Wayfarer UK National and European Championships 2022 at Arun Yacht Club – Preview

2017 Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

It’s all stations go for the Wayfarer National and European Championships 2022 which start at Arun YC on Thursday 18th August and run through to Sunday 21st August with three races scheduled each day.

The European Championships were postponed last year because of travel restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic, but the host club are delighted to welcome visitors from Denmark and Ireland to join the mainland UK fleet. The Danish Wayfarer fleet is particularly strong at the moment and two of the travelling entries for this Championship were in the top ten at the recent Danish National Championships and they would expect to do well.

From mainland UK, the competition is led as usual by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, the current UK National, European and International Champions. Michael and Simon will be sailing their new boat, W11321. Pushing them hard no doubt will be Andrew and Tom Wilson, runners up at the 2021 National Championships and a close third overall at a windy International Championships in Ireland in 2019.

Other teams expected to be near the front of the fleet would include Quentin Strauss (previously a runner up in the International Championships and seventh at the Internationals in Florida earlier this year) and Sarah Burgess who have borrowed Michael’s other Wayfarer, W10648; Guy Marks (UK Wayfarer National Champion 2015, and recently seen at the front of a Snipe) and Mel Titmus in W11120; Bill Whitney and John Shelton (perenially at or near the front of the fleet, third at the recent Southern Championships and fourth at the windy International Championships in 2019) in W10688; and John Clementson (multiple champion in Mirrors and Graduates) and Sam Pygall in W11101 who recently finished second overall and first Wayfarer at the Medway Marathon. Watch out also for former national champions and Wayfarer builders Richard and Mark Hartley (W11323) who like it windy!

Wildcards who might be expected to have at least one very good result during the championships would include John Goudie and Sam Boniface in W11118 (who have been showing excellent speed this year especially in windspeeds of 7-10 knots and who were runners up at the Southern Championships last month), Richard Stone and Catherine Gore in W10974 (who haven’t travelled much this year but are always excellent in the light stuff) and Mark and Alex Lee (W11211) who like nothing better than muscling their boat around the race course in stronger winds and will do well in those conditions if they can stay off the righting lever.

Dark horses will the boats from Parkstone especially Jackie Dobson and Dave Mitchell who have a long and successful history in the class and Sean and Helen Murray who showed enormous potential on the second day at the Nationals in 2021 although they had struggled a bit in the extreme conditions on the first day.

Looking through the entries it is difficult to identify any rabbits so watch out for everybody else… especially if you are on port!

Arun YC hosted a very successful UK National Championships in 2017 (with very memorable socials) so the class is very excited about returning there in 2022. The organising committee led by David Robinson have put in a huge amount of work to arrange a great event on and off the water. The extreme heat of recent days may be a thing of the past but the forecast is for a range of wind conditions over the event with something for everybody.

The Championship is one of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series events for 2022 and is being sponsored by Craftinsure, McNamara Sails and Hartley Boats.


10th Anniversary – Classic Boat Revival  2022

We’re back..!

After a two year hiatus due in part to the fallout from Covid, we are inviting you to come and help celebrate our 10th anniversary over the weekend of 3rd and 4th September.

We are in full swing to once again encourage racing classics to strut their stuff in Chichester Harbour.

The format remains much the same as previous years with a series of five races over the weekend, club suppers on Friday and Saturday evenings, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. David (Dougal) Henshall is again due to judge our Concours d’Elegance.

Full details of the event, including the Notice of Race (also attached), are available via the Classic Boat Revival website.

All payments for entry, catering etc will be made via a dedicated booking page within Bosham SC’s website.

Uffa 50 Festival

We hope that several classics will follow on to us from the Uffa 50 Festival in Cowes 18-21st August. We would encourage those of you with Uffa Fox dinghies to continue your celebrations with us in Bosham. For those of you active in club and class associations, please feel free to forward our emails and links to encourage others to participate.


Some of you will remember a video was made on the 2012 event, originally published by an online sailing channel. Sadly they ceased business but a copy of the video has been found and published on YouTube. If you fancy a trip down memory lane you can see it here.

