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.
W Easterns at Medway YC: Day One
Guy Marks and Mel Titmus dominates the day and won all three races at a canter. Several other boats had podium places but lacked the consistency to pressurise the leaders.
End of day 1:
1st Marks/Titmus 3 pts
2nd Whitney/Shelton 9 pts
3rd Wilson/Wilson 14 pts
Champagne reception now followed by dinner. Tomorrow is another day.
Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit Event 2 at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club
The Craftinsure UK Wayfarer National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers continued over the weekend of the 27/28th April as West Oxfordshire Sailing Club (WOSC) hosted the second event of the series, in a shared event with the Wanderer Inlands.
Seven local boats were joined by four visitors from as a far afield as Swarkestone, Medway/Wilsonian and Datchet. A meeting at WOSC has become a familiar fixture for the Wayfarers in recent years, presenting a stern test of boat handling in restricted inland waters before you add the challenge that the weather may bring! ...read more
Speaking of the weather, as with many events scheduled over the same weekend, Storm Hannah threatened to have a significant impact leading up to the regatta. A few boats chose not to travel but as it turned out, after a short delay to proceedings on Saturday, racing was possible with a 2pm start. With a F3-6 blowing across the pond, the first race started in absolute carnage as upside down Wanderers and Wayfarers scattered the course. Mike Weighill and Carl Martin and the usual inland heavy air specialists Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall cut through the debris and battled it out at the front. Weighill/Martin capsized to allow Lamb/Pygall through momentarily but a miraculous recovery meant they were still keeping pace and eventually took the lead after some exciting and panicky gybes. Lamb/Pygall then spectacularly overestimated their boat handling in the testing conditions in attempting to fly the spinnaker but were wiped out allowing Weighill/Martin to sail serenely off into the distance for a well-deserved victory, followed by local sailors Alex Nairac and Mark Jennings. Lamb/Pygall recovered after a few attempts at righting the boat and were next to finish in 3rd (and last).
The second race of the day was sailed in similar violently gusty conditions and again it was Weighill/Martin and Lamb/Pygall fighting both each other and the conditions at the front of a diminished fleet, this time with the dynamic O’Donnells chasing hard in 3rd. Weighill/Martin held the lead for 45 gruelling minutes until Lamb/Pygall slipped through on the final beat and kept upright through two scary gybes prior to a screaming reach to the finish. The O’Donnells held onto a gusty (and gutsy) 3rd. After two gruelling races, Weighill/Martin deservedly ended the first day on top of the pile.
The evening’s fish and chip supper and live band proved a great success with those who still had energy to burn and copious amounts of Hobgoblin Gold were drunk.
The second day started with a shifted and lighter wind (F2-3), an amended schedule of three further races and a significant enhancement in the competition in the form of the entry of Wayfarer National circuit runner-up from 2018, Andrew Wilson, crewed by Sue Risbridger. In the first race of the day, Wilson/Risbridger made up for missing Saturday’s excitement by shooting off the line, rounding the first mark first and never looking back as they extended a significant lead lap by lap. In 2nd place, Lamb/Pygall were just ahead of the O’Donnells until a second spinnaker error of the weekend allowed the O’Donnells to squeeze through. Lamb/Pygall fought back to take 2nd before the end, just ahead of the O’Donnells, with overnight leaders Weighill/Martin back in 4th.
The fourth race of the weekend was a significantly tighter affair with Lamb/Pygall and Wilson/Risbridger switching places throughout the race after the start, clear ahead of the chasing pack. In the end, Wilson showed his skill to snatch the lead on the last lap, avoiding the melee of Wanderers and take a second win of the day, with Lamb/Pygall taking 2nd and in the process cementing a strong position for the event overall. Local boat 11174 helmed by Andrew Day crewed by John Whiteside took finished 3rd.
