WAYFARER EUROS 2021 POSTPONED

Because of increasing numbers of COVID cases in the UK and continuing restrictions for competitors travelling to the UK from Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands the organisers at Medway YC with the support of UKWA have postponed the Wayfarer European Championships scheduled for 5-8 August 2021 until 2022 (date and venue to be decided).

Medway YC is obviously disappointed not to be hosting the regatta but postponing it until travel is less restricted and the virus is better controlled/more people have been vaccinated was the only sensible decision in all the circumstances.

This decision only affects the European Championships. The UK National Championships which were to be held alongside the Euros will be going ahead as planned from 5-8 August.

If you are planning to enter the Nationals but haven’t yet done so could you please email the UKWA Racing Secretary, Tim Townsend at [race@wayfarer.org.uk] so that the organisers at Medway YC can have a better idea of numbers.


UK Nationals – Medway YC 5-8 Aug (NB – not now the Europeans)

Three races per day over four days. Wayfarers of all types (not just Mk IVs) are encouraged to enter. Everybody will race in one fleet, but there will be prizes for Gold, Silver and Bronze level participants depending on experience.

All the necessary documents, online entry and a paper form (if required) can be found on the Medway YC website, linked here (opens in a new browser tab, where appropriate).

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC © Paul Babington


Easterns Champs at Waldringfield 10/11 July (Report)

“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....read more


Battle of the Hikers – July 24th & 25th Rutland Sailing Club

We’ve come up with what we believe should be an innovative and hopefully a thoroughly enjoyable event, by the end of which, we hope to determine exactly who is:

  • The Singlehanded Champion of the Hikers
  • The Doublehanded Champion of the Hikers

No foils, no keels, no trapeze and no sliding seats.  Hikers only (PY: 940 – 1210) and we’d be grateful if you could promote this event to the members of the Wayfarer Class Association.

We now have the entry form up and running on the web:

https://www.rutlandsailingclub.co.uk/event/battle-of-the-hikers

Many thanks and great sailing!

Simon Stonehouse, Rutland Sailing Club Sailing Committee Member.


Southern Area Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club – Report

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

A premium selection of Wayfarers arrived at Shoreham, expecting the usual huge waves. These included Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend and Andrew Wilson, fresh from their tussle at the Westerns at Arun YC.

Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend win the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

Owing to an unexplained broken toe incident, Andrew’s usual crew, son Tom, was replaced by his brother Martin, on a transfer from the RS400 fleet. Other contenders arrived from Swarkestone, Maldon and Bough Beech, with local Shoreham boys Bill Whitney/John Shelton joining the fray.

Saturday turned out to be a damp squib, with a light easterly, and a humongous 6.6 metre tide, which was bound to upset things. Race officer Megan Pascoe took us well out to sea, and in the first race, McNamara/Townsend hit the front, followed by Whitney/Shelton and the Wilsons, and the order remained until the last reach, when the Shoreham crew attempted a high-scoring windward bag spinnaker launch, which inevitably ended in tears, allowing the Wilsons through to second place.

With the wind dropping and a big shift out to sea, the same trio were seen to be at the front, but on arriving at the first leeward mark, the wind dropped, and a frantic and gripping drift against the tide ensued. The Wilsons maintained their lead, and an impressive drifting performance by Martyn Hare/Steve Perkins from Blackwater SC took them past McNamara to claim second place. The race committee had by that time filled their bucket with sufficient mackerel, so the fleet was towed back into the harbour....read more


2021 Western Area Championship – Report

Wayfarer Western Championship at Arun © Richard Craig / www.SailPics.co.uk

When I was a nipper, every racing day was a champagne sailing day. The warming sun always shone and was high in the sky. The water sparkled. The sea breeze checked in like clockwork. It may be that is just a rose tinted memory. However, in times of need, I would sail in less than perfect conditions if I must.

