• I used to own a good Porter Wooden Wayfarer and voted against the adoption of the Mk4.

    The vote was lost and the Mk 4 adopted. I have subsequently bought a Mk 4.

    I now realise I was wrong to vote against the Mk 4 and its the best thing that has happened to the Wayfarer Class. Its now much more a level playing field and a reasonable club sailor…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Twin spi poles in the forum Racing 7 years, 9 months ago

    I agree that sorting out the rules and giving common sense guidance is important.

    I am aware that many don’t like harbour courses due to the advantage of local knowledge and buoy position. Whats wrong with a GPS?

    When I see only people in the top 3 have one feature and the rest don’t I would worry but until then lets just get more people racing…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Open Meetings in the forum Racing 7 years, 11 months ago

    Like to attend more but missing good club racing, family commitments and distance to travel are reasons not to attend.

    Being able to camp at club is a positive.

  • Steve Collins wrote:
    Dear Members
    Personally, I cannot see how including the National Champs in the National Circuit series will produce any more boats on the water next year.

    I think that we should set a target of getting 50 boats on the water at Medway Yacht Club for the 2012 Nationals. We are already in discussion with Medway about putting…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Developing the class in the forum Racing 8 years, 1 month ago


    As the buyer of the above boat (!),

    I do wonder reading this thread if there may be something of a “confounding variable” (as the statisticians say) with very keen experienced sailors buying the new version, thus giving the impression of “better”.


    Congratulations on your purchase – we have struggled against that boat…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Developing the class in the forum Racing 8 years, 1 month ago

    With numbers sold I can understand the lasers, toppers and RS200 being at the top of the list for numbers attending the Nationals but the Wayfarer at 64th – that is disappointing.

    Is it just the boat or do the other classes do something else better than us? Can anyone who is involved in other classes Nationals comment

    The event at Weymouth…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Spinnaker numbers in the forum Racing 8 years, 1 month ago

    Agree leave without numbers.

  • sailfree replied to the topic Thoughts on the Mark IV in the forum Racing 8 years, 2 months ago

    jmeck wrote:

    I am not sure I am missing the point. As you say it is a level playing field if you have a MarkIV. Implying that if you don’t it is not.

    The point you are missing is that as Colin suggests it was never a level playing field with various Mks and especially certain wooden boats always winning in certain conditions. While I am…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Thoughts on the Mark IV in the forum Racing 8 years, 2 months ago

    jmeck wrote:
    Hi All,

    I just think it is a shame that they are so good as it has made all older versions not as competitive (or perceived to be as competitive). 8 out of the top 10 in Weymouth were Mark IV. I guess it is partly because a lot of good sailors have bought them but that is because they are faster most probably.

    I think you are…[Read more]

  • Colin May has kindly phoned me and talked me through going to “events” and clicking on the green arrows to find more info. Club looks great but like many we would require camping with toilet facilities so while its generous of the YC member to offer camping in his garden frankly its not going to cut it for us.

    Happy to pay the ferry for a weeks…[Read more]

  • Can I express my concern regarding the nationals in Ireland.

    It would be such a shame if the momentum given to the class by the massive turnout at Weymouth is reversed in less than 12 months by a poor turnout in Ireland.

    I would not wish to preclude Ireland as the Internationals held in 2001? in N Ireland was one of the best events we have ever…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Weymouth Internationals in the forum Racing 9 years, 3 months ago

    RayS wrote:
    My fingers are duly wrapped! Not a deliberate omission; more to do with finding time to get the report out at all, as people were saying where the !£!*£* is it!

    There will be a longer version in the Wayfarer News which I’m working on.

    No finger wrapping was intended Ray – you did a good job and its unfair to criticise one a…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Weymouth Internationals in the forum Racing 9 years, 3 months ago

    RayS wrote:
    .. and I’ve finally had a chance to produce reports for the websites including Y&Y.

    I would like to add one further point to Rays write up and correct the ommission in that the name of the winner of the last race was not mentioned. While its good to sail with greats like Mike MacNamara, Stuart Rix etc (and previously Ian…[Read more]

  • If the nationals are to be in Ireland can someone post details of how to get a cheap ferry crossing.

    Can the Wayfarer association arrange one for say 40 boats/

  • The course marks will be the large pillar buoys that Parkstone usually use for bay races, so there will be no difficulty in finding the marks! But I am confident that we , I’s cream, will find some other way of messing up!!

  • Colin Parkstone wrote:
    Sail Free, You talk about all this friction where is it,in what ??

    When are you letting the halyard go ? Does the spi not drop down when you uncleat the halyard ?
    Do you take up the slack in the downhaul before you let off the halyard?

    Al, why are you bothering with the pole height just too stow it or is it the only way…[Read more]

  • Thanks for answers.

    Jane being the helm found friction too much simply trying to pull it down while it was still flying I had heard about leaving pole in until last but friction was too much for Jane as leaving pole in keeps the spinnaker flying unless crew pull the pole back and crew start to pull down on the foot . The only way we found…[Read more]

  • Does the crew effectively collapse spinnaker by collecting the foot while helm lowers?

    I originally thought with a spinnaker shute the helm simply pulled it down when spinnaker is flying but friction takes over and it difficult/impossible.

    sEcond question how much slack do you have on on the uphaul/downhaul ?

    step by step guide for both crew…[Read more]

  • sailfree replied to the topic Race Training in the forum Racing 9 years, 6 months ago

    For those that are a bit rusty and cant make the datchet weekend can anyone point to a simple explanation of the rules especially the significance of recent changes. Idealy Sailing Racing Rules for Dummies (with diagrams for those like me that struggle with long words!)

  • sailfree replied to the topic Righting Lines in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago

    As I suggested the secret is for the crew to grab the righting line and go over once the boat is definately capsizing and thereby eith stop the capsize or at least stop it inverting.

    If you find yourself with an inverted boat- I have never considered whether to go round the stern or bow – just get one each side at the shroud position! Get the…[Read more]

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