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

Chairman:   George Blanchard 
Hon. Treas.:  Dr Laurie Oxenham
Measurer:  John Woolsey 
Imm. Past Chairman:  Jim Clelland
Secretary:  Tom Johannsen, 2531 Lakeshore Blvd W.,  Toronto 14, On-tario
Publicity:  Al Schoenborn, 13 Ojibway Ave., Toronto 2, Ont.

Fleet Representatives:
Ottawa -  Peter Jefferson
North Bay -  Don Paine
Kitchener -  Peter Bassin

… tooth decay month, automobile insurance week, x more days ‘til Christmas, etc.  The Wayfarer was recently declared fit for children, so all youngsters take note, and when you are on Santa’s knee in your neighbourhood department store, ask him for a Wayfarer for Christmas.

Season’s greetings to all Wayfarers everywhere from the executive of the C.W.O.A. which hopes that you will have a prosperous and healthful New Year, filled with increased participation in Wayfarer events in the year 1965 (which by the way is being observed as World Wayfarer year by this publication).

Now back to Peter Bassin and sanity …

The active sailing season is over after an exciting summer.  Our Wayfarer class gained greatly in popularity due to our Wayfarer Regatta.  We Conestoga Sailing Club Wayfarer owners decided, after having participated in the first Lake Orion Regatta last fall, to stage something similar.  We came together soon after New Year’s and started to draw up plans.  It was hard for us since we were a new club and lacked experience.  Anyhow, the meetings were fun, and April came and we were ready.  It was only a few days before the event, and we had only a few answers, so R. Gibney (W-766) sent out one of his specials (peanuts!) to most of the enthusiastic Wayfarer sailors.  The response was terrific.  By Saturday morning, we had almost as many boats as they had at the North American Wayfarer championships the year before.  Nine boats came from the U.S.A. (Detroit, Cleveland, Lake Orion).  Many came on Friday and camped out on the club lawn.  They had a great time throughout the night, greeting the late-comers and helping them with their tents, and helping to put them to sleep.  (ed.  note: ?)

All the important names were there, N.A.W. champ, the Canadian champ, the USA champ and the secretary of the C.W.O.A. plus the local TV and newspaper reporters were present.  Everything went OK, from the pigtails and sauerkraut dinner to the beautiful Waterloo County weather.  What surprised us landlubbers most, was how about five heavy weather sailors from Toronto and elsewhere dumped.  The Great Lakes sailors got a bit confused by the shifting winds on those particular days.  The lack of a true spinnaker leg was another factor that so few of the big names were at the top of the final standings.  (ed. note:  don’t let Peter kid you.  He’s one of the best as far as spinnakers go in Wayfarers.)  For complete results, see One-Design Yachtsman, Sept. 64, p. 28.  Bob Clair surprised us by winning the heavy weather race and placing fifth overall.  Anyway, the C.S.C. Wayfarer owners had their moment of glory – all six raced and FIVE of them placed in the first eight in the final standing, including first and second.  Must be some kind of record. 

We want, once more, to thank everybody who came and made such an enjoyable weekend possible.

During the season, we raced here for the big champ trophy which goes to the winner at the end of the C.S.C. racing season.  Every Sunday, from May to September, there is a race at 2.30 p.m. which counts for the final standing.  All classes start together and race the same course.  For the first few weeks, the Portsmouth Handicap system was used but it was later changed, giving our main rivals (Albacores) a time allowance on we Wayfarers.  After that, a Wayfarer won only twice.  PIPPA was able to maintain the lead, which she held during most of the summer, by a point, although she was away racing in Toronto, Ottawa, etc., over Bill Vandermay’s PAMPUS (W-763) and two Albacores which were tops in the 22-boat fleet.  Alan Chovil did very well when he raced, but did not finish high up, having missed too many races (long holidays!) as did B. Clair and R. Gibney.

