- Cat Sailing |
Forget the gin and tonic image that sailing often conjures up – cat sailing is the thrill seeker’s water-sport!
Due to the big rigs, stable platform and twin hulls, you can even sail faster than the wind! Cat sailing can be enjoyed by beginners or advanced sailors alike, and is possible from a range of centres around the UK.
- Fastest, wildest way to travel under sail
- An extreme ride
- Cheap to run
- Sociable community
- Requires a good skipper
- Weather and wind dependant
- Wet and can be cold
Training & Qualifications
Learning to sail a cat is relatively easy due to the steady platform provided by the twin hull layout. The basics can be mastered in calm conditions with further instruction and support needed to sail in high winds of more than 12 knots and become competent within a team.
Catamaran sailing in the UK is overseen by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the United Kingdom Catamaran Racing Association (UKCRA), with accredited centres offering internationally-recognised adult, youth and racing qualifications for all levels of ability.
There are a number of different types of cat, Darts and Hobie being the most popular.
Sailors should wear buoyancy aids at all times and often wear wet or dry suits depending upon conditions and temperatures.