Annual Harvey Cedars Catboat Race Goes Off ‘Without a Hitch’


The Bob Cat boats of Bill Merganthaler and Jackie Menninger remain near alongside one another as they race in close proximity to the entrance through the annual Harvey Cedars Catboat Race. (Picture by Margaret Buchholz)
It is been a peculiar sailing period so significantly this summertime, with most racing occasions obtaining the ax thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, experience coverings and social distancing didn’t look to be an concern for some catboat sailors this past weekend. The 33rd annual Harvey Cedars Catboat Race “went off without a hitch.”
“The temperature was great. The races went terrific. Every thing went wonderful,” said race director Robert Rue. “We had a fantastic blend of boats amongst the 3 classes. We normally have a couple of much more boats, but some persons did not exhibit for whichever purpose. But all the things turned out nicely, thankfully.”
Numerous boats contend in the 33rd yearly Harvey Cedars Catboat Race on Sept. 6. (Picture courtesy Robert Rue)
The Lil Cats bought the level of competition began early in the afternoon on Sept. 6, adopted by the Bob Cats and the Excess fat Cats. Total, 14 boats have been aspect of the once-a-year opposition in the bay waters to the west of Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars. The race starts at the south stop of Cedars, runs to the north conclusion in the vicinity of Loveladies Point, then southward to the west of Sandy Island and loops back to the start out/complete spot.
“The forecast was for seriously light wind, so we were concerned we’d have to make adjustments to the program and probably shorten it,” Rue explained. “But the wind picked up to about 15 knots, which was just about perfect, and we have been ready to get every thing likely. We had a pair of superior races out there.”
The most important levels of competition in the Bob Cat class – boats from 15 to virtually 18 feet in length – concerning Invoice Merganthaler and Jackie Menninger ended up being a limited race, with Merganthaler’s Minimal Wind emerging as the victor. Kristin Rue won the Lil Cat course aboard the 14-foot Prana, and Peter Maschal, steering Starbird, was the winner of the Extra fat Cats, boats of 18 toes or for a longer time.
“The full race time was about 2½ hrs, followed by libations donated by Neptune Liquor and food items donated by Mystic Subs again at the awards presentation,” Rue claimed. “Race devices was courtesy of Barnegat Mild Yacht Club, with the committee boat and skippering dealt with by Peter Menninger. It was one more productive Catboat Race, and we were being truly happy to get it in this calendar year.”
— David Biggy
biggy@thesandpaper.web

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