After a short break and a change to the course that gave the longest beat and run of the weekend, the final race started. Wilson/Risbridger again took the pin and showing excellent boat-speed arrived at the first mark clear ahead, with Lamb/Pygall giving chase. The two teams pulled away into the distance with the longer course giving an opportunity for upwind and downwind speed to pay. The O’Donnells proved to be best of the rest in the final race, holding off fellow Swarkestone boat Weighill/Martin with some aggressive downwind manoeuvres. In the end, Wilson took an extremely comfortable victory for a clean sweep on Sunday but Lamb/Pygall ended up comfortable winners overall with Saturday’s results proving the clincher alongside some consistent sailing on the second day. Weighill/Martin’s dazzling results on Saturday with solid results on Sunday meant they took a clear second overall, with the Wilson/Risbridger team just doing enough to take a podium position ahead of the dynamic O’Donnell’s in fourth. The best placed local boat was sailed by Alex Nairac and Mark Jennings.
A slide show from Saturday’s epic conditions can be seen below:
…while a video from Sunday’s more benign racing can be seen here:
The next Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit Series event will be the Eastern Area Championship to be held at Medway Yacht Club over the weekend of 18/19 May which always provides a great event both on and off the water with a competitive home fleet on some challenging estuary water. After two events Lamb/Pygall hold a slim lead in the overall standings from Wilson/Wilson/Risbridger while the Swarkestone boats are fighting for third, the nod just going to the O’Donnells at this stage.
The Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 comprises eight events including the national Championships at a variety of open and restricted water venues on salt and fresh water culminating in the Finale at Bough Beech SC in November. As well as the major trophies the prize giving at Bough Beech will also see the prize draw with terrific prizes from generous sponsors including Craftinsure, McNamara Sails, Hartley Boats, Pinnell & Bax and Allen Brothers.
|1st||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC/ Medway YC||(3)||1||2||2||2||7|
|2nd||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||1||2||(4)||4||4||11|
|3rd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||(DNC)||DNC||1||1||1||15|
|4th||11282||Nigel O'Donnell||Michael O'Donnell/ Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(DNC)||3||3||6||3||15|
|5th||10849||Alex Nairac||Mark Jennings||West Oxfordshire SC||2||5||6||7||(9)||20|
|6th||11174||Andrew Day||John Whiteside||West Oxfordshire SC||(DNF)||DNC||5||3||5||25|
|7th||10755||Les Burton||Graham Parry||West Oxfordshire SC||(DNF)||4||9||8||8||29|
|8th||WOSC1||Andrew Turberfield||Marion Turberfield||West Oxfordshire SC||(DNF)||DNC||7||5||6||30|
|9th||9619||Sue Burton||Pauline Dobbs||West Oxfordshire SC||(DNC)||DNF||8||9||7||36|
|10th||8080||George Edmondson||Lucia Winrow||West Oxfordshire SC||(DNC)||DNC||10||10||10||42|
|11th||9169||Matt Batterton||Judi Jennings||West Oxfordshire SC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||48|
Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water SC (+ results)
Hosted by Datchet Water Sailing Club, the Wayfarer Inlands and first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit (NCS) and Travellers Series got under way over the weekend of the 6/7th April with thirteen Wayfarers in attendance, with four home boats joining nine visitors including last year’s NCS champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend and runners-up Andrew and Tom Wilson. Several other seasoned Wayfarer circuit regulars were in attendance, although there were a few absences because of illness and injury.
On the first day, races 1 and 2 were held in a steady F3-4, with a decreasing breeze in race 3. Many competitors had not had a tremendous amount of sailing since the Circuit Finale at Bough Beech last year and used the event as a shake-down before the season’s main events including the Internationals in Ireland in July. To test the boat-handling of the teams, the race officer and his team adopted an interesting and previously little used (on the Wayfarer circuit at least) “reversed P course” that combines triangle and sausage in a single lap, enabled by having a huge beat the length of the reservoir.
Playing the shifts and having the courage of your convictions in choosing a side and sticking to it invariably paid on the first day where position round the windward mark on the first round went a long way to deciding your overall finish position as the racing was largely processional at times.
