CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHAEL & SIMON!
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.
REMINDER – IRISH NATIONALS
2017 NATIONALS – DAY TWO REPORT
Race 3 was won by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (10648) followed by Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (10974) whose fortunes had changed from a distinctly average first day. Roger Challis and Mark Johnston (10992) were third.
Race 4 was also won by Michael and Simon, again followed by Richard and Catherine. Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) were third. This race saw the first appearance of the black flag which caught out Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (11067).
Race 5 was redemption time for Len and Pete who did a horizon job on the fleet. Colin May and Sarah Wallis (10768) had their best result of the series so far in finishing second. Roger and Mark finished third. Another notable feature of this race was that the class copyright holder inexplicably fell out of his boat. He recovered himself with minimal help from his crew.
Race 6 was Len and Pete’s again; another comfortable win for them this time from Michael and Simon. Richard and Catherine completed their day with third place. This was another race where the black flag was displayed, with Andrew and Tom Wilson and Barry Wolfenden and Alan Ritchie amongst its victims.
Top six after 6 races:
1st 10648 Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (8 points)
2nd 10688 Bill Whitney and John Shelton (21)
3rd 10992 Roger Challis and Mark Johnston (21)
4th 11067 Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (26)
5th 11093 Andrew and Tom Wilson (32)
6th 10768 Colin May and Sarah Wallis (32)
– Tim Townsend
2017 NATIONALS – DAY ONE REPORT
Winners of the practice race were Bill Whitney and John Shelton (10688).
The first points race was also won by Bill and John from Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) and Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (10648).
The second points race was won by Michael and Simon followed by Roger Challis and Mark Johnston (10992) and Barry Wolfenden and Alan Ritchie (10936).
Top six overall after day one:
1st 10648 Michael and Simon (4 pts)
2nd 10688 Bill and John (7)
3rd 10992 Roger and Mark (8)
4th 10673 David Roberts and Mike Bryant (9)
5th 11093 Andrew and Tom (10)
6th 10936 Barry and Alan (12)
– Tim Townsend
L’Escargot Wayfarer Open NCS #4 Aldeburgh YC 8-9 July 2017
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: email@example.com
We would love to welcome Wayfarer visitors from your clubs! Free camping is available for all competitors (and shore support). ...read more
Please enter in good time and sign up for the supper on the Saturday.
I wish you all calm seas and good winds.
NoR can be found here: L’Escargot 2017 Notice of Race Final
and Entry form can be found here: L’Escargot 2017 Entry Final
Additional information at http://www.aldeburghyc.org.uk/
Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships 22nd-23rd July 2017 (NCS 5)
ROUND THE ISLAND, 3rd JUNE
“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 INLANDS DAYS ONE & TWO
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… ...read more
Results at the end of Day 1:-
1st Len Jones and Jamie Lea
2nd Bill and Lisa Witney
3rd Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
Note; Len and Jamie had 2x 1st and 2x 2nd….and 2x capsizes, 2x bent windex, 1x broken spinnaker pole.
Day Two in summary:-
As forecast, Sunday saw a complete change of conditions from Saturday, with a light and patchy southerly(ish) breeze. The race officer saw the fleet off first time and there were many place changes as the whole fleet gained or lost as a result of wind pressure or wind shifts. What breeze there was failed towards the end of the race with the biggest delta of the weekend between first and last. Sensibly, the race officer binned the last scheduled race.
The top three overall were:-
1st Len Jones and Jamie Lea, Medway Yacht Club
2nd Bill and Lisa Witney, Shoreham Sailing Club
3rd Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall, Wilsonian Sailing Club
– Tim Townsend
QUEEN VICTORIA RALLY, 20th MAY
“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
Brian Emmerson W10446, Greystones SC
“Brian was a long time Wayfarer sailor, his last boat was W10446 ‘Amelia‘. A really lovely man, a real gentle man, we will miss his kind voice and warm smile very much, may he rest in peace.” – Monica Schaefer.
WESTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (report)
William Cowper dominates at West Oxfordshire
(Also published on yachtsandyachting.com)
An encouraging fleet of 21 Wayfarers from 10 clubs met up at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club on 22nd and 23rd April for the UKWA Western Area Championships 2017 and the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. There were new faces on the circuit as well as old faces with new boats. ...read more
On Saturday the wind was from the North and a fitful 5-10 knots. The race officer used the whole of the lake for three races over a figure of 8 course. With the wind oscillating wildly 25 degrees either side of the mean, rarely were positions held comfortably for a whole race if either a shift or a stream of breeze was missed. For example, Tim Townsend and Catherine Gore found the conditions incomprehensible in the first race of the day, when they plummeted inexorably from a comfortable second place halfway through the race to finish thirteenth at the end. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend were the only truly consistent team on the day registering 1, 2, 1 to lead overnight from Len Jones and Peter Mitchell who shared second place with Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger.
