International Rally, September 2018 (report)
Report by Merrin Froggett:-
Wayfarer sailors from eight nations gathered in Norfolk last week for the Wayfarer International Rally 2018. Organiser and UK Wayfarer International Committee representative, Ralph Roberts, saw his target of 100 participants exceeded as 114 people took to the water in the fleet of 40 Wayfarers, one Norfolk half-decker and a cruiser making this the biggest ever Wayfarer International Rally.
It was a fitting climax to the season in which the centenary of designer Ian Proctor is being celebrated coinciding with the 60th anniversary of his design for the Wayfarer. ...read more
Comments were made that Broads sailing requires a high level of skill, persistence and patience as well as quick reactions. Many of the Wayfarer sailors had never tacked quite so much and felt that their tacking skills were well honed by the end of the week.
The event was based at Clippesby Hall and boats were berthed at Thurne. A selection of destinations each day ensured that the fleet dispersed but that the UKWA members and the visitors could enjoy sailing in company and sharing insights and experiences. Westerly winds made for fast passages to Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere but required determination (or a motor) for the return.
Some boats went down to Stokesby and swept back on the flood tide. Many snaked up the River Ant to How Hill visiting the wherry Hathor or went for a spin on Barton Broad. A succession of destination broads and villages along the River Bure made for shorter trips and cultural visits while most people visited Ludham Village and enjoyed the heritage of Hunter’s Yard at some time.
Norfolk pubs were particularly popular with the overseas visitors looking for authentic experiences and warm beer.
Off the water, a hog roast and a talk by a Broads Authority ranger kicked off the week which was followed by music making led by the Danish delegation. Michael McNamara came to demonstrate how to get the most out of your cruising boat and then hosted two evenings at his sail loft making up and finishing a Wayfarer genoa each time.
An evening of foot tapping music was provided by the Shanty Buoys from Lowestoft and the week ended with a dinner at Dunstan Hall, Norwich to which transport was provided by two Routemaster buses.
We were delighted to be joined by Ian Proctor’s son Roger, who spoke about his father and his remarkable lifetime designing boats and also presented special centenary awards to three Wayfarers who have made the Wayfarer Class or the International Wayfarer organisation and rallies the success they are today.
Normandy Cruise July 2018
Cercle Nautique de Ver-sur-Mer
Eight Wayfarers took part recently in an amazing experience of cruising along the beaches of the D-Day landings that took place in Normandy in June 1944. It was one of those unusual weeks for UK Wayfarer sailors where a swimming costume and buoyancy aid was all that was really needed!
Huge thanks to Thierry Grenier who pulled out all the stops to make this a most memorable week. With Bastille Day on the first Saturday, followed by France winning the World Cup on Sunday, there was an air of excitement among the locals all week! ...read more
With Brexit on-going, we were all amazed by the demonstrable gratitude shown by the French after so many years. They are very keen to keep alive the memory of the sacrifices made for future generations. Our visits included the English cemetery at Bayeux, Pegasus Bridge at Ranville (Film: ‘The Longest Day’), the American Cemetery at Omaha beach, and the Canadian museum at Juno Beach. It was especially interesting to sail in and around what remains of the Mulberry Harbour (Port-Winston) at Arromanches.
We also were lucky enough to be able to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, prior to its forthcoming loan to England for a few months while they re-develop the museum where it lives, in the historic town of Bayeux. Great sailing in light winds, and lots of French food and of course ‘Cidre’. Thank you Thierry, and hope you can make it to the International Rally in September!
– Jerry Norman
Around the Isle of Wight!
“The wind was – unusually – from the East; not the Beast from the East for a nice planing run, but a dying breeze, and only Puddle Duck managed to get the most from the favourable tide so as to avoid using their motor.
“We had 9 boats in all, with several going around for the first time. All four Tyler children (well, adults now) took part in different boats. It’s ten years since they were all sailing at a Wayfarer event – the 2008 50th anniversary year celebrations at Parkstone.
“The event won’t be held next year, as numbers were on the low side, and in two years time perhaps the up-and-coming cruising Wayfarers will want to join in.
“Alas we couldn’t find the dolphin that had been spotted by Hurst Castle – just plenty of large ships to keep us busy. A great day out!”
Chris – W28 ‘Chreselen’
CRUISING CONFERENCE POSTPONED
(Posted Thursday 15th Mar, 09:00)
“I have had to juggle three main factors in my decision here. The first is the risk of snowfall with certainty of high winds on Sunday, the second the certainty of a grey weekend with strong winds and temperature maxima of 1 degree, and lastly waterlogged ground and a flood alert on the River Trent with further rain forecast for the next 2 days. To put the cherry on the top of this the river level data for that stretch of the Trent has not been updated since last night (and it usually is). We have also been unable to find an alternative venue nearby at this short notice....read more
“The equivalent safe passage planning decision would be “find an alternative passage or stay ashore!”
“Whilst I appreciate this will be a disappointment for many it looks very likely indeed that we could hold the event in on the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October, at NCSC, instead. Once I have dates I will be emailing you all to see if you could make it on the available date. Obviously if you can’t manage then you will be refunded as soon as you confirm that.
“with all very best wishes
“Boris – Cruising Secretary.”
“Where did that cork land?”
“60th anniversary celebration of our Wayfarer on the Hartley Boats stand at the RYA Dinghy Show.
“Roger Proctor, son of the late Ian Proctor, whose centenary was also being celebrated, popped the cork, and I had the honour of cutting the cake, beautifully crafted in the shape of 60, with perfect ‘W’s all over, by the wonderful Sarah Burgess, our UKWA Secretary and her son.
“As I cut the cake I made a traditional wish – and it’s no secret that I hope the Wayfarer will continue to provide happy family sailing, amazing cruising adventures, training for all beginners, and high-powered racing, for the next 60 years. Thank you Ian Proctor for designing the most versatile dinghy ever. Long Live the Wayfarer!”
– Liz Feibusch (W11000)
Brancaster Weekend – Summary
“The weekend of 24th/25th February saw 8 hardy (foolhardy?) boatloads of Wayfarer sailors brave the icy blasts from the east for some sailing at Brancaster on the North Norfolk coast. All survived to tell the tale and in fact enjoyed the brilliant sunshine and superb sailing.
“Accommodation for the weekend was the ‘bunkhouse’ at Burnham Deepdale, where hearty meals and celebratory drinks were consumed amid tales of tides, shallow water and waves.
“Winds of 20 knots and gusting showed how efficient reefing systems and a seaworthy boat really came into their own.” – Matt Sharman W773 (organiser)
International Rally, 7th – 13th September
Separately there are now also full details of the proposed itinerary, as well as a detailed breakdown of the costs of various types of accommodation and a description of what is included in the price. This is all accessed via the ‘Cruising’ section of the menu, also linked here.
Ralph has arranged a fantastic array of enticing activities, visits and events – do take a look at what is on offer!