April, 1967

National Committee

Commodore: Bill Worrall      Treasurer: Bill Glaspie

Vice-Commodore: Deane Holway      Racing Captain: Dick Johnson

Secretary: Marianne Ayres      Measurer: Jim Peacock

Notes From The National Committee
The first annual Yearbook is now ready for mailing.  We hope you will be satisfied with our first attempt.  We welcome any comments and suggestions which will help make the next Yearbook even better.

The recently revised “Constitution and Class Rules" was accepted overwhelmingly by the members and will become effective on May 1, 1967.  There were only two dis-senting votes.

Due to unforseen circumstances, the date and site of the Nationals has had to be changed and we will publish detailed information on the new date and place in the next issue of the Skimmer.  They will definitely be held in September.

Around the Fleets
Fleet #1 - Chicago.  The fleet at Burnham Park is already making plans for the North American Opening Regatta which will be held over the Memorial Day weekend. Mark this on your calendar as one of the best invitationals of the year.  Chicago offers a good race committee and well-run races, a fine club, good moorings, congenial sailors, and good sailing.  Further information will be mailed out soon.

Fleet #1 Racing Schedule
May 14, 20, 21 Tune-up Races
May 27, 28 Opening Regatta
June 4, 11, 18, 24, 25 Fleet Races
July 1, 2 Small Boat Regatta
July 4, 8 Fleet Races
July 22, 23, 29 Fleet Races
August 12, 13 Gim Hobelman Regatta (Montrose)
August 19, 20 Lakefront Festival
August 26 George Orr Regatta (Monroe)
September 9, 10, 30, October 1 Fleet Races

Fleet #2 - Detroit.  The skippers here met on April 21, for an evening of racing tactics and strategy.  Since this was a crew-less meeting, the skippers had a chance to plot a winning course without the "advice" of the crews.

The first outing of the season was a get-acquainted/boat-out-of-mothballs sail on April 23, at Kent Lake. You know the kind -- you get to the lake and remember you left the sails at home, or it takes you an hour to rig the boat, or your crew forgets which is the sheet and which is the sail.  The brave and hardy skippers and crews of ten Wayfarers and one Leader were out to get the season underway in not-too-much-above-freezing temperatures.  Lots of fun and laughs anyway.

Fleet #4 - Cleveland.  New officers for the Ohio group are:
Fleet Captain Phil Fay
Race Captain Bob Biddlestone
Secretary-Treasurer Bev. Reulbach
Measurer Bob Huston

Last season's final results didn't arrive here in time for publication in the last Skimmer.  Here they are!
Week-end Series
First Bob Huston
Second Nelson Richards
Third Phil Fay
Wednesday Series
First Gene Perme
Second Nelson Richards
Third Bob Huston

Bev Reulbach says that Fleet 4 looks forward to having other Wayfarer fleets come to Cleveland for, "the best launch facilities and great sailing."

Fleet #5 - San Francisco.  No News.

Fleet #6 - Lake Orion, Michigan.  New officers have been elected for this growing Fleet.  They are:
Fleet Captain Don Roe
Secretary Fred Lewis
Treasurer George Smith
Racing Captain Bob Spaulding
Measurer Milan Uzelac

The Secretary writes that the racing schedule will hinge on a weekly Sunday race starting around May 1, and will be published in the next issue of the Skimmer.

Fleet #7 - Longview, Washington.  Dick Elliott sends word from the west that their fleet has elected new officers, too.  They are:
Fleet Captain Mont Rock
Secretary-Treasurer Cheri Wills
Measurer Dick Elliott

Larry Wilhelmsen is a winner again!  He will marry his crew, Connie Groth, on June 24.  Congratulations, Larry.

Three members of Fleet 7 have chartered a Cal 28 for a week's oruise through San Juan Islands.  Dick says that Fleet 7 has five new members and it is expected that a new fleet will soon be organized in Seattle.


