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Mystic Seaport to Host Catboat Association’s 50th Anniversary Rendezvous

More than 60 Catboats, Old and New, Expected to Attend

Mystic Seaport will host a rendezvous for the Catboat Association Friday to Sunday, July 6-8.  More than 60 catboats have registered for the event with more expected to attend.

The rendezvous is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Catboat Association at Mystic Seaport. In addition to many modern vessels, there will be a number of historic wooden catboats, including Kathleen, Silent Maid, Sea Rose, Genevieve, Molly Rose, Old SculpinTigress, and Trim Again, which was one of the original boats from the founding group 50 years ago.

The catboat Kathleen, a recent build to a 1917 C.C. Hanley design, won the Opera House Cup in 2009. Silent Maid, another recent build, was constructed at Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum to a classic 1920s design by Francis Sweisguth. She recently won her class at the New York Yacht Club’s 158th Annual Regatta.

“We are very excited to host the Catboat Association’s anniversary rendezvous  at Mystic Seaport. It is great to see how the Association has fostered a resurgence in the popularity of a classic American watercraft over the last 50 years, and we are ready to help them celebrate that achievement,” said Mystic Seaport president Steve White.

The boats will be welcomed to the Museum’s waterfront beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and will be on display until 10 a.m. Sunday, when they will depart down the Mystic River.

More information can be found at www.catboats.org.