"THE CANADIAN WAYFARER"
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE
"CANADIAN WAYFARER OWNERS' ASSOCIATION"
The Wayfarer Class, 16’ Sailing Dinghy,
Registered as a Class with the Canadian
CANADIAN WAYFARER OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Canadian Wayfarer Owners' Association Executive
||Mike Schoenborn, 13 Ojibway Ave., Toronto 2
||Pete Hanson, 682 Cochrane Rd. S., Hamilton
||Al Schoenborn, 604 Huron St., Toronto 5
BASSINS TAKE 1968 “CANADIANS” AT BRONTE
Peter and Maggie Bassin, sailing their North American
Champion W421 PIPPA demonstrated their championship calibre in all
types of weather to take the 1968 Canadian Wayfarer Championships held
July 6 and 7 off Bronte Harbour Y.C.
The Kitchener sailors once more played the role
of the “Red Baron” for SNOOPY (W116) sailed by Al Schoenborn and
Lynne Owens who had led by one half-point going into the final race of
the six-race series, before the heavier weather overpowered the "yellow
Runners-up in the event were Heider Funck (W734)
arid crew, Dunc McKerracher whose 2nd and 1st place finishes in Sunday's
heavier weather also moved them past SNOOP' who finished a close
third. For Heider, this series was a tune-up as he now leaves for
Germany where he will participate in the 5-0-5 World Championships.
The new system of much shorter races was flawlessly
handled by the B.H.Y.C. Race Committee which was headed by Doug Schneider
again this year. The four Saturday races each consisted of once around
a 1½-mile triangle plus an added windward leg while Sunday's pair
of races were once around plus a windward-leeward. Approval of this
set-up appeared near unanimous among the 26 entries. Each entry counted
its best five finishes in the six races.
FIRST RACE: A southwest breeze of about 10mph.
greeted the fleet on a sunny Saturday morning; a situation which more or
less re-maimed throughout the day. Al Schoenborn (W116) took an early
lead over Joy Blanchard (W1183) alias 618) daughter of George and terror
of the former Leader fleet. Al held the lead until Joy got away from
his cover near the finish to steal the win. A demoralized SNOOPY
then just barely managed to nip in ahead of Heider Funck and Peter Bassin.
SECOND RACE: This race was Mike Schoenborn
(W276 Waratah) all the way, followed by Joy B. and Al S. respectively.
Fourth place went George Blanchard (W283) ahead of Peter B. and Ed Pollock
(W977) and Darrell Hicks (W46) Redwing II both of Bronte Harbour.
The lunch break then, saw Joy Blanchard well in
the lead with 2 3/4 pts., over Al and Mike Schoenborn with 5 and
5 3/4 pts.
THIRD RACE: The afternoon brought a little
more wind and the en-suing racing was all Peter Bassin. He took the
third race handily ahead of Darrell Hicks. Joy B. faded badly after
holding third place going onto the final buck. She made the
mistake of tacking when she could lay the finish line and fell to a sixth
place finish. Third place went to Al S., while Heider F. and Ron Vandermey
(W763) from Kitchener followed ahead of Joy.
FOURTH RACE: Al Schoenborn took a commanding
lead at the weather mark but failed to find the second mark until it was
pointed out to him in a move of good sportsmanship by Ron Vandermey and
his father Bill who were in second spot. These boats lost much of
their lead here but were still one-two coming onto the final leg. In a
dying breeze, Peter Bassin again came up and snatched the win less than
10 feet from the finish line. Ron Vandermay finished third with Ian Chovil
fourth ahead of Heider Funck and Gerry Gibson (W929).
After Saturday’s racing, the situation looked as
Two races were scheduled for Sunday which dawned
with a spanking 15-20 mph. westerly breeze.
FIFTH RACE: - The first of the two races saw George
Blanchard and Wally Cavill (W 283) finally get their wind to win going
away from Heider Funk. Third place went to a new Wayfarer from TS
& CC, Larry Ball (W1359) ahead of clubmate, Ivar Zalitis (W867).
Ron Vandermey, with a fifth, continued a belated comeback effort.
Peter B., Al & Mike S. and Darrell H. were the
more prominent members of a group of boats that overlaid the first mark
by the proverbial 'miles' and never came back.
