UKWA National and European Championships 2022 Arun Y C

Arun Y C


UKWA National and European Championships Day 1


Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 30, Scoring system: Appendix A

1stGoldThe Smuggler11321Rollesby Broad SCMichael McNamaraSimon Townsend1.
2ndGoldRestless11093Datchet Water SCAndrew WilsonTom Wilson6.
3rdGold11398Rollesby Broad SCRichard BaileyIan Curtis2.
4thGoldIntermezzo11012Medway YCTim TownsendJacqueline Townsend3.
5thGold11101Chipstead SCSam PygallJohn Clementson5.
6thGoldSenior Moment11211Medway SCMark LeeAlex Lee8.
7thGoldAbsolute Fiasco11120Bough Beech SCGuy MarksMel Titmus12.
8thGoldBig Dipper10688Shoreham SCBill WhitneyJohn Shelton4.
9thGoldWita10787Herslev Strand SelklubJan KjeldsenJorgen Binzer10.
10thGoldMuffin10974Medway YCRichard StoneCatherine Gore7.
11thGold11323Blithfield SCRichard HartleyMark Hartley20.
12thGoldHappy Ever After11118Wilsonian SCJohn GoudieSam Boniface13.
13thGoldHurcules’ Hound10686Medway YCBrian McKenzieElizabeth McKenzie15.
14thGold10812Middelfart SejlklubXavier PheliponIda Moller Nielsen14.
15thSilverZigZag10716Shoreham SCRobin HobsonMandy Hammond19.
16thGoldLBV10673Bough Beech SCDavid RobertsMike Bryant21.
17thSilverPoseidon11406Parkstone YCIan SergeantAnjali Sargeant16.
18thSilverOystercatcher10757Blackwater SCSteve PerkinsDianne Perkins18.
19thGoldCaptain Jack10866Parkstone YCJackie DobsonDavid Mitchell9.031.0 RET40.040.0
20thSilverGuinness II11282Swarkstone SCNigel O’DonnellBelinda O’Donnell23.
21stSilverLoose Knots10614Medway YCMark PennySharon Mason17.
22ndSilver11139Parkstone YCSean MurrayHelen Murray11.031.0 RET42.042.0
23rdBronzePippin10556Castle Cove SCMichael DillistoneAndrew Criswick22.
24thBronzeSapphire10916Parkstone YCPhilip PowellMike Board26.
25thSilverKnot Rushin’11405Medway YCPhilip ClarabutEd Hobart-Smith25.020.0 TPO45.045.0
26thBronzeTeal3Arun YCMark NichollsTristram Webb28.
27thBronzeNut Cracker10828Datchet Water SCDerek LambertSue Risbridger24.
28thBronzeDye Happy Again11414East Down YCHenry O’FrielElaine Vogan27.031.0 RET58.058.0
29thBronzeYOLO11129Arun YCPaul HughesJeremy Rose29.031.0 RET60.060.0
30thBronzeMoody Blue8383Arun YCCam HughesNick Rusbridge30.031.0 RET61.061.0

Scoring codes used

TPOTally Out Penalty20

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.29.0

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club

Yachts and Yachting have published a report of the Southern Championships at Shoreham the weekend before last. Link below.

by Tim Townsend 29 Jul 06:20 BST16-17 July 2022

 Wayfarers at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

The Wayfarer fleet had a chance to warm up for their National Championship in August when they visited Shoreham Sailing Club over the weekend of 16/17 July for their Southern Area Championships and Craftinsure National Circuit event.

A fleet of 13 boats competed over the weekend. The fleet included the first appearance on the circuit this season of Bill Whitney and John Shelton from the host club. Shoreham SC also provided a couple of ringers in borrowed boats because local talents Peter Snowdon and Louise Carr borrowed 11046 and young tyro Calum Tait sailed 10690 with the experienced Philip Ayton as his crew.

This event was also an opportunity for Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend to debut their new boat. We are obviously going to have to look out for a black boat at the front of the fleet in future rather than the famous aqua green coloured hull.

Racing took place over two days of hot sunshine. The wind, in truth, did not reach the forecast strength and racing took place on Saturday in a south easterly peaking at about 10 knots but fading as the afternoon went on. The third and final race of the day was sailed in much lighter conditions which meant the race was a bit of a struggle for all.

Sunday’s racing was held in similar conditions. Again, the wind did not rise much above 10 knots and was mostly lighter than that.

There were encouraging performances from several teams over the weekend. Bill and John placed second in the first and third races to finish third overall just in front of Andrew and Martin Wilson. Just behind the Wilsons were Calum and Philip who, after a mediocre Saturday, enjoyed some excellent results on the Sunday. In taking second place overall, John Goudie and Sam Boniface continued their good form from the Inland Championships at Datchet a couple of months ago, winning the second race and being well placed at various times in most of the other races over the weekend.

Wayfarers at Shoreham photo copyright Warwick Baker / taken at Shoreham Sailing Club and featuring the Wayfarer class

The winners were Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend who seemed to get faster as the weekend went on as they adjusted to their new boat. They won five of the six races sailed but did not have it all their own way. They won the first race only in the last few yards of the final beat to the finish line. They were well beaten in the second race by the corner banging John and Sam. In all of the other races, however, Michael and Simon were pretty much in control and seemed to master the difficult conditions with aplomb.

William Warren and his team managed the racing efficiently and even brought out the black flag after just the one general recall (mistaking us for Merlins, no doubt) but that seemed to do the trick. No more misdemeanours. A big thank you to everybody at Shoreham SC for making the Wayfarers so welcome and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Overall Results:


PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st11321Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC1?211115
2nd11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC?51425315
3rd10688Bill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC2323?9616
4th11093Andrew WilsonMartin WilsonDatchet Water SC34?644217
5th10690Calum TaitPhilip AytonShoreham SC(DNC)7852426
6th10673David RobertsTegwyn TrickerBough Beech SC45?993728
7th11046Peter SnowdonLouise CarrShoreham SC10?11366530
8th10686Brian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC?88587836
9th11398Richard BaileyIan CurtisRollesby Broad SC6977?11938
10th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC7610?1181041
11th11129Paul HughesJeremy RoseArun YC1110?1310101152
12th11282Nigel O’DonnellBelinda O’DonnellSwarkestone SC9?121212121257
13th10716Chas HammondMandy HammondShoreham SC12?131113131362

Results: Shoreham

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

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

Final Results from West Oxfordshire this weekend

The final results from WOSC:


The winners from WOSC.  Many thanks to Sam Pygall and Nigel O’Donnell.

Full report to follow

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

Tim’s Report on the International Championships

Please follow this link to read Tim Townsend’s fabulous report on the recent Championships:

Race 2 of the Wayfarer International Championships 2022 at Lake Eustis, Florida photo copyright John Cole taken at Lake Eustis Sailing Club and featuring the Wayfarer class

Wayfarer Internationals 2022

Please see this link for latest results

Sincere and grateful thanks to all those involved in the organising and implementation of the 2022 Wayfarer International Championships held last week on Lake Eustis, Florida.

It was a truly wonderful event: extremely kind, super-generous and very friendly club hosts, with some great sailing – not without some tricky, fickle breezes at times making the decision whether to go right or left an ever important and difficult decision!

Congratulations to winners, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend and also to runners up; Dave Moring and his daughter Ava from LESC.

International Flags flying

International Champions; Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend

Gybe mark

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Day 2 – Results