Medway YC Wayfarer Class 2015 Review

2015 was an excellent season for the Wayfarer Class at Medway Yacht Club.

We welcomed several new members to the Class who all made an immediate impact. Numbers of boats racing continued to increase so we had at least 10 on the start line most Sundays, with increased numbers on Saturday afternoon too.

 Domestically, most of the series were won by Richard Stone and Catherine Gore in Obsession, but they were the first to admit that racing this year was closer than ever and they were pushed hard by Brian and Liz McKenzie in Hercules Hound but also by Len Jones and his various crew in Rumours, Stewart and Catriona Coltart in Quicksilver and by  Chris Parish and Rob Crockett in the brand new Ubique. The personal handicap results wereway very close too with the Sunday racing being won by Jonathan Moon and Tony Alexander in Moonshine.

Aside from Club racing, we enjoyed an instructive day’s training from Mike McNamara, a multiple World, European and National Champion in the Wayfarer and many other classes. We hosted a Wayfarer Open Meeting which was well attended, and well run by the RO and his team. Our Wayfarers dominated the top ten positions overall in the Medway Marathon. We enjoyed 10 pin bowling and a curry in February and an excellent end of season prize giving dinner. Above all, we had tea and cakes and a bit of banter every day after racing.

Away from MYC, several of our boats attended regional and national championships. Five of our fleet competed in the Wayfarer Nationals at Brixham where Len Jones and Jamie Lea were runners up. Len and Jamie were best placed MYC boat at the Wayfarer Inland Championships, again as runners up. Richard and Catherine were runners up at the Upper Thames SC Open Meeting and were 7th placed overall in the UK Wayfarer National Circuit Series, and Tim and Georgie Townsend in Intermezzo were winners at the Dutch Wayfarer Championships.

In 2016, we are hoping to arrange more training from Michael McNamara, we will be hosting the Wayfarer National Championships in June and several of our boats have entered the International Championships in Holland where we will be competing against boats from the UK, Holland, Denmark, Ireland, Canada and the USA. All of this is on top of our full domestic racing calendar.

 If you would like to know more about the Wayfarer dinghy or to join this vibrant fleet at Medway Yacht Club, please contact the Class Captain, Tim Townsend, at tim_townsend@btinternet.com Our members are looking for crew, and we also have a Club boat which can be hired (subject to experience).  

Tim  Townsend

1st January 2016