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. ...read 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 Reid East 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 Haig Cullaun 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. ...read 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. ...read more


Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update

Report from Greystones, Day Two

Tuesday morning dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing so a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do.

Racing eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and (Race 2) a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a slowly softening breeze. The winner of this by a comfortable margin was Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend. ...read more


Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update

Report from Greystones, Day One:-

After two days of measuring and registration racing got underway on Monday with a practice race and Race 1. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topped out at 24 knots with a confused chop over a swell.

Winners of the practice race and the Idlers Bucket were Andrew and Tom Wilson followed by two Danish boats.

Winners of Race 1 were Mogens Just and Anders Friis followed by Mike Mac and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom. ...read more


Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham SC – report by Tim Townsend

Wayfarer Southern Area Championship at Shoreham © Warwick Baker / www.warwickpics.com

The Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series resumed after a four week break with the Southern Area Championship hosted by Shoreham Sailing Club. ...read more

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st10648Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC11114
2nd10688Bill WitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC233210
3rd11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC322310
4th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC544922
5th10686Brian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC456722
6th11170Brian LambSue RisbridgerWilsonian SC765624
7th10716Chas HammondMandy HammondShoreham SC878427
8th11183Mike WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC689528
9th10556Michael DillistoneAndrew CriswickCastle Cove SC91010837
10th11282Nigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone SC11117DNF41
11th11129Paul HughesTracey VillaArun YC10911DNF42

Wayfarer Southerns overall

Sunday’s accurate forecast was for more wind than Saturday and it was expected that the sea state would become more difficult as the tide changed.

After a bit of umming and ahing all the Wayfarers went out to race. The O’Donnells went swimming as did Paul Hughes and Tracey Villa. Mac/Townsend and Whitney/Shelton has an epic battle decided only on the last gybe and short beat to the finish line. The Wilsons were 3rd. As the wind and waves continued to build the race team decided to call it a day.

So just the four races. All to count. Mac/Townsend won them all but were made to fight very hard in each race.

Overall results:

1st Michael Mcnamara/Simon Townsend

2nd Bill Whitney/John Shelton

3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson

4th Tim/Jacqueline Townsend

5th Brian/Liz McKenzie

6th Brian Lamb/Sue Risbridger


Day 1 Southern Championships at Shoreham SC.

Day 1 Southern Championships at Shoreham SC.

The wind was softer than expected but three races was still hard work. The sun shone for the briefing but not for the racing. The tide was out when we came ashore. Loads of mud. We did three triangle/sausage races of four rounds. Andrew and Tom Wilson led at the first windward mark but that was the only time Mac and Simon Townsend were headed all day. Three wins for them. Lovely three sail reaches.

Overall at the end of day 1:

1st, Mac/Townsend

2nd, Andrew/Tom Wilson

3rd, Bill Whitney/John Shelton

4th, Tim/Jacqueline Townsend

5th, Brian/Liz McKenzie

6th, Brian Lamb/Sue Risbridger.


Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC – Report by Tim Townsend

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC © Paul Babington

Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Medway YC © Paul Babington

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

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
111120Ultimate FiascoGuy MarksMel TitmusBough Beech SC1114(6)310
211093RestlessAndrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC644(7)1116
310974No NameRichard StoneCatherine GoreMedway YC2(9)633216
411170WhizoBrian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC(9)7224419
510688Big DipperBill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC4235(10)721
610947QuicksilverStewart ColtartCatriona ColtartMedway YC8(11)1017531
711118Happy Ever AfterJohn GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC36(17)132832
811211Senior MomentMark LeeJane LeeMedway YC53910(17)1138
910686Hercules HoundBrian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMedway YC118798(13)43
1010673LBVDavid RobertsTegwyn TrickerBough Beech SC105(16)8121045
1111012IntermezzoTim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMedway YC1210811(15)950
1210614Loose KnotsMark PennyGail PennyMedway YC13(19)51791256
1311282Guinness IINigel O'DonnellBelinda O'DonnellSwarkestone SC151712611(18)61
148595No ProblemSimon WinnSarah MasonMedway YC715(DNC)15131767
1510666Devil's AdvocateRoger GibbsStan BedwellMedway YC(DNC)DNCDNC125669
169416Blueberry TartScott HamiltonMathew HodgeDatchet Water SC(17)131114161569
1711129YoloPaul HughesCharles TaylorArun YC14121318(19)1673
1810875Wild ThingMike PimmPeter DilleyMedway YC16(18)1516141475
1910615La RiveAlberto QuagliaAndrew HowardMedway YC181614(20)201987
2010937MbunaJames BuckleyAleks ScimiloesMedway YC1914181918(20)88
2111183NomadMike WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC115
2210837Little AngelJonathan DavisAshley DavisMedway YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC115

Wayfarer Easterns: Day 2 and Results

After an excellent dinner and quiz on Saturday evening, 20 Wayfarers resumed play on Sunday. After waking to fog and little wind, a short postponement to proceedings was inevitable. However, the RO and his team managed to get three more races run in challenging wind and tidal conditions which clocked right during the day. Race 4 was won by Stewart and Catriona Coltart who took advantage of a mistake by the early leaders, Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, who over-stood the windward mark layline. Races 5 and 6 were won by Andrew and Tom Wilson.

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

Winners Guy (r) and Mel with MYC Commodore Mark Penny, photo courtesy of Jamie Blair.

Full report to follow.

-Tim Townsend