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Tahiti Wayfarer launched in Istanbul

Recently we received photos of Tahiti Wayfarer Nr. 8, built and launched in Istanbul.
She was built in an upstairs living room, lowered out of the window, then assembled in a garden and finally launched on the beach.



We can count 10 people on deck of 'Tai-o-Tai-o' on her maiden trip. Wish we could have been there too!
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New Zealand Wharram Meeting

A New Zealand Wharram Meeting is being planned for next (NZ) Summer - likely in January 2011. I thought it best to give plenty of notice. The venue is not finalised yet, but it may be at Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It is hoped quite a number of Wharram catamarans will be able to attend. There is already a small group of enthusiastic Wharram sailors working on things!

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me.

Don Brazier
NZ Wharram Agent
braz@xtra.co.nz
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NZ Agent news of Hans Klaar

Hi Everyone
I thought it may be of interest to say a few words about Hans Klaar's boat Ontong Java. I was fortunate in having the opportunity to go on board her recently when in Opua.
You may already be familiar with this boat from the Wharram Web site or the Wharram Builders and Friends site, but if not the attached photographs and information may be of interest.



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Rory McDougall and his capable Tiki 21 catamaran “Cooking Fat” are off again

RORY AND COOKIES’ JESTER CHALLENGE 2010

Please follow the link http://www.justgiving.com/RoryandCookiesJesterChallenge for a safe and easy way to donate online.

Rory McDougall and his capable Tiki 21 catamaran “Cooking Fat” are off again on more adventures. Since sailing into the record books in 1997 as the smallest catamaran around the world, Rory and Cookie have had time away from ocean voyaging this past decade. Rory met his wife Michelle, shortly after the circumnavigation and they have been raising two kids in the Caribbean since. Cookie, of course, came along as part of the family and has been great for getting the young ones acquainted to sailing. Now it’s high time to get back on the horse!!

I watched the first Jester Challenge back in 1996 with great interest and made a vow that I would be on the start line for the next one in 2010. With 2800 miles of singlehanded upwind sailing from Plymouth UK to Newport Rhode Island USA, this is just the new adventure I need! The Jester Challenge embodies the self sufficient aspect of sailing small boats across oceans. The Challenge is open to all those who are up to the task and who like to voyage on boats from 20ft to 30ft. The Jester group of folks inspire small boat sailors to follow in the footsteps of our heroes of yesteryear. I can’t think of any better group to join with as it falls right in line with the minimalistic sailing I do in Cookie. The start is on Sunday 23rd May 2010 at 1300hrs off Plymouth breakwater. continued.......

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FLORIDA RENDEZVOUS SUMMER 2010 MAY 14, 15, 16

WHARRAM RENDEZVOUS
SUMMER 2010
MAY 14, 15, 16

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA
(THE FABULOUS FLORIDA KEYS)

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

First, Wharrams available and related information (to the best of our knowledge as of this email!):

1. Tiki 26, ‘05, Staten Island, NY, Betsy, betsy@vinestreetworks.com, 718-524-0221.
2. Tangaroa, ’02, MKIV+, Islamorada, FL. Dan, drkunz@hotmail.com, 305-664-0190.
3. Tangaroa, ’83, MKI, Annapolis, MD, Carl, cdkral@gmail.com.
4. Tahini, Pennsylvania, unfinished, Don, don.jones@live.com, 305-801-5663.
5. Professionally built Wharrams, Florida, David, www.boatsmith.com, 561-744-0855.
6. Professional built and kit Wharrams and a very informative website with Wharram forum, Texas, Shane, www.wharrambuilders.ning.com, 254-232-4033.

We will be holding our annual summer rendezvous in May 2010. Specifically, May 14, 15 and 16. It will be in Islamorada, FL (Florida Keys). We are expecting Wharrams of various sizes and descriptions.
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Important News regarding the Polynesian Catamaran Association


by Bob Bois

As I write this, yet another low pressure system is spinning off the coast of New England, dumping another 10 inches of snow on us. My building shed is cold and dark. I have a long way to go.

