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:  Jim Clelland                 Hon. Treas.:  Mr. G. Blanchard
Measurer: Mr. R. Thompson           Imm. Past Chairman:  Mr. W. Cavill
Hon. Sec: T. Johannsen, 2531 Lakeshore Blvd West, Apt. 302, Toronto 14, Ontario

We still have a newsletter that we publish – at – as we say – FREQUENT INTERVALS.
Your new Editor of  “The Canadian Wayfarer” and Hon. Secretary,

    Tom Johannsen
Well, it sure has been a long time since you received your last newsletter.  We elected our new officers as listed above at the Annual General Meeting which was held at the time of the North American Championships, the Labour Day weekend.  At that time we also decided to make the Cruise Race in North Bay an annual event, with the consent of the North Bay sailors.  But more about next year's racing and cruising schedule later in this letter.
We should pick up the yarn where we left it, some time back in August, and report on an event that seems long, long ago, the –

Bronte Regatta – nine Wayfarers participated, and starting in somewhat of a drifter a beautiful wind blew during the race about 15 miles an hour just after the race committee had decided to shorten the course and to let us sail only once around.  What a pity, but still, it was an interesting race.

As 8 boats were from Toronto, and had sailed down, 4 the night before, and 4 just arrived a few minutes before the race, just at about the 10 minute gun, we couldn’t complain about not enough sailing.  The 4 boats that sailed the previous night from Toronto, 283, 144, 720, 649, had a beautiful planing reach to Port Credit and got there in about an hour.  From then on it was smooth sailing under the stars with sandwiches and beer bottles being passed from boat to boat.  Next year, we may arrange to have a race back to Toronto on the Sunday after.  The results:

    1. George Blanchard 283
    2. Peter Friedenberg 637 
    3. Tom Johannsen 649

1st Exhibition Regatta
Gusty winds!!  Especially at the inshore jibing mark, where about 8 or 10 boats capsized in front of the Exhibition spectators, including 2 Wayfarers.  There was one pole sticking out of the water, and you couldn’t at first make out what it was, but as you got closer you would see a Finn floating about a foot underneath the surface.

    1. George Blanchard 283
    2. Harry Jones  720
    3. Alec Lowenthal 151

2nd Exhibition Regatta
Ideal conditions for a smooth sail and race.  It provided us with two beautiful spinnaker legs.  The first buck more or less set the tune, when a group of boats tacked inshore near the island and reached the windward mark with quite a lead over the boats that had gone out into the lake.

    1. Howie Zener    95
    2. George Blanchard 283
    3. Alec Lowenthal 151

More Regatta Results:
Ashbridges Bay          Queen City                          Oshawa
1. Schoenborn 276      1. Alec Lowenthal 151       1. Rumble 634
2. Blanchard 283         2. Terry Gregg  282            2. Blanchard 283
3. Solway 144             3. Peter Friedenberg 637    3. Jones   720

3rd Exhibition Regatta – also the first race for the North American Championships
Under light winds, that came from all over the place, we all had good excuses of how you get into a hole, and could get out from where one was, but what puzzles me is that somehow the same boats still get to the mark first that usually get there first.

North American Championships
Thanks to the Queen City YC for hosting us and they certainly did everything they could to make this event enjoyable for everybody.  We had almost ideal conditions for a Championships that provided us with steady breezes, good blows and drifters.  The first race on Sunday morning gave a definite advantage for the boats with spinnaker.  A flat sea and 10-12 mile an hour wind plus a run on the last leg made a perfect race.  Jim Clelland led the fleet shortly after the start and built up a nice lead at the last rounding mark, but was caught on the downwind leg by Alec Lowenthal with his spinnaker.  In the afternoon the winds increased and lucky was the skipper with a heavy crew and even three in the boat.  The last race was most interesting and certainly frustrating for most of the fleet who tacked inshore on the first windward leg and was becalmed there while a few boats stayed out in the lake stayed with the wind and finished with a substantial lead.  They were Larry Solway who was almost one leg ahead, followed by Terry Gregg and Howie Zener.
Henry Croce and Ken Lofthouse were the hosts on the Sunday evening for a cocktail party in their garden.  This gave the Sunday a nice finish and everybody had a chance to enlarge on why he didn’t come in first.  Henry and Ken served some delicious food, and both being bachelors, this must have taken some preparation!

Here are the standings: (click on word here!)

Lake Orion Wayfarer Weekend Sept. 6-7???:
23 (TWENTY-THREE) (!) Wayfarers participated.  This was the first race and Regatta the Lake Orion Boat Club had ever held and Fred Lewis who organized most of the event did a marvellous job.  Lake Orion is a small resort town situated among a series of pretty and scenic small lakes.  The Boat Club sits on a tiny island in the middle of the lake.  Launching facilities were excellent and the co-operation of the powerboats was welcome as they towed us back and forth from the island.  Three of these power boats were police boats and were wonderful.  All other craft were kept off the lake during the regatta, which was most certainly appreciated.  I wonder if we could make similar arrangements with the Toronto Harbour Police and Canada Steamship Lines.

