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Wayfarer National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Preview

by Sam Pygall 10 May 17:23 BST 13-16 June 2024
2023 Wayfarer Nationals at Dabchicks © Tim Wood

Supported by Craftinsure, Allen Brothers, Hartley Boats, and McNamara Sails

The 2024 Wayfarer Nationals - sponsored by Craftinsure, Allen Brothers, Hartley Boats and McNamara Sails - will be held at Paignton Sailing Club over the 13-16th June. This is a highly anticipated event promising to bring together some of the best sailors in the Wayfarer class from across the UK. The event will be an exciting showcase of skill and teamwork in fabulously picturesque sea conditions.

The Wayfarer is a versatile and popular sailing dinghy that is known for its stability and reliability, making it a favourite among sailors of all ability levels. At the Nationals, sailors will have the opportunity to test their skills and compete against other talented class sailors from across the country, with strong fleets with associated Open events across the country at the likes Parkstone, Banbury, Blackwater, West Oxfordshire Medway, Waldringfield, Aldeburgh, Rollesby Broad, Datchet Water and Bough Beech. Likely teams in attendance include reigning National champions and recently crowned Inland Champions Andrew and Tom Wilson, Craftinsure National Circuit winners John Clementson and Mel Titmus and previous National Champion Guy Marks.

To learn more about this exciting event, please visit our dedicated webpage at For detailed race information, including the Notice of Race, please access the document here:

The championship will feature 11 races spread over four action-packed days, with a range of incredible sponsor prizes up for grabs. To cater to a diverse range of abilities, the event will offer Gold, Silver, and Bronze fleet designations, ensuring an inclusive and enjoyable experience for everyone. We encourage all Wayfarer sailors to mark their calendars and take part in what promises to be an unforgettable event.

Nestled along the picturesque coast of Devon, Paignton is a sailing paradise and the perfect venue for the Wayfarer Nationals. With its idyllic location and stunning natural beauty, Paignton offers a truly unforgettable sailing experience.

Renowned for its fabulous sea conditions, the waters surrounding Paignton provide an ideal playground for sailors of all levels. The bay offers a mix of gentle breezes and challenging winds, ensuring thrilling and varied sailing conditions throughout the championship. Sailors can expect exciting races and exhilarating moments on the water as they navigate the waves and showcase their skills.

Paignton Sailing Club, the host of the event, boasts excellent facilities that cater to the needs of sailors and spectators alike. The club's modern infrastructure, including spacious changing rooms, ample storage space, and a well-equipped clubhouse, ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience for participants. Spectators can relish in the electrifying atmosphere and catch the action from various vantage points, all while enjoying the warm hospitality of the sailing club.

Beyond the sailing club, Paignton offers a myriad of attractions and amenities to enhance your stay. The town itself features a delightful promenade lined with cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops where you can unwind and indulge in some well-deserved relaxation. Paignton is also renowned for its stunning beaches, where you can soak up the sun, take a refreshing dip, or even enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shore.

When it comes to accommodation, Paignton offers a wide range of options to suit every preference and budget. From cozy bed and breakfasts situated adjacent to the Green to larger hotels and well-known chains like Travel Lodge and Premier Inn, you'll find the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of thrilling competition.

Paignton truly has it all - captivating sailing conditions, outstanding facilities, breathtaking natural surroundings, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Join us for the Wayfarer Nationals at Paignton Sailing Club and experience the magic of this remarkable sailing venue.

For inquiries regarding the Wayfarer Nationals or any other racing-related queries, please do contact We look forward to welcoming you to this event that celebrates the true spirit of Wayfarer sailing. See you there!

Paignton Sailing Club website:

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