Easterns Champs at Waldringfield 10 – 11 July 2021

“Come to Waldringfield on the beautiful River Deben where there’s always breeze and there’s more sunshine annually than anywhere else in the UK” we said… and so it was that a select group of competitive visitors joined the strong home fleet for flat calm and overcast and sometimes drizzly weather on Saturday 10th July for the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships. Quite a contrast to the previous time a few years back where it blew dogs off chains and virtually everyone tested the water.

After a long delay and more cups of tea than the average Wayfarer sailor can cope with, our PRO somewhat reluctantly ventured out in the committee boat to test the conditions. Us locals, seeing the concerned faces of our visitors, said something to the effect of “Don’t worry he won’t take us out in this – he’ll be back soon enough” which was a good way of guaranteeing the postponement flag came down as we were called to the start area towards the Tips. So the only race on Saturday got away at the first time of asking into a fickle fair tide beat followed by some painfully slow reaches and runs back against the tide where you could just about get the spinnaker to set but it certainly paid to sail extra distance to tuck in out of the tide. As it happens it was a good decision to take us racing – a two way tussle for the lead took place between Mike MacNamara and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom Wilson with the former eventually prevailing to set the (perhaps predictable) form book for the weekend. That was it as far as sailing on Saturday was concerned, but a good barbecue under the gazebos to avoid the rain, followed by some fine local Adnams kept visitors from pitching their tents until it was probably rather darker than they might have earlier planned....read more


PlaceSail NumberHelmCrewClubR1 10/7/21R4 11/7/21R5 11/7/21R6 11/7/21TotalNet
1st10648Michael MacNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad(1.0)
2nd11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water2.02.02.0(4.0)10.06.0
3rd10995Neil CollingridgeAnne SpaldingWaldringfield3.0(5.0)
4th10992Roger ChallisMark JohnstonWaldringfield(5.0)
5th11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian(10.0)
6th10717Gordon HarrisMatt LeighWaldringfield(7.0)
7th11305Martyn HareSteve PerkinsBlackwater4.06.0(8.0)
8th11289John HaileJohn ParishWaldringfield8.0(10.0)
9th11282Nigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone9.09.09.0(10.0)37.027.0
10th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway6.0(13.0)
11th11223Nick HarrisJames HarrisDatchet Water12.08.010.0(13.0)43.030.0
12th8200Matt LakeRachel ParkinsonWaldringfield11.011.011.0(12.0)45.033.0
13th11000Liz FeibuschWill CleverleyWaldringfield(14.0)
14th551Mike O'MalleyJulie NoyWaldringfield(16.0 DNF)
15th10297Roger ThompsonKathy AtkinsonWaldringfield13.0(16.0 DNC)16.0 DNC16.0 DNC61.045.0