UNITED STATES WAYFARER ASSOCIATION
Commodore: Don Healy
Treasurer: Nancy Glaspie
Vice-Commodore: Bill Glaspie
Racing Captain: Dick Johnson
Secretary: Marianne Ayres
Measurer: Jim Peacock
NOTES FROM THE NATIONAL
We take this opportunity
to welcome to the group all of those people who have recently purchased
Wayfarers. We think that you will receive ten-fold the price of the boat
in pleasure, sailing and racing with congenial people. Welcome!
This is the time of
the year when everyone is collecting taxes and the Committee is no different.
If we are to continue functioning as an active representative of Wayfarer
owners across the United States, we need some operating capital. This money,
you know, pays for the cost of the Skimmer, postage, and the National
Championships. If you have not sent your $2.50 fee in as yet for 1966,
do it now. Mail it to:
Mrs. Paul Ayres
Fleet officers should
also encourage any members who have not paid the $5.00 boat registration
to send that along too. It is important to meet these obligations if you
wish to sail in sanctioned races.
The Racing Season
Racing Captain, Dick
Johnson, has prepared a tentative schedule of events for the coming season.
May 28, 29, 30 North
American Opening Regatta - Chicago. Sponsored by Fleet No. 1.
July 23, 24 Invitational
- Cleveland. Sponsored by Fleet No. 4.
August 13, 14 United
States Championships - Rochester. Sponsored by the National Committee.
September 3, 4, 5
North American Championship - Windsor. Sponsored by South Port Sailing
Club, Windsor and Fleet No. 2, Detroit.
September 24, 25 Michigan
Invitational Regatta - Lake Orion. Sponsored by Fleet No.6.
October 8, 9 Lake
Margrethe Regatta - Grayling, Michigan. Sponsored by Fleet No. 2.
In the April Skimmer,
we will publish a complete schedule of Wayfarer events. If you would like
your fleet activities included in this, please send information to Don
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The Committee is working
on an innovation in service to the fleets. It hopes to establish a film
library of 8 mm films which will be available to the fleets for use at
meetings for a small rental fee. We hope to include in this library, copies
of film that fleet members have taken of their local activities, national
races, invitationals, and regattas. If you have any comments or suggestions
concerning this program, please write. The Committee will return all films
loaned for this purpose after the copies have been made.
The Canadian Executive
Committee will be in the Detroit area on February 19, for a meeting with
the USWA National Committee. At this meeting they hope to put into final
form the current class rules and measurement form.
From The Commodore
Although we have more
or less regular Skimmers, we feel that there is a need for a regular yearbook.
We would like to publish one for this year. In this yearbook we would like
If you would like to help
in the compilation of this kind of record or if you have any information
to present, please contact:
A current roster of United
States Wayfarer owners.
Fleet reports - fleet
activities, pictures, etc.
A history of Wayfarer
activities in the United States.
A list of past winners
of United States and North American Championships.
Up-to-date class rules
and measurement form.
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Around The Fleets
Fleet #1 - Chicago.
We understand that Fleet Captain, Hy Krieberg, goes down to the club at
Burnham Park every Saturday and Sunday even during these cold winter months.
He stares longingly out to sea, muttering, "Is the ice off yet?" Shirley
says he just can't adjust to the off-sailing season.
Fleet 1 members are
looking forward to the Boat Show in March, and hope to show both the wood
and fiberglass Wayfarers.
Fleet #2 - Detroit.
Members of this fleet worked at the Detroit Boat Show and have added six
new Wayfarer owners to the fold. On February 5, they held a general meeting
and invited new owners, possible owners, and old sea-dogs to join them.
Approximately 60 people attended.
Fleet #4 - Cleveland.
Grace Fay reports that Fleet 4 had a great racing season with ten boats
usually out for every race. Final results were as follows:
1st Gene Perme 2nd Nelson Richards 3rd Phil Fay
Weekends: 1st Nelson
Richards 2nd Phil Fay 3rd James McCann
Special mention goes
to Bev Reulbach who still continued to crew for her husband, Jack, even
after several capsizes. Jack won the seasonís "champion flipper" award.
The Cleveland Boat
Show was held the last week of January, and several Fleet 4 members had
a Wayfarer stand. We understand that they had the best display at the boat
show, with spinnaker up and flying. Of course, with a good looking boat
like the Wayfarer you canít go wrong. Nelson Richards reports that they
sold two boats at the show and have a long list of prospects.
Fleet #5 - San Francisco.
No recent news. Probably still sailing and just donít have time to compile
their events for the Skimmer.
Fleet #6 - Lake
Orion. No recent news.
Fleet #7 - Longview,
Washington. No recent news.
