystones Sailing Club – Preview

by Tim Townsend 17 Jul 12:57 BST20-26 July 2019

Action from the 2010 Wayfarer Internationals at Weymouth © Richard Langdon / Ocean Images

Who knows? I might conceivably bump into Saoirse Ronan (highly unlikely) or Reggie Corrigan (unlikely) while I’m in Greystones later this month I might visit a few cafes (likely) or bars (highly likely). (Un)fortunately I’m going to miss out on Westlife at the Whale Theatre (screened live from Croke Park) but I might catch Amelie the following day. I am going to go sailing (most definitely) and catch up with some old friends and hopefully make some new ones.

Where is Greystones and why am I going there? Greystones is a small town (but the second largest in Co Wicklow) squeezed between the Wicklow Mountains to the West and the Irish Sea to the East and lies to the south of Bray Head; a few miles north lies Dublin’s fair city. Between the 20th and 26th July 2019 Greystones SC will play host to the the biggest bonanza of Wayfarer sailing in 2019. The event trebles as the Wayfarer International Championships, the UK National Championships and the Irish National Championships, attracting competitors from Canada, the USA, Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa, as well as Ireland.

With so many race courses (Punchestown, Leopardstown and the Curragh) just a canter away, a look at the runners and riders seems appropriate.

The much anticipated renewed competition will be between joint favourites Mogens Just & Anders Friis from Denmark (Olympians and reigning International Champions) and Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend from the UK (reigning European and UK National Champions, multiple International Champions….but runners up to Mogens & Anders in 2016 in the Netherlands). Their most recent races have been very close and they often seem to be a class apart. Don’t expect this to be a two horse race however.

From mainland UK, Andrew and Tom Wilson, who have won several of the National Circuit Series events in the last few seasons will be ones to watch especially when the going is hard as will Bill Whitney and John Shelton. Keep an eye out also for Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall and, if the going is soft to very soft, Richard Stone and Catherine Gore.

From Denmark do not discount Neils Alslev and Anders Pjetursson if the going is hard, Meike Fomsgaard and her crew if the going is soft nor Stefan Nandrup-Bus and Hans Hansen or Christian and Jorgen Iversen, all of whom raced well at the European Championships in Denmark in 2018 and may creep up on the rails to trouble the leaders. Also, there may be a late entry from former Wayfarer International Champion Peter Boje, who is happily returning to fitness after going lame shortly after the last International Championships in 2016 where he joined Mac and Mogens in the winners enclosure.

From the host Club and Country, we must not forget Monica Schaefer and Miriam McCarthy, reigning Irish Champions and also race winners at the International Championships a few years ago. Also from Ireland, do not be surprised if Margaret Hynes and Mike Hayes and Norman Lee (former GP14 Champion) and Barry Keogh have a good race.

And from the other side of the pond Rob Wierdsma (CWA Chair) is back, with Samantha as crew, hoping to improve on his Gold fleet performance in Holland. Leo and Joanne van Kampen were at the top end of Silver fleet in Holland and as recent runners up at the 2019 Canadian National Championships will be hoping their form continues to improve. Jim Heffernan (Wayfarer International Secretary) and Mark Heffernan will be representing USA and again hoping to improve on their top-end Silver fleet placing from 2016.

I would expect the race winners and the podium overall to come from the competitors listed above but there a dozen or more other teams who are capable of getting good results in individual races if their stars are aligned. Whether or not they would be consistent enough to challenge the podium remains the burning question which is why they form part of the amorphous group known as “100-1 bar”.

The field is large and not just made up of the thoroughbreds. There will be some old nags too, some of them carrying additional weight, even though they insist they’ve been on the gallops recently! As is the custom these days the field will be split into Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions (all racing as one fleet) and for the Bronze division there will be the option of cruising for a day or two. The organisers also plan to create a buddy system where a top boat is paired up with a less experienced team to share experiences and knowledge (hopefully to the benefit of both).

It won’t all be racing. A social programme is organised and there will be time to enjoys some of the attractions the Greystones area has to offer. Aside from the cafes, bars and the Theatre, there are lovely walks, cycle rides and, I mustn’t forget, golf with a plethora of excellent courses nearby including Druids Glen (the “Augusta of Ireland”). I can almost guarantee that one team may forget an important bit of equipment for their sailing (“now, where did I put the boat?”)….but won’t forget their golf clubs.

