Wayfarer International and UKWA National Championship 2019 at Greystones Sailing Club
The Wayfarer International Championship takes place every three years and in 2019 was hosted by Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, a few miles south of Dublin. The event was sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers, Irish Ferries and The Beach House, Greystones; and included the UKWA National Championship and the Irish Championship.
The 2016 iteration of the International Championship was held at Heeg in the Netherlands. In that event former Danish Olympic Star representative Mogens Just, crewed by Anders Friis, had prevailed over multiple Wayfarer International and UK National Champions, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend by just a single point after the two teams had dominated a predominantly light air series. Two years later at the European Championships in Assens, Denmark, McNamara and Townsend retained the European title they had won in 2014 at Weymouth. Once again the competition with Just and Friis had taken the two pairs away from the rest of the fleet and the result might have been closer had Mogens Just been fully fit. ...read more
The 2019 International Championship was promising a resumption of this intense racing at the head of the fleet but it was possible there would be stronger competition this year from the rest, led by Andrew and Tom Wilson and Bill Whitney and John Shelton from the UK if the wind was strong and any number of good Danish teams who had been improving during the past few years. Good and experienced Wayfarer sailors from Ireland (North and South) and from Canada and the USA would add to the mix.
Monday 22nd July – After a weekend of measuring and registration racing got under way on with a practice race and Race 1. The forecast was for winds from the south averaging windspeeds (measured in knots) in the teens and topping out in the low 20’s. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topping out at 24 knots coupled with a confused chop over a swell took their toll.
The practice race and the Idlers Bucket was won by Andrew and Tom Wilson who were laying down an early marker of their form and were followed home by the Danish team of Niels Alslev and Anders Pjetursson, who revel in strong winds, and Bill Whitney and John Shelton.
In their defence, neither McNamara nor Just troubled with the practice race but they both took the stage for Race 1 which was sailed in similar conditions. Just led from the start with McNamara close behind and they finished in that order. Game on. The Wilsons maintained their good form from earlier in the day by completing the podium and sending a message to the leaders not to expect it all their own way.
With the conditions showing no sign of easing the PRO, Tom Rusbridge, made the sensible decision not to run a second points race and sent the fleet home.
On Monday evening there was a welcome social with Irish music and dancing including a guest performer in the band of Danish concert violinist (and W sailor) Meike Fomsgaard.
Tuesday 23rd July – Tuesday dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing and a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do. Race 2 eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a moderate but slowly softening breeze. The winners of this race by a comfortable margin were Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend followed by Just and Friis. The Wilsons finished third. Race 3 got under way under a black flag in a hiking breeze but by the time the second beat started all but the lightest teams were now underpowered. Bill Whitney and John Shelton had led from the start but as the fleet sailed down the run the wind shut off completely leaving the PRO no option but to abandon that race and racing for the day.
Two days had passed therefore and just two series races had been completed.
Wednesday 24th July – This was designated catch-up Wednesday with up to 4 races planned in a forecast 13-18 knots.
Race 3 was re-sailed under the previous day’s black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again but this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton who seemed not to have been too badly affected by the frustration of leading the abandoned race. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed, however, making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. Just and Friis stumbled a little in their challenge at this point because the race was won by McNamara and Townsend followed by the Wilsons. Whitney and Shelton completed the podium with Just and Friis only in fourth place.
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots of breeze and the confused sea state had properly returned. This race was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney and Shelton and by Just and Friis. This time it was the turn of McNamara and Townsend to falter somewhat as they finished fourth. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in both Mike Mac’s and Mogens Just’s views than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just and Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara and Townsend. The Wilsons finished in third to complete a successful day for them. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to start Race 6 at this time and the fleet was sent home.
Overnight with five races completed and one discard, McNamara and Townsend led the event with 6 points, followed closely by Just and Friis with 7 points and the Wilsons with 9 points. It was looking like the winner would come from one of these, although Whitney and Shelton were lurking not far behind as an outside prospect.
Thursday 25th July – The forecast for Thursday looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze forecast. The PRO chose to call a lay day leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or go sightseeing. Trips to Dublin, to visit the gardens at nearby Powerscourt House or to follow the cliff walk to Bray seemed to be the order of the day.
Friday 26th July – This was the last day of the championship. Another windy day was forecast and with the points so close the top competitors were wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
The forecast, as briefed, was for winds of 15-20 knots to decrease during the day to 9-11 knots. The PRO indicated an intention to sail three races, possibly the maximum of four, to conclude the event.
As it happened the forecast gentle Irish breeze turned out to be a fruity 15-24 knots with the rough and confused seas we had to deal with all week and only two races were completed before the PRO called it a day. Once again there were several capsizes and retirements.