Racing on that lake required a few tricks, like clearing your centreboard of the weeds before, or possibly during the race.  At one time there, Alec sailed away from Peter Bassin and myself so fast I think we both couldn’t figure it out.  Until I cleared my centreboard and started moving away from Peter, and I think he must have done the same after me, because he passed me a little later.  With light winds on Saturday and a good blow on Sunday that did get most of the boats planing on the reach to the finish line it was a most enjoyable weekend.  Four boats from Toronto, 151, 283, 720, 649, and two from Kitchener, 421, 800, participated from Canada and got 1st, 2nd and 4th places.  The drive from Toronto via Sarnia can easily be done in four hours, (except when you drive a Volkswagen.)

Around the Island Race – Queen City YC – Sept. 15th:
Thanks to George Wilson for the wonderful idea of hosting the Wayfarers for an Around the Island Race and a following barbecue (most delicious).

A breeze of about 12 miles an hour accompanied 13 boats around the island.  The straight southerly breeze gave opportunity for some tacking manoeuvres through the Eastern Gap that provided us with the kind of racing we don’t get every weekend.  (And thanks for that).  The boats who got out of the gap first built up a nice lead and some boats who used their spinnakers from the caissons to the Western Gap caught up quite a bit.
    1. Mike Schoenborn 276
    2. Harry Jones  720
    3. Don Rumble  634

Tentative Racing Schedule for 1964:
We drew up this list of events for next year and some of the dates still will be confirmed, but here is what’s ahead and the thought of this schedule should cheer you up during snow and slush and hailstorms, and cars that won’t start on cold mornings:

The three last week-ends in May will be in Chicago (ed note: ?????), after Lake Orion, (you can leave your boats in Lake Orion on the way back from Chicago) – and after that, Kitchener (you can leave your boats there on your way back from Lake Orion) – How’s that for planning?  Thanks, Alec Lowenthal, for the idea.
Long week-end of June: Canadian Wayfarer Championships
Long week-end of July: North Bay
Some time in August:  Race from Bronte to Toronto after Regatta on the Sunday
Labour Day Week-end: North American Wayfarer Championships
Some time in September: Around the Island Race with barbecue
                                         Team Races
These are the Wayfarer events besides regular (Al's note: Toronto yacht club) regattas.

October Team Races
10 boats thought a lot of continuing racing, and so Harry and Betty Jones organized a team race at Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club.  10 boats participated, and we made up two teams of 5 boats:

 Team A – 151, 720, 731, 618, 672
 Team B – 276, 283, 606, 116, 649

Team B won.  Thanks to Betty for the nice flags she made and also for a delicious dessert.  (If you are nice, she may give you the recipe.)
This event seems to close the racing season, and certainly not the sailing season.  Next year we may arrange to have Inter Club Team Races, but more about that later.

Some words about the spinnaker:
At the beginning of the season some of our more expert and seasoned Wayfarer skippers seemed to doubt the benefits and advantages of a spinnaker to be used on a Wayfarer.
Fortunately, during this racing season, we had quite a few examples where boats with a spinnaker and good spinnaker handling, and that takes practice, came out several boat lengths ahead on the downwind legs.  It seems to work best in light to medium winds, 7-8, up to 15 miles an hour.  Even in drifters when you just get it barely filled.  If your crew gets really efficient, you might try in stronger winds, possibly up to 20 miles, and only on a straight downwind run.  And a straight downwind run or a very broad reach seem to be the only point of sailing under a spinnaker.  If it gets closer to a beam reach, your genoa is more efficient.  We have tried to fly spinnaker and genoa on a reach, but my personal experience has been that I lost ground on several occasions, although the spinnaker and genoa was full.  If anyone has successful experiences with this I would like to hear it.

Some of the Toronto sailors have an English spinnaker, and some have a chute made by Charlie Smith.  Although the Charlie Smith spinnaker is cut fuller (still measures in) and has broader shoulders, we didn’t seem able to prove that one is more efficient than the other.  However, the smaller Wayfarer spinnaker that was first introduced some years ago was too small and if you should have one try to sell it to a smaller class.

No one has been able to find a good spinnaker fitting for the ends of the pole.  Most of us use a jib snap, but it is not really ideal, and the only fittings available are for Lightnings and seem to weigh a ton.

Don’t try to fly your chute in heavier winds.  We had a most beautiful example of courage and determination to win a race that was displayed by Wes McNutt when he put his chute up in winds 35 to 40 or more, and sailed his boat majestically under the surface of Trout Lake, as Jim Clelland said.  I put mine up at the beginning of the season at winds about 20, with my crew steering, and we jibed accidentally, the sheet slipped, the spinnaker went sky-high into the air, and as a knot was tied to deadman the sheet and guy, it looked like a beautiful balloon up there and over she went, slowly and gracefully.

So it can be fun, and let nobody say that just anybody can crew on a Wayfarer!

P.S. – It is O.K. to get your spinnaker flying and down once in a race, but brother, you try to raise it again on the second time around, or third time, that’s when the fun starts.  So for a concluding remark:  Practice – practice – practice – practice – practice – practice –

Most of the reports in this newsletter are from the Toronto area and Ontario, where most of the Wayfarers are concentrated.  But we most certainly would welcome any contributions from our various Clubs.  This newsletter is open to all of us for our communication and to voice our opinions.

If your wife should ask you:  “Honey, Dear, please tell me, what do you love more, your boat or me?”  And you look into her beautiful eyes and say:  “You, my Dear!”  That’s about the time you’d better think about selling your boat.

Don Rumble was down in Toronto this weekend and he was telling us that there will be 14 Wayfarers or possibly more in North Bay next year.