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190805 2019 International Rally   Aug. 18-24 in Denmark
190805  the 25th Anniversary multi-media Wayfarer Songbook
190728 Minutes of WIC meeting at Greystones SC
  Al's 2019 Worlds/Internationals coverage nearly complete 
190704 Uncle Al's latest tale of horror
181217: Wayfarer Class Rules effective 1 April 2018 W.I.C. Constitution
160905: membership status of our NCA's Purpose of the Wayfarer International Committee
181217: WIC Contact List  130211:  vote results
190725: the Wayfarer Institute (WIT): Wayfarer knowledge shared Wayfarer Age Synopsis by sail number
(some of)
Uncle Al's Wayfarer Archives
190811: past Wayfarer Worlds: 1974 through 2019
190805: International Rallies: 1995 - 2019
190125:  a Wayfarer encyclopedia:    the Wayfarer Institute of Technology (WIT)
190628:    Wayfarer Cruise Logs from Everywhere
190416:  the Skimmer archives:   issues (2009-2019) of Linda Heffernan's excellent USWA Newsletter
a compendium of songs for singing Wayfarers
A thumbnail early history of the Wayfarer   (created and last worked on by Uncle Al in Nov. 2000)
110328:  rave reviews for Hartley Wayfarer (Mark IV)
W 50th Anniversary calendar (2008) archived here
Connections to the Wayfarer World
Canadian Wayfarer Association U.S. Wayfarer Association
Scandinavian Wayfarer Association U.K. Wayfarer Association
NedWa, the Dutch Wayfarer Association
What's recent in the World of Wayfarers?
190628: Chesapeake Cruise 2019: coverage completed
Dazzling Debut for New SKIMMER Editor

(190416) A new SKIMMER era has begun as veteran journalist, Julie Seraphinoff, has taken over from the inimitable Linda Heffernan. Linda is an almost impossible act to follow, but Julie has started off with flying colours - click here.
190416: Julie Seraphinoff's fine first SKIMMER available here
190123: Jens Konge's drawing completes our "anatomy" of the Mk 4 centreboard pivot pin area
190123: just in time for Kragenæs 2019 coverage of the 2007 Kragenæs IR is completed
181217: Class Rules page(s) updated
181214: Linda Heffernan's latest SKIMMER now posted
The Scandinavian Wayfarer Association (SWS) Turns 50
Formation of the Scandinavian Wayfarer Association 1968.
On Saturday 17 August 1968 the good vessel Maitken co-owned by Mait and Ken the older
went to sea - well equipped and with determination. Additional crew were Ken jr. and the youngest sister of the older Ken, named Inge Margrethe.

Just outside Copenhagen's Dragør Port (a historical one worth a visit!) a Wayfarer who had sailed two and a half hours from Køge Bay joined us - joyful, but unexpected pleasant company. Their reason for getting a Wayfarer was seeing us from a keelboat in the Around Zealand Race 1967. That 220 n.m. race was sailed by our Wayfarer in 52 hrs and 45 min.

Now the two W's headed for Skovshoved yacht harbour on the way to the Isle of Ven (now Swedish) after total seaborne time of 6,5 hours
for us and an extra 2,5 for the Køge Bay Wayfarers.

The wind had freshened to 20+ knots so I was nervous as I watched the approach of
fast-running solo-sailor, Olle Roslin from Malmö, and my colleague, Dyrup with two sons from Kastrup - neither having their kickers attached? Everything was very W-new for all of us, but luckily all went well that day! Except for close friend W1354 who capsized in the early morning heading for Ven and was  forced to turn back.

But where was the famous W48 Wanderer with Frank and Margaret Dye?  They had sailed from Esbjerg along the North Sea Coast through the Limfjord, across Kattegat Sea to Ven Isle! We finally located the great
W48 in Kyrkbacken (Church Hill) harbour on the west coast. Some walked there and others went in what was then the only car Ven, a VW van. We left a note for the Dyes at W48.  The next day Frank and Margaret were there, ready to launch the Scandinavian Wayfarer Association (SWS). On hand were the Dyes (W48) plus one Norwegian, one Swedish and 8 Danish Wayfarers.

On the way back to Drag
ør, Frank and Margaret used proper seamanship with Jib (2,8 sqm) and partly roller-reefed mainsail. Everyone else got very wet.

There was a reception for the Dyes at the Royal Danish Yacht Club and then Frank and Margaret were headed for the Baltic to the island of Bornholm. Before taking off however, Frank Dye took the picture above of his Wanderer at the breakwater near Dragør as she was being inspected by Mait, our two youngest boys and me, Ken the older. The  Copenhagen Airport can be seen in the background.

Ken the older, W1348 Maitken

10 June 2018  Chesapeake Bay 2018 the Crisfield Triangle - pics posted
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.
2 August 2018: Chesapeake Cruise 2018: Dick Harrington reports
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
Out with the old, in with the ... elderly

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.
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