UK National Championships at Medway Yacht Club

Wayfarer UK National Championships at Medway © Paul Babington /

After two years without a championship, the Wayfarers held their Nationals 2021 at Medway YC, 5-8 August. It was not the event it should have been. The European Championships due to run alongside the Nationals had to be postponed because it was impossible for the Europeans to come and play with us. An understandably cautious approach to Covid risk which we have all gained during the last 18 months, also put paid to some other UK-based entries.

The big question was: would the passage of time result in a change of power base? Would anybody be able to come along and take the title from the reigning and perennial champions, Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend? more

PosFleetBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGoldThe Poacher10648Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC11111(5)5
2ndGoldRestless11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC22(5)2219
3rdGoldLast Chance Power Drive10995Neil CollingridgeHamish CollingridgeWaldringfield SC(6)4363622
4thGoldWhizzo11170Brian LambSam PygallMedway YC3(11)746424
5thGoldBig Dipper10688Bill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC4543(11)1026
6thGoldLBV10673David RobertsMike BryantBough Beech SC(10)91075233
7thGoldSenior Moment11211Mark LeeAlex LeeMedway YC5313(OCS)12336
8thGoldIntermezzo11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC988108(11)43
9thGoldHercules Hound10686Brian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC(12)121197847
10thSilverPickle11305Martyn HareSteve PerkinsBlackwater SC111068(15)1449
11thGoldHappy Ever After11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC1415(18)144956
12thSilverApollo11223Nick HarrisLuke HowellsDatchet Water SC15(16)141214762
13thSilverUbique11080Chris ParishKerry WorsfoldMedway YC(16)141513101264
14thGold10666Quentin StraussSarah BurgessMedway YC86(DNF)OCS131367
15thGold11323Richard HartleyMark HartleyBlithfield SC772(DNC)DNCDNC70
16thSilverLoose Knots10614Mark PennySarah MasonMedway YC(DNF)171611161777
17thSilverJeshilt11139Sean MurrayHelen MurrayParkstone YC(DNF)DNCDNC591583
18thSilverGuinness II11282Nigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone SC(DNC)DNF1216171688
19thSilverIndia10936Trevor CoxAlex KincaidMedway YC(18)181717181888
20thGoldMuffin10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMedway YC13139(DNC)DNCDNC89
21stBronzeBrian WhiteCharlotte WhiteWilsonian SC19.5201918(DNC)DNC103.5
22ndBronzeW545545Mark ForemanConnie ForemanRoyal Harwich YC19.5212019(DNC)DNC106.5
23rdBronzeLa Rive10615Alberto QuagliaPeter DilleyMedway YC(DNC)DNCDNC151919107
24thBronzeLittle Angel10837Jonathan DavisAshley DavisMedway YC1719(DNF)DNCDNCDNC117
25thBronzeNipegegi198Nick HodshonGeoff HodshonMarchwood YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC135
25thBronzeWild Thing11315Mike PimmMedway YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC135

Wayfarer UK National Championships at Medway © Paul Babington /

Easterns Champs at Waldringfield 10 – 11 July 2021

“Come to Waldringfield on the beautiful River Deben where there’s always breeze and there’s more sunshine annually than anywhere else in the UK” we said… and so it was that a select group of competitive visitors joined the strong home fleet for flat calm and overcast and sometimes drizzly weather on Saturday 10th July for the Wayfarer Eastern Area Championships. Quite a contrast to the previous time a few years back where it blew dogs off chains and virtually everyone tested the water.

After a long delay and more cups of tea than the average Wayfarer sailor can cope with, our PRO somewhat reluctantly ventured out in the committee boat to test the conditions. Us locals, seeing the concerned faces of our visitors, said something to the effect of “Don’t worry he won’t take us out in this – he’ll be back soon enough” which was a good way of guaranteeing the postponement flag came down as we were called to the start area towards the Tips. So the only race on Saturday got away at the first time of asking into a fickle fair tide beat followed by some painfully slow reaches and runs back against the tide where you could just about get the spinnaker to set but it certainly paid to sail extra distance to tuck in out of the tide. As it happens it was a good decision to take us racing – a two way tussle for the lead took place between Mike MacNamara and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom Wilson with the former eventually prevailing to set the (perhaps predictable) form book for the weekend. That was it as far as sailing on Saturday was concerned, but a good barbecue under the gazebos to avoid the rain, followed by some fine local Adnams kept visitors from pitching their tents until it was probably rather darker than they might have earlier more


