** West Oxfordshire SC Open & Juniors this weekend **
Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC
A good fleet of 19 boats met up at Datchet Water Sailing Club over the weekend of 7/8 April for the UK Wayfarer Inland Championship 2018, which was also the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.
The wind on Saturday was 10-15 knots from the south which gave very close racing with places changing regularly throughout all the races. Wind gusts were sufficient to cause the occasional broach and a solitary capsize by one competitor. ...read more
The second race got away first time. On this occasion it was Marks/Titmus who flew out of the blocks chased by the Wilsons and Len Jones/Jamie Lea. McNamara/Townsend rounded the first windward mark in about sixth place and by the time they had got past the bulk of the fleet Marks/Titmus and the Wilsons had a comfortable lead. The Wilsons eventually got the better of Marks/Titmus to take the win, McNamara/Townsend coming through to take 3rd and Len Jones 4th.
The third and final race of the day also got away first time. Now it was the turn of Richard Stone/Catherine Gore to get away well and they led for a part of the race until swallowed up by McNamara/Townsend who went on to take their second win. The Wilsons and Marks/Titmus resumed their battle eventually overtaking Stone/Gore to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Positions 4th-7th finished within a few seconds of each other, the nod going to Adam Wickenden/Stuart Hall.
On Saturday evening most of the fleet decamped to the Ostrich in Colnbrook, a 12th century Inn whose patrons, legend has it, had come to a sticky end in the past. Not on this occasion. A good time was had by all and we agreed to meet again on Sunday morning to see if we could improve our positions in the overall standings.
Alas, Sunday dawned with no wind overhead, little wind forecast and a mist which was turning to rain. The race officer abandoned the day’s racing and so the positions overnight stood for the Championship.
The winners of the Wayfarer Inland Championship for the twelfth time were Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend. Runners-up were Andrew and Tom Wilson. The podium was completed by Guy Marks and Mel Titmus. Michael thanked the race officer, the organising club and home fleet for the event and their hospitality.
The next event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series is at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club on the 21/22 April. This is an open meeting and also the Wayfarer Junior Championship.
|1st||10648||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||1||(3)||1||2|
|2nd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(3)||1||2||3|
|3rd||11050||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||Bough Beech SC||2||2||(3)||4|
|4th||11226||Len Jones||Pete Mitchell/Jamie Lea||Medway YC||(DNF)||4||7||11|
|5th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||5||(6)||6||11|
|6th||10974||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||(12)||7||5||12|
|7th||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||7||5||(13)||12|
|8th||10710||Adam Wickenden||Stuart Hall||Silver Wing SC||(13)||9||4||13|
|9th||11189||Nigel O'Donnell||Michael O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||4||(12)||11||15|
|10th||10686||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||6||10||(12)||16|
|11th||10921||Tony Cooper||George||Datchet Water SC||(9)||8||9||17|
|12th||10688||Bill Whitney||Lisa Whitney||Shoreham SC||10||(13)||8||18|
|13th||10994||Neil Fletcher||Sarah Northey||Waldringfield SC||8||(11)||10||18|
|14th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddox||Datchet Water SC||11||15||(16)||26|
|15th||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||14||(16)||14||28|
|16th||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Lanson-Gore||Datchet Water SC||(DNS)||14||15||29|
|17th||11129||Paul Hughes||Tracy Villa||Arun YC||15||(17)||17||32|
|18th||?||Simon Etter||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||16||(18)||18||34|
|19th||8454||Laura Hodges||Matthew Hodges||Datchet Water SC||17||(19)||19||36|
Bourne End Week/Splashaway details
“The Splashaway trophy will be competed over three days – Sat, Sun, and Monday (26th, 27th, 28th May). There will be six races, with five to count. Camping available on Sin City at very reasonable rates. Catering laid on from Friday night onwards.
“The Sunday night cocktail party cannot be missed, especially if you are a gin drinker!”
More details as we get them on the event’s own page here on the UKWA website.
Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit & Travellers’ Series 2018
The prosecco was drunk and the cake was eaten at the Wayfarer Class 60th Birthday party at the RYA Dinghy Show at the beginning of March. That was just the start of the year’s celebrations. The party continues with the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2018 which begins with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water SC on 7/8 April, the first of eight events covering among other things, various area championships, the 2018 National Championships, racing at a variety of salt and fresh water venues and culminating at the Bough Beech Finale in November. ...read more
|7-8 April||Datchet Water SC||Inland Championships||NCS #1 (F)|
|21-22 April||West Oxfordshire SC||Open Meeting and Junior Championships||NCS #2 (F)|
|1-3 June||Castle Cove SC||National Championships||NCS #4 (S)|
|28-29 July||Waldringfield SC||Eastern Area Championships||NCS #5 (S)|
|8-9 Sep||Medway YC||Southern Area Championships||NCS #6 (S)|
|6-7 October||Swarkestone SC||Swarkestone Open Meeting||NCS #7 (F)|
|10-11 Nov||Bough Beech SC||Season Finale||NCS #8 (F)|
Diligent readers will notice there are only seven events listed (above), not eight. This is because Shoreham SC, which was due to host the Western Area Championships in May has regrettably had to cancel the event because its new launching ramp will not be completed. The UKWA is actively looking for a club to host the Western Area Championships in mid-May or late August. If you think your club can help please email the UKWA Racing Secretary, Tim Townsend, at [email protected] Any suitable venue west of Hastings will be considered west enough to host a Wayfarer Western Championship!
Who’s competing at the Inlands? A number of the main protagonists have threatened to start the season at Datchet. These include all of the podium placed teams from the 2017 National Circuit Series, Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend, Andrew/Tom Wilson and Len Jones/Jamie Lea or Pete Mitchell. They will be joined by the enthusiastic and competitive fleet from the host club, and many visitors from the South and Midlands. It looks like it will be a keenly contested weekend with six races scheduled and a social on Saturday night.
How have the teams been warming up? The Datchet fleet has raced most Sunday mornings all winter, so is well practised. Guy Marks and others have been competing at the Bough Beech Icicle, Guy comfortably winning the series. Further north, Wayfarers have been competing in the Blithfield Barrel. Andrew and Tom Wilson have been racing at Datchet but also flying the flag for the Wayfarer Class at the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series 2017, finishing on the podium at each of the three events in which they competed. Michael McNamara has been spotted cycling up and down the hills of Norfolk in a concerted effort to improve fitness levels. Doubtless, Simon Townsend has been doing something similar on the South Coast (but with hills). Bionic Len Jones has a new boat and new body parts (I’m sure titanium is not allowed on the boat) so he will be as quick as ever. No doubt the top few will be quick and well sailed but the exciting thing about each new season is that last season’s pecking order is consigned to history. The Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series is shaping up to be a series to savour.
– Tim Townsend
Tidal Training Event Reminder
John Norman and his loyal team have put together a complete programme of tidal training activities for the Saturday, followed by a Rally on the Sunday; an ideal opportunity to put the previous day’s learning into practice! ...read more
60th ANNIVERSARY WAYFARER NATIONALS
The generous offer subsidised by Hartley Boats for those who paid a deposit at last year’s Nationals at Arun is of course still valid. Receipt of the remaining £15 would be appreciated if you have not already paid 🙂 ...read more
More details are available via the big red ‘W’.
UKWA SUBS DUE 1st APRIL
To continue to receive the benefits of membership – such as the monthly eNewsletter, our full-colour Wayfarer News and a warm invitation to join in our sailing events; a variety of training weekends, an extensive programme of cruises and rallies or racing: taking part in the National Circuit Series – or a combination of all three, please be sure to renew your subscription – due at the beginning of April. ...read more
New ‘Racing Videos’ page
Your racing secretary, Tim, has kindly assembled an assortment of videos to educate, entertain and inform your racing (and more general sailing) in what we all hope will be a long and successful 60th anniversary sailing season.
These are listed on a brand new page located under the ‘Racing’ menu item on the main menu bar at the top of each page here on our UKWA website.
(If you are aware of any especially suitable additions that we could make to this list then please get in touch with Tim or the web team).
Southern Area Championships – NoR and Notes
The adjacent image links to a poster for the Southern Area Championships (and CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series event #6) to be held at Medway Yacht Club, 8th – 9th September.
CRUISING CONFERENCE POSTPONED
(Posted Thursday 15th Mar, 09:00)
“I have had to juggle three main factors in my decision here. The first is the risk of snowfall with certainty of high winds on Sunday, the second the certainty of a grey weekend with strong winds and temperature maxima of 1 degree, and lastly waterlogged ground and a flood alert on the River Trent with further rain forecast for the next 2 days. To put the cherry on the top of this the river level data for that stretch of the Trent has not been updated since last night (and it usually is). We have also been unable to find an alternative venue nearby at this short notice....read more
“The equivalent safe passage planning decision would be “find an alternative passage or stay ashore!”