As predicted, a titanic tussle began to develop at the front of the fleet between the front-runners from last season (McNamara/Townsend and Wilson/Wilson). The Wilsons just edged day one with two bullets to McNamara’s one, winning races 2 and 3 and only narrowly being pipped in race 1 by the downwind cunning and guile of McNamara and Townsend. At the end of day 1, Lamb/Pygall were the “best of the rest” with a consistent score line of three 3s just ahead of a very congested midfield pack that John Goudie/Sam Boniface led ahead of the Dynamic O’Donnells. ...read more
The second day dawned with little change in wind direction but a decrease in strength which inevitably would provide even greater emphasis on a good first beat and position round the windward mark. The Race team moved away from the P course and adopted standard windward leeward courses for the duration of the day. An early start of 1015 to ensure an early finish was immediately put off track as the star-studded Flying Fifteen fleet that were sharing the open repeatedly transgressed under first Blue Peter and then U flag until the race officer gave up and allowed the Wayfarers to start first. Despite the delay, the Wilsons sailed an immaculate race 4 to lead from start to finish with McNamara/Townsend well behind, taking control of the open meeting with three bullets in the first four races. Lamb/Pygall continued their string of 3rds to lead the chasing pack and the consistent John Goudie came 4th.
With the formidable boat speed being demonstrated by the Wilsons, McNamara/Townsend had it all to do to retain the Inlands. Race 5 proved critical. A familiar battle up the beats and down the runs between McNamara/Townsend and the Wilsons culminated in an epic battle royale down the final run where a gybing battle ended with McNamara squeezing Wilson practically into Heathrow Terminal 3 before gybing back and then rounding the final mark half a boat length ahead. This was a masterclass of downwind tactical sailing. Behind these two, Lamb/Pygall were awestruck spectators and took their familiar position of 3rd with Goudie/Boniface 4th once again.
The final race saw McNamara/Townsend needing to win to take the Inlands and after a somewhat chaotic light wind start, the duo cut through the pack with unrivalled boat speed and emerged clear ahead of Lamb/Pygall with the Wilsons buried on the right-hand side of the beat. Rounding the windward mark a couple of boat lengths ahead, McNamara/Townsend sailed off into the distance largely unchallenged. The Wilsons cut through the field and challenged Lamb/Pygall but up the final windward leg McNamara loose covered Lamb/Pygall who in turn were covering the Wilsons. In the end, McNamara cruised through to take the bullet and seal the Inlands by virtue of winning the last race having tied with the Wilsons on points. A remarkable achievement. Other worthy mentions over the course of the weekend outside of the podium include John Goudie who put together his most consistent regatta for a number of years to come 4th overall and Wanderer National Champion and Inland Champion Adam Wickenden in 5th.
A great event hosted by Datchet as usual with very efficient race management in testing conditions, particularly on the Sunday. The Wayfarer circuit now moves onto West Oxfordshire at the end of the month for a different variety of pond sailing before some estuary sailing on the Medway in May, and a trip to Shoreham in June.
(Report by Sam Pygall.)
|1st||10648||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Emsworth SC(?)||1||(2)||2||2||1||1||7|
|2nd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||2||1||1||1||2||(3)||7|
|3rd||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||(3)||3||3||3||3||2||14|
|4th||11118||John Goudie||Sam Boniface||Wilsonian SC||(5)||5||4||4||4||4||21|
|5th||10710||Adam Wickenden||Stuart Hall||Silver Wing SC||6||7||6||5||(11)||5||29|
|6th||11282||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||7||6||5||7||(9)||6||31|
|7th||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Lanson-Gore||Datchet Water SC||8||4||8||9||5||(11)||34|
|8th||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||9||(10)||7||8||6||10||40|
|9th||11129||Paul Hughes||Cam Hughes||Arun YC||(10)||9||9||6||8||8||40|
|10th||10921||Tony Cooper||Luke Howell||Datchet Water SC||(11)||8||10||11||7||7||43|
|11th||9416||Scott Hamilton||Bob Maddox||Datchet Water SC||(12)||11||11||10||12||9||53|
|12th||8454||Matthew Hodges||Laura Hodges||Datchet Water SC||(13)||12||12||12||10||12||58|
|13th||11226||Len Jones||Pete Mitchell||Medway YC||4||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||60|
Wayfarer Class Racing Review 2018
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
The season began with the Inland Championships at Datchet SC at the beginning of April with a strong fleet enjoying close racing in ideal conditions on the Saturday. Unfortunately, there was no racing the following day because of a lack of wind and the event was won by Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend from Andrew/Tom Wilson.
The next big event was to be the Western Area Championships hosted by Shoreham SC but sadly the Club was unable to host the event because its new ramp was still in build and the decision was sensibly taken to reschedule the event. Locks SC/Tudor SC/Langstone SC kindly agreed to include the event as part of the Langstone Harbour Race Weekend over the August Bank Holiday later in the year.