As with Wednesday, races started under a black flag. McNamara and Townsend won Race 6 from the Danes, Bjarne Lindquist and Jan St Nielsen. Just and Friis came third. A broken spinnaker pole and capsize for Whitney and Shelton put paid to their slim chances of victory. The advantage was now with McNamara and Townsend. However, Just and Friis won Race 7 from the Wilsons with McNamara and Townsend completing the podium. With no more races sailed but the second discard kicking in after Race 7 the overall result would be close once again.
When the scores were calculated Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend had done enough to secure the championship from Mogens Just and Anders Friis by just the single point. Andrew and Tom Wilson finished in third place overall after an excellent and consistent set of results. These three teams were a comfortable distance ahead Bill Whitney and John Shelton who held on for fourth place overall pipping Niels Alslev and Anders Pjetursson who had enjoyed an excellent week with a string of fourth and fifth places.
In the UKWA National Championships McNamara and Townsend won fairly comfortably from the Wilsons. Whitney and Shelton completed the podium while Brian and Liz McKenzie finished in fourth place and were the best placed husband and wife team.
The Irish Championship was dominated by boats from the host club and was won by John Turner and Ken Lee from Seamus O’Cleirich and Stephen Tiernan.
The prize giving supper was well attended. Trophies were distributed along with a tally number raffle of sponsors prizes. A key feature of this Championship was the way competitors from different clubs and different countries mixed together off the water and the closing evening’s revelries were no exception. On behalf of the competitors Michael McNamara thanked the host Club, the organisers and the race team for a wonderful week.
UKWA National Championship Overall Results:
|1st||Gold||10648||GBR||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||(DNF)||1||1||1||(3)||1||1||(2)||5|
|2nd||Gold||11093||GBR||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(1)||(2)||(2)||2||1||2||2||1||8|
|3rd||Gold||10688||GBR||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||(2)||(3)||3||3||2||3||(DNF)||3||14|
|4th||Gold||10686||GBR||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||(4)||7||5||4||4||7||(10)||(DNF)||27|
|5th||Gold||10673||GBR||David Roberts||Tegwyn Tricker||Bough Beech SC||(7)||(15)||6||(DSQ)||6||8||4||4||28|
|6th||Gold||11012||GBR||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||(10)||4||7||6||(8)||(11)||6||7||30|
|7th||Gold||11170||GBR||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||(6)||(14)||8||5||(11)||10||8||5||36|
|8th||Silver||10018||IRL||John Turner||Ken Lee||Greystones SC||(5)||(DNS)||13||(DNS)||10||9||3||9||44|
|9th||Gold||10794||GBR||Matthew Scott||Freddie Scott||Norfolk Punt Club||(9)||5||18||10||7||6||(DNC)||(DNC)||46|
|10th||Gold||10974||GBR||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||(DNS)||9||4||13||(DNS)||(DNC)||9||15||50|
|11th||Silver||11183||GBR||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||(15)||(DNF)||14||12||(17)||5||13||6||50|
|12th||Silver||10716||GBR||Chas Hammond||Mandy Hammond||Shoreham SC||(3)||(DNS)||10||14||16||4||(DSQ)||8||52|
|13th||Silver||10111||IRL||Ciaran Keogh||Adam Leddy||Greystones SC||(18)||13||16||9||(DNS)||(DNS)||5||10||53|
|14th||Gold||10947||GBR||Stewart Coltart||Catriona Coltart||Medway YC||(14)||6||9||18||5||(DNC)||(25)||17||55|
|15th||Silver||10934||IRL||Seamus O'Cleirigh||Stephen Tiernan||Greystones SC||(12)||12||11||11||(13)||12||11||(20)||57|
|16th||Silver||11211||GBR||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||Medway YC||(13)||10||15||(DNS)||12||(18)||7||14||58|
|17th||Gold||11152||IRL||Norman Lee||Peter Kennedy||Greystones SC||(19)||(DNS)||12||7||14||(DNS)||14||11||58|
|18th||Silver||10596||IRL||Gordon Jess||Rachel Bevan||East Down YC||(11)||8||19||(26)||18||13||15||(DNC)||73|
|19th||Silver||11282||GBR||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(17)||(DNF)||(22)||15||15||14||18||12||74|
|20th||Silver||10826||IRL||Margaret Hynes||Mike Hayes||Cullaun SC||(16)||11||(23)||20||(21)||16||19||13||79|
|21st||Silver||11118||GBR||John Goudie||Ewan Fleming / Evan Dargan Hayes||Wilsonian SC||(20)||16||17||(22)||19||19||12||(DNC)||83|
|22nd||Silver||11167||GBR||Kenneth Underhill||Gail Penny||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||20||21||(22)||17||16||19||93|
|23rd||Silver||11299||IRL||Monica Schaefer||Miriam McCarthy||Greystones SC||(DNF)||(DNS)||(25)||16||24||21||20.5||18||99.5|
|24th||Bronze||11039||IRL||David Lawlor||Rachel / Patrick Lawlor||National YC||(21)||17||(29)||(31)||27||23||24||22||113|
