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UK Wayfarer racing calendar set for 2019

by Tim Townsend 27 Mar 13:47 GMT
Bough Beech SC Icicle Open Series © Debbie Maynard

While many Wayfarer sailors have raced through the winter competing at their clubs or at open series such as the Blithfield Barrel and the Bough Beech SC Icicle, the 2019 open meeting season will start in earnest with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club on 6th and 7th April. This is also the first event of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series.

There is a packed programme of events throughout the year from class racing at family race weeks, through one and two day open meetings to area championships. The highlight of the season will be the International Championships which will be held at Greystones SC, Co. Wicklow, Ireland from 20-26 July. This event will also count as the Class UK National Championships and the Irish Championships. In addition to the UK and Irish teams, competitors are expected to enter from Holland, Denmark, South Africa, Canada and USA.

The UKWA is delighted to receive continued sponsorship from Craftinsure. Mark Lee, the Company's Managing Director, is a keen and regular Wayfarer racer himself. The eight event National Circuit and Travellers Series will take in a variety of fresh and salt water venues starting at Datchet Water SC, then West Oxfordshire SC, Medway YC, Shoreham SC, the National Championships at Greystones SC, Arun YC, Swarkestone SC and Bough Beech SC.

The finale at Bough Beech will see the presentation of the National Circuit and Travellers Series trophies but also the prize draw. We're very lucky to have support from Craftinsure, Hartley Boats, McNamara Sails, Allen Brothers and Pinnell & Bax all of whom have pledged some fantastic prizes such as sails, padded mast covers and a year's free insurance for your Wayfarer. In order to be eligible for the prize draw, a boat has to compete in at least two of the NCS and Travellers Series events. The more events a boat competes at the greater its chances of winning.

For more details, visit and see the UKWA Racing Calendar below.

2019 calendar:

6/7 April 2019Datchet Water SCInland Championships and NCS1
19/20 April 2019Waldringfield SCEaster Egg (Open Meeting)
27/28 April 2019West Oxfordshire SCOpen Meeting Junior Championships and NCS2
18/19 May 2019Medway YCEasterns Championships and NCS3
25‑29 May 2019Upper Thames SCBourne End Week
1/2 June 2019Wilsonian SCWilsonian River Challenge
15/16 June 2019Shoreham SCSouthern Championships and NCS4
15/16 June 2019Aldeburgh YCLEscargot Trophy (Open Meeting)
20‑26 July 2019Greystones SC (Ireland)International Championships UK National Championships and NCS5
10/11 August 2019Arun YCWestern Championships and NCS6
18‑23 August 2019Aldeburgh YCAYC Regatta (Open Meeting)
18‑23 August 2019Parkstone YCPoole Week Regatta
8/9 September 2019Loch Lomond SCScottish National Championships
14/15 September 2019Waldringfield SCCartoon Trophy (Open Meeting)
5/6 October 2019Swarkestone SCOpen Meeting and NCS7
12‑Oct‑19Hickling Broad SCHarris Bowl (Open Meeting)
9/10 November 2019Bough Beech SCFinale (Open Meeting) and NCS8

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