As a consequence of the rescheduling of the Westerns the second big event on the UKWA Calendar was the National Championships where 40 boats including visitors from Ireland competed in some very close racing over three days. The weather wasn’t playing ball with the programme as the first two days badly affected by fog while desperately light winds on the final day curtailed the schedule. The race committee and host club worked very hard nonetheless to put on an excellent event. Cream generally rises to the top and the Championships were won (for the umpteenth time) by Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend with Len Jones/Pete Mitchell runners up.
Next up was the Eastern Area Championships hosted by Waldringfield SC at the end of July. This was another event affected by the wind conditions (too much this time) as little more than half the 17 entries actually raced and only 5 boats managed to complete the three races sailed. Nevertheless the fleet had an enjoyable weekend with a BBQ and social on the Saturday evening. The event was won convincingly by Andrew/Tom Wilson with Roger Challis/Mark Johnston pipping Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall to second place.
The end of August saw the rescheduled Western Area Championships but an appalling weather forecast (which proved to be spot on) on the Sunday deterred most travellers. Again no racing was possible on Sunday but good racing was enjoyed on Saturday. The event was won by Bill Whitney/John Shelton who shared the race wins with Paul Hughes/Tracey Villa who finished in second place.
The fleet progressed then to the Southern Area Championships hosted this year by Medway YC, and the largest turnout of the year outside the National Championships with over 20 boats competing. The weather gods were kind on both days allowing the full schedule of six races to be completed in winds of 12-20mph. The racing was dominated by Andrew/Tom Wilson who won from Bill Whitney/John Shelton.
All of the above events formed part of the Craftinsure sponsored National Circuit and Travellers Series along with open meetings at West Oxfordshire SC (combined with the class Junior Championships which were won by Sam Cannell) and at Swarkestone SC, a new venue for the class. The Series was brought to an end by the Finale at Bough Beech SC at the beginning of November.
Going into the Finale Andrew/Tom Wilson held a narrow lead in both the NCS and the Travellers but could be caught in the NCS where a boat’s best three results from the eight designated Travellers events count provided at lease one fresh water and one salt water events are included. In the event Andrew and Tom had a difficult weekend in deepest Kent finishing 8th overall, their worst result of the year by a considerable margin. Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend won the open meeting and pipped Andrew and Tom for the NCS Cup by the narrowest of margins. Bill Whitney crewed by Lisa Whitney/John Shelton rounded off the podium. The Travellers Series Trophy was won by Andrew and Tom from Bill and Lisa/John with Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall finishing in third. Over 70 boats competed in at least one of the Travellers events and 14 boats competed in three or more and qualified for the NCS. As ever we are grateful to our sponsors, Craftinsure along with McNamara Sails and Hartley Boats who all generously support the end of season draw with prizes of free insurance, a new sail and an undercover as well as other goodies.
More detailed racing reports are available at wayfarer.org.uk/racing/race-results
The National Circuit and Travellers Series form only part of the UKWA racing programme. In addition to the events above, the Scottish Championships were hosted by Loch Lomond SC and won by Fergus Duncannon and David Sparkes. The Irish Inland Championships were won by Gordon Jess and Rachel Bevan at Culluan WSC. There was a good entry of Wayfarers at Poole Week in August, and the L’Escargot Trophy at Aldeburgh, and the Wayfarer fleets at Bourne End Week and the Medway Dinghy Regatta were also well supported. Hickling Broad SC hosted its inaugural Wayfarer open meeting at the beginning of September when a small fleet enjoyed good racing. Club racing is also important. The Wayfarer performs well on handicap (just look at the results of the Wayfarer sailed by Andrew/Tom Wilson in the SailJuice Winter Series in 2017/18) but there is also good quality one design racing every week at several clubs, not least Medway YC in Kent and Parkstone YC in Poole Harbour.
