Wayfarer Southern Championships 7-9 Sep. Medway YC
Medway Yacht Club
Wayfarer Southern Area Championships 7-9th Sept 2018
Travellers Series Event Sponsored by Craftinsure
For further info and Notice of Race: UKWA Southern Championships NoR 2018,
Entry Form: MYC Southern Entry Form 2018
or go to www.medwayyachtclub.com
contact Stewart Coltart [[email protected]] or phone 07990 516785
2 weeks to go…
…until the 2018 Ian Proctor Centenary Rally & Classic Boat Revival, on the weekend of 1st & 2nd September…
In keeping with past years, we are building up to the last minute rush of entries……but with 32 boats so far and many more expected, we are hopeful that it could turn out to be our biggest yet…..!
For those who have already booked (or wishing to book) for the three course Ian Proctor Gala dinner on the evening of Friday 31st August, please would you choose your menu choice on the menu booking form linked here.
Please note that those entering the event have priority for the Gala dinner, up until noon on Monday 20th August after which the event will be opened up to others.
Bookings for the casual club supper with live music on the Saturday evening will be available later….
Apart from several of Ian Proctor’s family attending, many other people with connections to the Ian Proctor story will also be here including several who worked at Chippendales Boats of Fareham, including Eric Harvey who joined them in 1956, going on to be foreman until the yard closed in 1971. I’m posting some more about Eric on our website.
Event shirts – order now:
You can now order some of our embroidered Polos and or t-shirts via the order forms on our website here… Please do so ASAP to give our suppliers plenty of time to process the orders.
The 2018 Posters are also now available to to order via our website here
With many thanks yet again to Simon Hempsell of The Photography Practice for his updated poster design.
We have a number of members offering accommodation for travelling competitors, so if you are in need let me know and we will see what we can do……
Get your entry, Gala dinner bookings, shirt and poster orders in NOW…..!
We look forward to seeing you in Bosham in a couple of weeks!
Andrew Young Mob: 07785-234436
Eastern Area Championship, Waldringfield SC
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
As promised race one winds were a good force 5 gusting 7 and by the end of the race Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (W11170) managed to wriggle through to third place with Roger Challis and Mark Johnston holding second place and the Wilsons remaining in the lead. The weather resulted in only 10 of the 17 entrants starting the race and only 8 finishing, with 2 capsizes.
Race 2 started back-to-back and to the delight of everybody the winds were slowly increasing, especially the gusts! Roger Challis and Mark Johnston got the perfect start being only inches away from the Committee boat. Their lead was quickly taken by the Wilsons who were able to point extremely high, forcing Roger Challis and Mark Johnston to tack off and lose first place. Brain Lamb and Sam Pygall were close behind with very close racing taking place on the beats going through “The Rocks”. Competitors quickly learnt that avoiding the relatively short tacks to stay out of the tide as much as possible did not pay off with one mistake losing one or more places.
By the end of the race wind speeds were at the very top of force 5 and into 6 with gusts of force 7 and bottom end of 8. Race 2 only had 6 competitors finish and the rescue boats were again kept busy with capsizes.
Before Race 3 there was a well-earned break where the Race Officer canvassed views on what to do for Race 3. The decision was to give it a go and because of the more extreme forecast for Sunday hold 2 short races rather than the single one on the programme. Eight boats made the water for the 3rd race with some turning back almost straight away. The wind was now a lower force 6 gusting 8 with the tide having turned, so there was wind against tide, making sea conditions very rough and short. All the competitors that got to the race area saw the conditions and headed back home before the Race Officer had a chance to declare the race abandoned. There were no casualties getting back and everybody had earned the extremely delicious BBQ they would get in the evening.
On the Sunday morning the weather was as predicted, and a decision was made to have two races back-to-back. As the race started the wind was just touching a force 6 but although the gusts were a good 7 they did not feel quite as bad as the previous day. A total of 7 boats set out to race including Liz Feibusch and Will Cleverley (W11000) with cut-down sails. The Wilsons started in the lead with Roger Challis and Mark Johnston hot on their tail. This time Roger Challis and Mark Johnston managed to hold onto the Wilsons for a large part of the first beat before the Wilsons again pulled away. Going into the windward mark the Wilsons appeared to have severely misjudged the transit line so Roger Challis and Mark Johnston took the opportunity to tack for the mark much earlier only to find themselves sail into a large hole. Perhaps the Wilsons had not made a mistake! This resulted in Roger and Mark losing a lot of ground against Matthew Lake/Rachel Parkinson and Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall, with Roger and Mark then having to do a turn as they clipped the mark. This resulted in Matthew/Rachel and Brian/Sam moving into second and third place before Roger and Mark regained second place on the reach.
