W Easterns at Medway YC – day one
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.
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
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
Alongside these, Bill Whitney and John Shelton from Shoreham SC, consistently near the front, will be making their first appearance of the season and John Goudie and Sam Boniface from Wilsonian SC will be hoping to repeat the good form which brought them 4th place overall at this year’s Inland Championships. Representation is also expected from Bough Beech SC through former National Champion, Guy Marks, who finished strongly at Medway YC’s Wayfarer open Meeting in 2018 and Dave Roberts who has been successfully racing Wayfarers for many years.
All the visitors will be joined by members of the strong local fleet including Richard Stone and Catherine Gore who love the lighter airs; all rounders Brian and Liz McKenzie who were the second placed British team at the 2018 European Championships in Denmark; and Stewart and Catriona Coltart, another team which can do very well in the lighter winds. Uber-competitive Mr Craftinsure, Mark Lee, with wife Jane, will be putting aside his golf clubs and making his first appearance of the season in his Wayfarer. All of these would expect to be at or near the front of the fleet if the stars align for them.
The racing will be close and competitive as always. The forecast for the weekend has fluctuated over the last few days but presently it is looking that winds will be from the south or southwest and somewhat light. Some competitors will be furrowing their brows and praying for more wind. Others will be clapping their hands with glee. There’s still time for it all to change.
In addition to the racing (six races over two days on the tricky tidal waters of the river), Medway YC will also put on its usual off the water activities; fish & chip supper on Friday evening for the early arrivals, free beer (courtesy of Shepherd Neame) in the marquee after racing, a champagne reception sponsored by Len Jones and Chesley Storage, a three course meal on Saturday evening with the Commodore’s legendary Kent-centric Quiz….a must do for the visitors from Derbyshire! (only joking, we’ve been promised no questions about Kent this year).
If you are reading this article, race a Wayfarer and haven’t entered the Easterns yet please come and join us. More details, including the race documents, can be found at www.medwayyachtclub.com/2019/04/wayfarer-eastern-championships-18th-19th-may-2019. Do not forget, this event is just one of eight that make up the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. Competing at just two of the events guarantees entry to the prize draw which will be held at the season Finale at Bough Beech SC in November with fantastic prizes from Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax.
2018 Ullswater Gathering Video
Aldeburgh YC L’Escargot trophy 2019
AYC’s racing calendar 2019: AYC Wayfarer Racing 2019
NoR & Entry Form for Easterns at Medway YC
Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit Event 2 at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club
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
Speaking of the weather, as with many events scheduled over the same weekend, Storm Hannah threatened to have a significant impact leading up to the regatta. A few boats chose not to travel but as it turned out, after a short delay to proceedings on Saturday, racing was possible with a 2pm start. With a F3-6 blowing across the pond, the first race started in absolute carnage as upside down Wanderers and Wayfarers scattered the course. Mike Weighill and Carl Martin and the usual inland heavy air specialists Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall cut through the debris and battled it out at the front. Weighill/Martin capsized to allow Lamb/Pygall through momentarily but a miraculous recovery meant they were still keeping pace and eventually took the lead after some exciting and panicky gybes. Lamb/Pygall then spectacularly overestimated their boat handling in the testing conditions in attempting to fly the spinnaker but were wiped out allowing Weighill/Martin to sail serenely off into the distance for a well-deserved victory, followed by local sailors Alex Nairac and Mark Jennings. Lamb/Pygall recovered after a few attempts at righting the boat and were next to finish in 3rd (and last).
The second race of the day was sailed in similar violently gusty conditions and again it was Weighill/Martin and Lamb/Pygall fighting both each other and the conditions at the front of a diminished fleet, this time with the dynamic O’Donnells chasing hard in 3rd. Weighill/Martin held the lead for 45 gruelling minutes until Lamb/Pygall slipped through on the final beat and kept upright through two scary gybes prior to a screaming reach to the finish. The O’Donnells held onto a gusty (and gutsy) 3rd. After two gruelling races, Weighill/Martin deservedly ended the first day on top of the pile.
The evening’s fish and chip supper and live band proved a great success with those who still had energy to burn and copious amounts of Hobgoblin Gold were drunk.
The second day started with a shifted and lighter wind (F2-3), an amended schedule of three further races and a significant enhancement in the competition in the form of the entry of Wayfarer National circuit runner-up from 2018, Andrew Wilson, crewed by Sue Risbridger. In the first race of the day, Wilson/Risbridger made up for missing Saturday’s excitement by shooting off the line, rounding the first mark first and never looking back as they extended a significant lead lap by lap. In 2nd place, Lamb/Pygall were just ahead of the O’Donnells until a second spinnaker error of the weekend allowed the O’Donnells to squeeze through. Lamb/Pygall fought back to take 2nd before the end, just ahead of the O’Donnells, with overnight leaders Weighill/Martin back in 4th.
