Wayfarer Open – Race report and final results

11665763_10204230656278677_484318703184693430_nMedway Yacht Club Wayfarer Open Meeting 4/5 July 2015

Race Report

Medway Yacht Club hosted a UKWA Travellers Series and National Circuit Event for the Wayfarer Class on 4th and 5th of July 2015.

6 races were held over two days on the River Medway for 17 boats. Saturday provided champagne sailing conditions with warm sun and a force 3 to 4 south-westerly wind providing enough shifts to make the beats and runs interesting with plenty of passing lanes. The courses were compact with a premium on getting a good start, boat handling and boat on boat tactics. The reaches were particularly exciting with planing conditions and challenging gybes. Sunday’s conditions were lighter and patchy. The fleet left the Club in dank and dismal conditions and most needed a tow from one of the patrol boats for at least part of the journey to the race area. However the race team managed to get in all 3 scheduled races on Sunday and by the end of day the wind had increased a little and the sun had returned for the now customary sail back to the Club via Hoo Creek.

11702768_10204230656038671_9060709106973938643_nThe racing was dominated by current European and National Champions Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend who demonstrated an unerring ability to recover from distinctly average positions. They won 5 of the races in The Poacher, the other being won by Guy and Elliot Marks in Absolute Fiasco who finished second overall after a tiebreak from Bill and Lisa Whitney in Big Dipper. The racing throughout the fleet was close with several of the mid fleet boats securing good individual race results but lacking the consistency to be on the podium.

The meeting was generally considered to be a great success and Medway Yacht Club looks forward to hosting the Wayfarer Class again in the near future.

Our thanks go to Medway Yacht Club, to the race team led by Steve Rolland, the patrol boat crews and of course our sponsors: The Old Dairy, who provided free beer to the competitors after each day’s racing; and Pirates Cave Chandlery, Hartley Boats and Craft Insure who provided the prizes.

Tim Townsend

MYC Wayfarer Class Captain

Final results for the open meeting

Medway Yacht Club Wayfarer Open Meeting 4/5 July 2015
Overall
Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st The Poacher 10648 Rollesby Broad SC Michael McNamara Simon Townsend 1 1 1 1 -3 1 8 5
2nd Absolute Fiasco 11050 BBSC Guy Marks Elliott Marks 4 5 2 3 1 -8 23 15
3rd Big Dipper 10688 Shoreham YC Bill Whitney Lisa Whitney 2 4 3 -6 4 2 21 15
4th Fleeced Lightning 10934 WSC Brian Lamb Sam Pygall 3 3 4 4 -8 7 29 21
5th Obsession 10609 MYC Richard Stone Catherine Gore -6 6 5 2 6 5 30 24
6th Pass the Port 10 BBSC Dave Roberts Mike Bryant -9 2 6 8 5 6 36 27
7th Hercules Hound 10686 MYC Brian McKenzie Liz McKenzie 7 8 (18.0 DSQ) 7 2 11 53 35
8th Quicksilver 10947 MYC Stewart Coltart Catriona Coltart 8 -14 11 9 7 3 52 38
9th intermezzo 11012 MYC Tim Townsend Jacqueline Townsend 5 7 7 -16 11 12 58 42
10th Ubique 11080 MYC Chris Parish Messrs Crockett 10 12 8 5 -13 9 57 44
11th Loose Knots 10614 MYC Mark Penny Gail Penny 11 11 9 -15 9 10 65 50
12th Risky Business 10616 Broxbourne SC Mark Lee Jane Lee -14 12.0 SCP 12 14 12 4 68 54
13th Moonshine 10618 MYC Jonathan Moon Tony Alexander 13 10 10 13 -15 14 75 60
14th Wild Thing 10875 MYC Mike Pimm Pete Dilley 12 -15 13 12 14 15 81 66
15th Fredexi 1759 MYC Roger Gibbs Stan Benwell (18.0 DNC) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 10 10 13 87 69
16th Hard Tack 7899 MYC Jonathan Hood Hugo Davis (18.0 DNC) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 11 16 16 97 79
17th Don’t Worry… 10680 WSC John Goudie Suzanne Hall 15 13 (18.0 DNF) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 100 82
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Thank you to our sponsors

Pirates Cave Chandlery

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Old Dairy Brewery

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