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Cornwall Hui Gathering 2020 Cancelled

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Hanneke Boon

I am very sorry to announce that in spite of easing of the lockdown we do not think it is responsible to have a big gathering of people coming from far and wide to our village in Cornwall. With James 92 years old we cannot expose him to any risks. A Hui without a big BBQ and lots of conversation just would not be a real Hui. Lets hope next year is a better year. See you all then.

- Hanneke

Original Announcement:

This will be the third Wharram Hui (Polynesian gathering) to be held in Devoran. Bring your Wharram catamarans for a festive gathering of Wharram sailors and enthusiasts. Sail there, or bring your small Wharram on a trailer, to launch at the Quay.

We will have the usual BBQ at Wharram HQ on Greenbank Road, Devoran on the Friday evening with the boats moored at Devoran Quay. We supply the BBQs and camp fire, you bring and share food, drink and music.

On Saturday morning whilst the tide is out people can visit the boats at the Quay, socialize and talk to the designers James Wharram and Hanneke Boon.

At high water at around 16:00, weather permitting, the boats will depart for sailing in the estuary with an overnight stay at a to be decided location, maybe Roundwood Quay where there is room to camp, or other suitable site. Sunday will be a sailing day, with people leaving in the evening or on Monday morning.

For those coming without a boat, sailing/crewing on the boats will be arranged on Saturday morning. People without boats can camp on the Wharram site (small tents only). There is a boat shelter for communal cooking breakfast.

We look forward to welcoming you all at Devoran. This part of Cornwall is a beautiful sailing area, so plan your summer sailing to time with the Hui.

What's a Hui? It is a Polynesian word for ‘social gathering’ and they regularly take place all over the Pacific. So 3 years ago we felt it would be wonderful to start our own annual gathering here in Cornwall, starting from Wharram HQ, Devoran.

Friday 31st July

Arrive by boat or car and gather at ‘Wharram HQ’, in Devoran, Cornwall.

The boats can moor alongside Devoran Quay, at the top end of Restronguet Creek. The quay can be reached about one hour before high water. Some bigger boats may have to moor further out in deeper water. We will be there to help people moor. People can assemble trailer/cartop boats on the beach at Devoran Quay.

Wharram cats at Devoran Quay

Once the boats are moored we will have an evening of relaxed Hui-style ‘Bring and share’ food and drink at the Wharram headquarters on Greenbank Road, which is a short walk from the Quay. Our BBQs will be lit to cook your own food. Listen to a briefing for the weekend from our team, meet James Wharram himself and partner Hanneke Boon and share your ‘Wharram adventure stories’ with like-minded friends around the camp fire.

That night sleep on your own boat, or if you are joining us without a boat, you can camp in your own (small) tent on our grounds (set up your tent in the afternoon). We have a large carpark, so hope all that come by car can find space to park. If attendance is very high we may have to find alternative parking and/or camping.

People gathered for a BBQ and party

Saturday 1st August

In the morning when the tide is out people can visit the boats at Devoran Quay an socialize. We leave at high tide in the afternoon (about 4pm) for sailing in ‘Carrick Roads’ That evening we plan to sail upriver to Roundwood Quay (just North of King Harry Ferry), where the boats can again raft up along the stone quay for the night. This quay is accessible by car.

More food and talk round a campfire during the evening (bring your own food!, we will not have a BBQ there, so bring your own means of cooking), ending with an overnight camp - either on your Wharram Cat, or on the quay in your own small tent.

Wharram cats sailing

Sunday 2nd August

Leave the quay soon after high water and anchor/raft up in deeper water for breakfast - more sailing and exploring local creeks during the day with a pre-designated break for lunch. Then either make your own way on to your next destination, or sail back to Wharram HQ, to continue home by road.

We hope this will be a great way for all our UK/Europe based Wharram boat owners to come together for a weekend of ‘kindred Wharram spirits’. Indeed, if any of you would like to arrive earlier, we’d love to welcome you - come and help us lash the cats together and prepare for the party prior to a Micro Adventure weekend!

Wharram cats rafted together
The 2017 Wharram Hui. Eleven Wharram catamarans gathered in Devoran and sailed on a short Adventure in Carrick Roads, spending the night at Roundwood Quay. Smallest catamaran round-the-world Tiki 21 'Cooking Fat', sailed by Rory McDougall, was part of the fleet.
The 2018 Wharram Hui