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Catamaran Sailing Classes in California

Added by damonAdmin on Jul 02, 2007 - 10:11 AM

Catamaran classes build confidence for racing, improve sailors' safety on the water and get new sailors ready for racing. Community classes are great for people thinking about crewing, interested in buying their first boat and looking for social activities. Schools not only provide the boats, schools provide lockers, showers, wetsuits, lifejackets and harnesses are part of the class.

Two California based sailing schools have been successfully teaching community catamaran sailing for years, the University of California Los Angeles and in Mission Bay the University of California San Diego/San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff at California State University Long Beach can access classes that are not yet open to the general public. Contact information is provided at the bottom of this article.

Classes range in price from $145 per class to $185 per class. An additional one-time fee for membership in the community program may be required. The membership is usually part of the school's insurance requirements. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are often eligible for discounted class fees.

Footnote: Class times can be found in the events calendar.

WOW Women on the Water Sailing Clinic

Added by damonAdmin on Jun 10, 2005 - 01:22 PM
From Heather Morrison, HCA Women's Representative.


The first WOW workshop of the year is coming up! Below you will find some information. Deb and Kathleen ran a very successful workshop last year and they have an even better one planned for this year!

The workshop is proudly sponsored by Division 5 and HCA of North America. Don't miss out! See you on the start line.

Please join Deb Olsen and Kathleen Tracy for this season’s WOW, hands on sailing clinic. It will be held Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Union Reservoir just east of Longmont. See www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/ for map and lake info. There is a $5 entry fee per car at the gate.

We’ll talk safety, sailing gear, sailing terms and why-fors, and then practice sail trim, boat attitude and maybe even racing tactics. Come learn how to be the best pro-active crew your skipper has ever had and find out if the view from the skipper’s seat is for you.

This is a day of Stress Free and Fun Sailing.

Modern Tips for Sailing the Hobie 16 Catamaran

Added by damonAdmin on Feb 05, 2004 - 11:13 PM

First the disclaimer: We’re not the best Hobie 16 sailors in the country but we have won a few events and we were 4th at the 2003 Continentals. The following isn’t the gospel truth just the best we’ve been able to figure out so far.

Crew Weight: The minimum allowable class weight, for adult racing, is 285 lbs combined helm and crew. Most teams try to be right at minimum weight. I think 300 lbs is more ideal over a wide variety of conditions. Liza and I are at minimum but we have trouble when the wind kicks up over 20 knots.

Footnote: Thanks to Bob Merrick for sharing his experience with other beachcat sailors. If anyone else has tips to share be sure and add them to this article as comments.

Hobie 14 Catamaran Tuning Guide

Added by damonAdmin on Oct 20, 2003 - 10:58 AM

The Hobie 14 catamaran sailboat launched the "Hobie Way of Life" when it leaped onto the world stage with the now famous 1968 Life Magazine "The Cat that Flies" article. This great beachcat is still actively raced today and many new sailors get their first taste of catamaran sailing aboard the Hobie 14 catamaran.

Bob Curry, former World and National Champion on the Hobie 14, has agreed to share his tuning tips for the Hobie 14. His photos and explanations will save the new Hobie 14 catamaran owner lots of time getting rigged, and get the racer around the course a little faster.

Footnote: Excellent detail photos Bob! Attention all cat sailors... If you would like to help your class, please follow Bob's lead and share your rigging tips.

Roll Tacking Your Beach Catamaran Sailboat

Added by damonAdmin on Sep 24, 2003 - 01:24 PM
Many catamaran sailors who move up to sailing catamaran sailboats after sailing dinghies will find they need to develop new techniques for tacking. Catamaran sailboats are not difficult to tack, but if you attempt to tack by just throwing the tiller over, you probably won't do well.

Dinghy sailors have refined a sailing technique called the "roll tack" which vastly improves speed coming out of the tack. A lot of catamaran sailors are not aware that you can roll tack your beachcat as well. Read more to find out how.

Footnote: This tacking advice applies to boardless catamarans like the Hobie 14 16 and Prindle 15 16 18, more modern catamarans with daggerboards tack more like dinghies. Another classic from the "On The Wire" archives, roll tack instructions by David Hall.

Catamaran Sailing - understanding your telltales.

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 11, 2003 - 01:45 PM
How do you know if you are sailing your catamaran efficiently? One thing that can help catamaran sailors “listen” to their boat is the proper use of telltales. This article, originally published in the On The Wire Ezine for Catamaran Sailors in January 1997, is still great information for all sailors.

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