UNITED STATES WAYFARER ASSOCIATION
Notes From The National Committee
As expected, we are extremely busy at this time finalizing all aspects of the Wayfarer National Championships. We are hoping for a record turnout this year in excess of the twenty-eight Wayfarers competing in 1967. Since time sort of got away from us, we have included the flyer with details of the championships with this issue of the Skimmer. Please read it thoroughly so there will be no misunderstandings regarding measurement, crews, or other details. Race instructions will be passed out at the regatta as usual.
The National Committee thought the
taken from the Canadian Owners' Association publication would be of
to the United States owners: (see June 1968 CWA news for this letter
from Ian Proctor)
AROUND THE FLEETS
Fleet 1, Chicago: No news.
Fleet 2, Detroit: No news.
Fleet 4, Cleveland:
The Cleveland fleet would like to see some Wayfarers from Detroit at the Put-in-Bay Regatta (August 5, 6, and 7). They have had a good time there for several years now and would like to share this regatta with other Wayfarers.
THE LINE SQUALL THAT AFFECTED SAILORS ON JUNE 19
Lake Erie becomes very treacherous in a high wind because it is a large and shallow body of water.
Wednesday, June 19, is a good example. It was sunny and warm here in Cleveland. About 7:00 p.m. a line of very high clouds moved in like gangbusters. This should have been enough warning that something was in the offing besides the the race. The wind before the race was not high and Phil Fay (W-801) went out alone. Many other people also went out who would only go in such seemingly fair weather.
The squall hit after the race was underway. The contestants were unaware of its severity and speed. It tore through at 65 knots, which was strong enough to pick up water from lake Erie and form it into a dense black wall twenty feet high!
Nearly the whole fleet capsized. Even a Highlander went over in the parking lot on its trailer.
Unfortunately Bob Huston's boat (W-713) was thrown into a stone breakwall and severely damaged. Fortunately, Bob and May managed to get in all right. Phil Fay went over the high side after capsizing and stood on the centerboard. He stayed fairly dry until the waves knocked him off. Our Fleet Captain, Jack Reulbach and his wife, Bev, went over, got old W-603 up again and rode the storm out.
Although numerous boats were damaged, I am pleased to say that no one was seriously injured.
Bill Quayle Secretary, Fleet 4.Fleet 6, Lake Orion, Michigan:
A one-day Invitational on Sunday, September 15, is scheduled on Lake Orion for those who wish to have some practice for the Regatta which is scheduled for the following weekend. Personal invitations to both events will be mailed late in August.
A record of the standings in the Sunday morning races is being kept, resulting in a "champ of the month." So far the winners are Don Roe for May and Bob Spaulding for June.
Fleet 6 Moonlight Sail
After a picnic supper, we had a pleasant sail in the dark. The twinkling lights from the flashlights made such a pretty sight on the lake that we decided to have some informal sailing parties on future Saturday nights.
Winners of the evening were:
First, Bill Worrall
Fleet 8, Portland, Oregon: No
NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Time to be giving some thought to attendance at the North American Championship Races to be held over the Labor Day Weekend at the South Port Sailing Club in Windsor.
Since the Canadians are temporarily in
the trophy, they will be hosting the event this year and will be
personal invitations with details of events and accommodations.
USED WAYFARERS FOR SALE:
W-971 Wood boat, factory
built in England.
Complete with trailer.
W-1386 Fiberglas boat built by
One year old. Red hull and white deck, aluminum mast and boom,
sails, Elvstrom bailers, tent cover, paddle, anchor and line, bag with
extra parts, wind pennant, Pamco 900 lb. trailer and spare tire.
Complete package for $1800. Can be seen at Tri-City Sailboats in
or contact Don Frank, 551 Northwood Drive, Alpena, Michigan.
DEADLINE FOR NEWS FOR SKIMMER OCTOBER 15, 1968.
Be sure to send in all of your season race results at that time:
Betty Peacock, 2799 W. Avon Road, Rochester, Michigan