2019 Vineyard Haven Catboat Rendezvous
Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21
You asked for it: a catboat rendezvous created in Vineyard Haven for catboaters and run by catboaters! Please come. Even the date has been changed to help those of you with excuses for not attending. This year’s event is held a week later, so that it did not run in conflict with the Catboat favorite, Padanaram.
Sailors are calling and emailing us every day inquiring, so we’ve updated the website more often. Yes, we have the hats and bronze plaques. Prepare yourselves; this is going to be a great weekend event.
Bring your sunscreen. We’ve got fire and ice!
Schedule of events, so far:
Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.
Catboat Captain and Crew Welcome Gam at the home of Mark Alan Lovewell at 35 Lagoon Pond Road, within a block of the Black Dog Tavern.
Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Catboat Skipper’s Meeting at the dock at Owen Park. Eric Peterson, along with his crew will discuss the race course and review race rules. A question and answer period will take place.
Saturday, July 20, Noon
A race organized by Catboaters who know how to organize a race. No downwind start. There will be government markers, and it will be created in the interest of a good time and safety. This is a race that will suit the sailors and their crew.
Saturday, July 20, 5:30 p.m.
Fire and Ice, a Gam, and an awards ceremony, in the backyard of Mark Alan Lovewell’s home. Last year there was plenty of music and there is no reason to doubt we’ll break in song again. Bring your musical instruments. BYOB and food. Gathering ends at sunset.
Sunday, July 21
We Have Hats!
Hats for the rendezvous. Supplies are limited.
Registration is $10 and you get a bronze plaque commemorating this special event on Friday night or Saturday morning. Hats are available for captains at $20 each. It is likely they will sell out.
Where To Anchor?
In past rendezvous in Vineyard Haven, the harbor master has encouraged sailors to anchor on the western end just outside the breakwater. When entering the harbor look for other fellow sailors. Advice is free.
The Vineyard Haven harbormaster John Crocker and his crew would be glad to rent you a mooring. There are no reservations. He monitors Channel 9. The telephone number is 508-696-4249.
The local Vineyard Haven Launch Service monitors Channel 72.
Showers and water are available for free at Owen Park.
More free information about Vineyard Haven and the location of many important sites in town is available from the Tisbury Waterways, Inc.