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Yachting World Dayboat National Championship at Brixham Yacht Club by David McFarlane

Yachting World Dayboat National Championships at Brixham © Fiona Macfarlane

A strong fleet of 22 boats gathered at Brixham Yacht club over the week of the 23rd July, to compete in the YWDB Class National Championships. All the major clubs with fleets of DBs were well represented.

In addition, we were also joined by two entrants who travelled hundreds of miles to be in Brixham. Tommy Bennett from Scotland brought his fastidiously restored 1956 clinker built boat, and 20 year old Jack Young from Royal Cork Yacht club joined us with his immaculate cold moulded version built by his grandfather Don Young.

This year we also had six young sailors aged between 7-14 years old, crewing their fathers on alternate days.

Brixham Yacht Club is an ideal venue for DB Week as they are able to accommodate the boats either on shore or afloat on their pontoon.

The programme consisted of 5 points races and a stand-alone Long Distance Race on the Tuesday. In addition, there was an ‘Opportunity race’ which gave the chance for ladies, crews and cadets to take the helm and compete for three separate trophies. Another tradition of DB week is to run different style courses each day which keeps the Race Officer and mark layers on their toes.

After registration and welcome drinks on Saturday evening, and an excellent fish and chip supper provided by the host club, we were ready for the hot competition of the week ahead:

Day 1 – The course for Race 1 on Sunday was a 4 lap triangle/ sausage with an 18-25 knot westerly wind forecast. 16 boats made it to the start line. The first clean start of the week soon saw some of the heavy weather crews powering to the front of the fleet and thoroughly enjoying the surfing conditions on the offwind legs.

The race proved to be a battle amongst three generations of the Hewitt family. Father Peter, crewed by Chis Lockett (DB 669 Poole YC), his son Michael Hewitt with Steve Creasy crewing (DB678 RYA) and James Hewitt (DB676 Bosham SC) crewed on the day by his 9 year old son Henry.

The race for the lead was very tight until Michael found a significant port hand lift off the cliffs to establish a winning lead which he held to the finish. He was followed by Peter & Chris and then James & Henry in third place.

Day 2 – The forecast for Tuesday’s scheduled back to back points races was only slightly less than on Sunday. The course selection for the day was a trapezoid.

The first race witnessed a fantastic piece of seamanship when the gooseneck on Jack Young’s boat (DB657 Royal Cork YC) sheared off mid race. Jack and his crew Ellie Aneiros managed to lash the boom back to the mast, but the problem they then had was that on each tack the boom had to be manhandled to the other side of the mast! To their huge credit they not only overcame this significant handicap but also sailed brilliantly to take first place ahead of Peter & Chris with James & his 7 year old son William finishing in third place.

The Hewitt dynasty reigned supreme in the second race of the day with Peter & Chris taking a hard earned 1st place with sons Michael in 2nd place, and James picking up a consecutive third place finish. It was a slightly diminished and pretty exhausted fleet that made their way back to the club.

So, after the completion of three points races the Hewitt’s had a very strong hold on the leading overall positions. After a discard, Peter was leading on 3 points but equal on points with Michael, and James third on 5 points.

Monday evening is quiz night and the tradition is that whoever won the previous year has to take over the role of quizmaster the following year. So, Bob and Kath Davis (the class treasurer and membership secretary) stepped up and ran a hugely enjoyable and successful evening.

Day 3 – The wind on Tuesday was markedly different from the previous days, with barely a ripple across the whole of Torbay. The scheduled race of the day was the Long Distance Race.

The original plan was an extended race around buoys in the bay, finishing outside the Marina in Torquay, followed by a sandwich lunch at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club before a leisurely and very informal reverse pursuit race back to Brixham. Unfortunately, by the time a slightly feeble 3-4 knot breeze filled in, there simply wasn’t enough time to get over to Torquay and back, so a large triangular course was set on the Brixham side of the Bay.

The right-hand side of the initial beat proved to be the way to go and three boats took that option breaking clear of the rest of the fleet. Peter & Chris showed their all-weather ability and led at the windward mark followed closely by relative newcomers to DB sailing Nigel & Isabelle Russell (DB614 Bosham SC) and David & Fiona Macfarlane (DB597 Bosham SC) in third place.

There was no change of positions down the long broad reach to a buoy off Paignton pier and the three boats maintained the same positions at the finish off Brixham Harbour.

