Craftinsure National Circuit & Travellers Series – 2017 Season Review
Very encouragingly, attendance at the events was up overall this year compared with 2016, and the number of boats which took part in one or more of the events increased by 18%. More significantly the number of boats which qualified for the National Circuit Series by competing in at least three events including one in fresh water and one in salt water increased by 100% compared with last year. ...read more
We are, of course, very grateful to our sponsors who support the class and, this year, in addition to the trophies and glassware for the winners there was a prize draw which encouraged participation, rather than results, as every boat which competed in two events had a ticket bearing its sail number placed in the hat, together with an extra ticket for each additional event attended. The more events the boat went to, the more chances it had of winning. Our sponsors donated some very generous prizes; a new McNamara genoa was won by Derek Lambert from Datchet Water SC, a year’s free boat insurance with Craftinsure was won by Nigel O’Donnell from Swarkestone SC while Tim Townsend from Medway YC won an undercover from Hartley Boats. Mark Lee, from Craftinsure, also donated some other goodies which were won during the draw. The burgees seemed particularly popular after a windy weekend at Bough Beech.
So, who won this year’s Travellers and Circuit Series? The final result of the latter was nail biting and came down to the last event, so congratulations to Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend for winning the Hartley Boats Trophy for the National Circuit by the tiniest of margins. Many congratulations also to Andrew Wilson and his crews, Sue Risbridger and Tom Wilson who won the Wayfarer Trophy for the Travellers Series and came agonisingly close to winning the Hartley Boats Trophy too.
Results of the National Circuit Series (top ten):
1st Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend (1.5 points)
2nd Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger/Tom Wilson (3)
3rd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell/Jamie Lea (3.5)
4th Bill Whitney and Lisa Whitney/John Shelton (6)
5th Guy and Tom Marks/Mel Titmus (13.5)
6th Tim Townsend and Jacqueline Townsend/Catherine Gore (16)
7th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (18)
8th David Roberts and Mike Bryant (20)
9th Nigel O’Donnell and Belinda O’Donnell/Michael O’Donnell (21)
10th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (30)
Results of the Travellers Series (top ten):
1st Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger/Tom Wilson
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell/Jamie Lea
3rd Tim Townsend and Jacqueline Townsend/Catherine Gore
4th Nigel O’Donnell and Belinda O’Donnell/Michael O’Donnell
5th Bill Whitney and Lisa Whitney/John Shelton
6th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
7th David Roberts and Mike Bryant
8th Scott Hamilton and Bob Maddox
9th Derek Lambert and Oliver Lanson-Gore
10th Mike Weighill and Carl Martin
-Tim Townsend (Racing Secretary)
NCS #8 – CRAFTINSURE 2017 FINALE, BOUGH BEECH SAILING CLUB:
The eighth and final event of the UK Wayfarer Association Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017 took place in mixed conditions at Bough Beech Reservoir on the weekend of 11th and 12th November. Going into the event, four boats had the potential to be on the podium in the National Circuit. During the week the forecast promised strong and gusty northerly winds on both days, but by Friday we were expecting a damp and grey Saturday with 5-12 knots from the north, while Sunday was to bring a cold north westerly of between 16 and 25 knots. ...read more
The short range forecast proved to be accurate with visitors arriving at the club and rigging their boats in intermittent drizzle. Twenty boats then took to the water for two races in a patchy breeze; real snakes and ladders conditions which suited the lighter crews and also boats with local knowledge.
The first race was led for a time by Elliott Marks and Kate Fitzsimmons in Elliott’s father’s old boat, a 30 year old Mark2 before they succumbed to the attentions of Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen, the two boats finished in that order. Of the boats in contention to win the Hartley Boats Trophy as winners of the National Circuit, Andrew and Tom Wilson were 3rd, with Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend 4th. Len Jones and Jamie Lea were 6th but Bill Whitney and John Shelton swallowed some snakes and could only finish 12th (and then only after a climbing a small ladder on the penultimate leg).
The second race was sailed after lunch in similar conditions. This time there was a race long ding dong between McNamara/Townsend and Richard Stone and Catherine Gore, with early involvement in the battle by the Rouse-Collens. After several changes of lead McNamara were just ahead at the finish followed by Stone/Gore. In this race Wilson/Wilson made a comeback after a poor first leg while Whitney/Shelton (12th again) and Jones/Lea both had mediocre results as they struggled to make sense of the conditions.
Overnight leader were Rouse-Collen followed by McNamara/Townsend, Wilson/Wilson and Marks/Fitzsimmons. Those who could stay enjoyed a good dinner laid on by the club. Others, including the race officer, went home to watch Strictly or spent the evening googling how to deal with snakes.
Sunday morning provided such contrasting conditions with a very chilly, viciously gusting and shifty north easterly(ish), white horses on the lake but bright sunshine. One or two competitors decided that discretion was the better part of valour and stayed ashore to watch proceedings from the comfort of the clubhouse.
