Wharram Hui Cornwall 2018 - Programme and Registration Form
It is time for the second annual Cornish Wharram Hui gathering. Find a full programme and register your interest here!
It is time for the second annual Cornish Wharram Hui gathering. Find a full programme and register your interest here!
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On 3rd April James Wharram and Hanneke Boon attended the 2018 Classic Boat Awards ceremony at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London. Awards were given for various categories of building and restoring Classic Boats. However, this year there was a special extra award presented to James Wharram for a 'Lifetime Achievement' as Pioneer catamaran builder - sailor and multihull designer.
Our Wharram ethos has always been 'simple, sustainable and eco-friendly building and sailing'. With global concerns to reduce carbon footprint, we will mirror our ethos through our on-line orders. Over the next few months we will wind down our 'hard copy' stock of Study Plans and the 'Wharram Design Book'. Once hard copy stock has been sold out there will be a 'digital download' option only. We have now also introduced a new 'pick and mix' option to buy 'clusters' of Study Plans of your chosen designs for a reduced price.
“Do we have to wait a whole year to do this again?” This was the plaintiff refrain heard throughout the Hui Wharram this past May. This annual event brings together Wharramites, fellow sailors, and other multihull devotees for the sharing of skills and resources (and the telling of tall tales of travel) and other musings. Everyone is welcome (fair warning – the Wharram spirit is contagious!).
The Cornish Hui was a fantastic get together of boats and people. Every small Wharram design was represented from Hitia 14 to Tiki 31. Seven boats arrived at the meeting, five by sea and two by road. Added to this were the four boats at Wharram head quarters, so a total of eleven boats sailed together.
Come, see and enjoy the boats. Weather permitting we sail, We talk about Wharrams and nearly any other boat. We tell sailing stories…some may even be true. We compare notes. We share pictures. We look at plans. We take pictures of each other’s boats and get some really good (and a few bad) ideas. We eat and drink and just have fun. The after-dinner program includes several speakers, the presentation of awards, and features a special presentation by Hanneke Boon.
Calling all (UK) Wharram Cat owners – We warmly invite you to come and join us for a weekend of Wharram Micro Adventures. 4th, 5th and 6th August 2017, Cornwall. We felt it would be wonderful to organise our very own Cornish Hui here in Cornwall based from Wharram HQ. We have based this weekend around the full moon (high tides), to allow all Wharram Cat owners to potter up our creek at high tide and moor off Wharram HQ on the first night.
The Canary Islands have played an important and emotional role in James’ and my sailing history. Matt and his film-maker friend Mikey have spent many months last year making a documentary about big wave surfing, with Hecate as the mother ship taking surfers to remote extreme surf areas that are hard to get to over land. Hecate would be in the Canaries in January, there would be a break in filming at that time. We, James and I, leapt at the chance and found cheap flights out to Lanzarote in early January.
This year has been fairly stretched here in the world of James Wharram Designs. Hanneke has been working tirelessly on finalising both the restoration work on Spirit of Gaia & the much-awaited Mana 24 project; we have a new staff member and the excitement of being contacted by 2 film companies who are interested in producing a film & documentary (respectively) about JWD. In essence, 2017 promises to be a very exciting year ahead.
This was not her first launching as we had taken her by trailer to the Brest and Douarnenez traditional boat festivals in July. She was not fully finished then, still in white undercoat, but she first floated in the sea off the slipway in Brest. After a couple of days of fitting windows, raising masts and rigging her, we first sailed Mana with the fleet of multihulls in the ‘night parade’ off the quays in Brest.
Well now that the dust has settled a bit from our big move from fabulous Islamorada to Downtown Fort Myers it's time to reflect. Dan's legacy in the Keys is a very hard act to follow. The venue in Ft. Myers did turn out to work pretty well according to most attending. Our weather turned out to be as perfect as we hoped (always hope in SWFL), but it was. Most of the time we had plenty of wind, and of course sun.
We have just discovered with great pleasure that James Wharram has been nominated for 'Yachtsman of the Year' 2016 by 'Classic Boat' magazine. It is 60 years since James started designing and ocean sailing double canoe/catamarans and he is still there doing it. There are also nominations for Classic boats in various categories.
On 27th September it will be 60 years since James Wharram, with Ruth and Jutta set sail from Falmouth on 23'6" Tangaroa, to become the first people to sail a multihull both ways across the Atlantic. The "Falmouth Packet' newspaper has been the first to publish an excellent article about this important event in the history of multihulls.
At last my little dreamboat, the Mana 24 (actually 23’6” hull length), is coming into being. I can go out into our workshop and see and touch the first hull.
This year, as in most past years the weather gods cooperated. Winds were perfect, sun shone and temperatures were ideal. You expect something else in the Fabulous Florida Keys? Nearly 70 Wharramites and Wharramite wannabees attended over the weekend and more than 40 were at our Dutch-treat dinner on Saturday night.
