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2019 Racing Calendar

An amended Racing Calendar for 2019 has been posted here. Changes include the new Wilsonian River Challenge at Wilsonian SC on 1/2 June and an open meeting for the Harris Bowl at Hickling Broad SC on 12th October.

The Wilsonian River Challenge is a new event and forms part of the Great British Sailing Challenge – essentially a year round extension of the SailJuice Winter Series, which has been running for the last decade. More details of the GBSC can be found here. We understand the Wilsonian River Challenge will take the place of the annual Medway Dinghy Regatta (which has been deleted from the Racing Calendar) and is likely to be well supported by Wayfarers because of the Wilsonian SC’s own Wayfarers and the fleet at nearby Medway YC.

The open meeting at Hickling Broad SC is a one day event which was run for the first time in 2018. If you are keen to compete in an open meeting and come from the Broads area or East Anglia or don’t feel you are ready yet for the National Circuit Series I would commend this event to you. In 2018 it was friendly, relaxed, and was sailed on a beautiful nature reserve – what’s not to like?

(The National Circuit and Travellers Series events are highlighted in yellow on the racing calendar).

-Tim Townsend


RYA Dinghy Show 2019 – UKWA members’ discount

Logged-in UKWA members will be able to see (below the RYA banner) a paragraph giving details of how to obtain a 10% discount off the price of tickets for the 2019 Dinghy Show (which coincides with our AGM):-


W198 Nipegegi – Round Britain 2019

Will Hodshon and Richard Mitchel are attempting to be the first ever team to circumnavigate mainland Britain non-stop and unassisted in an open sailing dinghy, and in the process they’re also hoping to beat the outright fastest open sailing dinghy round Britain record.

Their vessel of choice is of course a Wayfarer and they are working very hard on their beloved MK1 ‘Nipegegi’ W198 over the winter, with the hope of her emerging in the spring like a new boat and ready for further trials before Will and Rich’s provisional start date of the 7th June 2019.

If you’d like to find more about the project check out their website at nipegegiroundbritain.com – it’s full of content detailing all aspects of the attempt, including their 1/5 round Britain summer trial and a link to their new tracking site containing the finalised round Britain route, which incidentally is also the outline of their logo.

While wishing Will and Rich every success  with their circumnavigation, the UKWA wishes to emphasise the degree of difficulty envisaged in this trip and to remind non Wayfarer sailing people who may visit our website not to expect to be able to just buy a Wayfarer and do the same trip.


2018 Season Finale at Bough Beech SC

Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech decides Craftinsure National Circuit Series © Tim Townsend

The Wayfarer Finale sailed at Bough Beech SC over the weekend of 10/11 November 2018 proved to be a fitting end to the UKWA’s racing programme for the year. Eighteen teams congregated in the dinghy park on Saturday morning just in time for rain to ease. The forecast was for a SSW breeze on both days, perfect for the orientation of the lake; at 16-25 mph on Saturday and 18-30 mph on Sunday. In the event the wind was lighter than forecast on both days although there were some juicy gusts on Sunday which troubled a few boats.

The open meeting was billed as the winner-takes-all shootout to decide the Craftinsure National Circuit Series between Andrew and Tom Wilson who had led the series for many months and Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, the only crew with a chance of catching them. As usual, a strong fleet had assembled at Bough Beech and there were several boats looking to win the open meeting if not the overall series. Andrew and Tom did all they could. They led the fleet at the first mark in all four races. However, the gods conspired against them and eventually it was Michael and Simon who enjoyed a clean sweep of wins and with them victory in the open meeting and in the National Circuit Series. ...read more


Bough Beech Finale – interim summary

Saturday night at Bough Beech saw heavy rain and the promise of stronger winds for Sunday. There was a bit of drama during racing. McNamara/Townsend won race 3 from the Wilsons which sewed up the meeting. Dave Roberts contrived to crash into the BBSC new committee boat which was at anchor. Race 4 saw the strongest winds of the weekend which involved a rain squall during one of the beats (which did for Mark and Jane Lee who went for a swim and for Andrew Wilson who fell out of his boat closely followed by his broken tiller extension) and a meaty and extended gust during one of the runs (I sat absolutely still and prayed it would finish before I had to stand up and take down the spinnaker….it did).

