After having spent time living and sailing aboard my W32
I am now convinced that I made the correct choice. To anyone who is considering
a cruising yacht, I say to you, give the W32 a serious look. People say
they are a slow design, and while it may be in light wind, when the weather
gets heavy the W32 springs to life. On my first voyage from Sydney I hit
some unpleasant weather and in 3 - 4 metre seas with 20knot winds she
was way more comfortable (and capable) than I was. I recall being quite
anxious tending to various things, worried about the weather, then sitting
back and realising that this boat had everything under control. The autopilot
would just take the nose off the wind when it gusted and bring her back
nicely on course. She doesn't heel over like a racing yacht and I was
cruising along at 6.5 knots with untrimmed sails as I hadn't a clue at
that stage how to trim the sails for maximum performance. Below is an
excellent description of the Westsail 32 taken from "A History of
"A number of people are concerned about speed, especially to weather. Westsails like wind. When the rest of your yacht club is heading for port because the winds have picked up, that's the time to sail a Westsail. Put a bone in her teeth and she will run like a happy dog. "
David King raced his W32 Saraband to win the 1988 Pacific Cup Winner, sailing from San Francisco Bay to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. A couple of years later he came in lst in Class and 3rd overall.
Carter Cordner with his W32 Kemancha, #809, took First Overall in the 1995 Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht race, edging out two -time winner Wildflower, a Bristol 40. Kemancha was the smallest boat entered in the fleet of 77 yachts, which ranged up to 54 feet.
Jim Barnum with his W32 Panacea won lst Place in the Chili Pepper Division of the Baja Ha-Ha race from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (800 plus miles). She was the smallest boat of the entire fleet of 36 boats.
James Wiley with his W32 Ave Del Mar placed first overall on best corrected time of 08:17:41 out of 19 boats that finished the Key West 2005 Rendezvous/race from Clearwater/Boca Grande/Naples Florida.
A Westsail 32 doing what it does best.
I was never thrilled with the name of my yacht when I bought her, and despite the fact that changing a yachts name is frowned upon by the sailing fraternity and even considered bad luck, I really wanted to put my personal touch on her. I also figured that Runaway III was not her original name anyway and after considering several names I was virtually forced to make a decision by reason of the shipping registration regulations in Australia. Her new name is "El Viajero" which in Spanish translates to "The Traveller".