The positions remained the same with the Wilsons and Roger/Mark having considerable gaps between themselves and the next competitors until the leg before the penultimate leg where a huge gust came through just as Roger and Mark needed to gybe which they knew they would not survive. Instead they tried to drop the spinnaker which proved to be difficult and ended up on the Deben mud watching Brian/Sam and Matthew/Rachel sail by. Finishing position were 1st the Wilsons, 2nd Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall, 3rd Matthew Lake/Rachel Parkinson and 4th Roger Challis/Mark Johnston. Liz and Will came in 7th, meaning that Liz won the First Lady Helm award.
The Race Officer was intending to do the 4th race but less than a minute after finishing more big gusts came through resulting in Matthew/Rachel and Roger/Mark capsizing. With the sudden increase in wind and gust strength the Race Officer decided to cancel further racing. A very good decision as gusts were now up to force 8!
Final positions for the competition are given in the version of this report in the Racing Results section of the website – it is good to see that three different clubs were in the first 3 positions.
Hickling Broad SC Open
More details and entry form/NoR via our Events Diary page here.
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
With Brexit on-going, we were all amazed by the demonstrable gratitude shown by the French after so many years. They are very keen to keep alive the memory of the sacrifices made for future generations. Our visits included the English cemetery at Bayeux, Pegasus Bridge at Ranville (Film: ‘The Longest Day’), the American Cemetery at Omaha beach, and the Canadian museum at Juno Beach. It was especially interesting to sail in and around what remains of the Mulberry Harbour (Port-Winston) at Arromanches.
We also were lucky enough to be able to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, prior to its forthcoming loan to England for a few months while they re-develop the museum where it lives, in the historic town of Bayeux. Great sailing in light winds, and lots of French food and of course ‘Cidre’. Thank you Thierry, and hope you can make it to the International Rally in September!
– Jerry Norman
Westerns (NCS #3) and LHRW details published
Please note the following:
- The entry fee is £43 including the UKWA levy
- Maximum of 6 races over Saturday and Sunday with 2 discards
- This event is combined with two other championships as well as the LHRW Dinghy regatta. There is a total entry limit of 100, so it might be advisable to enter in advance to avoid disappointment
The NoR may be read or downloaded via this link
UKWA Scottish Nationals 1–2 September 2018
Loch Lomond SC
For further information please contact Bob Sparkes [[email protected]]
Wayfarer Europeans Day 4
The equation was simple. If Mogens Just won both races he would win the title from Mac on countback repeating his victory from Heeg a couple of years ago.
Boats were rigged (some of the fleet with reefed sails and masthead buoyancy) and the fleet launched into a breeze which was in truth, by then, a touch less than the previous day.
Mac and Simon had their serious heads on. Mogens was seen doing some serious stretching before he launched.
Not long before the scheduled start a lone Wayfarer was seen sailing back into the harbour. This was Mogens whose back (injured while sailing a Melges) was causing too much pain for him to race. Indeed, Anders, his crew had helmed the boat home with Mogens sitting as still as possible and in obvious pain.
This could have been an anticlimax but Mac and Simon stayed afloat and delivered a masterclass in heavy weather dinghy racing, winning both races and with them the Championship. The boat-handling of all the boats who ventured out, especially those who flew spinnakers, was exemplary. It was a joy to watch.
Congratulations to Mac and Simon for retaining the European title.
Well done, also, to Brian and Liz McKenzie who sailed all the races and finished 6th overall and second placed UKWA boat.
Wayfarer Europeans Day 3
From the shore the leaders impressed as they flew down the run, skilfully flying their spinnakers and usually gunning successfully although even Mac and Simon managed to get one of their gybes horribly wrong; one of the Danish helms meanwhile managed to get his foot caught in the spinnaker sheet during the gybe with inevitable wet consequences.
A win and a second place apiece for Mac/Simon and Mogens/Anders means no change at the top with a couple of races to go in similar conditions tomorrow,
Top 5 after 8 races:
1st Mac and Simon (10)
2nd Mogens Just and Anders (11)
3rd Jorgen Iversen (36)
4th Christian Milert Hansen (45)
5th Niels Alslev (47)
Wayfarer Europeans Day 2
Mixed results for the English boats. Mac still holds the lead after two wins and two disappointing results (when I told him I’d be delighted with a 3rd and a 4th he told me I didn’t understand!). Len and Pete had a difficult day as did the Coltarts. The McKenzies on the other hand had an excellent day.