Abroad, a number of the UK based boats travelled to Assens in SE Denmark for the European Championships. Although numerically the fleet was modest, it was strong and included sailors with Olympic and America’s Cup experience, Olympic triallists and those with championship successes both in the Wayfarer and other classes. The event was sailed over four days which increased as the week went on. On the final couple of days only half the fleet ventured out to race because of the conditions but those who watched from the shore were treated to a masterclass in boat handling by the teams at the front. Eventually it became a shootout between Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend and Mogens Just/Anders Friis from Denmark (the reigning Wayfarer International Champions). McNamara/Townsend did enough to win but no doubt battle will be resumed between these two and the other top teams at the next International Championships which will be held at Greystones SC in Co. Wicklow, Ireland from 20th-26th July 2019.
What were the highlights of the racing year? Not the weather, that’s for sure. However, numbers competing in the Travellers Series have held up well and we have seen several sailors from other classes trying out a Wayfarer this year and then buying one and racing it keenly. The quality of the racing and the boat handling at the front end of the fleet was excellent again, but wherever you are in the pecking order you will find somebody to race against. Above all, the Wayfarer is a friendly class, with the people at the front prepared to willingly share their knowledge and experience throughout the fleet especially with those new to it and this seems to be a feature of the class not only on the circuit but at club level too. The socials are pretty good too.
Aside from the International Championships at Greystones SC in July 2019 there’s another busy racing programme for this terrific all-rounder. Find out more about the Wayfarer at wayfarer.org.uk
2018 Season Finale at Bough Beech SC (with results table)
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
Race 2, sailed after lunch in similar conditions, saw a race long battle royale between Andrew and Tom and Michael and Simon with the lead changing hands on several occasions. At the end of the race it was Michael and Simon who led by a short head. Third place in this race was taken by Bill Whitney and John Shelton. Competition was fierce throughout the fleet with several boats in close formation during the whole race and several calls for rights, especially at rounding marks.
The fleet dodged the showers on Saturday but there was heavy rain overnight and the forecast of stronger winds and showers on Sunday. Andrew and Tom could still win the event but needed to win the two final races. The wind appeared to be stronger than the previous day. A few teams dropped their rigs back a notch and everybody spent the day adjusting rig and vang tension to suit the gusts and lulls. Race 3 was another close one with Andrew and Tom and Michael and Simon vying for the lead. Once again Michael and Simon were leading when the fat lady sang, this time with Guy Marks and Mel Titmus completing the podium. David Roberts and Tinu Cornish were the only casualties in this race after a collision, but fortunately no damage was done and they were able to compete in the final race.
With the event won, Race 4 was going to be for pride and the minor places. The race started in increasing winds with some new faces near the front including Mark and Jane Lee who were well placed until they came a cropper in the biggest rain squall of the day on the second beat. Andrew and Tom Wilson were also doing well until Andrew fell out of the boat taking his tiller extension with him (adding a DNF to their earlier OCS). Once again Michael and Simon took the lead to the finish although they were chased hard by Guy and Mel and Brian and Sam.
Michael and Simon therefore won the Bough Beech Finale and with it the National Circuit Series while Andrew and Tom consoled themselves by winning the Travellers Trophy. At the prize giving, Michael McNamara thanked Bough Beech SC for their hospitality and race management.
BBSC Overall Results:
|1st||10648||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||(1)||1||1||1||3|
|2nd||11050||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||Bough Beech SC||(4)||4||3||2||9|
|3rd||10688||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||(6)||3||4||4||11|
|4th||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||2||(8)||8||3||13|
|5th||88||Martin Rouse-Collen||Donna Rouse-Collen||Upper Thames SC||3||5||(10)||5||13|
|6th||10974||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||5||7||5||(9)||17|
|7th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||(8)||6||7||6||19|
|8th||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet SC||(OCS)||2||2||DNF||23|
|9th||10828||Derek Lambert||Oliver Lanson-Gore||Datchet SC||12||(14)||6||7||25|
|10th||11211||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||Medway YC||7||13||9||(DNF)||29|
|11th||10686||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||10||9||(14)||10||29|
|12th||11118||John Goudie||Sam Boniface||Wilsonian SC||9||10||11||(13)||30|
|13th||9494||Barry Wolfenden||Alex||Bough Beech SC||11||(12)||12||8||31|
|14th||10673||Dave Roberts||Tinu Cornish||Bough Beech SC||13||11||(RET)||12||36|
|15th||7470||Elliot Marks||Jess Gillett||Bough Beech SC||(16)||16||13||11||40|
|16th||11129||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun YC||14||15||15||(DNS)||44|
|17th||8595||Simon Winn||Sarah Mason||MYC/BBSC||15||(18)||16||14||45|
|18th||11218||James Maynard||Debbie Maynard||Bough Beech SC||17||17||(DNC)||DNC||53|
Craftinsure National Circuit Round 7 at Swarkstone SC (with results)
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
Sunday dawned as a frosty crisp morning with mist rolling over the water, picture perfect but not so good for the sailing. The wind direction was from the west, a much better direction for the lake.
