Looks to be a fun event… thanks to Boatsmith for the pointer.

WHARRAM USA SPRING RENDEZVOUS – MAY 15, 16, 17 IN ISLAMORADA, FL (THE FABULOUS FLORIDA KEYS)

COME JOIN US AT THE SPRING 2009 WHARRAM RENDEVOUS IN ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA ON MAY 15-17.

We are expecting Wharrams of various sizes and descriptions including Melanesia 17, Tiki 21, Tiki 26, Tangaroa 29, Tanenui 29, Tiki 30, Pahi 31, Tangaroa 36, Tiki 38, Narai 42…and maybe more.

We will be anchoring behind the Lorelei Restaurant at Mile Marker (MM) 82 Bayside in Islamorada (approximately N24.55.5; W80.38). The Lorelei is a landmark in the Keys. The holding is mud underlaid with coral and the Lorelei will allow us to use their property for dinghies (about ¼ mile from the anchored boats). We suggest you use two anchors if it is blowing above 15. This will help avoid dancing with the mangroves downwind.

We will hold our Saturday evening party at the Lorelei. We will have either a limited menu or a buffet this year. The Lorelei has live music every evening. Dining is mostly outdoors, although the bar area is covered (priorities!). Many of us will use the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu ranges from hamburgers, fish and conch sandwiches to full meals. The food is very good and the ambience is definitely “keysey”. The Lorelei is both a local’s and tourist hangout.

Kayak rentals are usually available for those who would like to paddle through the mangrove islands. We will also have one of the new AERE’ 3.7 Inflatable Catamarans available for everyone to enjoy. Sails great and fits in the back seat of a small car.

What Do People Do at a Wharram Rendezvous? We talk about Wharrams. We tell 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. If you haven’t seen a Wharram, are building a Wharram, thinking about sailing and cruising for a reasonable amount of money, want to do something unique or just like multihulls (or boats of any kind) we welcome you to the event. We welcome everyone…trimarans and even “half-boaters” (monohulls) too. Stinkpotters are welcome if you are really nice! If you just want to come and hang out that is OK too! Oh, yes, we do eat and drink a lot!

IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN GETTING EMAILS ABOUT WHARRAM EVENTS, PLEASE FORWARD THEIR EMAIL ADDRESSES TO floridawharramrendezvous@hotmail.com.

Also, here is new contact information for the Polynesian Catamaran Association (PCA, SeaPeople Magazine). If you are not already a member, do please join! http://www.pca-seapeople.org.uk/index.html a new forum exists at: http://www.pca-seapeople.org.uk/forum/index.php