The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
Registered as a Class with the Canadian
Yachting Association



Hon. Commodore: Don Rumble
Chairman: George Blanchard
Hon. Treasurer: Dr. Laurie Oxenham
Measurer: John Woolsey
Imm. Past Chairman: Jim Clelland
Secretary: Tom Johannsen, 2531 Lakeshore Blvd W., Toronto 14, Ont.
Publicity: Al Schoenborn, 13 Ojibway, Toronto 2, Ont.

Fleet Representatives:
Kitchener: Peter Bassin, 38 Troy St., Kitchener, Ont.
North Bay: Dr. Don Paine, R.R. #3, North Bay, Ont.
Ottawa: Peter Jefferson, 175 Bronson Ave, #1110, Ottawa, Ont.

A Time Of  Trial
Like a typical adolescent, we, the Wayfarer classes are experiencing the problems and conflicts that are a part of growing to maturity.

It is in the class rules and their interpretation that many of the conflicts lie. As a step towards obtaining a uniform and definitive set of rules for all North American Wayfarers, all members of the class were asked to express their views on contentious matters in a mailed ballot.  The unofficial results of this vote appear in this Newsletter.  No decision was unanimous, which means that there will be some dissatisfaction with each of the adopted measures.
It is to those of our fellow Wayfarers who are in some disagreement over the results of the vote, that we, as representatives of the class, appeal to bear with us and to conform to the decisions made by the popular vote for the sake of keeping up the strength of our class through unity.

If a serious grievance with one of the present rules does arise, it will be a tribute to the maturity of the class if such a matter is brought constitutionally before the executive and thence before the membership in general for consideration. One such instance has already come up and its details follow...

Ottawa and The Centre Mainsheet Arrangement
About a year ago, Wayfarers in Ottawa began to dispense with the regular mainsheet arrangement of the Wayfarer, which runs from the transom track to the end of the boom. Instead, the entire arrangement was moved forward to run from the back of the centreboard trunk to the middle of the boom.

After a considerable controversy over the legality of such a rig, the matter was put before the membership, which voted to ban the idea.  Understandably, the Ottawa boats were rather unhappy at the decision and there was considerable grumbling.

Matters stood this way when I had the pleasant occasion to converse with Ottawa’s Ben Rusi on the subject, at the Canadian Championships, which were held Aug. 7-8 in Toronto. While conceding that, if we are to prevent anarchy in the class, there must be conformity to the rules, he still maintained that the idea of the centre mainsheet had not been examined carefully enough.  Having heard Ben out, I was convinced that he was quite possibly right about the desirability of such a change in the mainsheet arrangement.  These are his views:

i) running rigging is not covered by the rule forbidding basic design changes
ii) a very simple set-up is possible in order to convert to the centre mainsheet arrangement.  Therefore expense and trouble may be kept to a minimum
iii) snarling of mainsheet on the transom corners would be eliminated, thus saving expense, increasing safety, convenience and efficiency
iv) roller-reefing may be retained by use of a claw
v) racing efficiency is increased by flatter sail in a blow

Tom Johannsen, on the other hand, brings out the following sobering thoughts:
There has been considerable discussion among some Wayfarer owners within the past few weeks about one of the class rules.  The rule in question is the location of the centre mainsheet arrangement.  Some of our members have stated that moving the entire mainsheet arrangement into the centre of the boat makes the boat easier to handle in heavy weather. The reason given for this was that this would come under running rigging, which should be left to the individual owner.

Moving the mainsheet arrangement into the centre does make the boat easier to handle in heavy weather.  However, this departs very strongly from the one-design principle of the class.  A centre mainsheet arrangement will make it possible to install the following things: a centre track for setting the mainsail according to the wind (which is now possible with the transom rig), a bending mast and boom, a different spreader arrangement, and a differently cut sail.  This would involve considerable expense, and would certainly make the boat a little faster.  However, this is not the aim of the class, which is to maintain racing on even terms, and at the same time provide a boat which is suitable for family and day sailing.  For this reason, the rule states that the mainsheet should be run off the transom.  However, you may run the mainsheet along the boom into the centre of the boat, provided there is a double purchase still on the transom.