The third race sequence began immediately after the fleet observed a two minute silence hove-to on the water. The start itself coincided with one of the strongest gusts of the day which everybody somehow survived. There was a short beat and then a long broad reach as part of a figure of 8 course. These were conditions that would surely suit all four of the leading contenders for the Hartley Boats Trophy, but after a good beat Wilson/Wilson spoiled their copybook with a spectacular three sail capsize.
Meanwhile, McNamara/Townsend, Guy Marks (the elder) and another son Tom, and Jones/Lea could be seen planing off into the distance. These three boats finished in that order, although McNamara/Townsend had pulled out a comfortable lead by the end. Whitney/Shelton proved they can do it when there’s a modicum of wind and finished in 4th place which would prove to be their best result of the weekend. Meanwhile, Wilson/Wilson made a very strong recovery in the second half of the race to finish in 5th place.
The fourth and final race of the weekend was sailed back to back. In this race, McNamara/Townsend had a narrow lead over Wilson/Wilson at the windward mark and maintained the lead throughout the race although they were chased hard all the way round the track. These two pulled away from the chasing pack where there were several position changes and capsizes for several boats including Whitney/Shelton and the Rouse-Collens both of whom retired. Jones/Lea finished 4th in this race.
Enjoying their third win of the weekend was sufficient for McNamara/Townsend to win the event overall and it also meant that they won the Hartley Boats Trophy and the Craftinsure National Circuit Series by the narrowest of margins, just 1.5 points ahead of Wilson/Wilson and 2 points ahead of Jones/Lea. The Wayfarer Travellers Trophy for the best results in all eight events was won by Andrew Wilson and his crew of either son Tom or Sue Rusbridger.
During the prize giving a draw was made for a number of prizes provided by the sponsors. Among the prizes a new McNamara genoa was won by Derek Lambert from Datchet Water SC; Nigel O’Donnell from Swarkestone SC won a year’s free insurance for his Wayfarer presented by Craftinsure, and Tim Townsend from Medway YC won a new undercover courtesy of Hartley Boats.
(An article summarising the whole National Circuit Series is now on the Racing Results page).
Overall Results (top 6):
1st W10648, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, Rollesby Broad SC, (3 points)
2nd W88, Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen, Upper Thames SC (9)
3rd W11050, Guy and Tom Marks, Bough Beech SC (9)
4th W11093, Andrew and Tom Wilson, Datchet Water SC (10)
5th W11067, Len Jones and Jamie Lea, Medway YC (13)
6th W7470, Elliott Marks and Kate Fitzsimmons, Bough Beech SC (19)
The UKWA is putting together another comprehensive schedule of events for 2018 including the National Championships at Castle Cove SC from 1-3 June. A European Championship is also being held from 3-8 July 2018 in Denmark.
NCS #6 – SOUTHERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP
Held 9th & 10th September, Datchet Water Sailing Club
Three visiting teams from as far away as Canterbury and Derby joined the growing local fleet at Datchet Water Sailing Club to compete for the Southern Area Championship. Several of the usual travellers were unavailable for a variety of reasons, but Michael McNamara made the long journey from Norfolk just to return the trophies, while David Roberts also popped in for a tea and a chat before racing began.
The weather forecast was suitably autumnal with the threat of rain on Saturday and a westerly 13-18 knots, while Sunday was predicted to be very blustery with gusts in excess of 25 knots (and increasing) in the early afternoon. In the event we had 8-15 knots on Saturday, accompanied by sun, rain and thunder. Sunday was only a little windier, and the strongest gusts and steady rain only arrived as we were all safely ashore and de-rigging our boats. Water levels in the reservoir were very low which meant that wind shadows from the wall were more extensive than usual.
The event was shared with the K1 National Championships and a Flying Fifteen Open Meeting so there were plenty of boats on the race course.
Racing started after a short delay on Saturday with three races back to back on a classic triangle/sausage course. The pattern for the weekend’s racing was set early on with Len Jones and Jamie Lea taking an early lead followed by Andrew and Tom Wilson. Racing behind these two was close with several place changes before Derek Lambert and Oliver Gore Lawrenson got the nod for third. ...read more
The second race of the day was again led from the start by Jones/Lea, although positions at the windward mark were close with Lambert/Lawrenson and the Wilsons close behind. Jones/Lea led from start to finish with the Wilsons finishing second and the Tim and Jacqueline Townsend just pipping Lambert/Lawrenson for third.
By the time the third race started the wind had increased and there was sporadic rain and claps of thunder. This time Jones/Lea and the Wilsons exchanged positions a few times during the race before Jones/Lea pulled clear to take their third win of the day. The Townsends finished third in this race too, a comfortable distance in front of the pack.
Sunday dawned with the promise of more wind than the previous day. There was more wind, true, but not as much as forecast, and the fleet generally coped well with the slightly tougher conditions. Although Jones/Lea had dominated the first day’s results, they could still theoretically be beaten if the Wilsons won all of Sunday’s races. Andrew and Tom did their very best to beat the odds by enjoying a very close fourth race with Jones/Lea; the lead changed hands several times and at the finish it was the Wilsons who took their first win of the weekend. Tony Cooper and Neil Hume got their best result of the weekend holding off the Townsends to claim third place. After a distinctly average (for them) first day this also saw a resurgence of form from Nigel and Michael O’Donnell until they had a brief inversion just after the second gybe mark while lying fifth.
