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A Lovely Day sail to the Goat Farm—Picture Supplement
Nick Seraphinoff, helm, and Chip Cunningham, crew,
On Impulse, Wayfarer 10864, September 15, 2013
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May 23-29 2015
Chesapeake Cruise, Crisfield, Maryland
International Rally #19
Killbear Park, Parry Sound, ON * Fri 26 July - Fri 2 Aug 2013
Killbear 2013 has come and gone. There is a wealth of great pictures on Uncle Al’s Flickr page. With 25 boats and 65 participants, it was a large rally. The 25 boats consisted of 23 Wayfarers made up of woodies, fiberglass boats and one Mark 4. There were two CL16’s. 30 participants came from various parts of Ontario, while 28 came from the United States. There were participants from as far south as North Carolina, as far west as Wisconsin and as far east as Massachusetts. Last but not least we hosted four from England and one from each of Holland and Ireland.
The weather was at times wet, but there were boats sailing all seven days of the rally. Each day the fleet broke up into different sub-fleets to sail to different locations depending on interest and the sailing skills of the crew. There were many trips into Parry Sound including sailing through the Hole in the Wall, Depot Harbour, around Huckleberry Island and to the town of Parry Sound. Some boats went south to Surprise Island and found good landing spots. Many boats returned via the Rose Island Channel. Tuesday proved to be the best sailing day with moderate steady winds out of the west. A three hour sail took nine boats to Regatta Bay and lunch on the rocks followed by a swim. The view and the Blueberries were fabulous. Another 15 boats went to the Pancake Islands to lunch, relax and enjoy the day.
The rally regulars were joined by some new faces. There were some old salties as well as six under twenty. It was a great mixture that resulted in lots of fun socializing. Due to rain the cocktail/ tailgate party was delayed one day. It is always amazing the quality and quantity of food that camping Wayfarers can produce. The Killbear marina set aside their whole restaurant for our banquet. This year our English guests, Ralph Roberts and Terry Cook entertained us with a skit. Of course the black tie evening was the social event of the rally. This year, we had a potluck dinner as part of the evening. Margie McKelvey and Sean Ring were voted the most elegantly dressed woman and man of the evening. Eric Laux wrote and recited a poem in honour of the occasion. The poem will be published for all Wayfarers to read. Monica Schaefer brought song sheets from Ireland and led the singing on several occasions. We found some good singers and some that best sing quietly. Of course there were many ad hoc social get-togethers around campfires.
See you at the next North American Rally at Hermit Island in 2014.
Alan and Mary
2013 Chesapeake Cruise For photos and write up click Here
Land Tenting or Camping on Board. The Wayfarer can be cruised in the same fashion as that of a small yacht--that is to say living on board. Many single handed sailors will cruise this way for convenience and to avoid the effort of hauling out upon a beach. This is especially true when the shore is rocky or marshy, or where tides are a factor. When the boom is raised and a boom tent erected a small but comfortable cabin is created. Well constructed canvass boom tents are available that are insect proof, weather-tight and offer amenities such as windows, zippered doors, etc. These also come in various design configurations from a simple "A" shape to more spacious and elaborate shapes. A small backpacker's Coleman gas lantern hung from the boom will provide plenty of light as well as warmth on a cold damp day. Since the Wayfarer has flat floorboards with a bilge beneath, water doesn't collect making sleeping on the floor (alongside the centerboard trunk) comfortable. Some people, particularly if they are larger, feel constricted by the narrow space underneath the center thwart and don't like sleeping on the floor. Usually these people place a platform on top of the seats as an alternative sleeping arrangement. Many kinds of creative sleeping arrangements have been devised, including slinging a hammock beneath the boom.
Dick Harrington is the US Wayfarer Cruising champion and lead for the "Wooden Wayfarer Interest Group." Dick can be reached via e-mail by inquiring on the contact page.
Hi Wayfarer Cruisers
The 2012 sailing season is not finished but it is time to think of 2013, in particular the cursing rally. This year, Canada hosts the Wayfarer Worlds at the Mississauga Sailing Club. Therefore our North American Rally is also the International Rally. The worlds start on Saturday August 3, so we have set the rally dates of Friday, July 26 to Friday, August 2 at Killbear Provincial Park near Parry Sound Ontario. Put these dates on your calendar. In addition, you need to mark February 26 as the date to book your campsite. Reservations for campsites at Ontario parks open at 7:00 am 5 months before the first day of the reservation. Since Killbear is a very popular park and August 3-5 is a long weekend in Ontario, sites will go fast. Make sure that you are ready to book on February 26 or February 27, if you will not arrive until Saturday. See http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/reservations.html .
As this is the International Rally, think about how you can help to host our friends from overseas.
This is the first of a number of notices. Let me know of others who wish to be on my mailing list. If you do not want to receive these notice, let me know.
Hi Wayfarer Cruisers:
It is winter here in Ottawa. The water is hard, that is frozen hard. However, time to start planning for the North American / International Rally that will take place Friday, July 26 to Friday, August 2 at Killbear Provincial Park near Parry Sound Ontario. I trust that you have these dates on your calendar and mark February 26 or 27 as the date to book your campsite. Reservations for campsites at Ontario parks open at 7:00 am EST 5 months before the first day of the reservation. Since Killbear is a very popular park and August 3-5 is a long weekend in Ontario, sites will go fast. Make sure that you are ready to book on February 26 or February 27, if you will not arrive until Saturday. See http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/reservations.html . You can register with the system, not the site, ahead of time. This may help with site registration once sites can be registered on Feb. 26 or 27.
To my North American Wayfarers, please think of how you can help to host our friends from overseas. With Uncle Al's help we will set up a buddy register on the CWA site. If you can help with transportation, sharing a camp site or a wayfarer this will be great.
To my friends from overseas, let us know where we can help you and any special needs. You may get some travel ideas from http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/ .
In either case, respond to me or Uncle Al by email.
Check out this great article by Al Schonborn on Efficient Sailing for Cruising.
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