2021 Vineyard Haven Catboat Rendezvous

Friday, July 23, Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, 2021

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.

Bring your sunscreen. We’ve got fire and ice!

Martha's Vineyard Catboater's Upcoming Events

Schedule of events, so far:

Friday, July 23

5:30 p.m.: Catboat Captain and Crew Welcome Gam at Owen Park. We’ll bring some ice and some refreshment and finger food. We hope you will contribute too.

Saturday, July 24

10:00 a.m.: Catboat Skipper’s Meeting at the dock at Owen Park, next to the Harbor Master’s office. Eric Peterson, our race committee chairman, along with his crew will discuss the race course and review race rules. A question and answer period will take place. We’ll also collect $20 from each of the captains.

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.

5:30 p.m. Fire and Ice Gam, and an awards ceremony at the home of Jeff and Wendy Lott, 59 Center Street, Vineyard Haven. We’ll have a grill along with condiments.

You all know Jeff. He sails an 18-foot Marshall cat called Moon Shadow.

Directions: We are the only house facing Center St. between William St. and Franklin St.—adjacent to the town tennis court and across from the cemetery.
Walking from Owen Park: Go 1/2 block south on Main St. and cut up the alley (historic white pole) to William St. Turn left and follow William St. south to Center St.
Driving: On Main St., turn left on Center St. opposite the Capawock Theater. On-street parking above William St. or on Franklin St.
Jeff’s phone: (302) 690-5489
Sailors and friends welcome anytime after 5:30. We will provide fire and ice, cups, plates, & condiments. BYOB and your favorite food. Musical instruments welcome.

Great festivities as in the past. Please pass the word. Note that this is not last year’s evening site. There is the big Beach Road Concert, too close to last year’s usual location. This new site is better.

Sunday, July 25

Morning departure.

We Have Hats!

Martha's Vineyard Catboater's Upcoming Events

Hats for the rendezvous. Supplies are limited.

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.

Photo Gallery

Sailors are encouraged to take photographs during the weekend and to collect notes for a possible future article in the Catboat Association Bulletin.

Participants at the Vineyard Haven Catboat Rendezvous 2016