MARCH 1964

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.:  George Blanchard
Measurer:  Bob Thompson 
Imm. Past Chairman:  Mr. W. Cavill
Publicity:  George Wilson
Secretary:  Tom Johannsen, 2531 Lakeshore Blvd West,  Apt. 302, Toronto 14, Ontario

 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.

At North Bay the Wayfarers race on Saturdays, Sundays and sometimes Wednesday evenings each week from early June (HARD ALEE, Skipper! Icebergs!) until late September.  On the Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings it is handicap racing – anything with a sail and a centreboard can start as long as the boat has a “Portsmouth Harbour Rating”.  There are three 14-foot Internationals, a 16-foot Grew, 5 Snipes and other dinghies, and 2 Lightnings.
On Sunday it is Class Boat racing – when any 14-foot Internationals present start 5 minutes ahead of the Wayfarers, followed by the few Snipes in Trout Lake.  The usual course is about 7 miles around.

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 Don Paine  112  64½
 Wes McNutt  601  41
 Geo. Valin  159  38½
 Ian McKellar  616  24
 Ilse Kleimaker  141  13½

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).

Ahoy there, Canadian Wayfarers!  OTTAWA Wayfarer sailors hailing you – may we come aboard?

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 Ottawa.
We hope to have some competitors from our fleet in the St. Lawrence Valley Y.R.A. Regatta at Brockville June 27th – 28th and at the Canadian Wayfarer Championships.  We are looking forward to meeting sailors from other fleets at these events.

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.
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
  Fourth:   B. Vandermay
  Fifth:  A. Chovil

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
  2. Bill Vandermay           5. Bob Clair
  3. Alan Chovil

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:
The week after the boat arrived I scheduled some vacation time and trailed it to Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The lake is in the northern, or Panhandle area of the State, approx. 350 miles from Seattle.  We competed in four light weather races against Stars, Flying Dutchmen, Thistles and OK Dinghies.  In the handicap corrected results, we had two firsts, a second and a fourth.  Uncorrected, we were within six seconds behind the Flying Dutchmen in two races.  These results are indicative of poor FD skippering and luck rather than good or superior helmsmanship in the Wayfarer.  The important point however, is that it raised eyebrows and prompted several enquiries.  I joined the Corinthian Yacht Club in Seattle, the most active yacht club in the area.  Each Tuesday and Wednesday night, they start a class race every 5 minutes from 6 to 7 o’clock.  Between 100 and 200 boats are racing at the same time.  Combine this with additional fleet races on other weekday nights, a three to four race weekend and a schedule that runs from March 10th to December 15th, you indeed have an active yacht club!!!!!!

We would like to draw everyone’s attention to a situation that crops up regularly.  That is the natural desire of many skippers for more speed.  The committees through the years have always agreed that this is a fine idea provided that the increase in speed comes from improved helmsmanship rather than from changes to the boat.  The Wayfarer isn’t a racing machine nor could it be made into one even if we wanted to.  Her character lies in her versatility.  The strength of the Class has increased through the years because the various committees have kept a tight control over the rules in an effort to keep the fleet as evenly matched as possible.  Any alteration which would have been an affront to the spirit of the design has always been rejected and we hope always will be.  It is in this respect that we would like to print in full, the rule to which we must refer for guidance and authority in this matter:

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!

  “He has a girl as a crew ---
  THEY must have a fine time!!”

-- saying this and thinking of nice sailing in a breeze – with sunshine – bikini –
   swimming and sunbathing – or – sailing in moonlight ------- and dreaming

But how about sailing in a wind gusting up to 2½ miles per hour in beating
SUNSHINE – simmering slowly but steadily till the last moisture is taken off the skin.
 (this goes on for a whole page – original available for your reference)

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
  Art Earl – EM. 4-5845

Please mail your 1964 membership dues to the Secretary.
It’s $2.50 and it will keep your Association strong so it can provide better services for you!