Easterns Champs at Waldringfield 10 – 11 July 2021
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 planned....read more
Fortunately Sunday dawned beautiful – wall to wall sunshine was back and some nice clouds bubbling up inland as a sign that the sea breeze was coming. As the morning progressed the sunshine disappeared again but not before a reasonable SE breeze had filled in – maybe 10 knots but shifter than a shifty thing as Waldringfield is famed for.
Races 2 and 3 saw some very difficult beats against the tide to a Pink windward mark in the Galleons area but oh how the wind seemed to head and die as we tacked out from the bank towards the mark in the stronger tide leaving us stranded in the middle….well that’s what it felt like to us, but somehow Mike Mac and Simon seemed to sniggle their way around the mark unhindered in each race and so pull out a decent lead to take 2 more bullets. The beats were very tricky indeed – sometimes (in fact most of the times) it paid nicely to short tack up the Waldringfield shore but then just occasionally (and often enough to tempt some of us) taking a lift out into the adverse tide paid dividends provided the wind gods looked favourably and gave you a nice big header to tack on. Whatever the Wilsons bagged two more seconds but were chased hard by Roger Challis and Mark Johnston in race 2 and Neil Collingridge and Anne Spalding in race 3. The mental torment of playing snakes and ladders was mercifully relieved by the PRO giving us a short break ashore for some lunch before heading out for one final race.
Mike Mac and Simon had wrapped things up nicely by now with 3 firsts and clearly not enough time to get more than race in before the cut off to get us home to watch the football – we should have not bothered of course! But Mike and Simon, as successful as they are, sail for the sheer fun of it and so led off the fleet for a final race around a slightly wonky trapezoid incorporating Waldringfield’s half submerged island. The Deben was wonderfully full, as was the sun which had come back out to play and we didn’t have to do all that tiresome short tacking as by now the tide was on the turn. This time Mike and Simon and Neil and Anne pulled out a good sized lead on the rest of the fleet (some of whom parked up on the aforementioned half submerged island) but try as they might Neil and Anne couldn’t find a way past. Rarely more than a few boat lengths apart and after some hectic gybing antics going into the final leeward, Mike and Simon held on to make it a clean sweep of victories for the weekend. We tried but it wasn’t enough!
So that was that. Tea and prizegiving – Mike and Simon went off with armfuls of excellent silverware which dates right back to the Wayfarer’s early days in the late 50’s. Andrew and Tom Wilson secured second overall and Neil and Anne were third and won the first Waldringfield boat trophy. Matthew Lake and Rachel Parkinson won the prize for first classic Wayfarer and Liz Feibusch and Will Cleverley took home the trophy for first female helm. Mike Mac, who’s funnily enough pretty good at it by now, gave the traditional winners’ “Thank-you” speech to the various people from Waldringfield and the Club who pulled together for another excellent event.
Next up are the Wayfarer Europeans and Nationals at Medway Yacht Club in mid-August. The fleet always gets a cracking welcome at this long-time Wayfarer stronghold and there’s plenty of optimism than numbers of entries will continue to rise as the fleet emerges from its enforced hibernation.
|Place||Sail Number||Helm||Crew||Club||R1 10/7/21||R4 11/7/21||R5 11/7/21||R6 11/7/21||Total||Net|
|1st||10648||Michael MacNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad||(1.0)||1.0||1.0||1.0||4.0||3.0|
|2nd||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water||2.0||2.0||2.0||(4.0)||10.0||6.0|
|3rd||10995||Neil Collingridge||Anne Spalding||Waldringfield||3.0||(5.0)||3.0||2.0||13.0||8.0|
|4th||10992||Roger Challis||Mark Johnston||Waldringfield||(5.0)||3.0||4.0||3.0||15.0||10.0|
|5th||11118||John Goudie||Sam Boniface||Wilsonian||(10.0)||4.0||7.0||6.0||27.0||17.0|
|6th||10717||Gordon Harris||Matt Leigh||Waldringfield||(7.0)||7.0||5.0||5.0||24.0||17.0|
|7th||11305||Martyn Hare||Steve Perkins||Blackwater||4.0||6.0||(8.0)||8.0||26.0||18.0|
|8th||11289||John Haile||John Parish||Waldringfield||8.0||(10.0)||6.0||7.0||31.0||21.0|
|9th||11282||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone||9.0||9.0||9.0||(10.0)||37.0||27.0|
|10th||11012||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway||6.0||(13.0)||12.0||11.0||42.0||29.0|
|11th||11223||Nick Harris||James Harris||Datchet Water||12.0||8.0||10.0||(13.0)||43.0||30.0|
|12th||8200||Matt Lake||Rachel Parkinson||Waldringfield||11.0||11.0||11.0||(12.0)||45.0||33.0|
|13th||11000||Liz Feibusch||Will Cleverley||Waldringfield||(14.0)||12.0||13.0||9.0||48.0||34.0|
|14th||551||Mike O'Malley||Julie Noy||Waldringfield||(16.0 DNF)||14.0||14.0||14.0||58.0||42.0|
|15th||10297||Roger Thompson||Kathy Atkinson||Waldringfield||13.0||(16.0 DNC)||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNC||61.0||45.0|
Southern Area Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club – Report
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.
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 harbour....read more
With the prospect of four races on Sunday, the crews stocked up on bangers and mash from the elite catering crew, and Ivan kept the bar stocked. You can never have enough carbs.
