Easterns – Notice of Race, SI’s, Entry Form
As you will be aware this is Waldringfield SC’s centenary year and they are keen to make this a season to remember, so get your entry form downloaded and sent in!
Medway YC to host the Wayfarer UK National & European Championships 2021
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
The front of the fleet will be very competitive with multi-class champions in the fleet. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, the current, UK National, European and International Wayfarer Champions will head up the entry list. However, this is an event for all Wayfarer sailors, whatever their racing expertise or experience, and there will be prizes for silver and bronze fleet sailors as well as the perpetual trophies for race winners.
This year, there will be a new trophy presented at the UK National Championships by the Hodshon family who own the Round Britain record-breaking Wayfarer, Nipegegi. This trophy will be awarded to the crew of the best placed boat with a sail number below 10506. Nipegegi, which has won the UK National Championships several times over the years, will be back in full race trim this summer and competing at the Championships. Her crew will be hoping to be the first winner of this new trophy.
Entry to the Championships is already open. More information can be found on the event page on the Medway YC website .
The Wayfarer is the classic all round sailing dinghy from the pen of Ian Proctor. Thousands of sailors have learned to sail in a Wayfarer and it was for many years the dinghy of choice for sailing schools. The boat is cruised by enthusiasts around Europe and North America. However, in its latest form the Wayfarer has a contemporary Phil Morrison designed interior and fit-out and lends itself to being raced competitively in a wide range of conditions.
West Oxfordshire SC Open
Thank you for coming to visit us at the RYA’s virtual 2021 Dinghy Show 27-28 February 2021
It was lovely to ‘see’ so many visitors and members, especially those from overseas.
If you feel you missed something; visitors already registered for the Show can re-visit for 30 days from the Show’s close.
We would be delighted if you came back and had a look at all the Documents and Video resources on our stand. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Sarah, Class Secretary
Wayfarer National and European Championships
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.
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.
Craftinsure National Circuit & Travellers Trophy Series 2021 NoR
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.
Waldringfield Sailing Club’s 2021 Centenary
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
John Haile, WSC Wayfarer Captain
Late Season Open Meetings
Nigel O’Donnell, from Swarkestone SC which was hosting its open meeting on 3/4 October, said “There was still an appetite to hold the meeting, but with the restrictions becoming tighter and the potential for a second spike it wouldn’t be wise to add to that. Would you please pass our apologies on to the fleet, and hopefully look forward to a better season next year.”
Guy Marks, from Bough Beech SC which was due to host the Wayfarer Finale on 7/8 November said the the club was disappointed to have to cancel but did not feel happy they could “run the open [meeting] as they would like” and that increased social restrictions would only make that harder.
While we do not know what 2021 is going to look like in so many ways, we are working hard to prepare a race programme which can go ahead provided Government restrictions and guidance will permit. The programme will include a National/European Championships and open meetings with the Eastern Area Championships at Waldringfield SC on 10/11 July and the Finale at Bough Beech SC on 13/14 November already pencilled into the diary.
UKWA National Championships 2020 – Cancelled
Entry fees will be refunded in full to competitors by the Treasurer of DSC.
The open meeting at Hickling Broad SC on 10th October has also been cancelled, again because of the impact of Covid 19.
Irish Wayfarer News: Wayfarer Southern Championships, Cullaun, 2020
“The club have made the difficult decision to confine this year’s regatta to local sailors only, so it is with regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the Wayfarer Southern Championship in Cullaun for 2020. We are conscious that the fleet may not wish to travel and the committee wanted to give you plenty of notice. We will be happy to host the Wayfarer fleet next year. The decision was not made lightly but health and safety is a priority. I will truly miss meeting you all but I fully support the committee’s decision.
“I do hope you are getting to sail and enjoy the water. I am so glad we got to meet last year and look forward to when we can all meet again.
“Wishing you all the best, stay healthy and well and KEEP RACING safely!!!”