St. James Town Sailing Club’s Cat Program is an entry-level high-performance sailing program and a good opportunity to learn more about sail trim, apparent wind sailing and trapezing.
The Program follows the following structure of three (3) main helming categories:
To take out one of our catamarans, you need to be a member of the club and to have reached at least a Cat Captain 1 level.
Our Intro-to-Cats clinics are usually run throughout the sailing season by a volunteer catamaran community member, willing to support the cat sailing community and help the club members to tune their sailing skills.
We usually have someone driving the motorboat and four (4) of the club's catamaran sailors volunteering their time as assistant coaches for the clinic. Our focus on the water is on clean and safe tacks, gybes and sailing exercises to practice safe docking and crew overboard recovery.
To obtain your Cat Captain 1 category, here is a checklist of the skills the examiner would expect you to do by the end of the clinic:
The clinic’s schedule for the day is usually as follows:Intro (9:00 AM)
Session on Water
Session on Water
| Safety Procedures
||Tacking & Gybing
||Review of the Day
|Rigging||Upwind Sailing & Sailing Exercise
||Capsize & Recovery
|Overview of Tacking and Gybing of Catamaran with Simulation on Land
||Downwind Sailing & Sailing Exercise
In the past, we have also run ongoing weekly sessions for JTown members who have already taken an intro cat clinic or have some catamaran helming experience. During these sessions we would mostly sail windward-leeward courses to improve catamaran sailing skills.
We will have a long distance race every Wednesday at 6 PM for those who would like to race cats for fun. This race is organized by our friendly neighbors TMCC (Toronto Multihull Cruising Club). It is open to all helms who are Cat Captain 1 or 2. The course of this race will be from in front of JTown to Gibraltar point (T4) and back.
New members who are either Bronze Level IV certificate holders, or feel that their sailing skills are equivalent to at least the Sail Canada CanSail Level 3 standard, may sign out a boat after successfully completing the Old Salt test by arrangement with our catamaran coordinator Beata Gintere.
Note: St. James Town Sailing Club’s Cat Program is not intended for extreme sailing.
Below is the tentative Course Schedule for cat clinics.