The Westerns are back!
The clubs in Langstone Harbour jointly host an annual weekend regatta which puts on handicap racing but has previously been used by several classes for their National Championships or for class open meetings. The event will be co-hosted by Locks SC, Langstone SC and Tudor SC. In 2018, as well as hosting the Wayfarer Western Area Championships, the Wanderer Class will be holding their National Championships during the event. ...read more
The plan will be to run 6 races in the harbour over the two days. Racing will be over championship style courses (laid buoys) and with a committee boat start. Those who want to stay over until Bank Holiday Monday will be very welcome to take part in a Charity handicap race around the cans.
Boat parking will be at Tudor SC which has the largest compound to accommodate visitors. Camping will be available at Langstone SC for a small fee. Socials will be shared around the three clubs.
The entry fee is likely to be in the region of £35-40 plus the UKWA levy but the entry fee will include some food.
More details to follow in due course…
** West Oxfordshire SC Open & Juniors this weekend **
This year WOSC is also holding the Wayfarer Junior Championship.
An article previewing the Junior Championship, written by our own Tim Townsend is now available on yachtsandyachting.com and is linked here.
Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit & Travellers’ Series 2018
The prosecco was drunk and the cake was eaten at the Wayfarer Class 60th Birthday party at the RYA Dinghy Show at the beginning of March. That was just the start of the year’s celebrations. The party continues with the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2018 which begins with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water SC on 7/8 April, the first of eight events covering among other things, various area championships, the 2018 National Championships, racing at a variety of salt and fresh water venues and culminating at the Bough Beech Finale in November. ...read more
|7-8 April||Datchet Water SC||Inland Championships||NCS #1 (F)|
|21-22 April||West Oxfordshire SC||Open Meeting and Junior Championships||NCS #2 (F)|
|1-3 June||Castle Cove SC||National Championships||NCS #4 (S)|
|28-29 July||Waldringfield SC||Eastern Area Championships||NCS #5 (S)|
|25-26 August||Langstone Harbour||Western Area Championships||NCS #3 (S)|
|8-9 Sep||Medway YC||Southern Area Championships||NCS #6 (S)|
|6-7 October||Swarkestone SC||Swarkestone Open Meeting||NCS #7 (F)|
|10-11 Nov||Bough Beech SC||Season Finale||NCS #8 (F)|
Diligent readers will notice there are only seven events listed (above), not eight*. This is because Shoreham SC, which was due to host the Western Area Championships in May has regrettably had to cancel the event because its new launching ramp will not be completed. The UKWA is actively looking for a club to host the Western Area Championships in mid-May or late August. If you think your club can help please email the UKWA Racing Secretary, Tim Townsend, at [email protected] Any suitable venue west of Hastings will be considered west enough to host a Wayfarer Western Championship!
Who’s competing at the Inlands? A number of the main protagonists have threatened to start the season at Datchet. These include all of the podium placed teams from the 2017 National Circuit Series, Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend, Andrew/Tom Wilson and Len Jones/Jamie Lea or Pete Mitchell. They will be joined by the enthusiastic and competitive fleet from the host club, and many visitors from the South and Midlands. It looks like it will be a keenly contested weekend with six races scheduled and a social on Saturday night.
How have the teams been warming up? The Datchet fleet has raced most Sunday mornings all winter, so is well practised. Guy Marks and others have been competing at the Bough Beech Icicle, Guy comfortably winning the series. Further north, Wayfarers have been competing in the Blithfield Barrel. Andrew and Tom Wilson have been racing at Datchet but also flying the flag for the Wayfarer Class at the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series 2017, finishing on the podium at each of the three events in which they competed. Michael McNamara has been spotted cycling up and down the hills of Norfolk in a concerted effort to improve fitness levels. Doubtless, Simon Townsend has been doing something similar on the South Coast (but with hills). Bionic Len Jones has a new boat and new body parts (I’m sure titanium is not allowed on the boat) so he will be as quick as ever. No doubt the top few will be quick and well sailed but the exciting thing about each new season is that last season’s pecking order is consigned to history. The Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series is shaping up to be a series to savour.