And finally…Sponsors

Events like ours are enhanced by the help & support of sponsors.

We are very grateful to have the support of local estate against & auctioneers Stride & Son, and the legal firm Verisona Law  and for the 10th year in a row, Pusser’s Rum, which no CBR prize giving should be without!

Please excuse the paucity of emails in previous months, probably no bad thing, but the real world has been getting in the way, I’ll make up for it in the coming days with further news & updates.


Andrew Young


UK Wayfarer Association National and European Championships – 18th – 21st August 2022

As we approach just a week before the Championships begin , the Early Bird reduced entry fee of £85 expired  last Thursday, and is now £100.

Entering now, will greatly assist with our planning of the event to know how many we need to cater for!

The final week before a major championship is always manic so, if you intend to take part, can I please implore you to get your entry in as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to hosting this event and will do all we can to make it a great success.

Regards, David



We have received some feedback that some of you were hoping that we could provide some form of camping on site.  Initially we thought that was unlikely but, we have now reassessed the situation and are able to offer a limited number of spaces for small – 2-person max tents in our dinghy pen.

We are also able to accommodate some spaces for camper vans in the car park.

Both will be allocated on a first-come, first- served basis.

We will also be offering a ferry service across the river at specified times so that those of you staying in B & Bs in the town will be able to leave your car in the town, without having to worry about drink-driving.  The times of the ferry will be published to fit around the times of events and bar closing!!

I hope these added facilities will encourage any of you who may have been hesitant about entering to fill in your entry forms and submit them to me quickly!!!


David Robinson


UKWA National and European Championships, Arun YC, 18 – 21 August 2022

The combined National and European Championships are now just six weeks away and the closing date for the discounted early bird entry fee expires on 4th August.

Please, if you are planning to enter, we’d like to encourage you to get your completed entry form to David Robinson at Arun YC, as soon as possible.  That will also enable the club to be better prepared and avoid any last minute panics!!!

In addition to hoping to receive your entry, it would be appreciated if you could please forward this message to any Wayfarer members in your club who you think might be interested in joining us.  Entry forms and NoR can be found here: 2022 Nationals and Europeans – UK Wayfarer Association

Needless to say, if you have any queries, or require and further information, please do not hesitate to contact David Robinson (for Arun Yacht Club)

Wayfarer Open at Shoreham SC: July 16-17 2022

Shoreham Sailing Club are delighted to welcome the D-Zero and Wayfarer fleets to compete at their Southern Championships on 16 – 17 July 2022.

Come and experience the best sea sailing in the UK, with easy sheltered launching in the harbour and a short sail out to sea, Shoreham is renowned for its wonderful clear waters, fantastic waves and regular sea breeze.

All information about the event including online booking can be found on the Shoreham Sailing Club Website which includes the most up to date NoR, SI’s, Harbour regulations and how to enter online.

Poole Week – Sun Aug 28th -Fri Sep 2nd 2022

Currently there 9 Parkstone Wayfarers entered and it will be a great opportunity for visitors to sail in the beautiful surroundings of Poole Harbour and show us locals how to do it! 🙂

If we can get 12 entries we will be given our own start which we managed to achieve just from PYC entries last year so fingers crossed we will also get there this year!

Entries can be made here:- https://www.pooleweek.org/ where you can also find information on the event and additional information on the area.

For further info before the event please contact Trevor Card

and Wayfarer deputy Ian Sargeant for any help, during the event.


Wayfarer Open Meeting at Aldeburgh YC 23/24 July 2022

Please find below the Notice of Race and Entry Form for the open meeting at AYC on 23/24 July 2022. This open meeting is one of the events in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2022.

Wayfarer Open 2022 NoR & Entry Form

Wayfarer Southern Championships on 16/17 July 2022

Please find links to the following below Notice of Race, SI’s and Entry Form:

Entry Form D-Zero and Wayfarer 2022

OpenMeetingSailingInstructions v3.1

NoR D-Zero & Wayfafer 2022

Yachts and Yachting report of the Finale at Bough Beech last weekend. 