Going down to the wire, with one race dropped, it
looked like this:
SIXTH RACE: In still freshening breezes,
Heider Funk led all the way to jump into the runner-up spot, while a second-place
finish was enough to give Pete and Maggie Bassin their second national
title. Unable to match these crews in the heavier going, the leaders
after five races, Al Schoenborn and Lynne Owens fell to a sixth, while
Joy Blanchard and her crew, suffered a similar fate after their brilliant
start to the series and had to be content with fourth everall.
Third in the race went to Ron Vandermey who earned
an overall fifth. Still revelling in the heavy going, George
B. took fourth and Ivar Zalitis fifth. Complete racing results
FROM THE BOW BUOYANCY COMPARTMENT:
- O.K. North Bay, (i.e. Don Rumble, Don
Paine, Ken Holloway, etc.) where the h... were you????
- Doug Schneider and his committee ran the most
efficient show we have seen for quite some time. Congratulations!!!
- Fred Hulke (W416) saved the weekend from complete
monotony by dumping on Sunday. What some guys will do to test the
effficiency of the committee!!!
- Would John Wood (W606) who came in all the way
from Sarnia, please tell me why he finished sixth ahead of me in race #6
yet got a DNF???
- Last year's champion and pre-race favourite,
Mike Schoenborn and Sarah Chu bombed out (it's about time after three wins!!!
- At the presentation dinner, George Blanchard
added his usual colourful remarks and was rewarded by being made honorary
life-time toastmaster of the Wayfarers - an honor which he was already
awarded earlier this year at Kitchener's Conestoga Sailing Club.
Jovial BHYC Commodore, Gord Moir (inventor of the Herman [an in-joke
Al will be happy to share with those whose curiosity overwhelms them]),
was again on hand.
- Doug Cromarty (W938) found that a tight rigging
helps in the heavy going as he improved considerably on his Saturday placings.
- Several entries sailed with three crews but found
the weight a tremendous disadvantage in the light going (I think).
- This series marks a sad event in my life as I
must now part with SNOOP' since I will be off to Europe August 8th,
to teach in a German high school for a year (if I can borrow a boat I'll
be up to North Bay August 3-5). In this my final Newsletter, I would
ask to try your patience with -
A TRIBUTE TO
SNOOPY, you have been our friend, and served
us truly to the end.
But now it's time for me to part, from one who's
deep within my heart.
It's off to Europe I must go, and I confess I'll
miss you so.
Four years ago I saw you first, in cold Ontario
and from your fate I rescued you, to give you back
your life anew,
And from your state of old and mellow, revived
you with that coat of yellow.
And with our number one sixteen, we sailed forth,
all bright and keen.
Shaking off your poorer past, we sailed at once
to second ..... last!
This gave us cause for little cheer, and we despaired
for SNOOPY dear.
A jib from Charlie Smith improved, but still we
were not in the groove.
Canadians in sixty-four, and we still had our lousy
But there we had a moment's joy, when brother Mike
blew up at Roy,
who promptly joined the SNOOPY crew, to
start a friendship long and true.
We thank old Alex Lowenthal, whose main helped
put us on the ball.
SNOOP' fin'lly quenched our winless
thirst, and in August finished first.
Of course, it was now very clear, that SNOOPY
did deserve a beer.
In due turn, Red Cap was poured, all over thirsty
And SNOOPY sure was grateful too, for from then
on, he fairly flew;
and won for us time and again, until the North
While there we sadly did not win, ol' SNOOPY
sure as hell was in -
caved in, that is, by the behind of him who speaks
on "Speak your mind".
Thank God the hole was above water, or things had
been a litttle hotter.
As it was some Johnson's tape, put our SNOOPY
back in shape.
In sixty-six, I got a car, and we took SNOOPY
With his picture on the back, Volks in hand, we
hit the track -
Chicago-bound one day in May, we hit a gaspump
on the way -
reverse just is not second gear, as Roy saw quickly
and quite clear
- as he drove up a snow fence.
Once off the fence we whipped around, and dropped
poor SNOOPY to the ground;
then patched him up with gobs of paint, which left
him looking rather quaint.
To Kitchener we went from here, where sadly we
ran out of beer.
So between race one and two, we hit Elmira for
When we got back up to the race, there was SNOOPY
in his place
- but alas, the race had started - all the other
So we drank well, but finished poor...
Next we went up to North Bay, where, as I am glad
to say, Rumble, Paine and Holloway
and the Jamie Wallace Roost, gave our sad morale
Here we let the sailors gloat: we towed the race
And for those who still were bored, my faithful
crew fell overboard.
