Wayfarer Easterns – Provisional Final Results

The provisional results from the 2017 Wayfarer Easterns are on the Medway Yacht Club website, linked here.

Wayfarer Easterns – Day Two

Day two at the Easterns brought slightly lighter winds, although by race 6 the winds had piped up to about 20 knots – enough to cause some to capsize.

Racing all day was very close, sometimes too close. (I always thought sailing was supposed to be a non-contact sport). more

Wayfarer Easterns – Day One

23 entries at Medway YC enjoyed three windward-leeward races in a force four south-westerly – enough to prompt a bit of swimming (not, somewhat surprisingly, Len Jones and Jamie).

The most consistent performers on the day were Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) with two first places and a second. They lead overnight from Guy Marks and Mel Titmus (11050) and Bill and Lisa Whitney (10688) and Len Jones and Jamie Lea (11067).

Lighter winds forecast for tomorrow.

Before then there’s free beer, a drinks reception and dinner…

Tim Townsend

Wayfarer Easterns – Preview

Tim Townsend’s preview of the Easterns is now available on – well worth a read.


Our friends at Yachts & Yachting have just published a report from the recent L’Escargot Trophy held at Aldeburgh YC, written by Olivia & Ben Davies. Why not take a look – here.


Photo c/o Sue Blessett

There was no more sailing on day three of the Nationals, so the day two results represent the final standings – Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend are therefore the 2017 UK National Champions!

Full report and more photos on Y&Y website linked here.


Another day, another weather system. Saturday brought very hot sunshine, blue skies and a one hour postponement to allow a 7-9 knot sea breeze to kick in. Because the wind forecast for Sunday was for less wind again the schedule was changed so that four races were sailed. more


Day one at Arun brought sunshine and 10-15mph winds from the west as forecast (apart from a wibbly-wobbly bit of wind halfway through the second points race which turned some of the positions upside-down). more

L’Escargot Wayfarer Open NCS #4 Aldeburgh YC 8-9 July 2017

NOR and Entry Form available – see below.

Notice of Race and Entry forms are also available (or will be very soon) on the AYC website (under Sailing – Racing Event Docs) or from the AYC office.

On the all-important social side, we will have a Wayfarer dinner on the Saturday night at the Club. Please book your places directly with Rebecca and copy me in. Rebecca’s email here:

We would love to welcome Wayfarer visitors from your clubs! Free camping is available for all competitors (and shore support). more


Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships 22nd-23rd July 2017 (NCS 5)

Medway Yacht Club

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships, 22nd-23rd July 2017

Travellers Series Event sponsored by Craftinsure

For further info and NoR, go to or contact Stewart Coltart by email: or by phone 07990 516785


The crew of W9646 ‘Whale Shark’, soon after passing the iconic Needles, June 2017.

“The Round the Island event went very well. 10 Wayfarers registered and everyone finished in under 12 hours. Only 8 went Calshot to Calshot (Chris Tyler will have the full story).

“The last leg was a challenging one with winds getting up to 26 knots against the tide. During that time we on Whale Shark went to the assistance of a yacht that had gone aground on Ryde Sands. (The lifeboat turned up afterwards and towed them off.)

“A memorable UKWA event and George Mitchell and I made approaching £500 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in the process.”  – Andy Darby


Wayfarer Inland & Junior Championships, NCS#2, 27-28 May 2017

N.B. – Tim’s full write-up is now on Yachts & Yachting’s website, linked here.

Day One in summary:-

Four races were sailed today because the forecast for Sunday is for very light winds.

Conditions for Saturday can best be described as attritional. Very gusty. Many capsizes. Lots of weed, which was frustrating for some… more


‘Lizzie B’ and crew, plus John Norman, Queen Victoria Rally, May 2017 (photo c/o Nick Giles)

“The weekend ran very well. We had 14 boats register. 12 launched and we all had a cracking sail down to Osborne bay, where we anchored.

“The wind was Force 5. After an hour at anchor, we sailed back on a fast reach to Calshot. It was a good day, some very fast and exciting sailing.

“Lots of children and families involved, it was a good trip. I have asked one of the participants to do a write-up.” – John Norman