the international site of the
Wayfarer Class
last updated: 21 April 2021  at  2318 hrs
21 April 2021:  changed thoughts for Uncle Al on halyards and luff wire
14 April 2021:  latest USWA SKIMMER posted
Farewell, W937 Bill Fyfe of Ottawa. We will miss you.

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Was this the most intrepid Wayfarer adventure ever? I believe that it was. More here.
30 Jan 2021: 
Portugal Wayfarer, António Batel's question sent me off on
this 1981 tangent to Labrador on an Arctic morning in Oakville, Ontario

Tree Frog's Lovely Day Sail
Another unique sail tale from Chip Cunningham
(W1321) (posted 10 Feb 21)
12 Jan 2021:  Class Rules housekeeping: all four references to sail windows in G3 and G4
now read "one or more windows"
5 Oct 2020   Farewell to beloved Wayfarer, Conny Steennis W10445. More here.

2008: (l to r) Uncle Al, Ton and Conny at the International Rally on Hermit Island
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Shipping issues - over $50/copy - are at last by-passed. 50 copies of Uncle Al's KISS Your Dinghy have been printed in England. Al will be taking orders via PayPal (click here) and Mike Porter is taking care of fulfilment for us. Book plus shipping inside the UK £25 GBP. Book shipped to Europe will cost £32 GBP. Peronal pick-up from Mike Porter will reduce cost to £20 GBP.
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2020.10.05:    Wayfarers Fondly Remembered
2018.12.17: Wayfarer Class Rules effective 1 April 2018 W.I.C. Constitution
2020.01.05: membership status of our NCA's Purpose of the Wayfarer International Committee
2020.10.15: WIC Contact List  vote results
2020.10.15: the Wayfarer Institute: Wayfarer knowledge shared 2020.01.16Wayfarer Age Synopsis by sail number
(some of)
Uncle Al's Wayfarer Archives
200125: past Wayfarer Worlds: 1974 through 2019
190805: International Rallies: 1995 - 2019
2020.10.15:  a Wayfarer encyclopedia:    the Wayfarer Institute of Technology (WIT)
200206:    Wayfarer Cruise Logs from Everywhere
20.06.17:  the Skimmer archives:   issues (2009-2020) of the USWA's excellent Newsletter
200512:  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?
2020.08.27:  miscellaneous trio of Georgian Bay logs added to WIC logs archive
Killarney to Killbear 2020;   Long Cruise in a Short Boat 1979;   Round the North Channel 1974

In W397 Chich, Steph Romaniuk and Sue Pilling re-trace her father's 1979 Mirror Dinghy route in reverse.
A beautifully written and presented cruise log

20.06.17:  first two 2020 issues of the SKIMMER posted
200404:  WIT updated with latest KISS Your Dinghy excerpts on rig and self-rescue
200226     W.I.C. Contact List updated; Fall 2019 SKIMMER posted
200206     West Meets East: Robert Mosher's log revisits 2011 and Lake Superior
191112    two more SKIMMER masterpieces from Julie Seraphinoff
190928    W2413 Amelia Meyer's unique totally new approach to adjusting jib halyard tension
190628: Chesapeake Cruise 2019: coverage completed
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
181217: Class Rules page(s) updated
181214: Linda Heffernan's last 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

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
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