– Tim Townsend
* Happily, since Tim wrote this article a venue has been found, and the table reflects this eighth event
Southern Area Championships – NoR and Notes
The adjacent image links to a poster for the Southern Area Championships (and CraftInsure National Circuit and Travellers’ Series event #6) to be held at Medway Yacht Club, 8th – 9th September.
UKWA 2018 Nationals NoR
UKWA NCS 2017 Season Finale:
NCS #8 Bough Beech SC 11/12 November 2017
Here is the NOR for the UKWA NCS Finale at Bough Beech SC next weekend: 11/12 November:
Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Guy Marks, BBSC
NCS #7 & ‘SPLASHAWAY’ TROPHY
There is to be a party/supper on Saturday evening, with full details set out on the poster here (opens in new tab).
Wayfarer Southern Area Championships 9th and 10th September 2017 Sailing Instructions: NCS: #6
This is the 6th event, in the Series of 8, this year with the last two events at Upper Thames SC and Bough Beech SC to follow in October and November.
A very warm welcome will be found at these events and we hope you wish to make the most of these remaining events. As well as The Hartley Boats Trophy, awarded to the winner of the National Circuit Series and the Wayfarer Traveller’s Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Travellers’ Trophy Series – Don’t forget the new Traveller Prize Draw!
A draw of sponsors’ prizes shall be made at the last National Circuit Series event of the year. Each boat which has competed in two or more events will be eligible to win a prize. Each boat which has competed in two events shall have one ticket bearing its sail number included in the draw. Each boat which has competed in three events shall have two tickets included in the draw. Each boat which has competed in four events shall have three tickets and so on. A boat may win only one prize.
If a boat wins a prize but is not represented at the draw its owner shall be responsible for any cost of the delivery of the prize.
L’Escargot Wayfarer Open NCS #4 Aldeburgh YC 8-9 July 2017
Notice of Race and Entry forms are also available (or will be very soon) on the AYC website (under Sailing – Racing Event Docs) or from the AYC office.
On the all-important social side, we will have a Wayfarer dinner on the Saturday night at the Club. Please book your places directly with Rebecca and copy me in. Rebecca’s email here: [email protected]
We would love to welcome Wayfarer visitors from your clubs! Free camping is available for all competitors (and shore support). ...read more
Please enter in good time and sign up for the supper on the Saturday.
I wish you all calm seas and good winds.
NoR can be found here: L’Escargot 2017 Notice of Race Final
and Entry form can be found here: L’Escargot 2017 Entry Final
Additional information at http://www.aldeburghyc.org.uk/
Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships 22nd-23rd July 2017 (NCS 5)
Wayfarers will be racing at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club 22nd and 23rd April 2017
Datchet Water Sailing Club Fleet Championships Invitation Link to Sailing Instructions
NoR for the Western Area Championships 22 – 23 April 2017:NCS #1
The NOR can be found here: NCS1 -Wanderer and Wayfarer Joint Race Meet
An invitation to race from Datchet Wayfarers: 12 March and 18 June 2017
Datchet Water Sailing Club Wayfarers would be delighted for any UKWA members to join us for our fleet championships: 8 races, 4 races a day on Sundays 12th March and 18th June 2017.
It is anticipated that 2 races will be sailed AM back to back and 2 races back to back PM after lunch. Briefing will be at 9.45 on both days. ...read more
If 8 races are sailed then a generous 4 discards will apply.
Entry fee for each day will be a standard day sailing fee.
Prizes will be available for visiting boats depending on numbers. The tide is now in so very easy launching from the beach, pontoons or slipways to 475 acres of unrestricted water. A great opportunity to test the water before the CraftInsure Southern Area Championships in September.
Notification of race available here- http://www.dwsc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FleetChamps17NoR.pdf
Sailing Instructions will be made available at the club website www.dwsc.org.uk in due course.
For further details contact Tony Cooper 07707028033
Wayfarers on Y&Y.com
* Race Diary Amendments *
The provisional dates published for the Scottish Championships at Loch Lomond SC have also been amended, and are in fact 2nd – 3rd September 2017. (These are now confirmed dates).
Once again apologies for any confusion caused.
2017 Racing Calendar
(N.B. – This has been amended to reflect the corrected dates for the Irish Nationals, Dun Laoghaire – 7th – 9th July and for the Scottish Championships, Loch Lomond SC, 2nd – 3rd September).