Official publication of the 
“Canadian Wayfarer Owners’ Association”.

The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
registered as a class with the
“Canadian Yachting Assoc.”

C.W.O.A. Executive:
Chairman:  Mr. W. Cavill                     Hon. Treas.:  Mr. G. Blanchard
Measurer: Mr. R. Thompson                 Imm. Past Chairman:  Mr. A. Lowenthal
Hon.Sec: Mr.J. Clelland, 42 Glen Elm Ave., Apt. 202, Toronto 7.


Wayfarer Cruise Race
Heartiest congratulations to the North Bay YC!  They provided light winds, balmy zephyrs, steady breezes, sunshine, gales and torrential rain, to give us a wonderful weekend of sailing and good fellowship.  It would be a difficult task to name all the people who contributed to the success of the venture so we won’t attempt it, but we won’t forget them either.  Special mention must be made of the members of the Power Squadron who stood by us on Sunday during the storm – it was comforting to see them there.

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 –
 2. Don Paine  112
 3. Keith Valin  159
 4. Harry Jones  720
 5. George Blanchard 283
     Ian McKellar  616
 7. Ralph Jamieson 621

Thank you, North Bay!

Alec Lowenthal, 151, and Michael Schoenborn, 276, made history at the weekend by being the first Wayfarers to sail from Toronto to Youngstown.  We are very glad to welcome them back and add our congratulations.

Boulevard Club                  Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club
1. Jim Clelland  618            1. Howie Zener    95
2. Howie Zener    95            2. Alec Lowenthal 151
3. Terry Gregg  282             3. Harry Jones  720

We received the following excellent letter from North American Champion, Leo Maarse, and thought you would enjoy it.

“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, etc.
2. Making a ‘racing machine’ out of a Wayfarer should be avoided, since she is not meant to be such a thing.  She is meant to be a boat for day-sailing, cruising, camping and racing.
3. It is doubtful whether a larger genoa would increase the boat’s speed to a great extent.
4. A larger genoa would make the crew’s task more difficult.  The skipper would more or less have the same job to do.  Many skippers have rather inexperienced crews (such as wives or friends who have never sailed before).  The handicap of sailing with a non-expert crew would therefore increase without adding substantially to the skill requirements of the skipper.

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).
2. Train your present crew to measure up to his or her increased task.  I visualize here a worsening of the strained relations between husband and wife (or between skipper and his crewing friend) under racing conditions.
3. Abstain from racing.

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.

Leo Maarse
2243 Eglinton Ave. E., Apt. 301,
Scarborough, Ontario”

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Queen City YC on Sunday, August 31st, at which time a new Committee will be elected.  Please forward nominations to the Secretary.

The North American Championships will be held at Toronto on August 30th, 31st and September 1st, 1963.  An entry fee of $7.00 per boat will be payable on registration.

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.