Hyvässä slöörissä · sailing dinghy cruising


Sarastus is a Wayfarer class dinghy made of marine plywood. I found her in United Kingdom from where she was brought to Finland in a container ship to Finland in winter 2014. You can find the record of that on the early posts of this blog.

The boat was built in 1987 as a racing dinghy, and she was taken to races in Canada even. Since buying some modifications have been made to make her more suitable for cruising.

Her name Sarastus means literally “Dawn” in English, but is also the Finnish name chosen for the ship “Dawn Treaded” in Chronicles of Narnia, which is a classic of British children’s literature.

Suuri Lintusaari

Many prefer to have outboards on their Wayfarers, but Sarastus uses the well-trusted rye-bread-powered motor. In other words, two paddles are used when the sails are lowered or wind dies. It may be worth mentioning that in Finland the effect of tides is almost nil.

Name Sarastus
Class Wayfarer
Model Mark 1
Designer Ian Proctor
Build year 1987
Builder Porters
Hull planing
Material plywood (Brazilian mahogany)
Rig Bermuda
Blocks Harken
LOA 4.85 m (16 ft)
Beam 1.83 m (1.9 ft)
Draft 0.20 m (8.0 in) centreboard and rudder raised
1.17 m (3 ft 10 in) otherwise
Hull weight 169 kg (373 lb)
Mast height 6.8 m (22 ft)
Sail area mainsail 8.8 m2
genoa 2.8 m2
spinnaker 13.5 m2
Auxiliary propulsion paddles
Launching time 20-40 minutes
Crew 2-5 adults inland waters

Wayfarer is one of the most famous camp cruising dinghies, partly because of Frank Dye’s foolhardy voyage from Scotland to Iceland that can be read from his book. In British Isles Wayfarer is widely used by sailing schools and families.

For a do-it-yourself man dreaming of building a wooden boat, Wayfarer is not an attractive option anymore because kits have not been sold for decades. Nowadays the best option for a building project might be restoring an old Wayfarer or building something close enough. Iain Oughtred’s Fulmar (video) is very similar but bit longer, John Welsford’s Navigator can be made look similar, and François Vivier’s Ilur has is an increasingly popular option.

If you are interested in Wayfarers, it’s worth reading the article in the Classic Boat magazine or even buying The Wayfarer Book.

Canada 1995
From England
The first launch
Test sail
At Petrisaari


Blog posts related to Sarastus are listed below.

Date Post Water Distance
1.9.2018 Mustamaansyvä Suomenlahti 12.3 M
18.8.2018 Sandön Archipelago Sea 14.8 M
11.8.2018 Pullikainen, east shore Suur-Saimaa 16.1 M
5.8.2018 Laajahiekka Suur-Saimaa 14.7 M
1.8.2018 Suuri Lintusaari Suur-Saimaa 29.8 M
14.7.2018 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 14.1 M
26.5.2018 Taka-Ruuho Suur-Saimaa 14.9 M
12.5.2018 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa
11.8.2017 Linnasaari Puruvesi 21,7 M
8.7.2017 Pieni Metsäluoto Suur-Saimaa 21.2 M
24.6.2017 Kaito Suur-Saimaa
10.6.2017 Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa 12.6 M
20.8.2016 Kaunissaari Gulf of Finland 17,5 M
30.7.2016 Suuri-Pisi Gulf of Finland 20.1 M
23.7.2016 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa 11.2 M
2.7.2016 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 19.6 M
28.5.2016 Ilkonsaaret Suur-Saimaa 19.6 M
7.5.2016 Satamosaari in May Suur-Saimaa 9.2 M
23.8.2015 Petrisaari Puruvesi 21.4 M
16.8.2015 U-turn Puruvesi 0.0 M
9.8.2015 Listinki and Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa
27.7.2015 Linnansaari Haukivesi
25.7.2015 Äyrätsalo Suur-Saimaa
15.7.2015 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa
14.7.2015 Dyneema Halyard
4.7.2015 Laajahiekka Suur-Saimaa
14.6.2015 Peräsaari Suur-Saimaa
3.6.2015 Kaito Suur-Saimaa
31.5.2015 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa
21.10.2014 Wayfarer Worlds in Canada Lake Ontario
23.9.2014 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa
12.8.2014 Bilberry Sail Suur-Saimaa
9.8.2014 Mitinhiekka Pihlajavesi
3.8.2014 Ilkonsaaret Suur-Saimaa
31.7.2014 Circumnavigation of Kyläniemi Suur-Saimaa 30.8 M
19.7.2014 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa
12.7.2014 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa
6.7.2014 Ylä-Lyly Suur-Saimaa
7.6.2014 The Moody Finnish Summer Weather Suur-Saimaa
1.6.2014 Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa
21.5.2014 The First Cruise Suur-Saimaa 0.5 M
13.2.2014 Homestretch
31.1.2014 Trip to British Isles