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We hope you'll find it useful whether you are a prospective purchaser, or someone who is already enjoying the benefits of this versatile and easily maintained dinghy.  The W.C.O.A maintains this site, offers sailing events in different parts of the Country and help members get the most from their Wanderer.  We do hope you'll join us. It's just £22 a year and for that you'll enjoy three magazines full of news and technical tips. Why not come and meet us at one of our events.
Happy sailing.
 John Renouf - Chairman.


Tribute to Andy Whitelock
Written by Andy Peter, WCOA first Chairman

       

Wanderer sailors will be saddened to learn of the death of Andy Whitelock, a fine dinghy sailor and former racing secretary of the Wanderer Class Association. Andy joined the Wanderer fleet in his mid thirties and soon made his mark in Wanderer racing at open meetings before winning the National Championships in 1992, the Inland Championships in 1993 and both in 1994. He was equally adept at sailing inland on the tree fringed Hedgecourt Lake of his home club, Crawley Mariners and in the waves and tides of sea venues. Always willing to impart his wide knowledge and to give sensible advice, Andy was a cheerful and enthusiastic participant in Wanderer racing who encouraged and helped those less experienced to get more out of their boats.

For a number of years, Andy served as racing secretary of the WCOA at a time when Wanderer open meetings often attracted about 20 boats and members supported a much bigger racing programme than is the case today. Andy ensured that the programme was well organised and co-ordinated and made an important contribution to the WCOA committee, particularly to the clarification and development of class rules.

A career change away from a city banking environment and into outdoor pursuits lead to Andy rapidly gaining a range of qualifications and setting up his own company, Dynamic Adventures, offering experiences and education on land and water. The demands of the business meant, sadly, that Andy had less opportunities to attend Wanderer activities but he remained a keen supporter of the class. His death from a brain tumour, well short of the state retirement age, is a real loss to the association and the condolences of the many Wanderer sailors who knew Andy are extended to his wife Debbie and his children Hayley, Rebecca and Adam, who actively supported Andy in his Wanderer sailing.

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