The North American Championships
There is no need to do much explaining about this, the highlight of the Wayfarer racing and social season. We expect this year to finally crack that magic 50-boat mark with over 25 boats expected to participate from both the U.S. and Canada.  Toronto will again host the series with George Blanchard’s Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club boys doing the honors.

Further information about this three-day Wayfarer spectacular, to be held Sept. 4-6, has been sent out by Tom Johannsen...(ed. note: I am starting to daydream...I see Wayfarers arriving from California with surfboards....with ‘wind’ from ‘the Windy City’.... with Fred Lewis from Lake Orion....with pigs feet and peanuts from Kitchener....with W95, the oldest of them all, from Welland ...with our Honorary Commodore [I thought those guys were always retired old sailors who simply sat at the Yacht Club and quaffed beer – they’re not supposed to keep on racing and winning all the time!!!] from North Bay... with upright masts on trailers along the Gardiner Expressway from Hamilton.....perhaps with boats even, from Kingston and Baie-d’Urfé....The rest of us nondescript, undistinguished, run-of-the-mill Wayfarers from Cleveland, Detroit and Toronto [sorry, George Blanchard!!!] will also be there with our extraordinarily good crews and boats. Anyway, we want you to be there, for sure, eh????).

Peter, Maggie and Pippa Take '65 Canadians
Peter and Maggie Bassin finally did the inevitable, winning the 1965 Canadian Wayfarer Championship at Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club, August 7-8.  After winning everything everywhere except at Toronto, Peter and his crew, Maggie came from behind to erase a substantial lead which Mike Schoenborn had amassed in the first two races.  The win also partly made up for last year’s disappointment when a weird fluke gave the Bassins, sailing W-421, PIPPA out of Conestoga Sailing Club in Kitchener, a 17th to go with two runaway firsts. 

Mike Schoenborn of Toronto’s Queen City Y.C. with Rick “the Meeses” Lye took the runner-up spot one point behind Peter with 16¾ finish points.  John Green from Windsor, W745, gave the leaders a scare before falling to fifth place with a 13th in the fourth and final race.  Don Rumble was also up among the leaders but got a DNS in the final race when he had to start back for North Bay.

First Race: A light wind left most of the fleet bunched at the first mark, and the ensuing run finally determined the winners as the wind came up going onto the buck to the finish.  Mike Schoenborn won easily after being first off the run, George Blanchard, after breezing by numerous boats with his spinnaker settled into second, while John Green, making all the right moves was right behind in third.  Fourth place brought the surprise of the series - the girls!!! By far the most consistent threat in the series, Rhona Bassett and crew, Cathy Zalitis of TS&CC, W867, placed fourth in three of the four races but were forced to retire from one race at the start, to finish ninth overall.

Second Race: The Girls took the lead off the initial windward leg in an 8-10 mph S.E. breeze, followed by Mike S., Jim Clelland, Al Schoenborn and Peter Bassin.  Speaking of Jim Clelland, we come to another great performance that failed to get the breaks.  Jim failed to get to the first race in time from the Royal Canadian Y.C. and had to leave the third race to make a dinner engagement.  He won the other two!! Anyway, back at the race - Mike took the girls on the spinnaker leg, but while covering them on the second buck lost Jim and Al who finished one-two, Mike took third, Rhona fourth and Tom Johannsen got by Peter Bassin into fifth spot.

Third Race: Those of us who stood 1-2-3-4 at the inshore turn of this drifter feel that for the common good, the race should have ended there, for ours too, maybe... for Harry Jones who was leading dropped to 6th, Mike S. dropped from 2nd to 7th, Doug Johnson in W882 was hardest hit and dropped from 3rd to 19th while Al S. went to a 9th from 4th.  The winners of the marathon were Peter Bassin followed by Don Rumble and John Green.  Don Paine from North Bay placed 4th and TSCC's Laurie Oxenham 5th.

Fourth Race: This one was all Jim Clelland who led all the way in an 8-10 mph south-easterly to win.  Peter Bassin moved from fourth steadily into second to emerge the overall winner, with Al Schoenborn remaining third, losing Peter but sneaking in ahead of the girls, who were 2nd after the first time around.