As the mist cleared so did any trace of the wind, leaving a mirror finish. With two races forecast the postponement flag was raised in the hope that the wind would return in time to complete the schedule.
A light but patchy westerly finally settled in and a shorter course was skilfully set by the race officers. Racing got underway, the decision when and when not to raise the kite in fluky conditions proved paramount.
Positions swapped at the front and gave Bill and Lisa a win in race 4 with Brian and Sam in second and the Wilsons in an out of character third.
By the start of the last race, the wind had shifted slightly south and a course change was made again. The Wilsons had the trophy in the bag, but the remaining podium places were open to three boats.
The new wind direction meant more shifty conditions, and anticipating direction changes on the approach to marks proved critical.
In the end Brian and Sam pipped the Whitneys to end up second overall and the Whitneys managed fourth and finished third overall.
Andrew Wilson thanked the race team for doing their best in difficult circumstances and on behalf of the visitors thanked Swarkestone for their warm welcome.
They walked away with the brand New Swarkestone S.C. Trophy (with lid!) and their name will be the first to be engraved for this new Wayfarer open.
Nobody left empty-handed, however due to the generosity of our sponsors. Hartley Boats donations included a buoyancy aid and jacket amongst other goodies. Craftinsure donated a host of burgees and waterproof bags. A raffle was held and everyone had a prize.
-Nigel O’Donnell and Tim Townsend
Swarkestone Overall Results:
|1st||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water||1||1||1||(3)||1||4|
|2nd||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian||(4)||3||2||2||3||10|
|3rd||10688||Bill Whitney||Sam Pygall||Shoreham||3||(4)||4||1||4||12|
|4th||11189||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone||2||(5)||5||4||2||13|
|5th||11183||Mikel Weighill||Carl Weighill||Swarkestone||5||2||3||5||(DNC)||15|
|6th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway||6||6||6||7||(DNC)||25|
|7th||9757||Sam Hirst||Sam McKay||Swarkestone||(8)||8||7||6||6||27|
|8th||11129||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun||(9)||9||9||8||5||31|
|9th||11244||Matthew Pritchard||Roy Pritchard||Burton||7||7||8||(DNC)||DNC||32|
Southern Area Championship at MYC, incl results
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
The first start had to be stopped at 4 minutes as the wind flicked left giving excessive port bias to the line, but at the second attempt the fleet got under way in good order with the race being won by Andrew and Tom Wilson (Datchet), with Bill Whitney and John Shelton (Shoreham) and John Clementson and Paul Grace (Chipstead) second and third respectively. This race showed the eventual outcome of the championships as these three competitors had a most consistent set of results over the six race series to their credit. Simon Winn, by far the most senior racer in the fleet was going well despite the brisk conditions but capsized and with increasing winds, wisely did not compete further. All credit to him for entering the regatta in such windy conditions.
Race 2 got off to a clean start with Tim and Jacqueline Townsend (MYC) leading the way for most of the race but they were just unable to hold onto the lead at the end being overhauled by the Wilsons and Bill Whitney to finish a fine third. The windward marks were laid close to the Kingsnorth Jetty and it proved difficult to decide whether to go left into the strongly ebbing tide and get a clear wind or right and face disturbed wind from the obstruction of the jetty. As usual, the top boats made the correct calls.
For race 3, the Race Officer set a triangle/sausage course with Bill Whitney getting a win. John Goudie (Wilsonians) had an excellent race battling for line honours until the final mark, when he tripped over. Despite this setback, he and his crew showed that it is possible to right a Mark 4 Wayfarer in double quick time as they still managed to finish 14th.
