Wayfarer Class Racing Review 2018

(Article by Tim Townsend, originally published on yachtsandyachting.com)

60th Anniversary Wayfarer Nationals at Castle Cove © Richard White

2018 has seen another good year of racing for the Wayfarer Class. The programme included class racing at several large and well established summer regattas as well as a wide ranging schedule of domestic championships and open meetings headlined by the 60th Anniversary National Championships which were hosted by Castle Cove SC during the first weekend of June. ...read more


2018 Season Finale at Bough Beech SC (with results table)

Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech decides Craftinsure National Circuit Series © Tim Townsend

The Wayfarer Finale sailed at Bough Beech SC over the weekend of 10/11 November 2018 proved to be a fitting end to the UKWA’s racing programme for the year. Eighteen teams congregated in the dinghy park on Saturday morning just in time for rain to ease. The forecast was for a SSW breeze on both days, perfect for the orientation of the lake; at 16-25 mph on Saturday and 18-30 mph on Sunday. In the event the wind was lighter than forecast on both days although there were some juicy gusts on Sunday which troubled a few boats.

The open meeting was billed as the winner-takes-all shootout to decide the Craftinsure National Circuit Series between Andrew and Tom Wilson who had led the series for many months and Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, the only crew with a chance of catching them. As usual, a strong fleet had assembled at Bough Beech and there were several boats looking to win the open meeting if not the overall series. Andrew and Tom did all they could. They led the fleet at the first mark in all four races. However, the gods conspired against them and eventually it was Michael and Simon who enjoyed a clean sweep of wins and with them victory in the open meeting and in the National Circuit Series. ...read more

BBSC Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st10648Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC(1)1113
2nd11050Guy MarksMel TitmusBough Beech SC(4)4329
3rd10688Bill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC(6)34411
4th11170Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC2(8)8313
5th88Martin Rouse-CollenDonna Rouse-CollenUpper Thames SC35(10)513
6th10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMedway YC575(9)17
7th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC(8)67619
8th11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet SC(OCS)22DNF23
9th10828Derek LambertOliver Lanson-GoreDatchet SC12(14)6725
10th11211Mark LeeJane LeeMedway YC7139(DNF)29
11th10686Brian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC109(14)1029
12th11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC91011(13)30
13th9494Barry WolfendenAlexBough Beech SC11(12)12831
14th10673Dave RobertsTinu CornishBough Beech SC1311(RET)1236
15th7470Elliot MarksJess GillettBough Beech SC(16)16131140
16th11129Paul HughesTracey VillaArun YC141515(DNS)44
17th8595Simon WinnSarah MasonMYC/BBSC15(18)161445
18th11218James MaynardDebbie MaynardBough Beech SC1717(DNC)DNC53


Craftinsure National Circuit Round 7 at Swarkstone SC (with results)

Wayfarers at Swarkestone © Tim Hand

A small but select fleet of Wayfarers sailors met at Swarkestone SC, just south of Derby, for their inaugural Wayfarer Open Meeting over the weekend of 6/7 October 2018. This was also event seven of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.

The wind was cold and from the North (not the best direction for the lake). It was also very wet, both the journey and rigging the boat. The good news is that the wind was not as venomous as forecast and the welcome was warm.

The course to be sailed was an upside down W with a shortish beat in the best wind on the lake from the start and included a long reach along the south shore where judicious use of the spinnaker would sometimes pay off.

Three races were sailed on Saturday afternoon, all won by the Wilsons. Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall lay second overnight with Mike and Carl Weighill in third. Second to fifth places were close overnight, so all was to play for with two races scheduled for Sunday.

The fleet enjoyed a very good meal, free beer and live music in the clubhouse on Saturday evening before dispersing to their various camper vans, motorhomes and hotels. ...read more

Swarkestone Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water111(3)14
2nd11170Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian(4)322310
3rd10688Bill WhitneySam PygallShoreham3(4)41412
4th11189Nigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone2(5)54213
5th11183Mikel WeighillCarl WeighillSwarkestone5235(DNC)15
6th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway6667(DNC)25
7th9757Sam HirstSam McKaySwarkestone(8)876627
8th11129Paul HughesTracey VillaArun(9)998531
9th11244Matthew PritchardRoy PritchardBurton778(DNC)DNC32


Southern Area Championship at MYC, incl results

Wayfarer Southern Areas at Medway YC © Richard Janulewicz / www.sharkbait.org.uk

Wayfarer Southern Areas at Medway YC © Richard Janulewicz / www.sharkbait.org.uk

For a good championship, you need some help from nature and fortunately, the weather was fair on the river Medway over the weekend of the 8-9th September for the Wayfarer Southern Area Championships hosted by the Medway Yacht Club and forming part of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.

Few boats had registered by the preceding week but by the Saturday morning, 22 had entered the event with a strong competitive fleet with missing only the current European and National Champion, Michael McNamara who was already committed to a local Wayfarer Rally in Norfolk.

