A Living Legend Lives No More
By now most of you will have heard the news that James Wharram died on 14th December 2021. On the 30th December we held James’ funeral at Penmount crematorium near Truro. Forty five family members and close friends were able to attend, but all followers and friends of James were given the opportunity to join the ceremony online via a webcast. This webcast will be publicly available from January 6th till January 27th, in case you were not able to attend on the day.
We have had hundreds of condolences, heartfelt thoughts and memories sent to us or posted online. These messages have been a great support to myself, our son Jamie and his partner Liz. Many obituaries have been published online and are being published in yachting magazines, in French, German, Dutch, Italian, English and no doubt other languages as well. The Wharram following is truly worldwide. Both the British Times and Telegraph newspapers published obituaries.
In the summer, in the second half of July, date yet to be determined based on tidal times (and weather on the day), we will hold a special Hui in celebration of James’ life. The plan is to have a fleet of Wharram catamarans and other boats join us to scatter the ashes of James and Ruth on the outgoing tide from Falmouth, from where they started their first pioneering double canoe voyage in 1955. This was their wish and gives us a chance to say a final farewell. We hope many of you will be able to join us then, with or without your boat. There will also be a big celebration and BBQ at our headquarters in Devoran. A date will be announced later on our website.
The coming year will be different for me without James by my side (we have worked as a team for nearly 50 years, in creating designs, building boats, voyaging, travel and writing projects), it will however also give me more opportunities to travel as the Wharram ambassador and make sailing voyages on Spirit of Gaia and other Wharram catamarans. The first of these voyages is starting next week!
Our dear friends Petra and Berti on Pahi 65 ‘Largyalo’ have asked me to join them on their trans Atlantic voyage and I have accepted this invitation. We will sail away from the Canary islands on 17th January bound for Cap Verdes and Guadeloupe. I am hoping to meet other Wharram catamarans on the way and in the West Indies. I will try to keep you all informed of our progress on Facebook and our website.
Second Edition Of People Of The Sea
In November, to James' great pleasure, the second edition of People of the Sea was published. This more compact edition of the book at a lower price will fit your boat bookshelf better, and at a lighter weight can be your ideal travel companion. All the content and illustrations are the same as in the first luxury edition.
Lessons From The Stone Age Sailors
This seminal article written by James Wharram with Hanneke Boon in 2000 after extensive studies of canoe craft in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, was originally published in Watercraft magazine (UK) and in translation in the Netherlands and France. It has now been republished here.
Wharram Designs Will Continue Business As Usual
I would like to reassure you all that even without James as the figurehead our design business will continue. I, Hanneke, will continue to answer your building questions and will carry on with future design ideas. With Nicki running the dispatch office, Georgia doing the accounts and Perky keeping our website up to date, nothing will change for our customers.
We wish you all a Happy New Year,
- The James Wharram Designs Team
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