The fifth race was also a humdinger. The Townsends were OCS (and took nearly two minutes to extricate themselves and return to the start!). However, at the front, it was Jones/Lea and the Wilsons going at it hammer and tongs, once again exchanging the lead several times. In the closing stages of the race the Wilsons held a slim lead but they were unable to hold off the series leaders who took a narrow win and, with it, the Championship. Lambert/Lawrenson took third in this race and went into the final race with one foot on the third step of the podium.
With the runners up spot guaranteed the Wilsons exchanged positions for the final race of the event. Rumour has it that Jones/Lea also intended to swap positions in the boat but abandoned the project after an adverse risk assessment! The race began with a general recall, but got away cleanly at the second time of asking. Jones/Lea took an early lead and led throughout. The Wilsons proved it’s all about the team (not just the helm) by taking the runners up spot from the Townsends. The O’Donnells planed across the finish line in fourth place for their best result of the weekend as the wind started to build inexorably.
Overall Jones/Lea dominated the weekend’s racing, winning five of the races, although often only after tussles with the Wilsons who secured a comfortable second place. The Townsends’ third place in the final race was enough to see them step onto the podium at the end.
This was the sixth event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series for the UK Wayfarer Class and the results mean that the Wilsons continue to lead although Jones/Lea have closed the gap to 0.5 points, with just two events to go. Bill Whitney and Lisa Whitney/John Shelton lie in third place but the Townsends move up to fourth overall.
Datchet Water SC put on a good event, with excellent race management and lots of assistance on the shore from students of Brunel University who helped launch and recover the boats. Club Commodore, Mike Becket, presented the prizes. Thanks to all of them, and also to Neil Hume who provided much of the material for this report.
|1st||11067||Len Jones||Jamie Lea||Medway YC||-1||1||1||-2||1||1||4|
|2nd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||-2||-2||2||1||2||2||7|
|3rd||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||-6||3||3||4||-6||3||13|
|4th||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Gore Lawrenson||Datchet Water SC||3||4||4||-7||3||-7||14|
|5th||10921||Tony Cooper||Neil Hume||Datchet Water SC||4||-5||-6||3||4||5||16|
|6th||10984||Nick Harris||Luke Howells||Datchet Water SC||-7||-6||5||5||5||6||21|
|7th||11189||Nigel O’Donnell||Michael O’Donnell||Swarkestone SC||5||7||-8||-8||8||4||24|
|8th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddox||Datchet Water SC||-8||-8||7||6||7||8||28|
|9th||8454||Matthew Hodges||Laura Hodges||Datchet Water SC||9||9||(DNF)||9||-10||9||36|
|10th||1||Simon Etter||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||10||9||10||40|
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
The Scottish Nationals took place September 2nd & 3rd in beautiful Loch Lomond in bright warm sunshine. After a slightly delayed start Saturday (waiting on wind), 2 races were run in a nice breeze, with the defending champion & visitor from Ireland – W11152 Monica Schaefer & Neil Mc Sherry – in first position overnight with 2 points, followed by W6117 Bob & Margaret Sparkes from Loch Lomond SC on 5 points, and Peter & Isla Harper on 6 points. ...read more
After a good night of singing and dancing, Sunday dawned bright with no wind, the AP was up for about an hour when thankfully a light breeze arrived. The Race Committee did well to get 3 races under way in quick succession. Conditions were a bit tricky with positions on the beat changing with massive wind shifts. The leaders went up the middle, putting in a lot of work, roll-tacking on every shift to maximise momentum and directional advantage, this tactic paying off handsomely when they finished the 3 races at the front of the pack to give them a clean sweep in all 5 races and the Championship honours.
Podium positions after 5 races and 1 drop:
1st W11152 Monica Schaefer & Neil Mc Sherry – Scottish Championship Trophy
2nd W6117 Bob & Margaret Sparkes – First Scottish Boat Trophy
3rd W7588 Dawn Crowe & Jackie Maldrum
NCS #5 – EASTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship, which was also the fifth event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017, was hosted by Medway Yacht Club over the weekend of 22/23 July. Twenty three boats, including one from Holland, competed in a six race series over the two days. ...read more
The wind on Saturday was 12-21knots from the south west, while on Sunday the wind was from the west, slightly lighter in the first two races of the day but increasing to 20 knots for the final race of the event. Windward/leeward courses were used for both days giving plenty of strategic and tactical options upwind and down especially on the ebb tide for the later races on both days.
As predicted, most of the teams at the head of the Travellers Series attended, with the fleet being reinforced by a strong local fleet. Andrew and Tom Wilson, Len Jones and Jamie Lea, and Bill and Lisa Whitney headed these but were expecting to be pushed hard by Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, Dave Roberts and Mike Bryant, Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall, and Richard Stone and Catherine Gore all of whom had performed well at the recent National Championships.