The fourth race of the weekend was a significantly tighter affair with Lamb/Pygall and Wilson/Risbridger switching places throughout the race after the start, clear ahead of the chasing pack. In the end, Wilson showed his skill to snatch the lead on the last lap, avoiding the melee of Wanderers and take a second win of the day, with Lamb/Pygall taking 2nd and in the process cementing a strong position for the event overall. Local boat 11174 helmed by Andrew Day crewed by John Whiteside took finished 3rd.
After a short break and a change to the course that gave the longest beat and run of the weekend, the final race started. Wilson/Risbridger again took the pin and showing excellent boat-speed arrived at the first mark clear ahead, with Lamb/Pygall giving chase. The two teams pulled away into the distance with the longer course giving an opportunity for upwind and downwind speed to pay. The O’Donnells proved to be best of the rest in the final race, holding off fellow Swarkestone boat Weighill/Martin with some aggressive downwind manoeuvres. In the end, Wilson took an extremely comfortable victory for a clean sweep on Sunday but Lamb/Pygall ended up comfortable winners overall with Saturday’s results proving the clincher alongside some consistent sailing on the second day. Weighill/Martin’s dazzling results on Saturday with solid results on Sunday meant they took a clear second overall, with the Wilson/Risbridger team just doing enough to take a podium position ahead of the dynamic O’Donnell’s in fourth. The best placed local boat was sailed by Alex Nairac and Mark Jennings.
A slide show from Saturday’s epic conditions can be seen below:
…while a video from Sunday’s more benign racing can be seen here:
The next Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit Series event will be the Eastern Area Championship to be held at Medway Yacht Club over the weekend of 18/19 May which always provides a great event both on and off the water with a competitive home fleet on some challenging estuary water. After two events Lamb/Pygall hold a slim lead in the overall standings from Wilson/Wilson/Risbridger while the Swarkestone boats are fighting for third, the nod just going to the O’Donnells at this stage.
The Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 comprises eight events including the national Championships at a variety of open and restricted water venues on salt and fresh water culminating in the Finale at Bough Beech SC in November. As well as the major trophies the prize giving at Bough Beech will also see the prize draw with terrific prizes from generous sponsors including Craftinsure, McNamara Sails, Hartley Boats, Pinnell & Bax and Allen Brothers.
(The version of this post on the ‘Racing Results’ page includes a table of the full results).
Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC
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
As predicted, a titanic tussle began to develop at the front of the fleet between the front-runners from last season (McNamara/Townsend and Wilson/Wilson). The Wilsons just edged day one with two bullets to McNamara’s one, winning races 2 and 3 and only narrowly being pipped in race 1 by the downwind cunning and guile of McNamara and Townsend. At the end of day 1, Lamb/Pygall were the “best of the rest” with a consistent score line of three 3s just ahead of a very congested midfield pack that John Goudie/Sam Boniface led ahead of the Dynamic O’Donnells.
The second day dawned with little change in wind direction but a decrease in strength which inevitably would provide even greater emphasis on a good first beat and position round the windward mark. The Race team moved away from the P course and adopted standard windward leeward courses for the duration of the day. An early start of 1015 to ensure an early finish was immediately put off track as the star-studded Flying Fifteen fleet that were sharing the open repeatedly transgressed under first Blue Peter and then U flag until the race officer gave up and allowed the Wayfarers to start first. Despite the delay, the Wilsons sailed an immaculate race 4 to lead from start to finish with McNamara/Townsend well behind, taking control of the open meeting with three bullets in the first four races. Lamb/Pygall continued their string of 3rds to lead the chasing pack and the consistent John Goudie came 4th.
With the formidable boat speed being demonstrated by the Wilsons, McNamara/Townsend had it all to do to retain the Inlands. Race 5 proved critical. A familiar battle up the beats and down the runs between McNamara/Townsend and the Wilsons culminated in an epic battle royale down the final run where a gybing battle ended with McNamara squeezing Wilson practically into Heathrow Terminal 3 before gybing back and then rounding the final mark half a boat length ahead. This was a masterclass of downwind tactical sailing. Behind these two, Lamb/Pygall were awestruck spectators and took their familiar position of 3rd with Goudie/Boniface 4th once again.
The final race saw McNamara/Townsend needing to win to take the Inlands and after a somewhat chaotic light wind start, the duo cut through the pack with unrivalled boat speed and emerged clear ahead of Lamb/Pygall with the Wilsons buried on the right-hand side of the beat. Rounding the windward mark a couple of boat lengths ahead, McNamara/Townsend sailed off into the distance largely unchallenged. The Wilsons cut through the field and challenged Lamb/Pygall but up the final windward leg McNamara loose covered Lamb/Pygall who in turn were covering the Wilsons. In the end, McNamara cruised through to take the bullet and seal the Inlands by virtue of winning the last race having tied with the Wilsons on points. A remarkable achievement. Other worthy mentions over the course of the weekend outside of the podium include John Goudie who put together his most consistent regatta for a number of years to come 4th overall and Wanderer National Champion and Inland Champion Adam Wickenden in 5th.
