Class Rules * CWA Exec * New Owners' Info * CWA Constitution
updated: 21 Jan 2020
for family cruising or serious class racing
|The 16 foot
Wayfarer is designed to be a rugged, seaworthy boat
which is also fun to race. For over 40 years, more
than 10,000 owners have found it an outstanding racing,
cruising and cottage day-sailing boat.
Watertight buoyancy compartments fore and aft make it easy to right the boat in the event of a capsize. Removable or built-in floorboards keep your feet dry. Buoyancy compartments provide storage space for food and camping equipment. Two can sleep comfortably on the wide, flat and dry floor of the boat under a tent supported on the boom. A small outboard motor can be fitted, and it's easy to lower the mast - even single-handed, to pass under bridges.
For day trips the large cockpit is comfortable for up to six people, with room left over for a picnic. For the more adventurous sailor, it's good to know the Wayfarer has crossed the North Sea from Scotland to Iceland, sailed up the east coast of North America from Florida to Nova Scotia and beyond, and circumnavigated Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario.
The Wayfarer is easily towed, and rigging the boat is simple. You can be out sailing in half an hour or less.
Canadian Wayfarer Association:
Every 3 years, the World Championships offer the opportunity to meet new Wayfarer friends from Britain, Scandinavia, Ireland and N. America, and to learn from the best. At TS&CC in 1995, Canadian competitors included Peter Rahn and his 9-year-old son, Alex (left), as well as George Blanchard (left), who had sailed every Wayfarer Worlds to date at that time!
Our active racing schedule
runs from late May to early October. We welcome and
assist newcomers to the best of our abilities (which
are pretty able!)
Friends, husbands and wives, parents and children, all actively compete in these events. Wayfarer owners love to share their knowledge and you will find them clustered around new boats, giving advice on rigging or boat handling.
A highlight of each of our
summers is our annual "family" regatta (above):
the Wind Bag. Sailed on the warm, clean waters of Lake
Simcoe out of beautiful Hawkestone YC, this event
gives parents a chance to race with their children who
also swim, fish, goof around and generally enjoy the
best of babysitters - each other!
Uncle Al & his daughter, Joanna (8) at the 1995 Wind Bag Regatta.
C.W.A. Membership Form
Kit Wallace 416-531-8470