The PATI CATALA is a very sporty multihull (catamaran), looking like a snow sleigh, from Catalonia, and built traditionally from wood (and now also in fiber) in the surroundings of Barcelona. In fact, the Pati Catala is the oldest sports catamaran (multihull) in the World. In the beginning of the twentieth century , the Patin originated from a lifesaving float, to accompany swimmers in the sea, and was driven with a long paddle.
Later, they began to experiment in Catalonia with sails on this rowing multihulls. This explains why they never put rudders on this vessel (the Patin was a rowing boat) and the gear is simple with only a big sail without a boom. The boat has now evolved to a thoroughbred catamaran.
In regattas, one sails the Patin solo. Because of the lacking of a rudder and battens, the position of the weight of the sailor determines the sailing course. This is unique. The Patin a Vela is navigated by the position of the sailor. He (she) has to position his weight without fault to sail the right course.
The Patin weighs less than 100kg and can easily be set ready for sailing by one sailor. The multiple trimming possibilities of the gear make of the Patin a very technical, though easy to sail vessel. This makes sailing on a Patin a fascinating game.
In Spain, it has been mainly represented in the sailing clubs in Catalonia, but now fleets in Andalusia are growing. The Patin now forms one of the most active regatta sailing class. At the present the Patin is a unified sailing class and counts in regional and national big regatta’s. The Patin has the second biggest number of participants (more than 100) after the Optimist class.
Also in Belgium there is a Patin fleet since the end of the sixties, with the biggest concentration in De Haan and Bredene. Since 2000, the class has seen a revival, by renewing the fleet and through initiatives to promote the class by NOSEPASA (North Sea Patin Sailing Association)
Have you noticed yet?
• No rudder
• No keel
• No boom.
The Patin does not leave you untouched!!!
Sailing without a rudder means that the boat is constantly in balance. For small path deviations, the trim of the sail is used. When bigger maneuvers are needed, the sailor has to shift his body weight. The inclination of the mast can be adjusted to the front or to the back during sailing.
The Patin is maintenance-friendly, quick, light and easy to rig up. One can take the boat from the trailer to the water line in only ten minutes! It resists the hard beach life, it is resistant to sand, salt and sun. It is the most appropriate vessel to conquer the breakers!
Moreover, the Patin is a very safe sports catamaran: without boom, the risk of head injuries is much smaller, and, … a Patin is unsinkable!
The Patin is still manufactured according to traditional methods, built out of wood, in Barcelona.
The materials used:
• Okoumé waterproof multiplex symmetrical hulls, with crosswise bulkheads every 50cm, glued in a mold, making the hull extremely rigid and unsinkable.
• The hulls are joined by crossbeams shaped out of light natural wood strengthened with acajou.
• More recently, the Patin are also made of polyester.
• Loa 5.60 m
• Lwl 5.60 m
• Floating 4.70 m
• Width 1.60 m
• Mast height 6.80 m
• Vertical Luff 6.25 m
• Sail area 12.60 m²
• Weight 98 kg
As part of Team Searunners's training for the 2015 Race to Alaska (R2AK) we practiced emergency on-the-fly fruit smoothie making. Such smoothie-based scurvy prevention was the ONLY reason the helmsman was allowed to call the off-watch on deck. The technological lynch-pin was the imported stainless steel propeller engineered by Aussie genious Rick Willoughby.