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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 Drag°r Port (a historical one worth a visit!) a Wayfarer who had sailed two and a half hours from K°ge 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 K°ge 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 Malm÷, 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
°r, 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 Drag°r 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
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 160401: Wayfarer Class Rules effective 1 April 2013
160905: membership status of our NCA's
W.I.C. Constitution
140505: 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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