Wayfarer International Rally 2018
Froggett 17 Sep 23:06 BST7-13
Wayfarer sailors from eight
nations gathered in
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.
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
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,
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.