|25th||Bronze||11129||GBR||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun YC||(8)||(DNS)||21||(DNS)||DNF||15||20.5||16||113.5|
|26th||Bronze||10798||GBR||Peter Redshaw||Janette Redshaw||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||26||27||26||(DNC)||22||23||124|
|27th||Bronze||11268||GBR||Keith Maxwell||Karen McCallion||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNS)||30||23||20||DNC||21||135|
|28th||Bronze||10935||IRL||Margie Crawford||Elaine Vogan||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||24||24||(DNS)||DNS||23||24||136|
|29th||Bronze||11000||GBR||Liz Feibusch||Will Cleverley||Orford SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||31||17||9||(DNC)||DNF||DNC||139|
|30th||Bronze||1611||IRL||Gordon Reid||Finlay Reid||East Down YC||(22)||(DNF)||28||28||29||(DNS)||26||28||139|
|31st||Bronze||11107||GBR||Tony Geary||Yvette Geary||Waldringfield SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||8||DNS||DNS||17||DNC||148|
|32nd||Bronze||10509||IRL||Tony Garry||Joey Dempsey||Bray SC||(23)||(DNF)||30||34||30||(DNS)||28||27||149|
|33rd||Bronze||1846||IRL||Damien Brennan||Barry Keogh||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||33||DNF||22||30||26||152|
|34th||Bronze||10803||GBR||Jonathan Christie||Ellie Christie||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||19||20||DNS||DNC||DNC||162|
|35th||Bronze||9159||GBR||Tom Morris||Greg Morris||Queen Mary SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||32||DNF||DNS||27||25||166|
|36th||Bronze||10695||GBR||John Miller||Rosemary Miller||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||27||29||28||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||166|
|37th||Bronze||10939||IRL||David Nixon||Morgan Burgess||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||23||25||DNC||DNC||DNC||171|
|38th||Bronze||7038||IRL||David Doran||Izak Kielmovitch||Wexford Harbour BTC||(DNS)||(DNS)||32||(DNS)||DNC||DNC||29||DNC||184|
|39th||Bronze||404||GBR||Rodney Hall||Tony Hill||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||25||DNS||DNC||DNC||DNC||189|
|40th||Bronze||6557||IRL||Michael Haig||Niamh Haig||Cullaun SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||DNC||DNC||DNC||205|
International Championship Overall Results:
|1st||Gold||10648||GBR||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||(DNF)||2||1||1||(4)||2||1||(3)||7|
|2nd||Gold||10812||DEN||Mogens Just||Anders Friis||Kaløvig Bådelaug||(DNS)||1||2||(4)||(3)||1||3||1||8|
|3rd||Gold||11093||GBR||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(1)||(3)||3||2||1||3||(5)||2||11|
|4th||Gold||10688||GBR||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||(3)||(6)||5||3||2||5||(DNF)||5||20|
|5th||Gold||11219||DEN||Niels Alslev||Anders Pjetursson||Farum Sejlklub||(2)||4||4||5||5||(6)||(8)||4||22|
|6th||Gold||11123||DEN||Bjarne Lindquist||Jan St Nielsen||Ho Bugt Sejlklub||(14)||5||(13)||6||6||4||2||(34)||23|
|7th||Gold||11031||DEN||Christian Elkjær Iversen||Jørgen Iversen||Farum Sejlklub||(4)||(13)||7||7||8||7||4||(11)||33|
|8th||Gold||10908||DEN||Christian Milert Hansen||Kim Fremlev Larsen||Farum Sejlklub||(DNS)||7||6||(9)||7||8||(16)||7||35|
|9th||Gold||10787||DEN||Jan Kjeldsen||Jørgen Binzer||Herslev Strand SK||(6)||8||(11)||8||(10)||9||6||6||37|
|10th||Gold||11006||DEN||Stephan Nandrup?Bus||Hans Wiggers Hansen||Herslev Strand SK||(DNF)||9||8||11||11||(17)||(35)||8||47|
|11th||Gold||10686||GBR||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||(7)||14||10||10||9||13||(15)||(DNF)||56|
|12th||Gold||10673||GBR||David Roberts||Tegwyn Tricker||Bough Beech SC||(10)||(23)||12||(DSQ)||13||14||9||9||57|
|13th||Gold||11012||GBR||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||(13)||10||14||13||(15)||(18)||11||13||61|
|14th||Gold||11170||GBR||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||(9)||(21)||15||12||(18)||16||13||10||66|
|15th||Silver||10018||IRL||John Turner||Ken Lee||Greystones SC||(8)||(DNS)||20||(DNS)||17||15||7||15||74|
|16th||Gold||10794||GBR||Matthew Scott||Freddie Scott||Norfolk Punt Club||(12)||11||25||17||14||12||(DNS)||(DNF)||79|
|17th||Gold||10974||GBR||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||(DNS)||16||9||20||(DNS)||(DNC)||14||21||80|
|18th||Silver||11183||GBR||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||(20)||(DNF)||21||19||(24)||11||19||12||82|
|19th||Silver||10716||GBR||Chas Hammond||Mandy Hammond||Shoreham SC||(5)||(DNS)||17||21||23||10||(DSQ)||14||85|
|20th||Silver||10111||IRL||Ciaran Keogh||Adam Leddy||Greystones SC||(23)||20||23||16||(DNS)||(DNS)||10||16||85|
|21st||Gold||10947||GBR||Stewart Coltart||Catriona Coltart||Medway YC||(19)||12||16||25||12||(DNC)||(34)||23||88|
