US Wayfarer Cruising
Cruising Logs, Cruising activities & Technical Cruising Notes.
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.
US Wayfarer Technical Cruising Notes
Technical Cruising This is a link to technical cruising articles from our US Wayfarer members. All dingy cruisers will find these notes very useful. Contributions are welcome!
Wayfarer Cruise Logs
Cruising Logs & stories from our fellow Wayfarers ... 2006 North American Wayfarer Rally Report & Photos - Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence River, Cedar Point State Park, Clayton, NY July 28 - August 5, 2006
2006 Friesland Wayfarer Rally Report & Photos
2005 Hermit Island Wayfarer Rally Report & Photos
Reports from the 2004 International Rally, July 24-31 at Killbear Park Ontario.
Here is the link to the Canadian Wayfarer page.
Tom Graefe and Dick Harrington 2003 Maine Cruise from Muscongus Bay to Penobscot Bay. (These four reports are all in Adobe Acrobat format. Adobe has free viewers on their web site, www.adobe.com)
Part 1 - Round Pond to Tenants Harbor
Part 2 - Muscongus Bay to Vinalhaven and_return
Part 3 - High Island to Maple Juice
Part 4 - Friendship Harbor to Round Pond
Very nicely written report with lots of photos!
2003 Cruising Rally on Atwood Lake, Ohio - June 28th, 2003.
This link is a cruising report on the Canadian Wayfarer website. Great Report with Photos!
2003 Cruising Rally at Button Bay, Vermont.
This link is a cruising report on the Canadian Wayfarer website. Many photos, be sure to check it out!
2002 Lake Superior Cruise (Rob Golding's Report).
This is Rob Golding's Report from the summer of 2002 Lake Superior cruise by Dick Harrington and Rob Golding. This is a sequel to Dick Harrington's report below.
2002 Manitoulin Island Cruise.
This is a nice Wayfarer camping cruise log from Dennis Figley on the wilderness coast of Manitoulin Island in the summer of 2002.
2002 Lake Superior Cruise with Photos.
This is a first Report and Photos from this summer's Lake Superior cruise by Dick Harrington and Rob Golding. Great report and photos!
Initial Photos and report on the USWA Lake Champlain Cruising Rally
This is an initial report from Dick Harrington.
Olaf’s 2002 cruise on southern New England Coast
This is a great cruising adventure log!
North Channel Affair
Dick Harrington and others cruise the North Channel of Lake Huron
Thread of Life
Dick Harrington's Cruise on the Coast of Maine
Dick Harrington's Cruise on Grand Traverse Bay
Another great Dick Harrington Story
A US Wayfarer Summer Cruise in Nova Scotia
by Dick Harrington
2001 North American Cruising Rally Report
by Tom Graefe
A Postcard from Ireland
First article on Dick Harrington's 2001 cruise from Scotland to Ireland
Where Vikings Once Roamed
A cruise from Scotland to Ireland by Dick Harrington - many photos!
Adventures of "Blue Mist"
Practical advice for small open boat cruisers by Dick Harrington