The diet obviously awakened the Shoreham weather god from his slumber, and Sunday dawned with a brisk north-easterly 4 gusting 5 – that’s more like Wayfarer weather!
In the first race of the day, a good tussle was had up the beat, with the Wilsons rounding first, choosing to wait until there was consensus on hoisting the kite. McNamara started the invidious trend from second place, forcing the rest of the fleet to give it a go – we were racing after all. With the gusts and waves, it was a tough business, but McNamara pulled through, followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton.
The wind moderated slightly for race four, and the Wilsons hit the front and extended their lead throughout the race, coming in ahead of McNamara/ Townsend, while the Shoreham heavies were trying another unusual high-risk move, involving a spinnaker, the leeward mark, and another boat which may or may not have been on port (or maybe starboard), which let a delighted Dave Roberts/Mike Bryant from Bough Beech through to snag third place at the last minute.
The wind backed to the left, and after the marks had been efficiently moved by the race team, it was away, and again the Wilsons showed impressive speed to stay ahead for the bulk of the race. Could this at last have been Andrew’s chance to beat his nemesis? Well, probably not by going to the wing mark, instead of down the last run, and McNamara lived up to his boat name by poaching the win, and sealing the championship. Third place was a tussle between Roberts and Whitney with the latter stealing the biscuits at the last mark.
Not vintage Shoreham conditions, but the racing was great, and the race committee, helped out by William Warren and Chris Handel, was a well-oiled machine. Not forgetting thanks to the rescue boat crews and onshore trolley dollies, who all added to a successful event.
- 1st 10648 The Poacher Michael McNamara/Simon Townsend (Rollesby Broad SC) 5pts
- 2nd 11093 Restless Andrew Wilson/Martin Wilson (Datchet Water SC) 6pts
- 3rd 10688 Big Dipper Bill Whitney/John Shelton (Shoreham SC) 13pts
2021 Western Area Championship – Report
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 planned....read more
In the event, the drive from East Kent to Littlehampton was wet and windy but by the time we arrived at the Club the wind was dropping even if the air was still more than damp. The Club decided to proceed with the open meeting as a one day event, sailing four races back-to-back. The weather put paid to a full attendance of boats and only seven hardy teams, from seven different clubs, signed on. The fleet was strong, however, including two of the top three boats from the International Championships in 2019.
To be fair, rigging the boat was a tad chilly. The welcome we received from the Club was warm enough, however. Rigging and struggling into rarely used sailing kit was followed by a socially distanced briefing and then off we toddled to take part in the four races off the West Sussex coast.
The wind was broadly westerly in direction. It shifted as much as 15 degrees either side of a mean which meant that the race team had to reset the course between each race, but they did that as quickly as they could so hanging around between races was kept to a minimum. The wind strength varied between 5 and 20+ knots during the day but typically was 10 to 15 knots. We had rain, we had icy rain, and we had a sky which ranged in colour from grey to leaden. I don’t remember seeing any sun and the water didn’t sparkle. The conditions were a challenge as they changed all the time. At the windward mark in one race the wind was so soft the boats were hardly moving. On the other hand, at times we were able to have a blasting three sail reach, planing across the waves.
With a small fleet, general recalls were never going to happen. In fact there was only one overenthusiastic dunderhead who was OCS in any of the races; but that is all right, I enjoy peeling off back to the start line and playing catch up.
In each race, the fleet effectively split itself in two parts. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend and Andrew and Tom Wilson were generally at the front while the rest of the fleet raced as a separate group, a respectful distance behind the leaders. David Roberts and Mike Bryant and the Townsends did manage to keep up with the leading pair from time to time but were unable to sustain the same pace as the leaders for a whole race.
Michael and Simon won races 1 and 2 with the Wilsons runners up in each. In race 3, the Wilsons led at the first windward mark and maintained their lead throughout setting up a winner takes all final race. In the event, Michael and Simon led at the first mark of race 4 and maintained their lead until Andrew and Tom capsized at the final gybe mark, thereby securing the win they needed to take the event overall.
David and Mike pipped the Townsends for third place overall. Locals, Paul Hughes and Mark Nicholls, finished fifth on count back from John Goudie and Sam Boniface. The fleet was propped up by Nigel and Belinda O’Donnell who capsized during race 2 and retired with dignity to the bar.
Apart from those who towed their boats to Littlehampton behind their country cottages and planned to stay overnight, the rest of us went home after the prize-giving and fish and chip supper. Many thanks to David Robinson and all at Arun YC for putting on the event in difficult circumstances. Thanks also to Paisley Thompson and her team for setting good courses and running the racing so efficiently. Congratulations to Michael and Simon for becoming the Wayfarer Western Area Champions once again.
In the end, it wasn’t champagne sailing as I remember it, but it was racing, close racing at that, and it was good to be back.
1st, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, 10648 (RBSC) 3pts
2nd, Andrew and Tom Wilson, 11093 (DWSC) 5pts
3rd, David Roberts and Mike Bryant, 10673 (BBSC) 9pts
4th, Tim and Jacqueline Townsend, 11012 (MYC) 11pts
5th, Paul Hughes and Mark Nicholls, 11129 (AYC) 15pts
6th, John Goudie and Sam Boniface, 11118 (WSC) 15pts
7th, Nigel and Belinda O’Donnell, 11282 (SSC) 22pts
2019 UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech Sailing Club
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. ...read more
Having arrived early on Sunday and rigged the boat I managed to piece together Saturday’s action over a cup of tea in the clubhouse.