A great event hosted by Datchet as usual with very efficient race management in testing conditions, particularly on the Sunday. The Wayfarer circuit now moves onto West Oxfordshire at the end of the month for a different variety of pond sailing before some estuary sailing on the Medway in May, and a trip to Shoreham in June.
(Report by Sam Pygall. A version including the table of results is on the Racing Results page)
Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club – Preview
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
- At or near the front of the pack will surely be Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend from Rollesby Broad SC. Unbeaten in a Wayfarer in 2018, they are the current UK National, European and Inland champions, and will be using the NCS events as practice for the International Championships in Ireland later in the year. They look likely contenders for Best in Show.
- Close on their tails will be the whippet that is Andrew Wilson (with son Tom) from the host club, Datchet SC. Runners up at the Inland Championships in 2018, Andrew and Tom went on to win the Southern, Eastern and Western Area Championships.
- Back in the boat after fully recovering from hip surgery in 2018 (think Andy Murray but a little bit older) will be Len Jones and Pete Mitchell from Medway YC. Len and Pete were runners up in the UK National Championships and the Danish National Championships last year and will be a force to be reckoned with. They are the perfect combination of an old dog with new tricks.
- Bill Whitney and John Shelton from Shoreham SC should not be discounted. Always on or close to the podium in 2018 they finished third in the NCS and doubtless will parade well in the Arena again this year.
- Crossbreeds worth an each way bet include Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall from Wilsonian SC (third overall in the NCS), Guy Marks and Mel Titmuss from Bough Beech SC from Bough Beech SC (former National Champion and on the podium at a couple of events in 2018), John Clementson and crew (recent winner of the Bough Beech SC Icicle, multiple Graduate and Mirror Champion) and Steve Blake sailing the Hartley Boats works boat.
- Scruffts with an outside chance might include Tony Cooper, Derek Lambert or Scott Hamilton from the host club, the O’Donnells or Mike Weighill (most improved helm in 2018) with Carl Martin (most long suffering crew in 2018) from Swarkestone SC, or the Townsends or the Lees from Medway YC, all of whom have potential to do well in individual races although stringing together a consistent series might be beyond them.
Like the beginning of every football or Formula 1 season all teams start with zero points and equal chances of success. It will only be as the season develops we will see which Wayfarer team will be the Lewis Hamilton and which will be the Huddersfield Town (with apologies to The Terriers who this year, sadly, have not been top dogs).
UK Wayfarer Racing Calendar Set for 2019 – a Season Preview
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
There is a packed programme of events throughout the year from class racing at family race weeks, through one and two day open meetings to area championships. The highlight of the season will be the International Championships which will be held at Greystones SC, Co. Wicklow, Ireland from 20-26 July. This event will also count as the Class UK National Championships and the Irish Championships. In addition to the UK and Irish teams, competitors are expected to enter from Holland, Denmark, South Africa, Canada and USA. The UKWA is delighted to receive continued sponsorship from Craftinsure. Mark Lee, the Company’s Managing Director, is a keen and regular Wayfarer racer himself. The eight event National Circuit and Travellers Series will take in a variety of fresh and salt water venues starting at Datchet Water SC, then West Oxfordshire SC, Medway YC, Shoreham SC, the National Championships at Greystones SC, Arun YC, Swarkestone SC and Bough Beech SC. The finale at Bough Beech will see the presentation of the National Circuit and Travellers Series trophies but also the prize draw. We’re very lucky to have support from Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax all of whom have pledged some fantastic prizes such as sails, padded mast covers and a year’s free insurance for your Wayfarer. In order to be eligible for the prize draw, a boat has to compete in at least two of the NCS and Travellers Series events. The more events a boat competes at the greater its chances of winning. For more details, keep checking this website and see the 2019 Racing Calendar, linked here. Article by Tim Townsend (also published on yachtsandyachting.com)
There is a packed programme of events throughout the year from class racing at family race weeks, through one and two day open meetings to area championships. The highlight of the season will be the International Championships which will be held at Greystones SC, Co. Wicklow, Ireland from 20-26 July. This event will also count as the Class UK National Championships and the Irish Championships. In addition to the UK and Irish teams, competitors are expected to enter from Holland, Denmark, South Africa, Canada and USA.