OceanWatch, a small and robust New Zealand NGO, will soon head to the Solomon islands to give aid in the ongoing aftermath of Cyclone Pam. Two Tama Moana designs were donated to the islands following the Lapita Voyage in 2008, and their work will include the repair of one of these that sustained damage during the storm.
Hanneke Boon made a presentation at a Pecha Kucha event in Amsterdam. This is a new lecture concept originating in Japan where every speaker can show 20 slides to which he/she can talk for 20 seconds each, i.e. a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds presentation. These 6 minutes were an illustrated poem of Hanneke, from a young girl sailing with her father, ending up as a boatbuilder, ocean sailor and designer.
The most economical way to enjoy sailing is to build your own small lightweight boat, to keep it at home and trail it to the waters you want to sail in. This gives opportunity to explore many more sailing areas than if based on a permanent mooring and at much lower cost. Whilst exploring this idea I am looking sideways into the world of camping and the living equipment you need for a camping holiday bought at a reasonable price, as against highly priced yachting equipment.
Wharram Study Plans provide more detail than is available in our Design Book, and are intended to help you decide if a particular boat design is right for you. As well as continuing our traditional printed format, we are proud to announce the release of our digitised range of Wharram Study Plans - available for instant download.
The 2014 Spring Hui Wharram (Hui is Hawaiian for “Gathering”) held in Islamorada Florida at the famous Lorelei Cabana Bar (www.loreleicabanabar.com) was a success again this year. Nearly 70 people attended during the weekend and spent quite some time crawling all over and sailing the six Wharram catamarans that made it to the event.
I'm very sad to announce that Ruth Wharram (nee Merseburger) has departed this life in the early morning of 4th September, at the age of 92, at home in Devoran. Her health had been failing over the last two years after a stroke the day after a fantastic 90th Birthday party. Ruth has been a great strength in our lives; ever since she met James in 1951 she has guided and supported him in his life's efforts.
In 2005 in France people set up the Golden Oldies Multihulls Association. Its aims are to support individual actions to protect the heritage of historic offshore multihulls. Most of its members own Classic racing multihulls designed before 1988, there are also Silver members with special multihulls of a slightly later date. On May 15th -20th they will be holding a sailing meeting in Sète in the South of France to which James and Hanneke have been invited. They were tempted to sail ‘Spirit of Gaia’ to the meeting, but logistics are too problematic.
James and Hanneke will be attending the awards ceremony, which will take place on April 20th on board HQS Wellington in London. Though James has never been a member of the OCC, many of his sailing friends are and perhaps it is time for him to join as well. The main requirement to join this club of World sailors is to have sailed a voyage of 1000Nm.
Last year James was given the honour by being invited to become Patron to Queenborough Harbour Trust by one of its founder members, Eddie Johnson. In the 1970s Queenborough was a popular venue for meetings of Wharram catamarans (organised by the PCA). Eddie as a boy attended these with his father on their Wharram catamaran.
We will be holding the Spring Wharram Rendezvous (a Hui Wharram) May 17-18-19, 2013 in Islamorada, FL (Florida Keys) at the world famous Lorelei Cabana Bar. A “Hui Wharram” or “Hui-o-waa-Kaulua-Wharram” (Hawaiian) is a group or gathering of Wharram boats.
We are pleased to announce that all 33 issues of The Sailorman have been made available for download on the website of the Polynesian Catamaran Association! The archive is now complete - all 108 PCA publications in one place for you to enjoy.
As we are an International company and a global enterprise it is for me no surprise to be sending a book, Study Plans or Building Plans to far off places. However one country has stood out in our office with the number of Wharram builders rocketing in the last year... that country is Brazil! We currently have 13 new builders based in different parts of the country, each building their own Wharram Catamaran.
The Polynesian Catamaran Association is a voluntary club for people interested in the designs of James Wharram. The PCA currently has no officers. Due to a direct request from James and Hanneke this archive of the PCA publications has been created. This action was approved at the last official AGM of PCA officers. We hope you enjoy reading all 75 of The Sea People magazines!
This weekend (8-10th July) is the Beale Park Boatshow in the UK, an open-air show near Pangbourne on the Thames. James and Hanneke will be there, exhibiting the new Amatasi.
Amatasi will also travel to France to take part in the traditional boat festivals in Brest and Douarnenez.
Nearly seventy people enjoyed informal conversations and stories by our honored guests James Wharram and Hanneke Boon (World Sailors and Designers of Wharram Catamarans) before dinner at the seventh annual Wharram rendezvous (Hui Wharram) in Islamorada Florida last weekend.
Hanneke will be taking Spirit of Gaia to Messolonghi Marina/boatyard (a new marina under Dutch management), just West of the Gulf of Corinth in Greece. She will be doing renovating work on her to make her again the ocean-going Wharram Flagship she should be. We are looking for anyone who would like to help with this work.
The Spring Wharram Rendezvous (a Hui Wharram) May 18-19-20, 2012 will be held in Islamorada, FL (Florida Keys) at the world famous Lorelei Cabana Bar, marina and mooring area (MM 82 bayside). This year will be a special occasion as James and Hanneke will be attending the Hui. So we hope lots of boats and people will attend!