|22nd||Silver||11211||GBR||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||Medway YC||(18)||17||22||(DNS)||19||(26)||12||20||90|
|23rd||Gold||11152||IRL||Norman Lee||Peter Kennedy||Greystones SC||(24)||(DNS)||19||14||21||(DNS)||20||17||91|
|24th||Silver||10934||IRL||Seamus O'Cleirigh||Stephen Tiernan||Greystones SC||(16)||19||18||18||(20)||19||17||(28)||91|
|25th||Silver||10596||IRL||Gordon Jess||Rachel Bevan||East Down YC||(15)||15||26||(35)||25||20||21||(DNF)||107|
|26th||Silver||11282||GBR||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(22)||(DNF)||(29)||22||22||21||25||18||108|
|27th||Silver||10826||IRL||Margaret Hynes||Mike Hayes||Cullaun SC||(21)||18||(31)||28||(29)||23||26||19||114|
|28th||Silver||11118||GBR||John Goudie||Ewan Fleming / Evan Dargan Hayes||Wilsonian SC||(26)||24||24||(30)||26||27||18||(DNF)||119|
|29th||Silver||11167||GBR||Kenneth Underhill||Gail Penny||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||27||29||(30)||25||22||26||129|
|30th||Bronze||9644||CAN||Kit Wallace||Jonathan Dart||Toronto S & CC||(DNS)||(DNS)||35||(DNS)||27||24||24||24||134|
|31st||Silver||11299||IRL||Monica Schaefer||Miriam McCarthy||Greystones SC||(DNF)||(DNS)||(34)||23||32||31||30||25||141|
|32nd||Silver||11225||DEN||Meike Fomsgaard Franke||Anne Jensen||Ho Bugt Sejlklub||(17)||(DNF)||(38)||26||35||30||27||27||145|
|33rd||Silver||11280||CAN||Scott Ramsay||Les Sherratt||Conestoga SC||(30)||22||30||36||34||(DNC)||(DNF)||30||152|
|34th||Bronze||11129||GBR||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun YC||(11)||(DNS)||28||(DNS)||DNF||22||28||22||154|
|35th||Silver||9648||CAN||Robert Wierdsma||Samantha Wierdsma||Mississauga YC||(25)||26||36||(40)||(38)||28||32||32||154|
|36th||Bronze||11039||IRL||David Lawlor||Rachel / Patrick Lawlor||National YC||(27)||25||(41)||(42)||37||32||33||31||158|
|37th||Bronze||10798||GBR||Peter Redshaw||Janette Redshaw||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||37||37||36||(DNC)||29||33||172|
|38th||Bronze||11268||GBR||Keith Maxwell||Karen McCallion||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNS)||41||31||29||DNF||29||184|
|39th||Bronze||10935||IRL||Margie Crawford||Elaine Vogan||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||33||32||(DNS)||DNS||31||35||185|
|40th||Bronze||11000||GBR||Liz Feibusch||Will Cleverley||Orford SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||43||24||16||(DNC)||DNF||DNF||191|
|41st||Bronze||1611||IRL||Gordon Reid||Finlay Reid||East Down YC||(28)||(DNF)||40||38||40||(DNS)||36||39||193|
|42nd||Bronze||11107||GBR||Tony Geary||Yvette Geary||Waldringfield SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||15||DNS||DNS||23||DNF||200|
|43rd||Bronze||10509||IRL||Tony Garry||Joey Dempsey||Bray SC||(29)||(DNF)||42||45||41||(DNS)||38||38||204|
|44th||Bronze||10803||GBR||Jonathan Christie||Ellie Christie||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||27||28||DNS||DNF||DNF||217|
|45th||Bronze||9159||GBR||Tom Morris||Greg Morris||Queen Mary SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||43||DNF||DNS||37||36||224|
|46th||Bronze||10695||GBR||John Miller||Rosemary Miller||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||39||39||39||(DNC)||DNF||DNF||225|
|47th||Bronze||10939||IRL||David Nixon||Morgan Burgess||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||31||33||DNC||DNF||DNF||226|
|48th||Bronze||9059||USA||Jim Heffernan||Mark Heffernan||Lake Townsend YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||32||33||(DNS)||DNC||DNF||DNF||227|
|49th||Bronze||1846||IRL||Damien Brennan||Barry Keogh||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||44||DNF||DNC||41||37||230|
|50th||Bronze||7038||IRL||David Doran||Izak Kielmovitch||Wexford Harbour BTC||(DNS)||(DNS)||44||(DNS)||DNC||DNC||39||DNF||245|
|51st||Bronze||9738||USA||John Cadman||Patty Kuntz||Lake Eustis SC||(RET)||(DNS)||45||(DNS)||DNS||DNC||40||DNF||247|
|52nd||Bronze||404||GBR||Rodney Hall||Tony Hill||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||34||DNS||DNC||DNS||DNF||250|
|53rd||Bronze||6557||IRL||Michael Haig||Niamh Haig||Cullaun SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||DNC||DNF||DNF||270|
New Champions Crowned
Going into the last day just 1 point separated the leaders, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, from the reigning champions from Denmark, Mogens Just and Anders Friis. The forecast was for winds of 15-20 knots to decrease during the day to 9-11 knots and Tom Rusbridge, the PRO intended to sail three races, possibly four to conclude the event. ...read more
