Sign Up for Catboat Races in Harvey Cedars

Aug 22, 2018
Photo by: Margot Miller

Harvey Cedars summer activities come to a traditional end with catboat races on Sunday, Sept. 2 off Sunset Park.

The event begins with a skippers meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the park gazebo, followed by races beginning at 1 p.m. In case of rain, races will be held at the same time on Labor Day, Sept. 3. 

Event coordinator Robert Rue said there are three categories with the single sail crafts: 14-foot “lilcats,” 16-foot “bobcats” and 18-foot “fatcats.” First-, second- and third-place trophies will be given for each group. Registration fee is $10.

A catboat is a sailboat with a single sail on a single mast set well forward in the bow of the boat.

“They were originally used as workboats, transporting people or hauling cargo,” Rue said.

Race participants will sail a course that includes two trips around Sandy Island, located west of the park out in the bay.

“The race covers about 5 to 6 miles,” Rue said. “But it is more of a casual race. It’s all about fun.”

He said the average time for completing the course is three hours, but much of that depends on wind conditions.

“We can get anywhere from 10 to 30 participants,” he said. “Last year, we were in the high teens.”

Following the race, awards will be given out and refreshments will be available. For registration information, call Rue at 713-6950 or  log on to  —E.E.

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