Race 1 started on time and immediately turned into the expected duel between the Wilsons and Jones/Lea, the latter getting the nod at the finish. The Whitneys finished third. Game on.
Race 2 gave the fleet two options. The Wilsons, Marks/Titmus and the Townsends led in from the left side of the beat while most of the fleet went right including Jones/Lea. The left side won out. The Wilsons sailed away from the fleet to win the race, followed by Marks/Titmus and the Whitneys. Jones/Lea finished only 8th. Would that be crucial in the final reckoning?
Race three was also won by the Wilsons, pushed hard this time by Jones/Lea and Marks/Titmus. By this time the wind had increased and a few boats capsized. The fleet was also slightly depleted because of two boats damaged by collisions between the races.
Overnight leaders were comfortably the Wilsons followed by Marks/Titmus, the Whitneys and Jones/Lea.
The fleet enjoyed its traditional sail back to the club via Hoo Creek, and free beer and cake in the marquee. The evening’s entertainment for competitors included a drinks reception, three course dinner and a riotous quiz compered by Mark Penny, the club’s Vice Commodore. Overnight the beer marquee became the boat repair shed to try and get damaged boats out on the water the following day.
On Sunday morning all boats were back on the water, but there was a slight delay to proceedings while the race committee allowed the wind to settle and laid a course. In probably the lightest wind of the weekend, race 4 was won by Jones/Lea followed by the Wilsons and the Whitneys. Behind them positions were changing constantly, shaking up the results a bit. This result opened up the possibility of a number of winners with two races to go.
Race 5 was won by the Wilsons. Runners up were Marks/Titmus while Jones/Lea finished third. This race effectively gave the event to the Wilsons because of their consistency over the two days with one race to go.
By the start of race 6, the wind had increased again and several competitors capsized as they pushed hard to get good results. Among the swimmers were Jones/Lea. Regular readers of Wayfarer race reports will be aware that Len Jones and his crew are very good at capsize recovery; they seem to get lots of practice. However, this particular inversion occurred at the last windward mark giving little time to recover, so this race became their discard. Meanwhile, at the front of the fleet the Wilsons sailed serenely on to pick up their fourth win of the weekend, this time followed by the Whitneys and the Townsends.
Overall winners and new Eastern Area Champions were Andrew and Tom Wilson. Len Jones and Jamie Lea were runners up and have made a bulk order for mast head wind indicators in time for the next event in the series. Bill and Lisa Whitney were very consistent over the weekend and finished third.
On behalf of the visitors, Andrew thanked everybody at the Medway Yacht Club for their hospitality, but especially the race team, for a wonderful weekend of sailing. Thanks also go to the event sponsors, Chesley Storage, Craftinsure, Pirates Cave and Shepherd Neame.
The next event in the Travellers Series is the Southern Championships, hosted by Datchet Water Sailing Club on 9/10 September.
|1st||11093||Restless||Wilson Andrew||Wilson Tom||Datchet||-2||1||1||2||1||1||6|
|2nd||11067||Rumours||Jones Len||Lea Jamie||MYC||1||8||2||1||3||-14||15|
|3rd||10688||Big Dipper||Whitney Bill||Whitney Lisa||Shoreham||3||3||4||3||-6||2||15|
|4th||11050||Complete Fiasco||Marks Guy||Titmus Mel||Bough Beech||5||2||3||5||2||-11||17|
|6th||10673||LBV||Roberts David||Bryant Mike||Bough Beech||-9||5||8||6||8||7||34|
|7th||11012||Intermezzo||Townsend Tim||Townsend Jacqueline||MYC||11||4||RDG||-15||10||3||35.5|
|8th||11170||Whizo||Lamb Brian||Pygell Sam||Wilsonians||4||6||(DNS)||10||12||5||37|
|9th||10974||No Name||Stone Richard||Gore Catherine||MYC||7||12||6||8||-14||9||42|
|10th||11118||Happy Ever After||Gaudie John||Hewat John||Wilsonians||8||10||7||14||4||(RET)0||43|
|11th||10686||Hercules Hound||McKenzie Brian||McKenzie Liz||MYC||10||11||12||-16||5||10||48|
|12th||11080||Ubique||Parrish Chris||Crockett Rob||MYC||13||15||(RDG)||4||9||13||54|
|13th||11211||Senior Moment||Lee Mark||Lee Jane||MYC||-20||18||14||13||7||6||58|
|14th||10947||Quicksilver||Coltart Stewart||Coltart Catriona||MYC||17||14||10||9||-18||8||58|
|15th||11183||Nomad||Weighill Mike||Martin Carl||Swarkestone0||14||9||9||-18||15||12||59|
|16th||10614||Loose Knots||Penny Mark||Penny Gail||MYC||16||13||13||-19||13||15||70|
|17th||10875||Wild Thing||Pimm Mike||Dilley Peter||MYC||15||16||15||17||-20||16||79|
|18th||1759||Devil’s Advocate||Gibbs Roger||Bedwell Stan||MYC||12||17||11||(DNC)0||DNC||DNC||88|
|19th||10618||Moonshine||Alexander Tony||Moon Jon||MYC||(DNC)0||DNC||DNC||11||11||19||89|
|20th||8888||Doubloons||Hartmann Derk||Navta Ed||-21||21||18||21||16||17||93|
|22nd0||10615||La Rive||Quaglia Alberto||Ktensas A Bomford A||MYC||19||20||19||20||19||(RET)||97|
|23rd||7899||Hard Tack||Hood Jonathan||David Hugo||MYC||18||19||17||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||102|
NCS #4 – L’ESCARGOT TROPHY (REPORT)
NCS #3 – NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, ARUN YACHT CLUB
Fifty Wayfarer teams from Britain, Ireland and Denmark gathered at Arun YC, Littlehampton, for their National Championships over the weekend of 16th to 18th of June. The weather was fine and sunny and the wind forecast was favourable certainly for the first two days, although the forecast winds for Sunday were looking a little less promising. ...read more
Arun YC and its volunteers put on a fantastic event. Race officer, Tom Rusbridge, provided strong and stable leadership to his team on the committee and mark laying boats. The course was laid accurately each day providing an even start line, the opportunity to benefit from both sides of the beat and good down wind and spinnaker reaching legs.