As it happened the forecast gentle Irish breeze turned out to be a fruity 15-24 knots with the rough and confused seas we had to deal with all week and only two races were completed before Tom called it a day. Once again there were several capsizes and an incident where one helm fell out of his boat at the gybe mark. Fortunately he was wearing a fluorescent orange top otherwise he would have been difficult to see by boats behind as they planed towards the gybe mark.
Mac and Townsend won race 6. Just and Friis won race 7. When the scores were calculated Mac and Townsend had done enough to secure the championship by just the single point. Andrew and Tom Wilson finished in third place overall after an excellent and consistent set of results.
In the UKWA National Championships Mac and Townsend won fairly comfortably followed by the Wilsons. Bill Whitney and John Shelton completed the podium.
The prize giving and supper went very well and happy and exhausted sailors made arrangements to meet again in the near future.
Wayfarer Internationals Days 3 & 4
Race 3 (which had been abandoned the previous day when the wind failed) was re-sailed under a black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed however making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. The race was won by McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton. ...read more
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots and was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney/Shelton and Just/Friis. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in Mike Mac’s view than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just/Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara/Townsend. The Wilsons completed the podium. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to sail Race 6 and the fleet was sent home.
The forecast for Thursday 25th July looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze. The PRO chose to call a lay day, leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or to go sightseeing.
Friday is the last day of the championship. Another windy day is forecast and with the points so close the top competitors will be wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
Overall results after 5 races and 1 discard (top 4):
1st Mcnamara/Townsend (6 points)
2nd Just/Friis (7)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (9)
4th Whitney/Shelton (15)
Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update
Tuesday morning dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing so a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do.
Racing eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and (Race 2) a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a slowly softening breeze. The winner of this by a comfortable margin was Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend. ...read more
Race 3 got underway still in a hiking breeze but by the time the second beat started all but the lightest teams were now underpowered. As the fleet sailed down the run the wind shut off completely and the PRO abandoned the race.
Two days down therefore and just two races completed.
Provisional Results to date (top 6):
1st Mike McNamara/Simon Townsend, (3 points)
2nd Mogens Just/Anders Friis (3)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (6)
4th Neils Alslev/Anders Pejtersson (8)
5th Bill Whitney/John Shelton (11)
6th Christian Milert Hansen/Kim Fremlev Larsen (13)
Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update
After two days of measuring and registration racing got underway on Monday with a practice race and Race 1. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topped out at 24 knots with a confused chop over a swell.
Winners of the practice race and the Idlers Bucket were Andrew and Tom Wilson followed by two Danish boats.
Winners of Race 1 were Mogens Just and Anders Friis followed by Mike Mac and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom. ...read more
In the evening there was a welcome social with Irish music including a guest performer in the band of Danish concert violinist (and W sailor) Meike Fomsgaard.
Three races scheduled for Tuesday. Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets determined then as well as the ProAm.
Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham SC – report by Tim Townsend
The Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series resumed after a four week break with the Southern Area Championship hosted by Shoreham Sailing Club. ...read more
The sailing environment could not have been more different to the last event at Medway YC. There we had light winds and tricky tidal river conditions. At Shoreham the forecast promised force 4-5 winds on Saturday (with showers) and a little more wind on Sunday (with more rain). In spite of the less than awesome forecast the camper vans descended in West Sussex along with a couple of tents ready to take on the elements.
