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Micro Adventure Weekend – A Cornish Wharram Hui - Event Report

By Hanneke Boon
Micro Adventure Sailing Hui in the Fal Estuary on 4-6th August 2017. 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.

Micro Adventure Hui was a resounding success.

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.

There was a brisk wind on both days, so some exciting sailing and some wonderful sailing as a fleet.

Friday night was an excellent BBQ party with bonfire at Wharram HQ and 53 people attending, while all the boats were moored alongside Devoran Quay. Just a little light rain sent us under cover of the boat tent, but also gave us a magnificent double rainbow.

Rainbow at Wharram HQ
A magnificent rainbow during the Friday night BBQ party.
People gathered in the boat tent at Wharram HQ
The boat tent gave shelter when the rain started.
People gathered around a fire
The fire pit.

Saturday was spent inspecting the boats and socializing, whilst Hanneke completed the finishing touches to get Amatasi rigged and ready for sailing. The whole fleet set off at around 5pm to sail down the creek, we then sailed at good speeds up and down Carrick Roads for a while before heading as a fleet upriver to the Quay at Roundwood where we spent the night, with another bonfire and eating together on the Quay.

Wharram boats on the water
Tahiti Wayfarer, Tiki 31 'Brillig' and Tiki 31 'Leveller'.
Wharram Tiki 30
Tiki 30 'Moku' from Jersey.
Wharram Tiki 21
Rory McDougal on Tiki 21 'Cooking Fat'.
Wharram cats lined up on a quay
All the boats moored up along the Quay at Roundwood on Saturday evening.
Wharram Tiki 21 and Mana 24 lined up on a quay.
Mana and Cookie.
James sat on a bench.
James keeping warm in a 'Dryrobe' at Roundwood.

Sunday saw us rafting up for breakfast followed by an exciting sail out to sea and lunch for four of the boats outside St. Antony Head.

Wharram cats lined up on a quay.
Early morning sun at Roundwood Quay.
Wharram cats rafted together
Raft up for Sunday morning breakfast. Front to back, Tahiti Wayfarer, Amatasi, Brillig, Mana, Hitia 14.
Wharram cats sailing
Out at sea off St.Antony lighthouse. Mana followed by Cookie and Moku.

The overall opinion is that we should have such a Hui every year and we are already planning next year's, sometime in the summer.

Dave Yettram's footage of the Hui
Dave Yettram's footage of sailing Wharram Melanesia and Tahiti Wayfarer at the Hui