The UKWA is delighted to receive continued sponsorship from Craftinsure. Mark Lee, the Company’s Managing Director, is a keen and regular Wayfarer racer himself. The eight event National Circuit and Travellers Series will take in a variety of fresh and salt water venues starting at Datchet Water SC, then West Oxfordshire SC, Medway YC, Shoreham SC, the National Championships at Greystones SC, Arun YC, Swarkestone SC and Bough Beech SC.
The finale at Bough Beech will see the presentation of the National Circuit and Travellers Series trophies but also the prize draw. We’re very lucky to have support from Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax all of whom have pledged some fantastic prizes such as sails, padded mast covers and a year’s free insurance for your Wayfarer. In order to be eligible for the prize draw, a boat has to compete in at least two of the NCS and Travellers Series events. The more events a boat competes at the greater its chances of winning.
For more details, keep checking this website and see the 2019 Racing Calendar, linked here.
Article by Tim Townsend (also published on yachtsandyachting.com)
International Rally, Kragenaes, Denmark
Wayfarer class at the RYA Dinghy Show
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
The UK Wayfarer Association will be well represented at this weekend’s RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace. Please come and see us on Stand W10 in the West Corridor (right next to the entrance to the Panorama Hall). We will be displaying a beautiful wooden Wayfarer which is set up for cruising and be giving demonstrations, both mornings and afternoons, on reefing and rigging a boat tent.
On the Hartley Boats Stand (C50 in the Great Hall) there will be two Mark IV Wayfarers on display; one is built to the standard cruising specification while the other is a race specification boat with epoxy foils and racing sails.
Don’t miss our Class presentation on Sunday at 1230 on the Class Association stage when you will hear all about our boat from somebody who both races and cruises her boat, plus of course we hold our AGM on the Saturday afternoon at 1600 in Palm Court 5.
The Dinghy Show is a wonderful opportunity for members and prospective members to come and meet some of the most experienced Wayfarer sailors in the Class and share some of their top tips and details for upcoming sailing events this year.
Come and talk to the Association this weekend about the packed cruising and racing programme in 2019 which include:
- The Cruising Conference at Notts County Sailing Club at the end of March
- A packed racing programme including the season long Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series, a selection of other one and two day open meetings around Britain and Ireland and Class racing at Bourne End Week and Poole Week
- The 25th International Wayfarer Rally at Kragenaes, Denmark in August, and
- The National and International Championships at Greystones, Ireland in July.
Wayfarer Family Gathering Ullswater 4th – 9th August 2019
‘Melinda Messenger Sail’, Brancaster – report:-
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.
Revised NoR for NC & T Series Races
Greta Plowman, 99¾ not out!
“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
Greta may have aged since those adventures but this has not dimmed her sense of fun and adventure. In her 99th year she has just tried indoor climbing for the very first time. Sea Urchin (W1981), who incidentally is celebrating her 60th birthday this year, is still going strong too and is being sailed by the third and fourth generation of Plowmans. I am looking for any Wayfarer Association members who may have known Greta as we are hoping to bring together friends from her past and we would very much like to recognise and incorporate her sailing achievements into her 100th birthday celebrations in May. If anyone remembers her fondly and would like to attend please do get in touch [[email protected]]. Equally if you have anyone has any photos of her, Piers, or ‘Sea Urchin’ I would be hugely grateful if you would be willingly to share these.” -Fay Kenworthy (Greta’s granddaughter)
Greta may have aged since those adventures but this has not dimmed her sense of fun and adventure. In her 99th year she has just tried indoor climbing for the very first time. Sea Urchin (W1981), who incidentally is celebrating her 60th birthday this year, is still going strong too and is being sailed by the third and fourth generation of Plowmans.
I am looking for any Wayfarer Association members who may have known Greta as we are hoping to bring together friends from her past and we would very much like to recognise and incorporate her sailing achievements into her 100th birthday celebrations in May.
If anyone remembers her fondly and would like to attend please do get in touch [[email protected]]. Equally if you have anyone has any photos of her, Piers, or ‘Sea Urchin’ I would be hugely grateful if you would be willingly to share these.”
-Fay Kenworthy (Greta’s granddaughter)
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– Web Team
RYA Dinghy Show Promo Video
UKWA members will be aware that our AGM is to be held on Saturday 2nd March at the same venue, at 4pm. More details via the top menu, AGM button.
CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series 2019 – amended Notice of Race
Many thanks to P& B who join our other supporters of the prize draw, CraftInsure, McNamara Sails, Hartley Boats and Allen Brothers. Remember, in order to have a chance of winning a prize you need to have competed in at least two of the National Circuit and Travellers’ Series events. If you compete in two events, your sail number will go in the hat; if you compete in three events, your sail number will go in the hat twice (increasing your chances of winning a prize) and so on.
Please support the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series in 2019; the racing is competitive and is held at terrific sailing venues, often with brilliant socials; and at the end of the season you could win a new genoa, or a year’s boat insurance, or some other great prizes.