Official publication of the
DECEMBER IS NATIONAL WAYFARER MONTH!!!
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 …
KITCHENER FLEET REPORT - by Peter Bassin
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. 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.
1964 REPORT OF THE NORTH BAY WAYFARER FLEET by Don Rumble, Captain
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 –
Dr H. Bower’s W111 was sold to Dr Harold Wallace.
The “Points” position for the season is thus:
Wednesday Evening Races – Often these were drifting matches (how
about navigation lights!). Of 10 races, the best 6 are taken:
Trophies – Dr Don Paine takes the Tom Chapman Memorial Trophy.
The only names on the trophy are Paine (now three times) and Don Rumble
WAYFARER NATIONAL CRUISE RACE, North Bay, August 1, 2 & 3, 1964
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
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.
TIPS FROM THE TOP
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
(2) Main & Jib Halliards
(3) Shroud Wires & Spreader Tubes
(4) Main Spar or Mast and Boom
(5) Rudder & Centreboard
(6) Chain Plates & Nose Forestay Bracket
(7) Boom Vang and Sheets
(8) Re-finishing of Hull
(9) Hatch Covers
(10) Sails & Spinnaker
(11) Spinnaker Pole
(12) Boat Storage
(13) Self Bailers
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).
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.
... 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:
WAYFARER APPROVAL AT LAST!
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.
Click here to view list of proposed changes and rationale!