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WAYFARER EUROS 2021 POSTPONED

Because of increasing numbers of COVID cases in the UK and continuing restrictions for competitors travelling to the UK from Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands the organisers at Medway YC with the support of UKWA have postponed the Wayfarer European Championships scheduled for 5-8 August 2021 until 2022 (date and venue to be decided).

Medway YC is obviously disappointed not to be hosting the regatta but postponing it until travel is less restricted and the virus is better controlled/more people have been vaccinated was the only sensible decision in all the circumstances.

This decision only affects the European Championships. The UK National Championships which were to be held alongside the Euros will be going ahead as planned from 5-8 August.

If you are planning to enter the Nationals but haven’t yet done so could you please email the UKWA Racing Secretary, Tim Townsend at [race@wayfarer.org.uk] so that the organisers at Medway YC can have a better idea of numbers.


Easterns Champs at Waldringfield 10/11 July (Report)

“Come to Waldringfield on the beautiful River Deben where there’s always breeze and there’s more sunshine annually than anywhere else in the UK” we said… and so it was that a select group of competitive visitors joined the strong home fleet for flat calm and overcast and sometimes drizzly weather on Saturday 10th July for the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships. Quite a contrast to the previous time a few years back where it blew dogs off chains and virtually everyone tested the water....read 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:

https://www.rutlandsailingclub.co.uk/event/battle-of-the-hikers

Many thanks and great sailing!

Simon Stonehouse, Rutland Sailing Club Sailing Committee Member.


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 [family-sailing@wayfarer.org.uk]


Cruising Conference Content is still online

Cruising Conference delegates may still access the content on the CC21 website for the foreseeable future, so please 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) – https://cc21.wayfarer.org.uk

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.

https://wayfarer.org.uk/product/2021-cruising-conference-ticket/


Southern Area Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club – Report

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

A premium selection of Wayfarers arrived at Shoreham, expecting the usual huge waves. These included Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend and Andrew Wilson, fresh from their tussle at the Westerns at Arun YC.

Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend win the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

Owing to an unexplained broken toe incident, Andrew’s usual crew, son Tom, was replaced by his brother Martin, on a transfer from the RS400 fleet. Other contenders arrived from Swarkestone, Maldon and Bough Beech, with local Shoreham boys Bill Whitney/John Shelton joining the fray.

Saturday turned out to be a damp squib, with a light easterly, and a humongous 6.6 metre tide, which was bound to upset things. Race officer Megan Pascoe took us well out to sea, and in the first race, McNamara/Townsend hit the front, followed by Whitney/Shelton and the Wilsons, and the order remained until the last reach, when the Shoreham crew attempted a high-scoring windward bag spinnaker launch, which inevitably ended in tears, allowing the Wilsons through to second place.

With the wind dropping and a big shift out to sea, the same trio were seen to be at the front, but on arriving at the first leeward mark, the wind dropped, and a frantic and gripping drift against the tide ensued. The Wilsons maintained their lead, and an impressive drifting performance by Martyn Hare/Steve Perkins from Blackwater SC took them past McNamara to claim second place. The race committee had by that time filled their bucket with sufficient mackerel, so the fleet was towed back into the harbour....read more


2021 Western Area Championship – Report

Wayfarer Western Championship at Arun © Richard Craig / www.SailPics.co.uk

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 planned....read more


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 handicap....read more


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. ...read more


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.


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

2016 Wayfarer Nationals at Medway © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

2016 Wayfarer Nationals at Medway © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

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 reasons....read more