Sailing legend Alan Warren was the race officer who, with his team, put on good racing on both days. The committee boat appeared to be a singularly bouncy platform from which to run the racing so it was a tough task well done. The schedule was to have three races on Saturday and three on Sunday with one discard after the 5th race. The race course on both days was a triangle/sausage over four rounds.
The pattern was set during the first race on Saturday. Andrew and Tom Wilson from Datchet Water SC led at the first mark with Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend (Rollesby Broad SC) and Bill Whitney and John Shelton (Shoreham SC) following behind in close formation. The rest of the fleet rounded the mark a short but respectful distance further back. A tight three sail reach across the waves was followed by a gybe and a slightly broader reach with the waves to the leeward mark by which time McNamara/Townsend had gained a small lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the race. Meanwhile, over the 45-50 minute race, Whitney/Shelton ground down the Wilsons to take the runners up spot. Best of the rest were the McKenzies from Medway YC after a close battle with their clubmates, the Townsends.
The second race on Saturday saw the Townsends join the leading three boats for the first lap. Although the wind had not diminished the fleet as a whole was getting braver with most of the boats flying spinnakers on the second reach and run and several also flying the spinnaker on the first reach with varying degrees of success. As the race progressed, the front runners got away from the rest of the fleet again. This time McNamara/Townsend won from the Wilsons. Whitney/Shelton got the better of the Townsends who in turn beat the McKenzies and Brian Lamb and Sue Risbridger from Wilsonian SC.
The third race was sailed in a marginally softer breeze; but it was still hard work. In this race McNamara/Townsend led from the start and finished with a fairly comfortable lead. The Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton had a race long battle and traded places a few times. The Wilsons got the nod at the finish. A little further back, the Townsends again finished ahead of Lamb/Risbridger and the McKenzies.
The overnight standings saw the lead held by McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton. However points were close and with three more races scheduled for Sunday things could change.
As we packed our boats away it started to rain heavily. Some tents were pitched. Other tents stayed in the car and hotels were found instead. All the competitors enjoyed a chilli at the club with the National 12 sailors who were sharing the open meeting.
Sunday morning dawned damp and uninviting. The wind had also increased a notch or maybe two, and there was quite a sea running with waves increasing as the tide turned. After a bit of umming and ahing (and sheltering from a rain squall under the club verandah) the Wayfarer fleet launched without exceptions. The Townsends were the first to return to the harbour to effect a repair to their forestay. There was no delay in the racing however so they started late and with their fourth place in the overall standings in jeopardy. They were in the perfect place, however, for a grandstand view (through the rain) of the race long battle for the lead between McNamara/Townsend and Whitney/Shelton. These two swapped the lead several times during the race and as they flew down the final run with their spinnakers it was Whitney/Shelton who held a narrow lead. However, McNamara/Townsend got the advantage at the final gybe/take down and won the race by just three seconds, the slimmest of margins. The Wilsons held a comfortable third in this race.
And what of the Townsends and the battle for fourth place overall? Had their temporary return to shore undone Saturday’s hard work? Had the McKenzies or Lamb/Risbridger taken advantage of their misfortune? Finishing behind the Wilsons in fourth place in this race were Chas and Mandy Hammond from Shoreham SC; fifth place was taken by Mike Weighill and Carl Martin from Swarkestone SC. The Townsends, in turn, had managed to overtake a couple of the boats which had swum in the tide, and they finished ninth. Still, that could be a discard if another race was completed.
However, the sailing conditions were now quite troublesome. Some quite strong squalls were adding to an already formidable wind and the wind-against-tide conditions were creating a lumpy and difficult sea. A number of boats headed for the harbour and the race team abandoned the rest of the day’s racing.
Back at the club the numbers were crunched. McNamara/Townsend with four race wins were the clear victors and took home all the silverware; although they had to work hard for their success. The Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton were on equal points and identical results but the latter were runners up by virtue of having the better result in the last race.
Further back, the Townsends and the McKenzies also shared equal points but this time the tie was broken by the Townsend’s two 4th place results on Saturday. Lamb/Risbridger finished in sixth place overall. The sponsors prizes of a Craftinsure branded towel were won by Michael Dillistone and Andrew Criswick from Castle Cove SC and Nigel and Belinda O’Donnell from Swarkestone SC.
Michael McNamara took the opportunity to thank the organising club for their hospitality and the race team and support crews for the excellent race management in testing conditions.
The next event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series is the class National Championships which will be held from 20-26 July at Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, Ireland, as part of the International Championships. Over 60 boats have entered the event, where sponsors include Craftinsure, Hartley Boats and Allen Brothers.
