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W198 Nipegegi Award Nomination

Following their recordbreaking circumnavigation of Britain last Summer, we are delighted to hear that Will Hodshon and Rich Mitchel have been nominated for an award in the February edition of “Classic Boat” Magazine for “Classic Boater of the Year” category, against 3 other selected nominees; very exciting!

It is a public vote and, if you think they and Nipegegi are worthy, please do vote in support of them. It would be fabulous recognition for the Wayfarer and for raising awareness for their charities – Water Smart Foundation, RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage – if they won!

To vote, please follow this link.

Subs Renewal

Subs are due on the 1st April.

Sub renewal forms are also part of the AGM papers. If you pay by standing order, thank you very much; this makes Sarah’s job of collecting subs so much easier. If you would like to pay by standing order please contact Sarah at [[email protected]]

If you would like to pay in advance so much the better; Sarah will be delighted. You can also pay via this page on our website

Crucially, if renewing by an electronic transfer, please include your own name and boat / associate membership number as reference.

Papers for 2020 AGM

Our AGM is on Saturday 29 February 2020 at Alexandra Palace, London, at 4:00 pm.

This is held at the same time as the Dinghy Show but you don’t have to pay for entry to the dinghy show to attend the AGM. The papers for this year’s UKWA Annual General Meeting have been posted to this website and are available to read or download via the ‘About’ menu item above (on this page). more

Membership Date Clarifications

UKWA would like to confirm that new memberships taken out now will be valid until Spring 2021. Applications to join that are made after 1st October in any given year are always treated in this way, effectively lasting for up to 18 months. Apologies for any confusion caused.

For information, the renewal date for existing members is 1st April.

2020 Racing Calendar

Greetings! The 2020 Racing Calendar has now been posted to this website. Please note that is a “live” document and will be added to as we become aware of other racing events as the season progresses.

UKWA Cruising Conference 2020

Date for your diary: March 27th – 29th 2020. This year’s UKWA Cruising Conference will once again be held at Notts. County Sailing Club. Early expressions of interest advised to avoid disappointment! Places already starting to fill up. more

International Rally 2020


We are pleased to announce on behalf of NedWA – the Netherlands Wayfarer Association – details of the 2020 International Rally. This will be happening on and around the waterways at Heeg in Friesland, from 17th – 23rd August.

An invitation giving lots of information about the rally is linked here, and a registration form may be found here. (These should each open in a new tab, depending on your browser).

Wayfarer Family Gathering 2020 – Rutland Water

We are pleased to announce the dates for next year’s Wayfarer Family Gathering as Saturday 8th to the Friday 14th August 2020.

The 2020 Gathering is moving to Rutland Water Sailing Club in the East Midlands. This venue boasts the best inland sailing in the UK and has outstanding facilities to meet the needs of a wide range of dinghy sailors.

2019 Gathering (Ullswater)

This event offers the opportunity to enjoy ‘sailing in company’ in the form of day cruises, picnics, overnight boat camping and a wide range of other dinghy cruising skills. We welcome sailors of all ages and experience and are particularly keen to support families wanting to sail together. New to this event, we plan to have a patrol boat available for our extended cruises. We also hope to offer sailing training for children through the club’s coaching staff if there is suitable demand.

Attendees can choose from a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from:

  • Camping in tents, camper vans or motorhomes directly behind the sailing club,
  • Bunk style family rooms or traditional ‘Bunk Houses’,
  • Local hotels in Rutland or Oakham. (You would need to organise this accommodation yourself).

The nearby historic towns of Oakham and Stamford have a wide range of cafes, restaurants and high quality shops to support your recreational activities. Off-road cycling is also a popular pastime in the area and there are excellent cycle tracks.

More detailed information will be available from the 20th December and we will start taking bookings in the New Year. As ever, we aim to make the Gathering exceptional value for money and a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Wayfarer Cruising community. Wanderer dinghy sailors and keen racers wanting to relax for a week also welcome!

We expect the 2020 Gathering to be extremely popular. To register your interest and request details, please follow this link.

Nominations for UKWA Officers and Executive Committee 2020

Are you willing and able to give something back to the UKWA – and help others enjoy their Wayfarer sailing as much as you do?

If you have enjoyed taking part in our cruising and/or racing programmes this and past years, and would like to become more involved, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

If you are a UKWA member willing to stand for election as an officer or member of the General Committee (“ExCom”) at the 2020 AGM we would be delighted to hear from you.

