Please select your home edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Wayfarer Inland Championship at Datchet Water Sailing Club - Preview

by Tim Townsend 5 Apr 2022 14:32 BST 9-10 April 2022
Wayfarer Inland Championships at Datchet © Rosie Dolling

After a very successful International Championships held in Florida last month, the UK Wayfarer Class now sets its sights on the domestic racing programme beginning with the Inland Championships at Datchet Water SC on 9/10 April.

This will be the first event of the National Circuit and Travellers Series 2022, sponsored once again by Craftinsure and, with Flying Fifteens sharing the water for their open meeting there will be plenty of boats on the water.

There has long been a fleet of Wayfarers at Datchet and an annual open meeting (often the Inland Championships) is usually part of a busy schedule for the travellers. The home fleet is headed by Andrew Wilson who usually finishes somewhere at or near the top of the Wayfarer fleet crewed either by his son, Tom, or by Sue Risbridger. Others to watch out for from the local fleet include Club Commodore, Nick Harris, and Derek Lambert. A small fleet of Wayfarers is forming at nearby Silver Wing SC and it is hoped there will be some visitors from there.

From further afield, visitors will be led by Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend, recently crowned Wayfarer International Champions for the fifth time, and they will be hard to beat. Craftinsure's Mark Lee, crewed by Sam Pygall, will also be very competitive (and probably quite noisy), along with other recently returned teams from the United States, Nigel and Belinda O'Donnell and the Other Townsends, Tim and Jacqueline.

All Wayfarer class boats are welcome to compete and this year it is hoped a few classic wooden Wayfarers will attend as well as the more modern MkIV's.

The Wayfarer events at Datchet are usually well attended. Race management is good and the courses are well set. Saturday evening customarily sees the fleet decamp for a meal to The Ostrich Inn at nearby Colnbrook. The Ostrich has an historic reputation of which the Thenardiers from Les Miserables would be proud. Reputation of the pub notwithstanding, all the competitors survive and turn up at the club for a second day's racing on the Sunday.

The wind forecast for the weekend is for a force 3-4 from the North West on Saturday with a South Easterly 3-4 on Sunday. It won't be as warm as it was in Florida but the competition should still be hot.

For more details visit the Wayfarer Class Association website at

Related Articles

Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit returns
Looking to build momentum in 2023 with some high-quality events After two Covid impacted seasons in 2020 and 2021, the Wayfarer class enjoyed a highly successful series across several venues in 2022 and the fleet are looking to build on this momentum in 2023 with some high-quality events scheduled. Posted on 3 Jan
Wayfarers at Bough Beech
Craftinsure National Circuit Finale The Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit concluded over the weekend of the 12-13 November with the traditional "Finale" hosted by Bough Beech Sailing Club. Posted on 23 Nov 2022
Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship at Blackwater
An excellent turnout of 15 boats Following a highly successful European and National Championships held on the south coast at Arun Yacht Club in August, the Craftinsure Wayfarer National Circuit resumed over the weekend of the 10-11th September. Posted on 13 Sep 2022
Wayfarer UK Nationals and Europeans overall
Blessed by sunny weather by and large, a packed social programme and a very warm welcome Arun Yacht Club at Littlehampton hosted the UK National and European Wayfarer Championships between 18 and 21 August 2022. A strong UK fleet was joined by competitors from Denmark, France and Ireland. The event was blessed by sunny weather by and large. Posted on 6 Sep 2022
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week overall
A memorable day to end a memorable week Friday was a glorious day to bring the 74th Poole Week to a close. Even when the sun wasn't actually shining, the weather was still warm and bright, and there was enough wind for all the fleets to sail up to two races as scheduled. Posted on 3 Sep 2022
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 5
It's not over yet, but the first winners are Although there's still a day to go, the top boats in several of the Poole Week fleets have already secured their victories. Posted on 2 Sep 2022
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 4
A different sort of same again The second half of Poole Week started with the wind pretty much as it had been for the first half: a shifty north-easterly that occasionally swung round to the south east and kept everyone on their toes. Posted on 1 Sep 2022
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 3
A real day of Snakes and Ladders It's hard to remember a day when the wind in Poole Harbour has been shiftier than it was on the Tuesday. During the racing, between 2pm and about 5pm when the fleets returned ashore, the wind was flicking between about 020 degrees and 130 degrees. Posted on 31 Aug 2022
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 2
Reading the wind, negotiating the tide, avoiding the mud For Poole Week competitors on Monday, it was all about getting on the right side of the wind shifts. There were a lot of them, and they were big. That and negotiating the tide, while some later in the day also had to think about keels and mud. Posted on 30 Aug 2022
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 1
Not a bad day on the water That was the consensus among competitors on coming ashore after the first day. The wind had blown - not very hard at times, but generally enough - and the sun had shone now and again as well. So it had been quite a satisfactory day, all things considered. Posted on 29 Aug 2022