After a long battle, the standing for the Croce and Lofthouse Cup ended like this:

P. Bassin (PIPPA)
B. Vandermay (PAMPUS)
A. Chovil (CAPRICE)

B. Clair, R. Gibney and B. Thompson were not there sufficiently on the starting (or finishing) line to gain publishable results.  The prizes were awarded at the C.S.C. gala party, held Nov. 20 at the Coronet Hotel.

Our Alan Chovil was the only Wayfarer from Canada at the Put-in-Bay Regatta in Cleveland.  He won one race and had a DNF in the other, good for an overall fifth place.

In spite of the generally poor weather throughout the summer, the North Bay Wayfarer Fleet managed to sail some 30 races on Trout Lake, with the first race on the 17th June.
Sunday afternoon is known here as Wayfarer day because, out of the 13 boats of the Fleet, usually 10 or 12 start across the line.  Saturday afternoons the skippers hand their helms over to the Juniors.  Richard Paine, aged 8, sailing 112, and Scott Holloway, aged 14, sailing his dad’s 851, are showing great promise as sailors, experiencing hard blows as well as fluky calms, when patience and touch count – great education for youngsters.  Racing on Wednesday evenings is not for all the owners because of their work-a-day commitments.  In consequence, the points awarded for the season are separated Sundays from Wednesdays.

The Cruise Race was held on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of August, with 19 Wayfarers competing, and was enjoyed by all even though everyone got soaked by rain on the first day.  Luckily the Sunday and Monday brought excellent sailing in stiff SE winds with bright skies, allowing the full programme of 4 races to be completed.  Peter Bassin and wife (421), Kitchener, sailed away with the cruise trophy and maximum points prize.  Last year’s total winner, Don Rumble (634), handed over the trophy to Peter.  Harold Jones and wife (720), Toronto, came second, having dead-heated with Peter Bassin in the final race.  Third place was taken by Ken Holloway (851), North Bay.

Jamie Wallace, son of Dr Gerald Wallace (861), attended the C.Y.A. course at the Royal St. Lawrence YC and returned home enthralled with its excellence.  Don Rumble (634) was honoured with the Flag Officer rank of Honorary Commodore of the C.W.O.A.

Four new boats joined our Fleet this summer – 
851: Ken Holloway 
861: Dr Gerald Wallace,
860: Paul Birnie
857: Wing Commander Phil Tripe D.F.C., C.D. 

Dr H. Bower’s W111 was sold to Dr Harold Wallace.

The “Points” position for the season is thus:
Sunday racing – Of the 15 Sunday races, the “Best points of up to 10 races” are aggregated:
 1st:  Dr Donald Paine (W112) 
 2nd:  Wes McNutt (W601)
 3rd: Ken Holloway (W851)
 4th: W634 mostly sailed by Dr Paul Grose because of Don Rumble’s medical operation
 5th: Ken Valin (W159)
 6th: Phil Tripe (W857)
 7th: Ian McKellar (W616)
 8th: Dr Gerald Wallace (W861), sailed by son, Jamie
 9th: Bourke Smith (W417)
10th: Mrs Ilse Kleimaker (W141)
11th: Paul Birnie (W860)
12th: Dr Harold Wallace (W111) joined late in the season, sailed by son, Tim
Sheila Milne (W600), being a medical student, could not race this season.

Wednesday Evening Races – Often these were drifting matches (how about navigation lights!).  Of 10 races, the best 6 are taken:
 1st: Dr Don Paine
 2nd: Phil Tripe
 3rd: Ken Holloway (mostly sailed by son, Scott)
 4th: Paul Birnie
 5th: W634 (various helmsmen)
 6th: Ian McKellar
Ilse Kleimaker and George Valin started a few times but did not finish owing to light breeze and nightfall when a long way from moorings.

Trophies – Dr Don Paine takes the Tom Chapman Memorial Trophy.  The only names on the trophy are Paine (now three times) and Don Rumble (twice).
The O’Keefe Trophy – (Yes, you’ve guessed right – the ale) for the most improved helmsman during 1964 – open to all ages of either sex, to Jamie Wallace, age 16.

