Sharing A Love For The Water

A Pocket Full Of Possibilities

By Mark Wilson
Published: June/July 2013

They came from near and far. The largest fleet of trailerable pocket cruisers ever assembled shared 10 days of winter sailing fun at the annual Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention.

Photo of winter sailing fun at the annual Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention Photo: Ben Pierson

The fabled Route 66 passes within 15 miles of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Fittingly, given its reputation as a highway of high-spirited and independent travelers, it played host to many of the 212 small sailboats and 440 adventurous sailors who took it toward the annual Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention (HPCC) in February. Started seven years ago, HPCC is now the largest rendezvous of trailerable pocket cruisers (defined as small enough to tow, rugged enough to handle an adventure, and roomy enough to sleep below and prepare a meal) ever held in the U.S. The event has grown from a casual weekend get-together of 21 boats, to a 10-day celebration of small-boat sailing, thanks largely to nautical networking websites, media attention, and the energy of organizers Sean and Jo Mulligan.

The Mulligans had several goals in mind when they created the event, not least of all to let people know that Lake Havasu in winter is a boater's paradise, with crystal-clear waters, majestic and rugged mountains, crisp clean air, and 45 miles of shoreline to explore. Sponsored by BoatUS, the event has an impressive lineup of participants. Last year they came from 26 states, four Canadian provinces, and five countries, with an average one-way driving distance of 607 miles. We spoke to a few diehards at this year's event.

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