The 32nd Cat Gathering will take place on the 17th of August 2024.

You can register for the event below. We hope to see you there!

Dear Sailors and Friends,

The 2024 Cat Gathering registration is now live — click here to register. We have attached the start sequence to this page for reference (we will have copies at the waterfront office when picking up your number closer to the race). Of note, you will see on the attached start sequence sheets that we have moved the Marshall 18’s to the first start and the Marshall 15’s to the second start; fortunately, the Marshall 15 fleet has grown significantly over the last few years, so we have made this change in hopes it will declutter the lines and the narrows. Of note, if you are entering in the traditional class, these are wooden sloops only; however, a fiberglass sloop built prior to 1976 is allowed. For your boat to place in the awards, your class will need at least three boats participating.

The just-for-fun race will be held Saturday, the 17th of August with the first start at 12pm, starting in Little Pleasant Bay, sailing through the narrows around designated marks and finishing in Big Pleasant Bay. Please join our mandatory skipper’s meeting that morning at 9am; this is essential for understanding the start line (based on anticipated wind direction and currents) and any changes to the race course that may come up due to weather; it is also a good time to review rules. Before the meeting you can pick up your skipper’s packet, which includes the course map, information about your class and start time. On Saturday at 4:30pm, we invite all participants to join us for an award ceremony, followed by a BYOB cocktail party with live music and light appetizers.

A reminder that the Cat Gathering is a just-for-fun race with all proceeds going toward Friends of Pleasant Bay and non-profit organizations that benefit Pleasant Bay. Registration fee is $40 per boat. Check or cash can be mailed or dropped off at the APBY office.



32nd Cat Gathering Welcome 2024

Start Sequence and Rules Sheet 2024 




11:00 AM – WARM UP RACE (Little Pleasant Bay to Big Pleasant Bay)


9:00 AM – Skipper’s meeting at Cygnet

12:00 PM – First group starts!

4:30 – 7:30 PM – Award Ceremony  (BYOB, live music and light appetizers)


Parade of sail for those returning to their home ports