Calling all (UK and from across the Channel) Wharram Cat owners – join us for a weekend of Wharram Micro Adventures. 4th, 5th and 6th August 2017, Cornwall.
There’s nothing better than a Hui!
‘What’s a Hui?’ We hear you cry! A Hui is the Polynesian word for ‘social gathering’ and they regularly take place all over the Pacific. So we felt it would be wonderful to organise our very own Cornish Hui here in Cornwall, starting from Wharram HQ, Devoran.
We have based this weekend around the full moon (Spring tides), to allow all Wharram Cat owners to sail up our creek at high tide and moor near our Wharram site on the first night. The tides on the Friday are not as high as we would like, so the bigger boats may have to moor further down the creek.
Rory McDougall will be bringing his Tiki21 'Cooking Fat' to the Micro Adventure weekend. Rory sailed this iconic Tiki 21 around the world in the 1990s and arrived second in the 2010 Jester Challenge across the Atlantic.
Also coming is the beautiful Tiki 30 (with deckpod) 'Moku', sailing across from the Channel Islands, as well as a Tiki 26 coming from Hayle and one from Exmouth. Tiki 31 'Brillig' will be sailing from Fowey, and another Tiki 31 from Exmouth. We are also expecting one or two Hitia 17s and possibly a Melanesia or two.
Also there, will be the Wharram Designs owned new Mana 24, the 21ft Tahiti Wayfarer and the 27ft Amatasi and a Melanesia. So all the small Wharram's will be represented. Let's see if we can get some larger Wharram's to come as well.
The overall plan:
Friday 4th August:
Arrive by sea or car & trailer and gather with the high tide (from around 3pm) at Devoran Quay near the top of Restronguet creek, Cornwall, where there is room to moor all the boats and boats can be launched from a trailer. The water will not be high enough to reach Wharram head quarters further up the creek at Greenbank Road. In the evening we will have a relaxed Hui-style ‘Bring and share’ food and drink at Wharram headquarters, a big BBQ 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, along with sharing your ‘Wharram adventure stories’ with like-minded Wharram friends around the camp fire. (Camp on your own boat, or if you are joining us without a boat – camp in your own tent on our grounds).
Saturday 5th August:
Saturday morning the tide is too early to sail, so we will gather round the boats at Devoran Quay to socialize and view all the different designs close up. The Old Quay Inn is just up the road. HW is at 17:00, so we hope to be sailing out of the creek by about 15:00. We will sail to a suitable beach or creek by evening, where we will camp for the night. People without boats can all hopefully be accommodated to sail on the boats, to camp ashore in your own tent (make sure you bring enough food).
Sunday 6th August:
Sunday more sailing. Lunch at anchor at an agreed rendezvous, return to Devoran on the high tide in the evening. If the weather is fine, we can have another day sailing on Monday. Our program is flexible. Hope many people will come and this will be the first of an annual event for Wharram Catamarans.
We hope this will be a great way for all our UK (and Europe) based Wharram boat owners to come together for an adventurous weekend gathering of ‘kindred Wharram spirits’. Indeed, if any of you would like to arrive a few days earlier, we’d love to welcome you - come and help us lash the cats together prior to the sailing weekend!
To register your interest in joining us for this weekend, please either email us at email@example.com (with ‘Cornish Hui’ as the subject line), or go to our Facebook event page and click either ‘going’ or ‘interested’.
James Wharram on the MICRO ADVENTURE concept
The concept of ‘micro-adventures’, has been a way of thinking and living all my life. In the book I’m writing on my early youth, I describe my life between the ages of 16 & 18 when I roamed alone over the moors and hills of the Lake and Peak Districts and later Scotland, with minimum of gear. There was none! The ‘War’ had just ended. Boots, windproof clothes and rucksacks were not available. Each weekend & longer holiday break, with the lack of modern fashionable gear – effectively became my very own ‘micro adventure’.
I suppose my first Atlantic crossing, on a 23’6” self-built catamaran, could also be described as an ‘extended micro adventure’.
I now belong in an Honorary position to several societies – one I value most highly is being a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Around 2010 in the Geographic Magazine, my attention was drawn to the book ‘Micro Adventures’ by Alistair Humphries. I bought it and relived my teenage years and attitudes to adventure in its pages.
However, it was Pierre-Yves (a French student who spent a three months internship with us last year) who first turned my reminiscing into reality. He reassembled our Tahiti Wayfarer double canoe – a design I had mentally neglected amongst so many ocean-going designs. During his stay with us, whenever the tide was high, he sailed it on our creek and around the Fal Estuary; sliding along close to the trees in the creeks, exploring the foreshores and then braving the wider waters of Carrick Roads, through him my long ago micro adventure memories resurfaced.