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Who's Cat is That?


  • Who's Cat is That?

    X-40 Smart Recruiters out on their maiden voyage.

    You might have noticed over the past weekend a new cat in town cruising about the North Bay sporting a Smart Recruiters logo on the sail.? That cat is a 1st edition Extreme 40 Cat, nee the Old I-Shares cat now the property of Jerome Ternyck, CEO and founder of Smart Recruiters, a non profit based in San Francisco with an underlying mission to eradicate unemployment globally.

    Rigged and ready!

    Ashley Perrin, Dave Wilhite, Matt Noble and Jerome out for a cruise, a VERY fast cruise

    Jerome is originally from Paris France with a background in sailing catamarans and the acquisition of the Extreme 40 will serve dual purposes, brand awareness of the start up company and to provide a platform for the average joe a chance to enjoy the thrill of sailing on one of these high speed formula 1 beasts! The Smart Recruiters cat has enlisted an all star crew to handle the boat which currently resides in Marina Bay in Richmond. Heading the group as captain and project manager is David Wilhite, a former sailing coach and North Sails rep and now assistant scribe for Latitude 38. Ashley Perrin, Matt Noble, Pepe Parsons and JP Surrey round out the current crew.

    All work and no play, Matt and David tighten things up!

    We spoke with project manager David Wilhite on the project and how things are progressing. The boat finally arrived in a container earlier this month and took 4 days to assemble, they got their feet wet on Mother'ds Day and were seeing “speeds in the mid to high 20s and probably tapped into the 30 knot range a few times” It’s definitely a flat water boat” says Dave. The cat requires a bit or maintenance as the loads tend to tweak and loosen the connections, and things need to get tightened down on a regular basis. The tramp, which provides structural integrity, also need to get re-tightened on a semi regular basis, a project which requires two people, a hook, a pair of vice-grips and a winch.

    In the yard and ready to splash!

    With the excitement of cats escalating as the America's Cup World Series and finally the America's Cup itself near, the ability to get the average joe out on the bay on one of these formula 1 type cats is a smart move by Jerome and crew. Will there be a vetting process? “We are working out right now" indicates Dave “It’s not a ride for everyone, and you wouldn’t want to push grandma out of a plane and tell her to just pull the rip cord ". In addition to planned fun runs out of Marina Bay, exposure tours in certain high traffic areas, the Smart Recruiters cat is planning on entering select sailing events on SF Bay,” We would have loved to get her in the Ditch Run this year” Says David “ But we are all just getting used to the boat and her potential and limits, But the Jazz Cup certainly looks like a probability, and maybe a BAMA or YRA event along the way!

    We say, Let’er rip!
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