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
Southern Area Championships – Day One
Three good races, two of a windward/leeward type and the third being a triangle/sausage.
Andrew and Tom Wilson had a good day with two first places and a second, but are being chased hard by Bill Whitney and John Shelton with two second places and one first.
Top six places after day one:
1st Andrew and Tom Wilson
2nd Bill Whitney and John Shelton
3rd John Clementson and crew
4th Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall
5th Brian and Liz McKenzie
6th Tim and Jacqueline Townsend
Eastern Area Championship, Waldringfield SC
The Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship took place at Waldringfield Sailing Club in Suffolk over the weekend of 28/29 July. A week before the event the organisers had been worried that there would be no wind. However, there was no need to worry about that because after six weeks of hot sun and medium to no wind the forecast was for force 5 with gusts up to force 7 for the Saturday and more on the Sunday! ...read more
As promised race one winds were a good force 5 gusting 7 and by the end of the race Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall (W11170) managed to wriggle through to third place with Roger Challis and Mark Johnston holding second place and the Wilsons remaining in the lead. The weather resulted in only 10 of the 17 entrants starting the race and only 8 finishing, with 2 capsizes.
Race 2 started back-to-back and to the delight of everybody the winds were slowly increasing, especially the gusts! Roger Challis and Mark Johnston got the perfect start being only inches away from the Committee boat. Their lead was quickly taken by the Wilsons who were able to point extremely high, forcing Roger Challis and Mark Johnston to tack off and lose first place. Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall were close behind with very close racing taking place on the beats going through “The Rocks”. Competitors quickly learnt that avoiding the relatively short tacks to stay out of the tide as much as possible did not pay off with one mistake losing one or more places.
By the end of the race wind speeds were at the very top of force 5 and into 6 with gusts of force 7 and bottom end of 8. Race 2 only had 6 competitors finish and the rescue boats were again kept busy with capsizes.
Before Race 3 there was a well-earned break where the Race Officer canvassed views on what to do for Race 3. The decision was to give it a go and because of the more extreme forecast for Sunday hold 2 short races rather than the single one on the programme. Eight boats made the water for the 3rd race with some turning back almost straight away. The wind was now a lower force 6 gusting 8 with the tide having turned, so there was wind against tide, making sea conditions very rough and short. All the competitors that got to the race area saw the conditions and headed back home before the Race Officer had a chance to declare the race abandoned. There were no casualties getting back and everybody had earned the extremely delicious BBQ they would get in the evening.
On the Sunday morning the weather was as predicted, and a decision was made to have two races back-to-back. As the race started the wind was just touching a force 6 but although the gusts were a good 7 they did not feel quite as bad as the previous day. A total of 7 boats set out to race including Liz Feibusch and Will Cleverley (W11000) with cut-down sails. The Wilsons started in the lead with Roger Challis and Mark Johnston hot on their tail. This time Roger Challis and Mark Johnston managed to hold onto the Wilsons for a large part of the first beat before the Wilsons again pulled away. Going into the windward mark the Wilsons appeared to have severely misjudged the transit line so Roger Challis and Mark Johnston took the opportunity to tack for the mark much earlier only to find themselves sail into a large hole. Perhaps the Wilsons had not made a mistake! This resulted in Roger and Mark losing a lot of ground against Matthew Lake/Rachel Parkinson and Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall, with Roger and Mark then having to do a turn as they clipped the mark. This resulted in Matthew/Rachel and Brian/Sam moving into second and third place before Roger and Mark regained second place on the reach.
The positions remained the same with the Wilsons and Roger/Mark having considerable gaps between themselves and the next competitors until the leg before the penultimate leg where a huge gust came through just as Roger and Mark needed to gybe which they knew they would not survive. Instead they tried to drop the spinnaker which proved to be difficult and ended up on the Deben mud watching Brian/Sam and Matthew/Rachel sail by. Finishing position were 1st the Wilsons, 2nd Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall, 3rd Matthew Lake/Rachel Parkinson and 4th Roger Challis/Mark Johnston. Liz and Will came in 7th, meaning that Liz won the First Lady Helm award.
