“THE CANADIAN WAYFARER”
Official publication of the
“Canadian Wayfarer Owners’ Association”.
The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
registered as a class with the
“Canadian Yachting Assoc.”
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,
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
2. Peter Friedenberg
3. Tom Johannsen
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
1. George Blanchard
2. Harry Jones
3. Alec Lowenthal
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
2. George Blanchard
3. Alec Lowenthal
More Regatta Results:
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!
are the standings: (click on word here!)
Lake Orion Wayfarer Weekend Sept.
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
2. Harry Jones
3. Don Rumble
Tentative Racing Schedule for
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
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
Some time in September: Around the
Island Race with barbecue
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
Team A – 151, 720, 731, 618,
Team B – 276, 283, 606, 116,
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.