WAYFARER NATIONAL CRUISE RACE, North Bay, August 1, 2 & 3, 1964
by Don Rumble

For the Croce Trophy and series races for points.  Sailed under the burgee of the North Bay YC on the waters of Trout Lake (Highways 63 & 17), North Bay, Ont.

The Long Distance Cruise Race was scheduled for Saturday, August 1st with the start for 11.00 hours.  However, contrary to the forecast, the weather was dreadful, with pouring rain and very light variable winds from the NE.  The Race Officers postponed this race, with appropriate signals, until Sunday, August 2nd, hoping for a change in the weather. 

The nineteen Wayfarers and crews, already wet, were sent off on a four-mile triangle course, sailing one of the series actually due for Sunday, August 2nd.  The race was won by Jim Clelland of  Toronto in 618 gaining 18 points, followed by Ken Holloway of North Bay in 851 getting 16½ points.  Third was Ralph Jamieson of London in 621 gaining 15½ points.

On Sunday, August 2nd, to compensate for the foul weather of the previous day, the conditions finally gave the sailors excellent sailing for the Long Distance Course of approximately 15½ miles – sailing well over 20 miles actual, with a beat to windward of some 4 miles, battling an East by North stiffening breeze up to 20 miles per hour on the run, with the sun shining and quite choppy weather.  Those with colour film in their cameras could get some magnificent shots of 19 Wayfarers with multi-coloured spinnakers and white bow waves.

Peter Bassin in 421 came in first, thereby winning the Croce Trophy and gaining 19 points, followed very closely by Harry Jones of Toronto in 720 (17½ points).  Ian McKellar of North Bay in 616 took 3rd place (16½ points).  Tom Johannsen, Toronto, in 649, and George Valin of North Bay in 159 touched buoys and withdrew.  All crews voted the sailing was terrific.

Monday, August 3rd was originally scheduled for one 7-miles triangle course.  However, at 09.30 hours, there was a steady 15/20 east wind, so the race officers decided to get two races going within the remaining time as planned.

Race 1 – A 4½-mile triangle course was sailed in fine conditions and quite rough water.  Peter Bassin again worked his way through the fleet, closely followed by Harry Jones.  Both these competitors are a husband and wife team.  George Blanchard of Toronto Sailing Club, with his son as crew, took 3rd place in 283.

After a 30-minute rest, skippers and crews sailed to the start line for
Race 2 – approximately 7 miles to finish at the west end of Trout Lake at Crawford’s Marina.  An exciting finish with dead heat between Bassin and Harry Jones was a fitting end to the series.  Fred McNutt, sailing No. 601 of North Bay, took third place.  The remaining Wayfarers were very close to the sterns of the leaders and made an attractive picture.

On the social side, there was a get-together at Ken Valin’s lovely summer home on the lake on Sunday evening, where everyone shared good spirits.  A hot roast beef dinner on Saturday night, a nice cold table on Sunday evening, a fingerlicking chicken meal on Monday at 1.00 p.m. just after the final race, all at Hill Crawford’s Marina, where the prize giving took place.  The Deerland Motel on Dugas Bay, hosts Mr and Mrs Dugas, appeared to be appreciated by all, especially when raining.


Wayfarer Servicing Tips by George Blanchard (#1 in a series)

Sailboats, like cars, need constant servicing to keep them in top condition.  Following are some major suggestions for Wayfarer owners to carry out in order to minimize problems during the racing season:

(1) Main Mast Shroud Wire Attachment Fittings
Old type saddle plate held by a copper rivet and woodscrew should be carefully checked to ensure that the rivet is tight.  Usually the woodscrew comes loose and holes should be re-plugged and screws re-installed.  If the rivet has been bent down, resulting in the main hole being badly elongated, then re-drilling an over-size hole and re-plugging should be done.  Replacing rivet with a stainless steel bolt & nut is then recommended in lieu of copper rivet.  New design saddle bracket only requires checking for slackness and bolt re-tightened.  If hole is pulled down badly, then re-bushing or plugging of existing hole is necessary before re-installing the original bolt.

