Wayfarer Institute of Technology

(last updated: 13 July 2022)

Uncle Al's Corner: Hi, gang! As CWA Class Coach, I get requests for W rigging information, for copies of the May 1990 Whiffle (in which Mike McNamara, the 1992 Wayfarer World champion, goes through everything you need to know to make your Wayfarer go fast), Rules-related stuff and so on. Therefore, I have decided to put such educational stuff on line.
There is now so much material that people have contributed, that I've decided to try to reorganize the W.I.T. by subject matter - as you will note below. I hope this makes it easier for you to find what you are looking for.
Please feel free to request any other stuff and I'll try to post/find it for you.

Uncle Al (W3854)

to the left of each item, in green, is the date (YY/MM/DD) it was posted or most recently updated, e.g. 070406 = April 6, 2007

Maintenance, Repair, Reference

Racing-related Skills

Cruising & Daysailing Skills

2019.08.10: Buoyancy/Self-Rescue: the Abbott Mk III
2008.02.19: Racing Basics for Beginners 040327: Dinghy Cruising with Phillips

2021.07.31: Class Rules & 2003.01.30: Constitution

2022.07.13: Wayfarer Rigging Tips

070318: Dick Harrington extols/explains W cruising

2017.01.25: Boat Preparation & Repair

2020.11.21: Racing Rules of Sailing

101113: Cockpit layout for a Cruising Wayfarer

2018.08.15: Restoration of Wayfarer; wood Kit Manual

2018.03.06: Boat Handling & Performance

101113: Ken Jensen's Wayfarer anchor winch

2020.06.14: everything about rudders & centreboards

2007.12.03: Racing Weather, Strategy & Tactics

110307: Boat Tents & Sleeping Aboard

2019.12.28: board, rudder, insignia drawings

2012.12.05: General Racing Skills

090305: the boom crutch

2020.11.21: towing your W: trailer & accessories

2012.11.27: Tuning, Sail Shape/Trim and Care

200715: Shorten sail: Reef; W trysail; small jib size

2004.12.12: Standing Rigging: Shrouds & Forestay

2007.01.22: Al's Pearls: misc. photo-based sailing tips

010702: thoughts on rigging for sailing solo

2019.03.17: using wire halyards in the gold mast

2012.04.16: An estimated Wayfarer PHRF rating

111107: Motor Matters

2009.06.19: Bailer Maintenance and Repair: Bilge Pump

2011.04.08: Uncle Al's 1990 W Coaching tapes/DVDs

050117: Oars for your Wayfarer

20140429: A brief discourse on toe (hiking) straps

Useful Sailing Skills of All Kinds

050920: miscellaneous tips from Uncle Al

2011.05.13: floorboards talk

2019.07.05: That Sinking Feeling - Horrors of No Buoyancy

070105: placing jib leads for performance & comfort

071102: bridle for use on a hoist

2020.10.24: Safe, Competent Sailing

130606: misc. Chesapeake Bay PDF chart booklets

080416: Dave Hansman's pre-season check list

2020.04.04: Self-rescue: Helping Yourself and Others

080229: Sailing and Seamanship
190828: Mast Repair

2020.09.29: Masthead Buoyancy

101028: Tensioning the Rope Jib Halyard by Dick H.

130606 maintenance of hatch seals

2020.07.01: for the less experienced

130110: build a folding lounge chair for your W
090622: Giving Your Wayfarer a Waterline 2021.02.25: Knots for every occasion 160626: tiller tamer for solo sailors
201115: Mk IV only: rubrail fix; centreboards 2014.01.20: Which compass should I use? 200512: end sand-stuck boards with the Parry SNappy


061210: Things to check on a used Wayfarer
071015: "dry" dock your Wayfarer with ease and style 061112: Andrew Haill: Mark III modifications
2021.02.22: Wayfarers by the numbers: Age Synopsis 090504: lighting the night-time Wayfarer

090504: an expert talks sailor's weather & lightning

040328: The Beaufort Scale

011013: The Art of Coarse Sailing Beaufort Scale  :)

011208: thoughts and opinions about lightning

200701: New Wayfarer Owners' info

110504: The Ultimate PWC Repellent - humour  :)
205012: the International Wayfarer Songbook