"THE CANADIAN WAYFARER"
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE
"CANADIAN WAYFARER OWNERS' ASSOCIATION"
The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
CANADIAN WAYFARER OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Help Celebrate Canada's Centennial:
Springtime usually brings talk of preparations for the new season. George Blanchard, our Commodore, suggested that I tell you all about our new fibreglass Wayfarers and the increase of spirit and interest in our fleets everywhere. Well, I'm not going to! I have something more important!
We have someone in our class who should be yachtsman of the year if he were "in" with the "yachts"; i.e., keelboats. Through ups and downs, he has been a living buoyancy compartment to the Wayfarer, giving constantly of his time and even his money to nurse the baby into the greatness for which our boat has the potential.
As a more recent Wayfarer sailor, my knowledge of George Blanchard's complete contributions to our class remains sketchy. Briefly, George has sailed small boats since he was so high (sorry folks, I don't know how long he's been thanking the kitchen staffs). He became the proud owner of BONNIE, W283 soon after the Wayfarer was introduced to Canada. In '62 he was elected to the C.W.O.A. executive as Treasurer where he remained until '64 when he became Chairman, a position which he still holds.
In his capacity as Chairman, George has done about 95% of the work done by the executive from the compilation of a class history to negotiations with Ian Proctor, the Wayfarer designer. George has written so many letters to keep things going on all fronts, one wonders about his secretary - a beautiful blonde, did you say, George?!!?? To other people outside our class, to the U.S., to everyone, George has been our P.R. man - symbolizing the Wayfarer as a fair and game competitor who is also the life of our social functions. To fellow Wayfarers, George is a constant, willing source of help and advice, in fact, for years we have LET GEORGE DO IT and it's time we at least said, "Thank you!!!"
Speaking, I am sure, for Canadian Wayfarers everywhere, this newsletter salutes George Blanchard as our outstanding Wayfarer ever.
CANADIAN WAYFARER OWNERS' ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1966
The Association has a paid up membership of 125. Many members are actively sailing out of yacht clubs located in Ontario & Quebec and interest in competitive racing is improving.
All scheduled club regatta races were well attended throughout the season. Twenty Wayfarers participated in the Canadian Championships at the LSSA Regatta held at Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club, July 1, 2 & 3. Thirty-eight Wayfarers, including twenty-one from USA, participated in North American Championships held at Southport Sailing Club, Windsor, Sept. 3, 4 & 5. United States Fleets are increasing and 28 participated in the American Championships at Stony Creek, Rochester, Michigan.
The United States and Canadian Association Executive Boards meet annually to ensure that Class and Measurement Rules are in agreement and adhered to by members of both Associations. Joint racing programs are planned to enable competitive racing in USA and Canada.
Since 1959, over 1400 Wayfarers have been sold in UK, USA and Canada. The new fibreglass Wayfarer is now accepted by all Associations and is becoming very popular.
The Canadian Wayfarer Owners' Association is financially
sound and the new Executive is now planning a more aggressive participation
in racing competition during 1967. Following are racing highlights of 1966:
Regular newsletters are mailed to each member to keep them well informed of the association's activities during the season. Due to the resignation of Dr. Laurie Oxenham, Treasurer, and Harry Jones, Chief Measurer, we have appointed Mr. Bernard Yale as Treasurer and Mr. George Gordon as Chief Measurer to the 1967 Executive Board. I wish to thank Dr. Oxenham and Harry Jones for the splendid service rendered to the Canadian Wayfarer Association both in competitive racing in Canada and U.S.A. and in carrying out their duties so efficiently.
Following is the revised list of your 1967 Executive Board:-
Chairman: George Blanchard, 38 Sunnybrae
Cres. Tor. 15 767-9616
On behalf of the Executive Board we extend our thanks to the members for the fine support given during the 1966 season. We now look forward to another successful year of active sailing and competitive racing in 1967.
The opening of the 1967 Sailing season is fast approaching. We anticipate a more active participation of Wayfarer owners at the local and out-of-town regattas. At present, the USA Association is finalizing their program - including the running of the North American Championships.
Following is our tentative Canadian program for 1967. Some dates (asterisk) are still to be confirmed by out of town Fleets and we request that the CWOA be advised as soon as possible. Final joint USA & Canadian program will then be issued.
We extend a warm welcome to the following new owners
to the Association:
This photo doesn't show it, but it brings to mind that Darrell ended up with the most distinctive wooden mast in Wayfarers - a barber pole pattern: alternating red and white stripes winding their way up the mast!
A hearty welcome is extended by all Wayfarers to any new Wayfarer about whom we have not received word. We want to know about you, and would appreciate hearing from you.
We are very impressed with the gradual increase to fibreglass boats in the Fleets. Bernard Yale's new boat in light blue hull with dark blue decking is a terrific looking boat, and the envy of us Wooden Boat owners. We certainly like the workmanship and colour scheme.
It would certainly be appreciated if the various areas will report on their coming activities for 1967 and the complete list of boats in their Fleet including Committee or Fleet representatives. Our listing includes only the paid up members on the Association Register and therefore, non-members would not receive Class Rules or Newsletters.
Best of Luck and good sailing 1967.
George T. Blanchard Chairman, C.W.O.A.
Don Healy, Avon Sailcraft, Rochester, Michigan, will be manufacturing the fibreglass Wayfarer for USA market. We hear that a mold has now arrived from UK, so manufacturing should start shortly.
Croce & Lofthouse Sailcraft, Toronto, is still
North American Distributors for Wayfarers and upon receipt of orders, immediate
dispatch from UK can be made.
FROM THE FLEETS
Following is the present list of representatives
for Areas as indicated:
In order to improve and promote competitive racing
in Canada it is suggested that Fleets be established, based on the number
of boats located in a specific area, and/or by combining smaller groups
into larger Fleets where practical. Following is the proposal on which
your comments would be appreciated, in order to work out a suitable Fleet
grouping base on minimum of three to start a Fleet.