PlaceSail NumberHelmCrewClubR1 10/7/21R4 11/7/21R5 11/7/21R6 11/7/21TotalNet
1st10648Michael MacNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad(1.0)
2nd11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water2.02.02.0(4.0)10.06.0
3rd10995Neil CollingridgeAnne SpaldingWaldringfield3.0(5.0)
4th10992Roger ChallisMark JohnstonWaldringfield(5.0)
5th11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian(10.0)
6th10717Gordon HarrisMatt LeighWaldringfield(7.0)
7th11305Martyn HareSteve PerkinsBlackwater4.06.0(8.0)
8th11289John HaileJohn ParishWaldringfield8.0(10.0)
9th11282Nigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone9.09.09.0(10.0)37.027.0
10th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway6.0(13.0)
11th11223Nick HarrisJames HarrisDatchet Water12.08.010.0(13.0)43.030.0
12th8200Matt LakeRachel ParkinsonWaldringfield11.011.011.0(12.0)45.033.0
13th11000Liz FeibuschWill CleverleyWaldringfield(14.0)
14th551Mike O'MalleyJulie NoyWaldringfield(16.0 DNF)
15th10297Roger ThompsonKathy AtkinsonWaldringfield13.0(16.0 DNC)16.0 DNC16.0 DNC61.045.0

Southern Area Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club – Report

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

A premium selection of Wayfarers arrived at Shoreham, expecting the usual huge waves. These included Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend and Andrew Wilson, fresh from their tussle at the Westerns at Arun YC.

Michael McNamara & Simon Townsend win the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

Owing to an unexplained broken toe incident, Andrew’s usual crew, son Tom, was replaced by his brother Martin, on a transfer from the RS400 fleet. Other contenders arrived from Swarkestone, Maldon and Bough Beech, with local Shoreham boys Bill Whitney/John Shelton joining the fray.

Saturday turned out to be a damp squib, with a light easterly, and a humongous 6.6 metre tide, which was bound to upset things. Race officer Megan Pascoe took us well out to sea, and in the first race, McNamara/Townsend hit the front, followed by Whitney/Shelton and the Wilsons, and the order remained until the last reach, when the Shoreham crew attempted a high-scoring windward bag spinnaker launch, which inevitably ended in tears, allowing the Wilsons through to second place.

With the wind dropping and a big shift out to sea, the same trio were seen to be at the front, but on arriving at the first leeward mark, the wind dropped, and a frantic and gripping drift against the tide ensued. The Wilsons maintained their lead, and an impressive drifting performance by Martyn Hare/Steve Perkins from Blackwater SC took them past McNamara to claim second place. The race committee had by that time filled their bucket with sufficient mackerel, so the fleet was towed back into the more

2021 Western Area Championship – Report

Wayfarer Western Championship at Arun © Richard Craig /

When I was a nipper, every racing day was a champagne sailing day. The warming sun always shone and was high in the sky. The water sparkled. The sea breeze checked in like clockwork. It may be that is just a rose tinted memory. However, in times of need, I would sail in less than perfect conditions if I must.

After a period of over 18 months since the last UKWA Wayfarer travellers event, Covid restrictions had eased enough to allow the Western Area Championships 2021 (and Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers event) at Arun YC on the 22nd and 23rd of May to go ahead. A number of boats had contacted the organising Club and indicated an intention to complete. After all the time waiting however it was the weather which did not play ball. With a forecast of 40+ knots on Friday and 30+ knots on Sunday, a window of opportunity appeared on Saturday and Arun YC put the word out that the event would proceed as more

2019 UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club

Wayfarers at Bough Beech © Deborah Maynard

Where should I start this report? Should I begin by saying that I missed the racing on Saturday because I was in a persistently precipitating Portsmouth (and wondering whether the weather was just as lovely on the Kent/Surrey border)? Or should I commence by saying that when I phoned a crew member of one of the competing boats to ask her to send me the overnight results I was greeted not with the usual cheery “hello” but with an anguished “we were robbed!!” I was intrigued and needed to know more. more

2019 Wayfarer Western Area Championship at Arun Yacht Club

-Report by Nick Rusbridge

2017 Wayfarer National Championship at Arun © Sue Blessett

After re-arranging this event from August, Arun YC was pleased to welcome 11 visitors and 5 boats.