P.S. – you can view low resolution versions of these and other photos taken by Warwick Pics at Shoreham, and potentially order prints, via this link.
|1st||10648||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||1||1||1||1||4|
|2nd||10688||Bill Witney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||2||3||3||2||10|
|3rd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||3||2||2||3||10|
|4th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||5||4||4||9||22|
|5th||10686||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||4||5||6||7||22|
|6th||11170||Brian Lamb||Sue Risbridger||Wilsonian SC||7||6||5||6||24|
|7th||10716||Chas Hammond||Mandy Hammond||Shoreham SC||8||7||8||4||27|
|8th||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||6||8||9||5||28|
|9th||10556||Michael Dillistone||Andrew Criswick||Castle Cove SC||9||10||10||8||37|
|10th||11282||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||11||11||7||DNF||41|
|11th||11129||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun YC||10||9||11||DNF||42|
Wayfarer Southerns overall
After a bit of umming and ahing all the Wayfarers went out to race. The O’Donnells went swimming as did Paul Hughes and Tracey Villa. Mac/Townsend and Whitney/Shelton has an epic battle decided only on the last gybe and short beat to the finish line. The Wilsons were 3rd. As the wind and waves continued to build the race team decided to call it a day.
So just the four races. All to count. Mac/Townsend won them all but were made to fight very hard in each race.
1st Michael Mcnamara/Simon Townsend
2nd Bill Whitney/John Shelton
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson
4th Tim/Jacqueline Townsend
5th Brian/Liz McKenzie
6th Brian Lamb/Sue Risbridger
Day 1 Southern Championships at Shoreham SC.
The wind was softer than expected but three races was still hard work. The sun shone for the briefing but not for the racing. The tide was out when we came ashore. Loads of mud. We did three triangle/sausage races of four rounds. Andrew and Tom Wilson led at the first windward mark but that was the only time Mac and Simon Townsend were headed all day. Three wins for them. Lovely three sail reaches.
Overall at the end of day 1:
2nd, Andrew/Tom Wilson
3rd, Bill Whitney/John Shelton
4th, Tim/Jacqueline Townsend
5th, Brian/Liz McKenzie
6th, Brian Lamb/Sue Risbridger.
Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC – Report by Tim Townsend
It was inevitable that the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship, which also counted as Event #3 in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series, would provide a very different challenge to the two fresh water, non tidal, open meetings that had gone before as competitors looked forward to strong tides and the forecast light to moderate winds on the River Medway.
There were 22 entries for the Easterns with most of the main protagonists present. The forecast overnight was for very light conditions on Saturday with slightly stronger breezes expected on Sunday. This, combined with Spring tides, would make interesting and difficult conditions for the competitors and race team alike. ...read more
Saturday dawned bright and virtually windless. The skippers briefing was held and all the usual information was imparted along with the decision to postpone for an hour. A reconvened briefing extended the postponement for another 60 minutes. All this time the RO was venturing downriver to look for wind which would be strong and stable enough to race. At the third time of asking all systems were go and the fleet headed for Gillingham Reach where the race team set a windward/leeward course off the Hoo Island shore in 5-7 knots of Easterly wind. By now the tide had turned so the beats with the ebb tide under the racing boats were short and the runs were long. Two races were held in this part of the river both won by Guy Marks and Mel Titmus (Bough Beech SC) going away. Runners up in the first race were Richard Stone and Catherine Gore (Medway YC) who took a liking to the conditions while third was John Goudie and Sam Boniface (Wilsonian SC). Runners up in the second race were Bill Whitney and John Shelton (Shoreham YC) while the podium was rounded off by Mark and Jane Lee (Medway YC) who were having a good day near the front of the fleet. The racing was very close with good starts at a premium. Surprisingly, rule observance was good at the windward mark but not so admirable as boats rafted up at the end of the uptide running legs. Those who could get away in clear air from these melees were at a considerable advantage.
In truth the second race was a short one because the river was draining rapidly and the leeward end of the start line was nearly ashore, so the race team relocated to the upriver end of Gillingham Reach, setting a start line off Gillingham Marina with a very short beat to the windward mark and a longer run and beat back to the start line for two laps. This third race was also won comfortably by Guy and Mel. Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (Wilsonian SC/Medway YC) started to make their charge and finished second in this race with Bill and John coming third.
Comfortable overnight leaders were Guy and Mel. Bill and John were lying second while Andrew and Tom Wilson (Datchet Water SC) lay third through consistent, if not for them stellar, results.
Back at the Club the fleet was greeted with free beer and rock cakes while competitors discussed the highs and lows of their day. Later, there was a champagne reception and an excellent dinner. MYC Commodore, Mark Penny, celebrated his highest ever placing in an open meeting (5th in race three, and didn’t he not let us forget it…..well done Mark and Gail) by setting one of his traditional quizzes. No quiz rounds on Kent this year (visitors from Derbyshire breathed a sigh of relief) but strangely there was a round on body parts with one of the tables made up almost entirely of medics!