Off the water, the social events were well supported too, with the live music on Friday and Saturday evenings a particular highlight (especially Chas Hammond and Richard Hartley’s karaoke duet).
It was good to see the two major sponsors of the event, Hartley Boats and Craftinsure, represented not only in the promotional materials but also on the water, as Richard and Mark Hartley and Mark and Alex Lee also competed.
Friday brought the firmest winds, a solid (for the most part) 12 to 15 knots from the west. The practice race, on a windward leeward course, was won by Bill Whitney and John Shelton from Shoreham SC, and they went on to win the first points race as well. The second race was won by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, the pre-event favourites, from Rollesby Broad SC.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the other top competitors however, who were touted in our preview as being ones to watch. Len Jones and Peter Mitchell from Medway YC were leading the first race for a time until a brief swim put them into recovery mode. Andrew and Tom Wilson from Datchet water SC also suffered (as did others) in the second race as they plummeted from second place to the teens after a windshift caught them out. Another favoured team, Richard Stone and Catherine Gore from Medway YC, also had a day to forget and were lying in the late teens overall at the end of day one, well below their reasonable expectations.
Overnight leaders were McNamara/Townsend followed by Whitney/Shelton and Roger Challis and Mark Johnston from Waldringfield SC.
Saturday’s winds were from a similar direction but lighter at 7 to 10 knots. Originally three races were scheduled but because of an increasingly light wind forecast for Sunday, a landslide vote at the briefing brought forward a fourth race. Four races were duly completed over a triangle and sausage course.
McNamara/Townsend won races three and four and consolidated their overnight lead. A remarkable transformation for Stone/Gore brought them the runners up spot in both of these races improving their overall position at a stroke. Whitney/Shelton and Wilson/Wilson and Challis/Johnston remained resolutely consistent. Other frontrunners fell by the wayside in a coalition of chaos. Jones/Mitchell collected a black flag in race four while a mid-series crisis saw the decline and fall of Dave Roberts and Mike Bryant from Bough Beech SC from the leading positions. Colin May and Sarah Wallis from Parkstone YC, on the other hand, started a series of top ten results which would improve their position overall.
The fifth race could be described as the pivotal one of the event. Whatever the polls were now saying about Jones/Mitchell’s prospects of success, they defied the odds by leading from the start and winning the race by a country mile. Behind them, McNamara/Townsend were buried mid fleet at the end of the first beat. They didn’t hesitate to press the button, however, and improved their position leg by leg to finish sixth, a discard for the moment, but a counter against future disaster. All was not well elsewhere, however. In trying to improve his overnight position, Class boatbuilder and sponsor, Richard Hartley contrived to “do a Nathan” [Outteridge] and fell off his boat during a tack. Hoping the incident was unrecorded, Richard was nevertheless warmly reminded of his folly at the prize-giving.
Race six was also won comfortably by Jones/Mitchell putting them back in contention, but normal service was resumed behind them as they were chased around the course by McNamara/Townsend and Stone/Gore. The Wilson’s chances of overall victory were dealt a blow by collecting a black flag of their own.
Overnight party leaders were the Medway crew and others, first on the dance floor and leaders of a 50 person conga around the clubhouse which collected the race officer as it went by.
Overnight leaders on the water were McNamara/Townsend, Whitney/Shelton, Challis/Johnston and Jones/Mitchell. By now McNamara/Townsend were overwhelming favourites to retain their crown, but a last-minute slide on Sunday could still see them deposed.
Sunday morning came with desert heat, clear blue skies and muzzy heads for some. Undeterred, the fleet rigged and prepared to head to the battlefield. As feared, however, the weather gods were saying their piece. A gentle breeze was struggling to settle and the sea breeze was not kicking in. Some boats launched but was sent back while the rest of the fleet was held ashore. After waiting as long as he sensibly could, the race officer pulled the plug on proceedings, provisional results were made final and we could proceed to the prize-giving.
Wizards though they are (but not mutton headed old mugwumps) Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend were crowned the Wayfarer National Champions for 2017. According to the records, this is Michael’s 19th time as Champion since 1986 (“You’re joking, not another one”, Brenda from Bristol was heard to exclaim) and Simon has been his crew for all but one of these. Congratulations to them, the deserved champions who succeed on conservative starting strategies and superior speed and boat handling skills around the course.
In his victory speech, Michael thanked the organising committee and host club for their hard work in putting on such a good championship. They will be a hard act to follow.
|Pos||Sail No||Fleet||Helm||Crew||Boat Name||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||Pts|
|1||10648||Gold||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||The Poacher||Rollesby Broad||3||1||1||1||-6||2||8|
|2||10688||Gold||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Big Dipper||Shoreham||1||6||-7||6||4||4||21|
|3||10992||Gold||Roger Challis||Mark Johnston||Revival||Waldringfield||6||2||3||7||3||-16||21|
|4||11067||Gold||Len Jones||Pete Mitchell||Rumours||Medway||8||12||4||(BFD)||1||1||26|
|5||11093||Gold||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Restless||Datchet Water||2||8||5||3||14||(BFD)||32|
|6||10768||Gold||Colin May||Sarah Wallis||Pork Pie Chaser||Parkstone||4||-20||8||8||2||10||32|
|7||11050||Gold||Guy Marks||Melanie Titmus||Absolute Fiasco||Bough Beech||7||5||-21||10||7||6||35|
|8||10974||Gold||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway||-21||17||2||2||12||3||36|
|9||10936||Gold||Barry Wolfenden||Alan Ritchie||India||Bough Beech||9||3||6||4||15||(BFD)||37|
|10||10673||Gold||David Roberts||Mike Bryant||LBV||Bough Beech||5||4||-17||17||13||9||48|
|11||11170||Gold||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Whizo||Wilsonian||12||7||9||13||-17||12||53|
|12||10947||Gold||Stewart Coltart||Peter Dilly Catriona Coltart||Quicksilver||Medway||20||10||11||-21||5||13||59|
|13||11124||Gold||Meilke Frank||Jens Riber||Langi||Ho Bugt Sejlklub||16||-21||12||11||9||11||59|
|14||10918||Gold||Richard Hartley||Mark Hartley||Just chance||RYA||-28||9||22||5||20||5||61|
|15||11012||Gold||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Intermezzo||Medway||10||14||-19||15||19||8||66|
|16||10686||Gold||Brian McKenzie||Elizabeth McKenzie||Hurcules Hound||Medway||15||11||16||14||-32||15||71|
|17||11152||Silver||Monica Schaefer||Miriam McCarthy||Lakka||Greystones||13||-38||25||26||21||7||92|
|18||7110||Gold||Trevor Fisher||Emily Watt||Apple||East Down||42||22||10||9||11||(BFD)||94|
|19||11119||Silver||Ben Davies||Olivia Davies||Second Chance||Aldeburgh||19||-30||13||20||29||17||98|
|20||11118||Gold||John Goudie||John Hewat||Happy Ever After||Wilsonian||11||-29||23||19||27||19||99|
|21||10828||Silver||Derek Lambert||Sue Risbridger||Nutcracker||Datchet Water||(RET)||18||14||37||10||24||103|
|22||10906||Gold||Ian Clarke||Jeremy Shinton||Papillon||Bartley||-27||13||20||25||23||22||103|
|23||10616||Gold||Mark Lee||Alex Lee||Risky Business||Broxbourne||14||16||32||16||25||(BFD)||103|
|24||10614||Silver||Mark Penny||Gail Penny||Loose Knots||Medway||18||24||29||22||-35||18||111|
|25||10018||Silver||John Turner||Elain Vogan||Anamcara||Ramor||32||25||30||12||16||(BFD)||115|
|26||11204||Silver||Mike Shallow||Judith Shallow||Kite Runner||Orford||-31||28||15||29||30||20||122|
|27||10803||Silver||Jonathan Christie||Simon Harrington||No Strings Attached||Aldeburgh||22||-34||24||27||26||28||127|
|28||11183||Silver||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Nomad||Swarkstone||30||15||18||35||-37||30||128|
|29||10706||Silver||Mike Pearce||Steve Ash||Plane White||Blackwater||25||33||-37||30||18||23||129|
|30||11129||Silver||Paul Hughes||Mark Nicholls||YOLO||Arun||-36||19||27||33||22||29||130|
|31||11189||Silver||Nigel O’Donnell||Balinda O’Donnell||Guinness||Swarkstone||23||27||26||32||-38||25||133|
|32||10935||Silver||Margie Crawford||Robin Anderson||Mistral II||East Down||33||23||-35||23||34||21||134|
|33||11000||Silver||William Cleverley||Liz Feibusch||Cassie||Orford||29||-40||34||39||24||14||140|
|34||10596||Silver||Gordon Jess||Rachel Bevan||Hart?Beat||East Down||-35||35||28||18||33||26||140|
|35||10601||Gold||Jamie Wheatley||Hector Wheatley||Hitch?Hiker||Aldeburgh||17||32||-42||31||36||27||143|
