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the
Wayfarer Institute of Technology

(last updated: 16 February 2017)

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 it for you.

Uncle Al (W3854)

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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

100418: Buoyancy/Self-Rescue: the Abbott Mk III
080219: Racing Basics for Beginners 040327: Dinghy Cruising with Phillips

130111: Class Rules & 030130: Constitution

140515: Wayfarer Rigging Tips

070318: Dick Harrington extols/explains W cruising

170125: Boat Preparation & Repair

170113: Racing Rules of Sailing

101113: Cockpit layout for a Cruising Wayfarer

071027: Restoration of wood Wayfarer; Kit Manual

130612: Boat Handling & Performance

101113: Ken Jensen's Wayfarer anchor winch

090622: Giving Your Wayfarer a Waterline

071203: Racing Weather, Strategy & Tactics

110307: Boat Tents & Sleeping Aboard

160112: everything about rudders & centreboards

121205: General Racing Skills

090305: the boom crutch

110404: towing your W: trailer & accessories

121127: Tuning, Sail Shape/Trim and Care

140113: Shorten sail: Reef; W trysail; small jib size

041212: Standing Rigging: Shrouds & Forestay

070122: Al's Pearls: misc. photo-based sailing tips

010702: thoughts on rigging for sailing solo

070105: using wire halyards in the gold mast

120416: An estimated Wayfarer PHRF rating

111107: Motor Matters

090619: Bailer Maintenance and Repair: Bilge Pump

110408: Uncle Al's 1990 W Coaching tapes/DVDs

050117: Oars for your Wayfarer

140429: A brief discourse on toe (hiking) straps

Useful Sailing Skills of All Kinds

050920: miscellaneous tips from Uncle Al

110513: floorboards talk

110224: Safe, Competent Sailing

070105: placing jib leads for performance & comfort

071102: bridle for use on a hoist

130608: Helping Yourself and Others

130606: misc. Chesapeake Bay PDF chart booklets

080416: Dave Hansman's pre-season check list

131116: Masthead Buoyancy

080229: Sailing and Seamanship
081019: Broken Mast Repair

080424: for the less experienced

101028: Tensioning the Rope Jib Halyard by Dick H.

130606: Straighten a bent mast

Animated Knots of All Kinds 130110: build a folding lounge chair for your W
130606: maintenance of hatch seals
140120: Which compass should I use?
160626: tiller tamer for solo sailors
170216: board, rudder, insignia drawings by Jens Konge

Miscellaneous

061210: Things to check on a used Wayfarer
071015: "dry" dock your Wayfarer with ease and style 061112: Andrew Haill: Mark III modifications
090119: 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

.090719: New Wayfarer Owners' info

110504: The Ultimate PWC Repellent - humour  :)
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000328: Everything you wanted to know about W racing and rigging available as PDF file  - created by NedWA Chairman, Jan Katgerman!!