(2) Main & Jib Halliards
The halliards running up through the hollow mast should be pulled out for checking for wear, especially at the spliced area of the cable and rope.  To remove, attach a strong twine to end of halliards.  Remove top & lower pulleys carefully and pull out cable assembly.  Reverse procedure re-installation.

(3) Shroud Wires & Spreader Tubes
Special check should be made of the forestay wire turnbarrel fork ends.  These get badly abused when boats are being docked.  In addition, many owners use the forestay wire to hold boats at docks, etc.  This causes the forks to be continually bent, and eventually they break without warning, and down comes the mast.  Port and starboard shroud wires should also be checked for damage, including spreader tubes.  Tighten screws in traveller track on rear of transom.

(4) Main Spar or Mast and Boom
Re-varnishing should be done each season if necessary to protect the spar from weather.  Many owners load up the sail luff groove with excessive varnish, and find difficulty in hoisting up the mainsail.  It is better to use a very thin preserver or thinned out varnish, just to add protection without clogging up the luff groove, prior to re-finishing the mast proper or boom.  Sail track on mast and boom fittings should be checked and screws tightened up.  The older design Wayfarer boom has a long woodscrew holding the pulley block swivel plate through the end saddle bracket into the boom.  This screw works loose, especially in heavy weather sailing.  Therefore, the hole should be re-plugged and the screw re-installed.  Alternatively, a rivet or bolt fitted through the saddle and swivel plates, same as latest design Wayfarer is a more practical solution.

(5) Rudder & Centreboard
It is advisable to remove rudder and centreboard blades and check for cracking and elongation of pivot holes.  Small cracks can be re-glued up satisfactorily.  Leading edge dents and damage can be repaired with fillers or spliced section if necessary, before blades are re-finished. Elongated holes can be opened oversize and stainless steel bushings inserted maintaining the original pivot bolt diameters.  Rudder shock and at-taching cord should be checked for deterioration and wear, and replaced if necessary. Check tiller and extension for cracks and repair or replace.  Re-tighten hinge bracket screws.  On re-installing the rudder or centreboard blades, pivot bolts over tightened will cause unnecessary pressure resulting in damage to well sides or rudder blade pivot assembly.

(6) Chain Plates & Nose Forestay Bracket
Check that bolts and woodscrews attaching chain plates and forestay brackets are snug.

(7) Boom Vang and Sheets
Replace worn sheet lines and boom vang cable line if necessary to avoid breakdown in middle of racing season.

(8) Re-finishing of Hull
The factory finish on the Wayfarer is tops and should give the owner at least two full seasons.  Keeping the boat covered during the hot weather helps to protect the decks. Any abuse to hull finish such as gouges, etc., should be filled with good quality fillers and touched up.  Re-finishing of hull requires water sanding and re-painting when necessary to keep the boat in top shape.

(9) Hatch Covers
It is advisable to replace the rubber seal around the fore and rear covers at least every two seasons to maintain a watertight front and rear compartment.

(10) Sails & Spinnaker
Check for broken stitching especially around the batten pockets and any excessive wear along the luff and foot of main sail.  Check jib snaps to ensure that they are serviceable and attach securely to the luff of the sail.  Battens should be checked for splits or cracks and replaced.  Spinnaker sheet lines should be looked at for wear and replaced if necessary.

(11) Spinnaker Pole
The hook design pole supplied with the boat is not too practical. When the downhaul is hooked on there is always the possibility of the hook jumping out of the mast bracket and flying back towards the sail or crew, which is considered dangerous. Many owners have replaced these hooks with suitable fittings which snap onto the mast bracket and around guy line.

(12) Boat Storage
It is important to remove the two hatch covers prior to storing the boat regardless if you use outside storage with a suitable tarp covering or inside storage. When your boat is completely covered over it is advisable to leave an opening at transom area for circulation of air to avoid boat becoming damaged from excessive climate changes.