Some people make fun or deride the development of Christmas cards with personal story greetings. Indeed I have done so myself, but I am beginning to think that one time of the year to catch up on the life story of one’s friends is not such a bad idea.
This week on the high (spring) tides we have made our first sails on Amatasi, I should say rows, as there has been very little wind. Here in Devoran the spring tides are unfortunately always in the late afternoon, so leaving us only a short sailing slot before sunset.
On Wednesday 12th October Amatasi was launched. The day was chosen weeks ago for the full moon with a spring tide, a propitious day. Nineteen years ago ‘Spirit of Gaia’ was launched at the full moon, her launching was a great memorable event and she has been a happy ship ever since. We hope the same will be the future of Amatasi.
In July I described how our 27ft Amatasi emerged as Classic Boat’s prize-winning eco-design sailing craft. At the beginning of December our first volunteers, John and Michael began clearing out our work shed to prepare for the Amatasi build (anyone who has the space to save/store things can imagine how cluttered our shed had become)!
Going through my past life and old files we were constantly distracted by the many offshore voyages – single handed, couples, families - made on Wharram catamarans. These people were/are not following a ‘master’, but are themselves ‘masters’ who use my design ability to become ‘People of the Sea’. One of these people is Rory McDougall.
The July issue of Classic Boat magazine features the winners of this year’s design competition for an Eco Fishing Boat. They wrote: “The brief was for an under 10m boat that would not need a license for fishing under sail or oar. Many entries nodded to traditional types, but the winner was surprisingly radical.”
In the early hours of Saturday 26th June Rory sailed his Tiki 21 ‘Cooking Fat’ into Newport, Rhode Harbour, finishing second in the Jester Challenge, just 2.5 hours after the Russian 25ft yacht ‘The Grand’, having sailed in 34 days from Plymouth, UK.
In this office it was joy and Laphroaig whiskey all round. Congratulations Rory, you have done magnificently!
Boatsmith Inc. the professional Wharram yard in Florida, have finished their first fiberglass production Tiki 8m and took it out for a sea trial. All went smoothly and the boat sailed really well. The wind was very light but the boat zipped along.
It has been a long time with little news from the Wharram office. There is a reason for this, James has not been well. Ever since returning from the Lapita Voyage in March, James was suffering from discomfort in his gut. In fact this was one reason for him returning before the finish of the voyage. We assumed it was some microscopic tropical parasite or tenacious bacteria and several tests were done. Finally an internal examination was ordered and the result was very disturbing as bowel cancer was diagnosed.
We would like to draw attention to the problems people have experienced by ordering their Wharram catamaran to be built by the ‘RB Power & Sailing’ yard of Raoul Bianchetti in Pattaya, Thailand.
The first boat built was a heavily modified Tiki 38, of which the owner refused to take delivery and which since being launched in February 2009 has broken up at anchor.
At Beale park Boatshow (UK) this coming weekend (June 5-7) James and Hanneke will be presenting the Lapita Voyage, with two public lectures by James with slides and film.
David Halladay, owner of Boatsmith, Inc. in southeastern Florida, has recently entered into an agreement with James Wharram Designs to be the authorized builder of Wharram catamarans in the United States. This agreement was signed after James and Hanneke met David and his wife Debra at the 2008 Wooden Boat Show in Mystic Connecticut and were able to personally inspect “Abaco,” Boatsmith’s outstanding example of a Tiki 30.
Ruth Wharram has finally found time to put together a collection of her articles, newletters and diaries, ranging from Living Aboard the "Tangaroa" in 1955 to more recent letters while voyaging in 1994-1997. It is a facinating booklet telling the most amazing stories of her adventures. German born Ruth shared many early pioneering voyages with James.
Early man and the ocean - conference and film festival - 2-5 April 2008 Bygdeynes, Oslo 'Early Man and the Ocean', an adventure film festival where new and classic documentaries of great sea-adventures and marine experimental archaeological projects are screened, will take place at two museums and on five screens simultaneously.
After many months of work, Hanneke has finished the Plans for the Tahiti Wayfarer. They are a work of art, with all building details sketched out in fine detail, so anyone can understand how to build her. This is a pure Ethnic Canoe you can build for under £1000 (for the double canoe, less if you build the outrigger). Every part of her you can build yourself, including sails, spars, paddles and even wooden deadeyes, used as blocks.
If you have been interested in the Tikopia Project and are in a location where you can receive BBC2 television, you may be interested in a program called ‘Tribe’. This series takes Bruce Parry to the tiny island of Anuta, sister island to Tikopia. This program was filmed on Anuta last year after the BBC contacted us to learn more about Tikopia and Anuta and their unique culture.
We received the following letter together with a cheque for £700 from the ‘Multihull Group’, a UK association of businesses dealing in Multihulls...
The Beale Park Boatshow was successful. £354 was raised from a raffle for the Tikopia canoe project.