Saturday started off misty and progressed through grey and dull to cold and wet. The wind was not as forecast, being light with large holes and very shifty (and from the wrong direction), giving the RO, Barry Wolfenden, and his team a nightmare to set a course and a start line. Nevertheless, two races were completed, with the boats coming ashore after the second of those in near darkness. Michael McNamara, who has competed at Bough Beech very many times over the years, later described the conditions to me as “the most fluky Bough Beech ever” (and, as you will read later in this report, who am I to disagree).
John Shelton, crewing for Bill Whitney, told me that they had been at or near the front of race one throughout but it all went a bit pear shaped in the latter stages as the Wilsons came through to win from Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend with Martin and Donna Rouse-Collen (making their annual trip south from leafy Buckinghamshire to autumnal, and equally leafy, Edenbridge) completing the podium.
Catherine Gore, crewing for Richard Stone (who finished a lowly 10th in race one), painted a much more emotive picture of race two. They had shot off the start line like an arthritic tortoise and used their famed light air skills to race through the gathering gloom and rain. They led from gun to gun…no, wait! They were robbed at the finish by McNamara/Townsend who complained of being bitterly cold, but with a 2,1 after two races were actually sailing hot. Guy Marks and Mel Titmus finished third in this race.
Teams came ashore and warmed up before visiting a local pub for supper. Leaders overnight were McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and the Rouse-Collens.
Not famed for our light wind boat speed nor a fan of random wind holes, I didn’t feel I’d missed too much on Saturday. Sunday, by comparison, was bright and the sun gave a bit of warmth to the air temperature. The wind, however, was still light, shifty and full of holes.
After an immaculately observed two minutes silence on the water at 11.00, race three got under way. Leaders at the windward mark were lightweight locals, Guy Marks and Mel Titmus. They gave a fantastic demonstration in the conditions, winning the race by a country mile. Behind them the fleet was stacking up. There appeared to be four boats fighting for second and third but as they started the short final beat to the finish line they were joined by another half a dozen. The Wilsons and Brian Lamb/Sam Pygall who had been vying for second place eventually finished 7th and 8th. Meanwhile, Messrs Consistency (McNamara/Townsend) eked out a valuable second place while Whitney/Shelton came third. John Goudie and Sam Boniface appeared to gain half a dozen places or more during the last two legs of the race and finished in an encouraging fourth after a distinctly average Saturday.
Going into race four, the event was almost done and dusted but Marks/Titmus could still beat McNamara/Townsend on count back if they won this final race. Nobody else could win overall. Whitney/Shelton and the Townsends (showing an uncharacteristic amount of nous) started at the leeward end of the line and led to the left. This paid in spades. Whitney/Shelton were first at the windward mark and sailed away to win the race. The Townsends, on the other hand, and not far behind, found a hole in the wind (I just knew it would happen), were buried and then lost more places later in the race as they exonerated a rule infringement. C’est la vie. McNamara/Townsend pulled through to second once more while Stone/Gore completed a very up-and-down weekend by coming third.
When the computer had done its thing, the results of the final event of the UK Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019 sponsored by Craftinsure were revealed. There were four different winners in four races but, as so often happens, consistency was the key. Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend will have their names engraved on the Bough Beech open meeting trophy once more. A win in the final race promoted Bill Whitney and John Shelton from fifth overnight to second, while the Wilsons dropped to third. Michael McNamara gave his annual address to the assembled Wayfarer sailors thanking the club for its race management and hospitality.
There was still time to hand out the trophies and glassware to the winners of the National Circuit and Travellers Series. The end of season prize draw was also held with the winners of that leaving with wonderful and generous prizes from Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax.
It would be remiss to finish this report without mentioning Simon Winn, a long term member of both Medway YC and Bough Beech SC (and a former Commodore of the UK Wayfarer Association) who at 88 years young was competing in his final Wayfarer event. Several people who have known him throughout his thirty year association with the Class spoke about his contribution at the prize giving. His Wayfarer is for sale so it was ironic that his sail number should be drawn for a year’s free Wayfarer insurance! After a bit of a redraw, Simon left the event as the winner of a new sailing holdall. It is not just a truism to say that sailing is a sport for life.
(results table to follow)
2019 Wayfarer Western Area Championship at Arun Yacht Club
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 harbour....read more
Race One had a keenly contested start but after a testing first beat, Andrew and Tom Wilson were first to round the windward mark. They then extended their lead on some exciting downwind legs. Leaving the rest of the fleet to battle for the remaining four places.
Race Two saw Andrew and Tom get away and hold onto the lead until the finish line. The wind strength increased further, making for a very exhausting race. Well it was for those of us at the back of the fleet, Andrew and Tom made it look very easy indeed. Scott giving his recently acquired Mk4 an outing (Blueberry Pie) ably crewed by Sue soon got to grips with the testing conditions and showed he will be a force to contented with next year.
By the time Race Three started, the current had changed which caught out a few competitors and meant the windward mark was over stood by some boats, that was Brian Lamb’s excuse anyway! Andrew and Tom were again leading the fleet, and even had time to capsize with the spinnaker up and still secure second place. This allowed Dave Roberts and Tegwyn to capitalise and turn their 2nd place into a 1st across the finish line.
In the evening, the sailors enjoyed a warming meal and a live band. Everyone had lots of stories to share, not to mention bruises to compare from the day’s racing, and were all feeling ready for a good night’s sleep.
On Sunday, the weather gods were kind and gave us perfect sailing conditions. The NNE F4 meant a flat sea, which both the competitors and the Race Team were happy to see.