The forecast is for stronger wind tomorrow and another 4 races because Saturday is looking very windy. Oh my!
Top 5 after 6 races:
1st Mac and Simon (7 points)
2nd Mogens Just and Anders Friis (8)
3rd Jorgen Iverson (25)
4th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (28)
5th Martin Bak and crew (31)
-Tim Townsend, UKWA Racing Secretary
Waldringfield Club Night Fri 27 July
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
Around the Isle of Wight!
“The wind was – unusually – from the East; not the Beast from the East for a nice planing run, but a dying breeze, and only Puddle Duck managed to get the most from the favourable tide so as to avoid using their motor.
“We had 9 boats in all, with several going around for the first time. All four Tyler children (well, adults now) took part in different boats. It’s ten years since they were all sailing at a Wayfarer event – the 2008 50th anniversary year celebrations at Parkstone.
“The event won’t be held next year, as numbers were on the low side, and in two years time perhaps the up-and-coming cruising Wayfarers will want to join in.
“Alas we couldn’t find the dolphin that had been spotted by Hurst Castle – just plenty of large ships to keep us busy. A great day out!”
Chris – W28 ‘Chreselen’
Bourne End week 2018 – report
“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
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
Friday dawned a bit murky. The proposed schedule was to have a practice race followed by the first two points races of the Championships back to back. Because of the poor visibility the decision was taken to race in the harbour rather than in the bay. The fleet launched into a south-westerly of 8 to 10 knots. Unfortunately, as the practice race started, the weather closed in and it was difficult to see the windward mark and gybe mark. By the time the leaders were racing on the second reach of the triangular course their nearest competitors were very barely visible and the leeward mark could not be seen. The race was finished at the end of the first triangle and won (we think) by Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall who took home the Idler’s Bucket for their efforts. The fleet was then sent ashore in close company marshalled by the RIBs. Conditions did not improve and the first and second points races were postponed to the following day.
The forecast for Saturday was for better conditions and when the competitors arrived for the briefing it looked as though we may manage to sail four races and partly catch up with the schedule. In the event, a sea fog rolled in as the fleet was about to launch. The Race Officer sensibly postponed the racing until later in the afternoon. By 1600hrs the fog had dispersed and the fleet enjoyed three races before returning to the shore after 1900hrs. The first two of these races were sailed in 5 to 7 knots but by the time the third race started the wind was softening further. The Race Officer shortened the third race at the end of a very slow first reach but even then some boats failed to finish within the time limit and were given their places on the water. Most boats were towed home.
Sunday promised to have the sunniest conditions. The wind had gone round to the south east and before the fleet launched it looked as though it would be possible to complete four races by having an earlier start. Unfortunately, once again, Zephyros declined to play ball. The wind machine switched off just before the fleet launched and a further postponement was necessary. When the wind returned there was enough time to complete just three races. The first beat of the first race of the day was sailed in the strongest wind of the weekend with boats fully powered up. However, as before, the wind quickly softened and by the time third race started lottery funded conditions prevailed and several of the front runners sailed their discards.
In spite of all these difficulties, racing was close throughout the fleet. From the six completed races there were five different winners. The winners of the Championship overall won only two races but above all were the most consistent boat in the fleet. Congratulations go to Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend from Rollesby Broad SC who won the Championship once more. They also took home the Plymouth Trophy as winners of the fourth points race. Runners up were Len Jones and Peter Mitchell from Medway YC who also won the Aln Trophy for the second race of the Championship. In third place were former champion Guy Marks and Mel Titmus from Bough Beech SC who also won the first points race and with it the Lionel Monk Trophy.
The other race winners were Richard Stone and Catherine Gore from Medway YC who won the third points race and the Ian Proctor Trophy. Colin May and Sarah Wallis from Parkstone YC won the last completed points race and the Bill Hodshon Trophy.
It was interesting to see many new faces in the fleet this year, several of them performing very well. Not new faces, but not seen in a Wayfarer for a decade, were Geoff and Nick Hodshon who returned to the fleet for the first time since the 50th Anniversary Championships sailing their 60-year-old Wayfarer, Nipegegi, (W198). Together with their late father, Bill, Geoff and Nick have won the National Championships a total of five times in Nipegegi. Geoff, Nick and their sister Penny were delighted to present the Bill Hodshon Trophy to Colin and Sarah.