The beat home after racing was long against a strong ebbing tide and we were all glad to return to the MYC for free beer sponsored by Shepherd Neame followed by a champagne reception hosted by Len Jones, unable to race following a hip operation the week before. The MYC gave an excellent dinner in the evening with a quiz compèred by the MYC Commodore, Mark Penny, where the wide ranging set of questions particularly on Kent topics proved a bit challenging for some of the visitors.
For Sunday, the wind was fresher, averaging 15-20mph. The RO set the course in Pinup Reach again giving good windward/leeward courses with no particular bias to the windward leg; reading wind shifts was important as ever. For race 4, there was a strong flood tide running and unsurprisingly, half the fleet were over the line and there was a general recall. With the U flag displayed, the fleet were more disciplined and got away cleanly at the second attempt. The Wilsons won the race but the run proved to be important as going straight up the course led to big gains and inverted the race positions for many of the competitors. Race 5 was again won by the Wilsons showing great consistency with John Clementson a fine second. The requirement to sail through the line on each lap caught out a number of competitors over the weekend including this author to his annoyance.
The wind increased for the final race and this was won convincingly by Guy Marks and Mel Titmuss (Bough Beech). There was then an easier sail home through Hoo Creek for a late lunch, boat packing and the prize giving. The Wilsons were the overall winners followed by Whitney/Shelton and Clementson/Grace. The best placed home boat was sailed by Richard Stone and Catherine Gore in sixth place overall
Thanks were expressed by the competitors for the excellent Race Management team headed by Jamie Blair before the drive home to rest weary limbs and backs.
Thanks to all the travellers and local boats for participating in an excellent weekend of sailing.
This area championship at Medway Yacht Club was the sixth in the eight boat Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series. Leaders at this stage are the Wilsons with Whitney/Shelton in second place and Marks/Titmuss in third. With two events left the Wilsons will be difficult to overhaul but lurking outside the top ten at this stage is one team which could come into the reckoning if the stars are aligned.
The next event in the National Circuit Series will be the open meeting at Swarkestone Sailing Club, Derby (a new venue for the Wayfarers) on 6-7 October 2018.
|1st||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||1||1||2||1||1||(DNS)||6|
|2nd||10688||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||2||2||1||(5)||4||2||11|
|3rd||11101||John Clementson||Paul Grace||Chipstead SC||3||(4)||3||2||2||4||14|
|4th||11120||Guy Marks||Mel Titmus||Bough Beech SC||4||9||(18)||3||3||1||20|
|5th||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||5||(10)||4||4||6||7||26|
|6th||10974||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||MYC||6||(13)||5||6||5||9||31|
|7th||10686||Brian McKenzie||Elizabeth McKenzie||MYC||9||5||6||11||7||(RET)||38|
|8th||11080||Chris Parish||Robert Crocket||MYC||(15)||12||7||7||8||5||39|
|9th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||MYC||7||3||12||(15)||15||3||40|
|10th||10947||Stewart Coltart||Catriona Coltart||MYC||12||6||8||8||9||(DSQ)||43|
|11th||11118||John Gaudie||Sam Boniface||Wilsonian SC||8||7||14||(16)||11||6||46|
|12th||10614||Mark Penny||Gail Penny||MYC||11||11||(16)||14||12||8||56|
|13th||11189||Nigel O'Donnell||Michael O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(DSQ)||8||11||10||UFD||11||63|
|14th||10673||Dave Roberts||Malin Persson||Bough Beech SC||16||16||9||9||(17)||13||63|
|15th||11026||Giles Wright||Steph Heusley||Royal Harwich YC||10||17||13||13||10||OCS||63|
|16th||11183||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||14||14||(15)||12||14||12||66|
|17th||10570||Ian Richards||Adam Light||Great Moor SC||13||15||10||18||13||(DNS)||69|
|18th||7899||Ian Foxwell||Adam Hampton||MYC||17||18||17||17||(UFD)||10||79|
|19th||10875||Mike Pimm||Pete Dilley||MYC||18||19||19||19||16||(RET)||91|
|20th||10937||James Buckley||Stan Benwell||MYC||(DSQ)||20||20||20||18||14||92|
|21st||10615||Alberto Quaglia||Andy Howard||MYC||(DSQ)||21||21||RET||19||15||99|
|22nd||8595||Simon Winn||Sarah Mason||MYC||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||115|
Southern Area Championships – Day Two
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