Wayfarer training and open meeting at Banbury Sailing Club as in Y&Y

by Tim Townsend

Wayfarer training and open meeting at Banbury © Tim Matthews
Banbury Sailing Club hosted its inaugural Wayfarer open meeting on Saturday 4th June. Three visitors joined nine local boats for a day of racing at the club’s picturesque 90 acre reservoir.

The wind was blowing across the lake and gusting at times in excess of 20 mph. This was not the ideal wind direction but gave shifty and gusty conditions which provided plenty of challenges for the crews and opportunities for gains and losses in each race as they navigated their way around the seemingly random puffs and lulls. The wind increased over the course of the day and the last race was particularly difficult.

Nigel and Belinda sailing 11282 and Tim and Jacqueline sailing 11012 enjoyed a very close first race. Nigel and Belinda led at the first windward mark and although they were pushed hard from time to time by Tim and Jacqueline they maintained their lead throughout winning the race by fewer than 20 seconds. Andy and Paul sailing 9646 came third.

After a short break the second race began with Tim and Jacqueline getting away from the fleet at the first mark. They led comfortably throughout for a wire to wire win. Behind them, Nigel and Belinda enjoyed a distinctly average start and had to claw back places during the race. They had a close battle for much of the race with Michael and Christopher sailing 10700. Nigel and Belinda eventually prevailed with Michael and Christopher coming third, a definite improvement on their sixth place in the first race.

After lunch, the final race was sailed with all at stake, on a slightly modified course.

It was Michael and Christopher who got the advantage up the first beat and led the fleet for most of the race from there. Behind them, Tim and Jacqueline and Nigel and Belinda were having a very close race between themselves, exchanging positions regularly. At the beginning of the final lap, however, Nigel and Belinda took advantage of a shift and increased pressure and made their break into a clear second place.

Both Nigel and Belinda and Tim and Jacqueline were gaining on Michael and Christopher. Indeed, Nigel and Belinda took the lead briefly on the final leg of the race only for Michael and Christopher to regain the lead just before the finish line and take the gun.

Nigel and Belinda deservedly won the open meeting on count back from Tim and Jacqueline and took home the new Wayfarer trophy presented by Banbury SC. Michael and Christopher moved up to third overall with their final race win. First local boat was 9646 sailed by Andy and Paul.


The day before the open meeting, twelve boats had assembled at the club for a Wayfarer training day. The instruction was led by Michael McNamara, legend of the Wayfarer and many other classes besides. Attendees ranged from newbie racers to people who were regulars on the national circuit. Michael pitched his instruction perfectly and there was something for everybody to take away from the day, with instruction on boat setup and trim and boat handling exercises on the water.

A big thank you to Andy Darby and everybody at Banbury Sailing Club for organising the training day and the open meeting, for making the visitors welcome, and an special thanks to the ladies in the galley who provided lunches each day and an evening meal on Friday evening. The racing itself was calmly and efficiently organised by the race officer, Tim Matthews, and his team.

Overall Results:


PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st11282NigelBelindaSwarkestone SC1?223
2nd11012TimJacquelineMedway YC21?33
3rd10700MichaelChrisLeigh and Lowton SC?6314
4th9646AndyPaulBanbury SC34?67
5th9644MichaelGeorgeBanbury SC?55510
6th7601MichaelGeorge/FlorenceBanbury SC4?7711
7th3722MattTonyBanbury SC(DNS)DNS415
8th3722VicTonyBanbury SC(DNS)6DNS17
9th7592TonyTerryBanbury SC(DNS)8DNS19
10th9930PeterRichardBanbury SC(DNS)DNSDNS22

Race training and racing days; Banbury SC, 3-5 June 2022


Race Training Day Friday 3 June 2022, Banbury SC  ahead of a Wayfarer Open on Saturday 4 June and BSC’s warm invitation to join in their club racing on the Sunday 5 June.

A fabulous opportunity to learn from Wayfarer International, European and National Champion Michael McNamara and Matt Sharman (AeroLuff Spars) who cruises Wayfarers far and wide with a wealth of knowledge and many years’ experience.