As always, the organising authority has been putting a huge amount of time into planning the event supported by its many sponsors, including Allen Brothers, Hartley Boats, and Craftinsure from the sailing world and also by Irish Ferries, Watermark (Coffee Technology) and The Beach House, Greystones. Fingers crossed that the weather is kind, that the racing is hard but fair and that the craic will be memorable too.

Nipegegi Round Britain 2019

Hi All,

Just a quick one, for those of you that haven’t totally OD’d on Nipegegi Round Britain yet, to say that Rich and I are on an action sports podcast called Mpora (Episode 5) that came out yesterday, we’re on between 17mins and 42mins, see link below:

and last night I’was a guest on Kelly Morgan’s sports show “Lets get physical” for BBC radio Wiltshire, apparently I’ll be on between 2000hrs and 2100hrs.



Will Hodshon

Classic & Vintage Dinghy Racing Assoc. 20th Anniversary Rally & National Championship Roadford Lake Devon

24 Aug 2019 – 26 Aug 2019

Roadford Lake Sailing Club, Goodacre Farm, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0JL

The attachments will outline the basic information which will be updated nearer the date on the CVRDA website  or our webpage Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association (CVRDA)  or the poster website address

You do not need to be a member to take part – just have a qualifying boat

Alan Williams joint organiser CVRDA Roadford Rally & Nats

PS – camping is available at Roadford Lake. Details are available at  or contact search for camping Roadford.

Nipegegi Round Britain – We made it!

Nipegegi sails away from Salcombe

Hi everyone,

You no doubt already know, however, just in case, we made it! We crossed our track in the mouth of Salcombe on Sunday at 18:42pm, completing our non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain in 15 days and 4 hours. The whole team are all still recovering from the trip itself, as well as washing, demobilising equipment, and coping with the whirlwind of media requests at my parents’ property here in South Devon. more

Keith Tredwen Proctor 16th December 1945 – 1st July 2019

Keith Tredwen Proctor  16th December 1945 – 1st July 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keith. He died on Monday evening at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Some of you will know that Keith had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for the last 7 years, and in the last 2 years it had become ever more debilitating.

On Saturday morning he suffered a series of heart attacks that left him in a very weakened state, this meant that he never regained consciousness. We are pleased to say that his passing was very peaceful, and many members of his immediate family were with him over the more

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham SC – report by Tim Townsend

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

The Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series resumed after a four week break with the Southern Area Championship hosted by Shoreham Sailing Club. more

Classic & Vintage Dinghy Assoc. 20th Anniversary Rally & National Championship Roadford Lake Devon

Dear Sir

Please would you draw your members attention to the above event.

CVRDA 2019 Rally poster

The attachments will outline the basic information which will be updated nearer the date on the CVRDA website  or our webpage  or the poster website address

You Do Not  Need to Be a Member to take part – just have a qualifying boat

Regards Alan Williams – joint organiser CVRDA Roadford  Rally & Nats

PS camping is available at Roadford lake details are available at  or contact search for camping Roadford

Wayfarer Southerns overall

Sunday’s accurate forecast was for more wind than Saturday and it was expected that the sea state would become more difficult as the tide changed.

After a bit of umming and ahing all the Wayfarers went out to race. The O’Donnells went swimming as did Paul Hughes and Tracey Villa. Mac/Townsend and Whitney/Shelton has an epic battle decided only on the last gybe and short beat to the finish line. The Wilsons were 3rd. As the wind and waves continued to build the race team decided to call it a day.

So just the four races. All to count. Mac/Townsend won them all but were made to fight very hard in each race.

Overall results:

1st Michael Mcnamara/Simon Townsend

2nd Bill Whitney/John Shelton

3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson

4th Tim/Jacqueline Townsend

5th Brian/Liz McKenzie

6th Brian Lamb/Sue Risbridger

Day 1 Southern Championships at Shoreham SC.

Day 1 Southern Championships at Shoreham SC.

The wind was softer than expected but three races was still hard work. The sun shone for the briefing but not for the racing. The tide was out when we came ashore. Loads of mud. We did three triangle/sausage races of four rounds. Andrew and Tom Wilson led at the first windward mark but that was the only time Mac and Simon Townsend were headed all day. Three wins for them. Lovely three sail reaches.

Overall at the end of day 1:

1st, Mac/Townsend

2nd, Andrew/Tom Wilson

3rd, Bill Whitney/John Shelton

4th, Tim/Jacqueline Townsend

5th, Brian/Liz McKenzie

6th, Brian Lamb/Sue Risbridger.

