Official publication of the
The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
So here is March, and the days are getting longer and longer. Slowly, one dares to start thinking about sailing again, and WINDY summer days. However, turn back your thoughts for a moment, as we have some very interesting reports from last year’s sailing activities in North Bay, Ottawa and Kitchener. They certainly make interesting reading.
The Tom Chapman Memorial Trophy for the Wayfarer skipper gaining the most points during the season, sailing in home waters was retained by:
Don Rumble No. 634
71 points, followed by
Dr. H. Bowers, 111, Sheila Milne, 600, and Dr. P. Grose, 417, (New Liskeard) did not appear on the start line (or finish line) sufficiently to gain publishable figures. No. 417 now belongs to lawyer, Bourke Smith. Rumble, Paine, McNutt and Valin had some pretty close and exciting battles. On one occasion, McNutt, Paine and Rumble finished in that order, spinnakers billowing and hulls planing with less than 18 inches between first and third. Like ‘fighters’ in tight formation.
The Great Northern Woods Trophy for the most points gained in Handicap Racing was won by Don Rumble, No. 634, from Don Paine.
The O’Keefe Trophy for the Most Improved (racing) Helmsman during the season, irrespective of class of boat, as selected by the sailing committee, is awarded to Ian McKellar, Wayfarer No. 616. This canny Scot will need watching “verra” closely next season, or he’ll be crossing the line afore ye. (He keeps the stopwatch in his sporran pouch just atop his kilt).
We in Ottawa are mostly new at this sport. In fact, only two of our group of ten at present have completed boats! However, what we lack in experience, we certainly make up for in enthusiasm.
At the beginning of 1963 there was only a single Wayfarer at the Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa. It was sailing in a mixed fleet called the Daysailer Fleet comprising an Enterprise, two Snipes, a Grew Dinghy, an Albacore, a Jolly Boat, a Firefly, an H.R. 20 and various other types of yachts totalling about 15 in all. Through sheer luck, another member of the yacht club managed to charter a Wayfarer for the summer and so our fleet doubles. These two Wayfarers turned out for nearly every race or up-river excursion on Lac Deschênes that was going, and the fine sailing qualities of these boats were quickly noticed by other members of Britannia and Gatineau Sailing Clubs. So much so that towards the end of the season, three members of the Daysailer Fleet were considering buying Wayfarers. Also, towards the end of the summer, another member bought a kit and built his own boat. So we had three boats in our fleet and it looked as though we might have six in the coming season.
Just to make certain that everyone knew we were trying to form a fleet, we decided to call a meeting last October and invited interested people to come along. Imagine our surprise when about a dozen potential skippers attended the meeting and of this dozen, eight entered orders for complete boats, sub-assembled hulls or kits. So next season, we expect to have 10 Wayfarers in Ottawa.
At the time of writing, our three
kit builders are making excellent headway and at the rate they’re going,
they will have their boats ready to launch before the ice is out of the
The big regatta in the Ottawa area is the National Capital Regatta which this year will be on the weekend of July 18th – 19th. There are four races in this event – two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The first three races count for the National Capital Regatta results while the fourth race, on Sunday afternoon, is a special event called the D.P. Kirby Trophy with an unusual course. To date, there has not been a separate start for Wayfarers but there’s always a first time! Why not mark down the date on your calendar now and also send a note to:
Douglas Arrol, Apt. 415, 200 Rideau Terrace, Ottawa 2, Ontario
saying you would like to enter. We will get busy and make the arrangements when we know roughly how many people we can count on. Everyone who writes will be advised of the details well in advance.
We’ll be looking for you on the Starting Line.