If you are interested in racing but not quite sure, this is a fabulous opportunity to come and give it a go!   Camping available, it will be a fabulous weekend.

To book:  Banbury Sailing Club : Wayfarer Day

Banbury SC: Post code: NN11 6XU  (-not to be confused with Banbury Cross SC)  See What3Words


Suggested schedule, depending on numbers:

Group 1: Training Exercises, First Place thinking, Change Gear, Sail Setting Guides, Wayfarer Setting up (MK 4 and Pre Mk 4)

Group 2: Race training, Sail Setting Ideas, Twinam  Airflow Diagrams, Spinnaker Drills

11.00                     Introduction. Aims for the day

11.30                     Series of short races using exercise 3

12.30-1.00           Lunch

1.00  -1.45           Sail setting demo

1.45  -2.15           Introduction to afternoon exercises to include 2, 5, 6, 10 etc

2.15  -4.00           On the water

4.00 onwards     Debrief including video

May overrun so this is a guestimate!

Details and bookings can be made via the Banbury SC website:  Banbury Sailing Club : Wayfarer Day

Any queries, please don’t hesitate to email  Andy Darby

UK Wayfarer Association National and European Championships Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st August

The committee and members of Arun Yacht Club are delighted to invite you to enter the UK Wayfarer Association National and European Championships that they are hosting at Littlehampton, West Sussex, in August.

Many UKWA members will have fond memories of when Arun YC hosted the Nationals in 2017 and they feel particularly honoured to have been “promoted” to running the combined Nationals and Europeans this year.  They promise to put on an equally memorable event!

You will find on this website a copy of the Notice of Race, and an Entry Form which David Robinson, chair of the organising committee, would invite you to complete and return to him at david@bilshamlane.plus.com  as soon as is convenient.  The Entry Form is in Word format to enable you to download, complete and return it to him.  As you will see, entry is limited to a total of 50 boats which will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

The “Early Bird” entry fee of £85 will run until midnight on 4th August, after which it will increase to £100 although, by then, Arun YC expect to have reached their maximum entry limit.  When sending David your completed entry form, can you also please pay the entry fee directly to the club by BACS (details of which are on the form).  Only once the fee has been received will your entry be complete!

Although the championship will run from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st August inclusive, the organisers anticipate that many of you may wish to arrive on the Wednesday, so they are delighted to announce that Michael McNamara has kindly agreed to give a “Setting up your Wayfarer” Talk around his boat at 18.30 for about an hour on the Wednesday evening, after which the galley will be open for an informal supper.

It would be appreciated if you could please notify  any Wayfarer members in your club who (maybe don’t look regularly at this website) you think might be interested in competing at this event.

Nearer the event Arun YC will circulate details of the associated catering and social programme and be asking you to reserve tickets, as this will greatly assist them with their pre-planning.

Needless to say, if you have any queries, or require and further information, please do not hesitate to contact David. For further information about the club see https://arunyc.co.uk/

UKWA Nationals & Euros Entry Form 2022

UKWA Nationals & Euros NoR 2022

Euro and Nationals Copy of Entries as at 5.8.2022 published

Bourne End Week, UTSC Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June 2022

Featuring amongst other events the Wayfarer Splashaway Challenge


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Wayfarer Western Championships at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club

by Sam Pygall 26 Apr 06:39 BST23-24 April 2022

Following a competitive start to the 2022 Wayfarer National Circuit at Datchet a couple of weekends ago, the Wayfarer fleet moved on to West Oxfordshire Sailing Club over the weekend of the 23-24th May for the prospect of some testing restricted inland water sailing.

As well as the Western Area Championships, this would be the second event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2022 supported by Craftinsure, McNamara Sails and Hartley Boats.

For the fleet, this was the first time back at West Oxfordshire since 2019 when Wayfarer legend Brian Lamb was victorious over two days of contrasting conditions (windy and light). As usual the club provided a very warm welcome to visitors from as far afield as Derbyshire and Norfolk. The seven visitors were joined by four home boats to create an 11 strong field, while sharing the event with a Wanderer fleet.

