Get ready to go Sailing in the Philippines with Philippines Sailing Tours. chose to use Catamarans and Trimarans for their safely, stability and speed. Read what yachting expert Skip Novak has to say about the type of yachts Philippines Sailing Tours uses.
(Philippines Sailing Tours offers one of a kind day sailing and multiple day sailing trips around Boracay, Tablas, Carabao, Romblon and Sibuyan islands).
Captain Novak maintains that a catamaran is faster, safer and more comfortable than anything with a single hull
Even if you don’t believe your own eyes, there is no doubt – if the statistics are to be trusted – that catamarans are taking the sailing world by storm in both racing and cruising offshore, and certainly inshore in stadium events.
Having raced and made long passages on high-performance maxi cats, I can certainly attest to their allure. They are faster, safer and more comfortable than anything with a single hull.
Faster is easily understood, but it is justifiable to question the safety aspect. An offshore catamaran or trimaran can turn upside-down with a moment’s lack of concentration. Up until that point, consider that, compared with a monohull, you are much higher above the water and by and large waves pass under the net and the cross beams.
Sail handling is a dream, compared with grappling with sails tangled up in the lifelines on the foredeck of a monohull heeled at 20°. Drop the foresail halyard and the sail falls onto the net. Reefing the main is also easy by comparison, as you stroll around on a flat platform tweaking this and that.
Testing the theory We were there to enjoy the islands, to do so by sail, but the sailing was secondary.
Is it the sailing or the destination that is of prime interest? If it is the destination, the catamaran formula wins hands down.
Hence the rise of the performance cruising catamaran; ultra-light, all souped up with a powerful rig and minimum scantlings, but still sporting a living room with a picture window and en-suite bedrooms. These are different animals requiring skilled hands to keep them on the right side of heaven.
Skip Novak is a columnist and regular contributor to Yachting World, and author of Storm Sailing Series. He was born in Chicago in 1952 and started sailing at an early age. He has raced in four Whitbread Round the World races and in 2001 co-skippered the 108ft catamaran Innovation in The Race round the world in 65 days, an event in which his future wife, Elena, also raced. In 1987 he built the steel cutter Pelagic and has since spent 26 seasons in Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia and Antarctica, sailing and mountaineering.
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A catamaran is faster, safer and more comfortable for sailing in the Philippines. Philippines Sailing Tours offers exclusive one of a kind Sailing to Boracay, Tablas, Romblon, Sibuyan and Carabao islands. Contact Philippines Sailing Tours for your next vacation www.PhilippinesSailingTours.com
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