Written by Ralph Roberts, 13 March 2012

 Poul Ammentorp
A leading member of Scandinavian Wayfaring for many years, being a member of the SWS committee since 1998 and current chairman since 2006, (as well as from 1999 to 2003). Served as SWS, WIC Representative from 2003, and WIC Secretary from 2003 to 2006, as well as SWS Racing secretary and Deputy Chairman during this period. A co-initiator and supporter of the Wayfarer International Rally – started in 1995, and  founding member of the Danish Wayfarer Stompers, a well known and highly professional group of musicians who have provided superb entertainment at many Wayfarer events.
George Blanchard – Canada (b 1913 – d 2011)
A founding member of the CWA. Took part in every International Wayfarer Championship up to the event at East Down, N. Ireland in 2001, as well as taking an active roll in the organisation of the 2004 event in Toronto at the age of 91.
F. Chapman
Awarded this honour in 1971.
T E Clark
Racing Secretary around 1988.
T Clark
Awarded Honorary Life Membership at the 1988 AGM for his considerable support of the Wayfarer, and appreciation for securing Windsor Life as a sponsor for the class.
Frank Dye (b 1928 – d 2010)
The most well known proponent of Wayfarer cruising there is ever likely to be, and the inspiration for the present generation of cruisers. Cruised far and wide in many different countries of the world, and author of the book ‘Ocean Crossing Wayfarer’. Initiated, with others, the Wayfarer cruising rallies and the winter cruising conference.
Margaret Dye
Cruised enthusiastically with her husband Frank, and promoted the Wayfarer at many boat shows, particularly extolling the virtues of using a boat tent to explore remote areas.
Liz Feibusch
Past commodore and chairman, enthusiastic promoter of Wayfarer cruising before switching her main interest to racing. Donated the Wansfell Trophy shield for lady helms/crews.
Michael Gale
Editor of the first 3 editions of the Wayfarer Book. Enthusiastic supporter of the Wayfarer for family cruising.
Peter Grainger
An initiator and great supporter of Wayfarer Rallies and the annual Winter Cruising Conference.
W N Hodshon
Awarded the life membership at the 1991 AGM for his long and outstanding involvement with the class, being one on the original and founding members of the Association.
Ken Jensen
A founding member of the SWS and keen supporter of the Wayfarer in Scandinavia. Bought his first Wayfarer – W1348 in 1966 after reading about the boat in ‘Yachting World’, and seeing one at the Boat Show in Stockholm. Started importing Wayfarers for fellow enthusiasts and started the process of making the Wayfarer as popular in Scandinavia as it is today. In 1968, Ken, with a other Wayfarer sailors from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden met up with Frank and Margaret Dye on the small island Ven in Øresund to start the Scandinavian Wayfarer Assn. –  the SWS. Also initiated the ‘Wayfarer skiing’ event, which has taken place in Norway (and now Sweden) in January for many years. Still sailing his W-1348 in Denmark, with his enthusiasm for the boat undimmed.
Dr P Jonason
An excellent helm sailing a boat called Escargot, and was Commodore from 1968 -1970.
Cliff Norbury
A Wayfarer owner and excellent helm, as well as principal of Proctor Metal Masts. Served as R & T chairman for many years, leading the work to standardise the technical problems relating to the measurement of wooden boats. Awarded Honorary Life membership for his services to the Wayfarer Dinghy and Class.
Keith Proctor
Son of Wayfarer designer Ian Proctor. Represented the interests of Ian Proctor Designs within the Class Assn. for many years, and oversaw the introduction of the first major revision of the Wayfarer internal design layout with the Wayfarer World. An enthusiastic supporter of the Wayfarer and all its related activities.
Roger Proctor
Son of Wayfarer designer Ian Proctor. Took over the role of representing the interests of Ian Proctor Designs within the Class Assn from Keith. Managed the transition of ownership of the copyright from IPD to Hartley Boats Ltd. Also an enthusiastic supporter of the Wayfarer and its related activities.
Jens Konge Rasmussen
Owner of W 1740 and a founding member of the SWS and keen supporter of the Wayfarer in Scandinavia. The first Wayfarer owner in Scandinavia to have their boat officially measured, so the proud owner of Measurement Certificate no 1. Has since been chief measurer in Scandinavia since 1980 and was the original translator of the Class Rules from English into the Danish language, and is still the SWS consultant in Class Rule matters. He is regarded as the most experienced Wayfarer ‘Doctor’ in Scandinavia, and a willing person for any Wayfarer owner to turn to for advice. Initiated the annual SWS Rally at Rantzausminde in 1979, and the ideal location led to the event being one of the most popular of all NCA rallies.
Al Schonborn
‘Mr Wayfarer’ of North America! (Past posts held in the CWA). Responsible for the WIC and CWA websites and provides the main source of advice and support for Wayfarer sailors in Canada and the US.
Mrs V Strauss (d. 2009)
Awarded Honorary Life membership in 1997 for supporting her husband, the late Peter Strauss during all the years that he had been committee member, R&T Chairman, Treasurer, and Chairman.
Mrs G Wilson (d 2009)
UKWA Class Secretary from 1979 to 1983 and wife of Alan Wilson who served on the committee as R & T chairman for some time. Alan also was a top sailor and a winner of the nationals and first Worlds. The award was given to both Alan and Gwen at the 1984 AGM to reflect the years of work they had both put in to the class. (Alan died in 2005).
W Wrench-Buck (d. 2012)
Owned Wayfarer s.n.12.

Other past members worthy of historical note:-

Piers and Greta Plowman
Veteran Wayfarer cruisers who explored much of the UK and Baltic coastlines. Donated the Piers Plowman Trophy, awarded each year at our AGM; initially for the best cruising log, now for the best cruising article published in Wayfarer News, during the previous year.

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