Horizon Power Catamarans Hosts 5th Owners’ Rendezvous
Thirteen Horizon Power Catamarans with their owners and guests gathered for a celebration in Harbour Island, Bahamas
It was blowing a gale the day the Horizon Power Cats navigated “The Devil’s Backbone” and arrived on North Eleuthera in the Bahamas, but once comfortably nestled into their slips at the Romora Bay Resort and Marina on Harbour Island, the 13 beautiful catamarans in attendance paid no notice, their owners and guests immediately taking to the docks to mix and mingle with friends old and new.
After a three-year hiatus, the 2022 Horizon Power Catamarans (HPC) Owners’ Rendezvous unofficially kicked off with the celebratory christening of a brand-new PC65, Hideout. Guests enjoyed the signature fresh stone crab, champagne, and Taiwan beer during the christening and continued the merriment with a shared potluck dinner on the dock.
The first official day of the HPC Owners’ Rendezvous dawned bright and beautiful as the catamarans were prepared for their Rendezvous appearance. The Horizon Power Cat team spent this time checking on any service or maintenance needs—one of the many examples of the attention to service and detail that distinguishes the HPC brand from its competition. In the afternoon, the Romora Bay Resort extended a gracious welcome to the Rendezvous attendees with a steel drum band and Bahamian conch fritters washed down with tropical Goombay Smashes at the dockmaster’s office. Ready to celebrate, guests donned their tropical attire for the welcome dinner on the resort’s terrace, for which The Power Catamaran Company founder and CEO Richard Ford set the tone for fun with his pre-dinner welcome speech. Sponsored by AssuredPartners, the evening continued well past dessert with live music and dancing.
On day two, owners and guests bustled about the docks carrying bags and boxes and scurried to and from their golf carts huddled in whispered conversations: It was the day of the Pimp My Golf Cart Contest. Led by Spencer Lloyd of AssuredPartners, the team of judges carefully critiqued each golf cart entry, paying particular attention to the award-winning characteristics of uniqueness, fun, and creativity. Decked out in full regalia, each cart lined up for a scavenger hunt around the island. The raucous parade, ranging from astronauts to aliens, lifeguards to lobsters, and mermaids to dinosaurs, created quite a stir as it rampaged through Dunmore Town completing tasks and competitions.
Laughter echoed off the docks early the morning of day three as owners gathered on their neighbor’s aft deck to sip coffee before tending to the preparations for the raft-up and beach barbecue. Despite the blue skies and brilliant sunshine, the aforementioned winds had forced a change of venue for the last two days of the Rendezvous. By mid-morning, each catamaran left its slip and cruised the few miles to the beach at Man Island.
Here, the spectacular orchestration of the annual raft-up was on full display and managed by the HPC team with excellent precision, as Ford greeted and boarded each Power Cat as it arrived and seamlessly helmed it into position as the crew set the anchor and adjusted the fenders. Within just one hour, all 13 yachts were lined up and the guests tendered ashore for an afternoon barbecue of burgers, South African sausages, and plenty of beer, rosé, and champagne. After lunch, it was time for the cocktail competition for which three self-proclaimed experts in the field visited every yacht for a formal presentation and tasting of that yacht’s signature cocktail. Music and conversation continued as guests mingled before each Power Cat broke away from the raft-up and set anchor for the night.
Guests took to the water on day four, some taking part in the official fishing tournament and others spending the day swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing before heading back to their berth at Romora Bay. The highly anticipated awards ceremony prefaced the dinner with the Horizon PC52 My Best Life taking home both the largest and the heaviest fish trophies as well as the Most Unique award for its Jurassic Park-themed golf cart. The PC65 Cell Fish won Most Creative for its Under the Sea-themed golf cart and the PC60 Brokedown Palace won Funniest for its Pimp Palace-themed cart. As for the cocktail competition, the sobered judges presented the two cocktail awards—both of which coincidentally were margaritas—to the PC60 Vitality for Taste and to the PC60 Mangata for Presentation, and the PC52 Cut and Run won the Scavenger Hunt.
“The 2022 Horizon Power Catamarans Owners’ Rendezvous brought together a group of fantastic owners for four days of fun, relaxation, and enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures, which is what being a Horizon Power Cat owner is all about,” says Ford. “Despite the weather forcing us to abandon our original plans to cruise the Devil’s Backbone and spend the last two days in Spanish Wells, all of our owners and guests were content to relax and enjoy each other’s company no matter where they were. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting this amazing event for our owners and their guests and look forward to next year!”