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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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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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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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Making a Nav Cab

Andy Powell shows us how: One thing that appealed to me about the Wanderer, was its adaptability. My previous boat, a Laser 2000, was excellent in many ways, but offered little scope for modification.  In short, I wanted a boat I could drill holes in.  My 1993 Anglo Marine Wanderer W1138 (named Medusa by her first owner) has proven an ideal test bed for several projects, and one of the first has been to make a cabinet to store equipment for cruising.   As a former cadet-officer and an instructor, I have acquired quite a bit of kit that I like to take out on cruises.  I want things to hand in the boat, but not under my feet.  I also wanted to be able to store all these things tidily on a shelf in my garage when not in use, and to be readily transportable to and from the

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Sailing at 660ft above Sea Level

By Peter Melling No! I haven’t been at the malt’s just yet, but this is the height above sea level where I sail Dion W1716 a Hartley Wanderer.  If you have driven the M6 through the Lake District, particularly on the southbound carriageway, you will have passed the Killington Services just after J37.  Next time I recommend you call in for a coffee walk through to the rear of the building and take a look at Killington reservoir in all it’s splendour.  You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a Member? Join Us

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Website Changes and Updates to Members Database

Having taken over from Mike Hamilton back in April I wasted no time updating the website.  To those among you who are keen eyed or interested I have upgraded the system from an out of date MS Frontpage editor to a more current WordPress site.  This new system has more powerful software which enables a plethora of options we can choose from. One of these we have been trialling is a members section which we are going to roll-out to the members very soon. Many thanks to James Myers, Robert Gilmore, Tim Young and Peter Melling for being my beta testers.  This trial is more or less complete and in the coming days you should receive an automated email from the site. Having a logon on the website has a number of key benefits including members only content, mailing lists and forums but primarily that the members’ database is held on

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