Full report now live…

-Tim Townsend


Day 1 at the Bough Beech Finale

The weather at Bough Beech didn’t turn out quite as forecast. The direction was right allowing two races on a trapezoid course with a long beat and run but the wind strength was not as strong as forecast, probably peaking at 17-18mph and averaging 12-15mph. 18 boats came to the start line. The Wilsons crossed the finish line at the end of race 1 to the sound of silence handing the win to Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend. McNamara/Townsend won the second race too but were pushed all the way by a clutch of boats led by the Wilsons, Bill Whitney and John Shelton, and Guy Marks and Mel Titmus.

Top six at the end of the first day:
1st McNamara/Townsend, (2 points)
2nd Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen 8)
3rd Marks/Titmus (8)
4th Whitney/Shelton (9)
5th Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall (10)
6th Richard Stone/Catherine Gore (12)

The Wilsons are languishing in an unaccustomed 11th overall but two great results tomorrow could still see them in with a chance of victory.

-Tim Townsend


Wayfarer Open (The Finale) at Bough Beech SC (preview)

Craftinsure Wayfarer 2017 Finale at Bough Beech © Martyn Smith

With apologies to John Clare for ruining his perfectly good poem about Autumn! ...read more


Bough Beech SC Craftinsure NCS Season Finale

Please find linked here the NoR for the season-ending Craftinsure National Circuit Series event number 8 to be held at Bough Beech SC on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018.

(The document should begin downloading automatically if you click on the blue linked text).


Craftinsure National Circuit Round 7 at Swarkstone SC (report)

Wayfarers at Swarkestone © Tim Hand

A small but select fleet of Wayfarers sailors met at Swarkestone SC, just south of Derby, for their inaugural Wayfarer Open Meeting over the weekend of 6/7 October 2018. This was also event seven of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.

The wind was cold and from the North (not the best direction for the lake). It was also very wet, both the journey and rigging the boat. The good news is that the wind was not as venomous as forecast and the welcome was warm.

The course to be sailed was an upside down W with a shortish beat in the best wind on the lake from the start and included a long reach along the south shore where judicious use of the spinnaker would sometimes pay off.

Three races were sailed on Saturday afternoon, all won by the Wilsons. Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall lay second overnight with Mike and Carl Weighill in third. Second to fifth places were close overnight, so all was to play for with two races scheduled for Sunday.

The fleet enjoyed a very good meal, free beer and live music in the clubhouse on Saturday evening before dispersing to their various camper vans, motorhomes and hotels. ...read more


International Rally, September 2018 (report)

Wayfarer International Rally on the Norfolk Broads © Terry Cook

Wayfarer International Rally on the Norfolk Broads © Terry Cook

Report by Merrin Froggett:-

Wayfarer sailors from eight nations gathered in Norfolk last week for the Wayfarer International Rally 2018. Organiser and UK Wayfarer International Committee representative, Ralph Roberts, saw his target of 100 participants exceeded as 114 people took to the water in the fleet of 40 Wayfarers, one Norfolk half-decker and a cruiser making this the biggest ever Wayfarer International Rally.

It was a fitting climax to the season in which the centenary of designer Ian Proctor is being celebrated coinciding with the 60th anniversary of his design for the Wayfarer.

Sailors from USA, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland and France joined with those from Ireland and the UK to experience the wetland habitat of the Norfolk Broads. The fleet relished the challenges presented by sailing twisting, narrow and reed lined rivers, tidal flows, low bridges, river traffic and sudden wind gusts between trees and buildings. ...read more


Southern Area Championship at Medway Yacht Club

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

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

For a good championship, you need some help from nature and fortunately, the weather was fair on the river Medway over the weekend of the 8-9th September for the Wayfarer Southern Area Championships hosted by the Medway Yacht Club and forming part of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.

Few boats had registered by the preceding week but by the Saturday morning, 22 had entered the event with a strong competitive fleet with missing only the current European and National Champion, Michael McNamara who was already committed to a local Wayfarer Rally in Norfolk.