Wayfarer Southern Championships at Shoreham Sailing Club – Preview by Tim Townsend

Mike Macnamara and Simon Townsend win the Wayfarer open at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

It seems highly unlikely that the famous Shoreham Redoubt will be manned this coming weekend in an attempt to rebuff invading Wayfarer sailors who will be visiting to compete in the Wayfarer Southern Championships and Event 4 of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019. On the contrary, local Wayfarers will welcome their visitors while, at the same time, hoping to rout them on their home waters. more

UK Wayfarer Association Neil Rushton Trophy

Photo of Mike and Carl planing their Wayfarer

The ONE Bassenthwaite Lake Sailing Week © Peter Mackin

The UK Wayfarer Association are proud to announce the winner of the Neil Rushton Trophy 2019. Actually, it’s a prize awarded at the Wayfarer Class AGM in March each year and is given to the helm who improved most during the previous calendar year. The award is in the gift of the UKWA Racing Secretary so for this year’s Wayfarer helms who would like to get noticed by the Racing Secretary for all the right reasons and be in the running for the award in 2020, just what do they need to do? more

Wayfarer Southerns at Shoreham SC 15/16 June

Shoreham Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming the Wayfarer Fleet for the Southern Area Championships to be held on 15th and 16th June. Last chance to experience Real Sea Sailing and the ‘Shoreham Ripple’ before the Internationals at Greystones in July! Camping available on site from Friday 14th. For more information contact Lisa Whitney

NoR available to download here, and entry form here.

Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC – Report by Tim Townsend

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC © Paul Babington

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC © Paul Babington

It was inevitable that the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship, which also counted as Event #3 in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series, would provide a very different challenge to the two fresh water, non tidal, open meetings that had gone before as competitors looked forward to strong tides and the forecast light to moderate winds on the River Medway.

There were 22 entries for the Easterns with most of the main protagonists present. The forecast overnight was for very light conditions on Saturday with slightly stronger breezes expected on Sunday. This, combined with Spring tides, would make interesting and difficult conditions for the competitors and race team alike. more

Plymouth Cruise

Wayfarer Pickle Lilly pictured near railway viaduct across wooded river valley

‘Pickle Lilly’ approaching the viaduct over the upper Lynher, UKWA Plymouth Cruise May 2019

Wayfarer Easterns: Day 2 and Results

After an excellent dinner and quiz on Saturday evening, 20 Wayfarers resumed play on Sunday. After waking to fog and little wind, a short postponement to proceedings was inevitable. However, the RO and his team managed to get three more races run in challenging wind and tidal conditions which clocked right during the day. Race 4 was won by Stewart and Catriona Coltart who took advantage of a mistake by the early leaders, Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, who over-stood the windward mark layline. Races 5 and 6 were won by Andrew and Tom Wilson.

Overall (top six):

1st, Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, 10pts
2nd, Andrew and Tom Wilson, 16pts
3rd, Richard Stone and Catherine Gore, 16pts
4th, Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall, 19pts
5th, Bill Whitney and John Shelton, 21pts
6th, Stewart and Catriona Coltart, 31pts

Winners Guy (r) and Mel with MYC Commodore Mark Penny, photo courtesy of Jamie Blair.

Full report to follow.

-Tim Townsend

W Easterns at Medway YC: Day One

22 entries for the Easterns at MYC. Very light winds caused a postponement ashore for a couple of hours and the RO miraculously got away 3 races on a falling tide. Short beats and long runs. Lots of rafting at the leeward mark.

Guy Marks and Mel Titmus dominates the day and won all three races at a canter. Several other boats had podium places but lacked the consistency to pressurise the leaders.

-Tim Townsend

End of day 1:
1st Marks/Titmus 3 pts
2nd Whitney/Shelton 9 pts
3rd Wilson/Wilson 14 pts

Champagne reception now followed by dinner. Tomorrow is another day.

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway Yacht Club – Preview by Tim Townsend

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway – photo © Mike Spurgin

About 20 boats are expected to convene at Medway YC this coming weekend for the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships which is also Event #3 of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.

Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, winners of the Inland Championships at the beginning of April will be absent but Andrew and Tom Wilson from Datchet Water SC head up a strong entry which includes Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall from Wilsonian SC/Medway YC, the current series leaders, along with Nigel and Belinda O’Donnell and their clubmates Mike Weighill and Carl Martin from Swarkestone SC who round off the Craftinsure National Circuit Series front runners at this point in time. more

2018 Ullswater Gathering Video

Mark and Julie Foreman have uploaded a new video featuring the 2018 Ullswater Family Gathering. There’s a link from the main menu under the ‘Family’ tab.