Conduct of Races
by Dick Johnson,W-612
Major racing events
of the Association have been held in several locations throughout the United
States and Canada over the past few years. These have been well attended
by delegations from the various fleets across mid-America. Although by
and large these events have been well handled with a showing of good sportsmanship
throughout, it is obvious to those who have attended many of these regattas
that the methods, procedures, and general race conduct vary widely from
one area to another. In the interest of uniformity and in order to avoid
confusion of skippers, crew, and spectators, the following suggestions
and recommendations for the conduct of races may be of help:
The Race Committee
The powers of the
Race Committee and the methods to be used in the conduct of races from
the Committeeís viewpoint are outlined in Part II of the rules of the NAYRU.
However, the true responsibility of the Race Committee may be pretty well
summed up by the following statement:
The Race Committee
shall conduct the races in such a manner that the races will provide a
true test of the abilities of the skippers and their crews, the tuning
and condition of the boats and, in some cases, the design of the boats;
where the element of luck, the possibilities of damage, and the chance
of protest situations shall be reduced to a minimum; where due consideration
has been given to the safety of the contestants; and where the rules of
yacht racing and good sportsmanship shall prevail.
It has been found
through experience in committee work that it generally takes more effort
to run a poor regatta than it does to run a good one.
The powers of the
Race Committee are spelled out under Part II of the rules of the NAYRU
in rule #1. The Committee should not extend their powers beyond the limits
prescribed but neither should the powers be abridged by the fleets of the
Association by special local rules.
The Race Committee
can make or break a regatta. Therefore, it should be made up of the most
competent people available and be chaired by a real expert.
The Race Course
In yacht racing there
are two basic types of race courses which may be chosen. These are the
open course and the closed course. The open course is used in cruise racing
where the point is to get from one point to another in the shortest possible
time, the only stipulation being that the yacht must start between the
starting marks and finish between the marks designating the finish line.
The closed course
is most commonly used in small boat racing and may be the familiar triangle,
the seldom used windward-leeward, the olympic, or any other course where
the yachts start and finish along a line which encloses marks which must
be passed in a specified order and manner.
In a closed course
the importance of laying a square starting line with the first mark squarely
to windward is obvious. A cocked line means jam ups and protests. A first
leg which is not directly upwind means the same. A first leg which is not
a beat does not spread the boats sufficiently and causes problems at the
In order to provide
an equalization of skippers and boats and provide a true test of skills
under all points of sailing, at least one race in a series should be over
a windward-leeward course. This guarantees at least two beats and two spinnaker
the course should be sailed with marks to port. This leaves no question
as to the rights of yachts on different tacks when approaching marks. A
starboard tack yacht reaching a mark slightly ahead of a port tacker merely
turns the mark and sails away. With marks to starboard, he is forced to
tack in front of the port tacker, thereby losing his rights during the
tack with the possibility of being passed or protested when just an instant
before, he was ahead with all starboard tack rights.
Probably the widest
variation in procedures from one racing area to another is in the matter
of starting procedures and signals. All groups use five minute intervals
between preparatory warnings and starting guns but here the similarity
seems to end. Therefore, beginning with the 1966 season, all race committees
must use the signals and procedures called out under Part II, rules 4,5,6,
and 8, and rule 7.1 is to be encouraged. It must be said here that it is
just as easy to learn and use the proper signals as to use improper ones
and the cost of signal flags is the same whether the right or wrong ones
are purchased. Also, in large starts, a yacht over early at the gun must
return outside the starting marks to recross.
The Protest Committee
will be a subcommittee of the Race Committee but may, at the option of
the local authority, be made up of the entire Race Committee. The powers
of the Protest Committee are limited to those outlined in the NAYRU rules.
The Association will
require strict adherence to the rules of protest as outlined in Part VI.
A yacht which is to file a protest must fly a red code flag from the rigging
from the time of incident until finishing and, when recognized by the Race
Committee, report the intent to protest to said group. Every attempt must
be made to inform the yacht to be protested of the intent to protest at,
or shortly after, the time of the foul.
The hearing of the
protests should be held as soon after the race as practicable. All witnesses
to the foul must remain in the area for call to testify. Protests should
be heard in their entirety in the order in which they are filed. However,
if there is more than one protest against a yacht, the hearings may be
expedited by having all protests on that boat at one time.
The decision of the
Race Committee must be made in triplicate with one copy to the protesting
yacht, one to the protested yacht, and one posted on a bulletin board for
all to see. The posted copy will be filed in the permanent records of the
The low point system
of scoring will be used by the Association. That is, each yacht will receive
the score corresponding to its place of finish with 3/4 points for first
place in a race.