How many years left on your build? Two? Three? Four, five or more?
Where do you turn for inspiration when the process seems to go one forever? Or the epoxy has gone off too early? Or you tell yourself for the hundredth time: I can’t afford this.

Where are the photos and stories that will prove to you that, yes, it is possible to build this boat and sail it wherever you want to go? Where are the guides and mates that have been where you are now and are more than willing to show you that you will get to the end of the build, you will live the life you have envisioned – whatever that means for you.

I’ll tell you where they are: they’re in the pages of “The Sea People” magazine, published regularly by the Polynesian Catamaran Association (PCA).



And you don’t need to be a Wharram builder to appreciate the organization. If you bought your boat from another builder, or had it professionally built, you will still find oceans of information available to you through the PCA. I know this firsthand. We bought a Tiki 30 a few years back (we are now building Tiki 46 no. 38) and the owner included practically all back issues of the “The Sailorman” and “The Sea People”. We devoured these magazines. We dreamed of sailing to Culatra, Martinique, transiting the Panama Canal and seeing the entire Pacific spread before us.

When the New England winter bit down hard, we huddled in front of the fireplace and went through the magazines chronologically, following tales of John Shores and his big, black, engineless Tehini. Or the Wharrams building and voyaging on the original Tehini and, later, the Spirit of Gaia.

The later issues of the magazine contained articles by more recent Wharramites: Ann and Nev Clement of Peace IV (Tiki 46), Rory MacDougall and Cooking Fat (Tiki 21 that sailed round the World!), Dave Vinnicomb and his Dragon (Tiki 38). There are too many examples of ‘the Wharram spirit” in the back issues of the magazine to list here.

In addition, the PCA sponsors sail-ins and meets across the globe, events where Wharram builders, sailors, or those merely interested in the boats, can get together and swap stories and innovations over a pot luck meal and their favorite beverage.

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P.GRAHAM

My story is really a personal one for James.
When my husband David Graham was a young boy in Manchester, England, James' family were neighbours and David met James and talked boats with him occasionally I gather.
David and I met and married in the early 6o's then emigrated to Australia and though David worked in the aircraft industry he maintained a great interest in boats.
In about 1989 David was begining to think about early retirement and what we would do. At this time we had a trailer sailer which we took all over the place. David however had bigger and better ideas, he would build a catamaran, which he did, it was not a Wharram but we had it for nine years after our retirement, and enjoyed every minute of it.
We had to sell her in 2005 as David became sick and passed away on Jan. 1st. this year aged 70yrs.
I thought James might be interested in this little story and what influence he may have had on this young boy living in industrial Manchester.
Pauline Graham
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Would you like to Charter a Tiki 30?

We are thinking of taking our Tiki 30 to the Abacus and making her available for charter. We have a charter operator there who is interested in working with us and we are trying to determine how much interest there is in chartering this boat.



Please let us know if you would be interested in bareboat chartering this boat in 2010 and we will keep you informed of the boat's availability.

Thanks!
Boatsmith Inc
We Build Your Dreams
(561) 744-0855 off (USA)
(561) 632-2628 cell (USA)
www.boatsmithfl.com
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Tiki 38 SA - NZ

Email received at JWD 28th Jan 2010

Hi JWD just to let you know that Dragon and I have successfully sailed from Durban SA (Jan 09) to Opua in NZ (Nov 09) via the Panama Canal and the South Pacific islands, meeting Hans Klaar and John Jameson in Tahiti!

Great trip. Dragon (T38) did exceptionally well and arrived in NZ in as good a condition as she left.

Had two bad storms on the way which needed drogues but very comfortable once deployed.

Regards,
Dave Vinnicombe

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Check out the Feb issue of Cruising World with our Tiki 30 on the cover!!

Tiki 30 built by our professional builder in Florida USA - Boatsmith Inc

We Build Your Dreams

(561) 744-0855 off

(561) 632-2628 cell

www.boatsmithfl.com


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Hans Klaar’s progress across the Pacific on Ontong Java

You may remember the remarkable 70 double canoe ‘Ontong Java’ built by Hans Klaar just over 2 years ago in West Africa. In our last report in 2007 he had sailed her across the Atlantic to Brazil http://wharram.eu//live//article.php?story=20071003181619589. Since then he has taken her through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific. In July he reported form Tahiti and in September he had sailed as far as Fiji. Soon he will be in New Zealand.