The following is taken from a letter from Mike Locher of Lake Oswego, Oregon on April 10:

"We launched our Wayfarer a year ago this month and sailed her every week until the end of November.  We hope to go for our first sail of the year this weekend.

Oregon has numerous lakes that are ideal for sailing so we'd load up the boat with camping gear and trailer to some lake for the weekend. Weekday evenings we sail on the Willamette or Columbia Rivers. Although most of our sailing was day sailing, we did try our luck at racing against the Longview, Washington fleet. I didn't win any trophies but I can honestly say I was very consistent - I always managed to come in last.  We hope to do better this year.  We had a lot of fun last year and are looking forward to a real good season.

There's another Wayfarer being built in Portland (10 miles from me) and. we hope to form our own fleet soon and engage in some inner-fleet competition with the Longview fleet."


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Two of the favorite Associate Members of Fleet 2 were Al and June Hellstrom. They sailed a Zenith and really helped to get our fleet growing.  Al retired recently and they moved to Florida.  Following is a letter from them which we are happy to share:

Dear Friends:

Greetings from the Sparkling City of Clearwater and former associate members of Fleet 2.  I deliberately say members as I insist on including my crew even though the by-laws are explicit and stipulate each boat is only entitled to cast one vote.  Being a rebel by nature, what else would you expect?

Sailing in this area is very popular and like most places still expanding.  We are now affiliated with the "Windjammer" group who embrace all classes from the Peanut to some fifty foot yawls.  Races for boats twenty foot and under are held in the bay while the big boys battle it out in the gulf.  One would assume a division of this kind would present a problem at meetings but strangely enough there isn't any.  I guess it's because we all encounter the same problems.

The Windjammer organization - please note that we have managed to stick with a flying "W" - was already in existence when we arrived.  This is understandable when one considers the impact wood and sail has made in this county.  In the early days, the vicinity was referred to as "Punta Pinel" by the wandering and robust Spaniards.  We think it's a shame they now merely call it "Pinellas County." After a year - we're mentally slow, you know - we learn it all means "Point of Pines ".

Sailing then actually was introduced in this locale:

92 years before the Pilgrims landed on the rock in 1620.
79 years before the establishment of the Jamestown, Va. colony.
37 years before the oldest town - St. Augustine.
36 years after Columbus discovered America.
It is little wonder we hardly created a ripple when we arrived with our Zenith, Yo-Yo.  Fortunately, sailors being what they are, we were accepted.  We hate to think it's because they like our peanut butter.  Could be!

The technique of sailing in these waters is much the same except for a few added surprises.  It was quite a shock the first time we sailed against the tide, heeled way over, and not moving an inch. To us, it was like taking exercise on one of those fancy-dan bikes without wheels - no go. Now, when we go out, we check the tide schedule and plan accordingly. Oh, there are other goodies, too.

Last August we found it desirable to trade Yo-Yo in for another craft.  While we hate to admit it, we're not getting any younger and this, coupled with the fact we like to fish, seemed the only reasonable solution.  We now "sport" a Sun Cat which June says if it had a hemp bow bumper, it has all the appearances of a tug.  Being more reserved, like the gent with the eye patch in the liquor ad, I like to call it traditional or better yet, early American.  On occasion, a crew can be most annoying, especially one whose duties are now non-existent once the sail is up.  I now refer to my crew as the hostess, and I suppose with this promotion, she should have certain liberties.  This includes saying what she thinks.

While on the subject of crews, it brings to mind one of the warmest stories I've ever heard.  A few years back, an elderly couple in their seventies finished the racing season with plenty of hardware.  When the skipper was asked about how good his crew was he said, "I don't know, it's the only one I've ever had."  To me this was a real tribute.  Hang on, skippers, there's still hope!

Both of us still continue to follow the news of the Wayfarer fleets with interest. We always will.  This fact alone should indicate how we feel.  To all our old friends, we want to take this opportunity to say hello and to the new members - may we meet one day. It would be a real pleasure.

June and Al Hellstrom Zenith 51.


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