Inlands (Datchet Water SC) NoR now posted

The Notice of Race for the Inland Championships (to be held at Datchet Water Sailing Club on October 30th-31st) has now been published.

The pdf is available for download here.


Wayfarer International Championships 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Wayfarer International Championships Regatta Registration is up and running!!!

(This is for the 2022 Wayfarer Internationals to be held between 7th and 11th March at Lake Eustis Sailing Club, Florida, USA).

Link provided here: www.RegattaRegistration.com

(Copy and paste the above link into the search bar if necessary).

Look forward to seeing everyone,

-Michele Parish, USWA Treasurer

P.S. – Notice of Race and covering letter linked here (opens in new browser tab where possible).


Save the Date – 18-21 August 2022

The UK National and European Championships will be hosted by Arun YC on 18-21 August 2022. More details to follow but entry numbers will be limited.

Many will remember attending the National Championships which Arun YC hosted in 2017. It was a great success on and off the water. We are looking forward to returning there next year.


Change of Date for the Inland Championships 2021

The UKWA Inland Championships 2021 are being put back by one week and will now be held at Datchet Water SC over the weekend of 30/31 October.

More details and the Notice of Race will be published soon.


L’Escargot Trophy – Details

“We have just published the Notice of Race for the Escargot Trophy at Aldeburgh on 18/19 September (NoR linked here) and would be grateful if you could publish a link to our club website: www.aldeburghyc.org.uk where details can be found.

“This event is being run in combination with a Flying Fifteen open meeting, but suitably separated starts will be provided for each fleet. Up to five races over two days on Suffolk’s beautiful River Alde. Camping on site and event supper on the Saturday evening.

“Thank you”

-Robert Mulcahy (AYC)


Swarkestone SC Open

Swarkestone Sailing Club are delighted to invite you to the most northern venue on the National Circuit Series this weekend, the 2nd and 3rd of October

You are guaranteed a warm welcome with free camping onsite and an invite to join the social on Saturday Night. You are more than welcome to leave your boat on site should you wish to travel further afield....read more


UK National Championships at Medway Yacht Club

Wayfarer UK National Championships at Medway © Paul Babington / www.facebook.com/PaulBabingtonPhotography

After two years without a championship, the Wayfarers held their Nationals 2021 at Medway YC, 5-8 August. It was not the event it should have been. The European Championships due to run alongside the Nationals had to be postponed because it was impossible for the Europeans to come and play with us. An understandably cautious approach to Covid risk which we have all gained during the last 18 months, also put paid to some other UK-based entries.

The big question was: would the passage of time result in a change of power base? Would anybody be able to come along and take the title from the reigning and perennial champions, Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend?...read more


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


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).


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.