Southern Area Championship at MYC, incl results

Wayfarer Southern Areas at Medway YC © Richard Janulewicz / www.sharkbait.org.uk

Wayfarer Southern Areas at Medway YC © Richard Janulewicz / www.sharkbait.org.uk

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

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC11211(DNS)6
2nd10688Bill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC221(5)4211
3rd11101John ClementsonPaul GraceChipstead SC3(4)322414
4th11120Guy MarksMel TitmusBough Beech SC 49(18)33120
5th11170Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC5(10)446726
6th10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMYC6(13)565931
7th10686Brian McKenzieElizabeth McKenzieMYC956117(RET)38
8th11080Chris ParishRobert CrocketMYC(15)12778539
9th11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMYC7312(15)15340
10th10947Stewart ColtartCatriona ColtartMYC126889(DSQ)43
11th11118John GaudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC8714(16)11646
12th10614Mark PennyGail PennyMYC1111(16)1412856
13th11189Nigel O'Donnell Michael O'DonnellSwarkestone SC(DSQ)81110UFD1163
14th10673Dave Roberts Malin PerssonBough Beech SC 161699(17)1363
15th11026Giles WrightSteph HeusleyRoyal Harwich YC1017131310OCS63
16th11183Mike WeighillCarl MartinSwarkestone SC1414(15)12141266
17th10570Ian RichardsAdam LightGreat Moor SC1315101813(DNS)69
18th7899Ian FoxwellAdam HamptonMYC17181717(UFD)1079
19th10875Mike PimmPete DilleyMYC1819191916(RET)91
20th10937James BuckleyStan BenwellMYC(DSQ)202020181492
21st10615Alberto QuagliaAndy HowardMYC(DSQ)2121RET191599
22nd8595Simon WinnSarah MasonMYC(DNF)DNSDNSDNSDNSDNS115

Southern Area Championships – Day Two

After Saturday night’s champagne reception, supper and Mad Medway Quiz (including a special round on Kent Trivia for our visitors from Derby) racing resumed with three more windward/leeward races on Sunday in a slightly increased wind of 15-22 knots. Inevitably this contributed to a capsize or two but racing continued to be very close indeed. Andrew and Tom Wilson continued their fine form by winning races 4 and 5. Guy Marks and Mel Titmus, who had a much better Sunday than Saturday, won race 6. Bill Whitney and John Shelton continued their consistent form. As for the rest of us…..

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

-Tim Townsend


Southern Area Championships – Day One

23 entries at Medway Yacht Club for the Southern Area Championships.

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

-Tim Townsend


Eastern Area Championship, Waldringfield SC

Andrew & Tom Wilson during the Wayfarer Easterns at Waldringfield © Alexis Smith

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

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R4Pts
1st11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water1113
2nd10992Roger ChallisMark JohnstonWaldringfield2248
3rd11170Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian3429
4th8200Matt LakeRachel ParkinsonWaldringfield46313
5th10588John HaileJohn ParishWaldringfield53513
6th11026Giles WrightSteph HeusleyRoyal Harwich65DNC29
7th10993Haydn EvansTim PowerWaldringfield7DNS631
8th11000Liz FeibuschWill CleverleyOrfordDNSDNS743
9th11119Ben DaviesOlivia DaviesAldeburgh8DNFDNC44
10th11060Colin JohnsonMartin JohnsonWaldringfieldDNSDNSDNC54
10th10717Gordon HarrisAnne SpaldingWaldringfieldDNSDNSDNC54
10th11107Tony GearyKeith VincentWaldringfieldDNFDNSDNC54
10th10620Robert MulcahyFiona MulcahyAldeburghDNSDNSDNC54
10th11059Mike PertRani PertWaldringfieldDNSDNSDNC54
10th10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMedwayDNSDNSDNC54
10th10601Jamie WheatleyWilf WheatleyAldeburghDNFDNSDNC54
10th10798Peter RedshawJanette RedshawAldeburghDNSDNSDNC54

Wayfarer Europeans Day 4

Friday night at Assens was very windy. Forecasts for Saturday varied. Mine (XC Weather) suggested 24-29mph until about 1400 when it would reduce to 17-26 (still a lot). On the other hand the locals’ forecast was in metres/second which was bound to cause confusion. They also seemed to have a rule that they wouldn’t race if the average exceeded 12m/sec which would be about 24 knots. They seemed confident that conditions would be eminently sailable by 1330 allowing time for two more races. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 3

As expected the wind today was strong enough to blow dogs off chains. After a long postponement to allow the wind to decrease a little (although there seemed few signs of a decrease to me) a somewhat depleted fleet launched into a raunchy force 5-6 for two races. Mac later described the gusts as monsters (requiring the whole main to flog upwind to stay upright) while the wave pattern again caused problems; stopping the boats completely if you got it wrong. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 2

Battered! We’re all too old to sail Wayfarers in a healthy force 4 (top end) for four 50 minute races in a fierce chop (the locals call it a crabsea). The wave pattern caused several helms to lose balance during tacks and gybes. One Danish helm fell out of his boat in a tack causing a capsize. ...read more


Wayfarer Europeans Day 1

Leaders after Day 1:

1st Mac and Simon Townsend, (2 points)
2nd Len Jones and Pete Mitchell (6)
3rd Mogens Just and Anders Friis (6)
4th Stewart and Catriona Coltart (12)
5th Bill Whitney and John Shelton (12)

-Tim Townsend, UKWA Racing Secretary


Bourne End week 2018 – report

Photo © Tom Percival-Stein

“Results and winners are as follows:-
Splashaway Cup … Peter Brewer and Beth Brewer … Kimsar… 1540
Splashaway Plaque. Nick Smith James and Ian Thomas … Penelope..75
Notley Noggin…. Peter and Beth Brewer

The Wayfarer participants had a good time and enjoyed the atmosphere of what is our club’s major open weekend of the year, when other classes, Merlin rockets, OK s and a collection of boats sailing under mixed handicap rules, and all classes compete at a similar time spaced about ten minutes apart.

The Thames A Raters are a magnificent sight and we had 11 competing, with five from UTSC and the rest from Thames SC.

Our social side did particularly well with all the evening events being well attended.

Our open weekend, as BEW, was overall a great success with beautiful weather throughout except the Tuesday afternoon when it rained nonstop for 5 hours and put a damper on our Queen’s Cup event for the Thames A Raters.”

-Tony Ticehurst (UTSC)


60th Anniversary National Championship at Castle Cove SC

60th Anniversary Wayfarer Nationals at Castle Cove © Richard White

Nearly 40 boats turned up at Castle Cove Sailing Club on the 1-3 June 2018 to compete in the 60th Anniversary National Championship sponsored by Craftinsure and Hartley Boats. In the lead up to the event the weather forecast was suggesting that Friday would provide the strongest wind, Saturday would be light and variable and Sunday’s wind would be somewhere between the two. ...read more