Hi Daredevil, I'm in Fairfield how about you? This summer we started some casual racing on Saturdays off Jennings Beach. I believe we have 12 boats that participate, most of them H16s. I'm one of two H18s and there's also a Solcat 18. Very casual but it's been fun getting out on the water with the group. There's probably close to 30 cats stored here on the beach but some of them haven't been used in years. It does seem like more and more people have been catching the "beach cat bug", though.
I'm in Vernon, which is about 15min east of Hartford. A good haul to Fairfield but would be worth it for a race.... I'm still a novice to cat sailing so something casual would be perfect.. is there a website or email for the club? If so please pm it to me, I'd like to get down there next summer or even later this season.
-RM- Thanks for the advise on ratcheting blocks, with my new line and blocks I'm definately gonna try using the ratchet next time.
Daredevil, Unfortunately, short of having a beach cat permit (open to residents and non-residents at an annual cost of ~$250), there is no way for you to trailer your boat to Fairfield and launch it for the day. Not sure what the rules are in neighboring towns such as Westport, Bridgeport and Stratford, but it would be easy enough to launch from there and sail up/down. FYI there's also an active cat sailing fleet in Madison (Garvan Sailing Club) but I'm pretty sure they have things "locked down" there as well.