Nearly 100 Gather On Cape for Annual Catboat Regatta

The 21st Arey’s Pond Cat Gathering took place on Saturday, August 10, 2013, on Cape Cod’s Pleasant Bay. There were 94 registered participants with 86 starting on a beautiful summer day with perfect winds. It was an exciting day on Pleasant Bay for both entrants and viewers as graceful catboats, with their sails full, sped from mark to mark and back to the finish line.

John Hall took first place in Air Supply in the Arey’s Pond 16’ Lynx class. Bill and Allison Coleman took first place in Alli Cat in the Arey’s Pond 14’ Catboat class, while Dean Meehan took second place in the Traditional Sloop class with the Arey’s Pond 18’ Daysailer.

A portion of the entry fees and donations from the Cat Gathering will be distributed to the Friends of Pleasant Bay and the Harwich Conservation Trust’s effort to save 49 acres through the Pleasant Bay Woods Fund.

Catboat, traditional gaff-rigged, and wooden boat owners are invited to join us next summer for the 22nd Arey’s Pond Cat Gathering on Saturday, August 9, 2014, with the start set for 1 p.m.

Story and photos by Anita Winstanley Roark