On Saturday, the competitors had a WSW F4 -5 with a choppy sea state. However, the Race Management Team was still able to get in the three scheduled races. There had been a rumour that a fourth race may be added on the day, but after three very challenging races, the fleet was more than happy to be returned to the safety of the more

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC11(2)1115
2nd10673David RobertsTegwyn TrickerBough Beech SC(3)2133211
3rd11170Brian LambTristram WebbWilsonian SC2(5)422313
4th10878Scott HamiltonSue RisbridgerDatchet Water SC(5)3344418
5th11129Paul HughesCam HughesArun YC445(OCS)5DNS24

2019 Wayfarer Open at Hickling Broad Sailing Club – report

Wayfarers at Hickling Broad © HBSC

Wayfarers at Hickling Broad © HBSC

Hickling Broad Sailing Club held their Wayfarer Open on Saturday 12th October on what turned out to be initially a grey damp day with F2-3 winds instead of the forecast F3-4 with no rain. Five Wayfarers competed – four from HBSC and one traveller who had come all the way from Kent to North Norfolk.

The first race started in light rain and from the first beat Peter Dearnley (10799) and Tim Townsend (11012) developed a healthy lead over the other three boats and continued to stretch away over the course of the two lap race. Peter won the first race with Tim second and Tony Lewis (8599) more

Wayfarer International and UKWA National Championship 2019 at Greystones Sailing Club

Wayfarer International Championship 2019 © Alan Jones

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. more

UKWA National Championship Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoNatHelmCrewClubPracticeR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stGold10648GBRMichael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC(DNF)111(3)11(2)5
2ndGold11093GBRAndrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC(1)(2)(2)212218
3rdGold10688GBRBill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC(2)(3)3323(DNF)314
4thGold10686GBRBrian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC(4)75447(10)(DNF)27
5thGold10673GBRDavid RobertsTegwyn TrickerBough Beech SC(7)(15)6(DSQ)684428
6thGold11012GBRTim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC(10)476(8)(11)6730
7thGold11170GBRBrian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC(6)(14)85(11)108536
8thSilver10018IRLJohn TurnerKen LeeGreystones SC(5)(DNS)13(DNS)1093944
9thGold10794GBRMatthew ScottFreddie ScottNorfolk Punt Club(9)5181076(DNC)(DNC)46
10thGold10974GBRRichard StoneCatherine GoreMedway YC(DNS)9413(DNS)(DNC)91550
11thSilver11183GBRMike WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC(15)(DNF)1412(17)513650
12thSilver10716GBRChas HammondMandy HammondShoreham SC(3)(DNS)1014164(DSQ)852
13thSilver10111IRLCiaran KeoghAdam LeddyGreystones SC(18)13169(DNS)(DNS)51053
14thGold10947GBRStewart ColtartCatriona ColtartMedway YC(14)69185(DNC)(25)1755
15thSilver10934IRLSeamus O'CleirighStephen TiernanGreystones SC(12)121111(13)1211(20)57
16thSilver11211GBRMark LeeJane LeeMedway YC(13)1015(DNS)12(18)71458
17thGold11152IRLNorman LeePeter KennedyGreystones SC(19)(DNS)12714(DNS)141158
18thSilver10596IRLGordon JessRachel BevanEast Down YC(11)819(26)181315(DNC)73
19thSilver11282GBRNigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone SC(17)(DNF)(22)151514181274
20thSilver10826IRLMargaret HynesMike HayesCullaun SC(16)11(23)20(21)16191379
21stSilver11118GBRJohn GoudieEwan Fleming / Evan Dargan HayesWilsonian SC(20)1617(22)191912(DNC)83
22ndSilver11167GBRKenneth UnderhillGail PennyAldeburgh YC(DNS)(DNS)2021(22)17161993
23rdSilver11299IRLMonica SchaeferMiriam McCarthyGreystones SC(DNF)(DNS)(25)16242120.51899.5
24thBronze11039IRLDavid LawlorRachel / Patrick LawlorNational YC(21)17(29)(31)27232422113
25thBronze11129GBRPaul HughesTracey VillaArun YC(8)(DNS)21(DNS)DNF1520.516113.5
26thBronze10798GBRPeter RedshawJanette RedshawAldeburgh YC(DNS)(DNS)262726(DNC)2223124
27thBronze11268GBRKeith MaxwellKaren McCallionEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)(DNS)302320DNC21135
28thBronze10935IRLMargie CrawfordElaine VoganEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)2424(DNS)DNS2324136
29thBronze11000GBRLiz FeibuschWill CleverleyOrford SC(DNS)(DNS)31179(DNC)DNFDNC139
30thBronze1611IRLGordon ReidFinlay ReidEast Down YC(22)(DNF)282829(DNS)2628139
31stBronze11107GBRTony GearyYvette GearyWaldringfield SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)8DNSDNS17DNC148
32ndBronze10509IRLTony GarryJoey DempseyBray SC(23)(DNF)303430(DNS)2827149
33rdBronze1846IRLDamien BrennanBarry KeoghGreystones SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)33DNF223026152
34thBronze10803GBRJonathan ChristieEllie ChristieAldeburgh YC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)1920DNSDNCDNC162
35thBronze9159GBRTom MorrisGreg MorrisQueen Mary SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)32DNFDNS2725166
36thBronze10695GBRJohn MillerRosemary MillerEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)272928(DNC)DNCDNC166
37thBronze10939IRLDavid NixonMorgan BurgessGreystones SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)2325DNCDNCDNC171
38thBronze7038IRLDavid DoranIzak KielmovitchWexford Harbour BTC(DNS)(DNS)32(DNS)DNCDNC29DNC184
39thBronze404GBRRodney HallTony HillEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)25DNSDNCDNCDNC189
40thBronze6557IRLMichael HaigNiamh HaigCullaun SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)DNSDNSDNCDNCDNC205

