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James Wharram Receives Classic Boat ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award

Lifetime Achievement Award winner James Wharram and partner Hanneke Boon,Multihulls Magazine

On April 3rd, James Wharram and Hanneke Boon attended the 2018 Classic Boat Awards ceremony at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London. Awards were given for various categories of building and restoring Classic Boats. However, this year there was a special extra award presented to James Wharram for a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ as Pioneer catamaran builder, sailor and multihull designer. 


James was the last to receive the award and was introduced to the audience by Rob Peak, editor of Classic Boat with these words: “James Wharram will not need an introduction for most of us. In 1956, he made the first successful Atlantic crossing in a multihull – the 23’6” (7.2m) Tangaroa, which he designed and built himself for £200 and sailed with two German girls. 

In 1959 they were the first to cross the North Atlantic from West to East (New York to N. Wales) in a multihull, the 40’ catamaran Rongo, built in Trinidad. 

Since then, he has sold more than 10,000 of his plans for cruising multihulls worldwide, and some consider him to be the father of modern multihull sailing. More than that, James has always understood that sailing is not about expenditure. He has remained firmly wedded to his ‘less is more’ philosophy, always looking for simpler effective ways to build and rig his designs. What should be specially noted . . .

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