Race Four again saw Andrew and Tom establish a lead which they consolidated throughout the race. Paul and Cam Hughes were OCS by the smallest of margins but thought they were okay, as Dave Roberts and Tegwynn, thinking they were the culprits, had gone back to repair their non-OCS.
Race Five had everyone pushing for a good start and this time all got away fine. The shifting wind made for an interesting beat to the windward mark. Once again, Andrew and Tom got to the mark first but this time they were closely followed by Brian Lamb and his substitute crew Tristram Webb (from Arun YC), with the remainder of the fleet in hot pursuit. Local knowledge wasn’t helping Paul and Cam who, through some tactical errors, found themselves having to catch up on the last lap. They too joined the Wilsons in the capsize club when they got caught out by a gust on the final downwind leg.
Race Six. The final race saw the Wilsons show another clean pair of heels and gave us all a great demonstration of how to get the best out of a Wayfarer. Paul and Cam had decided that it wasn’t their day and retired.
As you may gather, Andrew and Tom won all the trophies.
Congratulations to them and thank you to Arun YC from all the competitors for hosting this event. Also to Nick Rusbridge for all the administration and to the Race and Safety Teams, along with the Beach Team, entry desk, galley and bar made for a successful and fun event. Race Officer, Paisley Thompson and her team did a great job setting some excellent courses, especially on Saturday, when a rocking and rolling committee boat severely tested the sea legs of those onboard.
This was the penultimate event in the Craftinsure sponsored UK Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019. There remains the Finale to be hosted by Bough Beech SC on 9/10 November at which the scores will be counted to award the overall Series trophies and also the grand draw will be held. Supporters of the grand draw include Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax.
|1st||11093||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||1||1||(2)||1||1||1||5|
|2nd||10673||David Roberts||Tegwyn Tricker||Bough Beech SC||(3)||2||1||3||3||2||11|
|3rd||11170||Brian Lamb||Tristram Webb||Wilsonian SC||2||(5)||4||2||2||3||13|
|4th||10878||Scott Hamilton||Sue Risbridger||Datchet Water SC||(5)||3||3||4||4||4||18|
|5th||11129||Paul Hughes||Cam Hughes||Arun YC||4||4||5||(OCS)||5||DNS||24|
2019 Wayfarer Open at Hickling Broad Sailing Club
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) third....read more
The weather improved for the second race with the light rain stopping but unfortunately no increase in the wind strength. Toby Woodcock (10171) showed his years team racing at university had not been wasted by making an excellent start in this race forcing both Peter and Tim head to wind as they tried to squeeze in at the committee boat end of the line where space was not available. In fact Toby nailed all of the race starts but unfortunately lacked the boat speed for the rest of the racing to take advantage of this.
Race three followed a similar pattern to the first two with Peter and Tim stretching away to take first and second again. In the final race Peter was a DNS as his crew had to rush away for another engagement. This led to the closest race of the day with the remaining four boats very close together for the first lap. Tim slowly pulled ahead on the second lap to win by 30 seconds with the other three boats in close order behind.
This is only the second year Hickling have held a Wayfarer Open and attendance was improved on the first year. With nearly 40 boats in the home fleet and positive feedback from those who attended this year the club is hoping for improved attendance in coming years on what are the largest, most scenic and ecologically important sailing waters of the Norfolk Broads.
Wayfarer International and UKWA National Championship 2019 at Greystones Sailing Club
The Wayfarer International Championship takes place every three years and in 2019 was hosted by Greystones SC, Co Wicklow, a few miles south of Dublin. The event was sponsored by Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, Allen Brothers, Irish Ferries and The Beach House, Greystones; and included the UKWA National Championship and the Irish Championship.
The 2016 iteration of the International Championship was held at Heeg in the Netherlands. In that event former Danish Olympic Star representative Mogens Just, crewed by Anders Friis, had prevailed over multiple Wayfarer International and UK National Champions, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend by just a single point after the two teams had dominated a predominantly light air series. Two years later at the European Championships in Assens, Denmark, McNamara and Townsend retained the European title they had won in 2014 at Weymouth. Once again the competition with Just and Friis had taken the two pairs away from the rest of the fleet and the result might have been closer had Mogens Just been fully fit. ...read more
The 2019 International Championship was promising a resumption of this intense racing at the head of the fleet but it was possible there would be stronger competition this year from the rest, led by Andrew and Tom Wilson and Bill Whitney and John Shelton from the UK if the wind was strong and any number of good Danish teams who had been improving during the past few years. Good and experienced Wayfarer sailors from Ireland (North and South) and from Canada and the USA would add to the mix.
Monday 22nd July – After a weekend of measuring and registration racing got under way on with a practice race and Race 1. The forecast was for winds from the south averaging windspeeds (measured in knots) in the teens and topping out in the low 20’s. Numbers were depleted a little in the practice race and there were a number of capsizes and retirements as winds topping out at 24 knots coupled with a confused chop over a swell took their toll.
The practice race and the Idlers Bucket was won by Andrew and Tom Wilson who were laying down an early marker of their form and were followed home by the Danish team of Niels Alslev and Anders Pjetursson, who revel in strong winds, and Bill Whitney and John Shelton.
In their defence, neither McNamara nor Just troubled with the practice race but they both took the stage for Race 1 which was sailed in similar conditions. Just led from the start with McNamara close behind and they finished in that order. Game on. The Wilsons maintained their good form from earlier in the day by completing the podium and sending a message to the leaders not to expect it all their own way.
