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Spring 2022

In ten days time our 2022 Inland Championships will again be hosted by Cotswold SC over the weekend of May 14/15.   Please see here the Notice of Race. For those of you who are new to our class association, please do not be put off by thinking this event is only for out and out racers.  All levels of skill and experience are most welcome and the best way of sharpening up your sailing skills is to sail with other Wanderers.  Our racing is friendly but still competitive. Last September we held our inaugural meeting at Cotswold SC – indeed it was our 2021 Inland Championships –  and this venue must be one of the prettiest inland sailing clubs in the country.     Wanderers Leonie Johnson (who is the club’s Commodore) and Lindsay Weatherley know how to put on a great event as well as being active racers and cruisers in

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West Oxfordshire Race Report 2022

Report from Adam Wickenden It’s not usually this windy here they claimed.     Hmmmm. The Wanderer fleet heard the same thing last time they were at WOSC when Storm Hannah blew through. The brisk easterlies forecast only discouraged two entries from turning up, leaving five hardy crews to enjoy the delight of Wanderer racing and the Wanderer tradition of after sail food. Everybody (yes, everybody) also partook in the very un-Wanderer sport of swimming! Oh, we also had a fleet of Wayfarers to dodge – it was their Southern Area championships. Their presence turned out to be very useful, starting five minutes before us. ‘Follow the Wayfarers’ became the best way of sussing out WOSC’s complicated courses round its 11 basic blue cans, let alone different coloured buoys as special one-off marks. Saturday. We started with the Event Coordinator’s ‘build a Wanderer Challenge’. A long-term project, a bit like

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Ukraine Appeal Auction

Auction in aid of Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal UNIQUE WANDERER SPINNAKER   This unique class-measured Wanderer Spinnaker was made for founder Wanderer Class Association Chairman, Andy Peter. It has been very lightly used and is in rare, almost new condition having been not used and carefully dry/dark stored for the last fifteen years. A new Wanderer spinnaker from the boat’s manufacturer now costs £500- £600.   In an eye-catching combination of pink, light green, yellow and two shades of blue, this is a special opportunity to make your boat a real head-turner on the water and to make a significant contribution to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.   BIDS CLOSED

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The Nut At the End of the Tiller

Paul Yeadon recounts his memories of Gavin. Gavin Barr’s son, Tim and I met at Reading University a mere 43 years ago where we became firm friends, sailing in various team racing events or regattas and getting into (and out of) numerous scrapes along the way. As a Lancashire Lad, a long way from home, Tim took me back to Charing in Kent and introduced me to Gavin, Caroline, Liz his sister and brother, Christopher.  You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a Member? Join Us

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Autumn 2021

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Gavin Barr Obit

I know Gavin as a fellow Wanderer sailor and member of Whitstable Yacht Club. I have also come to know dear Caroline, Tim, Elizabeth and Chris, other members of the Barr family and the hospitality of Gate Cottage in recent years.    A phone call to Gavin was invariably also a call with Caroline.  I think the phone was on loud speaker.  As we spoke the sound of Caroline’s laughter in the background encouraged more laughter among ourselves . . . this made Wanderer events all the happier.   Among many people who cannot be physically present with us, Chris and his family in Zambia will be participating on-line and also Gavin’s sister Elizabeth with her son Guy in Edinburgh and daughter Lucy in Athens. We have all been deeply saddened by Gavin’s passing.  You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a Member?

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