(13) Self Bailers
Check that the bailers have not been damaged, replace seals or parts if necessary.

I do hope that owners will find some use of the suggestions as submitted helpful. There are many other minor items which should be gone over but the main ones outlined here are most important.

We are very pleased to receive from Henry Croce and Ken Lofthouse the following report for Publication to all Wayfarer owners:

We wish to advise that the businesses of Small Craft of Southampton Ltd. and Blue Hulls Ltd. have been merged.  There will, however, be no change in the “Wayfarer” and other designs handled by Croce & Lofthouse Sailcraft Ltd., i.e. design and/or quality of workmanship and finish, and the designs will be pro-moted by Croce & Lofthouse as in the past.

No decision has yet been reached regarding a “Wayfarer” in fibreglass.

Respectfully submitted by Croce & Lofthouse Sailcraft Ltd.

As of to date following trophies have been donated by Croce & Lofthouse to various clubs and fleets for Wayfarer class racing competition:

(a) Wayfarer Cruise Race Trophy (All Wayfarers).
(b) QCYC Trophy Plate                            “
(c) LSSA Trophy                                        “
(d) TS & CC Club competition trophy
(e) Kitchener Club competition trophy
(f) RCYC Club competition trophy
(g) SLVYRA Trophy  (All Wayfarers)
(h) Detroit Club competition (Fleet 2)
(i) Cleveland Club competition (Fleet 3)
(j) U.S. National Championship trophy
(k) Canadian, North American & US keeper trophies

Any Club or Fleet requiring a trophy for annual sailing competition should write to Henry & Ken who will be most pleased to assist them.

During 1963-64 season Croce & Lofthouse donated $40.03 towards the Canadian Wayfarer Racing Program plus $90.O0 for new owners’ membership fees to the CWOA which is appreciated by the Executive Board.

Of the total Wayfarers sold to date in North America only 1/7 are active in class racing.  Every effort should be made to encourage new members to join the many fine local clubs or fleets in order to enjoy and participate in the sport of racing. (ed. note:  Amen!)

Pieces of grapevine and otherwise...

.....A letter which George Blanchard received recently from John Reulbach (W-603) of Cleveland exemplifies the trials and tribulations which Wayfarer sailors have undergone without once being dampened in their enthusiasm.  John had left a camera behind at the North American championships, had written to George to ask about it, and luckily, George did have the camera. He received the following thank-you note:

Dear George: Thank you for the note that you found my camera! I thought it was gone for sure... You know that trip sure ended up costing me a few dollars! I thought the camera was taken from my car when we stopped to eat - and only sent you a note on a long shot - I had to have a camera a little later and so bought a new one. Also on the way back my trailer wheel went bad and I had to leave my boat at Silvercreek, N.Y. - the trailer could not be fixed so I had to buy a new one - seems things come in pairs! Please thank the rest of the Wayfarers for me for the “fine” trophy (red one) ed. note: authentic plastic Wayfarer head presented to the boat which completed the list of finishers in each race) sent to me for my great finish in the first race! Thanks again, George, for all you have done.  See you next year! ... Jack.

... Word has come from Cttawa about a new Wayfarer man. Don Davidson has bought Ben Rusi’s W-826. Welcome to the class, Don, and stick with W-827.  Ben Rusi will also still be with us in W-614.

... Don Mason (W-95) reports that enthusiasm is high in Port Colborne on the south shore of Lake Ontario where the three-boat contingent of Fred Hulke, David Cromarty and Don Mason hopes to be doubled by next summer and give us a fifth fleet to add to Kitchener, North Bay, Ottawa and Toronto.  Don feels that facilities at the Colonial Yacht Harbour are excellent and prospects of an additional Wayfarer event at Port Colborne next summer are good.  In their racing this year, Fred Hulke took top honours and also turned out to represent his fleet at the North Americans this fall.