WOSC treated the competitors royally on Saturday night with a fish and chip supper and music from a very good live band which enticed many people onto the dance floor (including an unnamed sailor from Wilsonian SC who really should know better) for an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
“Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavours” said the renowned 17th century poet, William Cowper, and certainly the champions of sailing need to be able to master a variety of conditions, including, as it turned out, the wind conditions on Sunday, which were intermittent gusts of 0-4 knots. “Enough to sail” said the locals to quizzical looks from the hardened travellers. The wind direction vacillated (“oscillated” would be too certain a term in the prevailing conditions) from East to West via the North with a consequence that three boats could, within lengths of each other on the same leg of the course and at the same time, be sailing upwind on port or starboard tacks or free on a broad reach and all pointing in the same direction.
These were trying conditions indeed, but somehow the race officer managed to achieve two more races, on a course shared with the Wanderers but only on half the lake. Clear air was a problem for all (any air was a problem for some), and again there were snakes and ladders, no more so than for Brian Lamb (fresh from his exploits on the dance floor) and Sam Pygall who at one point led the first race on Sunday by a country mile and contrived a spectacular fall from grace to finish thirteenth (“God works in mysterious ways” wrote William Cowper).
In spite of the conditions, the frustrations and the inevitable raft ups at marks of the course, the cream still rose to the top. Andrew and Sue won both races on the day, but that was not enough to topple Michael and Simon from first overall. Len and Peter continued their consistent performance to round off the top three. Also very consistent over the weekend was local sailor Richard Burton who borrowed a club boat with Hugo Burrows and exploited the conditions perfectly to win the second race on Saturday and finish fourth overall.
Thanks go to all the members of WOSC who volunteered on and off the water for making it an enjoyable weekend.
– Tim Townsend –
(If the table below appears truncated, view it on this page instead)
|1st||10648||Rollesby Broad SC||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||1||2||1||(4.0)||2||10||6|
|2nd||11093||Datchet Water SC||Andrew Wilson||Sue Risbridger||(5.0)||4||2||1||1||13||8|
|3rd||11067||Medway YC||Len Jones||Peter Mitchell||2||(6.0)||3||2||6||19||13|
|4th||6590||West Oxfordshire SC||Richard Burton||Hugo Burrows||(9.0)||1||6||3||5||24||15|
|5th||10673||Bough Beech SC||David Roberts||Mike Bryant||4||5||5||5||(22.0 DNF)||41||19|
|6th||11012||Medway YC||Tim Townsend||Catherine Gore||(13.0)||7||4||8||3||35||22|
|7th||11189||Swarkestone SC||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||6||3||9||(11.0)||9||38||27|
|8th||11170||Wilsonian SC||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||3||9||7||(13.0)||10||42||29|
|9th||10570||Great Moor SC||Ian Richards||Adam Light||7||(8.0)||8||6||8||37||29|
|10th||11183||Swarkestone SC||Mike Weighill||8||(12.0)||11||7||7||45||33|
|11th||10777||Haversham SC||Russell Perry||10||10||10||(15.0)||4||49||34|
|12th||6919||West Oxfordshire SC||Sue Burton||Pauline Dobbs||12||(16.0)||14||9||16||67||51|
|13th||WOSC3||West Oxfordshire SC||Andrew Turberfield||Marion Turberfield||11||15||(16.0)||12||14||68||52|
|14th||10586||West Oxfordshire SC||Rob Hoare||Barry Buzzard||(16.0)||13||12||14||13||68||52|
|15th||11129||Arun YC||P Hughes||15||(19.0)||13||17||11||75||56|
|16th||8080||West Oxfordshire SC||George Edmundson||Lucia Winrow||14||11||15||(19.0)||17||76||57|
|17th||10849||West Oxfordshire SC||Alex Nairac||Anoushka Nairac||(20.0)||14||18||16||12||80||60|
|18th||WOSC1||West Oxfordshire SC||John Whiteside||Andrew Day||19||(20.0)||17||10||15||81||61|
|19th||10755||West Oxfordshire SC||Leslie Burton||Graham Parry||17||18||20||18||(22.0 DNC)||95||73|
|20th||10880||Abbey Sailing Club||Adrian Strong||18||17||19||20||(22.0 DNF)||96||74|
|21st||6788||West Oxfordshire SC||R Helyar||21||21||(22.0 DNC)||22.0 DNC||22.0 DNC||108||86|
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