With the conditions showing no sign of easing the PRO, Tom Rusbridge, made the sensible decision not to run a second points race and sent the fleet home.
On Monday evening there was a welcome social with Irish music and dancing including a guest performer in the band of Danish concert violinist (and W sailor) Meike Fomsgaard.
Tuesday 23rd July – Tuesday dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing and a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do. Race 2 eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a moderate but slowly softening breeze. The winners of this race by a comfortable margin were Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend followed by Just and Friis. The Wilsons finished third. Race 3 got under way under a black flag in a hiking breeze but by the time the second beat started all but the lightest teams were now underpowered. Bill Whitney and John Shelton had led from the start but as the fleet sailed down the run the wind shut off completely leaving the PRO no option but to abandon that race and racing for the day.
Two days had passed therefore and just two series races had been completed.
Wednesday 24th July – This was designated catch-up Wednesday with up to 4 races planned in a forecast 13-18 knots.
Race 3 was re-sailed under the previous day’s black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again but this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton who seemed not to have been too badly affected by the frustration of leading the abandoned race. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed, however, making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. Just and Friis stumbled a little in their challenge at this point because the race was won by McNamara and Townsend followed by the Wilsons. Whitney and Shelton completed the podium with Just and Friis only in fourth place.
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots of breeze and the confused sea state had properly returned. This race was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney and Shelton and by Just and Friis. This time it was the turn of McNamara and Townsend to falter somewhat as they finished fourth. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in both Mike Mac’s and Mogens Just’s views than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just and Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara and Townsend. The Wilsons finished in third to complete a successful day for them. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to start Race 6 at this time and the fleet was sent home.
Overnight with five races completed and one discard, McNamara and Townsend led the event with 6 points, followed closely by Just and Friis with 7 points and the Wilsons with 9 points. It was looking like the winner would come from one of these, although Whitney and Shelton were lurking not far behind as an outside prospect.
Thursday 25th July – The forecast for Thursday looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze forecast. The PRO chose to call a lay day leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or go sightseeing. Trips to Dublin, to visit the gardens at nearby Powerscourt House or to follow the cliff walk to Bray seemed to be the order of the day.
Friday 26th July – This was the last day of the championship. Another windy day was forecast and with the points so close the top competitors were wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
The forecast, as briefed, was for winds of 15-20 knots to decrease during the day to 9-11 knots. The PRO indicated an intention to sail three races, possibly the maximum of four, to conclude the event.
As it happened the forecast gentle Irish breeze turned out to be a fruity 15-24 knots with the rough and confused seas we had to deal with all week and only two races were completed before the PRO called it a day. Once again there were several capsizes and retirements.
As with Wednesday, races started under a black flag. McNamara and Townsend won Race 6 from the Danes, Bjarne Lindquist and Jan St Nielsen. Just and Friis came third. A broken spinnaker pole and capsize for Whitney and Shelton put paid to their slim chances of victory. The advantage was now with McNamara and Townsend. However, Just and Friis won Race 7 from the Wilsons with McNamara and Townsend completing the podium. With no more races sailed but the second discard kicking in after Race 7 the overall result would be close once again.
When the scores were calculated Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend had done enough to secure the championship from Mogens Just and Anders Friis by just the single point. Andrew and Tom Wilson finished in third place overall after an excellent and consistent set of results. These three teams were a comfortable distance ahead Bill Whitney and John Shelton who held on for fourth place overall pipping Niels Alslev and Anders Pjetursson who had enjoyed an excellent week with a string of fourth and fifth places.
In the UKWA National Championships McNamara and Townsend won fairly comfortably from the Wilsons. Whitney and Shelton completed the podium while Brian and Liz McKenzie finished in fourth place and were the best placed husband and wife team.
The Irish Championship was dominated by boats from the host club and was won by John Turner and Ken Lee from Seamus O’Cleirich and Stephen Tiernan.
The prize giving supper was well attended. Trophies were distributed along with a tally number raffle of sponsors prizes. A key feature of this Championship was the way competitors from different clubs and different countries mixed together off the water and the closing evening’s revelries were no exception. On behalf of the competitors Michael McNamara thanked the host Club, the organisers and the race team for a wonderful week.