Sunday’s wind forecast was a bit more promising but we woke to fog, a gentle Irish mist, and no wind. Another postponement was signalled. However on this occasion the wind started to fill in after a short time and the fleet headed off to Pinup Reach for three more races in winds that topped out at perhaps 8-10 knots. The race team set triangle/sausage courses in a North Easterly which clocked right during the late morning requiring a significant reset between races. Once again three races were completed with some incredibly close racing especially at mark roundings.
What a difference a day makes. Race 4 began with Guy and Mel flying off the start line like a roasted stoat. They led for the first lap but then over stood the windward mark allowing through first Stewart and Catriona Coltart (Medway YC) and then Brian and Sam and Richard and Catherine who finished in that order. Meanwhile, ante post favourites Andrew and Tom uncharacteristically finished seventh dropping them off the podium overall.
Andrew and Tom must have given each other a half time talking to because in probably the best wind of the weekend they shot off the start line in race 5 never to be headed. John and Sam collected their second podium of the weekend by finishing the race as clear runners up while Richard and Catherine continued their fine form in third. Meanwhile Guy and Mel had their worst race of the weekend to date finishing in 6th place. Was there going to be a twist in the tale of this event.
The final race of the weekend saw Guy and Mel winning the pin with Andrew and Tom a couple of boats above them. Andrew and Tom led at the first windward mark with Richard and Catherine close behind. Guy and Mel were in a battle for third with Stewart and Catriona and Brian and Sam. Andrew and Tom and Richard and Catherine had a race long battle but the Wilsons just took the gun for their second win of the day. Richard and Catherine were close runners up with Guy and Mel a short distance behind in third.
Overall, Guy and Mel held on to become the Wayfarer Eastern Area Champions 2019. By winning the final race Andrew and Tom pipped Richard and Catherine for the runners up spot.
Between them, Guy and the Medway YC Wayfarer Class Captain, Mike Pimm, thanked the RO and his team on the committee boat and support boats, galley and bar staff, and everybody who had helped organise the event along with the event sponsors, Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Pirates Cave, Chesley Storage and Shepherd Neame Brewery.
The next event in the Craftinsure National Circuit Series will be the Southern Area Championships at Shoreham YC on 15/16 June. See this website for more details.
|Pos||Sail No||Boat Name||Helm||Crew||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||Pts|
|1||11120||Ultimate Fiasco||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||Bough Beech SC||1||1||1||4||(6)||3||10|
|2||11093||Restless||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||6||4||4||(7)||1||1||16|
|3||10974||No Name||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||2||(9)||6||3||3||2||16|
|4||11170||Whizo||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||(9)||7||2||2||4||4||19|
|5||10688||Big Dipper||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||4||2||3||5||(10)||7||21|
|6||10947||Quicksilver||Stewart Coltart||Catriona Coltart||Medway YC||8||(11)||10||1||7||5||31|
|7||11118||Happy Ever After||John Goudie||Sam Boniface||Wilsonian SC||3||6||(17)||13||2||8||32|
|8||11211||Senior Moment||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||Medway YC||5||3||9||10||(17)||11||38|
|9||10686||Hercules Hound||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||11||8||7||9||8||(13)||43|
|10||10673||LBV||David Roberts||Tegwyn Tricker||Bough Beech SC||10||5||(16)||8||12||10||45|
|11||11012||Intermezzo||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||12||10||8||11||(15)||9||50|
|12||10614||Loose Knots||Mark Penny||Gail Penny||Medway YC||13||(19)||5||17||9||12||56|
|13||11282||Guinness II||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||15||17||12||6||11||(18)||61|
|14||8595||No Problem||Simon Winn||Sarah Mason||Medway YC||7||15||(DNC)||15||13||17||67|
|15||10666||Devil's Advocate||Roger Gibbs||Stan Bedwell||Medway YC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||12||5||6||69|
|16||9416||Blueberry Tart||Scott Hamilton||Mathew Hodge||Datchet Water SC||(17)||13||11||14||16||15||69|
|17||11129||Yolo||Paul Hughes||Charles Taylor||Arun YC||14||12||13||18||(19)||16||73|
|18||10875||Wild Thing||Mike Pimm||Peter Dilley||Medway YC||16||(18)||15||16||14||14||75|
|19||10615||La Rive||Alberto Quaglia||Andrew Howard||Medway YC||18||16||14||(20)||20||19||87|
|20||10937||Mbuna||James Buckley||Aleks Scimiloes||Medway YC||19||14||18||19||18||(20)||88|
|21||11183||Nomad||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||115|
|22||10837||Little Angel||Jonathan Davis||Ashley Davis||Medway YC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||115|
Wayfarer Easterns: Day 2 and Results
Overall (top six):
1st, Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, 10pts
2nd, Andrew and Tom Wilson, 16pts
3rd, Richard Stone and Catherine Gore, 16pts
4th, Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall, 19pts
5th, Bill Whitney and John Shelton, 21pts
6th, Stewart and Catriona Coltart, 31pts
Full report to follow.