The Race Officer was intending to do the 4th race but less than a minute after finishing more big gusts came through resulting in Matthew/Rachel and Roger/Mark capsizing. With the sudden increase in wind and gust strength the Race Officer decided to cancel further racing. A very good decision as gusts were now up to force 8!
Final positions for the competition are given in the version of this report in the Racing Results section of the website – it is good to see that three different clubs were in the first 3 positions.
|1st||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water||1||1||1||3|
|2nd||10992||Roger Challis||Mark Johnston||Waldringfield||2||2||4||8|
|3rd||11170||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian||3||4||2||9|
|4th||8200||Matt Lake||Rachel Parkinson||Waldringfield||4||6||3||13|
|5th||10588||John Haile||John Parish||Waldringfield||5||3||5||13|
|6th||11026||Giles Wright||Steph Heusley||Royal Harwich||6||5||DNC||29|
|7th||10993||Haydn Evans||Tim Power||Waldringfield||7||DNS||6||31|
|8th||11000||Liz Feibusch||Will Cleverley||Orford||DNS||DNS||7||43|
|9th||11119||Ben Davies||Olivia Davies||Aldeburgh||8||DNF||DNC||44|
|10th||11060||Colin Johnson||Martin Johnson||Waldringfield||DNS||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||10717||Gordon Harris||Anne Spalding||Waldringfield||DNS||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||11107||Tony Geary||Keith Vincent||Waldringfield||DNF||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||10620||Robert Mulcahy||Fiona Mulcahy||Aldeburgh||DNS||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||11059||Mike Pert||Rani Pert||Waldringfield||DNS||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||10974||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway||DNS||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||10601||Jamie Wheatley||Wilf Wheatley||Aldeburgh||DNF||DNS||DNC||54|
|10th||10798||Peter Redshaw||Janette Redshaw||Aldeburgh||DNS||DNS||DNC||54|
Wayfarer Europeans Day 4
The equation was simple. If Mogens Just won both races he would win the title from Mac on countback repeating his victory from Heeg a couple of years ago.
Boats were rigged (some of the fleet with reefed sails and masthead buoyancy) and the fleet launched into a breeze which was in truth, by then, a touch less than the previous day.
Mac and Simon had their serious heads on. Mogens was seen doing some serious stretching before he launched.
Not long before the scheduled start a lone Wayfarer was seen sailing back into the harbour. This was Mogens whose back (injured while sailing a Melges) was causing too much pain for him to race. Indeed, Anders, his crew had helmed the boat home with Mogens sitting as still as possible and in obvious pain.
This could have been an anticlimax but Mac and Simon stayed afloat and delivered a masterclass in heavy weather dinghy racing, winning both races and with them the Championship. The boat-handling of all the boats who ventured out, especially those who flew spinnakers, was exemplary. It was a joy to watch.
Congratulations to Mac and Simon for retaining the European title.
Well done, also, to Brian and Liz McKenzie who sailed all the races and finished 6th overall and second placed UKWA boat.
Wayfarer Europeans Day 3
From the shore the leaders impressed as they flew down the run, skilfully flying their spinnakers and usually gunning successfully although even Mac and Simon managed to get one of their gybes horribly wrong; one of the Danish helms meanwhile managed to get his foot caught in the spinnaker sheet during the gybe with inevitable wet consequences.
A win and a second place apiece for Mac/Simon and Mogens/Anders means no change at the top with a couple of races to go in similar conditions tomorrow,
Top 5 after 8 races:
1st Mac and Simon (10)
2nd Mogens Just and Anders (11)
3rd Jorgen Iversen (36)
4th Christian Milert Hansen (45)
5th Niels Alslev (47)
Wayfarer Europeans Day 2
Mixed results for the English boats. Mac still holds the lead after two wins and two disappointing results (when I told him I’d be delighted with a 3rd and a 4th he told me I didn’t understand!). Len and Pete had a difficult day as did the Coltarts. The McKenzies on the other hand had an excellent day.
The forecast is for stronger wind tomorrow and another 4 races because Saturday is looking very windy. Oh my!
Top 5 after 6 races:
1st Mac and Simon (7 points)
2nd Mogens Just and Anders Friis (8)
3rd Jorgen Iverson (25)
4th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (28)
5th Martin Bak and crew (31)
-Tim Townsend, UKWA Racing Secretary