UKWA National Championship Overall Results:
|1st||Gold||10648||GBR||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||(DNF)||1||1||1||(3)||1||1||(2)||5|
|2nd||Gold||11093||GBR||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(1)||(2)||(2)||2||1||2||2||1||8|
|3rd||Gold||10688||GBR||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||(2)||(3)||3||3||2||3||(DNF)||3||14|
|4th||Gold||10686||GBR||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||(4)||7||5||4||4||7||(10)||(DNF)||27|
|5th||Gold||10673||GBR||David Roberts||Tegwyn Tricker||Bough Beech SC||(7)||(15)||6||(DSQ)||6||8||4||4||28|
|6th||Gold||11012||GBR||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||(10)||4||7||6||(8)||(11)||6||7||30|
|7th||Gold||11170||GBR||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||(6)||(14)||8||5||(11)||10||8||5||36|
|8th||Silver||10018||IRL||John Turner||Ken Lee||Greystones SC||(5)||(DNS)||13||(DNS)||10||9||3||9||44|
|9th||Gold||10794||GBR||Matthew Scott||Freddie Scott||Norfolk Punt Club||(9)||5||18||10||7||6||(DNC)||(DNC)||46|
|10th||Gold||10974||GBR||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||(DNS)||9||4||13||(DNS)||(DNC)||9||15||50|
|11th||Silver||11183||GBR||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||(15)||(DNF)||14||12||(17)||5||13||6||50|
|12th||Silver||10716||GBR||Chas Hammond||Mandy Hammond||Shoreham SC||(3)||(DNS)||10||14||16||4||(DSQ)||8||52|
|13th||Silver||10111||IRL||Ciaran Keogh||Adam Leddy||Greystones SC||(18)||13||16||9||(DNS)||(DNS)||5||10||53|
|14th||Gold||10947||GBR||Stewart Coltart||Catriona Coltart||Medway YC||(14)||6||9||18||5||(DNC)||(25)||17||55|
|15th||Silver||10934||IRL||Seamus O'Cleirigh||Stephen Tiernan||Greystones SC||(12)||12||11||11||(13)||12||11||(20)||57|
|16th||Silver||11211||GBR||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||Medway YC||(13)||10||15||(DNS)||12||(18)||7||14||58|
|17th||Gold||11152||IRL||Norman Lee||Peter Kennedy||Greystones SC||(19)||(DNS)||12||7||14||(DNS)||14||11||58|
|18th||Silver||10596||IRL||Gordon Jess||Rachel Bevan||East Down YC||(11)||8||19||(26)||18||13||15||(DNC)||73|
|19th||Silver||11282||GBR||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(17)||(DNF)||(22)||15||15||14||18||12||74|
|20th||Silver||10826||IRL||Margaret Hynes||Mike Hayes||Cullaun SC||(16)||11||(23)||20||(21)||16||19||13||79|
|21st||Silver||11118||GBR||John Goudie||Ewan Fleming / Evan Dargan Hayes||Wilsonian SC||(20)||16||17||(22)||19||19||12||(DNC)||83|
|22nd||Silver||11167||GBR||Kenneth Underhill||Gail Penny||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||20||21||(22)||17||16||19||93|
|23rd||Silver||11299||IRL||Monica Schaefer||Miriam McCarthy||Greystones SC||(DNF)||(DNS)||(25)||16||24||21||20.5||18||99.5|
|24th||Bronze||11039||IRL||David Lawlor||Rachel / Patrick Lawlor||National YC||(21)||17||(29)||(31)||27||23||24||22||113|
|25th||Bronze||11129||GBR||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun YC||(8)||(DNS)||21||(DNS)||DNF||15||20.5||16||113.5|
|26th||Bronze||10798||GBR||Peter Redshaw||Janette Redshaw||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||26||27||26||(DNC)||22||23||124|
|27th||Bronze||11268||GBR||Keith Maxwell||Karen McCallion||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNS)||30||23||20||DNC||21||135|
|28th||Bronze||10935||IRL||Margie Crawford||Elaine Vogan||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||24||24||(DNS)||DNS||23||24||136|
|29th||Bronze||11000||GBR||Liz Feibusch||Will Cleverley||Orford SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||31||17||9||(DNC)||DNF||DNC||139|
|30th||Bronze||1611||IRL||Gordon Reid||Finlay Reid||East Down YC||(22)||(DNF)||28||28||29||(DNS)||26||28||139|
|31st||Bronze||11107||GBR||Tony Geary||Yvette Geary||Waldringfield SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||8||DNS||DNS||17||DNC||148|
|32nd||Bronze||10509||IRL||Tony Garry||Joey Dempsey||Bray SC||(23)||(DNF)||30||34||30||(DNS)||28||27||149|
|33rd||Bronze||1846||IRL||Damien Brennan||Barry Keogh||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||33||DNF||22||30||26||152|
|34th||Bronze||10803||GBR||Jonathan Christie||Ellie Christie||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||19||20||DNS||DNC||DNC||162|
|35th||Bronze||9159||GBR||Tom Morris||Greg Morris||Queen Mary SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||32||DNF||DNS||27||25||166|
|36th||Bronze||10695||GBR||John Miller||Rosemary Miller||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||27||29||28||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||166|
|37th||Bronze||10939||IRL||David Nixon||Morgan Burgess||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||23||25||DNC||DNC||DNC||171|
|38th||Bronze||7038||IRL||David Doran||Izak Kielmovitch||Wexford Harbour BTC||(DNS)||(DNS)||32||(DNS)||DNC||DNC||29||DNC||184|
|39th||Bronze||404||GBR||Rodney Hall||Tony Hill||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||25||DNS||DNC||DNC||DNC||189|
|40th||Bronze||6557||IRL||Michael Haig||Niamh Haig||Cullaun SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||DNC||DNC||DNC||205|
International Championship Overall Results:
|1st||Gold||10648||GBR||Michael McNamara||Simon Townsend||Rollesby Broad SC||(DNF)||2||1||1||(4)||2||1||(3)||7|
