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12 Nov 2018: UKWA Editor, Merrin Froggett, reports on the wildly successful 2018 International Rally
photos of our time as guests of the Heffernans on Emerald Isle, NC now posted
latest USWA SKIMMER  posted
Centenary Celebration of Ian Proctor and
Awards for Three Outstanding Wayfarer Sailors

Roger Proctor speech – UK International Rally 2018


Everywhere I go in the world where there is water, I find something that my father designed or had a hand in designing or conceiving. Whether it is a boat, a new material, a design development, sailing technique, a fitting, a mast or even a one handed paddle. For a family of creative people of all kinds, whether it be physiotherapists, architects, graphic designers or town planners, this is all a tremendous legacy. Sometimes it is a lot to live up to.


Most of us in our working career can only dream of just one thing we create becoming widespread and iconic. What a legacy to be blessed with so many designs, developments and concepts accepted across the world and also still to be a fundamental part of the maritime landscape a quarter of a century after his death. I suspect there is plenty more water to pass under that bridge as well.


As a family we are obviously prejudiced. He was our father after all, supported every step of the way by our mother, herself an unsung hero. So if our mother said he could walk on water we probably believed her, up until the age of 12 or 13 that is. After 13 he was just Dad, sometimes annoying, a wise counsellor, great in a crisis, impossible over small things, never apologetic, confident, fun, demanding, family focused, caring, loving and proud.


So we didn’t have, and couldn’t have a balanced view of him. Over the last year David Henshall, naval historian, has striven to give a balanced view of his career. And to our great satisfaction David, at the Dinghy Show, uttered the immortal words - ‘Ian Proctor was the most popular and innovative boat designer of the 20th century’.


Significantly Ian Proctor was modest. He was intensely proud and confident, never doubting is own decisions and abilities. But he was never outwardly showy, boasting or arrogant, when he had plenty of opportunity or cause to be so. So in some ways, because of this modesty and just plain good manners, he has perhaps remained more hidden in these days of PR hype and well financed marketing machines.


And he hated the politics of sailing officialdom. The Tempest, in pure aesthetics and its adoption as an Olympic Class, was perhaps his greatest design triumph. However he disliked and resented the political maneuvering that came with it. It resulted in perhaps his darkest time and was an anathema to someone who loved sailing for its own sake.


100 years ago my father, Ian Proctor, was born. It is a great privilege to be amongst Wayfarers from around the world tonight in its 60th year, and it is yet another opportunity for me to celebrate a great life amongst friends.


And what a year of events. I have just come back from China where the Topper Worlds attracted over 270 sailors from 20 countries. The Topper has nurtured Olympic medalists, 60% of the British Americas Cup team, Round the World race champions and many world champions in other classes. The Ospreys are re-enacting the 1953 Coronation Cup Round the Island Race this weekend. There are still so many active classes such as the Wayfarer, Wanderer, Osprey, Tempest, Gull, Minisail, Kestrel, Signet, Bosun and other boats, and it was wonderful 2 weeks ago to be at the Ian Proctor Centenary Regatta seeing Proctor National 18s, International 14s, National 12s, Merlin Rockets, International Canoes, Gulls and Wayfarers, all with fantastic legacies of their own.


Ian Proctor received many design awards. He was made a Royal Designer for Industry, Yachtsman of the Year, given the Horner Award for innovation in plastics, received three Design Council Awards (at the time more design awards than any other designer, in whatever field). When he died nearly 40% of the dinghy market was being built to his designs. Then he featured in the Best of British Design exhibition at the V&A and Best of British Manufacturing at the Science Museum in 2012 during the Olympics, next to the E-type Jaguar, Concord and a Rolls Royce jet engine.


What many people don’t know is that he was disabled during WWII. He didn’t complain about his situation or let it stop him pursuing his passion for sailing. He endured and overcame tremendous obstacles that happily few of us face. I talked about this disability the other day and someone said that he wouldn’t have wanted to be defined by his disability. They were absolutely right, he never let it stop him. However if we don’t recognize it, we don’t fully acknowledge his triumphs.


Sailing was his passion and love. He believed sailing could give people so much. Physical and also mental fitness, independence, problem solving skills, planning skills, strategy, confidence, sportsmanship and so much more.


And he knew winning wasn’t everything, as not everyone can win. You win just by participating and being a true sportsman. To him sailing was a different language that could bring people together from across the world and help build understanding. Sailing helps build new friendships and cooperation across cultures and nations. He loved that idea and what it could achieve.


And whenever he designed a boat he always invested his own money in forming a class association. In this he was also an innovator. It fitted perfectly with his central mission for each class, which was to give people a love of sailing for life.

Obviously my family are very proud of this heritage and so I feel very honoured to be attending the Wayfarer International Rally.


I think you all know that the Wayfarer had a special place in his heart. Wayfarer people were his kind of people. You share a love of the joy of the sea and the wonder of using nature’s elements to take you on voyages of discovery, every time you venture out. Frank and Margaret Dye and the Wayfarer personified a spirit that he not only respected but also gave him great joy. The Wayfarer, more than any other design, was the boat that allowed this to happen, and still does to this day.


