LATEST NEWS:

Ton Jaspers (“Swiebertje”)

It is with great shock and sadness that I learned today of the very premature passing of one of Wayfarers’ & NEDWA’s great stalwarts: Ton Jaspers.

Sadly Ton passed away on December 9th after a very short illness. Ton will be sadly missed by his long time best friend and loving wife Conny (Steennis) and their daughter Anne Lotte and so many other family and friends. I believe he will forever be remembered by so many in the wider Wayfarer family as a very passionate man, a technically astute man and a big bear of a man who loved sailing and Wayfaring in particular.

Ton was particularly generous in spirit and practicality, lending not just his knowledge and expertise to others but also welcoming visitors and lending his lovely boat W10445 Swiebertje to many who travelled to the Netherlands from abroad to participate in international events held there.

Ton Jaspers our fellow Wayfarer sailor and friend may you rest in peace.

With much respect and kind regard,
Monica Schaefer – W11152 Lakka


60TH ANNIVERSARY 2018 CALENDAR

It’s here! To celebrate the UKWA’s 60th anniversary in 2018, we’re issuing this special 28-page, A4, glossy, full-colour calendar (with a few original black and white photos).

The format is one month per page, with a full-page photo opposite. The calendar itself runs from January 2018 to January 2019 inclusive.

UKWA members should each have received a complimentary copy with the winter edition of Wayfarer News, but you are encouraged to order further copies here. International members are equally welcome to purchase one or more copies, which you can do by clicking (or tapping) on the cover photo thumbnail shown here.


NORMANDY RALLY 2018 – UPDATE

Thierry has now made available further information about this very interesting-sounding rally, including a detailed programme of events and a list of local overnight accommodation during the week.

There will be information about the rally in the next Wayfarer News, and there’s already a description of the event linked from the diary pages here on the website, including Thierry’s contact details.


RIG TUNING ARTICLE UPLOADED

“I’ve finally managed to track down and upload the illustrated rig tuning guide (members only – login required) that I previously published on my old website elsewhere. I’m open to constructive criticism – it’s a lengthy article but it needs to be.

“I strongly recommend using the flowchart provided and making notes as you go along.”

– Dave Barker W3177


Johnny Feibusch

It is with great sadness that we report that Johnny Feibusch died peacefully at home on Tuesday 19th September.

Johnny, a past Class Measurer, and Liz Feibusch spent many years sailing Wayfarers and sharing their knowledge with others.

Liz, a Life Honorary Member of the UKWA continues to race W11000.

A funeral service was held for Johnny at St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, on Tuesday 3rd October.


Calshot Cruise 16-17th September

DASH, SPLASH & BACK!

“Yet another entertaining weekend thanks to John Norman, a rogue thunder cloud and some errant wake from an unseen vessel.

Very calm trip to Newtown, but this cloud was building on the way back but I hadn’t see the flash of lightning. Then an almighty thunder clap – shook me witless for a moment or two! That was it – no more storm!

Then on the slipway back at Calshot, while I was off fetching the launch trolley the wake from nowhere threw the boat against Adrian, knocking him off his feet into the water. Quick thinking from the others on the slipway prevented any injury or damage to the boat.

Thanks to everyone. Next trip around the island?

DASH, SPLASH & BACK…. dash from all corners of the country, quick sail then back home.”

-Simon & Adrian – W8796 “and the little pigs dance” ...read more

 


St. Francis of Assisi Cruise, Brancaster

Matt Sharman has just announced dates for a late winter sail at Brancaster (N Norfolk), the St. Francis of Assisi Cruise. Full details via the Diary section, or see/obtain a pdf version here.


Wayfarer Southern Area Championship 2017

Held 9th & 10th September, Datchet Water Sailing Club

(l-r) Mike Becket (DWSC Commodore) presents the Wayfarer Southern Area Championship trophy to Jamie Lea and Len Jones © Tony Cooper

Three visiting teams from as far away as Canterbury and Derby joined the growing local fleet at Datchet Water Sailing Club to compete for the Southern Area Championship. Several of the usual travellers were unavailable for a variety of reasons, but Michael McNamara made the long journey from Norfolk just to return the trophies, while David Roberts also popped in for a tea and a chat before racing began.

The weather forecast was suitably autumnal with the threat of rain on Saturday and a westerly 13-18 knots, while Sunday was predicted to be very blustery with gusts in excess of 25 knots (and increasing) in the early afternoon. In the event we had 8-15 knots on Saturday, accompanied by sun, rain and thunder. Sunday was only a little windier, and the strongest gusts and steady rain only arrived as we were all safely ashore and de-rigging our boats. Water levels in the reservoir were very low which meant that wind shadows from the wall were more extensive than usual.

The event was shared with the K1 National Championships and a Flying Fifteen Open Meeting so there were plenty of boats on the race course. ...read more


Ullswater Gathering 2017

Paddling in a beck by Aira Force

“The sight of a large and buoyant fleet of Wayfarers emerging from the grey haze of a strong squall from Helvellyn into the brilliant sunshine over Silver Bay was just one of many highlights from the 2017 Ullswater Family Gathering. ...read more


SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Left to right: Margaret & Bob Sparkes, Neil McSherry, Monica Schaefer

The Scottish Nationals took place September 2nd & 3rd in beautiful Loch Lomond in bright warm sunshine. After a slightly delayed start Saturday (waiting on wind), 2 races were run in a nice breeze, with the defending champion & visitor from Ireland – W11152 Monica Schaefer & Neil Mc Sherry – in first position overnight with 2 points, followed by W6117 Bob & Margaret Sparkes from Loch Lomond SC on 5 points, and Peter & Isla Harper on 6 points. ...read more


Southern Area Championship Preview

Read Tim Townsend’s amusing take on the upcoming Southerns at Datchet Water, here on yachtsandyachting.com

The Wayfarer Class travelling circus is set for Datchet Water this weekend (© Moscow State Circus)


2018 – Dates for your diary: European Championships and further International events in Denmark

Open Danish Championship will be held on 29-30 June and 1 July in Svendborg. The address is Rantzausmindevej 137, 5700 Svendborg.

European Championship will be held on 3-8 July in Assens. The address is Naesvej 25. 5610 Assens.

The week after EM the Rantzausminde cruising rally will be held.

We hope to see a lot of W-sailors from your countries.

More info will be sent as soon as possible.

Best W-regards

John Goltermann


Wayfarer Southern Area Championships 9th and 10th September 2017 Sailing Instructions: NCS: #6

SIs for the 6th event of the 2017 National Circuit Series can be found here:

Flying Fifteen K1 Wayfarer SIs 2017 rev2 ...read more

 


NCS #5 – EASTERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo © Mike Spurgin

The Wayfarer Eastern Area Championship, which was also the fifth event in the Craftinsure National Circuit and Travellers Series 2017, was hosted by Medway Yacht Club over the weekend of 22/23 July. Twenty three boats, including one from Holland, competed in a six race series over the two days. ...read more