UNITED STATES WAYFARER ASSOCIATION
Vice-Commodore: Bill Glaspie Racing Captain: Dick Johnson
Secretary: Marianne Ayres Measurer: Jim Peacock
Notes from the National Committee
The Championships were held at Stony Creek Metropolitan Park near Rochester, Michigan. Although there are usually good winds, Sunday’s races were sailed (?) in a dead calm. Consequently there were many unavoidable collisions and protests. Saturday the winds were moderate for the three races held that day. There were 18 boats registered. The Healy boys, Alan and Don, cornered the market on protests lodged against them taking eight out of the ten formal protests. (Lord knows how many informal protests there were.) The official results were as follows: (click here)
At the banquet held Saturday night at the Club Rochester, there was a general meeting. Reports of fleet activities were given by Bob Spitz of Chicago, Nelson Richards of Cleveland, Fred Lewis of Lake Orion, and Jack Pierce of the host Fleet No. 2. The members unanimously elected this new slate of officers:
Commodore: Don Healy
We were pleased to have Henry Croce
with us for the weekend. At the meeting he reported on the progress that
Croce and Lofthouse are making in their attempts to begin production of
Wayfarers in Canada. They have been given the franchise to manufacture
and sell the fiberglass Wayfarers built on molds produced by Smallcraft.
At the time of the report they were still negotiating the amount of royalties
to be paid to Smallcraft. Currently plans are set for manufacture of the
fiberglass Wayfarer in Canada in the Spring of 1966. We are looking forward
to seeing the new boats at the 1966 shows.
The North American Championships
There were two races on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for sailing – good moderate winds. Sunday was another matter. It rained all day with very little wind. Two races were sailed in spite of this but the third was called because of fog. Monday the rain had cleared but there was still very little wind. Winners of the North American Championships were:
1st Place George Blanchard and crew,
The sailors from the United States
didn’t finish in the top ten but Gene Perme did finish in eleventh spot
and Don Healy in thirteenth. They didn’t come home entirely empty handed
(although perhaps it is better not to mention the prizes they won). Seig
Weis won a pennant for finishing last in one race and Gen Healy (crewing
for her husband) won the Lansdown-O'Brien Spittoon given annually
for "outstanding seamanship". She performed two feats to win this award:
she keel-hauled the jib during one race and she slipped off the
deck into the icy waters of Lake Ontario. Is there any wonder that her
husband is constantly training his children to act as crew?
1966 Dues are now payable
Used Boat For Sale
Around The Fleets
Fleet #1 - Chicago. Dick Meyer won first place for Wayfarers at the Governor’s Cup Regatta. Chuck Bielko made news in a special boating feature in the Chicago Sun Times. Fleet officers for 1966 have recently been elected:
Fleet Captain, Hy Krieberg
Fleet 1 Awards Dinner will be held
Fleet #2 - Detroit. After a series of six races sailed this summer, overall winners have been named:
1st Place Don Healy
Jim Peacock was presented the trophy for Outstanding Yachtsman of 1965 in Fleet 2. Jim’s steady, friendly support of the fleet is unequaled.
At a meeting held November 6, new officers were elected:
Fleet Captain, Bill Worrall
There were thirteen boats at the Lake Margrethe Regatta. Although the weather was not the greatest, it was a good weekend nevertheless. When the smoke cleared after the final gun, the winners were:
1st Place John Green
Fleet #3 – East Coast. No
Fleet #4 – Cleveland. Grace
Fay sends us word that they had a wonderful racing season this year with
Wednesday evenings and Saturday-Sunday races. They averaged five to nine
Wayfarers out for each race. Results are still undetermined.
Fleet #5 - San Francisco. Stan Heggen reports on their season.
First, our group have never engaged in serious racing. All of the active members are far more interested in cruising and camping and, consequently, any racing is strictly informal. Of course, we all try our best to leave the other fellow behind.
Cruising and camping are another story. This is a constant activity by both individuals and also the group as a whole. Here are the major expeditions of the past season.
One of the fellows has rigged a topping
lift which seems to be very convenient. Several have rigged cam cleats
for the outhaul which are a lot better than the hole in the boom. I had
small brass plates silvery soldered to the forward hatch so they are now
like wing nuts and very easy to open.
Fleet #6 – Lake Orion. This new fleet at Lake Orion sponsored two very sccessful events in September. On September 12, they had the first Michigan Inter-Fleet Sail. Bill Worrall, skippering George Smith’s W-865, won.