International Championship Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoNatHelmCrewClubPracticeR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stGold10648GBRMichael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC(DNF)211(4)21(3)7
2ndGold10812DENMogens JustAnders FriisKaløvig Bådelaug(DNS)12(4)(3)1318
3rdGold11093GBRAndrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC(1)(3)3213(5)211
4thGold10688GBRBill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC(3)(6)5325(DNF)520
5thGold11219DENNiels AlslevAnders PjeturssonFarum Sejlklub(2)4455(6)(8)422
6thGold11123DENBjarne LindquistJan St NielsenHo Bugt Sejlklub(14)5(13)6642(34)23
7thGold11031DENChristian Elkjær IversenJørgen IversenFarum Sejlklub(4)(13)77874(11)33
8thGold10908DENChristian Milert HansenKim Fremlev LarsenFarum Sejlklub(DNS)76(9)78(16)735
9thGold10787DENJan KjeldsenJørgen BinzerHerslev Strand SK(6)8(11)8(10)96637
10thGold11006DENStephan Nandrup‑BusHans Wiggers HansenHerslev Strand SK(DNF)981111(17)(35)847
11thGold10686GBRBrian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC(7)141010913(15)(DNF)56
12thGold10673GBRDavid RobertsTegwyn TrickerBough Beech SC(10)(23)12(DSQ)13149957
13thGold11012GBRTim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC(13)101413(15)(18)111361
14thGold11170GBRBrian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC(9)(21)1512(18)16131066
15thSilver10018IRLJohn TurnerKen LeeGreystones SC(8)(DNS)20(DNS)171571574
16thGold10794GBRMatthew ScottFreddie ScottNorfolk Punt Club(12)1125171412(DNS)(DNF)79
17thGold10974GBRRichard StoneCatherine GoreMedway YC(DNS)16920(DNS)(DNC)142180
18thSilver11183GBRMike WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC(20)(DNF)2119(24)11191282
19thSilver10716GBRChas HammondMandy HammondShoreham SC(5)(DNS)17212310(DSQ)1485
20thSilver10111IRLCiaran KeoghAdam LeddyGreystones SC(23)202316(DNS)(DNS)101685
21stGold10947GBRStewart ColtartCatriona ColtartMedway YC(19)12162512(DNC)(34)2388
22ndSilver11211GBRMark LeeJane LeeMedway YC(18)1722(DNS)19(26)122090
23rdGold11152IRLNorman LeePeter KennedyGreystones SC(24)(DNS)191421(DNS)201791
24thSilver10934IRLSeamus O'CleirighStephen TiernanGreystones SC(16)191818(20)1917(28)91
25thSilver10596IRLGordon JessRachel BevanEast Down YC(15)1526(35)252021(DNF)107
26thSilver11282GBRNigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone SC(22)(DNF)(29)2222212518108
27thSilver10826IRLMargaret HynesMike HayesCullaun SC(21)18(31)28(29)232619114
28thSilver11118GBRJohn GoudieEwan Fleming / Evan Dargan HayesWilsonian SC(26)2424(30)262718(DNF)119
29thSilver11167GBRKenneth UnderhillGail PennyAldeburgh YC(DNS)(DNS)2729(30)252226129
30thBronze9644CANKit WallaceJonathan DartToronto S & CC(DNS)(DNS)35(DNS)27242424134