For complete results, click here.

Just one day late for our June Edition was this report from the Ottawa Fleet:

Wayfarers - Chuck Turnbull
There has been tremendous rivalry in the Wayfarer fleet this spring regarding the subject of smooth bottoms.  In fact, rivalry has been so great that a competition is being considered with Delsey presenting a trophy for the smoothest bottom.  Considering the efforts being made in puttying, dry sanding, wet sanding, priming, painting, waxing, etc., we begin to wonder whether mere sailing technique and tactics could possibly be as important as a smooth bottom to win a race.  Perhaps its greatest effect is the enthusiasm that is reflected by such hard work.
John Brown, who was late in starting to sail last year (he was busy building W852), had the honour on Sunday, May 9th, of being first into the water.  His initial excursion out of the harbour was watched with envy by the rest of us from behind our inverted hulls. Good luck, John, we’ll be out there with you in a month or two, as soon as we finish:

(  ) sanding, (  ) painting, (  ) puttying, (  ) waxing 

Check the one that applies to your situation.

Ben Rusi is taking aim on the class championship this year.  In addition to a new paint job, he has installed self-bailers.  Better look out for Ben! Jim and Sally Midwinter have been busy readying their newly acquired W731 for sailing and Doug (Picasso) Arrol advises that in future, he plans to work on his boat in winter and read up on tactics in the summer.  In this way, by skipping actual sailing, he will avoid the rush to get into the water.  The old smoothie, Grant Richardson, has been playing it pretty cool. He is sporting a new pair of long-sighted spectacles.  It’s going to be tough this year with both he and Marg aiming at the same mark!  With such harmony, how can they lose?

Don Miller expects delivery of a new Wayfarer direct from the manufacturer in time to start sailing before the end of June. Welcome to the fleet, Don. We hope you have an excellent sailing season.

All of us in the Wayfarer fleet were sorry to hear that Peter and Avis Jefferson are returning to the U.K.  They are booked to sail on the Corinthia on June 11th from Montreal.  They have made many friends at Britannia and I am sure that everyone will feel as we do, that the Club is losing two staunch and enthusiastic members.  In addition to winning the North American Wayfarer Championship with Avis, Peter has been the official measurer for the Class, the source of valuable advice on all manner of physical detail pertaining to the Wayfarer; fleet representative on the Sailors’ Committee; and the only one in our fleet who can splice wire.  Perhaps he will leave a forwarding address so that we may still call upon him to bail us out of our problems.  Incidentally, Peter’s boat is for sale, which presents a wonderful opportunity for someone to acquire a boat with a proven record of performance.

Toronto Doings
Apart from the Canadian Championship which is just over, and the North Americans coming up, we Torontonians have had a number of regattas and the results are listed below.

National Y.C. - June 19
1. Mike Schoenborn W-276 
2. Al Schoenborn W-116 
3. Harry Jones W-720 

Royal Canadian Y.C. - June 26
1. Al Schoenborn W-116
2. Peter Bassin W-421
3. Mike Schoenborn W-276

L.S.S.A. - July l, 3, 4
1. George Blanchard W-283
2. Mike Schoenborn W-276
3. Peter Bassin W-421

Port Credit Y.C. - July 10
1. Al Schoenborn W-116
2. Mike Schoenborn W-276
3. Harry Jones W-720

Boulevard Club - July 24
1. Harry Jones W-720
2. Mike Schoenborn W-276
3. Al Schoenborn W-116

Toronto Sailing & C.C. -Aug. 14
1. Peter Bassin W-421
2. Mike Schoenborn W-276
3. George Blanchard W-283

The Rules
Although the complete tally from the U.S. is not yet in, indications from the final Canadian vote, supplemented by the results of the U.S. preliminary vote, make it safe to state that all the Amendments to the C.W.O.A. Class Rules and Constitution as set out in the June Newsletter have been voted in by a substantial majority.  Participants in the North American Championships are therefore asked to make any necessary alterations since by Sept. 4th, these rules which appear below will be official.