|2nd||Gold||10812||DEN||Mogens Just||Anders Friis||Kaløvig Bådelaug||(DNS)||1||2||(4)||(3)||1||3||1||8|
|3rd||Gold||11093||GBR||Andrew Wilson||Tom Wilson||Datchet Water SC||(1)||(3)||3||2||1||3||(5)||2||11|
|4th||Gold||10688||GBR||Bill Whitney||John Shelton||Shoreham SC||(3)||(6)||5||3||2||5||(DNF)||5||20|
|5th||Gold||11219||DEN||Niels Alslev||Anders Pjetursson||Farum Sejlklub||(2)||4||4||5||5||(6)||(8)||4||22|
|6th||Gold||11123||DEN||Bjarne Lindquist||Jan St Nielsen||Ho Bugt Sejlklub||(14)||5||(13)||6||6||4||2||(34)||23|
|7th||Gold||11031||DEN||Christian Elkjær Iversen||Jørgen Iversen||Farum Sejlklub||(4)||(13)||7||7||8||7||4||(11)||33|
|8th||Gold||10908||DEN||Christian Milert Hansen||Kim Fremlev Larsen||Farum Sejlklub||(DNS)||7||6||(9)||7||8||(16)||7||35|
|9th||Gold||10787||DEN||Jan Kjeldsen||Jørgen Binzer||Herslev Strand SK||(6)||8||(11)||8||(10)||9||6||6||37|
|10th||Gold||11006||DEN||Stephan Nandrup‑Bus||Hans Wiggers Hansen||Herslev Strand SK||(DNF)||9||8||11||11||(17)||(35)||8||47|
|11th||Gold||10686||GBR||Brian McKenzie||Liz McKenzie||Medway YC||(7)||14||10||10||9||13||(15)||(DNF)||56|
|12th||Gold||10673||GBR||David Roberts||Tegwyn Tricker||Bough Beech SC||(10)||(23)||12||(DSQ)||13||14||9||9||57|
|13th||Gold||11012||GBR||Tim Townsend||Jacqueline Townsend||Medway YC||(13)||10||14||13||(15)||(18)||11||13||61|
|14th||Gold||11170||GBR||Brian Lamb||Sam Pygall||Wilsonian SC||(9)||(21)||15||12||(18)||16||13||10||66|
|15th||Silver||10018||IRL||John Turner||Ken Lee||Greystones SC||(8)||(DNS)||20||(DNS)||17||15||7||15||74|
|16th||Gold||10794||GBR||Matthew Scott||Freddie Scott||Norfolk Punt Club||(12)||11||25||17||14||12||(DNS)||(DNF)||79|
|17th||Gold||10974||GBR||Richard Stone||Catherine Gore||Medway YC||(DNS)||16||9||20||(DNS)||(DNC)||14||21||80|
|18th||Silver||11183||GBR||Mike Weighill||Carl Martin||Swarkestone SC||(20)||(DNF)||21||19||(24)||11||19||12||82|
|19th||Silver||10716||GBR||Chas Hammond||Mandy Hammond||Shoreham SC||(5)||(DNS)||17||21||23||10||(DSQ)||14||85|
|20th||Silver||10111||IRL||Ciaran Keogh||Adam Leddy||Greystones SC||(23)||20||23||16||(DNS)||(DNS)||10||16||85|
|21st||Gold||10947||GBR||Stewart Coltart||Catriona Coltart||Medway YC||(19)||12||16||25||12||(DNC)||(34)||23||88|
|22nd||Silver||11211||GBR||Mark Lee||Jane Lee||Medway YC||(18)||17||22||(DNS)||19||(26)||12||20||90|
|23rd||Gold||11152||IRL||Norman Lee||Peter Kennedy||Greystones SC||(24)||(DNS)||19||14||21||(DNS)||20||17||91|
|24th||Silver||10934||IRL||Seamus O'Cleirigh||Stephen Tiernan||Greystones SC||(16)||19||18||18||(20)||19||17||(28)||91|
|25th||Silver||10596||IRL||Gordon Jess||Rachel Bevan||East Down YC||(15)||15||26||(35)||25||20||21||(DNF)||107|
|26th||Silver||11282||GBR||Nigel O'Donnell||Belinda O'Donnell||Swarkestone SC||(22)||(DNF)||(29)||22||22||21||25||18||108|
|27th||Silver||10826||IRL||Margaret Hynes||Mike Hayes||Cullaun SC||(21)||18||(31)||28||(29)||23||26||19||114|
|28th||Silver||11118||GBR||John Goudie||Ewan Fleming / Evan Dargan Hayes||Wilsonian SC||(26)||24||24||(30)||26||27||18||(DNF)||119|
|29th||Silver||11167||GBR||Kenneth Underhill||Gail Penny||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||27||29||(30)||25||22||26||129|
|30th||Bronze||9644||CAN||Kit Wallace||Jonathan Dart||Toronto S & CC||(DNS)||(DNS)||35||(DNS)||27||24||24||24||134|
|31st||Silver||11299||IRL||Monica Schaefer||Miriam McCarthy||Greystones SC||(DNF)||(DNS)||(34)||23||32||31||30||25||141|
|32nd||Silver||11225||DEN||Meike Fomsgaard Franke||Anne Jensen||Ho Bugt Sejlklub||(17)||(DNF)||(38)||26||35||30||27||27||145|
|33rd||Silver||11280||CAN||Scott Ramsay||Les Sherratt||Conestoga SC||(30)||22||30||36||34||(DNC)||(DNF)||30||152|
|34th||Bronze||11129||GBR||Paul Hughes||Tracey Villa||Arun YC||(11)||(DNS)||28||(DNS)||DNF||22||28||22||154|
|35th||Silver||9648||CAN||Robert Wierdsma||Samantha Wierdsma||Mississauga YC||(25)||26||36||(40)||(38)||28||32||32||154|
|36th||Bronze||11039||IRL||David Lawlor||Rachel / Patrick Lawlor||National YC||(27)||25||(41)||(42)||37||32||33||31||158|
|37th||Bronze||10798||GBR||Peter Redshaw||Janette Redshaw||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||37||37||36||(DNC)||29||33||172|
|38th||Bronze||11268||GBR||Keith Maxwell||Karen McCallion||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNS)||41||31||29||DNF||29||184|
|39th||Bronze||10935||IRL||Margie Crawford||Elaine Vogan||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||33||32||(DNS)||DNS||31||35||185|
|40th||Bronze||11000||GBR||Liz Feibusch||Will Cleverley||Orford SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||43||24||16||(DNC)||DNF||DNF||191|
|41st||Bronze||1611||IRL||Gordon Reid||Finlay Reid||East Down YC||(28)||(DNF)||40||38||40||(DNS)||36||39||193|
|42nd||Bronze||11107||GBR||Tony Geary||Yvette Geary||Waldringfield SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||15||DNS||DNS||23||DNF||200|
|43rd||Bronze||10509||IRL||Tony Garry||Joey Dempsey||Bray SC||(29)||(DNF)||42||45||41||(DNS)||38||38||204|
|44th||Bronze||10803||GBR||Jonathan Christie||Ellie Christie||Aldeburgh YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||27||28||DNS||DNF||DNF||217|
|45th||Bronze||9159||GBR||Tom Morris||Greg Morris||Queen Mary SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||43||DNF||DNS||37||36||224|
