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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 last weekend’s cruise. Why not take a look? (It’s on the Cruise Videos page, linked here).

Revised details for Western Area Champs

The Western Area Championship which was postponed earlier this month has been re-arranged and will now be held on 19/20 October at Arun YC.

An amended Notice of Race and SI’s have been issued, the NoR here and the SI’s here.

The revised entry form is available here.

Wayfarer International Championships are awarded a Silver Level Clean Regattas Certification

We are delighted that Monica Schaefer and all those at Greystones SC who organised the Internationals this July have been recognised and awarded the Silver Level Clean Regatta Certification by Clean Regattas, Sailors for the Sea on 26 July 2019.

Many thanks to Craftinsure who donated reusable water bottles to all competitors, the re-usable coffee cups also given to each competitor and the Club’s efforts for minimum waste; it is wonderful that this has been rewarded.

Classic Boat Revival – 7th & 8th Sept 2019

Just 21 days to go now


Remember to get your entry in soon, as the entry fee goes up at midnight on Sunday 1st Sept.

Please go to our dedicated website here for the NoR, entry form links etc.

Remember, if you are a traveller we have some generous members offering free accommodation to help make the weekend work for you. Email us via [email protected] more

Wayfarer Family Gathering – Ullswater 2019

The Gathering welcomed many new faces this year, ranging widely in age and experience. Several brought boats to upgrade and Matt Sharman and Ralph Roberts from Aeroluff Spars were kept busy helping new attendees refine their boats and improve their skills and understanding. more

Classic Boat Revival – 7th & 8th Sept 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Classic Boat Revival!

I hope you have been enjoying the summer so far and have had some good sailing. We are really looking forward to this year’s Classic Boat Revival which will be held over the weekend of 7th & 8th September in Bosham and whilst we don’t expect 2019 to be quite as big as last year’s Ian Proctor Centenary, when we hosted over 90 boats, across 34 classes from 22 clubs, we do hope many of you will be able to attend again this year.

The format remains much the same with a series of five races over the weekend, although we may well use more extended harbour marks than the Olympic courses used last year, to spread the fleets out and to utilise more of the harbour. more

Westerns Postponed

The Western Area Championship scheduled for last weekend had to be cancelled due to the very high winds forecast. There is a possibility of the event now being held in the autumn, but this has yet to be decided. More news here as we receive it. (NB – now set for 19/20 October)

Western Area Championship at Arun YC – Preview

2017 Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

After the excitement of the recent International and UK National Championships at Greystones SC, the Wayfarers return to the south coast of England over the weekend of 10th/11th August.

Arun Yacht club will host the Wayfarer Western Area Championships and event #6 of the Craftinsure sponsored UKWA National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 (NCS). The Wayfarer fleet is no stranger to Arun YC which hosted a successful class National Championship in 2017 and the competitors will look forward to contending with all that open sea sailing can throw at them; clean winds, big waves and strong tides. At the recent week long Championships at Greystones, Co. Wicklow, the Wayfarer proved once again what a great all round racing boat it is with most of the series sailed in winds of around 20 knots or more. more

Wayfarer International and UKWA National Championship 2019 at Greystones Sailing Club

Wayfarer International Championship 2019 © Alan Jones

The Wayfarer International Championship takes place every three years and in 2019 was hosted by Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, a few miles south of Dublin. The event was sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers, Irish Ferries and The Beach House, Greystones; and included the UKWA National Championship and the Irish Championship.

The 2016 iteration of the International Championship was held at Heeg in the Netherlands. In that event former Danish Olympic Star representative Mogens Just, crewed by Anders Friis, had prevailed over multiple Wayfarer International and UK National Champions, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend by just a single point after the two teams had dominated a predominantly light air series. Two years later at the European Championships in Assens, Denmark, McNamara and Townsend retained the European title they had won in 2014 at Weymouth. Once again the competition with Just and Friis had taken the two pairs away from the rest of the fleet and the result might have been closer had Mogens Just been fully fit. more

2019 Internationals Greystones YC

David Lawlor sailed with his children, Patrick and Rachel in the Internationals last week. They completed every race without capsizing – not many boats can say that after this event.  The Lawlors bought their cruising Wayfarer from Monica Schaefer just 2 years ago having been on a Neilson holiday in Vounaki and discovered Wayfarer sailing, in the summer of 2016.  Patrick and Rachel sail Toppers at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and this was a tremendous achievement for them.

David asked the kids if they preferred the Topper or the Wayfarer after the event and they both answered Wayfarer immediately. The family (including Mum)  were particularly impressed with the friendliness of the class and have already decided to go to the next Internationals in Florida in 2022.

Western Area Championships – NoR & SIs

The NoR and SIs for the forthcoming Western Area Championships to be held at Arun YC on 10/11 August are now available to view/download.

The NoR is linked here and the SIs here (each link opens in new tab).

Wayfarer Internationals Days 3 & 4

Wednesday 24th July was designated catch-up Wednesday with up to 4 races planned in a forecast 13-18 knots.

Race 3 (which had been abandoned the previous day when the wind failed) was re-sailed under a black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed however making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. The race was won by McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton. more

Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update

Report from Greystones, Day Two

Tuesday morning dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing so a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do.

Racing eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and (Race 2) a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a slowly softening breeze. The winner of this by a comfortable margin was Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend. more

Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update

Report from Greystones, Day One:-

After two days of measuring and registration racing got underway on Monday with a practice race and Race 1. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topped out at 24 knots with a confused chop over a swell.

Winners of the practice race and the Idlers Bucket were Andrew and Tom Wilson followed by two Danish boats.

Winners of Race 1 were Mogens Just and Anders Friis followed by Mike Mac and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom. more

Wayfarer International Championships at Greystones Sailing Club – Preview

by Tim Townsend

Action from the 2010 Wayfarer Internationals at Weymouth © Richard Langdon / Ocean Images

Who knows? I might conceivably bump into Saoirse Ronan (highly unlikely) or Reggie Corrigan (unlikely) while I’m in Greystones later this month I might visit a few cafes (likely) or bars (highly likely). (Un)fortunately I’m going to miss out on Westlife at the Whale Theatre (screened live from Croke Park) but I might catch Amelie the following day. I am going to go sailing (most definitely) and catch up with some old friends and hopefully make some new ones. more