Snoopy (W116) captured in September '64 exiting the Eastern Gap - see story below. Left to right: Uncle Al, Wendy Thomas (?) and Roy Coleman. Small Craft Warnings had caused our home club, the Queen City YC to cancel our Annual Regatta. Since we had been looking forward to this major event all year, we decided to sail around the island in company with Al's brother Mike (W276). It's hard to tell in this photo taken from the very wet end of the Eastern Gap, but the waves were 12' high and when Mike was one wave over from us and both boats were in a trough, we couldn't see even the tip of Mike's mast!
Note the following: ugly painted deck but Al was the first to strip the paint off a Wayfarer transom and discover the beautifully grained mahogany underneath and varnich it; wooden spars; transom sheeting for the main; jib sheet tracks on deck for sheeting jib outside the shrouds; spi sheets rigged - just in case... and now that I think of it, we didn't spring for through-deck spi sheet blocks aft - we had cheap nylon hooks which didn't actually break by being chafed through until we were winning a race at a North Americans in Windsor!!
… a personal note in this tribute to Wayfarer people:  At the Queen City Yacht Club regatta, Sept. 19 of this year, six Wayfarer sailors from that club including yours truly, were spared hours of hard work and probable cases of pneumonia due to the kind and thoughtful efforts of two Wayfarer ladies. When the races were cancelled for the day, Mike and Al Schoenborn and crews decided to prove the toughness of a Wayfarer by going around the island with the keelboats in l0-foot waves and a 30-50 m.p.h. wind. Everything went fine, though wet, until Mike broke his rudder, off Hanlan’s Point. Mike managed to limp into Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club using a paddle to steer while Al came along to make sure he was all right. We got to TS & CC “sans” dollies and cold and wet. Along came Mrs Harry Jones and Mrs Peter Bassin to the rescue.  In minutes the boats were hauled out of the water and given a spot to stay for the time being.  Although we were not fit to sit on dry seats, we were whisked into their cars and off to the QCYC club tender which got us home less than half an hour later. Thanks again, girls! (Uncle Al's note: eek! how politically incorrect I was in those days!!)

...  Grant Richardson from Ottawa pointed out to me the market for used Wayfarers, and suggested we run a column in which all Wayfarers who wish to sell their boats can advertise, and prospective buyers can also be listed.  This was previously a feature of the Newsletter and will become so again.  All notices may be sent to: Al Schoenborn, 13 Ojibway Ave., Toronto 2, Ont.

... Response from fleet representatives was good: only Ottawa has yet to be heard from.  Come on, Peter.

... good old Jim Clelland (W-618) is on hand again with an item of interest, which he clipped from “YACHTS & YACHTING” of Oct. 16th, 1964:

Considering what one particular Wayfarer has done in the way of  far-faring - Frank Dye’s Wanderer - the R.Y.A. have been rather less than reckless in granting the class ‘approved status’ in these categories:  sailing or racing on sheltered coastal and inland waters; suitability for children, instruction and day sailing!

Quoth James: “Just how cautious can these Limeys get?”

The Canadian Wayfarer Executive request the members of the CWOA and American Wayfarer Association Executive and members, to review the attached list of changes being made by owners to the basic design Wayfarer Dinghy.  The Canadian Executive Board would like each owner to return this form to: 

Al Schoenborn, 13 Ojibway Ave., Toronto 2, Ont. 

with their comments and decision against each item listed.  USA fleets should carry out the same survey and advise the Canadian Association of their members’ decision.  This will enable both Associations to assess the full results and release to all members the final decision regarding what changes are permissible to the Wayfarer class dinghy.  Any further suggestions or comments would be appreciated by the CWOA executive.

The Canadian Wayfarer Owners' Association Executive Board have agreed that the CWOA measurement specification and rules be amended to include the following requirements:

(a) Specify a fixed dimension for centreboard pivot hole and distance from transom to forward face of centreboard blade when in full down position.
(b) Specify a fixed dimension for rudder blade angle when in full down position.
(c) Replacement of centreboard or rudder blades must be to the original design specification.
(d) Any intentional adjustment of standing rigging after the preparatory signal is not permissible.

Click here to view list of proposed changes and rationale!