Britannia YC and Gatineau SC Wayfarer Sailors, Ottawa.KITCHENER
The five Wayfarers did surprisingly well against the more experienced skippers of the other classes. Albacores, Albatrosses (Al's note: I believe the Albatross was to the Albacore what the CL is to the Wayfarer), Thistles, Enterprises and Wayfarers all race together for the same club trophy, only the Thistle gets a 5% handicap. Here is the final standing of the three best Wayfarer skippers by the end of the season:
Third: Peter Bassin
But the 5 Wayfarers had the most fun racing for the Croce and Lofthouse Cup. Until the middle of September, the top of the standings were still changing. In the last two races, the spinnaker and the handling of it by Mrs Bassin (Maggie) won the Cup for Peter. Incidentally, he is the only one till now in the club with a spinnaker. Here is the standing:
1. Peter Bassin
4. Ray Gibney
Some of the Wayfarer skippers will
be serving on the Board of Directors at the Conestoga Sailing Club:
Alan Chovil, Bill Vandermay and Bob Clair. The major event for Wayfarers
will be here on June 6th and 7th, 1964. Three races on the Saturday,
and two on Sunday!
Here is a letter from a Wayfarer
skipper, James L. Lane, from Seattle, Wayfarer #788:
REPORT FROM THE MEASURER
Protection of One-Design: … but intentional deviation from the design or exploitation of the tolerances is prohibited.
The reason for this statement at this time is that one of our better sailors raced his boat with a slight alteration to the centreboard. This alteration gave the centreboard more forward angle and is supposed to make the boat point better to windward. However, this is debatable and there are various views about the effectiveness. However, to clear up the point of changes to the design of the boat once and for all, we enclose here for everybody’s benefit, a letter received from Mr Pollard of the U.K. Association:
Quite clearly, your member who has made the alteration to his centreboard has, by doing so, put his boat ‘out of class’. In the preparation of rules and measurement forms, it is virtually impossible to tie up every angle to a common basis of understanding, but this infringement and similar exercises are catered for in the measurement and construction rules (see statement above). Whilst obviously a keen racer wishes to tune his boat to obtain maximum performance, there can be no advantage to the Class as a whole if individuals are going to ‘drive a horse and cart’ through the rules.
We can only say that as an Association, we wholeheartedly endorse Mr Pollard’s letter and hope that the above will clarify this question for all of us.
During the course of measuring boats last summer, it was found that one particular dimension exceeded the maximum of so many boats that we felt we were misinterpreting it. However, a letter to Mr Pollard has verified that our interpretation was right and the dimension was indeed over the maximum allowed. The rule 27e: Black band (inner edge) to aft edge of mast (when assembled on gooseneck) is not to exceed 9’11”. Part of the fault, lies with Small Craft and they are taking steps to accurately position the band in the future. For our part, we had better all check our booms for this season.
A request was received for clarification of rule 27a: Maximum internal dimension of transparent panels and we would like to pass along the Committee’s interpretation for those who may be contemplating windows. The actual shape of the panel is left to the individual skipper, provided no internal dimensions, regardless of the direction taken exceeds 18”. Thus, an 18” diameter circular window would have an area of 254.5 square inches and a square with a diagonal dimension of 18” would have sides appr. 12¾” and would have an area of appr. 162.75 square inches.
If any skipper who has sent in requests for measuring last year and has not been contacted by Bob Thompson: during a sudden squall on Lake Ontario last summer, his Wayfarer capsized and all requests were lost overboard. For those who would like their boats measured, please send a note to:
Bob Thompson, 36 Lincome Drive,
Thornhill, Ontario, R.R. #1
The following article was sent to the Editor but we still don’t know the sender. However, thanks!
I AM A CREW BUG…….
-- saying this and thinking of nice
sailing in a breeze – with sunshine – bikini –
But how about sailing in a wind gusting
up to 2½ miles per hour in beating
Paul Henderson of the RCYC who races a Flying Dutchman, and we hope will represent Canada at the Olympics this year, will give us an informal talk on sailing techniques, and maybe even some of his secrets – on MARCH 20th, which is a Friday, at 8 p.m. at the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club.
This should be a very interesting
discussion, and please bring a good assortment of questions!
FOR SALE: One Wayfarer genoa
jib, made by Charlie Smith. Used about ten times, $55.00
Please mail your 1964 membership
dues to the Secretary.