The Gathering welcomed many new faces this year, ranging widely in age and experience. Several brought boats to upgrade and Matt Sharman and Ralph Roberts from Aeroluff Spars were kept busy helping new attendees refine their boats and improve their skills and understanding. ...read more
John Mellor gave outstanding advice on ‘sailing without argument’ and ‘landing on a lee shore’, whilst Peter and Liz Bones organised a wonderful range of off-the-water entertainment including ‘Wayfarers’ Got Talent’ and the incredible ‘Junk Boat Race’, where the children and some young-at-heart adults made racing boats purely from rubbish found around the camp.
A daysail to Aira Force with barbeques and picnics saw newly-gained skills put into practice in good winds as nervous helms and crew gained confidence and experience in a range of conditions.
The Tuesday night Quiz was another highlight with the unassailable ‘Wandering Wayfarers’ winning once again.
On Wednesday evening, the Stone Trophy was fiercely contested for the seventh time. In light to moderate winds, Mark and Connie Foreman took the coveted prize from Brian White and James and Barnaby Emson for the first time after a strong lift brought them over Pepper on the beat to the line.
Thursday was spent local to the Yacht Club enabling younger and older Wayfarers alike practise capsize and man-overboard routines. The children approached this with significantly greater energy and enthusiasm than their elders, with 8 children recovered in Red Fox at one point!
These are just some of the highlights, look out for the upcoming magazine write-up for a better understanding of the charm and character of this wonderful event.