Friday was the final day of the Wayfarer International and UK National Championships 2019 sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers and Irish Ferries.
Going into the last day just 1 point separated the leaders, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, from the reigning champions from Denmark, Mogens Just and Anders Friis. The forecast was for winds of 15-20 knots to decrease during the day to 9-11 knots and Tom Rusbridge, the PRO intended to sail three races, possibly four to conclude the event. ...read more
As it happened the forecast gentle Irish breeze turned out to be a fruity 15-24 knots with the rough and confused seas we had to deal with all week and only two races were completed before Tom called it a day. Once again there were several capsizes and an incident where one helm fell out of his boat at the gybe mark. Fortunately he was wearing a fluorescent orange top otherwise he would have been difficult to see by boats behind as they planed towards the gybe mark.
Mac and Townsend won race 6. Just and Friis won race 7. When the scores were calculated Mac and Townsend had done enough to secure the championship by just the single point. Andrew and Tom Wilson finished in third place overall after an excellent and consistent set of results.
In the UKWA National Championships Mac and Townsend won fairly comfortably followed by the Wilsons. Bill Whitney and John Shelton completed the podium.
The prize giving and supper went very well and happy and exhausted sailors made arrangements to meet again in the near future.