Inaugural catboat race was a family affair

The inaugural race of the 2015 Cayman Catboat Club, the David Foster Memorial Race, took place on Sunday in Batabano. 

It is usually run from Morgan’s Harbor to David Foster’s home in Sand Point. However, due to unusually light winds, the decision was made by race officer John Bodden to set up a triangular course within the Morgan’s Harbor basin, which attracted many more spectators. 

It was destined to be a slow race due to light winds. 

The start included the Foster’s Food Fair-sponsored Brac Cat, skippered by Romel Ebanks and crewed by R.J. Ebanks. Another boat was Captain D, skippered by Kem Jackson and crewed by Joey Jackson, and the other was the Camana Bay-sponsored Whittaker Cat, skippered by Jerris Miller and crewed by N.J. Miller. 

Masterful skippering by Kem Jackson soon saw Captain D overtaking Brac Cat to move into first place by the first mark, a position he was not to relinquish. 

The light air did not present too many chances to develop a passing lane, although Brac Cat put up a valiant chase and was able to close the gap slightly, but not overtake. 

After two laps of the course, the end results were Captain D in first place, Brac Cat second and Whittaker Cat third. 

Prizes will be given out in November when the Cayman Islands National Catboat Champion will be crowned, based on points garnered by each boat during the sailing season. 

The day was enjoyed by the racers and spectators alike. 

This race may have also made history as organizers believe this is the first time each catboat was skippered and crewed by a father and son team. 

The race was sponsored by Foster’s Food Fair. 

The next race hosted by the Catboat Club will be the Premier’s Cup on Sept. 27, followed by the Pirates Week race in October and the Camana Bay Memorial Day Catboat Championship on Nov. 9. 

The catboats raced in very calm waters.
The catboats raced in very calm waters.