|46th||Bronze||10695||GBR||John Miller||Rosemary Miller||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||39||39||39||(DNC)||DNF||DNF||225|
|47th||Bronze||10939||IRL||David Nixon||Morgan Burgess||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||31||33||DNC||DNF||DNF||226|
|48th||Bronze||9059||USA||Jim Heffernan||Mark Heffernan||Lake Townsend YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||32||33||(DNS)||DNC||DNF||DNF||227|
|49th||Bronze||1846||IRL||Damien Brennan||Barry Keogh||Greystones SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||44||DNF||DNC||41||37||230|
|50th||Bronze||7038||IRL||David Doran||Izak Kielmovitch||Wexford Harbour BTC||(DNS)||(DNS)||44||(DNS)||DNC||DNC||39||DNF||245|
|51st||Bronze||9738||USA||John Cadman||Patty Kuntz||Lake Eustis SC||(RET)||(DNS)||45||(DNS)||DNS||DNC||40||DNF||247|
|52nd||Bronze||404||GBR||Rodney Hall||Tony Hill||East Down YC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||34||DNS||DNC||DNS||DNF||250|
|53rd||Bronze||6557||IRL||Michael Haig||Niamh Haig||Cullaun SC||(DNS)||(DNS)||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||DNC||DNF||DNF||270|
New Champions Crowned
Going into the last day just 1 point separated the leaders, Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, from the reigning champions from Denmark, Mogens Just and Anders Friis. The forecast was for winds of 15-20 knots to decrease during the day to 9-11 knots and Tom Rusbridge, the PRO intended to sail three races, possibly four to conclude the event. ...read more
As it happened the forecast gentle Irish breeze turned out to be a fruity 15-24 knots with the rough and confused seas we had to deal with all week and only two races were completed before Tom called it a day. Once again there were several capsizes and an incident where one helm fell out of his boat at the gybe mark. Fortunately he was wearing a fluorescent orange top otherwise he would have been difficult to see by boats behind as they planed towards the gybe mark.
Mac and Townsend won race 6. Just and Friis won race 7. When the scores were calculated Mac and Townsend had done enough to secure the championship by just the single point. Andrew and Tom Wilson finished in third place overall after an excellent and consistent set of results.
In the UKWA National Championships Mac and Townsend won fairly comfortably followed by the Wilsons. Bill Whitney and John Shelton completed the podium.
The prize giving and supper went very well and happy and exhausted sailors made arrangements to meet again in the near future.
Wayfarer Internationals Days 3 & 4
Race 3 (which had been abandoned the previous day when the wind failed) was re-sailed under a black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed however making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. The race was won by McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton. ...read more
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots and was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney/Shelton and Just/Friis. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in Mike Mac’s view than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just/Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara/Townsend. The Wilsons completed the podium. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to sail Race 6 and the fleet was sent home.
The forecast for Thursday 25th July looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze. The PRO chose to call a lay day, leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or to go sightseeing.
Friday is the last day of the championship. Another windy day is forecast and with the points so close the top competitors will be wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
Overall results after 5 races and 1 discard (top 4):
1st Mcnamara/Townsend (6 points)
2nd Just/Friis (7)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (9)
4th Whitney/Shelton (15)
Wayfarer Internationals Daily Update
Tuesday morning dawned still windy and with a difficult sea state which the PRO thought might deter the less experienced or confident racers from racing so a decision was taken to postpone for a couple of hours and see if the wind would moderate which it was forecast to do.
Racing eventually started at about 1400hrs with a full fleet in attendance and (Race 2) a triangle/sausage course of three rounds was completed in a slowly softening breeze. The winner of this by a comfortable margin was Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend. ...read more
Race 3 got underway still in a hiking breeze but by the time the second beat started all but the lightest teams were now underpowered. As the fleet sailed down the run the wind shut off completely and the PRO abandoned the race.
Two days down therefore and just two races completed.
Provisional Results to date (top 6):
1st Mike McNamara/Simon Townsend, (3 points)
2nd Mogens Just/Anders Friis (3)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (6)
4th Neils Alslev/Anders Pejtersson (8)
5th Bill Whitney/John Shelton (11)
6th Christian Milert Hansen/Kim Fremlev Larsen (13)