Description: Cruiser-racer with spinnaker

Class status: Independent

Length: 4.82m

Displacement: 168kg

Sail area mainsail: 8.83 m²

Sail area jib: 4.27 m²

Sail area spinnaker: 13.5 m²

Aldeburgh handicap: 1096

Number of boats in fleet: 30

Fleet captain: Ben Davies

Class association website: www.wayfarer.org.uk


Wayfarers at Aldeburgh

In many ways the Wayfarer is the perfect boat for the River Alde.  There are only a few classes at the yacht club that are as numerous, and the Wayfarer is by far the most versatile of them. The fleet includes boats used for leisurely days on the water where the whole family pile in and pull up at Little Japan for a picnic. On the other hand, if you enjoy racing, then you will find healthy competition no matter what your standard. Last year we had the largest single club showing at the Wayfarer World Championships in Heeg, The Netherlands. We have annual coaching sessions from internationally renowned helmsmen and many competitions throughout the sailing season, both club and open events.

However, undoubtedly the greatest asset of our Wayfarer fleet is its friendliness. We are always keen to welcome new sailors, from complete beginners through to ambitious racing crews.

Some of the key events for the Wayfarer fleet in Aldeburgh this season include:

  • 27/28 May – Spring Regatta
  • 8/9 July – L’Escargot
  • 5 August – Trower Trophy
  • 12 August – Sheldrick Cup
  • 20-25 August – Regatta Week
  • 1 October – Dickson Trophy (at Orford)
  • Also the Wayfarer Nationals at Arun YC, Littlehampton, West Sussex are on the 16-18 June, celebrating 60 years since Ian Proctor designed the first Wayfarer. Entry forms can be found on the Hartley Boats Website (hartleyboats.com).

If you need any advice at all about joining the fleet, or what variety of Wayfarer would best suit you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are a friendly bunch and would love to see more Wayfarers on the water.   Happy sailing!

Ben Davies, Class Captain, W11119


Wayfarer web page AYC