Following on from Datchet, many of the main protagonists had journeyed to a beautiful part of the world in the Oxfordshire countryside. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend made an appearance at West Oxfordshire for the first time in several years. Andrew Wilson was joined by semi-regular inland crew Sue Risbridger. Circuit stalwarts Nigel and Belinda O’Donnell had journeyed down from Derby and have demonstrated some fine form in tight, restrictive inland waters previously (usually the tight restrictive inland water waters at Swarkestone!). The “heroes of Datchet” John Goudie and Sam Boniface were looking to continue their form from that event and Mark Lee and Sam Pygall were in attendance, with Sam able to sail the entire weekend. The stage was set for competitive sailing.

Day 1 dawned. The wind was blowing from the East, with a hint of North, varying between F2 and F5 in the gusts. For those not familiar with West Oxfordshire Sailing Club, the wind direction meant short, gusty, super shifty beats of about 50 metres across the pond and a beam/broad reach down the length of the pond. Scary. The race officer set a creative course that had no gybes but plenty of opportunity for thrills and spill where boat handling had to be immaculate to avoid anything untoward.

Continuing the battle from Datchet, McNamara and Townsend and Wilson and Risbridger shot off a tight startline and were showing the rest of the fleet how to master the tricky conditions, with Lee and Pygall and Goudie and Boniface in hot pursuit. But then disaster struck Andrew and Sue as they were blown over by one of the more vicious gusts which gave Lee and Pygall an opportunity to sneak through. The first broad reach of the race gave crews the opportunity to stick or twist – twist and fly the spinnaker with the tantalising opportunity to gain boat lengths or stick with white sail sailing, which although slow, gave some hint of control. McNamara and Townsend provided a demonstration to the rest of the fleet of keeping 3 sails under control in the conditions, followed by Lee and Pygall and then Goudie and Boniface. Local team Day and Williams came through for a creditable fourth.

After a well-earned lunch, Race 2 followed a similar pattern. McNamara and Wilson pulled someway clear and were battling intensely as the front of the fleet for a few rounds, followed by Lee and Pygall and local team Day and Williams. Unluckily for Wilson and Risbridger, lightning struck twice and they were undone again by a bad gust and went for a second swim. This allowed McNamara to sail off into the distance, followed by the consistent Lee and Pygall who continued to explore the limits of their spinnaker work and Day and Williams.

Race 3 finalised the day and with Andrew and Sue taking some time out following their swims, McNamara completed a perfect score for the day with an inland water horizon job, demolishing the fleet despite the tricky and testing conditions. Lee and Pygall were a clear second, using the spinnaker as much as they dared, and McNamara club mates Richard Bailey and Ian Curtis completed the podium. The O’Donnells got their best result of day 1 with a creditable fourth, having held second briefly early in the race.

The fleet gathered for a fish and chip supper laid on by the host club and were grateful for the prospect of only two races on the Sunday and a forecast of some moderation of the wind, at least with respect to the strength of the gusts

Sunday arrived and the wind was broadly in the same direction but the gusts felt less severe. Races 4 and 5 for the weekend were held back-to-back. Lee and Pygall flew into an early lead in race 4 for the first few laps but were reeled in by Wilson and Risbridger and McNamara and Townsend who then proceed to have a great battle over a testing course which continued to present both wind shift and gust challenges. In the end, Wilson and Risbridger emerged triumphant to break McNamara’s run and take a well-deserved bullet. Lee and Pygall, continuing to sail consistently, made up the podium. Goudie and Boniface returned to the front of the fleet with a fourth.

Race 5 started with the final step of the podium to be decided. Similar to races 1 and 2, Wilson and McNamara flew off and again battled around the racecourse, this time with McNamara prevailing, picking up his 4th win in 5 races. The highest level of sailing in some of the trickiest inland waters on the circuit. Lee and Pygall – a new pairing sailing only their 3rd event – completed the podium in race 5.

