A catboat takes part in the February Fleet Review on Seven Mile Beach. Catboats will hitting the water again on Discovery Day, Monday, May 21, for the Cayman Spring Regatta.

The Cayman Islands Sailing Club are teaming up with the Cayman Catboat Club for the second annual Cayman Spring Regatta this holiday weekend.

The event kicks off Thursday with a social gathering at Anchors in the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, Governors Harbour from 5–7 p.m. The public is encouraged to come out and meet the catboat sailors, and all are welcome.

The catboat sailing event will be on Monday, Discovery Day, at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club in Red Bay, with the catboats racing for their annual Premier Cup. The racing runs from 10 a.m. until noon.

Catboats

A catboat (or cat-rigged sailboat) is a small sailing vessel characterized by a single mast carried well forward.

A catboat rig is a fore and aft rig with a mast that has a minimum of standard rigging and no headsail. Catboats are often painted blue to minimise the reflection of the sun’s glare into the fishermen’s eyes.

The first known locally built catboat, The Terror, was built by Daniel Jarvis from Cayman Brac. Local catboats range in length from 14 to 28 feet, depending on the purpose of the craft.

If any member of the public is interested in viewing the racing from a spectator boat, contact CISC on 947-7913 or [email protected]

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