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.

Calshot Cruise 16-17th September


“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” 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.


The crew of W9646 ‘Whale Shark’, soon after passing the iconic Needles, June 2017.

“The Round the Island event went very well. 10 Wayfarers registered and everyone finished in under 12 hours. Only 8 went Calshot to Calshot (Chris Tyler will have the full story).

“The last leg was a challenging one with winds getting up to 26 knots against the tide. During that time we on Whale Shark went to the assistance of a yacht that had gone aground on Ryde Sands. (The lifeboat turned up afterwards and towed them off.)

“A memorable UKWA event and George Mitchell and I made approaching £500 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in the process.”  – Andy Darby


‘Lizzie B’ and crew, plus John Norman, Queen Victoria Rally, May 2017 (photo c/o Nick Giles)

“The weekend ran very well. We had 14 boats register. 12 launched and we all had a cracking sail down to Osborne bay, where we anchored.

“The wind was Force 5. After an hour at anchor, we sailed back on a fast reach to Calshot. It was a good day, some very fast and exciting sailing.

“Lots of children and families involved, it was a good trip. I have asked one of the participants to do a write-up.” – John Norman

DIY Wayfarer Tent article posted

There is a new article (in the “Technical – Cruising Setup” section) describing how to make a boat tent from two cotton fly sheets. If you have access to a sewing machine why not give it a try?

Remember to log into the website first – the technical articles are one of many benefits of UKWA membership.

If you would like to join the UK Wayfarer Association you can do this via the Shop, or by contacting our Secretary.

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


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?