Andrew and Sue’s second in the last race was just enough to pull through and take 3rd place in the event overall. Mark and Sam were rewarded for their spinnaker work on Day 1 and consistency on day 2 to take the runners-up prize. But, overall, no one could touch Michael and Simon in conditions where mental and physical stamina, wind anticipation and overall boat handling brought their rewards in terms of scores. Kudos as well to John Goudie and Sam Boniface who continued some of the good form from Datchet, local sailors Andrew Day and J-P Williams and Richard Bailey and Ian Curtis. Mention should be made also of youngsters Emily Batterton and Jasmine Speller who competed in a new MK IV club boat and completed 3 of the 5 races.

The next Wayfarer open meeting is Banbury SC over the Jubilee weekend in June. This event does not form part of the National Circuit but does provide an opportunity for a training day with Michael McNamara followed by a one-day regatta at a venue not visited by the Wayfarer fleet in recent times.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st10648Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC111?214
2nd11211Mark LeeSam PygallMedway YC222?339
3rd11093Andrew WilsonSue RisbridgerDatchet Water SC56(DNS)1214
4th11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC35?64416
5th11398Richard BaileyIan CurtisRollesby Broad SC?9435517
6th11402Andrew DayJ P WilliamsWest Oxfordshire SC4357?819
7th11282Nigel O’DonnellBelinda O’DonnellSwarkestone SC?7746623
8th11308Matt BattertonAndrew RobsonWest Oxfordshire SC6?888729
9th11223Nick HarrisJames HarrisDatchet Water SC8(DNS)79DNF36
10th11401Emily BattertonJasmine SpellerWest Oxfordshire SC10(DNS)DNS10941
11th8080George EdmundsonLucia WinrowWest Oxfordshire SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS1046

Race Training Day Friday 3 June 2022, Banbury SC, Wayfarer Open Saturday 4 June, club racing Sunday 5 June …

The first of two wonderful sailing and training weekend opportunities; First,  Banbury Sailing Club : Wayfarer Day

Race Training Day Friday 3 June 2022, Banbury SC  ahead of a Wayfarer Open on Saturday 4 June and BSC’s warm invitation to join in their club racing on the Sunday 5 June.

A fabulous opportunity to learn from Wayfarer International, European and National Champion Michael McNamara and Matt Sharman (AeroLuff Spars) who cruises Wayfarers far and wide with a wealth of knowledge and many years’ experience.

If you are interested in racing but not quite sure, this is a fabulous opportunity to come and give it a go!   Camping available, it will be a fabulous weekend.

To book:  Banbury Sailing Club : Wayfarer Day

Banbury SC: Post code: NN11 6XU  (-not to be confused with Banbury Cross SC)  See What3Words


And then, our new, Wayfarer Day at Hickling Broad SC Saturday 11 June:

Training News – UK Wayfarer Association

Y&Y report from the Inland Championships the weekend before Easter

Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Tim Townsend 18 Apr 18:48 BST9-10 April 2022

Nobody ever said that winning sailing races is easy but if you look at the bare results from the Wayfarer Inland Championships sailed at Datchet on the weekend before Easter you would be forgiven for thinking that with three wins and two second places counting it was a bit of a walk in the park for Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend. It wasn’t.

Twelve boats came to the start area on Saturday morning for a mainly sunny series of four races in 8-14 knots of breeze coming broadly from the west. Although the pressure was, for the most part, solid, the wind oscillated all day, 10 or 15 degrees either side of the mean, more so as the wind softened towards the end of the afternoon. Originally only three races were scheduled but the forecast for Sunday was less encouraging so the RO wanted to get an extra race in the bank. Sharing the water with a large fleet of Flying Fifteens meant that the Wayfarers sailed one race before lunch and then three back to back. We also raced over the unusual course of sausage, triangle, sausage (and I’m still looking for buoy No3 on the course sheet!). All in all, there was plenty to think about during the racing.

