"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:
ALL RIGHT, YOU GUYS! SHARPEN UP! Peter Jefferson is BACK!!!!
It is at this time of the year that the average Wayfarer looks up from his beer to find himself confronted by the behemoth of Wayfarer racing - the North American Championship, which is being held this year at Windsor's South Port Sailing Club on the Labour Day Weekend.
This year however, the bookies have been hit by disaster. The quoted odds are being hastily revised. Word has come in from Ottawa that Peter Jefferson and his wife, Avis, the 1964 North American Champions, have returned to our class with fiberglass W 1257.
Other figures of interest at this event are 1965 champion, George Blanchard (W283), an avowed "heavy weather with Leo Maarse" man, and the defending champion Don Healy, the first American to take the big title.
Mike Schoenborn (W276), three-time Canadian Champion and Peter Bassin (W421), the 1965 Canadian Champ are also eager to win in this year's big one.
The Big Ten: As I see it, the following are
the boats to watch for in this year's North American Championships at Windsor.
Do you measure in?????
You don't know? Ah! Well you will, soon, if you intend to go to the North Americans. Bill Worrall and the U.S.W.A., who are running the Championships this year, have decreed that all entries must be able to produce a valid measurement certificate.
Soooooooooooooooooooo! Contact your local measurer now! Any unsolvable queries should be addressed to:
George Gordan, 95 Cranbrook Rd., Toronto 12.
COMING UP..... AUGUST 5. 6. 7....... NORTH BAY
One of the charms of the North Bay Racing Weekend is that it does not entail the pressure of the North American Championships. Everyone sits back in the beautiful surroundings of clean (Take note, sailors on Lake Ontario!!!) Trout Lake, and lets me win (cheers).
Accommodations are no problem. There is a fine motel - The Dreamland Motel - and if that is too expensive, the local hospitality is out of this world. One word of caution: we have the first "dibs" on Jamie Wallace's.
The three-day event starts on the Saturday with the 20-mile cruise race, and is followed by a three-race series on Sunday and Monday.
The elite of the Wayfarer racing world is expected
to attend this event so we would like to see you there. Who knows? Maybe
we'll be able to provide more entertainment like last year when we towed
the Committee Boat to the line when their motor failed.
GEORGE & JOY BLANCHARD OFF TO WESTERN WAYFARER CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ENGLAND
George Blanchard and his daughter, Joy, will be leaving soon after the North Bay Wayfarer Weekend to go to England to participate in the Western Championships in Falmouth, England. George and Joy will be sailing a brand new glass Wayfarer, W 1450. (Al's note: I do believe that's the boat that won the first Worlds in 1974!)
The best of luck to you, George and Joy. We know
that you will represent Canada well.
MIKE SCHOENBORN TAKES CANADIAN TITLE FOR A RECORD THIRD TIME
Sailing in light variable breezes off Bronte Harbour Y.C., July 8 and 9, Mike Schoenborn with Mark Millen (on Saturday) and Richard Lye (on Sunday) sailed WARATAH (W276) to his second successive Canadian Championship. It was Mike's third win in this event, extending his last year's record from two. Peter Friedenberg of Bronte Harbour and George Blanchard tied for the runner-up honours, with George taking the edge by virtue of a better total when all four races were counted. A top contender until the last race was Peter Bassin the 1965 winner, who ended in fourth place. Here's how it happened:
FIRST RACE: Only once around in light winds in order to finish before the BHYC annual regatta. Don Rumble (634) from North Bay, John Green (W745) of Windsor and Mike Schoenborn arrived closely bunched at the first mark. John fell victim to an adverse current and hit the mark, while Mike was rubbed out by some Rumble-running and reaching to finish second to Don. Good work on the free legs also paid off for George Blanchard who placed third ahead of Pete Friedenberg and Sid Atkinson (W618) from TS&CC. Stan Yeo (W627) was 6th, North Bay's Don Paine in his new yellow (yay!!!) fiberglass (booo!) W1338 CYSTO 2ND came 7th and Al Chovil (W439) CAPRICE from RCYC 8th.
SECOND RACE: What started out a beat became a close reach on the first leg. Al Schoenborn (W116) and Peter Bassin (W421) fought this one out after a vacation at the tail end of the fleet in the first race. Peter took the lead on the first leg of the second round and did not let up to win. Al was second, followed by Mike S., Peter F., George B. and Don Rumble.
THIRD RACE: Mike S. led this one all the way. Al S. after riding his spinnaker into second place after once around, died on the off-shore tack to finish 12th. Peter B. also lost some ground to the inshore boats but held third at the finish behind Peter F. who came from nowhere to finish second. John Green took fourth place in the race, moving up six positions on the last leg by taking the tack that took him closest to the mark. George B., Ivar Zalitis (W867) of TS&CC, Don Rumble and Ed Pollock (W977) of Burlington followed in that order.
FOURTH RACE: The overall picture was a little
clearer going into the final race. One race was to be dropped. Mike
S. with a first, a second and a third was the man to beat and only Peter
Bassin had a chance to beat him with a first and a third in his best two
races. The tactic was for Mike to cover Peter, who needed a first to win.
Mike stuck with Peter throughout the race, finishing 5th while Peter was
8th. Meanwhile Al S. (that's me) had enough of getting nailed by inshore
boats and went inshore with George B., Stan Yeo, Pete Hanson and Bill McKitterick
(W322). Subsequently, this group, led by George B., arrived well
ahead at the first mark. SNOOPY sneaked by to leeward of George
on the run to move into the lead at the second mark. The final leg was
largely a parade with little change in positions on a close reach.
Speaking of Bronte's hospitality, I want on behalf of our class, to reiterate George Blanchard's "Thank You!" to Doug Schneider who ran our races ably, well and almost alone, to his horn, to Peter Friedenberg's wife and her 'Kitchen Staff'. All of us who were there certainly hope you'll have us back next year for this event.
BLANCHARD WINS CONESTOGA CENTENNIAL REGATTA
George Blanchard, sailing BONNIE (W283), finally ended Peter Bassin's stranglehold on Kitchener racing, by taking the Conestoga Lake Centennial Regatta at the Conestoga Sailing Club, June 10 and 11. George, with his crew Leo Maarse, never looked back after taking the first race of the four-race event. Two seconds in the succeeding races held off a late charge by the defending champion, Peter Bassin in PIPPA (W421) who finished second with his wife Maggie as crew. Peter won the second and fourth races, while the third race went to the fast-improving Peter Friedenberg of Bronte Harbour Y.C.
The scoring system used in the regatta was an interesting
one, new to Wayfarer sailing in Canada. Under the system used, bonus
points were awarded for high placings on a graded scale as follows.
Uncle Al has found the following pics from the Conestoga Centennial Regatta in his albums