Official publication of the
The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
FROM THE STERNSHEETS
Wayfarer Cruise Race
Stories will be told about this weekend
during the winter and my favourite will be about Dr Bowers, 111, who almost
set Puffin on fire and eventually got his stove going with Navy
Rum. I’ll remember Wes McNutt, with spinnaker bravely set, sailing
601 majestically under the surface of Trout Lake. I’ll remember Ilse
Kleimaker, sailing 141 with her two children as crew, as if she had never
in her life been confined to bed. But most of all, I’ll remember
the master mariner, Don Rumble, who conjured up winds from nowhere to sail
into the lead, and win the Wayfarer Cruise Trophy and also the prize
for maximum number of points overall. After 634 came –
Thank you, North Bay!
“To the Editor of ‘The Canadian Wayfarer’:
I refer to your newsletter of June 1963 in which you mention a letter from Mr Hank Hetlam, proposing a larger genoa. I am opposed to adopting a larger genoa for the following reasons:
1. It would involve extra expense
for owners. The present owners would have to buy new genoas, winches,
Many ideas could be brought forward to make the boat go faster, such as the use of a trapeze for the crew, rubber in the centreboard slot, better streamlining of centreboard and rudder, etc. However, all those efforts would be rather futile since a Wayfarer will never beat a Flying Dutchman and does not need to do so.
Those who sail with inexperienced crews are getting along fairly well right now. However, a larger genoa would change all this and one would be faced with the following alternatives:
1. Get another crew (make sure he
or she is an acrobat).
It is my considered opinion that sailing is not a matter of acrobatics, or muscles, but rather a matter of tactics and feeling. If everyone had equal bathtubs with equal sails on them, a race could be just as interesting (maybe not as exciting) in those tubs as in the fastest ‘racing machines’.
It may be well to remember that classes such as the Stars, Lightnings and Snipes have grown into the world’s largest racing classes, not because they are the fastest boats, but because their owners’ associations have zealously guarded the rules and regulations against tampering and changes that were not absolutely necessary.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first race will be held at the Canadian National Exhibition Regatta as in former years, at approximately 1 p.m. Out of town boats may launch at the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club. Two races will be held on Sunday, from the Queen City YC and one again on Monday. A spare race may be sailed on Sunday or Monday depending on weather conditions.
A dance will be held at the QCYC on Saturday and a Buffet Supper (no extra charge) will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m., immediately before the Annual General Meeting. You will be receiving an invitation to a cocktail party on Sunday evening from Croce & Lofthouse Sailcraft Ltd.
Registration will be at the QCYC
on Saturday morning, but boats from outside Toronto are requested to advise
the Secretary if they will attend.
This is the last newsletter in the present series.