|36||10798||Silver||Peter Redshaw||Janette Redshaw||Cair?vie||Aldeburgh||34||26||-41||24||28||31||143|
|37||10716||Silver||Chas Hammond||Mandy Hammond||ZigZag||Shoreham||26||36||31||28||31||(BFD)||152|
|38||11167||Silver||Kenneth Underhill||Mark Perriton||Whataripper||Aldeburgh||24||42||40||(BFD)||40||32||178|
|39||10710||Silver||Giles Vincent-Wright||Stuart Hall||Quiver||Royal Harwich||(DNC)||DNC||33||34||8||BFD||179|
|40||404||Silver||Rodney Hall||Janet Hall||Sink the Pink||East Down||37||31||-44||38||41||33||180|
|41||28||Bronze||Chris Tyler||Mark Tyler||Chreselen||Emsworth Slipper||39||37||36||36||-42||35||183|
|42||10916||Silver||Philip Powell||Mike Board||Sapphire||Parkstone||38||-44||38||41||39||34||190|
|43||10939||Bronze||David Nixon||Paddy Murphy||Black Beauty||Greystones||40||41||39||40||-44||38||198|
|44||376||Bronze||Simon Nicholls||Andy Rigg||Moody Blue||Arun||41||39||-43||42||43||37||202|
|45||11117||Bronze||Robert Boughton||Ed Kerr||Wanderlust||Redsmere||43000||43||45||(RET)||45||36||212|
|46||10963||Silver||Elise Beket||Evert Beket||DoeiDoei||Vremdijck||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||260|
|46||1162||Bronze||Kate Mellor||John Mellor||Aeowen||Notts County||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||260|
|460||8598||Bronze||Jeremy Norman||Chris Codling||Gandalf||Yorkshire Dales||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||260|
NCS #2 – INLAND/JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Haversham SC, near Milton Keynes, hosted the third event of the Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series over the late May Bank Holiday weekend of 27th and 28th May 2017. The open meeting was also the Inland and Junior Championships for the class. Fifteen boats attended the event including three local boats, two of which were helmed or crewed by juniors.
The weather forecast for the weekend was for strong southerlies on the Saturday and light or non-existent winds on the Sunday. This is pretty much what came to pass. Saturday provided winds typically at the top end of force 4 but with gusts very much at the top end of force 5. The gusts were visible on the water, but determining whether they would be lifts or headers or quite how strong the gusts would be was much more difficult. In addition, the relatively small playing field at Haversham meant that the opportunities to get in a rhythm or, indeed to have a runway to see off the gust before the next manoeuvre was required, were strictly limited. Sunday conditions were completely different, with a very light southerly(ish) breeze which allowed the race officer to get in one race before it failed completely bringing a premature end to the proceedings. The race team did very well to achieve five complete races before binning the sixth to the relief of most of the competitors. Unfortunately the race officer was unable to do anything about the weed in the lake which bedevilled the racing and affected all competitors to a greater or lesser extent at some point during the racing on both days. ...read more
How many sailing reports can record that one boat dominated the event, but that the same boat capsized in two of the four races which were sailed on the Saturday and broke its spinnaker pole? This is what happened to Len Jones and Jamie Lea from Medway Yacht Club, who won the first race on Saturday fairly comfortably but capsized in the second, damaging their Windex (a new one for Len who had written off a Windex the previous weekend) and breaking their spinnaker pole. They recovered fairly quickly however and Jamie was to be seen flying the spinnaker without a pole for the rest of the race while they recovered to 2nd place. A replacement pole was found and a small team of helpers assisted Len in turning the boat on its side so he could straighten the Windex; but while damaging it once was unfortunate, to damage it again in the same manner in the third race was simply careless. Yet again, Len and Jamie recovered from their swim magnificently and pulled up to 2nd place at the end. With very few alarms, they won the fourth race too. On Sunday, caught out on the wrong side of a big shift, Len and Jamie were unable to recover so many places and picked up their discard. They therefore retained the title of Inland Champions which they first won in 2016.
Behind Len and Jamie, Bill and Lisa Witney from Shoreham SC were sailing very consistently too. Having finished 3rd in the first race, they won races two and three, before finishing in 4th place in the last race on Saturday. They too discarded their race result on Sunday, and finished second overall.
Completing the podium were Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall from Wilsonian SC. They avoided capsizing on Saturday and improved as the day went on. They won the Sunday morning race too to consolidate their position overall.