We are still looking for new people to join us on the committee and need the following positions filled:

  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman
  • Cruising Secretary
  • R&T Chairman
  • E-News Newsletter Editor

Our committee works very well together and is unlike many other committees – we all get along and never a cross word is spoken. Bliss!  If you can find a couple of hours a month to help us out and want to know more, contact Sarah Burgess in the first instance and she will put you in touch with the present incumbent.

Committee meetings are held 5 times a year, mostly over Skype as a conference call, typically on a Monday evening 7:00 – 9:00pm.

If you have any queries regarding any of the roles, our existing post holders would be pleased to answer them and would be delighted to let you know what is involved.

Nominations forms are available here:

Officer nomination form

ExCom nomination form

Please complete and return to Sarah, by 15 January 2020. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact her: [email protected] or 01206-545896

The 5th Edition Wayfarer Book is now back in stock

We are delighted to announce that our popular Wayfarer Book is now back in stock.

Copies are available via our shop on the page linked here.

UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club

Wayfarers at Bough Beech © Deborah Maynard

Where should I start this report? Should I begin by saying that I missed the racing on Saturday because I was in a persistently precipitating Portsmouth (and wondering whether the weather was just as lovely on the Kent/Surrey border)? Or should I commence by saying that when I phoned a crew member of one of the competing boats to ask her to send me the overnight results I was greeted not with the usual cheery “hello” but with an anguished “we were robbed!!” I was intrigued and needed to know more. more

Preview – UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club

Craftinsure Wayfarer 2017 Finale at Bough Beech © Martyn Smith

This weekend sees the final Wayfarer open meeting of the 2019 season which will be hosted by Bough Beech SC. Perennially well supported by the racing sailors, twenty or more teams are expected to descend on the west Kent reservoir for four races and a meal on Saturday night at the nearby Greyhound.

Traditionally the Finale has been a game of two halves; one day is sailed in gentle autumnal breezes while the other is sailed in a complete blast with capsizes more

Bough Beech NoR & Entry Form

A combined Notice of Race and Entry Form document for the final NCS event at Bough Beech SC on 9/10 November may be downloaded from here.

Wayfarer Western Area Championship at Arun Yacht Club

-Report by Nick Rusbridge

2017 Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

After re-arranging this event from August, Arun YC was pleased to welcome 11 visitors and 5 boats.

On Saturday, the competitors had a WSW F4 -5 with a choppy sea state. However, the Race Management Team was still able to get in the three scheduled races. There had been a rumour that a fourth race may be added on the day, but after three very challenging races, the fleet was more than happy to be returned to the safety of the more

Wayfarer Open at Hickling Broad Sailing Club

Wayfarers at Hickling Broad © HBSC

Wayfarers at Hickling Broad © HBSC

Hickling Broad Sailing Club held their Wayfarer Open on Saturday 12th October on what turned out to be initially a grey damp day with F2-3 winds instead of the forecast F3-4 with no rain. Five Wayfarers competed – four from HBSC and one traveller who had come all the way from Kent to North Norfolk.

The first race started in light rain and from the first beat Peter Dearnley (10799) and Tim Townsend (11012) developed a healthy lead over the other three boats and continued to stretch away over the course of the two lap race. Peter won the first race with Tim second and Tony Lewis (8599) more

Western Area Championship at Arun Yacht Club this weekend

Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

Originally scheduled to be sailed over the weekend of 10th/11th August but cancelled because of the storm which disrupted the beginning of Cowes Week, the Wayfarer Western Area Championship will be hosted this weekend (19th/20th October) by Arun Yacht Club. more

Wayfarer Western Championships 19th & 20th October

Arun Yacht Club are hosting the UK Wayfarer Western Championships on the 19th and 20th of October. Please come along and support the event – you will get a very warm welcome.

On Saturday evening there will be live music (Irish folk and popular tunes) so hopefully there will be lots of foot tapping if not some dancing and it should be a fun evening. Along with the entertainment the meal for the event will be chilli and rice, and vegetarian option, with garlic bread, salad, and ice cream to follow, all for £10.00.

Your support for the event would be appreciated and although we cannot promise summer temperatures we should be able to give you some excellent sea sailing.

If you have any queries please contact Paul Hughes or 07770850462 to discuss it. It will be great sailing.

Harris Bowl Open (Hickling Broad SC)

An event flyer and entry form for the Harris Bowl Open Meeting at Hickling Broad Sailing Club on 12/13 October have now been issued and are available to view or download via the links in the text (above). The SIs are available on the HBSC website, linked here.

Chichester Harbour to Bembridge

We’ve just added a link to the video posted on YouTube by Gerard Brown (channel ‘Wayfarer 10630‘) showing some highlights from this summer’s cruise. Why not take a look? (It’s on the Cruise Videos page, linked here).