We lost our way, we sailed quite blind, the markers
we could never find,
but after all that Sunday booze, we just knew SNOOP'
Then it was the N.A.C., the best event on land
or sea, but not our SNOOPY's cup of tea.
What speed we did on water lack, on shore we more
than made it back
- so said the cop who summonsed me - for driving
far too speedily.
At South Port we put
SNOOP' away, to rest
up for the coming fray.
On Saturday, we came at dawn - alas, we found our
gone, until we looked on the front lawn,
and found on SNOOP' a sign quite plain,
which said "The Baron strikes again!"
Lake Orion was next at hand, as we sailed in Fred
You see an island from the shore - a clubhouse
like a liquor store -
Lake Orion Boat Club on the roof, L.O.B.C.!! did
What a way to end the year, sipping Pabst Blue
Ribbon beer -
and we return to Uzelac's, clutching our new George
that's made with constant loving care, and whose
number is quite rare -
a trophy that's surpassed by none, and a real honor
to be won.
Orange mixed with baby blue, gave our SNOOPY
Painting buffs were up in heaven, with ol' SNOOP'
and to make him really neat, with racing stripe
he was complete.
Chicago, Kitchener were fun, then to Bronte we
where in Canadians' final race, of the last mark
they moved the place -
and we already near the finish - our chances of
a first diminish.
At Ottawa there was no breeze, and so we did not
move with ease.
But we sure did swim a lot, for weather there was
on Lac Deschênes...
Roost and Blue Spruce and Trout Lake: these our
North Bay weekend make.
In the racing, we bombed out, as SNOOPY
took it on the snout.
But this small point, we made up for, by drinking
cocktails ever more.
The N.A.C., yes that's our meat - almost fifty
boats to beat -
borrowed sails eight-fifty-two from Browns at Ottawa.
SNOOPY loved the medium weather, putting
fourth and fifth together,
leading thus the largest fleet, after Saturday's
But alas, on Sunday's slop, and on Monday, what
Lucky that's not all there is, to these great big
We liked the hospitality and conviviality of our
great, fun family
This brings us up to sixty-eight, and we're almost
up to date.
Sadly now, Roy had to leave, and dear SNOOPY
Here again was something new: SNOOPY got
a female crew.
Though to sailing she was new, with Lynnie SNOOPY
On our transom now arose, a bright and different
in affection now the name, shortened down to SNOOP'
Off we went to Bronte Harbour -
to the land of Darrell Hicks, way out there among
the sticks -
far from Bassin, Blanchard, Chovil, Michael and
all other evil -
Pollock and McKitterick, Stanley Yeo and Peter
Hanson, these admire now our transom
- we hope...
Chicago hospitality, from Krieberg, Spitz and Hoveke
and Ann Arbour's Pretzel Bell, make a journey long
as hell, worth the effort very well.
Kitchener, L.S.S.A., SNOOPY gave his best always.
These Canadians farewell, and our SNOOPY
went like hell.
And when all was said and done, here at home he
Now it's time to say good-bye, to our SNOOP'
- a real good guy.
Since for Europe I have opted, SNOOPY now
must be adopted.
We will send him hopefully, to a racing family
where we hope he will go on, to win what he has
not yet won.
Almost all has now been said, except he must be
(ed. note: Lately there has been a strike, but
we know what SNOOPY likes.
So we told him: "Never fear, you will have imported
He likes Heineken quite well...)
Cheers to W
My favourite yacht I've ever seen!!
from Al, your faithful provider of booze.
This scheduled five-race event was butchered by
the weather and the race committee. The first race was run lengthily
in light winds over a distance of nine miles and went to SNOOPY
who won going away. He was repeating his performance when the wind died
in the second race but he managed to escape with the lead onto the final
leg when a mild thundersquall broke. With most of the boats well
on their way towards being finished after two hours of racing, the race
A double first would have been sufficient excuse
to cancel a previous engagement for Sunday but as it was, we on SNOOPY
felt obliged to show up at the cottage. Reliable reports say that
Sunday's event was mangled even worse by the gods of the M.Y.R.C.
The results of the drifter which finally developed left Darrell Hicks (W-46)
in REDWING II on top with 5 3/4 points off a fifth and a first.
