The first catboat from the Cayman Catboat Club has been launched this Easter weekend. It’s touted as a move to bring back the boat building culture that hearkens to Cayman of yesteryear.
Ned Miller III comes from a long line of mariners, building catboats is a craft passed down generation to generation.
“I know my family has all done this before and getting to do it myself has been a huge honor and a huge excitement for me,” said Ned Miller from the Cayman Catboat Club.
Ned and his father Jerris Miller, with a team of dedicated volunteers, spent five months of long days and nights building this catboat. The first built by the catboat club since it opened five months ago.
“It didn’t click with me that we had actually done until I was standing in the water holding the boat , then it’s just wonderful once you’ve finished it and you can actually say, hey, we’re done , let’s get on the next one this one came out perfect,” said Ned Miller. The boat dignity is the first of ten catboats to be built. Once they are all built, the Catboat Club wants to host an inter-school sailing league – giving the opportunity to Cayman’s future to understand Cayman’s past.
“We’re an island and it seems odd we don’t have an inter-school sailing league at the forefront, I mean, you can walk 20 minutes on each side and actually end up at the water, so it kinda seems like a no-brainer and we’re going to push for it,” said Ned Miller.
With Cayman’s Catboat Club bringing back the pastime of boating through building new models and having races, the culture of catboating will not be forgotten.
The first catboat race was over the Easter weekend with Captain Kem taking the victory on the vessel Captain D. The next race will be on 25 April.