Similarly, Liz Feibusch competed in her boat and was very pleased to present the Wansfell Trophy to Monica Schaefer as the best placed lady helm overall. Monica and her crew, Miriam McCarthy from Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, also won the Hartley Boats Trophy as best placed overseas entry.
The winners of the Silver fleet and best placed newcomers were Ian Foxwell and Trevor Cox from Medway YC. Winners of the Bronze fleet were UKWA Cruising Secretary, Andrew (Boris) Morrice and Chris Yerbury from Bristol Corinthian YC. Mark and Jane Lee from Medway YC won the Pert Platter as best placed husband and wife team, Tony and Nathan Geary from Waldringfield SC won the Carrick Trophy as the best placed double generation team. Medway YC won the Club Team Trophy.
Of course, a Championship in a class like the Wayfarer is not only about the racing and taking home the silverware, although that’s important. It’s about renewing old and making new friendships, sharing stories and experiences. Frustrating though the delays might be, there were plenty of opportunities to drink tea or beer together, to visit the local area, to boat bimble or complete some more mundane chores. Datchet sailors went to watch the beach volleyball in Weymouth (I assume there’s not much sand in Slough, that’s why they went, right?), Mark Lee detuned and retuned his boat (very successfully as it turned out) and had time for a round of golf (a championship ritual) and Mike Mac managed to organise an alfresco haircut. Our hosts couldn’t have done more to feed and entertain us. The bar was often open, there were meals morning, noon and night and a live band on Saturday evening which compelled even the most dance-floor-shy to play air guitar in the dinghy park (he thought it was dark and couldn’t be seen doing the Shadow’s walk to the famous sound of Apache!). Thank you to everybody at Castle Cove SC for all their hard work. This was a fitting way to celebrate the boat’s 60th birthday.
– Tim Townsend
(To view this article with full results table included please see the Racing Results page).
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.
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
Summary. One practice race completed which was won by Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (well done) but no points races. BBQ tonight and try again tomorrow.
Day 2 – still foggy!
Fog persisted on day 2 of the Nationals which caused a further postponement. However, the PRO made an inspired decision to review the conditions at 1500 hours. The fog had started to disperse by then and we managed to get in three short races. Two of these were sailed in a reasonably steady force 2 but the wind was starting to soften by the third race and faded away at the end of the first beat causing the race to be shortened at the end of the first reach. Race 1 was won by Guy Marks and Mel Titmuss. Race 2 was won by Len Jones and Pete Mitchell while Race 3 was won by Richard Stone and Catherine Gore. Mike Mac and Simon Townsend finished second in each of the three races sailed.
Overall results so far (top five):-
1st Mike Mac and Simon Townsend, (6)
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (7)
3rd Guy Marks and Mel Titmuss (15)
4th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (18)
5th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (20)
Day 3 – final day
Sunday started early with a nice Easterly as we gathered at 9.00 ready to be released for up to four races. Unfortunately the wind then shut off and we endured yet another postponement for a couple of hours.
However we eventually got away and completed three further races before the cutoff.
1st Mike Mac and Simon Townsend
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell
3rd Guy Marks and Mel Titmus
4th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore
Ian Proctor Centenary Rally – Postponement
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This offer includes free sail numbers.
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The Westerns are back!
The clubs in Langstone Harbour jointly host an annual weekend regatta which puts on handicap racing but has previously been used by several classes for their National Championships or for class open meetings. The event will be co-hosted by Locks SC, Langstone SC and Tudor SC. In 2018, as well as hosting the Wayfarer Western Area Championships, the Wanderer Class will be holding their National Championships during the event. ...read more
The plan will be to run 6 races in the harbour over the two days. Racing will be over championship style courses (laid buoys) and with a committee boat start. Those who want to stay over until Bank Holiday Monday will be very welcome to take part in a Charity handicap race around the cans.
Boat parking will be at Tudor SC which has the largest compound to accommodate visitors. Camping will be available at Langstone SC for a small fee. Socials will be shared around the three clubs.
The entry fee is likely to be in the region of £35-40 plus the UKWA levy but the entry fee will include some food.
More details to follow in due course…
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|
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)|
|25-26 August||Langstone Harbour||Western Area Championships||NCS #3 (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
* Happily, since Tim wrote this article a venue has been found, and the table reflects this eighth event
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.