As a family we remember Ian Proctor not only as a great designer but also as an inspiring father with a great philosophy on life. There are so many memories for us this year. And this event is also part of it for me.


Finally I should say my father loved fun, those of you who remember him know he had a very ready laugh. And I think what he would have wanted know now, above all, is that you have had a fun filled week.


So did you have fun? Then I reckon Ladies and Gentlemen, that is job done! Thank you.

posted 6 Nov 2018


Al Schonborn, Sarah Burgess and Ralph Roberts receive Recognition from Roger Proctor

At the end of the Ian Proctor Centenary Celebration, Roger Proctor gave awards to three of the stalwarts of the Wayfarer Class in recognition of their significant contributions over many years.

The Proctor family had decided to make 10 awards in this year of his father's centenary. Roger was thrilled to be presenting 3 of them to Wayfarer sailors that night, making sure we appreciated that there were only going to be 10 in the world, and of course his father designed many, many boats, not only the Wayfarer, but the Wayfarer had a special place in his heart.

The awards are unique and appropriate to celebrating the centenary of a designer, and with Roger himself being a designer, though not of boats, the awards were designed in-house. They have the unusual feature that the perspex 'waves' can be arranged to the awardee's own preference.

The award to Ralph Roberts was in recognition of his years of excellent service as a WIC representative and for his energy and passion in making the international scene what it is today. The award to Sarah was for her support of the Class as UKWA Secretary for many years and for her positivity and encouragement in that pivotal role. The award for Al Schonborn was in recognition of Al's leadership and drive of the Wayfarer Class in North America as well as his work on behalf of the Wayfarer International Committee as Secretary and webmaster of the WIC site.

6 March 2018:
KISS Your Dinghy Rules update
As a service to those who bought his book (and to others), Uncle Al has updated page 93 of KISS Your Dinghy, his one-page summary of the RRS (Racing Rules of Sailing) to reflect the new (2017-2020) version of the RRS. Help yourselves.
6 March 2018: Uncle Al additions to the WIT: self-rescue - the "scoop" and improve your leeward mark roundings
11 February 2018: Ton Jaspers memorial pages are completed

2008: Ton Jaspers and Dick Harrington combine their outstanding talents in Maine.

On December 9th, 2017, Netherlands Wayfarer, Ton Jaspers, passed away. I myself will miss Ton immensely, not just his enthusiasm and sense of humour but also his vast store of knowledge and experience that he unstintingly shared with other sailors by way of Uncle Al and the Wayfarer Institute of Technology (WIT). Typically, I would refer a question about one of the many practical matters in which my knowledge is lacking, to Ton. Within a few hours a useful, comprehensive, well illustrated response of several pages' length would appear in my In-Box. In fact, the moment you got Ton's e-mail address - wayfarer@xs4all - you knew he had his priorities in the right place. Thank you so much, Ton, for all the things you did for us, and for the many wonderful memories you have left with us. more here
1 January 2018: SKIMMER archive: latest issue posted
9 December 2017: Neuse Cruise 2017: report & all photos posted
1 July 2017: 2017 Chesapeake Bay Cruise SKIMMER report by Pat Kuntz added
Out with the old, in with the ... elderly

(l to r) Mark Hartley (Copyright Holder), Louise McKechnie (Denmark), Linda and Jim Heffernan (USWA), Monica Schaefer (Ireland), John Mellor (UKWA), Joke Peers (NedWA), Carol and David Hansman (CWA)

On this morning of 1 May 2014, Jim Heffernan (W1066) became the titular head of the Wayfarer world when he officially took over as the Wayfarer International Secretary in a brief, appropriately multi-national ceremony at Club Vounaki in Greece.  Jim is the first U.S. Wayfarer to hold this position, and replaces Uncle Al whose second stint as IntSec comes to an end after about six years. More here ...

The incoming and the outgoing, Jim Heffernan (l) and Al Schonborn,
enjoying Cape Lookout, NC in early November 2013.
Purpose of the Wayfarer International Committee 180601: Wayfarer Class Rules effective 1 April 2018
180427: membership status of our NCA's
W.I.C. Constitution
181031: WIC Contact List  130211:  vote results 2012-13
180228: International Rallies: 1995 - 2017
160904: past Wayfarer Worlds: 1974 through 2016
170125:  a Wayfarer encyclopedia: the Wayfarer Institute of Technology (WIT)
180101:  the Skimmer archives: issues (2009-2017) of the excellent USWA Newsletter
171209: Wayfarer Cruise Logs from Everywhere
110328:  rave reviews for Hartley Wayfarer (Mark IV) W 50th Anniversary calendar (2008) archived here
A thumbnail History of the Wayfarer as created and last worked on by Uncle Al in Nov. 2000
Wayfarer Age Synopsis (borrowed from the UKWA site and fine-tuned)
 a compendium of songs for singing Wayfarers
Connections to the Wayfarer World
Canadian Wayfarer Association U.S. Wayfarer Association
Scandinavian Wayfarer Association U.K. Wayfarer Association
NedWa, the Dutch Wayfarer Association
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