As for the rest of the fleet, most had at least one shocker during the weekend. Some boats enjoyed multiple capsizes, while others simply sailed the wrong course. Some did both, which is not a recipe for a successful series. This cannot be said of thirteen year old Lilly Gosling who helmed and completed every race without capsizing and, most deservedly, is the Wayfarer Junior Champion 2017.
The members of Haversham Sailing Club are extremely hospitable and they go to great lengths to welcome and help their visitors (even finding a spare spinnaker pole when necessary). There was a terrific meal in the clubhouse on Saturday evening and the free beer was welcome as usual. Quite rightly, at the prize giving, Len thanked the shoreside members as well as the race officer and his team, and the rescue boat crews for all their hard work which had gone into a successful weekend.
|1st||11067||Len Jones||Jamie Lea||Medway YC||1||2||2||1||-7||6|
|2nd||10688||Bill Whitney||Lisa Whitney||Shoreham SC||3||1||1||4||-6||9|
|3rd||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||-8||5||5||3||1||14|
|4th||11093||Andrew Wilson||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||9||4||3||(DNS)||2||18|
|5th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddox||Datchet SC||6||-11||9||6||4||25|
|6th||10777||Russell Perry||Dave Machin||Haversham SC||(DNF)||8||7||8||3||26|
|7th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||2||7||8||(DNF)||10||27|
|8th||10828||Derek Lambob||Oliver Lanson-Gore||Datchet SC||7||6||6||-10.5||8||27|
|9th||10768||Colin May||Sarah Heasman||Parkstone YC||(DNF)||DNF||4||2||11||33|
|10th||11189||Nigel O’Donnell||Belinda O’Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(DNF)||3||DNF||9||5||33|
|11th||10673||David Roberts||Mike Bryant||Bough Beech SC||5||10||(DNF)||5||13||33|
|12th||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl||Swarkestone SC||4||-12||11||10.5||9||34.5|
|13th||10585||Lilly Gosling||Steve Garrett||Haversham SC||11||9||12||-13||12||44|
|14th||77X||Sean Muldoon||Jasmine Gosling||Haversham SC||(DNS)||DNF||10||7||14||47|
|15th||10755||Leslie Burton||Julie Wilson||West Oxfordshire SC||10||(DNF)||13||12||15||50|
NCS #1 – WESTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
William Cowper Dominates at West Oxfordshire
(Also published on yachtsandyachting.com)
An encouraging fleet of 21 Wayfarers from 10 clubs met up at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club on 22nd and 23rd April for the UKWA Western Area Championships 2017 and the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series. There were new faces on the circuit as well as old faces with new boats.
On Saturday the wind was from the North and a fitful 5-10 knots. The race officer used the whole of the lake for three races over a figure of 8 course. With the wind oscillating wildly 25 degrees either side of the mean, rarely were positions held comfortably for a whole race if either a shift or a stream of breeze was missed. For example, Tim Townsend and Catherine Gore found the conditions incomprehensible in the first race of the day, when they plummeted inexorably from a comfortable second place halfway through the race to finish thirteenth at the end. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend were the only truly consistent team on the day registering 1, 2, 1 to lead overnight from Len Jones and Peter Mitchell who shared second place with Andrew Wilson and Sue Risbridger. ...read more
WOSC treated the competitors royally on Saturday night with a fish and chip supper and music from a very good live band which enticed many people onto the dance floor (including an unnamed sailor from Wilsonian SC who really should know better) for an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
“Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavours” said the renowned 17th century poet, William Cowper, and certainly the champions of sailing need to be able to master a variety of conditions, including, as it turned out, the wind conditions on Sunday, which were intermittent gusts of 0-4 knots. “Enough to sail” said the locals to quizzical looks from the hardened travellers. The wind direction vacillated (“oscillated” would be too certain a term in the prevailing conditions) from East to West via the North with a consequence that three boats could, within lengths of each other on the same leg of the course and at the same time, be sailing upwind on port or starboard tacks or free on a broad reach and all pointing in the same direction.
These were trying conditions indeed, but somehow the race officer managed to achieve two more races, on a course shared with the Wanderers but only on half the lake. Clear air was a problem for all (any air was a problem for some), and again there were snakes and ladders, no more so than for Brian Lamb (fresh from his exploits on the dance floor) and Sam Pygall who at one point led the first race on Sunday by a country mile and contrived a spectacular fall from grace to finish thirteenth (“God works in mysterious ways” wrote William Cowper).
In spite of the conditions, the frustrations and the inevitable raft ups at marks of the course, the cream still rose to the top. Andrew and Sue won both races on the day, but that was not enough to topple Michael and Simon from first overall. Len and Peter continued their consistent performance to round off the top three. Also very consistent over the weekend was local sailor Richard Burton who borrowed a club boat with Hugo Burrows and exploited the conditions perfectly to win the second race on Saturday and finish fourth overall.
Thanks go to all the members of WOSC who volunteered on and off the water for making it an enjoyable weekend.
– Tim Townsend
(Results table on this page)