The race comittee did however, save their best shot
for Monday where they started the final race after several postponements
due to high winds, when the wind continued to get stronger. Apparently
the huge number of dumping boats did not bother the race committee as they
had already seen two or three boats dump on Saturday afternoon. In
any case, the majority of the skippers felt that logic demanded that this
race would surely be cancelled and only a handful had the fortitude to
remain out there. One of these was George Blanchard who sailed alone
around the course and gained 8-3/4 points on every other skipper to turn
a seventh place placing into the win. Nine boats were entered in the Wayfarer
The new Editor will be Darrell Hicks (W46), admirer
of Gordie Howe, sailor(?), skipper(?) and owner of REDWING II.
Thanks for your past attention - yours truly
Editor - Al Schoenborn
... and here Darrell
Hicks takes over as News Editor
Thank you Al, for the privilege of trying my hand
at the News Letter I shall try to uphold the great caliber of wit which
you so ably used the past 4 years and may I also on behalf of the Association
as a whole, thank you for same.
First of all let's not forget the most important
event of the year, the reason for tuning up and starting at all the past
summer's races is for me - as I hope £or all owners - "The North
Americans". Whether you finish 1st or last or somewhere in between, it
is a must to trail to South Port Sailing Club on Lake St. Claire near Windsor
to greet our American friends. I'll be there with my tent pitched
beside Ron Gillespie #854 down by the water, be sure to join us, Sat Aug
31st and Sun Sept 1st - $18.00 per boat.
||Dr. A. Chovil
||Dr. A. Chovil
Wed - July 10th is an historic occasion for Snoop
(re: follow up on Al's poem) for during our Club Race at Bronte, Redwing
II finally showed her transom to the proud yellow boat, somehow Snoop
must have sensed that the Redwing II was going to give him more
trouble than did the Red Baron (Pippa) out of Conestoga last year.
When July 19th dawned, Snoop gave a little yelp, shook her Wiscot
carriage and roared off northward, perhaps looking for other companionship.
However on the way, I belieye the North Bay Humane Society found him and
turned him over to a Dr. Asselstine to care for. We wish all the
best to Dr. Asselstine as the new owner of Snoop who I am sure will
join the Trout Lake Wayfarer addicts.
North Bay highlites as I recall - First Race - 20
odd miles consisting of a start with wind (as Dr. Paine promised that morning),
followed by a good weather leg up to Crawford's Marina, Blanchard complained
of a lousy start, Wally Cavill ex-Wayfarer owner and 1962 Canadian
champ using Don Rumble's boat was up front at first mark, also Dr. Paine.
Reached back down to One Mile Bay. I remember Ken Holloway and Peter
Bassin putting up spinnakers to catch the leading boats; Ken did plane
with his, (1st time I had seen this) making his way right up by the time
we hit second mark. We rounded it and headed down to Louisville Island
and I remember Bassin's boat planing past us to leeward then almost going
on the island as he rounded very close. Then came a straight run
down to Milne's Bay mark - some boats jibing and some sailing by the lee.
As we rounded it and headed up to Rolph Island on close reach, wind began
to freshen up rapidly and having it die momentarily in the lee of the Island
was quite an experience.
On coming out of the soft spot behind Rolph Island
we really had our work cut out for us as we began the long dead-on buck
back to Doran's Pt. Bassin took the lead and I could see Maggie stretched
right out flat to windward trying to hold the Pippa flat and Peter
feathering up and up getting everything out of his boat. He was really
moving out. Next was Ken Holloway, then I believe (correct me if
I am wrong - things were hectic with the wind now right up and blasting
away at trying to bury us all) Wally Cavill in Commodore Rumble's 634 was
next with McNutt's 855 - I remember his with the blue sails leeward. The
was just getting her feathers loosened up and beginning to relish the brisk
breeze that was building up. She started to overtake Cavill then once ahead
looked to the Blue sails of the McNutt boat and with my bearded crew screaming
to fly for the green boat which rounded the Doran Pt. mark 2nd after Pippa
and headed close to Hemlock Island while Pippa went on a tack out
further. We not knowing that Ken had developed troubles aboard decided
to play it safe and tack to follow Bassin - went too far, missed Ken and
finish was Bassin, Holloway and Hicks.
Congratulations are in order to Commodore Rumble,
Dr. Paine and his committee for providing facilities without which the
race would definitely not have been the thrill that it was.