Day 4 – The light conditions continued into Wednesday when the fourth points race was due to be run, followed immediately by the Opportunity race. The PRO Peter Lytton very wisely kept the fleet ashore for an hour by which time a steady 6 knot breeze had developed. The course for the day was a windward/leeward with a spreader and gate.

A late shift during the starting procedure created a hint of port bias and the boats that were able to tack onto port immediately after the start had a significant advantage. At the windward mark last year’s Day Boat champions Alastair & Jacqui Seaton (DB653 Bosham SC) very narrowly led from David & Fiona.

This order was maintained for the next lap. However, on lap 3, Mark & Shirley Stanton (DB673 Bosham SC) took full advantage of a favourable offshore shift and took over the lead which they extended and held to the finish. All three of the overnight series leaders scored results that would later count as their discards.

After a brief delay to swap crews a very encouraging 14 boat fleet came to the line for the Opportunity race, sailing a shortened version of the morning course. The start was highly competitive which resulted in the only occasion in the week when a general recall flag was flown!

The three individual winners of the race were Ellie Aneiros (1st Lady), Chris Lockett (1st crew) and Genevieve Bullingham (1st cadet) Following the annual class AGM, the entertainment on Wednesday night of DB Week is traditionally devoted to shanty singing. And the team from Gravesend SC, very ably led by Steve Davies, provided a wonderful evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Day 5 – Another light wind day was forecast for the final points race on Thursday. All three Hewitt boats, Pete, Michael and James were still in with a chance of taking the overall prize.

The course for the day was a reverse “P” which had the mark layers scratching their heads!

Alastair & Jacqui Seaton took the inshore route to the first mark and emerged with a narrow lead from Nigel & Isabelle Russell. Crucially, Pete Hewitt & Chris Lockett worked their way up through the fleet and rounded third with their other adversaries for the overall title in mid fleet. These positions were held to the finish which earned Pete & Chris the Champion Dayboat title.

Alastair & Jacqui’s last race win moved them up into the runners up position and Jack & Ellie’s 4th place in the final race earned them 3rd place overall. (Full results below)

Yachting World Dayboat National Championships at Brixham © Fiona Macfarlane

On Thursday evening, Brixham YC laid on an excellent prize-giving dinner, which was briefly interrupted by a sighting of a school of dolphins just off the club’s pontoon!

The YWDB class, originally designed in 1949, has over the years amassed a huge array of magnificent trophies and these were awarded by Fiona Macfarlane to many deserving winners.

Our thanks go to Richard Spreckley, Commodore of Brixham YC for hosting the week and to Adrian Morrall, the event director who was hugely involved organising all the logistics leading up to the week and was a key member of the mark laying team. A special thanks goes to Peter Lytton the PRO and his committee boat team who delivered outstanding race management throughout the week.

We are already looking forward to next year’s DB Week at Rock SC which is scheduled to take place from 24th-30th June 2023.

Overall Results:

1st DB669 Peter Hewitt & Chris Lockett (Poole YC) 9pts
2nd DB653 Alastair & Jacqui Seaton (Bosham SC) 13pts
3rd DB657 Jack Young & Ellie Aneiros (Royal Cork YC) 14pts
4th DB673 Mark & Shirley Stanton (Bosham SC) 16pts
5th DB676 James & Henry/William Hewitt (Bosham SC) 16pts
6th DB678 Michael Hewitt & Steve Creasy (RYA) 18pts

The full results are available here: Brixham YW Dayboat Week 2022 Results

To see the article as published in YachtsandYachting please see here

BSC Yachting World Dayboat Open by David MacFarlane

The fleet racing during the Bosham SC Yachting World Dayboat Open – photo © Dawn Tomlinson

This year’s Bosham SC Yachting World Dayboat Open Meeting was held in spectacular conditions over the weekend of the 21st & 22nd May.

The original design of the class dates back to 1949. And whilst not originally intended to be raced, with its weighted centreboard and moderate sail area, the boat particularly appeals to mixed crews and has proved ideally suited for estuary, open water and inland harbour sailing. The Bosham fleet was established over 20 years ago and has grown steadily, and is now one of the largest fleets in the country.

For this year’s Open event the weather gods delivered fantastic conditions with 12-16 kts of wind and unbroken sunshine.

