Queen Victoria Rally 20th May

This just received from John Norman:-

Dear Wayfarer Sailors

We are looking forward to running the Queen Victoria Rally to Osborne bay. Please find attached the INFO document, containing all the rally instructions and the booking form.

To reserve your place, please complete the booking form and return to me soonest.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the water.

Best wishes


Cruising Conference Update

Joining papers for the UKWA Cruising Conference 2017 have now been circulated. If you haven’t received these check your spam folder and then if necessary contact Boris.

Note the discount for those booking before the end of January!

Cruising Conference 2017 dates

The 2017 Cruising Conference will be held 24th – 26th March 2017 at Notts County SC, as in previous years.

This is an extremely popular, friendly, land-based event and a wonderfully social, extremely informative way to start the next season.   If you would like to attend and have something specific you would like to be covered, please don’t hesitate to contact Boris Morrice, our Cruising Secretary, who will be delighted to help you all he can – email here.

Update (Jan ’17) – Joining papers for the Conference have now been circulated. If you haven’t received these check your spam folder and then if necessary contact Boris.

Christine Cavill

Cruising members who participated in our rallies in the eighties and nineties will be sad to hear that Christine passed away on 19th April after a long battle with an undiagnosed wasting disease which eventually was found to be a hyperactive thyroid. 

I have just arrived in the UK and can confirm there will be a memorial service on Friday 20 May at 1400 at St Marys Church, Shaw, Newbury RG14 2DR with a wake to follow. All are welcome. Sorry for the short notice.

In the future there will be a ceremony to scatter Christine’s ashes at sea at an appropriate time and place. 

Christine was a wonderful person who led a most eventful life to be celebrated, thanked and remembered. Mountaineer, sailor, race and rally organiser, concerned for peace and the environment, and enthusiast of all things technical she was proud to have met many talented and passionate people from all walks of life.  

As a Wayfarer cruiser she sailed with Michael Gale in Stockholm and Denmark as well as the Phillips in Canada. 

After our marriage in 1988 we cruised and raced our wooden Wayfarers on the East Coast, Solent, to Devon and Cornwall, Scotland and in France and Spain. In the Mediterranean we dabbled also in racing and deliveries of big boats before ‘retiring’ in 2006 to the Miniji keelboat (national championship boat for the handicapped in France) and to radio controlled one metres as competitor and organisers. 

Hope you can put a mention on the website and in the magazine.    

Home address in UK is 4 Walton Way Newbury RG14 2LJ tel 0163534448 

Best wishes to anyone who remembers us – they are getting thin on the ground these days – and to the Class in general.

Jerry Cavill, Wooden Wayfarer ‘Bon Ton Roulet’ by Alec Stone.

Cruising Conference – Trailing your Wayfarer

This is the excellent presentation (pdf document) given by Richard Seabrook at the recent UKWA Cruising Conference (2016).

Trailing Your Wayfarer

What is likely to break?

Read the 2013 article (pdf) here from Matt Sharman for his analysis of what might break on a Wayfarer!

What is going to break?

Wayfarers at Kielder during Early May Bank Holiday 2016

We are planning a combined cruising and racing weekend at Kielder Water Sailing Club from 30th April to 1st May 2016.

In the past we have hosted a full racing weekend, though this year we thought it would be good to combine the two. ...read more

Ullswater Gathering 2016 August 13th – 19th

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Please note revised dates for this popular event. The event will now take place in the week prior to that previously advertised, that is August 13th – 19th 2016, and not August 20th – 25th

Video link to last year’s event (2015) here:


XVI Wayfarer Internationals – July 2016

The XVI Wayfarer Internationals  are coming up soon and will for the first time will be held in Friesland Holland where the racing will take place on the expansive Heegermeer waters. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience sailing in a place where sailing takes precedence over all other forms of transport – bar the bicycle perhaps!


Already the Dutch event is attracting huge interest with 50 entries in and likely to reach over the Ton . I am sure you remember the excitement and the buzz as we all lined up in those final moments just before the gun went off at the start of each race at the Weymouth Worlds and the thrill of seeing 100+ colourful spinnakers filling the bay from end to end, as we ran fast and gracefully before the wind! What a feeling! What a fantastic sight: Awesome! as some might say.


Well time flies and now six years later the “Worlds” are back on the European side of the pond and we are planning to have a mega bash and a whole lot of fun and we hope that you will, once more be there to participate, contribute and enjoy this fantastic Wayfarer racing event.


Hartley Boats have once again come on board as the primary sponsor with Craftinsure, EXE sails and Stena Line also aboard to support the event. Through the generous support of our sponsors we can all enjoy a reduced entry fee, reduced ferry transport costs and free entry into prize draws if we enter now or before the 1st of November. Click on the event poster on the Hartley Boats home page or follow this link for more information and to enter now. http://www.hartleyboats.com/index.php?id=132


The success of any class depends to a large extent on the visibility of the class at National and International events so the numbers of participants at this event will be an important part of the viability of the Wayfarer class into the future. Wouldn’t it really be something if, in the 60th year since Ian proctor first produced this wonderful boat, we were part of a gathering of over 100 Wayfarers in a country where sailing and sailing boats hold such significance!


It’s going to be a great event, I hope you can make it and I look forward to sharing the fun on the Friesland waters with you next summer.

Very best wishes,


Monica Schaefer

W 10952 Anamcara

UKWA Marketing & WIC Irish Representative


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Preliminary Cruising Rally / Training Dates for 2016

Dates for your diary:    2016 Cruising Calendar as follows:

February 12th – 14th Brancaster Weekend.

March 18th – 20th UKWA Cruising Conference, Notts County Sailing Club

July 9th – 16th Scotland Rally

July 23rd – 29th Wayfarer Worlds, International Rally, Heeg, Holland


Wayfarer International Rally 2015 Lough Derg report

Ralliers at Lough Derg YC 2015

The final roundup – happy Wayfarer Ralliers 2015 gather at Lough Derg YC at Dromineer.

83 people and 37 Wayfarers from 11 countries thoroughly enjoyed a hugely successful International Rally in glorious sunshine for all but one day….

Wayfarer International Rally 2015 report

Date set for 2016 UKWA Cruising Conference



Date: March 18th – 20th 2016

Venue: Notts. County Sailing Club

For those new to this event it’s a great opportunity to hear from those with experience about all things ‘cruising’ and the Wayfarer. By all means bring your own boat though sailing will be limited due to Club racing. However it’s a good time to compare how different boats are set up. If you play an instrument bring that too! Do send in any ideas for sessions you’d like covered, the list is already growing!

To express interest please email Cruising@wayfarer.org.uk or ring me on 01904 624448. Jeremy