A Guest Editorial
by Paul Ayres,
Wayfarer skippers thoroughly
enjoy sailing their craft and the more activities a fleet arrange, the
better they like it. We thrive on the stimulus or the excuse that a scheduled
event provides. The profit from our boat investment is paid in big dividends
of healthy recreation, fresh air, warm friendships, fascinating scenes,
and, at times, peaceful relaxation. We have earned our weekends or evening
"breaks" from this demanding, landlubberly, laboring, and time-grabbing
world so letís collect the dividends!
The more varied the
fleet activities, the greater the interest and enthusiasm because we will
satisfy more desires. We must reach and help the beginning sailor, the
skipper who hasn't raced but wants to, the apprehensive first mate, the
children (small fry and juniors), the newcomer, the racing enthusiast,
the cruising devotee, the camper, the skipper who can only make it on Saturday
or Sunday P.M., week nights, the "crew", the fellow who doesn't have his
boat yet, and many others ad nauseam.
Attendance tends to
perpetuate and the skipper and family who "try" one of the enticing activities
will find the next event easier to attend. Furthermore, a friendly phone
call is a helpful adjunct to the reminder post card and the event schedule,
and the newcomers must be treated warmly (donít wait to be introduced).
The "race-aholic" must not look with disdain on the cruising events - he
should try them for enjoyment, and the "cruis-aholic" should enter races
to sharpen his skill. All groups have the same objective - to participate
in the fun of sailing. Letís plan, in succeeding issues of the Skimmer,
a calendar of events for an imaginary and ideal Wayfarer fleet. Constructive
suggestions (even anonymous) are solicited. In this issue we can lay the
keel and start a few frames. As time goes by we will plank her in.
Fleet No.*** - Schedule of Events.
Winter - Excellent
time for gaining knowledge. Fleet advocates and helps to sponsor classes
put on by Coast Guard Auxiliary and U. S. Power Squadron. Fleet holds dry-land
sailing classes which are especially good for children, wives, and interested
public. An article in the local paper and classes in the local school gym
are suggested by Commodore Healy because usually a boat on a trailer can
be rigged for demonstration purposes. Fleet holds three racing classes
to review the NAYRU racing rules and hear talks on tactics by the Experts.
racing rules and tactics
Fleet schedules pot-luck
dinners and shows slides and movies.
Spring - Fleet
holds an informal panel discussion on "Fitting-Out." Experts on paint,
sails, woodworking, etc., speak briefly on their respective areas and then
there are questions and open discussion from the floor. Fleet holds fitting-out
party to start season's fellowship. Fleet schedules an early combination
sailing and picnic event. Such a target date one week before the first
race of the season tends to give everyone something to shoot for. This
is a good day to invite for a sail, the interested public who took the
dry-land sailing course during the winter. It is also a good day for a
fun race which tends to coax the newcomer into racing. One idea for a fun
race is to have all boats anchor along a starting line which is directly
into the wind, sails are dropped (halyards remain on sails), booms off
goosenecks, centerboards up, rudders inside on floorboards. At the gun
skippers and crew get things in order, hoist sails weigh anchor, sail to
a mark and back and the winner gets a can of beer or a hot-dog.
Summer - During
the regular sailing season, the fleet schedules, every few weeks, a regular
series of events related to its prime interest. The racing fleet has its
points races and the cruising fleet has its regular cruises. The National
races and North American races are included in this fixed schedule. The
time between these events is scheduled for
and racing instruction.
include regional Wayfarer regattas as well as get-togethers with other
class fleets or clubs. Sailing or racing with other clubs every so often
enlarges friendships and small fleets can help each other when they host
regional regattas, need race committees, or sponsor winter activities.
The informal rendezvousí include practice races, races with crews, wives,
or children skippering, races sailing backwards, team races, and boats
assigned in pairs for a concurrent match race. In this race, each skipper
has only one other boat to beat. Boats may be changed for the next race.
Another type of practice race is to have many consecutive short races to
one mark a short distance away. The prep gun for the next race is fired
as soon as the last boat crosses the finish line. This type of race provides
starting and mark-rounding practice. Informal rendezvousí also include
picnics either at a base or by sailing to a picnic site. A rendezvous can
also be merely a time and place for those skippers who are free to meet,
sail, and chew the rag. Places are alternated for interest and convenience.
Fleet has a Haul-Out Party which is an informal old-clothes affair.
Fall - Fleet
schedules a Commodore's Ball or party where season trophies are awarded
and holds an election of officers for the ensuing year.
It should be noted
that fleets affiliated with active yacht clubs will have extracurricular
activities right at hand and if they have interesting programs, we would
like to hear about them. Please send in your suggestions to improve our
imaginary Fleet No. ***.