So off we all went, on the T of Toot, looking for the windward mark in Race 1. Actually, not all. Paul Hughes and Jeremy Rose hadn’t gone far before they realised their pre-season checks hadn’t prevented a halyard from jamming in a mast sheave forcing an immediate DNF and the rest of the day sorting out a solution. The Hartleys went one better returning to the shore before the start with Mark hanging on to one shroud which had detached itself from the chainplates. The lunch gap between Races 1 and 2 was long enough for the Hartleys to resolve their issue and their DNC became a discard.

Leading at the first mark, in probably the strongest wind of the day, were Andrew and Tom Wilson. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend were second and at this point John Goudie and Sam Boniface were third. Tim and Jacqueline Townsend gained some places on a windy three sail race during the second lap and finished comfortably in third place at the end of the race. Meanwhile, Michael and Simon battled past Andrew and Tom on lap three but didn’t recognise the shorten course signal. They started another beat and were sailing in the wrong direction just long enough for Andrew and Tom to retake the lead and win the race.

For Race 2 the fleet was almost back to full complement. Once again Andrew and Tom led at the first mark and this time held sway around the course to take their second gun. Michael and Simon were runners up once again while John and Sam got the better of Richard and Mark Hartley (it was nice to see them back in a Wayfarer) to complete the podium.

By Race 3 the wind was fluctuating quite significantly in strength and direction. Andrew and Tom led at the windward mark once more with Tim and Jacqueline in second place and holding up the rest of the fleet. The Townsends didn’t delay Michael and Simon for long though and they were soon in pursuit of Andrew and Tom, eventually passing them to take the win. Tim and Jacqueline finished third with Richard and Mark enjoying a second successive fourth place finish.

Race 4 was held in the lightest winds of the day. On this occasion it was Michael and Simon who led from start to finish while Andrew and Tom followed them round for second place. Behind them there was a battle royal going on between Richard and Mark, Mark Lee and George, and Tim and Jacqueline for third place. They eventually finished in that order.

Overnight, Michael and Simon led on count back from Andrew and Tom, both with two wins and two seconds. Tim and Jacqueline held third place overall from Richard and Mark, again on count back. John and Sam, after their third place in Race 2, sat a couple of points further back and in a challenging position for the following day.

As promised the fleet enjoyed a meal and sociable evening at The Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook. Things must have changed there for the better in recent centuries, because Richard and Mark Hartley survived an overnight stay there (which they may not have done in the C17th!).

Sunday dawned with no wind at all and we waited 90 minutes for it to fill in. When it did, it came from the south, at least as shifty as the day before, but now at no more than 6-9 knots.

Race 5 got under way with Paul and Jeremy back on the water with a new mast head sheave and a new halyard. John and Sam were fast out of the blocks, picked the shifts on the first beat and led all the way round. Behind them Mark Lee (now crewed by Sam Pygall) was going very fast and pressuring both John and Sam and Andrew and Tom. It was the Wilsons who finished second with Mark and Sam completing the podium. Meanwhile Michael and Simon were struggling to pick the shifts on the beats (I sympathise) and were stuck in mid fleet, finishing in an uncharacteristic fifth. Andrew and Tom were now in the box seat for the overall win.

Buoyed by their result in Race 5, it was Mark and Sam who shot off the start line in the final Race and led at the first mark. John and Sam were still sailing fast and smart and these two, together with Michael and Simon, pulled away from the rest of the fleet. Mark and Sam continued to lead until well into the second lap before they were overtaken by Michael and Simon who slowly increased their lead over the rest of the race to win by about 30 seconds. Mark and Sam sailed faultlessly to take the gun for second, while John and Sam continued their good form with third.

Winners overall by virtue only of their last race win were Michael and Simon. Runners up were Andrew and Tom whose fourth place in the last race became their discard. Third overall with the best results of anybody on Sunday were John and Sam.

Next up for the UK Wayfarer fleet is the Western Championships at West Oxfordshire SC on 23/24 April.