Four visiting boats from as far afield as Gravesend SC and Avon SC joined a large contingent of the home fleet.

The four race series was run from a committee boat in the main area of Chichester Harbour, and over the two days, the fleet got the opportunity to explore many parts of this outstanding sailing area.

One Bosham crew dominated the 16 strong fleet. Nigel & Isabel Russell stepped into their newly acquired boat and proceeded to win all four races in a convincing fashion, maintaining consistent boat speed and demonstrating clever tactical awareness to navigate the many natural hazards in the Harbour.

They were followed in 2nd place, by another crew new to Dayboats. Richard and Laura Lewis had borrowed a boat from an absent Bosham owner and very quickly got to grips with the nuances of the Dayboat and put together a very consistent series.

The second race each day finished at the Quay which involved a glorious reach right up the beautiful Bosham channel to the club’s Raptackle finishing line.

Once ashore the fleet were served the most magnificent tea, a highlight of which was undoubtedly the homemade scones and cream! On Saturday evening the club laid on supper and live music on the sunny Terrace.

Overall Results:

1st DB614 Nigel & Isabell Russell (Bosham SC) 3pts
2nd DB618 Richard & Laura Lewis (Bosham SC) 8pts
3rd DB651 Simon Veysey & Judy Roberts (Bosham SC) 9pts
4th DB475 Paul Dewing & Katie Prentice(Bosham SC) 17pts
5th DB654 Tom Prower & Nick Stride (Bosham SC) 18pts
6th DB664 Tim & Gerry Wilcock (Bosham SC) 21pts

The full results are available here: Bosham SC YW Dayboat Open 2022 Results

To see the full article as published in YachtsandYachting please see here


Despite the limitations imposed by the Covid guidelines which meant our gatherings were limited to a quiz, AGM and Prize Giving in a marquee we had a week of good weather, moderate winds and great racing on courses devised by our hosts, Falmouth Y C. for the sixteen competitors.

We ended the week with new champions in the shape of Alistair and Jacqui Seaton from Bosham, who led Peter Hewit and Chris Locket from Poole by one point overall. And in third place overall just one more point behind was another Bosham boat raced by Mark and Shirley Stanton.

The full results can be viewed here:




The YWDB Association is delighted to confirm that this year’s Dayboat Week in Falmouth will go ahead as planned.

Race Programme:

The full programme of racing with include:

-5 points races from Sunday to Thursday

-The Opportunity race for ladies, crews and cadets

-The long distance race.

Social events:

As you may be aware the full lockdown is planned to be lifted on Monday 21st June so, in order to comply with the restrictions up to that date, we are proposing to move the reception event planned for Saturday evening to Monday. 


The RCYC are very keen to host the event and the arrangements for the Week are well in hand. If you are planning to enter it would be appreciated if you could submit your entry by the end of April. This will give the Association and the host club the opportunity to finalise the details based on the number of entries.

In the unlikely event that further Covid restrictions are applied which necessitates the cancellation of the event, there will be a full refund of the entry fee.

If you have any questions regarding the event please do not hesitate to send us a message



The event which would have been held at the new location, the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, in place of Alexandra Palace has gone virtual for 2021. Visitors will be able to ‘visit’ the virtual show, pick up brochures and chat with people manning the stand during the weekend. The YWDB Association will be attending with a virtual stand manned by volunteers so that visitors can browse information and chat with us.

Free visit registration for virtual Dinghy Show

Link to Notice of Races and the Entry Form for DB Week 2021

DB WEEK 2019 – ROCK – Report and Photos

A report of the weeks racing submitted by David Macfarlane to Yachts & Yachting will be found by following this link

Richard , the manager of everything at Rock S &WS Club, took a large number of photos on Sunday and Thursday. Roger Harrison covered the two races on Wednesday and after racing on Thursday including the Dinner, etc. A selection of their hundreds of photos will be found in the albums listed below: –

Sunday Race 1 link

Wednesday Races 3 & 4 link

Thursday Race 5 – link

People and After racing – link

2019 Dayboat week at Rock – 22 to 27 June


Will be held at





Excellent club facilities, 29 Trophies, prize-giving dinner and other evening social events.

5 Points races, long distance race, ladies race, crews race, cadets race.



More details will be published on the Association Web site or contact Phil Lokier

Tel: 01202 698584 e-mail: