Catboat Races in Harvey Cedars on Sept. 5

GARVEY UP: The bobcat boats of Bill Merganthaler and Jackie Menninger continue to be close collectively as they race in close proximity to the entrance for the duration of last year’s Harvey Cedars Catboat Race. (File Image by Margaret Buchholz)
Harvey Cedars summer time activities arrive to a regular conclude with the catboat races on Sunday, Sept. 5, off Sunset Park. The rain day is Sept. 6
The celebration commences with a skippers meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the park close to the water tower, adopted by races starting at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony follows refreshments will be out there.
Robert Rue, celebration coordinator, explained there are three classes with the solitary-sail crafts: 14-foot “lil cats,” 16-foot “bobcats” and 18-foot “fat cats.” The registration price is $10.
Rue explained contributors sail a study course that contains two visits all over Sandy Island, positioned west of the park out in the bay. The common time for finishing the 8-mile program is amongst two and 3 hrs. He explained for the duration of the race, there are patrol boats to assure everyone’s protection.
“The race is for all amounts of knowledge, from first-timer to seasoned pro,” he said.
Rue’s father, the late Matthew Rue, and Margaret Thomas Buchholz commenced this end-of-the-12 months tradition in 1987. It was an outgrowth of another Catboat Affiliation race, on the mainland, that the two participated in.
In the beginning, the races took position in close proximity to their households off Bay Terrace.
“At that time, we would only get six boats or so,” explained Buchholz. “But then we moved them to Sunset Park to attract a lot more catboats.”
Rue mentioned the races typically draw from 20 to 30 individuals.
“The trickiest part is the wind,” he stated. “They can be powerful and unpredictable. A sturdy wind will make it harder for ending the study course.”
From the 1850s to the early 1900s, catboats were the dominant inshore boat on the New England coastline, the two for perform and for enjoyment. They have been utilized for fishing and coastal transportation. Their recognition declined in the business world, wherever they have been changed by motorized boats.
“What tends to make catboats distinctive from other sailboats is their width.” explained Rue. “They are about half as wide as they are extended. With my 14-footer I can easily set 6 or 7 men and women on it.”
For registration information and facts, contact Rue at 609-713-6950 or the activities committee at 609-361-7990, or check out  —E.E.

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