Organizers Hope Catboat Gathering is World Record

Photo/Arey's Pond Boat Yard

The organizers of this year’s Arey’s Pond Boat Yard Cat Gathering on Cape Cod are hoping they set a world record at their event last Saturday.

According to, roughly 90 catboats gathered for races on Little Pleasant Bay. An airplane with a photographer flew overhead as the boatyard attempted to capture documentation of all the boats to submit as a possible entry in the Guinness World Records: the most gaff-rigged catboats in one place.

A catboat traditionally has a four-sided sail attached to a single mast, which is set near the front of the boat. A gaff is a type of bar that the top of the sail is attached to. The boats are often 16 to 26 feet, and designed to be stable, have a lot of capacity and be easy to handle in strong and light winds. Commercial fishermen and recreational sailors both have used the catboat in its more than 200-year history.

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