Sydney, Australia: Last night, Multihull Central, in partnership with Pacific Sailing School, hosted the first introductory session on the RYA accredited training programs, including Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses to be run on board catamarans, launching a dedicated RYA accredited catamaran sailing school.
Pacific Sailing School is one of Australia's longest established and most well respected sailing schools, with full accreditation from the Royal Yachting Academy, which is widely recognised internationally as the benchmark for sail training.
“I love cats and we enjoy our overseas excursions with students, as they are the ideal platform for cruising and holidays. It’s great we can now offer our training programs in Australia on board catamarans," Terry Wise Principal of Pacific Sailing School said.
Working with Pacific Sailing School’s RYA syllabus and experience delivering first class training, their program will be adopted to catamarans sourced by Multihull Central along with experienced catamaran skippers with RYA qualifications.
“Most of our customers are buying catamarans to go cruising, but they are often buying their first big boat, have little coastal or offshore sailing experience, or have no experience onboard catamarans,” Brent Vaughan, Director of Multihull Central said.
“Up until now there has been a real lack of good training that is actually applied to catamarans and provides international accreditation, so I think this partnership will be a great outcome for people aspiring to cruising on cats and want to be skilled up before they go.”
The first programs will be run on board new 38ft Seawind 1160 LITE supplied by Pegasus Yacht Charters on Sydney Harbour with owner, Pete Johnson, being a former trainee of Pacific Sailing School.
“I started sailing only four years ago with Terry from Pacific Sailing with no experience, and here I am today with my own catamaran and ready to run my own charter business, Johnson said.
The initial training dates have been announced and further information can be found at: https://www.multihullcentral.com/catamaran-academy/
For more information on Pacific Sailing School: http://pacificsailingschool.com.au/