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2009 WINTER WHARRAM RENDEZVOUS FLORIDA - DECEMBER 11, 12, 13

2009 WINTER WHARRAM RENDEZVOUS - DECEMBER 11, 12, 13

Peanut Island, Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach Florida

What Do People Do at a Wharram Rendezvous? We talk about Wharrams. We tell stories…some may even be true. We compare notes. 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.

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October short update for Glenn's voyage log

I sailed into Apia harbor, the capitol of Samoa, but couldn't stand bringing Manu Rere into a marina which is now required there, so sailed back out to sea and on to Wallis Island where I was a week later when the tsunami occurred. Now at Funafuti, Tuvalu. Glenn
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Glenn Tieman in the Society Islands - 28 August 09

I stayed at Makemo atoll in the Tuamotus for five weeks. In retrospect it was a preferable place for enjoying the month long Bastille Day celebrations as opposed to the more crowded and expensive events in the capital, Papeete. There were sporting contests during the day and contests between two traditional heiva dancing groups at night. Each group included its own music mostly produced from a variety of elaborate drums and hollowed ringing logs, which I really enjoyed. Of course the famously sexy Tahitian dancing was also a pleasure to see. Even the costumes were beautifully made. While the holiday wound down and I prepared to depart, a small cut in my finger became viciously infected, which required antibiotics (free at the dispensary) and a couple more weeks to heal, one sure can't sail an unmechanized voyaging canoe with a ruined hand.

Once the anchor was finally lifted the first twenty miles were across the lagoon, easily avoiding the brilliantly colored coral patches, to anchor near the other pass. Away from town, without the issue of ownership, I stocked up with a supply of coconuts, which are part of my regular diet, before riding the ebb tide out to sea for Tahiti.

After sailing past atolls the first day, then through a stretch of wide sea I hove to at night to await dawn while still 25 miles short of the narrow passage between the last atolls of the group. Most of the subsequent nights of this voyage I stopped as well because the weather was so stormy, so I was happy to see the great Tahiti come into sight and anchor in the quiet shelter of headland and breakwater at the small town of Tautira.

After several pleasant days there, I sailed for Papeete expecting a pleasant scenic daysail but instead learned first hand about Maramu winds accelerated around the island. At first I dropped all sail to await the passage of what I took to be a squall. When I analyzed the wind direction though it appeared to be blowing me toward the nearby shoals so, for the first time, I put up a storm trysail which laces on the mainmast, and using this tiny sail made my way behind Venus Point, off Papeete, into the lee of the island and anchored the next day.


Hans Klaar's Ontong Java
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WHARRAM RENDEZVOUS SPRING 2009 MAY 15, 16, 17

WHARRAM RENDEZVOUS
SPRING 2009
MAY 15, 16, 17

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA
(THE FABULOUS FLORIDA KEYS)

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

The Florida Keys are a wonderful place to visit. Everything is close to our anchorage and nearly everything you might need is within walking distance. Please note that May is still high season in the Keys. Prices are high and traffic is heavy…some of the yearly sufferings we must go through in Paradise!

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!

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

On a sad note, we were all sorry to hear about the passing of Ken Hook, PCA Secretary and long time Wharram enthusiast. Ken worked tirelessly for the PCA and the furtherance of Wharram concepts. His wife, Anita, shared his love of sailing and for Wharram boats and the club. We will all miss him. Fair Winds Ken!

OK, It’s getting close. Planning is progressing and we have been hearing from quite a few people. We hope to have a great turnout. New boats are being built and hopefully some of those will be completed in time to use this as their shakedown cruise. Hope that you can make it. Please let me know if you are thinking of attending.

We are expecting Wharrams of various sizes and descriptions. As of writing this email we are expecting the following boats: Melanesia 17, Tiki 21, Tiki 26, Tangaroa 29, Tanenui 29, Tiki 30, Pahi 31, Tangaroa 36, Tiki 38, Narai 42…and maybe more.

Please bring your dinghy if you can….we always need more transport!