|Tent set up and ready for the celebration to start|
|Bad Bob Reddington|
|Cat boaters, one and all|
The weekend started on Friday night with a gathering of Catboat enthusiast, under a large tent, provided by Marshall at their Marina and Boat Building Workshop. Barbecue grills, soft drinks, beer and appetizers were provided for all. Once the grills were fired up, the guest went straight to work cooking the food that they chose to bring. My choice was Yakitori chicken with a tropical Teriyaki glaze, fresh NJ corn cooked in its husk, potato salad and a noodle salad. Every thing turned out great and after all the grilling, imbibing and general socializing, attention turned to the next day and the Regatta.
|From my days spent in Japan|
The bricks keep the chicken off the grill surface and have two adjustments for height
|Jersey corn this year has been amazing and cooked in its natural cover imparts a great flavor to the corn|
|Fran Baker and Paul Smith enjoying their meal and each others company|
|Eileen Smith (blue blouse), Paul Smith and Capt'n Bob enjoying some of Bob's bull $(-)!+.|
Course charts, special calenders, boat numbers and a small brass plaque was given to each Skipper. All in all I think about 36 - 40 Catboats signed up for the event, they wanted to reach 50 to coincide with the fifty years of existence. Catboat's of all sizes, new and old, wood and fibreglass showed up to compete in the rather friendly race that was to take place on Saturday.
Saturday,after a Skippers meeting, owners and crew members went to their respective little vessels to prepare for the Catboat parade through the inner harbor, the Padanaram Swing Bridge, through the mooring field of the outer harbor and finally into the open Bay where the race was to take place. The race was divided into classes that would vie for first place trophies, although each year the last boat in the fleet to finish receives a prize as well.
|Outer harbor Mooring area|
|Parade of Catboats coming through the Padanaram Bridge|
|Some sailed out to the Bay|
|Skippers and crew ready their boats for the day's Regatta and Parade|
My girlfriend Fran, me, Bob Reddington Paul Smith and his wife were invited to enjoy the parade and the days activities aboard a beautiful Legacy motorboat owned by Eric Peterson and his wife Dawn. This was the first time Fran and me met the Peterson's and I must say that we were treated like Royalty aboard their vessel Dawn Marie. Bob, Paul, and Eileen have known the Peterson's for many years and it was just another great boating day for them.
|Paul Smith of Beaton Boat Works|
I have known Paul and his Bride, Eileen, many years, I was the Best Man at their wedding
|Fran and me aboard Dawn Marie|
|Fran in the Wheelhouse|
|Our Host, Eric Peterson and Fran discussing "Sensible Yacht Designs", I'm sure|
|Eric, Bob's head and Fran|
|Eileen (seated) and Eric's wife Dawn enjoying some down time|
|Our vessel for the day|
|Eric's son placed first in the 22' class|
Boat's name Loose Cannon
Eric's Father and Stepmother aboard their 22'
Distinct honor? The boat that finished last of the fleet
Saturday night brought everyone together at the Marshall facility for another great evening of fun and frivolity. There was a raw bar, that featured oysters and clams on the half shell and a delicious New England Clam Chowdah. The grills were once again fired up, the Keg of beer tapped and then came the Awards for the winning boats. Awards were also presented to the oldest Catboat, the boat that travelled the farthest to participate, and a variety of other humorous presentations. Capt. Bad Bob Reddington was presented with the Marshall Spirit award for his many contributions to the Catboat family.
|Annual awards for the Marshall Catboat Regatta|
|Paying homage to Breck Marshall, the founder of Marshall Marine|
My first 18' Sanderling was built by Breck Marshall
|Geoff Marshall, son of Breck, announcing the awards|
|Bad Bob receiving the Spirit Award for his contributions to the Catboat Community|
|Geoff Marshall receiving his own award for his work and dedication to building Catboats|
|This says it all!|
While staying in Padanaram, Fran and me stayed at a nice B&B right in the center of town, the owner Louise Sylvester, made us feel right at home and provided us with great meals and a comfortable room.
|The Sylvester House B&B in Padanaram|