Aug 17, 2017

Patín a Vela, German style

All images & video sent by Andreas Bredendiek / .  . I've seen pics of the Patín a Vela many times but never published or received info about it. Now Andreas got an excellent web , video and promotion ,
On his mail he commented we publish many technical stuff, but that is only a part of it.
In the end what we all want is to go out  and have fun.  When someone ask me about the A-Cats, I do comment on tech, carbon , foiling etc.. but  always tell them that biggest asset is simply to go out and sail no worries and enjoy floating mode.

Watch video above by Andreas sailing the Patín a Vela, really cool , nicely done.
Below some comments from his experience sailing el Patín.
Patín a Vela: Rudderless Love! 
"I'm Andreas Bredendiek from Germany , 53 years, and I have been sailing Lasers, Hobies (16 & Tiger) , F18s and a bit of A-Cats. I was lucky to meet all the great guys like Mitch, Glenn, the Sachs and a lot more. But now we have a company, kids, a house and stuff so time for sailing and racing is more restricted.
When my best friend and crew left to Brazil , I started searching for a simple and interesting single handed boat. In my holidays in Spain I saw again the Patins and its Racing Tradition there.

So now I am Patin Sailor for some years and it is absolutely great.

With the Patin they do races with 25 knots of wind in Spain and big waves, in the North Sea they do racing with 20 knots of wind and you have to pass the white water, which is quite frightening…
They also organize racing on 2 or 3 meter waves, which is cool but also not to easy…

But honestly, Patin sailing is much easier than most other boats, because the platform is very stable (it is a Catamaran after all) and the boat length of 18,3 feet (5,60 m) is very comfortable for a single crew.
For instance I never did a pitchpole. So the basic handling is super easy for a cat without rudders: 
Move your bodyweight forward and slightly open the sail = luff. 
Move your bodyweight backwards and close your sail = bear away.
Then the width (beam) of the Patin is only 1,60 m , so you can fly one hull already in 1 Beaufort!!!
Just move to the leeward hull and the windward hull flies immediately…
Also you can trim the mast backwards and forwards. Backwards on the upwind, the stronger the wind blows, the more backwards. 

Downwind you fully pull the mast forwards (like on a Star boat!!!). That makes the boat bear way and sail deep and fast..."

Well, as  you see I am sailing fanatic and specially with Patin Sailing!

Andreas Bredendiek