Please select your home edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90

Wayfarer Southern Championships at Shoreham Sailing Club - Preview

by Tim Townsend 13 Jun 2019 05:21 PDT 15-16 June 2019
Mike Macnamara and Simon Townsend win the Wayfarer open at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

It seems highly unlikely that the famous Shoreham Redoubt will be manned this coming weekend in an attempt to rebuff invading Wayfarer sailors who will be visiting to compete in the Wayfarer Southern Championships and Event 4 of the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2019. On the contrary, local Wayfarers will welcome their visitors while, at the same time, hoping to rout them on their home waters.

After three events in the Travellers Series, Andrew and Tom Wilson from Datchet SC are the leaders followed closely by Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall representing Wilsonian SC/Medway YC. The winners of all three events this year will be competing at Shoreham; Michael McNamara and Simon Townsend who won the Inland Championships at the beginning of April, Brian and Sam who won the open meeting at west Oxfordshire SC and Guy Marks and Mel Titmus from Bough Beech SC who won the Eastern Championships a month ago.

The home fleet will be led by Bill Whitney and John Shelton who finished 5th at the Eastern Championships and by Peter Bennett and his crew, Philip Ayton. Other notable visiting teams will include Nigel and Belinda O'Donnell from Swarkestone SC, who lie third overall in the Travellers Series and Mike Weighill (UKWA's Most-Improved-Helm 2019) and his long suffering crew, Carl Martin, also from Swarkestone who finished as runners up at West Oxfordshire in April.

From Medway YC the fleet will be joined by Brian and Liz McKenzie who finished in sixth place and second UK crew at last year's European Championships in Denmark, and by Tim and Jacqueline Townsend who don't get out much and have no recent notable performances to their name, other than a penchant for starting at the pin end of the start line and occasionally sinking the pin! Other visiting teams from Arun YC and Castle Cove SC are expected.

I'm sorry to have to report some likely absentees; Mark and Jane Lee (golfing, I presume....poor excuse) and the class wuss-of-the-week Richard Stone (third at the light-wind Eastern Championships) who has allegedly decided that a forecast of a healthy force 4 is too windy for him, much to the disgust of his crew, Catherine Gore, who says that even if sailing is cancelled she's happy to walk the first few miles of The Monarch's Way (great attitude.....more Tigger than Eeyore). David Roberts has maintained a radio silence on his whereabouts this weekend, as has John Clementson, who presumably is still recovering from placing fifth overall at the recent Three Rivers Race on the Norfolk Broads.

The Wayfarers are sharing the event with the National 12s. If anybody wants to join us there is camping available and a chilli supper on Saturday night. More details can be found at

Related Articles

UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech
Including the end of season prize draw Where should I start this report? Should I begin by saying that I missed the racing on Saturday because I was in a persistently precipitating Portsmouth (and wondering whether the weather was just as lovely on the Kent/Surrey border)? Posted on 16 Nov 2019
UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech SC this weekend
20 or more teams are expected to descend on the west Kent reservoir This weekend sees the final Wayfarer open meeting of the 2019 season which will be hosted by Bough beech SC. Posted on 7 Nov 2019
Wayfarer Western Area Championship
11 visitors and 5 boats at Arun Yacht Club After re-arranging this event from August, Arun YC was pleased to welcome 11 visitors and 5 boats. Posted on 29 Oct 2019
Tips for sailing with a young crew
What is different when racing with kids between the age of 6 and 12 Here are some top tips on sailing with young people. The guide covers boat set up, jobs for the crew, sailing techniques, kit and incentives. It is written from the experience of several people who have sailed with kids between the age of 6 and 12. Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Wayfarers at Hickling Broad
A light wind day for the small fleet Hickling Broad Sailing Club held their Wayfarer Open on Saturday 12th October on what turned out to be initially a grey damp day with F2-3 winds instead of the forecast F3-4 with no rain. Posted on 20 Oct 2019
Wayfarer Western Area Championship preview
Originally scheduled for August, now taking place this weekend at Arun YC Originally scheduled to be sailed over the weekend of 10th/11th August but cancelled because of the storm which disrupted the beginning of Cowes Week the Wayfarer Western Area Championship will be hosted this weekend by Arun Yacht Club. Posted on 17 Oct 2019
Wayfarers at Swarkestone this weekend
Craftinsure sponsored Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series Round 7 This weekend Swarkestone SC, due south of Derby, hosts round 7 of the Craftinsure sponsored Wayfarer National Circuit and Travellers Series. Posted on 4 Oct 2019
Hyde Sails Autumn Offer now live
Discounts available on race-winning One Design sails With the 2019 season nearing an end and people at the Southampton boat show trying to pick up those end of season bargains, you too must also be thinking about winterising the boat ready for your assault on the title of your favoured class next year. Posted on 21 Sep 2019
YJA MS Amlin Awards shortlists chosen
For the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year & YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019 The YJA Committee met on Monday evening on the 45th floor of the Leadenhall building in London, hosted by MS Amlin Boat Insurance, to choose the shortlists for the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019. Posted on 3 Sep 2019
Wayfarer Western Area Championship preview
Craftinsure National Circuit Event 6 this weekend After the excitement of the recent International and UK National Championships at Greystones SC, the Wayfarers return to the south coast of England over the weekend of 10th/11th August. Posted on 7 Aug 2019
Melges IC37 2019 FooterNorth Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterGul 2019 CODEZERO EVO Footer