2009 Wharram Winter Rendezvous

December 11-13, 2009

Peanut Island, Lake Worth Inlet, Florida, USA

Greetings, Wharram Enthusiast!

If you like Wharram Boats and would like to enjoy a weekend with Wharram builders, owners, and enthusiasts now is your chance!

The 2009 Winter Florida Wharram Rendezvous, sponsored by the Polynesian Catamaran Association (PCA-SeaPeople), is scheduled for the second weekend in December (December 11-13) at beautiful Peanut Island in the Lake Worth Inlet in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Wharram USA Spring Rendezvous

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 [email protected].

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

Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon

>>> Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon

 

Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon

Calling all electric boat enthusiasts!

If you have an electric boat, or can make one, come on down to the 2007 Why Island Marathon and give it a go.

Event: Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon
Date: October 5th and 6th, 2007
Place: St. Michaels, Maryland

Summary: The Wye Island Marathon is an electric boat race held every year during the annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This is a 23.82 mile marathon race with a mandatory ten minute coffee break halfway through the course. The race course consists of approximately eight miles of open water with the balance in relatively sheltered water.

 

 

If you are in the area (or can be), check out the Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon… looks like a lot of fun and of interest for all electric boat enthusiasts.

PassageMaker University

I wrote about PassageMaker’s TrawlerFest earlier, but didn’t mention their PassageMaker University seminar series. Offered in conjunction with some of the TrawlerFest shows, it might be of interest. I’ve added the TrawlerFest and PassageMaker University event dates to the News and Events above. A blurb from PassageMaker’s website included below:


Engage yourself in what you love most…the cruising under power lifestyle. PassageMaker University (PMU), formerly Trawler Fest University, is an exclusive two-day offering of courses taught by the industry’s leading experts. The in-depth courses provide the latest information, even for the experienced cruiser.

Topics have included:

        Weather Wise Cruiser – Lee Chesneau

        Ship Systems Stem to Stern – Steve D’Antonio

        Women-Only Seamanship and Boat Handling – Patti Moore

        Diesel Workshop – Bob Smith