Cruising News

Watermouth Bay & Lundy Rally date change

Please note that the date of the Watermouth Bay/Lundy rally has been changed – it will now take place on the weekend of 6/7/8 September. Apologies for any inconvenience.


International Rally update

Please note that the page with details of this year’s International Rally has recently been tweaked – to reflect the current level of demand vs. the number of places available. (There is very limited space on this rally!)


UKWA Annual General Meeting 2019

Come and join us at our 61st Annual General Meeting held during the RYA Dinghy Show, Room Palm Court 5, Alexandra Palace, London, on Saturday 2 March.

Doors open: 15.30 hrs Meeting begins: 16.00 hrs.

Full agenda and other details have now been published. ...read more


RYA Dinghy Show 2019 – UKWA members’ discount

Logged-in UKWA members will be able to see (below the RYA banner) a paragraph giving details of how to obtain a 10% discount off the price of tickets for the 2019 Dinghy Show (which coincides with our AGM):-


International Rally, September 2018 (report)

Wayfarer International Rally on the Norfolk Broads © Terry Cook

Wayfarer International Rally on the Norfolk Broads © Terry Cook

Report by Merrin Froggett:-

Wayfarer sailors from eight nations gathered in Norfolk last week for the Wayfarer International Rally 2018. Organiser and UK Wayfarer International Committee representative, Ralph Roberts, saw his target of 100 participants exceeded as 114 people took to the water in the fleet of 40 Wayfarers, one Norfolk half-decker and a cruiser making this the biggest ever Wayfarer International Rally.

It was a fitting climax to the season in which the centenary of designer Ian Proctor is being celebrated coinciding with the 60th anniversary of his design for the Wayfarer.

Sailors from USA, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland and France joined with those from Ireland and the UK to experience the wetland habitat of the Norfolk Broads. The fleet relished the challenges presented by sailing twisting, narrow and reed lined rivers, tidal flows, low bridges, river traffic and sudden wind gusts between trees and buildings. ...read more


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


Around the Isle of Wight!

“We had a good sail around the IoW on 9th June. It was the longest recorded time afloat for the event. We all set off at 07.30 and virtually all arrived back at Calshot at 21.00. It was quite surprising how we took different routes and all eventually ended up back at Calshot in one group. It certainly made it more interesting sticking closer together. ...read more


Norfolk Broads Cruise

‘Northern Star’ about to pass under the old bridge at Potter Heigham, Norfolk, May 2018


Tidal Training April 2018 (Calshot)

Returning to Calshot – photo c/o Jamie Grigor


CRUISING CONFERENCE POSTPONED

Remember this?

(Posted Thursday 15th Mar, 09:00)

“Dear All

“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