September 21-22 was the weekend of the third annual Michigan Invitational Regatta. Eighteen boats turned out for this popular event. The winds were as usual – wild and wicked, with fog and rain thrown in for good measure. Final results were as follows: (click here)
An exciting match race between Don
Healy and crew Jack Pierce, and Larry Jones and crew Tom Johannsen followed.
It rained, the wind blew hard, and the Canadian experience in tactics proved
too much for Don and Jack as they were continually covered. At one point
the Americans got free about 3/4 mile from the finish, pulled ahead several
boat lengths, but then got fluky winds and dropped back again. Local fleets
should try match racing more often.
Fleet #7 - Longview, Washington. This fleet held its first Fleet Championships October 9 and 10, on the Columbia River. The races were attended by: Dick Elliott - W 1006, Larry Wilhelmsen - W 1007, Scott Smith - W 1008, and Mike Wells - W 1010. With a total of six races, the final standings were:
Elliott made a strong showing by making an excellent comeback after being disqualified in the third race for being carried into the course mark by a momentary loss of wind and a tidal current.
Cruising news: Dick
and Shirley Elliott ventured into the San Juan Islands aboard their Wayfarer
for a week’s cruise off Anecortes, Washington. The weather gave forth plenty
of sun and numerous opportunities for use of the outboard. San Juan cruising
advice - respect the tidal current and have plenty of auxiliary fuel.
From the Commodore’s Log
They will place orders, help with deliveries, and stock some replacement parts. Or, you can contact the dealer directly:
Croce and Lofthouse Sailcraft, Ltd.
On the West Coast, Wayfarers can be purchased through:
E & W Sailcraft
Used Wayfarers are still selling
very easily and the price is usually between $1400. and $1500.
The National Executive Committee
met with the Canadian Executive on Sunday, November 14, at Windsor, Ontario
to consider the South Port Sailing Club as a site for the 1966 North
American Championships. John Green and John Wood of Windsor hosted
the group and showed them around the club. The United States and Canadian
committees unanimously accepted South Port on Lake St. Clair for the North
American Championships to be held on the Labor Day weekend, 1966.
The Skimmer Staff welcomes comments from members on anything we print. We do need more information on Fleet activities, sailing tips, and ideas on rigging, trailing, and maintaining the Wayfarer.
Marianne Ayres (Mrs. Paul)
UNITED STATES WAYFARER ASSOCIATION
The rules which currently govern the U. S. Wayfarer class association provide for the payment of' the following fees:
A. Boat Registration Fee of $5.00. This is paid just once for each boat.
B. Boat Transfer Fee of $2.00. This is paid by the new owner when a registered boat is sold. If you should purchase a used boat that is not registered with the U.S.W.A., the normal registration fee of $5.00 would be paid and no transfer fee is necessary.
C. Annual Membership Dues of $2.50. Currently, and in 1966, the first year’s dues are being paid by the distributor, Croce and Lofthouse, if the boat is purchased through them. The dues for the second and ensuing years are to be paid by the owner.
D. Associate Membership Dues of $1.00.
This is reserved for active crew who would like to support the Association
and subscribe to the Skimmer; and for those who wish to participate
actively in the local Wayfarer Fleets.
The Class Rules state further that membership in a local fleet is dependent upon payment of the registration fee and the annual dues to the U.S.W.A.
Fleet membership shall be based upon membership in this Association. Where there is a chartered fleet in the area in which a member of this association sails a yacht he shall automatically become a member of that fleet upon payment of his fleet dues.
The National Committee urges all Wayfarer owners to contact our Secretary, Marianne Ayres, or Treasurer, Nancy Glaspie, regarding your standing. Payment of these fees entitles you to vote in your fleet, receive the Skimmer, race in official fleet races, receive trophies, receive invitations to the National Championships, share in the growth of the Wayfarer Class in the United States, and more important to us, share in the fellowship of sailing through correspondence and the invitational regattas.
To facilitate the collection of the dues and other fees for 1966, please fill out the form below and return it with your check to:
Royal Oak, Michigan
Make checks payable to: The United States Wayfarer Association
NAME__________________________________ Registration Fee $5.00 ______
ADDRESS______________________________ Boat Transfer Fee $2.50 ______
______________________________ Annual Dues (1966) $2.50 ______
BOAT NUMBER___________ Associate Member $l.00 ______
Note: Dues paid after October 1, 1965, shall apply to 1966. Due date shall be January 1, 1966. Any member who has not paid his fees by April 1, 1966 may have his or her name removed from the membership roll in accordance with the U.S.W.A. rules.