Saturday dawned with bright skies and a WSW wind of between 10-18mph. Jamie Blair, the Race Officer and his team set a course in Long Reach past the site of the old and now demolished Kingsnorth Power Station. ...read more


Southern Area Championships – Day Two

After Saturday night’s champagne reception, supper and Mad Medway Quiz (including a special round on Kent Trivia for our visitors from Derby) racing resumed with three more windward/leeward races on Sunday in a slightly increased wind of 15-22 knots. Inevitably this contributed to a capsize or two but racing continued to be very close indeed. Andrew and Tom Wilson continued their fine form by winning races 4 and 5. Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, who had a much better Sunday than Saturday, won race 6. Bill Whitney and John Shelton continued their consistent form. As for the rest of us…..

The prize giving took place on the terrace under a sunny sky. End of a wonderful weekend of racing.

Overall results (top 6):

1st Andrew and Tom Wilson
2nd Bill Whitney and John Shelton
3rd John Clementson and Paul Grace
4th Guy Marks and Mel Titmus
5th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
6th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore

-Tim Townsend


Southern Area Championships – Day One

23 entries at Medway Yacht Club for the Southern Area Championships.

Three good races, two of a windward/leeward type and the third being a triangle/sausage.

Andrew and Tom Wilson had a good day with two first places and a second, but are being chased hard by Bill Whitney and John Shelton with two second places and one first.

Top six places after day one:

1st Andrew and Tom Wilson
2nd Bill Whitney and John Shelton
3rd John Clementson and crew
4th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
5th Brian and Liz McKenzie
6th Tim and Jacqueline Townsend

-Tim Townsend


Eastern Area Championship, Waldringfield SC

Andrew & Tom Wilson during the Wayfarer Easterns at Waldringfield © Alexis Smith

The Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship took place at Waldringfield Sailing Club in Suffolk over the weekend of 28/29 July. A week before the event the organisers had been worried that there would be no wind. However, there was no need to worry about that because after six weeks of hot sun and medium to no wind the forecast was for force 5 with gusts up to force 7 for the Saturday and more on the Sunday! ...read more


Normandy Cruise July 2018

Cercle Nautique de Ver-sur-Mer

Eight Wayfarers took part recently in an amazing experience of cruising along the beaches of the D-Day landings that took place in Normandy in June 1944. It was one of those unusual weeks for UK Wayfarer sailors where a swimming costume and buoyancy aid was all that was really needed!

Huge thanks to Thierry Grenier who pulled out all the stops to make this a most memorable week. With Bastille Day on the first Saturday, followed by France winning the World Cup on Sunday, there was an air of excitement among the locals all week! ...read more


UKWA Scottish Nationals 1 – 2 September 2018

Scottish Nationals 1 – 2 September 2018

Loch Lomond SC

For further information please contact Bob Sparkes [[email protected]]


Wayfarer Europeans Day 4

Friday night at Assens was very windy. Forecasts for Saturday varied. Mine (XC Weather) suggested 24-29mph until about 1400 when it would reduce to 17-26 (still a lot). On the other hand the locals’ forecast was in metres/second which was bound to cause confusion. They also seemed to have a rule that they wouldn’t race if the average exceeded 12m/sec which would be about 24 knots. They seemed confident that conditions would be eminently sailable by 1330 allowing time for two more races. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 3

As expected the wind today was strong enough to blow dogs off chains. After a long postponement to allow the wind to decrease a little (although there seemed few signs of a decrease to me) a somewhat depleted fleet launched into a raunchy force 5-6 for two races. Mac later described the gusts as monsters (requiring the whole main to flog upwind to stay upright) while the wave pattern again caused problems; stopping the boats completely if you got it wrong. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 2

Battered! We’re all too old to sail Wayfarers in a healthy force 4 (top end) for four 50 minute races in a fierce chop (the locals call it a crabsea). The wave pattern caused several helms to lose balance during tacks and gybes. One Danish helm fell out of his boat in a tack causing a capsize. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 1

Leaders after Day 1:

1st Mac and Simon Townsend, (2 points)
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (6)
3rd Mogens Just and Anders Friis (6)
4th Stewart and Catriona Coltart (12)
5th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (12)

-Tim Townsend, UKWA Racing Secretary


Waldringfield Club Night Fri 27 July

On the weekend of the Eastern Area Championship a Friday evening of good food and music is on the menu for this Club night. All WSC members and their guests are welcome! Maybe a nice evening sail and come into the Club after?