Saturday dawned with bright skies and a WSW wind of between 10-18mph. Jamie Blair, the Race Officer and his team set a course in Long Reach past the site of the old and now demolished Kingsnorth Power Station. ...read more

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC11211(DNS)6
2nd10688Bill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC221(5)4211
3rd11101John ClementsonPaul GraceChipstead SC3(4)322414
4th11120Guy MarksMel TitmusBough Beech SC49(18)33120
5th11170Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC5(10)446726
6th10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMYC6(13)565931
7th10686Brian McKenzieElizabeth McKenzieMYC956117(RET)38
8th11080Chris ParishRobert CrocketMYC(15)12778539
9th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMYC7312(15)15340
10th10947Stewart ColtartCatriona ColtartMYC126889(DSQ)43
11th11118John GaudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC8714(16)11646
12th10614Mark PennyGail PennyMYC1111(16)1412856
13th11189Nigel O'DonnellMichael O'DonnellSwarkestone SC(DSQ)81110UFD1163
14th10673Dave RobertsMalin PerssonBough Beech SC161699(17)1363
15th11026Giles WrightSteph HeusleyRoyal Harwich YC1017131310OCS63
16th11183Mike WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC1414(15)12141266
17th10570Ian RichardsAdam LightGreat Moor SC1315101813(DNS)69
18th7899Ian FoxwellAdam HamptonMYC17181717(UFD)1079
19th10875Mike PimmPete DilleyMYC1819191916(RET)91
20th10937James BuckleyStan BenwellMYC(DSQ)202020181492
21st10615Alberto QuagliaAndy HowardMYC(DSQ)2121RET191599
22nd8595Simon WinnSarah MasonMYC(DNF)DNSDNSDNSDNSDNS115


Southern Area Championships – Day Two

After Saturday night’s champagne reception, supper and Mad Medway Quiz (including a special round on Kent Trivia for our visitors from Derby) racing resumed with three more windward/leeward races on Sunday in a slightly increased wind of 15-22 knots. Inevitably this contributed to a capsize or two but racing continued to be very close indeed. Andrew and Tom Wilson continued their fine form by winning races 4 and 5. Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, who had a much better Sunday than Saturday, won race 6. Bill Whitney and John Shelton continued their consistent form. As for the rest of us…..

The prize giving took place on the terrace under a sunny sky. End of a wonderful weekend of racing.

Overall results (top 6):

1st Andrew and Tom Wilson
2nd Bill Whitney and John Shelton
3rd John Clementson and Paul Grace
4th Guy Marks and Mel Titmus
5th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
6th Richard Stone and Catherine Gore

-Tim Townsend


Southern Area Championships – Day One

23 entries at Medway Yacht Club for the Southern Area Championships.

Three good races, two of a windward/leeward type and the third being a triangle/sausage.

Andrew and Tom Wilson had a good day with two first places and a second, but are being chased hard by Bill Whitney and John Shelton with two second places and one first.

Top six places after day one:

1st Andrew and Tom Wilson
2nd Bill Whitney and John Shelton
3rd John Clementson and crew
4th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
5th Brian and Liz McKenzie
6th Tim and Jacqueline Townsend

-Tim Townsend


Eastern Area Championship, Waldringfield SC

Andrew & Tom Wilson during the Wayfarer Easterns at Waldringfield © Alexis Smith

The Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship took place at Waldringfield Sailing Club in Suffolk over the weekend of 28/29 July. A week before the event the organisers had been worried that there would be no wind. However, there was no need to worry about that because after six weeks of hot sun and medium to no wind the forecast was for force 5 with gusts up to force 7 for the Saturday and more on the Sunday! ...read more

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R4Pts
1st11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water1113
2nd10992Roger ChallisMark JohnstonWaldringfield2248
3rd11170Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian3429
4th8200Matt LakeRachel ParkinsonWaldringfield46313
5th10588John HaileJohn ParishWaldringfield53513
6th11026Giles WrightSteph HeusleyRoyal Harwich65DNC29
7th10993Haydn EvansTim PowerWaldringfield7DNS631
8th11000Liz FeibuschWill CleverleyOrfordDNSDNS743
9th11119Ben DaviesOlivia DaviesAldeburgh8DNFDNC44
10th11060Colin JohnsonMartin JohnsonWaldringfieldDNSDNSDNC54
10th10717Gordon HarrisAnne SpaldingWaldringfieldDNSDNSDNC54
10th11107Tony GearyKeith VincentWaldringfieldDNFDNSDNC54
10th10620Robert MulcahyFiona MulcahyAldeburghDNSDNSDNC54
10th11059Mike PertRani PertWaldringfieldDNSDNSDNC54
10th10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMedwayDNSDNSDNC54
10th10601Jamie WheatleyWilf WheatleyAldeburghDNFDNSDNC54
10th10798Peter RedshawJanette RedshawAldeburghDNSDNSDNC54


Wayfarer Europeans Day 4

Friday night at Assens was very windy. Forecasts for Saturday varied. Mine (XC Weather) suggested 24-29mph until about 1400 when it would reduce to 17-26 (still a lot). On the other hand the locals’ forecast was in metres/second which was bound to cause confusion. They also seemed to have a rule that they wouldn’t race if the average exceeded 12m/sec which would be about 24 knots. They seemed confident that conditions would be eminently sailable by 1330 allowing time for two more races. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 3

As expected the wind today was strong enough to blow dogs off chains. After a long postponement to allow the wind to decrease a little (although there seemed few signs of a decrease to me) a somewhat depleted fleet launched into a raunchy force 5-6 for two races. Mac later described the gusts as monsters (requiring the whole main to flog upwind to stay upright) while the wave pattern again caused problems; stopping the boats completely if you got it wrong. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 2

Battered! We’re all too old to sail Wayfarers in a healthy force 4 (top end) for four 50 minute races in a fierce chop (the locals call it a crabsea). The wave pattern caused several helms to lose balance during tacks and gybes. One Danish helm fell out of his boat in a tack causing a capsize. ...read more