“Whilst I appreciate this will be a disappointment for many it looks very likely indeed that we could hold the event in on the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October, at NCSC, instead. Once I have dates I will be emailing you all to see if you could make it on the available date. Obviously if you can’t manage then you will be refunded as soon as you confirm that.
“with all very best wishes
“Boris – Cruising Secretary.”
“Where did that cork land?”
“60th anniversary celebration of our Wayfarer on the Hartley Boats stand at the RYA Dinghy Show.
“Roger Proctor, son of the late Ian Proctor, whose centenary was also being celebrated, popped the cork, and I had the honour of cutting the cake, beautifully crafted in the shape of 60, with perfect ‘W’s all over, by the wonderful Sarah Burgess, our UKWA Secretary and her son.
“As I cut the cake I made a traditional wish – and it’s no secret that I hope the Wayfarer will continue to provide happy family sailing, amazing cruising adventures, training for all beginners, and high-powered racing, for the next 60 years. Thank you Ian Proctor for designing the most versatile dinghy ever. Long Live the Wayfarer!”
– Liz Feibusch (W11000)
BOAT TENT REQUEST
Inlands & NCS #1 – Datchet Water SC
The NoR is available to download here. Datchet Water Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming visitors, and it is anticipated that a social event for competitors will be held on the Saturday evening.
Brancaster Weekend – Summary
“The weekend of 24th/25th February saw 8 hardy (foolhardy?) boatloads of Wayfarer sailors brave the icy blasts from the east for some sailing at Brancaster on the North Norfolk coast. All survived to tell the tale and in fact enjoyed the brilliant sunshine and superb sailing.
“Accommodation for the weekend was the ‘bunkhouse’ at Burnham Deepdale, where hearty meals and celebratory drinks were consumed amid tales of tides, shallow water and waves.
“Winds of 20 knots and gusting showed how efficient reefing systems and a seaworthy boat really came into their own.” – Matt Sharman W773 (organiser)
International Rally, 7th – 13th September
Separately there are now also full details of the proposed itinerary, as well as a detailed breakdown of the costs of various types of accommodation and a description of what is included in the price. This is all accessed via the ‘Cruising’ section of the menu, also linked here.
Ralph has arranged a fantastic array of enticing activities, visits and events – do take a look at what is on offer!
2018 Dinghy Show 3 & 4 March
We will be guests on Hartley Boats stand during the Show and, as you can see elsewhere on our website, our AGM will be held on Saturday afternoon. We very much look forward to meeting you and seeing you there in our 60th Anniversary year.
To purchase tickets, there are various advance purchase discount options for RYA affiliated clubs and RYA individual members.
You do not need a show ticket in order to attend the AGM, which is upstairs in Palm Court 5, separate to the Show.
Details of May’s Broads Cruise
Organiser Mike Playle has released further details of the annual Norfolk Broads Cruise, to be held over the first May Bank Holiday weekend (and, optionally, for several days afterwards).
For more details and to read or download Mike’s information document, please follow this link.
2018 AGM DOCUMENTATION
60th Anniversary UKWA AGM 2018
AGM Programme: doors open: 15.30 hrs, meeting begins: 16.00 hrs.
Full agenda and other details have now been published on the website and are in the process of being emailed.
To ensure receipt, please ensure that the Secretary has your correct email address – E-mail: [email protected]
Rule Change Proposals for 2018 AGM
E-mail: [email protected]
Election for 2018 UKWA Officers and Management Committee
Cruising Conference Forms
Ton Jaspers (“Swiebertje”)
Sadly Ton passed away on December 9th after a very short illness. Ton will be sadly missed by his long time best friend and loving wife Conny (Steennis) and their daughter Anne Lotte and so many other family and friends. I believe he will forever be remembered by so many in the wider Wayfarer family as a very passionate man, a technically astute man and a big bear of a man who loved sailing and Wayfaring in particular.
Ton was particularly generous in spirit and practicality, lending not just his knowledge and expertise to others but also welcoming visitors and lending his lovely boat W10445 Swiebertje to many who travelled to the Netherlands from abroad to participate in international events held there.
Ton Jaspers our fellow Wayfarer sailor and friend may you rest in peace.
With much respect and kind regard,
Monica Schaefer – W11152 Lakka
NORMANDY RALLY 2018 – UPDATE
There will be information about the rally in the next Wayfarer News, and there’s already a description of the event linked from the diary pages here on the website, including Thierry’s contact details.