Music will be provided by the ‘Rum Ol’ Bois’ shanty band, with food provided by Heidi – will be a chilli affair, and meal service from the galley will be available between 1900hrs & 2030hrs.

Bar will be 1900hrs ’til late. A great start to the weekend’s Wayfarer Open!

Helpful if you can book your meal in advance, but just turn up on the night and Heidi should be able to cater for you. Please book via the WSC website here!

Further information from Alan [[email protected]] or 07766515553


Llandegfedd Sailing Club 50th – July 21/22

“Llandegfedd Sailing Club is holding an open meeting for our 50th anniversary as a club and we are keen to get some 50 year old (or older boats) out. Everyone else welcome as well of course. For further details click on the associated poster”.

-Chris Smith – Llandegfedd SC


Around the Isle of Wight!

“We had a good sail around the IoW on 9th June. It was the longest recorded time afloat for the event. We all set off at 07.30 and virtually all arrived back at Calshot at 21.00. It was quite surprising how we took different routes and all eventually ended up back at Calshot in one group. It certainly made it more interesting sticking closer together. ...read more


Bourne End week 2018 – report

Photo © Tom Percival-Stein

“Results and winners are as follows:-
Splashaway Cup … Peter Brewer and Beth Brewer … Kimsar… 1540
Splashaway Plaque. Nick Smith James and Ian Thomas … Penelope..75
Notley Noggin…. Peter and Beth Brewer

The Wayfarer participants had a good time and enjoyed the atmosphere of what is our club’s major open weekend of the year, when other classes, Merlin rockets, OK s and a collection of boats sailing under mixed handicap rules, and all classes compete at a similar time spaced about ten minutes apart.

The Thames A Raters are a magnificent sight and we had 11 competing, with five from UTSC and the rest from Thames SC.

Our social side did particularly well with all the evening events being well attended.

Our open weekend, as BEW, was overall a great success with beautiful weather throughout except the Tuesday afternoon when it rained nonstop for 5 hours and put a damper on our Queen’s Cup event for the Thames A Raters.”

-Tony Ticehurst (UTSC)


60th Anniversary National Championship at Castle Cove SC

60th Anniversary Wayfarer Nationals at Castle Cove © Richard White

Nearly 40 boats turned up at Castle Cove Sailing Club on the 1-3 June 2018 to compete in the 60th Anniversary National Championship sponsored by Craftinsure and Hartley Boats. In the lead up to the event the weather forecast was suggesting that Friday would provide the strongest wind, Saturday would be light and variable and Sunday’s wind would be somewhere between the two. ...read more


2018 Nationals – Results & Photos

The full results from last weekend’s Nationals are now available via this link, while photos (from the first 2 days) taken by Richard White are available to view (and perhaps download) here.


The Nationals in a Nutshell:

Day 1 – a frustrating start…

Does anybody else remember the episode of Postman Pat (the famous stop-motion animation children’s programme from the 1980’s) called Postman Pat’s Foggy Day? He spent the whole programme driving his little red van around Greendale in a pea souper, getting lost and having many little adventures.

Simon Townsend with a John Cunliffe novel, perhaps?

The first day of the 2018 Wayfarer Nationals was just like that. We waited all morning for the fog to clear and a gentle south westerly to set in. Simon Townsend read his book. The fog cleared. The fleet was launched. We set off for the practice race. The fog returned. The windward mark was found. The gybe mark was found. The leeward mark and finish line disappeared in the fog. The PRO helpfully used a RIB as a hare to lead the fleet. The hare lost the fleet! Several boats overshot the leeward mark and beat back to the finish line. We all finished (except Mike Mac who was OCS). We sailed ashore. Simon Townsend went back to his book. ...read more