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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. ...read 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. ...read 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.


Aldeburgh YC L’Escargot trophy 2019

AYC Wayfarers are pleased to invite other Wayfarers to their Spring meeting at the end of May and their main open National events: The L’Escargot trophy in Mid June and the AYC Regatta in August.  All are welcome to join in, NoR for the L’Escargot are here: AYC Wayfarer L’Escargot NOR 2019 29-04-19 and entry form: L’Escargot 2019 Entry 29-04-19

AYC’s racing calendar 2019: AYC Wayfarer Racing 2019


NoR & Entry Form for Easterns at Medway YC

The Notice of Race for the Eastern Area Championship (also NCS3) to be held at Medway Yacht Club May 18th/19th 2019 is now available to read/download here.

The Entry Form for the event is available here.

The catering form and SIs have now been made available.


Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit Event 2 at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club

– Report by Sam Pygall & Tim Townsend

West Oxfordshire SC Wayfarer Open © WOSC

The Craftinsure UK Wayfarer National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers continued over the weekend of the 27/28th April as West Oxfordshire Sailing Club (WOSC) hosted the second event of the series, in a shared event with the Wanderer Inlands.

Seven local boats were joined by four visitors from as a far afield as Swarkestone, Medway/Wilsonian and Datchet. A meeting at WOSC has become a familiar fixture for the Wayfarers in recent years, presenting a stern test of boat handling in restricted inland waters before you add the challenge that the weather may bring! ...read more


Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC

photo of winning duo

Wayfarer Inlands – Winners, Simon Townsend (l) and Michael McNamara © Anthony Cooper

Hosted by Datchet Water Sailing Club, the Wayfarer Inlands and first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers Series got under way over the weekend of the 6/7th April with thirteen Wayfarers in attendance, with four home boats joining nine visitors including last year’s NCS champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend and runners-up Andrew and Tom Wilson. Several other seasoned Wayfarer circuit regulars were in attendance, although there were a few absences because of illness and injury.

On the first day, races 1 and 2 were held in a steady F3-4, with a decreasing breeze in race 3. Many competitors had not had a tremendous amount of sailing since the Circuit Finale at Bough Beech last year and used the event as a shake-down before the season’s main events including the Internationals in Ireland in July. To test the boat-handling of the teams, the race officer and his team adopted an interesting and previously little used (on the Wayfarer circuit at least) “reversed P course” that combines triangle and sausage in a single lap, enabled by having a huge beat the length of the reservoir.

Playing the shifts and having the courage of your convictions in choosing a side and sticking to it invariably paid on the first day where position round the windward mark on the first round went a long way to deciding your overall finish position as the racing was largely processional at times. ...read more


Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club – Preview

Wayfarer Southern Areas at Medway YC – photo © Richard Janulewicz / www.sharkbait.org.uk

The Craftinsure UK Wayfarer National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers Series 2019 begins on 6/7 April with the Inland Championships which will be held at Datchet SC. In 2018, the NCS was hotly contested being decided at the last event in favour of serial champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend. Although rather spoiled by a lack of wind on the Sunday the Inland Championships twelve months ago was equally close, the nod going to McNamara/Townsend from Andrew and Tom Wilson.

With a forecast North-easterly of 12-23 mph forecast for the weekend who are the likely top dogs? ...read more


UK Wayfarer Racing Calendar Set for 2019 – a Season Preview

Bough Beech SC Icicle Open Series © Debbie Maynard

While many Wayfarer sailors have raced through the winter competing at their clubs or at open series such as the Blithfield Barrel and the Bough Beech SC Icicle, the 2019 open meeting season will start in earnest with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club on 6th and 7th April. This is also the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. ...read more


International Rally, Kragenaes, Denmark

Ralph Roberts, our WIC representative, wishes to draw to your attention that there are still a few places remaining – please go to https://www.wayfarer.dk/sailing for further details of this unique opportunity to sail an area of coastline the like of which would never be experienced in the UK. There are also more details on a flier (pdf), linked here.


Wayfarer class at the RYA Dinghy Show

Photo of Wayfarer on Bassenthwaite Lake

The ONE Bassenthwaite Lake Sailing Week © Peter Mackin

The Ian Proctor-designed Wayfarer is one of the most versatile of sailing dinghies, used by thousands as a trainer, cruiser or racer. In 2019, over 60 years after the boat was designed it is still used by sailing schools and sailing holiday companies around the world; it is cruised on rivers, on lakes and on the sea with several famous passages to its name; and it is raced, in one design fleets and on handicap, by club sailors through to Olympians who all want high quality, competitive and enjoyable racing on the water, with friendship and camaraderie afterwards. ...read more


Wayfarer Family Gathering Ullswater 4th – 9th August 2019

A truly fabulous family week, with sailing. For further details see the event flier linked here.


‘Melinda Messenger Sail’, Brancaster – report:-

W3408 giving a tow

Brancaster, N. Norfolk, February 2019

February 2019 will surely go down in the record books as providing some of the warmest winter days ever. The traditional Norfolk winter sail really didn’t live up to its name this year as 27 crew and 13 boats enjoyed fabulous spring-like weather sailing from Brancaster Staithe in North Norfolk.

Saturday began misty with a very light breeze that filled in as the morning progressed, whilst Sunday saw the fleet largely motoring in brilliant warm sunshine. Tides just off springs allowed the boats to explore the creeks through to Burnham Overy harbour, with a snack stop on the end of Scolt Head Island.

The usual great welcome and the facilities at Deepdale Farm’s bunkhouse made the gathering possible with this years record numbers.

-Matt Sharman


Revised NoR for NC & T Series Races

A minor amendment has been issued to the Notice of Race document for the National Circuit and Travellers’ Series 2019, which now includes paragraphs 14 and 15 (rights, copyright, data protection). The updated document can be found here.


Greta Plowman, 99¾ not out!

Greta Plowman, in ‘Sea Urchin’ (W1981)

“My wonderful grandmother Greta Plowman will turn 100 this May!

Back in the 1970’s she and my grandfather Piers built and then sailed their wooden Wayfarer ‘Sea Urchin’ (W1981) along the canals of England, the coast of Britain and as their confidence grew, the Friesian and Baltic coasts.

I grew up hearing stories about being quarantined in Gdynia harbour during the Solidarity strike; of Sea Urchin being stoved-in by a large cruiser in a tiny Dutch harbour; hitching a ride back to England on a Polish freighter; and of nearly sinking in Jack Sound, off Skomer, when wind against tide created ferocious overfalls! They were contemporaries and friends of the Dyes but mostly favoured a gentler style of cruising!  ...read more


Classified Ad Shenanigans

More foolishness recently from would-be scammers in response to our classified ads, regrettably. Advertisers, please ignore any approaches from someone using the email address [email protected] – any contact would probably be counter-productive.

– Web Team