After a period of over 18 months since the last UKWA Wayfarer travellers event, Covid restrictions had eased enough to allow the Western Area Championships 2021 (and Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers event) at Arun YC on the 22nd and 23rd of May to go ahead. A number of boats had contacted the organising Club and indicated an intention to complete. After all the time waiting however it was the weather which did not play ball. With a forecast of 40+ knots on Friday and 30+ knots on Sunday, a window of opportunity appeared on Saturday and Arun YC put the word out that the event would proceed as planned....read more


Chichester Harbour Race Week

Photo credit: Peter Hickson

After a year off due to COVID, Chichester Harbour race week is back on for 9th-13th August 2021. The regatta is one of the largest sailing dinghy regattas in the country and with many people choosing to take their holidays in the UK this year, it is expected to produce a bumper turnout of over 400 boats. Based out of Hayling Island Sailing club, there is class racing for Fireballs, Flying Fifteens, D-Zeros, Aeros, Finns, RS200s, Foiling Moths, Solos, Lasers, RS Fevas, RS Teras and RS Elites as well as fast, medium and slow handicaps. A strong fleet is also expected for the asymmetric handicap....read more


Save the dates!


Inland Championships postponed

The Wayfarer Inland Championships due to be held at Datchet Water Sailing Club in May have been POSTPONED until 23/24 October, mainly because of the current restrictions on overnight stays away from home.


Medway YC to host the Wayfarer UK National & European Championships 2021

2016 Wayfarer Nationals at Medway © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

2016 Wayfarer Nationals at Medway © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

Medway Yacht Club is delighted to be hosting the Wayfarer UK National and European Championships, 5-8 August 2021. Racing will take place on the wide stretches of the tidal River Medway below Gillingham over four days and with great social events planned for the evenings.

The Club is delighted that the event is being supported by Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Craftinsure, Shepherd Neame and Wayfarer Wines.

Entry to the Championships is limited to 65 boats. The Club is planning to welcome entries from Denmark, Ireland, France and the Netherlands as well as mainland UK. There is an early bird discount entry fee and a guarantee return of prepaid entry fees if the Championships are cancelled for Covid reasons....read more


Wayfarer National and European Championships

The Notice of Race for the National and European Championships 2021 will be published in the next few days, along with instructions for entry.

(Click on the image for a full-size view of the poster. The back button or arrow on your browser should return you to this page).


2022 Wayfarer Internationals (USA)

Early details here of next year’s Wayfarer Internationals (to be held in the USA).

(Click on the image for a full-size view of the poster. The back button or arrow on your browser should return you to this page).


Chichester Harbour Race Week 2021

Dates: August 9th to 13th
Venue: Hayling Island Sailing Club

Online entries are open from the 1st May, with an early-bird discount up to 30 June. In addition to the class starts listed, if there are ten or more boats entered in a class by 31 July then you will get your own class prizes.

https://chichesterharbourraceweek.sailevent.net/

We offer class and handicap racing – it’s a fantastic event with flat water and undisturbed wind in the beautiful surroundings of Chichester harbour. We had 310 boats and 484 competitors last time it was run. With lots of people taking their holidays in the UK it promises to be a bumper year this time around. Should the event be cancelled due to COVID restrictions, then rest assured that a full refund will be given.

It is all laid on for you, with bands, beer and skittles, pub quiz, and the infamous HISC disco.

Andrew Gould


Craftinsure National Circuit & Travellers Trophy Series 2021 NoR

With fingers firmly crossed, the Notice of Race document for the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Trophy Series 2021 is linked here.


2021 Racing Calendar

2021 racing calendar

The racing calendar for 2021 is now posted here. There is a full and varied racing programme organised for next year, all, of course, subject to some normality returning to our lives and the success of vaccine(s) and other measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The racing ranges from the National/European Championships, regional Championships and National Circuit events at one end of the scale to one day relaxed open meetings and family race weeks where Wayfarers compete at the other. There should be something for everybody.

The National Circuit and Travellers Series events are marked on the calendar as NCS FW denoting an inland non-tidal venue or NCS SW denoting an event which will be held in salt water on the sea, a tidal river or estuary. The National Circuit will consist of nine events in 2021 rather than the usual eight. The extra event is to cover the possibility of an event being lost to the pandemic. The Notice of Race for the National Circuit Series will be posted on the website in the next few weeks.

The Racing Calendar is a live document so please keep an eye on it. We will add other events to it as soon as we are notified of them.

Tim Townsend


Waldringfield Sailing Club’s 2021 Centenary

2021 will be Waldringfield Sailing Club’s Centenary, which is a wonderful milestone for any club!

In celebration the club will welcome visitors to the following:

  • The Centenary Easter Egg open meeting, on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of April
  • The Centenary Cartoon open meeting, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of September

Thank you,

John Haile, WSC Wayfarer Captain