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Wayfarer National Championship at Medway Yacht Club

by Tim Townsend 21 Jun 2016 09:24 BST 17-19 June 2016

Thirty-one entries took part in a variety of conditions which created challenges for the race team and competitors alike.

Day 1

A practice race, followed by Races 1 and 2 were on the menu, with a forecast of 6-8 knots of breeze and some rain. The committee boat disappeared down river to the race area looking for wind and postponed the start. Meanwhile, the competitors ashore enjoyed the mother of all rain/thunderstorms forcing them to take cover in the club house. Some flash flooding occurred in nearby Rochester and at Medway Yacht Club itself where squeegees and mops were used to clear away surface water. Unfortunately, the storm drove away the wind and after three hours of waiting all racing was postponed for the day.

Day 2

The Sailing Instructions were amended so that Races 1-4 would be sailed. The forecast was for 7-10 knots of wind from the North West and racing took place in Long Reach just downriver of the power station, in a rather shifty northwesterly(ish) wind. A start line with a strong pin end bias and competitors eager to get away after the previous day's frustrations, were the cause of a few general recalls and the deployment of the black flag which caught out the unwary in Race 4. Triangle/sausage courses were the order of the day although the course for Race 4 was a windward/leeward course. The ebbing cross tide caused problems for a few competitors at mark roundings. Most competitors struggled to achieve consistent results, but after the first 4 races, former champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend led on 13 points, followed by Neil Collingridge and Anne Spalding on 14 points, Len Jones and Jamie Lee on 17 points and John and Jamie Clemetson on 18 points. Race wins were shared by Michael McNamara, Neil Collingridge and Len Jones. After three hours of racing, the fleet sailed slowly home against a weakening wind and strengthening ebb tide. Competitors and guests ended their day with a drinks reception and enjoyable dinner in the clubhouse.

Day 3

Day three dawned with an encouraging forecast of 12-15 knots of breeze from the South West which meant that the race area was in Pinup Reach. The racing schedule was amended again to complete Races 6,7 and 8 which would allow the 2nd discard to kick in. All three races followed a triangle/sausage configuration. In reality, the wind was at times slightly stronger than forecast and the race team gave the fleet three very physical 50 minute races. The wind was sufficiently strong to cause the occasional capsize, and it was notable that the heavier or fitter crews tended to come to the fore. The lighter crews suffered somewhat. Len Jones and Jamie Lee started where they had left off the previous day, winning race 6. Race 7 was won by David Wade and John Meadowcroft who were having a better day. The final race was won by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, neatly bookending the event as they had won the first race too.

Once again the UK Wayfarer Champions are Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend. The Club Team Trophy was won by Bough Beech Sailing Club with three boats in the top 10 positions overall. Monica Schaefer and Miriam McCarthy from Greystones Sailing Club won the Hartley Boats Overseas Trophy.

Medway Yacht Club would like to thank Chesley Storage, Hartley Boats, Hyde Sails, Craftinsure, Energy Solutions, Pirates Cave and Shepherd Neame for their generous support and look forward to hosting a UK Wayfarer Class event again very soon.

Overall Results:
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PosFleetBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R6R7R8Pts
1stGoldThe Poacher10648Michael McNamaraSimon TownsendRollesby Broad SC1‑41‑72217
2ndGoldRumours11067Len JonesJamie LeaMYC‑83‑5114312
3rdGold 11058David WadeJohn MeadowcroftNorthampton SC‑72‑14641215
4thGoldLast Chance Power Drive10995Neil CollingridgeAnne SpaldingWaldringfield SC4145‑76‑1020
5thGold 11050Guy MarksMel TitmusBough Beech SC35‑102‑98422
6thGoldIndia10936Barry WolfendenAlan RichieBough Beech SC‑9‑138333623
7thGoldRestless11093Andrew WilsonTom WilsonDatchet Water SC‑10‑146465526
8thGoldLittle Angel10837John ClemetsonJamie ClemetsonBough Beech SC2628‑179‑1527
9thGoldBig Dipper10688Bill WhitneyJohn SheltonShoreham SC5899‑127‑1838
10thGoldObsession10609Richard StoneCatherine GoreMYC‑147713510‑1442
11thGoldFleeced Lightning10934Brian LambSam PygallWilsonian SC69‑161114‑151252
12thGoldintermezzo11012Tim TownsendJacqueline TownsendMYC‑2212‑18RDG1511964
13thGoldOoh Oh10570Ian RichardsAdam LightGreat Moor SC13111119‑26‑271165
14thGoldHyde and Seek11101Nigel GroganJack GroganRCYC/RHYC‑201617(DSQ)RDG12866.2
15thBronzeMoonshine10618Jon MoonTony AlexanderMYC151019‑27816‑2468
16thGoldQuicksilver10947Stewart ColtartFreddie/Catriona ColtartMYC‑2615315‑24172070
17thGoldHappy Ever After!11118John GoudieJon HewatWilsonian SC1119121813‑22(RET)73
18thGoldPapillon10906Ian ClarkeJeremy ShintonBartley SC17‑2220‑231614774
19thSilverNo Problem!8595Jonny HewatMax Bentley/Charlotte PennyMYC16(RET)1522‑23131379
20thGoldHercules Hound10686Brian McKenzieLiz McKenzieMYC191813(DSQ)18‑201684
21stGoldPass The Port9558Dave RobertsMichael BryantBough Beech SC‑2417‑271019211986
22ndGoldEnigma82Nick WhiteMartin WoodTowy BC1823281410(RET)(DNC)93
23rdGoldUbique11080Chris ParishRob CrocketMYC12‑24211622‑232394
24thSilverRisky Business10616Mark LeeAlex LeeBroxbourne SC2521231220‑26‑28101
25thSilverLoose Knots10614Mark PennyRoger Gibbs/Gail PennyMYC‑2320‑2221211822102
26thSilverStorm Cloud11107Tony GearyNathan GearyWaldringfield SC‑28272426‑301917113
27thSilverWayward2773Giles WrightPete DilleyRHYC/MYC‑2925‑2917272421114
28thBronzeYolo11129Paul HughesCameron HughesArun YC21262520‑31‑2925117
29thSilverLakka11152Monica SchaeferMiriam McCarthyGreystones‑30‑292625282826133
30thSilverSandaig9491Andrew PearsonStan BenwellMYC2728‑302825(RDG)27135
31stBronzeDeep Turtle5500Alberto QuagliaTom Quaglia/Adrian BomfordMYC(DNC)30‑3129293029147

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