31stSilver11299IRLMonica SchaeferMiriam McCarthyGreystones SC(DNF)(DNS)(34)2332313025141
32ndSilver11225DENMeike Fomsgaard FrankeAnne JensenHo Bugt Sejlklub(17)(DNF)(38)2635302727145
33rdSilver11280CANScott RamsayLes SherrattConestoga SC(30)22303634(DNC)(DNF)30152
34thBronze11129GBRPaul HughesTracey VillaArun YC(11)(DNS)28(DNS)DNF222822154
35thSilver9648CANRobert WierdsmaSamantha WierdsmaMississauga YC(25)2636(40)(38)283232154
36thBronze11039IRLDavid LawlorRachel / Patrick LawlorNational YC(27)25(41)(42)37323331158
37thBronze10798GBRPeter RedshawJanette RedshawAldeburgh YC(DNS)(DNS)373736(DNC)2933172
38thBronze11268GBRKeith MaxwellKaren McCallionEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)(DNS)413129DNF29184
39thBronze10935IRLMargie CrawfordElaine VoganEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)3332(DNS)DNS3135185
40thBronze11000GBRLiz FeibuschWill CleverleyOrford SC(DNS)(DNS)432416(DNC)DNFDNF191
41stBronze1611IRLGordon ReidFinlay ReidEast Down YC(28)(DNF)403840(DNS)3639193
42ndBronze11107GBRTony GearyYvette GearyWaldringfield SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)15DNSDNS23DNF200
43rdBronze10509IRLTony GarryJoey DempseyBray SC(29)(DNF)424541(DNS)3838204
44thBronze10803GBRJonathan ChristieEllie ChristieAldeburgh YC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)2728DNSDNFDNF217
45thBronze9159GBRTom MorrisGreg MorrisQueen Mary SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)43DNFDNS3736224
46thBronze10695GBRJohn MillerRosemary MillerEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)393939(DNC)DNFDNF225
47thBronze10939IRLDavid NixonMorgan BurgessGreystones SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)3133DNCDNFDNF226
48thBronze9059USAJim HeffernanMark HeffernanLake Townsend YC(DNS)(DNS)3233(DNS)DNCDNFDNF227
49thBronze1846IRLDamien BrennanBarry KeoghGreystones SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)44DNFDNC4137230
50thBronze7038IRLDavid DoranIzak KielmovitchWexford Harbour BTC(DNS)(DNS)44(DNS)DNCDNC39DNF245
51stBronze9738USAJohn CadmanPatty KuntzLake Eustis SC(RET)(DNS)45(DNS)DNSDNC40DNF247
52ndBronze404GBRRodney HallTony HillEast Down YC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)34DNSDNCDNSDNF250
53rdBronze6557IRLMichael HaigNiamh HaigCullaun SC(DNS)(DNS)(DNF)DNSDNSDNCDNFDNF270

New Champions Crowned

Friday was the final day of the Wayfarer International and UK National Championships 2019 sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers and Irish Ferries.

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. more

Wayfarer Internationals Days 3 & 4

Wednesday 24th July was designated catch-up Wednesday with up to 4 races planned in a forecast 13-18 knots.

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. more