Overall Results:


PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st10648Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC2211?517
2nd11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC11222?48
3rd11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC535?91317
4th11323Richard HartleyMark HartleyBlithfield SC(DNS)4434621
5th11211Mark LeeGeorge/Sam PygallMedway YC?86743222
6th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC35356?722
7th11223Nick HarrisLuke HowellsDatchet Water SC4?10688935
8th11282Nigel O’DonnellBelinda O’DonnellSwarkestone SC?98967535
9th10828Derek LambertSue RisbridgerDatchet Water SC7787?10837
10th11311Tom MorrisGreg MorrisDatchet Water SC691010?111045
11th11129Paul HughesJeremy RoseArun YC(DNF)DNCDNCDNC91159
12th9416Conrad PayneAdelleDatchet Water SC1011(DNC)DNCDNCDNC60



YouTube video taken at Wayfarer Internationals, Lake Eustis, Florida March 2022


Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water Sailing Club – Preview as in Y&Y

After a very successful International Championships held in Florida last month, the UK Wayfarer Class now sets its sights on the domestic racing programme beginning with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water SC on 9/10 April.

This will be the first event of the National Circuit and Travellers Series 2022, sponsored once again by Craftinsure and, with Flying Fifteens sharing the water for their open meeting there will be plenty of boats on the water.

There has long been a fleet of Wayfarers at Datchet and an annual open meeting (often the Inland Championships) is usually part of a busy schedule for the travellers. The home fleet is headed by Andrew Wilson who usually finishes somewhere at or near the top of the Wayfarer fleet crewed either by his son, Tom, or by Sue Risbridger. Others to watch out for from the local fleet include Club Commodore, Nick Harris, and Derek Lambert. A small fleet of Wayfarers is forming at nearby Silver Wing SC and it is hoped there will be some visitors from there.

Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet photo copyright Rosie Dolling taken at Datchet Water Sailing Club and featuring the Wayfarer class

From further afield, visitors will be led by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, recently crowned Wayfarer International Champions for the fifth time, and they will be hard to beat. Craftinsure’s Mark Lee, crewed by Sam Pygall, will also be very competitive (and probably quite noisy), along with other recently returned teams from the United States, Nigel and Belinda O’Donnell and the Other Townsends, Tim and Jacqueline.

All Wayfarer class boats are welcome to compete and this year it is hoped a few classic wooden Wayfarers will attend as well as the more modern MkIV’s.

The Wayfarer events at Datchet are usually well attended. Race management is good and the courses are well set. Saturday evening customarily sees the fleet decamp for a meal to The Ostrich Inn at nearby Colnbrook. The Ostrich has an historic reputation of which the Thenardiers from Les Miserables would be proud. Reputation of the pub notwithstanding, all the competitors survive and turn up at the club for a second day’s racing on the Sunday.

The wind forecast for the weekend is for a force 3-4 from the North West on Saturday with a South Easterly 3-4 on Sunday. It won’t be as warm as it was in Florida but the competition should still be hot.

For more details visit the Wayfarer Class Association website at wayfarer.org.uk

Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet photo copyright Rosie Dolling taken at Datchet Water Sailing Club and featuring the Wayfarer class



further amendment to the NoR (amendment 3) for the Western Championships at West Oxfordshire SC 23/24 April

Further amendment to the Notice of Race (amendment 3) for the Western Championships at West Oxfordshire SC on 23/24 April:

There will now be five races rather than six.

West Oxfordshire Sailing Club, Witney
Saturday 23 / Sunday 24 April 2022
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Entries are invited from competitors for the 2022 Wayfarer Open.

Amendment to Notice of Race
Amendment No 3

Clause 4 of the Notice of Race will be replaced by the following clause 4:
4. Schedule: A competitors’ briefing will be held in front of the club balcony at 10h30.The
regatta will be five races of approximately 60-minutes’ duration, with four to count.
Start times will be approximately as follows:-
Saturday 23rd 1st Race Sat 12h00 Sunday 24th 4th Race Sun 11h00
2nd Race Sat 14h30 5th Race Sun 13h00
3rd Race Sat 16h00
The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race is 11h55.
If more than 20 (twenty) entries are received then two flights may be organised. In this
case, the regatta will be five races of approximately 50-minutes’ duration, with four to
count.The second flight start times will be five minutes after those of the first flight.

West Oxfordshire SC
2 April 2022